People

Kathleen S. Molony

Kathleen S. Molony

Director, Fellows Program; Executive Committee.
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Kathleen Molony is in her thirteenth 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.

Ahmad Balal

Ahmad Balal

Fellow

Pakistan. Balal, a diplomat, has served most recently as the consul general to Hong Kong and Macao, and as head of mission for Taiwan affairs. Previously, he served as special secretary (health) and additional secretary (education and industries) in Punjab. He was also the deputy director in the Ministry of Human Rights. Among other postings, he served as political agent of the government of Pakistan to the tribal areas connected to Afghanistan and Iran. He was the chief liaison officer of Pak-Iran transit trade in Baluchistan, negotiating solutions in matters of drug trafficking and smuggling of arms across the borders. Educated at King Edward Medical College, he started his career as a medical doctor for Afghan refugees in the camps of UNHCR. He holds a master’s degree and a post-graduate diploma in economics. 

Marc Bentinck

Marc Bentinck

Fellow

The Netherlands. Marc Bentinck has worked most recently within the Secretariat-General (external policies) of the European Parliament in Brussels, on secondment from the Netherlands foreign ministry. Previously, he served within the foreign policy and security structures of the European Union, as a member of the Netherlands Permanent Representation to the European Union. Earlier foreign postings and secondments include NATO headquarters in Brussels; the former Multinational Division in southern Iraq; and the former Conference on Security and Cooperation in Vienna. During his home postings, Bentinck focused on international security affairs (NATO, multilateral arms control and disarmament). In between his various assignments, he worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and the Netherlands Institute for International Relations in the Hague. He was educated as a lawyer, first at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands and later at the Harvard Law School.

Jarek  Domański

Jarek Domański

Fellow

Poland. Domański has worked for the Directorate General of External Relations of the European Commission in Brussels as well as for the Brussels-based think tank European Policy Centre. Most recently, he worked as a political officer in the EU delegation to Ukraine. As a PhD candidate, he was a lecturer at several European and Latin American universities. He has also served as deputy head and political expert in various EU and OSCE field missions, mostly in Latin America and Africa but also in Asia and the CIS. Mr. Domański studied international relations, political science, and European studies in Warsaw, Moscow, Lyon, and Paris. He graduated from the College of Europe.

Vedat Gül

Vedat Gül

Fellow

Turkey. Gül, a diplomat, served most recently as head of section at the Human Resources Department of the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that, he was deputy chief of cabinet to H.E. Abdullah Gül, president of the Republic of Turkey. In this capacity, he drafted and oversaw the implementation of the Turkish president’s schedule, including domestic and overseas visits. Prior to this, he served as second secretary and vice consul, respectively, at the Turkish Embassy in Riyadh and at the Consulate General in Jerusalem. As a political officer, he was mainly in charge of bilateral relations and regional politics. Before starting his career in the Turkish foreign service, Mr. Gül was a district governor as part of the Ministry of Interior. He served in various provinces across Turkey. The last position he held in this portfolio was as district governor of Çaldiran in Van province in eastern Anatolia. Mr. Gül obtained his BA in international relations at Marmara University (Istanbul) and holds an MA degree in public administration and public policy from the University of Exeter (UK). 

David M. Hamilton

David M. Hamilton

Fellow

United States. Colonel Hamilton, United States Army, comes to Harvard from Fort Bliss, Texas, where he served most recently as Commander, 212th Fires Brigade in the 1st Armored Division.  A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Colonel Hamilton has had a distinguished career in the military, with assignments in Australia, Germany, Bosnia, South Korea, and Iraq.   Colonel Hamilton holds a bachelor of science degree from West Point, master’s degree in human resource development from Webster University, and masters in national security strategy from the National War College.  Colonel Hamilton is the recipient of numerous military decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Bronze Star.

Katherine S. Hunter

Katherine S. Hunter

Fellow

United States. A non-profit international development manager, Ms. Hunter has served most recently as senior deputy country representative of The Asia Foundation in Afghanistan, where she oversaw the office’s administration, compliance, finance, and human resources, and also managed the education program and all program support. Ms. Hunter has also served as The Asia Foundation’s country representative in Timor-Lester (East Timor), where she established and managed the country office and administered programs in legal reform, legislative development, and conflict management, and in Mongolia, with similar country office responsibilities and oversight of programs in governance and law after the democratic transition. Other posts include serving as coordinator of the Luce Scholars Program, where she managed annual placements of young American leaders in Asian organizations in Northeast and Southeast Asia, and as the senior director of women’s programs in Indonesia, where she managed major initiatives in budget policy transparency and civil society advocacy in the post-reformasi period. She also did a stint with the University of Alaska system in northwestern Alaska. Her education includes a B.A. in history from Mount Holyoke College; an M.A. in museum practice from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor; and an M.S. in international relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The John Hopkins University. 

Hussein Kalout

Hussein Kalout

Fellow

Brazil. Mr. Kalout has served most recently as the head of the Office for International Affairs of the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice, as the secretary-general of the European and Latin-American Judicial Powers Joint Committee, and as the executive-secretary of the judicial summit of UNASUR. Previously, he headed the International Legal Cooperation of the Federal General Prosecutor’s Office and acted as special adviser at the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Kalout collaborates as special counselor with the Ministry of Defense, the House of Representatives and the Federal Senate on Brazilian foreign policy and Middle Eastern issues. Within the OAS, the World Bank, and the United Nations, he has acted as special consultant in international legal cooperation. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Brasília in political science and international relations, a specialization in political economy from Beirut Arab University, specialization in Brazilian foreign policy from the Brazilian Diplomatic Academy, and a specialization in international cooperation from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation. He has also been a professor of international relations at IESB University in Brasília (2004-2010). Mr. Kalout has published several studies in major newspapers and scientific reviews.

Dalton Mc.Guinty

Dalton Mc.Guinty

Fellow

Canada. A lawyer and politician, Mr. McGuinty served as premier of Ontario, Canada from 2003 to 2013. During that time he led his party, the Ontario Liberal Party, to three election victories. Mr. McGuinty's government established education, health care, the environment and the economy as its priorities achieving real gains in each area. Student test scores are up 16%. Health care wait times have gone from Canada's longest to the shortest. Ontario is closing its coal plants in the single largest greenhouse gas reduction initiative in North America. And, to make Ontario more competitive, the McGuinty government cut the marginal effective tax rate on new business investment in half and adopted a value added tax. Mr. McGuinty earned a bachelor of science degree from McMaster University and a law degree (LLB) from the University of Ottawa.

Wolfgang Petritsch

Wolfgang Petritsch

Fellow

Austria. Mr. Petritsch, diplomat, comes to Harvard from Paris, where he has served since 2008 as ambassador and permanent representative of Austria to the OECD.  Prior to that assignment, Mr. Petritsch was ambassador and permanent representative of Austria to the specialized UN agencies in Geneva; to the WTO; and to the Conference on Disarmament. Ambassador Petritsch began his career in the 1970s. From 1977 to 1983, he was the press secretary and subsequently the chief of cabinet of the Federal Chancellor of Austria. He then served as minister-counsellor at the Austrian delegation to the OECD. In 1984, he was appointed director of the Austrian Press and Information Service in the United States and minister plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York. Then, in 1992, he returned to Vienna as head of the Department for Multilateral Economic Co-operation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 1994, Mr. Petritsch became head of the Department for Information on European Affairs at the Federal Chancellery and a member of the Federal Government’s EU-accession Task Force. From 1995 to 1997, he was head of the Department for International Relations of the city of Vienna. From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Petritsch served as ambassador to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. During his tenure as ambassador, he was appointed special envoy of the European Union for Kosovo and EU chief negotiator at the Kosovo Peace Agreement talks at Rambouillet and Paris. From 1999 to 2001, he was chair of the “Succession Commission for the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia,” in charge of distributing the public assets and liabilities among the successor states, resulting in the Vienna Agreement of 2001. In 1999, Mr. Petritsch was named high representative of the international community for Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1972, he received a doctorate in Southeast European history and politics from the University of Vienna.

Herbert Quelle

Herbert Quelle

Fellow

Germany. Mr. Quelle comes to Harvard from Baku, Azerbaijan, where he has served as ambassador since 2010. Other previous assignments include: head of department, economic and financial, German Embassy London; head of division Latin America, Berlin; head of economic department, German Embassy Warsaw; and postings to South Africa, Cuba, and Los Angeles. Ambassador Quelle was educated at Göttingen University, where he earned a state diploma in political science.

Megan Richards

Megan Richards

Fellow

Canada. Ms. Richards has served most recently as director for coordination, DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CONNECT), European Commission. She has a bachelor of science, bachelor of laws and master of public administration degrees, and is a member of the Bar of New York.  She has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Africa, the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, the government of Canada, and private law firms.  In 1991, she joined the European Commission, initially working on programs relating to SMEs.  For a number of years, she was the head of unit of administration and finance dealing with legal, contractual, and financial issues related to research projects in the Research DG, and, from 2002 to 2006, she was the head of unit for dealing with legal, regulatory and contractual issues relating to the EU research framework programs. In September 2006, she became director of resource management in the Commission's Joint Research Centre; in May 2009, she was appointed director of general affairs in the Commission's Directorate General for Information Society and Media (INFSO), and, in April 2011, she became director of Converged Networks and Services. From February to September 2012 she was acting deputy director general. 

Christopher S. Sage

Christopher S. Sage

Fellow

United States. Colonel Sage, United States Air Force, comes to Harvard from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho where he served most recently as Commander, 366th Operations Group, which trains, equips and deploys combat fighter squadrons around the globe in support of peacetime and wartime contingencies.  A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Colonel Sage is a command pilot with more than 4,200 hours in Air Force and Naval fighter and training aircraft.  Previous assignments include Commander, 389th Fighter Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base and Assistant Executive Officer to the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff at the Pentagon.  Colonel Sage holds master’s degrees from Colorado State University (MBA) and the Naval War College (National Security and Strategic Studies).  During his career, he has flown combat missions in support of Operations Northern Watch (Iraq), Allied Force (Serbia/Kosovo), Iraqi Freedom, and most recently Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), where he commanded a combat squadron at Bagram Air Base in eastern Afghanistan.

Beata Słomińska

Beata Słomińska

Fellow

Poland. A diplomat, Ms. Słomińska currently serves as an analyst, with a focus on economic and energy aspects of the Polish-American relationship, Department of Americas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previous assignments have included work with the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to NATO, Brussels; Office of the Committee for European Integration, Department of Analysis and Strategies; European Parliament, Brussels. Ms. Słomińska was educated at Collegium Civitas, College of Europe, and Warsaw School of Economy (Ph.D. candidate).