Melitón Arrocha, Panama, member of parliament. Mr. Arrocha is the chair of the education committee in the national parliament. Previously, he headed the Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he proposed legislation to create a new platform for attracting foreign direct investment to the country. In addition, he was in charge of developing and implementing foreign trade policies in the area of bilateral free trade agreements negotiations with Korea and Central America. As deputy minister of foreign affairs, he developed a comprehensive strategy for Panama’s relations with the international community, especially with the United States and the European Union; he also worked on Panama’s relationships with China and with Taiwan. Previously, he also was involved with negotiations on the environment. While at Harvard he is pursuing research on the relationship between trade and security in the Central America.
Fellow. Minister Plenipotentiary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Spain.
Fernando Fernández-Arias, Spain, senior diplomat. Until recently, Mr. Fernández-Arias served as political coordinator at the Spanish Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Previously, he served as a transatlantic diplomatic fellow at the State Department (Western Hemisphere Affairs) in Washington DC. Other previous positions include director for international relations at Spain’s Ministry for Gender Equality and director for Human Rights at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. He holds a law degree from the Complutense University of Madrid, as well as a bachelor of arts in contemporary humanities and a diploma on French law from Université Paris XI. While at Harvard he is pursuing research on the role of the UN Security Council in promoting and protecting human rights.
Fellow. Counsellor, Department of Economic Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.
Wojciech Gerwel, Poland, diplomat. Mr. Gerwel has served most recently as counsellor at the department of economic affairs of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously, he headed the unit for non-European markets and served as senior expert on Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Gerwel spent nearly seven years in South East Asia, where he served as economic counsellor at the Embassy of Poland in Hanoi. Prior to his diplomatic service, Mr. Gerwel worked as a research analyst at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington, DC and did a stint with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). His professional experience also includes consulting to First Nations in British Columbia, Canada. Mr. Gerwel received his master’s degree in German and European Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He also holds diplomas from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific, Victoria, Canada. While at Harvard, he is pursuing research on economic diplomacy, international business facilitation, and international trade.
Fellow. Senior Manager, Windows Product Marketing and Licensing, Microsoft Corporation.
Michael Impink, United States, technology/marketing professional. Mr. Impink is currently a senior manager at Microsoft Corporation focused on Windows thru-partner product marketing. Previously, while based in the Republic of Singapore, he was the Asia OEM time zone lead for roles focused on education strategy and licensing policies. Prior to this, he held various finance roles focused on Asian/emerging market strategy. Mr. Impink has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in economics from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of Georgia. While at Harvard, he is perusing research on unexplained variations in intellectual property rights in emerging markets.
Fellow. Former Director, Security Policy and Conflict Prevention, European External Action Service.
Joëlle Jenny, United Kingdom, civil servant. Ms. Jenny has most recently served as director for security policy and conflict prevention at the EU's External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels, Belgium. In that capacity, she oversaw the EU's external security policies in the areas of non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament; counter-terrorism/countering violent extremism; cyber, maritime and space security; conflict prevention, peacebuilding and mediation; and EU sanctions. Prior to joining the EEAS, she worked successively as a Swiss and a British diplomat, covering international security issues, non-proliferation/arms control, conflict prevention and peace building, including at the UN. She has worked for the UK’s Department for International Development, the Swiss Foreign Ministry and the International Committee of the Red Cross. She has worked extensively in Iraq, Yemen and the Palestinian Territories, and has held postings in Angola, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Belgium, Switzerland and the US (New York). She was also a research assistant at NATO. She holds a master’s degree in international security from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and is an honorary associate professor of the Institute for Strategy and Security, University of Exeter, UK.
Fellow. Professor, Department of Strategy Teaching and Research, National Defense University.
Lin Dong is a professor and senior colonel at the NDU (National Defense University of the People’s Liberation Army). In this position, he consults with high level PLA commanders on military policy, and conducts strategy training for senior military leaders. Previously, he was a deputy commander of artillery brigade. Dr. Lin was accepted as a 2006 Eisenhower Fellow, Northeast Asia Program, and he also trained at the National Institute for Defense Studies of Japan in 2007.
Fellow. Civil Servant, DG Competition, European Commission.
Henri Piffaut, Belgium, civil servant. Mr. Piffaut has most recently served as a head of unit for merger control at DG Competition of the European Commission. He has spent most of his career in the competition policy field. At DG Competition of the European Commission and in an economic consultancy firm, he dealt with many important issues, including pay-for-delay cases in the pharmaceutical industry; conduct and merger cases in the IT and telecom industries; payment systems; State intervention in the transport industry; and merger cases in a variety of industries. He holds degrees in science and engineering, political science and economics. While at Harvard he is pursuing research on the interaction of competition policy and platform industries.
Fellow. Senior Defense Fellow; Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force.
Richard Tanner, United States, colonel (select), U.S. Air Force. Colonel Tanner most recently served as the Chief of Officer Development for Air Mobility Command. Previously, Colonel Tanner commanded the 305th Operations Support Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base and before that he was the Japan Country Director within the Strategic Plans and Programs Directorate of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff. A Command Pilot of the C-17 “Globemaster” transport aircraft, he has led combat delivery missions to Iraq and Afghanistan, humanitarian relief operations in Haiti, and numerous conventional and Special Operations missions across the globe. He holds a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the United States Air Force Academy and a master of arts in international public policy from Osaka University. He speaks fluent Spanish and is conversant in Japanese. While at Harvard he is pursuing research on Northeast Asian security policy and assessing the effectiveness of kinetic military operations as an instrument of policy.
Clifton Trout, colonel, United States Anny, most recently served in Afghanistan at NATO's Resolute Support Mission as the Director of the Commander's Action Group. Colonel Clifton Trout is a career strategic plans and policy officer (Functional Area 59). Previously, Cliff was a student at the United States Anny War College. His career highlights include assignments as a Special Assistant to the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2011-2014, and service on the National Security Council Staff, Afghanistan and Pakistan Directorate, from 2009 to 2011. Colonel Trout also served as the Command Inspector General at Walter Reed Anny Medical Center from March 2007 to May 2008. His postings include assignments in the United States, Afghanistan, and the Republic of Korea. He holds master 's degrees in strategic studies and in public policy, and a bachelor 's degree in administration. Colonel Trout's military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. While at the Weatherhead Center, he intends to research the effects of the information age on the U.S. national security decision-making process.
Fellow. PhD, Assistant Professor (Universitetslektor), Department of Political Science, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Max Waltman, Sweden. Professor Waltman has published on legal challenges to sexual exploitation (prostitution/trafficking), and on legal challenges to pornography and its association to sex inequality and gender-based violence. He has been consulted by legislative bodies domestically and abroad, and works with prostitution/trafficking survivors and feminist groups on policy initiatives. His work covers Canada, Sweden, the United States, and international law. Waltman’s research has been published by Harvard J. Law & Gender, Political Research Quarterly, Michigan J. Int'l Law, and Women’s Studies Int’l Forum. His op-eds have appeared in New York Times, Toronto Star, in Swedish daily newspapers (DN, SvD, GP) and on various online news sites. He participates in international conferences and teaches at Stockholm University and Södertörn University. In the past, Waltman has stayed at the University of Michigan Law School as a visiting research scholar. He holds a PhD in political science from Stockholm University. Waltman was recently granted a full-time postdoctoral scholarship from the Swedish Wenner-Gren Foundation for doing research abroad up to three years, starting fall 2016. His visit at Harvard is also supported by the Sweden-America Foundation. Read more about Max Waltman