Kathleen Molony is in her fourteenth year as director of the Fellows Program at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She is also a member of the Center's executive committee. Before coming to Harvard, she worked at the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment, most recently as its executive director. As the top international trade official in the state, she advised the Governor on foreign policy and international trade issues. She has been a consultant, working more than a dozen years at the economic forecasting and research firm, DRI/McGraw-Hill. Kathleen also has taught at Princeton University and at the University of Michigan. She has written widely on Japan and East Asia, and is co-author of a political biography (book manuscript in progress). During the 1993-1994 academic year, she was an advanced research fellow at Harvard University's Program on U.S.-Japan Relations. Kathleen sits on the boards of several local organizations, including the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations, AIM International Business Council, and The Japan Society of Boston. She holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University.
Portugal. Margarida Afonso is a member of the Legal Service of the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium. A Portuguese national, Ms. Afonso has been legal counsel and European and international law expert within European Union institutions since May 1994. Prior to this, she served for three years as advisor to the European Affairs Department of the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before and after joining the European Commission, Ms. Afonso worked on three separate occasions as ‘référendaire’ (law clerk) to judges at the European Court of Justice. Since 1999, she has been providing legal advice to the European Commission on a wide range of topics, primarily but not exclusively within the areas of external relations, harmonized rules on taxation, and control of subsidies granted by EU Member States. In the course of her duties as a member of its Legal Service, Ms. Afonso has represented the European Commission in more than two hundred litigation proceedings before the European Court of Justice, as well as in proceedings before domestic courts of the EU Member States and before arbitration tribunals. Her duties have often included the drafting of EU legislation and the participation in decision-making procedures leading to approval of this legislation. She has also participated in negotiations of international agreements to which the European Union is a party. Ms. Afonso holds law degrees from Harvard Law School, the College of Europe in Bruges, and the Law School of the Classical University of Lisbon. During her year at Harvard, Ms. Afonso intends to carry out research on the enforceability of provisions in international trade agreements within the United States legal order. In addition, she hopes to identify the governmental departments and agencies that play a role in the enforcement of international trade agreements concluded by the United States and to gain a better understanding of the division of tasks and responsibilities among them.
Turkey. Gürcan Balık, diplomat, served most recently as chief foreign policy advisor to the president. Prior to this, Mr. Balık was ambassador, Turkish Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. Other recent assignments include serving as special advisor to the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs, and as chief of cabinet, also to the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs. Earlier in his career, he had several overseas assignments, including in Tbilisi (Georgia), London, and Washington, DC. Ambassador Balık was educated at King’s College London (PhD and MA, both in international affairs) and at Ankara University (BA in international affairs). While at Harvard, he will conduct research on the impact of ethno-sectarian-driven identity politics in the Middle East.
Turkey. Ömür Budak, diplomat, has recently been appointed consul general in Boston. From 2012 to 2014, he served as deputy chief of staff to the president of Turkey. Other previous assignments include: counsellor, Permanent Mission of Turkey to the UN, New York; head of section at Deputy Undersecretary for European Affairs, Turkish MFA; and second secretary, Permanent Representation of Turkey to the EU in Brussels. Mr. Budak has also served in Vienna and in Baku, Azerbaijan. He received his MA in international business from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, UK, and his BA in international relations from the University of Galatasaray, Turkey. He also attended the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. His Harvard research will focus on Turkish diplomacy during and in the wake of World War II – in particular, Turkey’s responses to Soviet demands.
United States. Colonel DeVoe, United States Air Force, comes to Harvard from Travis Air Force Base, California, where he served most recently as the Commander, 570th Global Mobility Squadron, which provides combatant commanders with rapidly deployable, expeditionary, multi-skilled teams to assess, open, initially operate, and transition forward contingency airbases to follow-on forces in support of the full spectrum of operations from humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to combat. A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Colonel DeVoe is a senior navigator with more than 1,860 hours in tactical airlift aircraft. Previous assignments include Director of Staff and Chief of Safety for the 615th Contingency Response Wing; Executive Officer to the Deputy Commander, United States Central Command (USCENTCOM); Deputy Executive Officer to the Commander, USCENTCOM; and operations planner, USCENTCOM. Colonel DeVoe holds master’s degrees from Webster University (procurement and acquisition management), the Air Force Institute of Technology (transportation management and air mobility), and the Air University’s School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (airpower strategy), in addition to a bachelor’s degree in biology. He is also a graduate of the Advanced Study of Air Mobility program and a distinguished graduate of the C-130 Weapons Instructor Course. Colonel DeVoe has flown combat missions in support of Operations Joint Forge and Joint Guardian (Balkans), Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Iraqi Freedom. He served on the initial cadre to establish the post-2003 Iraqi Air Force, specifically Iraq’s 23rd Transport Squadron, and also as the co-lead action officer assigned to fulfill the Air Mobility Command commander’s vision of making GPS-guided precision airdrop a reality through the Joint Precision Airdrop System. While at Harvard he is pursuing research on the role of the United States in international conflict resolution.
Morocco. Amine Jaoui has served most recently as a strategy and policy advisor in the Office of the Prime Minister of the UAE. Previously, he focused on Middle East policy and diplomacy in the International Affairs Office of the UAE Prime Minister. Mr. Jaoui has advised multiple Middle East governments on economic, social, and education reforms. Earlier in his career, Mr. Jaoui was a consultant with McKinsey and Co., where he advised governments and corporations in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. He also served multiple African governments on debt policy during a stint at UBS AG. He was educated in France, the United Kingdom and the United States, and holds degrees from HEC (Paris), Sciences Po (Paris), Sorbonne University, the London School of Economics, and Harvard University. While at Harvard, he is pursuing research on emerging regional diplomatic and economic dynamics after the “Arab Spring.”
India. Shreyas Navare has most recently served as the [freelance] editorial cartoonist for Hindustan Times (HT), one of India’s leading English newspapers. On behalf of HT, he has travelled extensively to cover elections in India and the United States. The Politickle Pickle, a compilation of his editorial cartoons and caricatures, has been recently published by HarperCollins. Mr. Navare’s works have been exhibited in India and abroad. Previously, Mr. Navare served as a consultant for the Yes Foundation and as senior manager, Yes Bank, in the areas of marketing and technology. He holds a master’s degree in management from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, and a bachelor’s degree from VJTI, Mumbai University. While at Harvard, he will conduct research on the impact of visual arts on LGBT movements, with India and the United States as case studies.
United States. Thomas (Tom) O’Steen, Colonel, United States Army, comes to Harvard from the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai, Egypt, where he served as both the chief of staff and the commander of Task Force Sinai, the U.S. contingent to the MFO. Colonel O’Steen is a career infantry officer and has had a long and varied career in the military, with assignments in the continental United States, Germany, South Korea, Afghanistan, Honduras, Egypt, and Iraq. He holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, a master’s degree in management from Troy University, and master’s in national security studies from the U.S. Army War College. Colonel O’Steen is the recipient of numerous military decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star and most recently, the MFO Director General’s award. While at the Weatherhead Center, he will conduct research on U.S. participation in peacekeeping operations and the effect of U.S. foreign policy on the deployment of U.S. military forces.
Germany. Oliver Owcza is a career diplomat with long-standing experience in foreign and security policy. He served the past two years as Germany´s deputy ambassador to Afghanistan, where he was involved in bi- and multilateral coordination of civil and military aid programs. Previously he was in charge of Germany´s humanitarian aid budget, particularly in complex crises in Africa. Earlier he served at NATO in Belgium, including two years as political advisor to SACEUR. Further postings include the United Arab Emirates and Mexico. Mr. Owcza was educated at Cologne University and Ècole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris. He holds a master´s degree (Diplom Volkswirt) in economics and in European management. While at Harvard, he will conduct research on foreign policy coordination in fragile states.
Colombia. Ricardo Santamaría was a managing director of FTI Consulting, Strategic Communications (until November 2012). As co-founder and managing director of FD Gravitas, Mr. Santamaría advised numerous clients in the areas of public affairs, political campaigns, crisis management, and corporate communications. Clients include Colombia´s most important newspaper El Tiempo, High Advisory for Reintegration (a governmental agency aiding demobilized insurgents and paramilitaries to return to civilian life), and the massive transportation systems being developed in Colombia with the support of the World Bank. Mr. Santamaría has held numerous media positions, including: director of El Espectador (newspaper); director of CMI News (TV); political editor for El Tiempo; editorial advisor for Semana (magazine); director of Diners Magazine; and columnist for El Mundo (regional newspaper) and Portafolio (economic newspaper). In the public sector, Mr. Santamaría has been executive coordinator for the preparation of the Constitutional Assembly (1991); presidential counselor for peace (responsible for peace negotiations with insurgent groups); national security advisor; coordinator of the crisis management team of the presidency; and ambassador to Cuba. For two years, he was an advisor to the general secretary of the OAS (Organization of American States). He has also taught classes in journalism and worked as a researcher. In 2001 he was awarded the Simon Bolivar national journalism prize in the category of best print interview. Until May 2014, he served as a member of the Santos government’s team of negotiators in peace talks with FARC, held in Havana. Mr. Santamaría studied political science at the Universidad de los Andes (1984) in Bogotá, Colombia.
Germany. Ulrich Schlie is a career diplomat and served until April 2014 as the Director General Security and Defence policy in the German Ministry of Defence. His previous posts include the positions of Director General Policy Planning in the German MOD and senior advisor to Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble MP, chairman of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. Ulrich Schlie holds a Ph.D. in modern history from Bonn University. He has published widely in European history and international security. His most recent book is on the relationship between Habsburg and Prussia in modern history. He has teaching experience at several universities and holds visiting professorships, among others, at Sciences Po (chair Alfred Grosser) Paris. While at Harvard, he is pursuing research on international security policy and the future course of the world state system.