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Heather Conrad

Heather Conrad

Fellows Program Coordinator

Heather holds a M.A. in peace and conflict studies from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland and a B.A. in criminal justice from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.  During her time in Northern Ireland, she worked for INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) on a program designed to help community leaders deal with the legacy of the region’s conflict. Prior to this, she worked for over three years as a victim witness advocate for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Heather volunteers as a mentor and English tutor with The School of Leadership Afghanistan (SOLA) and is a founding member of the Boston Advisory Board of Children in Crossfire, an NGO working with children in East Africa. 

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Kathleen S. Molony

Kathleen S. Molony

Director, Fellows Program; Executive Committee.

Kathleen Molony is in her sixteenth 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 on Japan and East Asia, and is co-author of a political biography (book manuscript in progress). She was an advanced research fellow at Harvard University's Program on U.S.-Japan Relations in 1993 - 1994. 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.

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Melitón  Arrocha

Melitón Arrocha

Fellow. Member of Parliament, Panama.

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. 

Fernando Fernández-Arias

Fernando Fernández-Arias

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.

Wojciech  Gerwel

Wojciech Gerwel

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.

Michael Impink

Michael Impink

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.

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Emeka Izeze

Fellow. Immediate past Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, Guardian Newspapers Limited, Lagos, Nigeria.

Eluem Emeka Izeze is the immediate past managing director of Guardian Newspapers Limited, in Lagos, Nigeria. He studied mass communications at the University of Lagos, and also holds a master of arts degree in the same discipline from the University of Leicester, England. He studied business management at the prestigious Lagos Business School (also known as Pan-African University), and undertook a course in strategic leadership at the Said Business School, University of Oxford, in England. He also undertook a course in leading development, at the Harvard Kennedy School.  He was for several years associate editor of New African magazine, London, foreign affairs columnist for Sunday New Nigerian, Kaduna, Nigeria. He joined The Guardian in September 1984 as correspondent and maintained a regular column, mostly on foreign and diplomatic affairs. He was appointed editor of the Sunday edition of The Guardian in April 1988, and in April 1992, he became editor of the daily flagship, The Guardian. In 1999, he was appointed managing director and editor-in-chief of Guardian Newspapers Limited. He is co-author of the book, The Crisis of Press Freedom in Nigeria, published by the Constitutional Rights Project, Lagos. He is a member of the board of West African Institute, Cape Verde, fellow of the 21st Century Trust, England, a member of the NEPAD Business Group Nigeria, and member, Business Support Group (CHOGM 2003). A Fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, he is a former secretary general of the Guild, member of the Vision 2010 Committee (for Nigeria), former member of the Governing Council of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, and former board member for the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria. 

Joëlle Jenny

Joëlle Jenny

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.

Dong Lin

Dong Lin

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.

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Valentina Martínez

Fellow. Politician, Former Member of the Parliament, PhD Candidate.

Valentina Martinez, Spain, politician. Ms. Martinez was a member of the Spanish parliament for the center-right party, Partido Popular (PP), in 2014 – 2015. In Congress, she was spokeswoman for PP on the international development committee, and she participated in the foreign affairs committee. Previously, she worked as head of staff to the Spanish President's chief of staff. She spent nine years as coordinator for the international relations office of the People's Party and has also been coordinator for global affairs at FAES Foundation. She studied political science at the Santiago de Compostela University and she has a master's degree in European Studies from Louvain University. In addition, she holds a Diploma d'Etudes Politiques from IEP. She likes combining politics and learning, and she is currently working on her PhD at Universidad Complutense; her research focuses on the parliamentary debates on the freedom of the press in the 1837 Spanish constitution. In 2007, she also attended Georgetown University’s Leadership Program for Global Competitiveness. Her research interests are international relations, freedom of the press, and the role of political parties and civil society in democracy.… Read more about Valentina Martínez

Henri Piffaut

Henri Piffaut

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.

Richard Tanner

Richard Tanner

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

Clifton Trout

Fellow. Colonel, United States Army

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.

Max Waltman

Max Waltman

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