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Eliot A. Cohen
Eliot A. Cohen, distinguished scholar, accomplished author, and former senior official in the George W. Bush administration, became the ninth dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in July 2019. Cohen has been a respected member of the school’s faculty since his appointment as the Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies in 1990. He previously directed the school’s strategic studies program and the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, which he founded. He has twice won the school’s Excellence in Teaching Award and has extensive experience in executive education, including serving as an adjunct professor at the US Army War College. His books include, most recently, The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force as well as Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battle Along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War and Supreme Command: Soldiers, Statesmen, and Leadership in Wartime among others. He served in the US Army Reserve, was a director in the Defense Department’s policy planning staff, led the US Air Force’s multivolume study of the first Gulf War, and has served in various official advisory positions. In 2007-2009 he was Counselor of the Department of State, serving as Secretary Condoleezza Rice’s senior adviser, focusing chiefly on issues of war and peace, including Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a contributing editor at The Atlantic, and his commentary has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and on major television networks. 

Gamze Zeytinci
Senior Associate Dean of Finance and Administration
Gamze Zeytinci is a dynamic change agent and leader in the field of higher education and brings eighteen years of experience in the areas of strategic planning, policy development, and fiscal management to her role at Johns Hopkins SAIS. She joins the school from American University where she excelled in senior leadership positions across the university, including her most recent role as Associate Dean of Budget and Administration in the College of Arts and Sciences where she developed and implemented programs that improved operational outcomes and maximized faculty and staff resources. Zeytinci holds an MBA and a MS in Computer Science and Information Systems from American University and previously enjoyed a career as a registered pharmacist, for which she trained at the University of Istanbul, the largest and oldest university in Turkey.

Kent Calder 
Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation
Kent Calder serves as Director of Asia Programs and Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center for East Asian Studies at Johns Hopkins SAIS in Washington, DC. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2003, Dr. Calder taught for twenty years at Princeton University and four years at Harvard University. He also held visiting positions at Seoul National University, Yangon University, and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang University as the Rajaratnam Professor of Strategic Studies. Dr. Calder has served as Special Advisor to the US Ambassador to Japan (1997-2001), Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1989-1993 and 1996), and as the first Executive Director of Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations from 1979-1980. A specialist in East Asian political economy, Dr. Calder has spent eleven years living and researching in Japan and four years elsewhere in East Asia. Dr. Calder received his PhD from Harvard University in 1979, where he worked under the direction of Edwin O. Reischauer. He was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in the fall of 2014.

Michael G. Plummer
Director, SAIS Europe; Eni Professor of International Economics
Michael Plummer is currently president of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies (ACAES); he serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Asian Economics and he is a nonresident senior fellow at the East-West Center. Prior to his current roles, he was appointed as head of the Development Division in the Trade and Agriculture Directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris from 2010 to 2012, and he was a tenured associate professor at Brandeis University. Plummer also served as an Asian Development Bank distinguished lecturer and team leader at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat for several projects. He led studies on the ASEAN economic community and development of the ASEAN regional bond market; he advised on ASEAN free-trade initiative; he was a lecturer and adviser to the Asian Development Bank; he was a team leader and adviser to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Secretariat (2001-2003); he was a member of the editorial Boards of World Development and the Asian Economic Journal; and he was an international advisory board member of the ASEAN Economic Bulletin. Plummer received a PhD in economics from Michigan State University.

Oxford Handbook of International Commercial Policy, co-editor (2012); Realizing the ASEAN Economic Community: A Comprehensive Assessment, co-editor (2009); The Global Economic Crisis and Its Implications for Asian Economic Cooperation (2009); ASEAN Economic Integration: Trade, Finance, and Foreign Direct Investment (2009); "Best Practices in Regional Trading Agreements: An Application to Asia" in The World Economy (2007); The World Trade Organization: Legal, Economic, and Political Analysis (Vols. I-III), co-editor (2005); Economic Integration and Development: Has Regionalism Delivered for Developing Countries? co-author (2002);
numerous articles and reviews in academic journals.

Adam K. Webb
American Co-Director, Hopkins-Nanjing Center; Resident Professor of Political Science 
Adam K. Webb is the American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, where he also serves as Resident Professor of Political Science. He has been a faculty member since 2008. He previously taught at Princeton and Harvard and was a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His research interests cut broadly across political thought, globalization, and critiques of modernity. He has also engaged topics connected with politics on the ground, including social movements, alternative development, and public opinion on cosmopolitanism and the rise of China. He brings an international perspective to HNC and Sino-American relations, including a background of living in England, Spain, the US, and China, as well as doing fieldwork in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. He is the author of three books, including Beyond the Global Culture War (2006), A Path of Our Own: An Andean Village and Tomorrow’s Economy of Values (2009), and Deep Cosmopolis: Rethinking World Politics and Globalisation (2015). He is currently completing a book project laying out a traditional pluralist vision of future global constitutional order. He received his AB in Social Studies from Harvard and his MA and PhD in Politics from Princeton.

Noemi Crespo Rice
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Noemi Crespo Rice oversees the Office of Student Affairs, including financial aid, career services, student life, registration, student accounts, international scholar services, and the one-stop student services center. Crespo Rice joined Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2006 as the director of financial aid. Prior to this position, she was director of financial aid at the University of Connecticut’s medical and dental schools. She is an active member of the university serving on its Student Services Excellence Initiative steering committee and as Chair of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Diversity Council. She is also an active member of a number of higher education professional organizations including the American Council on Education's Women’s Network and the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Crespo Rice holds a BA from the University of Connecticut, an MA in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University, and EdD in Higher Education Management from University of Pennsylvania.

Sidney T. Jackson 
Assistant Dean of Global Recruitment and Enrollment 
Since arriving in 2009 Sidney Jackson has provided strategic leadership and effective management of admissions for a range of duties related to enrolling high-achieving, passionate, and diverse students at the Washington, DC, Bologna, Italy and Hopkins-Nanjing campuses. His responsibilities include the design and implementation of marketing, recruitment, enrollment management and financial aid strategies, as well as cultivating faculty, student and alumni participation in recruiting activities for the school's degree programs. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins SAIS Jackson served as Director of Marketing and Admissions for the Executive MBA program at Columbia Business School and Vice President for Diversity Recruiting at Morgan Stanley. Jackson is a member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) and currently chairs the university’s Admissions Director’s Working Group which coordinates outreach to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and minority serving institutions in the Washington, DC and Baltimore regions. He holds a BA from Canisius College, MEd from Boston University, and MA from New York University.

Julie Micek
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs 
Julie Micek oversees the Office of Academic Affairs that encompasses academic programming and services, advising, assessment, degree programs, non-degree and executive education, and summer and Pre-Term programs.  She is responsible for curriculum and program planning, development and educational initiatives. She maintains and develops academic policies, services and programs that support students, administrators and faculty across the school and its campuses. Prior to working at Johns Hopkins SAIS, she was the Assistant Director of Student Activities at New York University overseeing student leadership, commuter issues, co-curricular programming, and advising over 200 student organizations. She has also worked in college marketing, representing Fortune 100 and 500 companies and products. She received her BA in communications from University of Maryland and her MA in student personnel administration in higher education from New York University.

Guadalupe Paz
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs
Guadalupe Paz is responsible for advancing the strategic goals of cultivating faculty scholarship and building a community of academic excellence and collaboration. Chief among the priorities under her purview are: faculty recruitment and retention strategies, including a focus on increasing faculty diversity at the school; support for tenure and promotion, including a mentoring program for tenure-track faculty; strategic planning in areas such as curriculum, intra- and inter-divisional collaboration opportunities, and academic resources and technology; and integration efforts across the university. Prior to her current appointment, Paz served as director of faculty affairs and planning in the Office of Academic and Faculty Affairs (2015–2017). From 1994 to 2017, she served as a staff member of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Latin American Studies Program (LASP) in various capacities, most recently as associate director and adjunct lecturer. Before moving to Washington, DC, Paz was a research associate at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in her native Monterrey, Mexico. She holds a BA from Stanford University and a Masters in International Public Policy and PhD from Johns Hopkins SAIS.


Sarah B. O’Hagan ’86, CHAIR
International Rescue Committee
Todd A. Fisher ’91, VICE CHAIR
Chief Administration Officer
KKR & Co. LP
Robert J. Abernethy JHU’62
American Standard Development Co.
David H. Bernstein JHU’57
Carisam-Samuel Meisel Inc.
Douglas Carlston ’71
Chief Executive Officer
Tawala Systems Inc.
Jerry M. de St. Paer ’66
Senior Advisory Partner
Grail Partners LLC
Peter M. Drittel ’84
Senior Advisor
Incapture Investments
Ludovico Feoli
Executive Director
Center for Inter-American Policy & Research
Tulane University
Linda W. Filardi ’83
Senior Counsel
Sponsor Finance Group,
GE Capital, Americas
Pamela P. Flaherty ’68
Former President and Chief Executive Officer
Citi Foundation
Peter A. Flaherty B’67, ’68
Managing Director
Arcon Partners LLC
Alan H. Fleischmann ’89
Albright Stonebridge Group
Co-Founder and Managing Director
ImagineNations Group
Louis J. Forster JHU’82, ’83
Green Visor Capital
David T. Fuhrmann ’82
Glenwood LLC
Shafik Gabr
Chairman and Managing Director
ARTOC Group for Investment and
Richard P. Gildea B’83, ’84
Managing Director
JP Morgan
John Graham ’79
Partner and Portfolio Manager
Rogge Global Partners
Laurence E. Hirsch ’05
Highlander Partners LP

Frank Islam
Chairman and CEO
FI Investment Group LLC
Lee S. Kempler ’91
Managing Director
BlackRock Inc.
Kevin J. Kinsella ’69
Managing Member
Avalon Ventures
Joanne Leedom-Ackerman JHU’69
Joseph E. Lipscomb ’91
Co-Founder and Partner
Arborview Capital
Terri McBride ’99
Chief Operating Officer
EMEA Organisation Practice
McKinsey & Co.
Jill McGovern
President, M&M Enterprises
Senior Consultant
American Institute for
Contemporary German Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Aria Mehrabi ’98
Pacific Star Capital LLC
L. Peter O’Hagan ’87
Executive in Residence
Energy & Infrastructure Group
KKR & Co. LP
Ned S. Offit JHU’87, ’93
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Offit Capital
Kathleen M. Pike B’81, JHU’82, JHU’83
Professor of Psychology
Executive Director and Scientific
Co-Director, Global Mental Health Program
Columbia University
Frank Savage ’64
Chief Executive Officer
Savage Holdings LLC
Bernard L. Schwartz
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
BLS Investments LLC
Cenk Sidar B’06, ’07
Managing Director
Sidar Global Advisors
George Siguler
Managing Director
Siguler Guff & Company LP
Gary M. Talarico ’83
Managing Partner
Cora Street Partners
Thomas B. Tesluk B’81, ’82 T
Sequent Consulting LLC


SAIS Europe Advisory Council

The SAIS Europe Advisory Council is composed of distinguished leaders from Europe and the United States who represent the private, public and non-governmental sectors. The Council plays an important role in the life of the school by providing strategic advice and financial support. Council members also serve as informal ambassadors of SAIS Europe in their home countries and strive to enhance the school’s visibility worldwide.

List of Members Academic Year 2018-2019

Mr. Thomas B. Tesluk, Chairman (US)
CEO and Founder, Sequent Consulting LLC
New Canaan, CT, US

Mr. Robert J. Abernethy (US)
President, American Standard Development Company;
President, Self Storage Management Company
Los Angeles, CA, US

Mr. James Anderson (UK)
Partner/CIO, Baillie Gifford Investment Managers
Edinburgh, UK

Mr. Michael Bosco (US)
International Lawyer
Rome, Italy

Ms. Fiona Campbell (UK)
Controller of BBC3
London, UK

Mr. Marco dell'Aquila (Italy)
Chairman, Inspiritia
London, UK

Ms. Anne Erni (US)
Chief People Officer, Audible Inc.
New York, NY, US

Mr. Martin Fraenkel (UK)
President, S&P Global Platts
London, UK

Mr. D. Cole Frates (US)
Founder, Renewable Resources Group
Los Angeles, US

Mr. Wilhelm Hemetsberger (Austria)
Chairman, Ithuba Capital AG
Vienna, Austria

Dr. Thomas Jetter (Germany)
Managing Director and Founding
Partner, Digital+ Partners
Chairman of the Supervisory Board,
HQ Capital
Bad Homburg, Germany

Dr. Kenneth H. Keller (US)
Senior Adjunct Professor of Science and
Technology Policy at JHU Sais Europe
Woodbury, MN, US

Ms. Angelina Magal (Greece/US)
Junior Advisory Council Member
Consultant, Sia Partners
London, UK

Mag. Dr. Andreas Mailath-Pokorny (Austria)
Rector, Musik und Kunst Privatuniversitaet der Stadt Wien
Vienna, Austria

Ms. Jill McGovern (US)
President, M&M Enterprises
Senior Consultant; American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Washington DC, US

Dr. Eric D.K. Melby (US)
Founding Partner, The Scowcroft Group
Washington, DC, US

Ms. Kate Murray (US)
Current SAIS student in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Naneen Neubohn (US)
Former Advisory Director, Morgan Stanley
London, UK

Mr. John Parachini (US)
Senior Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation
Arlington, VA, US

Mr. Stefano Possati (Italy)
President, Marposs Spa
Bentivoglio (BO), Italy

Mr. Raffaele Santoro (Italy)
Boston, MA, US

Mr. Robert Singer (US)
Member of Board of Directors,
Coty Inc., Tiffany &Co.,
and Panera Bread
Milan, Italy

Mr. Dominique Thormann (US/France)
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Renault Group
Paris, France

Mr. Romano Volta (Italy)
President, Datalogic Spa
Calderera di Reno (BO), Italy

Mrs. Alison von Klemperer (US)
Trustee, Carleton College
Board member, Four Freedoms Park Conservancy

Mr. Jack G. Wasserman (US)
Lawyer; Director, Icahn Enterprises LP and Wendy's/Arby's Group Inc.
New York, NY, US

Dr. Bonnie S. Wilson (US)
Co-Chair of the SAIS Legacy Circle
Member of Board, Osgood Center for International Studies
Bethesda, MD, US

Honorary Members

Prof. Giuseppe de Vergottini (Italy)
Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Bologna
Bologna and Rome, Italy

Mr. Emilio Ottolenghi (Italy)
President, La Petrolifera Italo Rumena
Bologna, Italy

Prof. Romano Prodi (Italy)
President, Foundation for Worldwide Cooperation; Former President of the European Commission; Former Prime Minister of Italy
Bologna, Italy


Dr. Ronald J. Daniels
President, Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, US

Dr. Vali Nasr
Dean, Johns Hopkins SAIS and Professor of International Relations
Washington DC, US

Dr. Michael G. Plummer
Director, SAIS Europe and ENI Professor of International Economics
Bologna, Italy


The Hopkins-Nanjing Council

The Hopkins-Nanjing Council serves as a critical source of advice and counsel to the Johns Hopkins SAIS Dean in setting the overall course for the school’s future. Membership is international in scope and is comprised of alumni, business and public sector leaders, and community members who share a commitment to the peaceful integration of China into the global system through education. Members serve as ambassadors for the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, promoting its programs to external constituencies and working with the HNC’s leadership to ensure its strength and advancement.

John Lipsky, Chair
Senior Fellow
SAIS Foreign Policy Institute
Former Acting Managing Director, IMF
William R. Brody
President Emeritus
Johns Hopkins University
Gerald Chan
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Morningside Technologies
Hang Lung Properties Ltd.
David Chen
Vice President
Laura Chen
Managing Director
Sterling Capital Investments Ltd.
Executive Chair
ZaShen Foundation
Sunny Dupree
Attorney Mediator
David Frey ’95
Management Consultant
Alan G. Hassenfeld
Chairman of the Executive Committee
Hassenfeld Family Foundation
F. Richard Hsu
J.T. Tai and Co. Foundation
Jill McGovern
President, M&M Enterprises
Senior Consultant
American Institute for
Contemporary German Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Peter D. Nickerson
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Growth Link Trade Services Co. Ltd
Daniel W. Offit ’95, HNC ’95
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Offit Capital
Joshua Perlman HNC ’95
Managing Director
Joseph Tse

Yunqing (Helen) Yan HNC ’95
Group Communications Director
Shirley S. L. Yang JHU ’99, ’01
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Benjamin Yeung
Executive Chairman
Far East Resources Group
Samuel Pollard Foundation

Hua Xinghong HNC’93 SAIS’98
Managing Director
Head of China
Cerberus LP

Stephen O. Lesser SAIS’63
Educational Consultant

Contact Us

Office of the Dean
The Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies
The Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036

For all scheduling and outreach inquiries for the Dean, please contact: 
Gabrielle Roberts Hendy, Director of Scheduling and Outreach to the Dean
202.663.5628 / grober17@jhu.edu