Dr. Robert Forsythe
The Franklin Fellows Program is pleased to inform that our 131st Franklin Fellow is Dr. Robert Forsythe of the University of South Florida. Dr. Forsythe is assigned to the Bureau of the Comptroller and Financial Services and is our first-ever Fellow in Charleston, South Carolina. He serves as a senior financial analyst in the Office of Global Financial Operations (CGFS/F) and will be working on special projects throughout the year.
Dr. Frederi Viens gives public lectures in Poland and Chile
Former Franklin Fellow Dr. Frederi Viens gives public lectures and conference talks in Wrocław Poland, Hoboken New Jersey and Viña del Mar, Chile
This summer, Former Franklin Fellow Dr. Frederi Viens was invited by the city of Wrocław, Poland, to give a series of talks. Two of these talks were for general audiences, including one on the topic of "Science engagement in global development policies", in which he made several mentions of his work as a Franklin Fellow. His presentations were widely publicized at the Wroclaw Technical University and in surrounding high-schools.
In addition, Dr. Viens co-organized the 4th Annual Modeling High Frequency Data in Finance Conference that was held July 19-22, 2012 at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, in which several colleagues from the federal government attended. Attendees consisted of finance regulators, one member of the board of the Federal Reserve in Washington, one Commissioner of the CFTC, one research director of the CFTC, plenty of industry participants, academics and grad students.
In March, Dr. Viens also delivered a plenary address at the XII Latin American Congress of Probability and Mathematical Statistics in Viña del Mar, Chile (http://clapem2012.mat.puc.cl/). His talk covered some topics regarding climate change, which was one of the subjects he worked on as a Franklin Fellow. The book of abstracts below presents a summary of his presentation: http://clapem2012.mat.puc.cl/archivos//AbstractBook_CLAPEM2012.pdf
As a Franklin Fellow, Dr. Viens worked in the Bureau of African Affairs’ Economic Policy Office (AF/EPS) as an adviser for environment, science, and technology issues.
Dr. Bidisha Biswas
It is our great pleasure to welcome our 130th Franklin Fellow, Dr. Bidisha Biswas. Bidisha is assigned to DRL’s Office of South and Central Asian Affairs, where she advises on South Asia policy issues.
Franklin Fellows Lead Tennis Team to Win
2011 alum Brian Campbell and Jenny Stein led the Department’s 2012 tennis team to its fourth consecutive Intergovernmental Agency Tennis League Doubles Championship in August in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1932, the Intergovernmental Agency Tennis League is the longest running athletic competition in the Federal Government. Campbell, who went undefeated at the number one spot, is a former top singles and doubles player and was twice named All-American and inducted into the Truman State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Brian currently serves as Special Advisor in the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Office of Public and Diplomatic Liaison.
Former Franklin Fellow Brian Campbell is second from the left and Former Franklin Fellow Jenny Stein is fourth from the right.
Dr. Severus Tackett
We are pleased to welcome our 129th Franklin Fellow, Dr. Severus Tackett. Severus serves in the Secretary’s Office of the Special Representative for Global and Intergovernmental Affairs (S/SRGIA), where he works with the U.S. interagency community, stakeholders and both foreign and domestic state and local leaders, ultimately playing a key role in developing and monitoring S/SRGIA office management policies and SOPs. He also works on several of the Office’s functional interests, including sustainable urban development, trade and economic issues, finance and multilateral/international organizations and institutions.
Franklin Fellow James Carden Travels to Russia with U.S. Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis
Franklin Fellow James Carden was part of the Special Representative Reta Jo Lewis’ delegation in which he represented the Office of Russian Affairs (EUR/RUS) as Advisor to the U.S-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission.
In the span of 12 days, the delegation traveled over 20,000 miles and had the honor to meet with, among others, the Governor of the Moscow Oblast, the Governor of the Leningrad Oblast, the Vice-Governor of Primorsky Krai, and the Mayors of Vladivostok and Artyom. Carden states, “It was truly a privilege to meet and work with the Foreign Service Officers and Foreign Service Nationals who worked incredibly hard on making the Special Representative’s trip the success that it was.”
To read more about the trip from the U.S. Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis’ perspective, please visit http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/us_russia_subnational_engagement.
Dr. Waymond Rodgers
We are happy to inform you that our 126th Franklin Fellow is Dr. Waymond Rodgers. Dr. Rodgers is assigned to the Office of USAID’s Chief Financial Officer, where he serves as a key member of the Central Accounting and Reporting Division (CAR). He will contribute to the development of a coherent knowledge transfer strategy and implementation plan to support CAR’s knowledge transfer effort.
Former FF Tim Ford at Lockheed Martin
This past March, Tim Ford accepted a new assignment within Lockheed Martin as a financial planning and analysis analyst for Lockheed Martin’s Global Training and Logistics (LM GTL) division located in Orlando, FL. Prior to this, he worked as an accounting lead for the due diligence, acquisition, and integration of a Dutch commercial flight simulator company based outside of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he was a recipient of a Global Excellence Team Award presented by LM GTL. As a Franklin Fellow, Tim worked for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs on the Japan Desk. As an economic analyst, he focused on U.S.-Japan macroeconomic relations, promoting foreign direct investment initiatives, and developing the U.S.-Japan Cooperation Policy Dialogue on the Internet Economy.
FF Albana Karakushi briefs the FFP staff about her work on the “Roma Decade of Inclusion”
Former Franklin Fellow Albana Karakushi briefed the FFP staff, as she finished her fellowship, about her work as a Franklin Fellow on the “Roma Decade of Inclusion” (“Decade”). Speaking about the United States’ goals in the area of Romani rights and inclusion, Albana noted Secretary Clinton’s statement that it was important to make sure that Roma were not "...marginalized and isolated, prevented from contributing their talents and participating in their societies." She added that the young Roma professionals who met with the Secretary remind us that barriers can be broken, even when they stretch across time and borders. For that to happen for every Roma, however, institutional and societal obstacles need to be overcome.
Albana said she was very proud that her bureau, the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), had led the effort within the State Department for the USG to join the "Decade." In addition to Secretary Clinton's strong personal commitment, Albana cited the efforts of DRL Assistant Secretary Posner, Deputy Assistant Secretary Melia and many others to bring U.S. membership to fruition, a membership that has highlighted the importance that the USG puts on Roma inclusion. As DAS Melia said in a speech on the occasion of International Roma Day: "Only through the respect for the human rights and dignity of every individual, irrespective of ethnicity, race, religion, national origin or other protected grounds, can we achieve security, economic prosperity and cultural richness that stems from the embrace of diversity."
Former Franklin Fellow Steven Koltai spends the summer actively promoting entrepreneurship ecosystems
Former Franklin Fellow Steven Koltai has spent the summer actively promoting entrepreneurship ecosystems. In May 2012, Steven joined CRDF Global as their Senior Entrepreneurship Advisor. In this new position, he not only will expand his existing consulting role with CRDF’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative but also will advise on the creation of a CRDF Entrepreneurship Center. The new Center will promote entrepreneurship education and media coverage; increase access to Angel Investor groups; and work to improve entrepreneurship policy in emerging economies. Steven has also been writing a four-part blog series for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on the power of entrepreneurship in helping post-conflict states recover and grow. After outlining his “Six + Six Model of Entrepreneurship” and his “Entrepreneurial Donut,” model of funding, Steven explored the value of investing in small businesses for economic development, and covered two success stories of entrepreneurial ecosystems in Rwanda and Israel. Steven also gave a presentation on spurring entrepreneurship and building entrepreneurial ecosystems at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He also spoke at George Mason University’s Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution on entrepreneurship’s role in stabilizing post-conflict states. In June, Steven attended the fourth-annual Israeli Presidential Conference on Innovation in Jerusalem. The conference, led by Israeli President Shimon Peres, focused on the effects of entrepreneurship on such wide-ranging issues as the Arab Spring, green energy and promoting growth in a troubled world economy.
Former Franklin Fellow Jennie Marie at Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth
Former Franklin Fellow Jennie Marie Duran has joined the staff of the Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth. Jennie Marie is the Senior Program Manager focusing on policy for Native American youth issues, such as suicide prevention. While serving as a Franklin Fellow, Jennie Marie was assigned to the Secretary’s Office of Civil Rights. An attorney, she held briefings on diversity as well as served as the Native American Special Emphasis manager to connect the Department of State with outreach opportunities. The Franklin Fellows Program greatly appreciates all her contributions at the Department of State and wishes her the best in her new role at Aspen.
Franklin Fellow Luis R. Renta Jr. attends the 80th U.S. Conference of Mayors
From June 13-16, Franklin Fellow Luis R. Renta Jr. attended the 80th U.S. Conference of Mayors in Orlando, Florida. Luis was a member of the Department of State delegation, which met with U.S. mayors. Luis also participated in the International Committee that led to the mayors’ passing a resolution on sub-national cooperation with Brazil. The resolution states, inter alia:
“The U.S. Conference of Mayors seeks to strengthen cooperation between cities and the State Department to strengthen our nation’s international ties, increase U.S. exports abroad, and grow foreign investment in U.S. cities, by engaging with Brazilian State and Local governments in cooperation surrounding major sporting events including the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.”
Visit http://usmayors.org/resolutions/80th_Conference/ for more information about the conference and the adopted resolutions.
We are pleased to welcome our 124th Fellow, Jimmy Hock. Jimmy serves in IRM’s Office of eDiplomacy , where he is working on a portfolio designed to advance diplomacy through innovative uses of technology to further Secretary Clinton’s call for 21st Century Statecraft.
Former Franklin Fellow Lorraine Riffle Hawley Honored by the University of Georgia
Former Franklin Fellow, Lorraine Riffle Hawley, was selected as one of the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s “40 Under 40.” The “40 Under 40” program honors 40 University of Georgia alumni under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in business or philanthropy, made an impact in their communities, and shown a lifelong commitment to the University’s core values of wisdom, justice and moderation. Lorraine is currently the Director of International Government Relations for Archer Daniels Midland Company and served as a Franklin Fellow in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs Office of Economic Policy. Lorraine graduated from the University of Georgia in 1998 with a degree in Journalism from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
We are very pleased to announce that our 123rd Franklin Fellow is Dr. Alan J. Hurd. Alan joins the Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary (E/STAS), where his portfolio includes critical elements and the return on investment for federally funded research.
We are delighted to welcome our 122nd Franklin Fellow, William Adler. Bill is a Counselor in EB’s Office of International Communications and Information Policy (EB/CIP), where he advises the Coordinator on policies related to international satellite regulations, national security aspects of international communications and information policy, cyber security, and cooperation with domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies.
FF Roger Ingram
Dr. Roger Ingram serves in the Secretary’s Global Health Initiative (S/GHI), where he focuses on creating strategic partnerships resulting in health and well-being in our interconnected world.
FF Karen Newman Participates in New York Forum Africa
Karen Newman participated as an invited delegate to participate in the recent New York Forum Africa conference held in Libreville, Gabonfrom June 8-11th. The program featured a day 3 day business forum and one day program, Dialogue for Action Africa, initiated by the Cecilia Attias Foundation for Women. This novel event was hosted by President Ali Bongo Ondimba and the First Lady of Gabon. A variety of featured conversations included Andrew Young, former US Ambassador to the UN, and then with Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank. A series of plenary sessions included conversations with Jean Ping, President of the African Union Commission, the actor Robert DeNiro, and Lord Mandelson, former cabinet minister and European Commissioner. The invited guests from more than 50 countries shared ideas and suggestions during themed workshops focusing on key areas of Africa’s economic development.
The Women’s program events featured a cross section of speakers including the First Ladies of Gabon, Rwanda, Nigeria, Namibia, Burkina Faso. Other panels included a unique mix of notable women leaders involved in peace and security, education and health, including Irina Bokova, (Director General, UNESCO), Zainab Salbi (Humanitarian, Founder Women for Women), Holly Gordon (Executive Director, 10x10 program), and Dr. Amy Lehman (President Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic).
FF Brian Campbell Coordinates Passport Office Video
Franklin Fellow Brian Campbell, who works as a Special Advisor in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, helped produce a video entitled “Visit America” as its lead coordinator. The video demonstrates the State Department’s commitment to welcoming tourism and business from around the world, as well as improvements made to the VISA application process. The project was a collaborative effort between Bureau of Consular Affairs, Bureau of International Information, and various US Embassies and Consulates. Click here to see the video.
Former Franklin Fellow Steven Koltai Travels to Turkey
Picture of Former Franklin Fellow Steven Koltai with President Gul. Koltai recently traveled to Turkey as an outside consultant for the State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP). Koltai created the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) as part of his Franklin Fellowship in 2010. He was also the primary organizer of President Obama's Global Summit on Entrepreneurship which occurred in April 2010 and at which, GEP was announced by Secretary Clinton in the closing session. Since that time, GEP has mounted full programs with local offices in Egypt, Indonesia and Turkey, led 5 Entrepreneurship Delegations to 8 countries (of which this latest one was to Turkey), contributed directly to introductions that have resulted in funding more than 25 startups in 8 countries and hosted mentoring sessions that have affected literally hundreds of entrepreneurs in a dozen Muslim countries.
Former Franklin Fellow Arsalan Suleman attends the Brookings Institution’s U.S.-Islamic World Forum
Former Franklin Fellow Arsalan Suleman traveled recently to Doha, Qatar to attend the Brookings Institution’s U.S.-Islamic World Forum, a forum for leaders in various fields to discuss pressing issues affecting U.S. relations with Muslim-majority countries and communities. Suleman participated in workshop sessions on political transitions in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, along with various members of new political parties from those countries. Suleman also met and engaged with various participants on U.S. policy regarding the transitions in the Middle East and North Africa and on other relevant human rights issues.
Franklin Fellow Todd Fein attends the Greening Council Working Group Meeting
Pictures of Franklin Fellow Todd Fein attending the monthly Department-wide Greening Council Working Group meeting. Fein is helping the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) draft an annual report and roadmap to automation for enhancing sustainability worldwide.
Franklin Fellows Participated in a Recent Economic Statecraft Strategy Session
Current and former Franklin Fellows participated in a recent Economic Statecraft strategy session. From left to right, Franklin Fellow Jackie Spedding; Jose Fernandez, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs; Lorraine Hariton, Director of the Office of Commercial and Business Affairs; Franklin Fellow Cora Neumann; and former Franklin Fellow Shelly Porges.
Franklin Fellow Clint Gardiner
Franklin Fellow Clint Gardiner recently helped organize a meeting for the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment (E) called “Safeguarding Intellectual Property and Preventing Corruption in Global Markets. The event attracted people from a cross section of industry and U.S. government agencies. Clint, who serves in the Office of International Intellectual Property Enforcement (IPE) in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, has had a distinguished career as a corporate lawyer and with law firms.
For more information regarding the meeting for E, please visit http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/old_problems_new_ideas_ipr
Franklin Fellow Bob Ransom
On May 9-10, Franklin Fellow Bob Ransom, advisor to Judy Heumann, played a major role in organizing the “Leadership Conference on International Disability Rights,” which attracted some 150 participants from U.S. human rights, international development, and disability organizations. The conference featured a video message from the Secretary as well as speeches by Samantha Power, Special Assistant to the President, and Harold Koh, State Department Legal Counsel. The conference included expert panels which examined issues such as “What are disability rights violations?”, “Why promote and monitor disability rights?” and “What are successful approaches and examples of disability rights promotion and inclusion?” The purpose of the conference was not only to raise awareness of disability rights and foster increased engagement among participants, but to also collect input for the formulation of a Department-wide international disability rights policy.
FF Jackie Spedding Empowers Peru’s Women Business Owners
WeConnect International, a non-profit that focuses on empowering women to succeed in the modern global supply chain, has partnered with USAID and the State Department’s Pathways to Access Initiative (PAI) in Peru. On May 3rd, WeConnect released a video synopsis of February’s delegation, in which economists, corporate leaders and government officials, including FF Jackie Spedding, the Senior Advisor for the Global Women’s Business Initiative (GWBI). To watch the WeConnect video, click here. Read more about Jackie here.
Former FF Jen Osetek is featured in the May 2012 issue of George Mason Univ’s “PIA Perspectives 2011”
Former Franklin Fellow Jen Osetek is featured in the latest May 2012 issue of George Mason University’s “PIA Perspectives 2011” in an article titled “Biodefense Combines Theory, Real-World Experience – click here to see page 6 of the article.
Former FF Shelly Porges attended the recent Global Entrepreneurship Congress
Former Franklin Fellow Shelly Porges, Senior Advisor, Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Program, attended the recent Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Liverpool, UK. Shelly spoke to the heads of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) from all over the world on how GEP and our Embassies are supporting GEW.
FF Ann Mei Chang Tech Talk
Franklin Fellow Ann Mei Chang of Google did a Tech Talk for the Global Broadband and Innovations Program at USAID on February 20th on the topic of considering gender issues when building apps for development projects. Check out the DipNote on February 27th with a summary of the topic and link to the video of the talk.
We are pleased to announce that our 119th Franklin Fellow is Lillian Zia. Lillian is serving in IRO’s Office of eDiplomacy, where she is the Senior Innovation Advisor. Lillian’s portfolio is to look for opportunities to leverage technology for diplomacy around the world.
We are pleased to inform you that Dr. Laurel S. Voloder is our 117th Franklin Fellow. Laurel, our 117th Fellow, is assigned to DRL’s Office of International Religious Freedom, charged with monitoring and reporting on religious persecution and discrimination and with formulating U.S. policies and programs to promote religious freedom around the world. Laurel will oversee policy development and program activities in a portfolio comprising countries in Eastern and South-Central Europe.
We are pleased to announce Erin Duggins as our 116th Franklin Fellow. Erin is serving in the Office of USAID’s Chief Operating Officer, where she is a Senior Advisor and will help USAID establish and institutionalize a new Internal Communications and Engagement Team. In that capacity, Erin will develop a multi-faceted, multi channel communications strategy that establishes a unified platform by which USAID can reach out to 9000 staff, plus PSCs and institutional contractors, located in 80 countries and 3 DC offices with then information needed to achieve results, keep people connected, build community and retain staff that is more than 50% new hires (within past three years).
We are pleased to announce that our 115th Franklin Fellow is Debra Gulick. Debra, who began her fellowship on April 4th, serves in ISN’s Office of the Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, where her duties include assisting and advising Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins in her role as Chair of the Global Partnership Working Group (GPWG) in 2012 and as the U.S. representative to the GPWG in 2013. She will be working closely with the National Security Staff and their efforts in leading the Biosecurity Working Group of the Global Partnership. She will also be serving as liaison for ISN/TR with U.S. departments and agencies for activities related to the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit.
The Franklin Fellows Program is very pleased to announce that our 114th Franklin Fellow is David Mandel-Anthony. David, who began his fellowship on March 14, joins the Office of Global Criminal Justice (formerly the Office of War Crimes Issues). His portfolio in J/GCJ includes accountability and transitional justice issues in Sudan, South Sudan, and Kenya and ongoing legal and policy planning in regards to international criminal tribunals.
FF Luis Renta and the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs Negotiates MOU between U.S. and Brazil Officials
On Monday, April 9, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on State and Local Cooperation. This agreement was signed on the margins of the “Brazil-U.S. Partnership for the 21st Century” conference which took place in Washington, D.C. during Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s visit to the United States. Franklin Fellow Luis R. Renta Jr., working in the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs, was integral part of the negotiations of the MOU and has worked for the past year on promoting sub-national engagement between U.S. State and Local officials and their counterparts from around the world. The MOU on State and Local Cooperation is highlighted in the fourth paragraph of the Joint Statement by President Obama and President Rouseff (see below for link to statement).”
Link to the White House:
Names of the dignitaries in the signing photograph:
- Brazilian Ambassador Mauro Vieira
- Brazilian Minister Carlos de Abreu
- Lauro Gusmão, Executive Secretary from the Secretary of Government, State of Pernambuco
- Aguinaldo Ribeiro, Minister of the Cities
- Luciano Almeida, Chairman, Investe Sao Paulo
- Benito Gama, Secretary of Development, Rio Grande do Norte
- Maurício Rands, Secretary of Government, Pernambuco
- Maryland Deputy Secretary of State Rajan Natarajan
- U.S. Ambassador to Brazil Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.
- Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta S. Jacobson
- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
- Pennsylvania State Senator Mike Brubaker
- Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs Reta Jo Lewis
- Nevada Assemblyman and Chairman, International Committee, Council of State Governments, Marcus Conklin
At the table:
- Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota
- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
The Franklin Fellows Program is proud to announce our 112th Fellow, Jeff Holiday, who serves in the Office of the Senior Advisor to the Secretary for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies (S/SACSED). He will be working to create and implement new initiatives to strengthen civil society and support emerging democracies.
The Franklin Fellows Program is pleased to announce our 111th Fellow Courtney Rusin. Courtney is serving as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser, Office of Treaty Affairs (L/T). Her primary focus is advising lawyers and policy-makers on international and domestic treaty law related to Western Hemisphere Affairs, East Asian Affairs, and Oceans, International Environment, and Scientific Affairs.
The Franklin Fellows Program is proud to announce our 110th Fellow Amaka Ozobia, who joins PRM’s Office of Refugee Admissions (PRM/A) which manages the US Refugee Admissions Program. She will serve on the Admissions Health Team as a consultant on refugee resettlement, particularly in areas related to refugee health.
The Franklin Fellows Program proudly welcomes Cora Neumann, our 109th Fellow, joins EB’s Office of Commercial and Business Affairs (EB/CBA), where she is a Senior Advisor to the Global Women’s Business Initiative (GWBI). The GWBI is part of CBA’s Global Entrepreneurship Program. In particular, Cora helps coordinate the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), which was launched by Secretary Clinton in 2010 and has since become a flagship women’s entrepreneurship program for the State Department.
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes Jennifer, our 108th Fellow, who joins OES’ Office of International Health and Biodefense, where she serves as the action officer on maternal and child health. Her portfolio includes Global Health Governance and health issues that may accompany G8/ G20 agendas. She also covers trade and investment policies and their interactions with international public health and the environment.
Dr. Karen Smid
The Franklin Fellows Program proudly welcomes our 107th Fellow Karen Smid who will be serving in DRL's Office of African Affairs (DRL/AF), where she focuses on Senegal, Gambia, Cape Verde, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau and is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and reporting on human rights conditions and democracy-related developments.
Franklin Fellows Partnership in The Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP)
The January 2012 edition of The Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) Newsletter has announced that the program has added the Global Women’s Business Initiative (GWBI) as a partnering organization. This partnership will increase the visibility of GWBI which fosters market growth and business opportunities for women in developing countries. This is not only between two programs at State, but also two current Franklin Fellows: Shelly Porges and Jackie Spedding. Shelly has worked extensively with the GBWI and GEP since she began her tenure as a Fellow in 2010. Jackie came onboard as a Franklin Fellow in October of last year from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., where she led the Global Women’s Supply Chain Inclusion in Global Sourcing.
The Global Entrepreneurship Program was founded in 2010 to promote entrepreneurship around the world. Former Franklin Fellow Steven Koltai, who currently leads the GEP as the Senior Adviser for Entrepreneurship.
We extend our congratulations to the great work that our current Franklin Fellows and alumni have performed here at the Department of State.
The Franklin Fellows Program proudly welcomes David Kligerman, who serves as an attorney-adviser in both the Office of African and Near Eastern Affairs (L/AN) and the Office of Legislation and Foreign Assistance (L/LFA). While with L/LFA and L/AN, David will provide advice on U.S. foreign assistance (including for antiterrorism programs, and for Afghanistan and Pakistan); oil and gas infrastructure protection; various domestic and international legal issues relevant to the Near East or Africa; and certain Appellate Briefs and Amicus submissions.
FF Jason Flipper serves as Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation
Former Franklin Fellow Jason Flippen now serves as the Special Advisor to the U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation. While in Moscow, Jason will continue to work on Department-wide organizational development and strategy for 21st Century Statecraft.
FF Shaun Galloway attends FATF Conference
FF Shaun Galloway traveled to Paris, France to attend a conference of the member states of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental body whose purpose is the development and promotion of national and international policies to combat money laundering, the financing of terrorism and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The FATF is therefore a 'policy-making body' that works to generate the necessary political will to bring about legislative and regulatory reforms in these areas. Shaun, who is serving in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, works on the development and implementation of anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing training courses and monitors international implementation of anti-money laundering and counterterrorism finance action plans.
FF Luis Renta returns from trip to Brazil with Special Representative Reta Jo Lewis
Franklin Fellow Luis Alvarez has recently returned from a trip with the Special Representative to Brazil, Reta Jo Lewis. Over the course of ten days, they visited six cities, including the capital Brasilia, in efforts to build and reinforce relationships in the region with Federal and subnational leaders. Both U.S. representatives and Brazilian leaders discussed ways that they can promote economic prosperity through social inclusion, education and increased trade and investment, while working to eliminate social, racial, ethnic and gender discrimination. With Brazil hosting the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, the U.S. is especially coordinating with different Brazilian Federal agencies and public-private partnerships in order to collaborate on best practices of planning and infrastructure for the events.
FF Dr. Ashok Vaseashta Selected as FAPS (Fellow of the American Physical Society) and Published a New Book
Franklin Fellow Prof. Dr. Ashok Vaseashta was recently selected as Fellow of the American Physical Society and Forum on International Physics. The Forum members help advance the knowledge of physics and its diffusion by fostering cooperation and communication among physicists of all countries. Dr. Vaseashta’s contribution is cited as, “For exceptional contributions and leadership in promoting scientific collaborations throughout America, Europe with focus in Black-Sea Region, and Asian-Pacific Rim for research in nanomaterials to solve grand challenges of the 21st century”. Also, Dr. Vaseashta recently published a book titled “Technological Innovations in Sensing and Detection of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Threats and Ecological Terrorism” a NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, published by Springer. Dr. Vaseashta currently serves as a Franklin Fellow in the Office of Verification and Transparency Technologies, which leads the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance in identifying technological solutions for verification and compliance issues for current and future arms control challenges, thereby enabling policy choices.
Former FF Jenny Stein Receives Superior Honor Award
Former Franklin Fellow Jenny Stein has been awarded the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award. The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor nominated her “for skilled negotiations backed by intense preparation that led to the creation of a governing body for the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and, in that creation, the revival of the Voluntary Principles.”
The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights is an initiative that brings together governments, companies, and NGOs to make sure that as companies extract resources in some of the most difficult places on earth, they take tangible steps to minimize the risk of human rights abuses in the surrounding communities. For more information see www.voluntaryprinicples.org
This is a great honor, and we are proud to have Jenny as part of the Franklin Fellows family.
We are pleased to announce that our 101st Franklin Fellow is Eric Medoff. Eric is serving in IO’s Office of Peacekeeping, Sanctions and Counter-Terrorism (IO/PSC), where he is the Bureau’s point of contact on issues related to North Korea, Sudan, Liberia, and Cote d’Ivoire Sanctions, as well as conflict minerals issues.
We are pleased to announce that our 103nd Franklin Fellow is Shaun Galloway. Shaun, who reported on November 8, is our first-ever Fellow in the Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT).
Former FF Lorraine Hawley travels to Mexico to meet with Archer Daniel Midland Company (ADM)
Former Franklin Fellow, Lorraine Riffle Hawley, recently traveled to Mexico where she met with Archer Daniel Midland Company’s (ADM’s) Mexico leadership and visited ADM facilities in country. Hawley, who is the Director of International Relations for ADM and manages a portfolio covering 75 countries, visited the headquarters for ADM’s grains group in Mexico City, the company’s corn processing plant in Guadalajara and ADM operated port facilities in Veracruz. ADM plays a key role in Mexico’s agricultural industry. Through ADM owned or joint venture assets, the company conducts business in the food, feed and industrial sectors and has more than 260 employees in country.
FF Dr. Ashok Vaseashta on HTCG panel
Franklin Fellow Prof. Dr. Ashok Vaseashta recently presented invited lectures, titled “The threat of Bio-terrorism/Regional and Global Aspect” at a NATO Advanced training course in Algiers, Algeria and “Nano and Advanced Technologies in Countering Terrorism” at a NATO Advanced Research Workshop in Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Vaseashta is often invited for lectures on Defense against Terrorism at national and international meetings. Dr. Vaseashta currently serves as a Franklin Fellow in the Office of Verification and Transparency Technologies, which leads the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance in identifying technological solutions for verification and compliance issues for current and future arms control challenges, thereby enabling policy choices.
We are pleased to announce that our 96th Franklin Fellow is Jacalyn Piatt Spedding who is serving in EEB’s Office of Commercial and Business Affairs (EEB/CBA). She works on the Global Entrepreneurship Program, where she is Senior Advisor for the Global Women’s Business Initiative (GWBI). While working with established programs, African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), APEC Women’s Leadership Network and Pathways Access Initiative, she will also be involved in expanding the GWBI to other regions.
We are pleased to announce that our 97th Franklin Fellow is Michelle Perez. Michelle, who began her fellowship on September 28, is working on water issues in OES’ Office of Environmental Policy (OES/ENV).
We are pleased to announce that our 95th Franklin Fellow is Todd Fein, President of Green Diamond LLC. Todd, who began his fellowship on September 28, is serving in the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, where he is helping to draft a 2010 Sustainability Report.
The Franklin Fellows Program is very pleased to announce our 94th Fellow, Jennie Duran. Jennie is serving in the Office of Civil Rights (S/OCR), where she is working on diversity issues, EEO investigations and other legal issues regarding EEO and employment.
Dr. Douglas Padgett
We are pleased to announce that our 93rd Franklin Fellow is Dr. Douglas Padgett. Doug is serving in DRL’s Office of South and Central Asia (DRL/SCA), where he covers Central Asia.
FF Jennifer Osetek helped organize a workshop held at GMU
Recently, Franklin Fellow #66 Jennifer Osetek helped organize a workshop hosted by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the request of the Department of State’s Biological Policy Staff to focus on the US strategy and objectives for this December’s Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference. The workshop, held at George Mason University, brought together representatives from various government agencies, industry, and academia who engaged in a series of beneficial discussions that will be continued in the future.
Franklin Fellow Jennifer Osetek attends a conference at the National Defense University
During the week of September 16, Franklin Fellow #66 Jennifer Osetek attended a conference at the National Defense University titled “Ten Years Later: Insights on al-Qaeda's Past & Future through Captured Records.” According to Osetek, the conference provided a great perspective of what scholars and policy makers knew about al-Qaeda ten years ago, the evolution of the organization and our knowledge of it, and the directions for future research to progress. Osetek and the other conference attendees were also treated to a tour of NDU’s library and special reference collections where they were introduced to a variety of resources designed to benefit ongoing research efforts.
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes Our 92nd Franklin Fellow, Shaun Yavrom, who serves in the Office of Population and International Migration in the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. As a Fellow, he covers policy issues of detention of irregular migrants and immigration reform as well as matters arising from the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
The Franklin Fellows Program is pleased to welcome that our 91st Franklin Fellow, Miguel Diaz, serving in DRL’s Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, where he is responsible for the Bureau’s Central America portfolio.
FF Karen Walker Joins Booz Allen
M. Karen Walker, a State Department Franklin Fellow from January 2009-January 2011, recently joined Booz Allen Hamilton's Strategic Communications team, within the firm's Center of Excellence for Human Capital, Learning, and Communications. In her new role, Karen is engaging U.S. Government agencies in the intelligence and security market to enhance strategy, operations, and change management initiatives. With her strategic communications teammates, Karen provides a range of services including communications planning and implementation, branding, media relations, public affairs, communications measurement, stakeholder engagement, and risk and crisis communications. For her first assignment, Karen will serve as assistant speech writer in the Office of Corporate Communications at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
Franklin Fellow Brian Campbell Returns From Tokyo
Franklin Fellow Brian Campbell recently returned from an official visit to Tokyo where he met with the U.S. Consular Chief and his staff (in a training capacity) related to his work as a Franklin Fellow with the Office of Public and Diplomatic Liaison. While there was much work to be done, Campbell also had the chance to play tennis with Foreign Service Officers at what he described as the “beautiful Tokyo embassy compound.”
Franklin Fellow Dr. Ashok Vaseashta works with the HTCG
Franklin Fellow Prof. Dr. Ashok Vaseashta recently participated in the U.S. – India High Technology Coordination Group (HTCG) meeting as a part of the U.S. delegation to India. Since its inception in 2003, the HTCG has served as a critical mechanism for industry to provide detailed recommendations to both governments to remove obstacles to high-technology trade and collaboration and to strengthen nonproliferation cooperation between the United States and India. The 2011 US-India Business Council meeting was organized under the leadership of Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Eric L. Hirschhorn and Foreign Secretary of India Mrs. Nirupma Rao. Dr. Vaseashta served as the USG chair of the HTCG Nanotechnology group. Dr. Vaseashta currently serves as a Franklin Fellow in the Office of Verification and Transparency Technologies, which leads the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance in identifying technological solutions for verification and compliance issues for current and future arms control challenges, thereby enabling policy choices.
We are pleased to welcome our 88th Franklin Fellow, Stephen Rickard, who began his fellowship on June 29. Stephen is Advisor for Human Rights in DRL’s Front Office, where he will be supporting the ongoing work of the Bureau and helping develop proposals to strengthen the procedures for human rights vetting of U.S. military assistance and commercial arms sales.
The Franklin Fellows Program is proud to welcome our 87th Fellow is Michael Wack, who entered on duty on June 20. He is serving as Counselor to Ambassador Philip Verveer in EEB’s Office of the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy (EEB/CIP), where he focuses on privacy and data protection policies, cloud computing, internet governance and freedom and preparations for the World Conference on International Telecommunications Economic Issues.
Former Franklin Fellow Lorraine Hawley works for Archer Daniels Midland Company
Former Franklin Fellow, Lorraine Riffle Hawley, is the Director of International Government Relations for Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). In her role as Director of International Government Relations, Lorraine will manage the company’s international government relations strategy and implementation for a portfolio which includes over 60 countries around the globe. Based in Washington, D.C., Lorraine will collaborate closely with ADM’s international business units. ADM is a fortune 30 company and is consistently ranked by Fortune magazine as the most admired food production company. Lorraine’s professional background includes over ten years with Chevron Corporation where Lorraine held several positions in their Washington, D.C. government affairs organization. Lorraine also served as a Franklin Fellow in 2009 and managed the energy and transportation portfolios in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs Office of Economic Policy.
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes Franklin Fellow #86 Stephen R. Bell to EEB’s Office of the U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy.
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes Franklin Fellow #85 Luis R. Renta, Jr. to S’s Office of the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs.
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes Franklin Fellow #84 Bob Ransom to DRL’s Office of the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights.
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes Franklin Fellow #83 Elizabeth Edelstein, part of our growing USUN contingent, where she serves as an expert on Women, Peace and Security, including coordination and implementation of US Policy in the UN Security Council. Prior to joining the Program, Elizabeth worked in the private and public sectors in Africa, Europe and the US. She holds an MA from Columbia University and a JD from Emory University.
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes Franklin Fellow #82 Randall Doyle to DRL’s Office of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he is researching press freedom in South Asia. Prior to joining the program, Randall published five books on Asia and has taught at Central Michigan University, Aichi University in Nagoya, the North China University of Technology, and at Ocean University in Qingdao, China. Randall holds a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho.
FF Tracey K. Friedlander worked with Amb. at Large, Stephen J. Rapp, on issues related to war crimes
This past year, Franklin Fellow Tracey K. Friedlander worked with Ambassador at Large for War Crimes, Stephen J. Rapp, on issues related to war crimes in the Former Yugoslavia. Today was a great day for international justice as Friedlander and the world found out that Ratko Mladić, indicted by the ICTY in 1995 for genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of laws or customs of war, was found and arrested in Serbia. His 1995 attacks on Srebrenica massacred 8,000 men and boys and his 16 years on the run as a fugitive from justice finally came to a halt. Last July, Friedlander accompanied the Ambassador as part of the Presidential Delegation to Bosnia and Herzegovina to attend the Ceremony Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide. The delegation joined some 40,000 people in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, where as part of the ceremony 775 massacre victims were interred at the Potočari war cemetery. Friedlander sent us these photos.
FF Alumnus Steven Koltai featured on Blog by Under Secretary Hormats
Robert D. Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, highlighted the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), led by Franklin Fellow Alumnus Steven Koltai. The blog entry provides insight to the program as well as notes recent programs, such as the first Entrepreneurship Delegation in Cairo (see archived news). You can view the entire blog hosted on DipNote (the State Department’s official blog), here.
FF Julie McCarthy + Open Government Initiative (OGI)
Former Franklin Fellow Julie McCarthy has joined a collaborative of governance donors working with the White House to support a new international Open Government Initiative (OGI). In her role as Senior Adviser at the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, Julie will provide support to the National Security Council, civil society and other OGI participating countries in developing the content and structure of the new initiative, which aims to promote greater transparency, accountability and citizen participation in governance. While serving as a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. Mission to the UN, Julie covered the peacebuilding portfolio, including working with the Peacebuilding Support Office, the Liberian Government and the UN Mission in Liberia. In response to Liberia’s request for UN Peacebuilding Commission assistance, she advanced and participated in a Peacebuilding Commission scoping mission to Liberia last summer.
Franklin Fellows attended the Congressional Breakfast Seminar
Franklin Fellows Jennifer Osetek and Tiffany Starr attended the National Defense University Foundation’s Congressional Breakfast Seminar entitled “Defending the Homeland Against Bioterrorism: An Update 16 Months After the WMD Commission’s Failing Grade” where they learned about the status of the nation’s biodefense initiatives.
FFP Alumnus Steven Koltai Featured in Second Issue of GEP Report
The Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs (EEB) has recently published its second issue of the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) report, led by Franklin Fellow Alumnus Steven Koltai. The current issue features the latest events, entrepreneurship initiatives, and news from GEP partners. Featured articles include a preview of Microsoft’s student technology competition ImagineCup held in New York, a recap of meetings held at the Economic Section of Embassy Athens, and dozens of items regarding entrepreneurship and innovation across North Africa and the Middle East. The GEP, designed by Koltai during his tenure as a Franklin Fellow, is a program designed to promote entrepreneurship around the world.
Former Franklin Fellow Intern Returns from TDY in Afghanistan
Maggie Hillmann, Franklin Fellows intern Jan’08-Aug’08 now DoS civil service, recently returned from a six month TDY in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Maggie was assigned to the bi-national Kandahar Reconstruction Team, working alongside US and Canadian Diplomats and Military, to stabilize Kandahar Province and empower the Provincial Government.
Photo by Megan McCloskey. Used with permission from Stars and Stripes. © 2010, 2011 Stars and Stripes.
The Franklin Fellows Program is pleased to welcome Amanda Fazzone as our 81st Franklin Fellow. Amanda is a Foreign Affairs Officer assigned to DRL’s Office of International Religious Freedom (DRL/IRF), where she focuses on NEA issues.
Since 2004, Amanda has worked on Middle Eastern issues, with a focus on democracy and labor. Most recently, she served as Director of U.S. Government Relations for the OneVoice Movement, an international grassroots movement that works with Israeli and Palestinian young political leaders to build consensus for a two-state peace agreement to end the conflict. In this capacity, she briefed senior U.S. government officials and foreign diplomats, connecting them with OneVoice's Israeli and Palestinian Youth Leaders, and spoke at multiple diplomatic events.
Franklin Fellow Alumna Lorrain Hawley Receives Promotion at Chrevon
Franklin Fellow Alumna Lorraine Hawley recently traveled to Perth, Australia—headquarters for Chevron’s Australia Business Unit—to participate in policy, government and public affairs strategic planning discussions related to Chevron’s Wheatstone project—a liquefied natural gas (LNG) and domestic gas operation in Western Australia. Chevron is the largest holder of natural gas resources in Australia and, in addition to the Wheatstone Project, is leading development of the Gorgon Project, an LNG/domestic gas joint venture under construction on Barrow Island. Lorraine was recently promoted to a more senior position within Chevron’s government affairs organization, and her current portfolio includes managing government affairs for Chevron’s interests in Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and European Union. Lorraine also manages Chevron’s advocacy efforts in support of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement.
Franklin Fellow Maryam Mujica Participates in Panel on Iran Sanctions
Franklin Fellow Maryam Mujica recently traveled to Irvine, California to participate in a very successful panel on Iran Sanctions, hosted by the Network of Iranian American Professionals of Orange County. The event was sold-out and was attended by approximately 170 people. Alongside panelists from the Departments of State and the Treasury, Maryam participated in explaining to local professionals the history, purpose and reasoning behind Iran sanctions. The purpose of the panel was to not only explain sanctions in more detail, but to also explain how to conduct transactions exempted by the statutes regulating sanctions. Maryam serves in the Office of Iran Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs where she concentrates on sanctions and public diplomacy issues.
The Franklin Fellows program is pleased to welcome Franklin Fellow #80 William Tarpai to the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, where he works in the Office of Civilian Response Operations on readiness issues. William is currently Volunteer Chair of the Measles Initiative in the National Capital Region, and retired from UNHCR in 2010 after working in 12 countries. He holds a BA and an MPA from California State San Bernardino.
The Franklin Fellows Program is delighted to have Carol Grose as our 79th Fellow. She is serving in the Office of the Chief of Protocol (S/CPR), where she is the Outreach Advisor responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of special outreach program projects and large official functions hosted by the Chief of Protocol.
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes our 78th Fellow, Jonathan Turner. Jonathan serves as the primary advisor for press and public diplomacy in EUR’s Office of Policy and Regional Affairs. EUR/PRA takes the Bureau lead in planning, formulating and implementing policy on nonproliferation, civil nuclear cooperation, arms control, space policy and security assistance issues.
The Franklin Fellows Program warmly welcomes Fellow # 74, Dr. Alan J. Tomkins of the University of Nebraska. Alan, who began his service on February 2, has joined the Secretary’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (S/GHFSI) as primary advisor on the diplomatic side of the Feed the Future Initiative.
Alan is the Director of the University’s Public Policy Center, where his research interests include public input to and public trust/confidence in government, and issues of justice and fairness. He has coordinated a multi-year project in which the City of Lincoln (NE) obtains citizen input for municipal budgeting and performance measurements. Alan’s other current research includes a study pertaining to Congress’s public engagement requirement for nanotechnology research and development; management and adaptation of water resources; and a project development of Geographic Information System (GIS) applications for law enforcement use.
Alan holds a J.D. and Ph.D. from Washington University and a B.A. from Boston University.
The Franklin Fellows Program is proud to announce our 73rd Franklin Fellow is Dr. Peter Mandaville of George Mason University. Peter, who began his fellowship on January 31, is serving in Policy Planning, where he is the Department’s expert on political Islam. He also will cover Middle East policy and some aspects of the portfolios of counterterrorism/countering violent extremism and broader Muslim engagement.
Peter is Founding Director of GMU’s Center for Global Studies and is Associate Professor of Government & Islamic Studies there. He has past affiliations at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and at the University of Kent at Canterbury in the UK. He was a member of the Steering Roundtable of the U.S. Global Citizen Diplomacy Initiative and of the “NATO in Afghanistan” Expert Advisory Group.
Peter is the author of two books, Global Political Islam (2007) and Transnational Muslim Politics: Reimagining the Umma (2001), and has also co-edited four volumes of essays in the fields of international relations and Islamic Studies.
The Franklin Fellows Program is pleased to welcome Jennifer Stein as our 72nd Franklin Fellow. Jennifer, who started her service on January 31, is serving in the Office of War Crimes Issues (S/WCI), where she focuses primarily on war crimes issues involving Senegal, Sierra Leone, Cambodia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Jennifer most recently worked at Thompson Hine LLP in the International Trade & Customs Group where she focused on advising clients regarding the movement of goods, services and technology.
Jennifer was also active in pro bono, which included advising NGOs on constitutional drafting issues, the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants in post-conflict society, analysis of conflict mineral issues and advising an NGO on the potential filing of a petition challenging anti-gay legislation.
Jennifer is a 2006 graduate of Duke Law School and earned her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, from which she graduated cum laude. She also studied abroad in Brisbane, Australia. She is admitted to practice law in Ohio and the District of Columbia.
We are pleased to announce that our 71st Franklin Fellow is Dr. Irina Adamashvili, who began her service on January 19. Irena is serving in CA/PPT’s Office of Strategic Planning and Cost Analysis (CA/PPT/SPCA), where she works on the Management Information System and other data bases.
Irina comes to us from the Louisiana University Health Sciences, School of Medicine in Shreveport, where she was an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Genetics. She has been involved in various research projects in the field of Genetics and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals. She has delivered invited lectures at UCLA and the NIH and has served as committee chairperson of international conferences in Genetics.
Irina holds an MS in Molecular Genetics from Tbilisi State University and a PhD in Human Genetics from the Institute of Medical Genetics in Moscow. She is a past member of a number of organizations, including the American Human Histocompatibility Society; the Genetic Society of America; the New York Academy of Sciences; and the European Society of Human Genetics.
The Franklin Fellows Program is proud to welcome our 70th Fellow Lauren E. Baer who joins the Office of Policy Planning, where her portfolio, not completely decided, may include human rights and development issues. Prior to commencing her fellowship, she was a senior associate in the Litigation/Controversy Department at the New York office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP.
Ms. Baer’s practice focused on representation of institutional and individual clients in complex civil litigation, criminal investigations, and arbitral proceedings, with an emphasis on international disputes, compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and federal appellate and Supreme Court matters.
Before joining WilmerHale, Ms. Baer clerked for the Honorable Robert D. Sack on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and was a policy consultant to The Albright Group LLC, the global strategy firm headed by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Ms. Baer is a 2007 graduate of Yale Law School, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of International Law and a director of the Immigration Legal Services Clinic. In 2004 she earned an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. Ms. Baer earned her B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude, in 2002.
Franklin Fellow Alumnus Steven Koltai recently returned from leading the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) Delegation visit to Egypt. Eleven U.S. entrepreneurs and early stage investors formed the Delegation. The agenda primarily focused on meetings with entrepreneurs and startups. One hundred and five startups competed for two cash prices of $20,000 each, contributed by Delegation members themselves, with 32 finalists, 6 semi-finalists and two winners.
The winners included the team of brothers Ashraf and Haytham El-Fadeel who created Kgine, a "new smart Google for mobile," and Mostafa El-Khouly, CEO of Siliminds, whose products include a new operating system (OS), with fraction to decimal computing power. In addition, the 52 non-finalists were provided with one-on-one mentoring sessions with Delegation members. The Delegates also met Prime Minister Nazif, who expressed interested in learning more about the GEP.
The meeting was followed by a press conference, carried on all major outlets, which was highlighted on the front page of several newspapers and TV shows and was featured on a half-hour prime time TV special.
The visit yielded many new relationships and investment possibilities. Several Delegation members have entered into mentoring relationships with new entrepreneurs. Ten new GEP partners were added during the trip, bringing the number of GEP Egypt partners close to 50 (from zero, less than ten months ago).
Furthermore, there is exciting news of a possible $1 milliion+ investment by traditional Sand Hill Road venture capital (VC) firm in local new VC funds. In the Grand Finale Event, the first full-time GEP lead entrepreneur Mike Duckner was introduced to an audience of 700, almost three times the number of people originally forecasted.
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes Haeyoung Kim, our 69th Fellow, who has joined the Korea Desk to serve as its Science and Technology officer. As a policy analyst and researcher, Haeyoung Kim has worked with the Korea Policy Institute, the California State Assembly, the Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and the Center for International Policy’s Asia Program in Washington, DC. Her work for the California Assembly included drafting California’s Iran Contracting Act of 2010 while serving as liaison to Assemblyman Mike Feuer’s district
Her research has been focused on multilateral and bilateral trade agreements, international energy policy, globalization, and environmental justice.
Ms. Kim received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where she was Co-Chair of the National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law & Public Policy and Senior Editor of the Asian American Policy Review. She speaks Korean, Italian, Spanish and Chinese, and also plays drums in a traditional Korean drumming troupe.
The Franklin Fellows Program delightfully welcomes Mimi Reisner, our 68th Franklin Fellow, who will serve in the Office of the Chief of Protocol (S/ CPR), where she will assist and advise in the areas of communications and ceremonies. Ms. Reisner will work with the Public Affairs officer to develop a press and communication plan for the office. Her goal is to establish a process for media outreach and assist in drafting speeches and press releases. Mimi will also work with the Ceremonials division on event presentation and design.
Mimi brings a background in communications and freelance journalism. She is a reporter for "The Washington Scene," at The Hill Newspaper and is also a contributing writer for DC Modern Luxury Magazine. She covers social events with an emphasis on the philanthropic and her pieces highlight the contributions of the many organizations dedicated to social improvement in the DC area.
With an extensive background in fashion and interior design, it will be her goal to develop and present ideas for image and décor for events at State. Mimi has worked on many not-for-profit benefits including events for Dress for Success, The Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, and The Nightingale-Bamford School. She looks forward to contributing and is honored to serve as a Franklin Fellow.
The Franklin Fellows Program proudly welcomes Elaine Sarao as our 67th Fellow to SCA’s Office of Press and Public Diplomacy (SCA/PPD), where she is working with the Pakistani Diaspora in the US to create project proposals with action plans aimed at societal stabilization in Pakistan. For Sri Lanka, Elaine is addressing, with a focus on women, threshold society development for social, economic and governance development. Her efforts on both counties also are aimed at fostering U.S. public diplomacy, as well.
Elaine comes to us from the NGO, Foreign Aid Through Education (FATE), where she has been Executive Director. She has served as Congressional Fellow on Foreign Affairs for Congressman Major R. Owens from March 2000 until January 2007, when he retired.
Elaine holds an MFA, which is a terminal degree, in Communication/Advertising from Syracuse University and a BFA in Communications Design from Parsons and the New School. She is also Associate Rector of Wisconsin International Ukraine University in Kyiv and is the Research Associate for the Center for Gender, Culture and Development at the Kigali Institute of Education.
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes our 66th Fellow, Jennifer Osetek. She will be working on U.S. biological weapons control policy as part of Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Policy office in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.
LTjg Osetek is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve where she is stationed in the Office of Counterterrorism and Defense Operations. Recently, she served on active duty for 5 months at the National Incident Command participating in the USG’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Prior to this assignment, she was stationed at Sector Long Island Sound in New Haven,
LTjg Osetek is currently studying for her PhD in Biodefense with an international security concentration from George Mason University. She holds a Master’s of Homeland Security in Public Health Preparedness from Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine and continues to serve as a teacher’s assistant with the program. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree with Specialized Honors in Neurobiology from Drew University.
Prof. Dr. Ashok K. Vaseashta, our 65th Fellow, comes to us from Norwich University Applied Research Institutes, where he serves as Director of the Institute for Advanced Sciences Convergence and the International Clean Water Institute. Vaseashta will serve in the Bureau of Arms Control Verification and Compliance, Office of Verification and Transparency Technologies (AVC/VTT) where he will evaluate arms control requirements for treaties, both present and future.
Dr. Vaseashta previously served as a Foster Fellow to the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, working with the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction and with the Terrorism and Foreign Consequence Management Program. He has also been a professor of physics at Marshall University’s Graduate Program in Physical Sciences, where he was the Director of the Nanomaterials Processing & Characterization Laboratories. He holds a visiting professorship at the 3 Nano-SAE Research Centre, University of Bucharest, Romania and is visiting scientist at the Helen and Martin Kimmel Center of Nanoscale Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.
He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech,, a Master’s Degree in Materials Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Delhi. Dr. Vaseashta speaks Japanese and French.
The Franklin Fellows Program proudly welcomes Clint Gardiner, our 63rd Fellow, to the Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement (IPE). Clint has been a member of the United Technologies Corporation legal department for more than 16 years. In his most recent position as Vice President, Government Business Controls, he has been responsible for leading an effort focused on government contracts risk management issues.
Gardiner has held senior level executive positions in the United Technologies legal department for the last 10 years, including Vice President and General Counsel of Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation and Deputy General Counsel of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, both wholly-owned subsidiaries of United Technologies.
Before joining United Technologies, Gardiner was an associate with Crowell & Moring, a Washington law firm, where he began his professional career as a lawyer, focusing primarily on government contracts and business crime matters.
Clint received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his law degree from Rutgers-Camden School of Law.
On November 30, the United States Mission to the United Nations and PEPFAR hosted a panel discussion in advance of World AIDS Day on the theme "Smart Investments, Building on Success." The panel brought together representatives from various sectors to discuss the progress to date in fighting HIV/AIDS and our shared responsibility to make sure this progress continues.
Participants included Amb. Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, U.S. Department of State; Amb. Jimmy Kolker (ret.), Chief of HIV/AIDS, Programme Division, UNICEF; Amb. Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda's Permanent Representative to the United Nations; and Ms. Krista Thompson, Vice President and General Manager, Global Health, BD. The panel was moderated by U.S. Ambassador Rick Barton, Representative to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.
After a brief introduction, the event featured a brief video (from the Gates Foundation's 'Living Proof' project) depicting a man from Cote d'Ivoire who is alive today thanks to PEPFAR-supported antiretroviral treatment. Panelists gave 5-minute remarks reflecting on the theme "Smart Investments, Building on Success" followed by questions from the audience of diplomats, NGO's and representatives of the UN and global health community.
The Franklin Fellows Program is pleased to announce Our 62nd Fellow Dr. Georgianna A. Land, who joins us from the New York City Department of Education. She will serve with the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, where she will facilitate deepening relationships of state and local governments in the United States with their foreign counterparts.
During her career in the New York City school system, Dr. Land, managed a district personnel department, and served as assistant director of the citywide employment program, designed the curricula for two new Gifted and Talented Schools, coached teachers and managed their professional development. She served on sabbatical as Vice President for Administration at AME University in Liberia, taught education at Stony Brook University and Medgar Evers College
Dr. Land holds a PhD. from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree from Pace University in New York and a Bachelor’s degree from Allen University. She has received numerous awards during her career in education and written articles in her field.
In mid-November, the FPC hosted 13 European environmental journalists for a weeklong climate change reporting tour to include briefings at the White House and with State Department Special Envoy Todd Stern that focused on the Administration's environmental policy and the upcoming Cancun Climate Change meetings.
Franklin Fellow Alison Mann led the west-coast portion of the program facilitating briefings from Governor Schwarzenegger and the Chairman of the California Energy Commission, Karen Douglas, as well as visits to Google and Silver Spring Networks, providing invaluable insight into the latest green technology. FPC Director Neil Klopfenstein praised Alison's leadership on the program, noting that "she not only got all the important briefings right, but she did all of the little things - like organizing a farewell dinner in San Francisco's Chinatown and leading a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge - that make a tour like this so successful.
On November 19th, Senior Advisor Bill Pope and Franklin Fellows Karen Newman, Merida Lopez, Howie Wachtel, Mike Roffman, Julie McCarthy and Robert Ivker joined for an informal but productive lunch in New York to discuss past and ongoing experiences in the Fellows program. Both Mike and Robert are now back in the private sector and were very helpful to the newest Fellows, Karen and Merida.
Given the range of backgrounds and current projects underway, the dialogue was lively and informative. The current and former Franklin Fellows shared insights into their new roles and discussed the interesting political issues confronting the U.S. Mission to the UN. At the end of the festive Indian lunch, a number of new friendships were made, and it was clear that a regular New York Franklin Fellows lunch, similar to the Washington ones, would be a great way to network and to form bonds among Fellows, both past and present.
The Franklin Fellows Program is pleased to announce our 61st Fellow Carrie George, who is serving in DRL’s Office of International Labor and Corporate Social Responsibility. In DRL/IL, she will be responsible for the EAP and Supply Chain Portfolios.
Carrie joins us from STR Responsible Sourcing where she developed training and verification programs to improve working conditions in supply chains. While with STR, she also established an oversight body of international labor rights auditors – the Global Monitoring Institute – and was a temporary social compliance manager for a leading apparel brand.
Previous to STR, she analyzed the social and environmental risk of various business sectors, worked on a participatory rural development project in India, and developed the business model of a small development project in South Africa.
She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cornell and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development and Composite Dance from Brigham Young.
Franklin Fellow proudly welcomes our 60th Franklin Fellow, Maryam Mujica who joins the Bureau of Public Affairs, as an Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary. She will work with the Bureau’s outreach and strategic planning efforts, using the State Department’s assets to influence national and international media outlets.
Before joining the Department of State, Maryam worked at Stanford Law School’s External Relations office. Previously, she worked as a real estate litigation attorney in San Francisco. During law school, Maryam clerked at the San Mateo District Attorney’s Office; the Santa Clara Public Defender’s Office; and for The Honorable Richard A. Kramer in the Complex Litigation Department in San Francisco Superior Court.
Maryam received her Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University and her undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She speaks Spanish, French and Farsi.
The Franklin Fellows Program is delighted to welcome our 58th Fellow, Karen Newman. Karen will split her service between PA’s New York Foreign Press Center (PA/NYFPC) and USUN’s Office of Press and Public Affairs (USUN/PPA).
Karen comes to the FF Program after ten years with UNDP, UNICEF and the UN Global Compact. During her career in the public, private and international sectors, she has developed expertise with building strategic partnerships, resource mobilization, corporate responsibility and economic development. Her work often includes consulting for companies like Microsoft and Philips Healthcare, as well as with large initiatives supporting the Millennium Development Goals.
Karen’s experience with government includes economic development work for New York and Chicago city governments. In Chicago, she worked at The Michael Jordan Foundation and United Way in community affairs and grantmaking. Recently, Karen served on the New York Committee for the World Food Program USA and worked at the Hunger Project raising funds and awareness on poverty and hunger issues.
Karen earned her MBA and a Masters in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.
The Franklin Fellows Program is delighted to welcome our 57th Fellow, Julie Chen. Julie is Special Advisor to Special Representative Reta Jo Lewis in the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of State.
Prior to joining the Department of State, Julie was an attorney in private practice. Among her many roles, she has served as in-house counsel for Verizon Communications and the Smithsonian Institution. Julie was also the Chief Legal Officer for the United States Tennis Association, where she was responsible for providing legal and business counsel for the organization and its activities, including the U.S. Open Tennis Championships and as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee
She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan where she was a Yee Scholar and holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Irvine. Julie is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and in the states of New York, California and Illinois.
The Franklin Fellows program proudly welcomes our 57th Fellow, Paul McCulloch-Otero, who will serve as Special Advisor to Reta Jo Lewis, the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Secretary (S/SRGIA). He will bridge between state and local elected leaders in the U.S. and their counterparts abroad by reaching out to domestic and foreign leaders, engaging state and local officials, and coordinating peer-to-peer opportunities for sub-national dialogue.
Most recently, Paul worked at the World Bank as the Senior Analyst to the High Level Commission on the Modernization of World Bank Group Governance. After working as an attorney for the New York City Commission on Human Rights, he studied at the University of London, where he received an LL.M. in International Law with a concentration on International Finance and Development.
Paul attended Temple University Law School where he received his J.D. with a focus on International Law. He graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish Literature from Emory University, having studied abroad in Oxford and Havana.
The Franklin Fellows Program is pleased to welcome our 55th Franklin Fellow, Dr. Frederi Viens, who began his service on October 27. Dr. Viens is serving on AF’s Economic Policy Staff (AF/EPS) as an advisor for environment, science and technology issues.
Dr. Viens is sponsored by Purdue University, where he is a Professor of Statistics and Mathematics and Director of the Computational Finance Program. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in probability, statistics, quantitative finance, and insurance mathematics. His research centers on stochastic analysis, a multi-disciplinary scientific field that seeks to find rules behind random and chaotic natural and sociological phenomena.
Dr. Viens earned a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California, Irvine. He has been awarded a number of fellowships and grants from the National Science Foundation and has held two postdoctoral positions in Europe.
We are pleased to welcome Brian J. Campbell, of Los Angeles, California, as our 54th Franklin Fellow. Brian is a member of the Vice Presidential Advance Team and travels nationally and internationally to assist with site preparation and logistical support for Vice President Biden’s events. Brian also recently completed three projects in Missouri and Virginia for the Department of Commerce in connection with the 2010 Decennial Census.
Brian brings a well rounded private sector business background to his current position as Foreign Affairs Officer (consultant) in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Passport, Office of Integrity and Internal Controls. As a licensed real estate AGENT, principal, developer and owner/operator, Brian has developed a number of commercial real estate projects, and recently completed his second resort development project in Southern California.
Brian graduated from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, with an emphasis in organizational communications.
News Item: FFP Alumna Lorraine Hawley Represents Chevron in Seoul
Former Franklin Fellow Lorraine Hawley (Chevron) participated in a US business delegation visit to Seoul, South Korea in October 2010. The visit, which was organized by the US-Korea FTA Business Coalition (housed in the US Chamber of Commerce), was timed to take the place before South Korea hosted the G20 meetings in Seoul, November 11-12. The purpose of the delegation visit was to discuss the outlook for the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which was negotiated in 2007 and has yet to be ratified. The delegation met with a variety of senior-level government officials while in Seoul and also participated in a meeting at the Blue House (the South Korean equivalent of the White House).
Lorraine represented Chevron as one of five co-chair companies of the US-Korean FTA Business Coalition and leads grassroots advocacy efforts for the coalition. As lead for the Grassroots Committee, Lorraine coordinates closely with other coalition co-chairs, the Embassy of Korea, US Government, and members of the business community to implement initiatives designed to create awareness of the economic benefits which will result from ratification of the US-Korea FTA and to create broad grassroots-level support for the FTA.
Franklin Fellows Celebrates First Ever Two-Year Fellow
On January 26th, the Franklin Fellows Program celebrated the work of Karen Walker, who is the first Franklin Fellow to have served a full, two-year fellowship. Karen served in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), Office of Near East and South Central Asia, managing democracy and governance programs and policy planning in Iraq. We wish her continued success in her future endeavors and are proud to have her as part of our rapidly growing Franklin Fellows alumni network.
Franklin Fellow Dr. John Graham spoke to the March meeting of the International Council of Delaware. Dr. Graham, the Assistant Vice President for International Affairs at Delaware State University, briefed the Council on the Franklin Fellows Program and how the work that Fellows carry out helps shape U.S. foreign policy. The Council was interested in the program in the context of its efforts to identify and expand business to new locations and partners around the world that seek to trade with the State of Delaware.
In April, Dr. Graham accompanied Delaware State's recently appointed Provost, Dr. Harry L. Williams, on his visit to the Department of State to gain an appreciation for the mission and strategy of the department. Provost Williams was keen to learn more about the Franklin Fellows Program and other professional development programs to ensure that the University maintains a long-term relationship with State regarding future Franklin Fellows and placements for students in internships and other programs. During his visit, Dr. Williams met with Acting Director General Teddy Taylor and Acting Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Phil Carter.
Dr. John Graham has been commended (pdf, 60kb) for his work with the Department's Negotiations Team on Africa as Technical Advisor at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development in May in New York. The key themes for multilateral negotiation were Agriculture, Land, Rural Development, Interlinkages, Africa, Drought and Desertification. Dr. Graham broke new ground for the Franklin Fellows Program, becoming the first Fellow in the still-new program to serve on the official delegation to a multilateral negotiation outside of Washington.
Franklin Fellow Dr. Karim Altaii, a Professor at James Madison University, chaired a panel at the mid-March "Iraqi Academic Conference" held at the National Academy of Sciences. The conference brought together U.S. and Iraqi academics to discuss how best to help Iraqi universities.
In chairing his panel, Dr. Altaii, who is assigned to the Office of Iraq Affairs in State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, observed that Iraqi institutions of higher learning are "not connecting with U.S. universities." He suggested looking at university consortiums or possibly launching an NGO dedicated to Iraqi higher education. The conference followed an earlier visit to the U.S. of seven Iraqi university presidents, in which Dr. Altaii also participated.
Franklin Fellow Marsha McLean is spearheading the our Pathways to Prosperity – Women Entrepreneurs initiative of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, where she is serving. It will begin with a conference in October in D. C. whose theme is ACCESS: to markets, to finance, to education. The initiative will bring together aspiring entrepreneurs from Latin America with successful U.S. and Canadian entrepreneurs to encourage mentoring relationships and will bring companies interested in importing goods/services, providing logistical support, and financing for small businesses. This program will grow over time, as the mentoring relationships develop and expand through the Hemisphere. It may also serve as a template for similar programs in other parts of the world.
Franklin Fellow Dr. Jeffrey Stacey, a professor of Political Science at Tulane University, has been fully engaged within the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS) within the Office of the Secretary of State. In June, Dr. Stacey and S/CRS Deputy Coordinator Jonathon Benton represented the U.S. Government at an EU conference in Brussels on "Strengthening Capacities to Respond to Crises and Security Threats." The event brought together policy-makers and practitioners in the area of conflict prevention and crisis response in order to learn from recent post- and potential-conflict cases.
Dr. Stacey and Deputy Coordinator Benton continued to Stockholm for a series of meetings with the Swedish Government to brief on developments within S/CRS, most notably the growth of the Civilian Response Corps and its deployments. They received a briefing on Sweden's priorities for its impending six-month term as EU President.
Back in Washington, Franklin Fellow Stacey has been a lead on developing the capability to establish within three months a joint R&S mission with one or more partners in the field. Similarly, he has been writing procedures for the Civilian Response Corps' interaction with bilateral and multilateral partners in the field. In addition, Dr. Stacey has been one of the designers of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRT) "Lessons Learned" Project, in which State and its USG partners are assessing the impact of PRTs in Iraq and Afghanistan and seeking to improve the model for advanced PRTs in the field.
Franklin Fellow Kimberly Penna, Social and Human Sciences Officer in the Office of UNESCO Affairs at the State Department, recently attended the World Social Science Forum in Bergen, Norway as a U.S. observer. This international conference, organized by the International Social Science Council in partnership with UNESCO and many other organizations, focused on the global presence and impact of the Social Science field, especially when addressing such important issues as globalization and the current financial crisis.
Earlier, Penna had the opportunity to visit the UNESCO Secretariat in Paris, France, where she met with the Chief of Section heads in the Social and Human Sciences Sector. Since rejoining in 2003, the United States continues to promote U.S. priorities at UNESCO in each of the Organization's five sectors: education, culture, communication and information, natural sciences, and social and human sciences.
Franklin Fellow Dr. James Small, who is serving in USAID's Office of Development Partners, attended the Private Sector Forum preceding the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad & Tobago. At the Forum, Dr. Small attended seminars and meetings with representatives from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, governments, and multilateral institutions from throughout the hemisphere, and explored possible public-private partnerships with private sector companies based in Caribbean.
Dr. Small also traveled to Ecuador, in order to evaluate the alternative energy and business environment, as well as explore USAID Ecuador prospects for establishing public-private partnerships in Ecuador's alternative energy sector. Finally, Dr. Small spent two weeks in Panama, where he worked closely with the USAID Mission to identify and select public-private partners to participate in USAID Panama's Community Youth at Risk program.
Franklin Fellows Dr. Lauren Young and Dr. Robert Ivker started their terms as the 23rd and 24th Fellows on September 11th at USUN. Dr. Lauren Young is serving in the Political Section at USUN and is working on nuclear non-proliferation and issues surrounding children in armed conflict. She holds a BA from Yale and a PhD from the University of London and has worked on Wall Street for fifteen years, focusing primarily on European financial issues. Dr. Robert Ivker is serving in the Press and Public Affairs Section at USUN. Dr. Ivker holds a BA in Political Science from the George Washington University and a MD from the University of Des Moines. He has been a credentialed journalist at the UN and has published dozens of articles in think-tanks and other publications, both here and abroad. He is also a practicing physician on the staff of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Franklin Fellow Dr. Jeffrey Stacey, a professor from Tulane University, has been serving in the Civilian Response Operations division of the Office of the Secretary's Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. In September, Dr. Stacey had the opportunity to attend a two day policy conference in Paris on "Prospects for US-EU Cooperation on Security, Freedom, and Justice…Project on Forging a Strategic US-EU Relationship." The conference was held by Dan Hamilton of Johns Hopkins University and the Paris-based EU Institute for Strategic Studies and focused on the changing aspects of relations between the US and the EU. Dr. Stacey's particular focus at the conference was on the evolving triangular relations between the US-EU-NATO and how S/CRS and global R&S/peacebuilding efforts relate.
Lorraine Hawley was selected by the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs to serve as Singapore's Liaison Officer for the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh. Hawley worked closely with both US and Singapore government officials in the months leading up to the Summit to prepare for Singapore's participation. She traveled to Pittsburgh for the Summit with the US delegation, which included White House, NSC, State Department, Treasury staff and senior officials.
As Singapore's US government representative for all Summit-related activities, Hawley partnered with Singapore Embassy officials to staff the Republic of Singapore's Finance Minister, Sherpa, and Finance Deputy. Singapore's participation in the G20 Summit underscored the strong U.S.- Singapore partnership and highlighted Singapore's position as a global leader on economic and financial issues.
Franklin Fellows Lisa Gambone, Frederick Marrazzo, and Dr. Nisha Jain Garg started their terms as Fellows on September 28th. Lisa Gambone is serving in the Human Rights Office of Bureau of International Organizations working on topics brought before the UN Human Rights Council, the General Assembly debates, and also on women's issues. She has previously worked with the Prosecution for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Lawyers without Borders, an international US law firm in London, and on cases before the European Court of Human Rights.
Frederick Marrazzo works in the Bureau of International Information Programs, Office of East Asia-Pacific Affairs as a Policy Analyst on issues affecting new media and public diplomacy toward China. Frederick W. Marrazzo majored in East Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Maryland and received his MBA degree at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Dr. Garg is working for the US Department of State/US Agency for International Development (USAID) as Senior Technical Advisor for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). She comes from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX where she serves as the Professor of the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology.
Franklin Fellow Alumnus Dr. John L. Graham became the Dean for the School of Business at Medgar Evers College, a 2000-student school in the City University of New York system (CUNY). His first task as Dean is to streamline departmental processes and develop an operational strategic plan with faculty members.
As a Franklin Fellow, John served the Bureau of African Affairs' Office of Economic and Policy Staff as a Foreign Affairs Officer-Expert and helped in the analysis of local policies on food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also served on interagency working groups and Policy Coordination subcommittees on a variety of other issues and supported Bureau interactions with other stakeholders in soliciting input and formulating recommendations.
Franklin Fellow Alumnus Michael D. Roffman is now working at the Treasury Department in the Office of Economics and Finance, covering South and Southeast Asia. While a Franklin Fellow, Roffman served in the Office of International Labor Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility, part of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. He covered the issues of labor rights, corporate social responsibility, and Internet freedom, with a regional focus on East Asia.
Franklin Fellow Dr. P.E. Karim Altaii is currently working in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in the Office of Iraq Provincial Reconstruction, Transition and Stabilization Staff as Foreign Affairs Officer-Expert. Dr. Karim Altaii is now in Iraq on a TDY, where he is focusing on capacity building, especially in higher education. He is also working with interagency working groups on a variety of issues to support Bureau interactions with other stakeholders in soliciting input and formulating recommendations. Dr. Altaii comes to the Franklin Fellows Program from James Madison University's Energy Academic Team in Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) department.
Franklin Fellow Anna Cave started on Wednesday, October 21st as the first Fellow to serve in the Office of War Crimes Issues (S/WCI). Cave received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law. While studying for her Juris Doctor, Cave worked at Columbia's Human Rights Clinic. She researched potential human rights abuse cases from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be brought before the International Criminal Court.
Cave worked as a Litigation Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. At Fordham's Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic, her fieldwork developed an anti-Female Genital Mutilation pilot project for Timap for Justice, an NGO providing legal services in rural areas. In Cambodia, Cave's fieldwork for the NGO Salvation Center Cambodia developed a strategy report on land rights. Cave also has experience working with the Public International Law and Policy Group and the Political Asylum Clinic at Columbia University School of Law.
Franklin Fellow David Carbajal (USUN/ECOSOC) has been representing the United States Mission at the Second (Economic and Financial) Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. Carbajal advised the Economic Committee to increase aid to the poorest nations of the world and reported that the United States is committed to improving how it assists developing countries while also increasing its engagement with them.
Carbajal also reported that the U.S. global health initiative will grant $63 billion to fight global health threats, like HIV/AIDS and malaria in developing countries. Carbajal has also been serving as the USUN's lead negotiator on various issues, such as the "International Financial System" and on "Development and External Debt and Development: towards a durable solution to the debt problems of developing countries."
Just returned from several months in Iraq, Franklin Fellow Dr. Karim Altaii (James Madison University) led a seminar on Iraqi higher education with officers from various State Department offices. While in Iraq, Dr. Altaii had met with Iraqi university professors about forming partnerships with faculty members at U.S. universities. Iraqi academics told Altaii about their strong desire to restore high academic standards at Iraq’s universities. To advance that goal, Dr. Altaii advocates partnerships between some of Iraq’s 28,000 professors and the 8-12,000 professors who left Iraq and now live in the diaspora. The US Government's growing Fulbright program in Iraq will extend Dr. Altaii's inter-faculty contacts with additional opportunities for Iraqi academics to re-connect with the wider academic world.
Franklin Fellows meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in October. The Secretary heard about the contributions of Fellows, including service in Iraq. Pictured from left to right are: (back row) Senior Advisor for Fellows Bill Pope, Franklin Fellows Program Intern Heather Zurek, Fellows Lorraine Hawley, Susan D. Loftis, Kim Tingley, Dr. Jeffrey Stacey, Timothy Ford, Dr. James Small, Karen Walker (front row) Fellows Steven Koltai, Dr. James Girard, Lisa Gambone, Secretary Clinton, Fellows Dr. Nisha Garg, Frederick Marrazzo, and Dr. R. Quinn Mecham.
Shelly Porges is Senior Advisor for the Global Women's Business Initiative, encouraging women entrepreneurs and global gender equity.
After a long career as both a corporate executive and entrepreneur herself, Shelly was most recently Board Chair of a non-profit; Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence. She also founded Global Payments Experts, a business consulting firm. Her career in finance and marketing includes serving as Chief Marketing Officer with Scudder Weisel Capital among other online firms and as an executive with Bank of America and American Express. She has taught at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and has a Master's degree from Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration. Shelly speaks Hebrew, French, Italian and Spanish.
Emily Hsu focuses on the website and social media at the U.S. Mission to the UN.
Emily has worked at the U.S. Institute for Peace; at "Inside Washington;" and as an intern at the New York Times. She holds an M.A. (with honors) from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and a B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern.
Franklin Fellow Scott Kemp is the Physical Scientist in the Office of the Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control.
Scott is a physicist and expert on nuclear proliferation, centrifuge enrichment, and the detection of covert nuclear facilities. He has published a number of scholarly articles and has conducted seminars on proliferation topics. He previously worked on science and national security issues for CSIS and the Council on Foreign Relations. Scott earned his Ph.D. at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and B.A. in Physics from UC Santa Barbara. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Kings College, London.
Tracy Bernstein serves in the Office of the Chief of protocol, where she serves as Outreach Liaison.
Most recently Tracey was an advisor to the President of Blissliving Home, working to provide business opportunities for artisans in developing countries. She worked on the 2008 Presidential campaign, serving on the National Leadership Board for Hillary Clinton for President and the Board for Maxed out Women. She later served with Obama National Women's Leadership. Her career with non-profits includes serving as a Board member of Sasha Bruce Youthworks, which provides services to "at-risk" youth in D.C. She has been one of the co-chairs for the Vital Voices Gala for the past two years and works with the developing artisans program. Tracy received a degree in Communications and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania.
Franklin Fellow Shelly Porges traveled to London to represent the Office of Commercial and Business Affairs and its Global Women’s Business Initiative (GWBI) at the first WEConnect International conference.
Monday, March 22, 2010 was World Water Day. As an engineer and a Franklin fellow, it was my first day back from my recent trip to Haiti.
I worked on my trip report. While in Haiti, I had visited a camp run by a Brazilian NGO. The camp manager had developed a very efficient, well thought out scheme for dealing with human waste.
You may not be aware that there are no significant sewage treatment plants in Haiti. Most of the human waste in Port-au-Prince eventuality finds its way untreated into the harbor. The camp manager of the Vivario managed camp in downtown Port-au-Prince developed a novel solution for his camp. He constructed and was operating an anaerobic digester for treating wastewater. He developed a system with rooftop collection and storage of water, supplemented with municipal water, stored on the roof. The system uses elevated storage to provide all the energy needed to run the system. The water storage is on the third elevation. The bathrooms are on the second elevation, and the digester input elevation is located on the first elevation. The pressure from the water on the third elevation is sufficient to flush the toilets. The flush is sufficient to wash the waste into the digester.
This process creates methane gas which is captured for use in the kitchen of the camp. The effluent from the process is nutrient rich but because of the exothermic nature of the process a significant proportion the pathogens have been killed. There are approximately 1200 uses per day of the toilets.
The liquid effluent from the process is nutrient rich and not suitable for direct discharge to a waterway. It can be used as a liquid fertilizer. The camp operator used it to grow algae in a tank, which was then used to grow tilapia.
Currently, the majority of the population uses charcoal for cooking. This farther decimates the landscape in Haiti; it produces poor air quality in the tents affecting the health of the inhabitants.
This process has much wider possibilities for Haiti. What better way to spend World Water Day than working on a program to help improve water quality for Haiti.
Gotta go now, I just got an email from the camp manager asking to be put in touch with folks at USAID who may be able to provide funding to expand his efforts.
Franklin Fellow alumna Lorraine Hawley is representing Chevron Oil as Co-Chair of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Business Coalition and leading grassroots initiatives in support of the US-Korea FTA.
Lorraine is working with counterparts in the Administration and diplomatic, business and think-tank communities to build a strong grassroots effort in support of the US-Korea FTA. In addition to work on the trade agenda, Lorraine also represents Chevron Oil on issues related to investments in Singapore, Korea and Europe.
Franklin Fellow Dr. Nisha J Garg, a Professor of Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch, is serving her fellowship in the U.S. Agency for International Development.
In November 2009, Dr. Garg travelled to Haiti to evaluate the implementation of USG-funded NTD control initiative. She monitored the field activities related to mass drug administration for the control of human exposure of lymphatic filariasis and soil transmitted helminths in the country. Dr. Garg went to Saint Marc, Grande Saline, Desdunes, Verettes, La Chapelle and Petite Riviere in Haiti and examined the coordination of various activities that have achieved more than 85% coverage of the population in these and other areas of the country.
During her trip that same month to Brazil, Dr. Garg represented USAID at the Inter-American Conference on Onchocerciasis. In Rio de Janeiro, she met the partners from Carter Center, Merck Inc, Lions International, CDC and others and evaluated the potential of USAID support for the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program for the Americas. These efforts are geared towards achieving elimination of Onchocerciasis in Latin America.
In January of this year, Dr. Garg again traveled to Haiti to attend the stakeholders’ meeting. She met the partners from the Haitian Ministry of Health, IMA Health, the University of Notre Dame and others to discuss the achievements, gaps and challenges related to procurement and distribution of drugs for control of neglected infectious diseases and scale-up of the program in the country. Due to the earthquake that resulted in massive damage to the site of the meeting, Dr. Garg and other colleagues were evacuated from Haiti. However, Dr. Garg’s efforts are ongoing, and her program still plans to achieve nation-wide treatment against Filariasis during the current year.
As a Franklin Fellow, this experience has allowed me to reach outside my comfort zone, build on my expertise, and learn how global economic relations are developed and maintained.
Working as an Economics Officer in the Office of Japanese Affairs within the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, I am responsible for analyzing the bilateral economic relationship between the United States and Japan. More specifically, I focus on the macroeconomic factors between our nations (GDP, unemployment etc.); the banking, finance and insurance sectors; the promotion of foreign direct investment (FDI); competition policy; and the advancement of entrepreneurship and innovation policies that can enhance economic growth. The Franklin Fellows program has allowed me to be a part of developing international economic policy, especially in the current financially dynamic setting. I now have a broader sense of understanding the role the Department of State is responsible for economically, politically, and socially; State’s interaction with our Embassy in Tokyo, other government agencies, including USTR, Commerce, Justice, and Treasury, and Congress; and the complexities involved in the global economic environment.
The Franklin Fellows program has developed me further as an individual in international business, has allowed me to promote ideas at the State Department based upon on my private sector experience, and has created a experiential resource for my sponsoring company, Lockheed Martin.
Franklin Fellow Karen Walker recently visited Erbil, Iraq. Voter education campaigns for the recent elections discussed procedures, but also focused on how the issues at stake made the election results important.
Raising voter awareness this way contributed to historically high voter turnout in the March 2010 parliamentary elections. Iraqi non-governmental organization Together conducted small community gatherings in schools and other institutional settings, while canvassing door-to-door in Anbar, Mosul, and Salahaddin provinces. Ms. Walker heard Together’s voter education Master Trainers discuss the difficulties and successes of their campaign and suggest possible future civic education initiatives.
Karen Walker meets with Women and Minority Activists
Women and minority activists want the law and constitution to foster diversity in political parties and civil society, giving more chances for women and minorities to lead, rise professionally and help reconciliation. L-R: Ibtisam al-Shamary of Rafadene Women's Coalition, Gulshin Nurat of Civic Coalition for Minorities, Embassy Advisor Rick Mills, KW.
Franklin Fellow Steven Koltai is the inspiration behind the Global Entrepreneurship Program, which Secretary Clinton unveiled at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship on April 27.
Franklin Fellow Steven Koltai, the principal organizer of the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, with Special Representative for Commercial & Business Affairs Lorraine Hariton (L) and Secretary Clinton (M) shortly after the Secretary announced the launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Program on April 27, 2010 in Washington.
Franklin Fellow Steven Koltai is the inspiration behind the Global Entrepreneurship Program, which Secretary Clinton unveiled at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship on April 27. Steven was also the Department of State lead for the Summit. When President Obama announced plans for a Summit in Cairo in July 2009, the he called education and innovation "the currency of the 21st century." Participants came from over 50 countries around the world. Business leaders, educators, community organizers, and social entrepreneurs joined the President to explore ways to advance economic and social entrepreneurship, build networks among stakeholders in entrepreneurship, and create opportunities to establish advance entrepreneurship through partnerships. The Summit highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship in fostering economic opportunity and community development. With Steven and Secretary Clinton in the photo is Lorraine Hariton, Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs in the Economics Bureau, where the Global Entrepreneurship Program is housed.
Franklin Fellow Kim Tingley met with the Archbishop, the port director and a citizens group as he collected information for the secondary cities strategy in Cape Haitien, Haiti.
He is also assisting in preparing an amendment to the environmental analysis of the debris disposal project to support moving the project to the Port au Prince disposal area at Truitier.
Karen Walker meets with Support for Independent Media in Iraq (SIMI) and Public Policy Thinktanks.
Shown (l-r): Mahir Faisal Shahir; Maha Dhafer and Kadhim al-Rikabi (all of SIMI) and Najha Kadhim, Editor-in-Chief, Ur News Agency.
Franklin Fellow Karen Walker discussed media freedom in Iraq with Support for Independent Media in Iraq (SIMI) staff and journalists. DRL is working with SIMI and others to develop the Iraqi media’s professionalism, sustainability, and editorial independence.
Public policy think tanks provide a forum to analyze issues, thus drawing Iraqi citizens, elected representatives, governing officials, media, and civil society advocates into dialogue. In Baghdad, Ms. Walker consults with the Iraqi Center for Business and Community Development; Iraqi Institute for Economic Reform; and Iraqi Organization for Human Rights Coordination, the Embassy’s DRL Advisor and Embassy staff.
Updates from Tim Ford.
On May 27 in Tokyo, Franklin Fellow Tim Ford participated in the U.S.- Japan Dialogue on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job Creation,focusing on ways to enhance entrepreneurial activities in both nations, foster new technologies, services, and business models, and increase employment. The morning session featured private sector presentations and input on how to promote I&E, and in the afternoon the two governments discussed issues raised by the private sector.
On June 16, the U.S. and Japan agreed to pursue discussions on bilateral challenges and interests in the Internet economy. Fellow Tim Ford laid the groundwork for the talks with the Japanese Embassy in Washington. Link to the Nikkei article: http://e.nikkei.com/e/fr/tnks/Nni20100616D16JFN05.htm
Martin Jacobson was a partner in the law firm Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett LLP from 1984 through 2008.
He focused on financing projects, infrastructure and transportation equipment, using a wide variety of financing methods. Jacobson has been recognized as a leading business lawyer by several publications, including the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and the Who's Who of Aviation lawyers.
Franklin Fellow, Professor Mark E. Emblidge is Director of the Literacy Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
His research and work has focused on literacy for at-risk populations; workforce education; school reform; integrated student services; and post secondary transitions.
Most recently Stephen was the Vice President of Public Policy and Systems Advocacy for Mental Health America of Colorado, working on health policy, reform, access to care, and ensuring fair, quality treatment for people with mental health conditions.
Stephen served as the regional coordinator on policy for Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota.
Andre brings over 15 years of telecommunications and information management experience with Verizon, IBM and Coca Cola, and Obama’s presidential campaign.
Andre attended SUNY Oswego and has an MBA from The George Washington University.
Julie was a co-founder of the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI), where she oversaw strategic planning and program development, as well as establishing RWI capacity-building partnerships with the World Bank, the Norwegian Government and other institutions.
Prior to that work, Julie oversaw the Open Society Institute’s Revenue Watch Program, ran an OSI monitoring program on post-conflict Iraq, and was the global coordinator for the Soros Foundation Network on the Millennium Challenge Account.
McKenzie comes to us from the World Organization for Human Rights USA, where she conducted research for civil litigation on behalf of victims of human rights abuses.
Previously, she held research and policy positions at a number of issue-oriented nonprofit organizations, including the The Justice Project, American Rights at Work and the Save Darfur Coalition.
Khursheed Khan joins us from Ciber, Inc., where since 2004 he successfully managed the transformation of the World Bank’s primary Data Center.
Khursheed holds Masters degrees from the Universities of Maryland and Karachi and a Bachelor’s degree from NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi.
Before becoming a Fellow, Tiffany assisted people in California communities as an ambassador for Heart Care America.
In addition, she managed Silverlion Productions, where she worked with high tech communications companies, event producers, health and fashion companies. While teaching English in France and Switzerland, she directed the documentaries "The Skipper" and "Unity," which have been shown at several film festivals in the United States.
Tiffany has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from California State University Los Angeles, a Business degree from Ferris State University in Michigan and a Certificate in French from Language de Accord in Paris, France.
The Franklin Fellows Program is delighted to welcome our 47th Franklin Fellow, Ana West.
Ana will serve in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (S/GAC), where she will work as an Advisor for Public Health Education, collecting and analyzing data to evaluate the effectiveness of public health programs targeting AIDS. Ana served with the Southern Region Model United Nations (SRMUN) for seven years, assisted the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign with their fundraising efforts and coordinated data resources for Good Shepherd Services.
The Franklin Fellows Program is delighted to welcome our 48th Franklin Fellow, Dr. Adrian Taylor.
Taylor will serve in AF’s Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. He will have responsibility for the Horn of Africa and will advise AF/PDA teams focused on resolution of regional conflicts and outreach to the African diaspora.
At Bowie State, Dr. Taylor teaches African Government and Politics; Philosophy; Rhetoric; and African-American History. Dr. Taylor’s research concentrates on Counterterrorism, Human Development, and Human Security.
The Franklin Fellows Program is delighted to welcome our 49th Franklin Fellow, Dr. Vivienne Wildes.
Dr. Vivienne Wildes is currently serving in DRL’s Office of International Labor and Corporate Social Responsibility (DRL/ILCSR), working on business and human rights.
Dr. Wildes comes to us from The Pennsylvania State University, where she teaches courses in Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Human Resource Management (HRM) in the School of Hospitality Management in the College of Health and Human Development.
FFP Alumna Karen Newman attends UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
On March 1st, a . The briefing included public delegates, Dr. Mae Jemison, former NASA Astronaut and President of the Jemison Group and Dr. Gillian Bowser, Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and Dr. Shirley Malcolm, Head of Education at the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Also included in this photo is Deputy U.S. Representative to the Commission on the Status of Women, Meryl Frank and Karen Newman, Franklin Fellow to USUN.
The program featured an intimate discussion on this year’s CSW theme focused on “Access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.” For more info visit www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/csw/55sess.htm
The Franklin Fellows Program is delighted to welcome our 50th Franklin Fellow, Dr. Alison T. Mann.
Alison serves as the Assistant Media Relations Officer in PA’s Washington Foreign Press Center (PA/WFPC). She will focus on Western Europe, will advise State bureaus, embassies and other USG entities on media relations with Western European journalists and will assist the WFPC Director in assessing the effectiveness of FPC programs.
Alison has taught Modern U.S. History at the University of New Hampshire and Civil War and Reconstruction at other institutions.
Franklin Felllow Arsalan Suleman meets with President Toure of Mali
Arsalan Suleman accompanied Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference Rashad Hussain to Mali where they met with President Toure and Foreign Minister Ouane to discuss the US-OIC-Mali partnership and our nations’ mutual challenges. SE Hussain and DSE Suleman also met with religious and civic leaders to discuss maternal and child health and family planning.
Dr. Marlese Durr
We are delighted to announce the arrival of our 75th Franklin Fellow, Dr. Marlese Durr of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Marlese, who began her service on February 9, is assigned to IO’s Office of UNESCO Affairs, where she is the Office’s primary advisor on social and human sciences.
Marlese is Professor of Sociology at Wright State, has served as the Director of Women’s Studies at Wright State and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Nebraska. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in Sociology from SUNY Albany, as well as an MA in African and Afro-American Studies and a BS in Liberal Studies from Albany.
The Franklin Fellows Program warmly welcomes our 76th Franklin Fellow, Jason Flippen. Jason is serving a split tour as Innovation Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Innovation (S/SAIT) and the WHA’s Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (WHA/PDA). His portfolio includes projects where the mission of the Secretary’s Office of Innovation – to determine how technology can be leveraged to help achieve our diplomatic and development goals – intersects with the policy issues of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Prior to joining the Department, Jason spent nearly fifteen years working in the publishing industry, holding a variety of management positions. Most recently, he launched the electronic media marketing program at W.W. Norton & Company, where he worked with authors, editors and technologists to bring innovative new media products to market.
The Franklin Fellows Program is delighted to welcome our 51st Franklin Fellow, Jeffrey Mankoff.
Jeff is sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and will serve in EUR’s Office of Russian Affairs, where he will focus on strategic planning, policy coordination and policy implementation related to Russia's security relationship with the United States and Europe.
Most recently, Jeff was an Adjunct Fellow for Russia Studies at the CFR and concurrently the Associate Director for International Security Studies at Yale.
The Franklin Fellows Program is delighted to announce Thomas Miller our 77th Franklin Fellow. Tom, who began his fellowship on February 14, is serving in NEA's Office of Egypt and Levant Affairs (NEA/ELA), where he will focus on Jordan and Egypt.
Tom comes to us from the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), where he served as a Senior Research Analyst and, more recently, as Associate Director of Sales. At CEB, he acquired more than 70 executive-level clients in the Middle Market Finance Practice and worked on a research team that served Chief Investment Officers in the Asset Management industry. For his work, he received CEB's President's Circle Award.
The Franklin Fellows Program proudly welcomes our 52nd Fellow is Merida Lopez, who is working with Rusty Graham and company in USUN’s Office of Host Country Affairs (USUN/HC).
Merida is the first Franklin Fellow to serve in USUN/HC. In her work there, Merida helps to carry out U.S. obligations as host country to the United Nations, including accreditation for diplomats and their families among the 40,000 people with the UN.
Merida joins USUN from the Brooklyn Legal Aid Society, where she provided representation on matters of family law and domestic violence. Merida is a graduate of the City University of New York (CUNY) Law School and holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Lafayette College, Pennsylvania. She is a member of the New York State bar and the American Bar Association.
Franklin Fellow Alumnus Steven Koltai at Center Strategic and International Studies
Former Franklin Fellow Steven Koltai spoke recently on “Entrepreneurship as Foreign Policy: An Administration Perspective” at the Center Strategic and International Studies.
Steven, the Senior Advisor for Global Entrepreneurship in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, designed and is implementing the State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP). He explained to his CSIS audience that the GEP is a key element of the Administration’s overall emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation.
He continued that “promoting entrepreneurship is the single most effective way to create jobs, both in the US and abroad. Recent events in Egypt – the country with the second highest educated youth unemployment rate in the world and GEP’s first pilot country – are a dramatic, recent case in point of why such programs are essential.”
Welcome to our 53rd Fellow Arsalan Suleman
The Franklin Fellows Program welcomes our 53rd Fellow, Arsalan Suleman, who will serve as the Deputy to Rashad Hussain, President Obama's Special Envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (IO/OIC).
Arsalan will assist the Special Envoy in the Administration's efforts to deepen and expand the partnerships the President announced in Cairo, Egypt last June.
Arsalan graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service with a B.S. in Foreign Service. He also has MA in International Peace Studies from Trinity College, Dublin and acquired hi J.D. is from Harvard Law School. Arsalan is admitted to the New York State bar and is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Working with an inter-agency team, Franklin Fellow Shelly Porges, Senior Advisor with the Global Women’s Business Initiative at the U.S. Department of State, launched the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), as part of the tenth African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum held in Washington D.C.
During two weeks of July – August meetings with many government and private sector leaders, AWEP participants were hosted at various venues on the Hill, at the White House, and elsewhere.
Ms. Porges is seen here talking with Tina Tchen, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and also director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, and Cecilia Rouse, a member of the Council of Economic Advisors. Other presidential advisors who participated were Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement and Ginger Lew, Senior Advisor to the White House National Economic Council. They discussed challenges facing African women entrepreneurs as they seek to catalyze the growth of their businesses and integrate into the global economy.
The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program was inspired by remarks made in 2009 by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the ninth AGOA Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, stating, "Economic marginalization of women across Africa has left a void in this continent that undermines progress and prosperity every day."
AWEP is designed to connect and support women entrepreneurs in 38 AGOA countries to catalyze the growth of their businesses and let them become voices of change in their communities. Stephen Hayes, head of the Corporate Council on Africa emphasized the importance of ensuring that American partners were successfully engaged with these women and described the U.S. Department of State’s AWEP program as "…a breath of fresh air in the annals of the AGOA Forum…"
The Global Women’s Business Initiative is part of the Commercial and Business Affairs Office led by Special Representative Lorraine Hariton at the U.S. State Department, and, along with the Office of Global Women’s Issues led by Ambassador-at-Large Melanne Verveer, emphasizes the crucial importance of women’s rights, empowerment and equality in U.S. foreign policy.
Franklin Fellow Shelly Porges traveled to Lima, Peru
Franklin Fellow Shelly Porges traveled to Lima, Peru in February to attend the launch of a State Department/USAID pilot program supporting U.S. corporations seeking supplier diversity in Latin America. The objective of the Pathways Access Initiative (PAI) is to support these corporations by identifying relevant women-owned businesses (WOBs) that have the potential to be certified and thus qualify to supply these companies with both goods for sale and products and services needed in the operation of their businesses locally.
The ultimate goal is to certify 25% of women who are recruited and trained through the associated Pathways Growth Initiative, which preceded PAI. At the end of the certification process, WEConnect International, an NGO and the implementer of the program, will connect U.S. corporations with the certified women-owned businesses through both in-person gatherings and through a global, on-line bilingual (English and Spanish-language) portal identifying products and/or services for which suppliers are sought.