Hannah Beswick (MAAS’14) discusses her role as the Partnerships Development Specialist at the UN Women Liaison Office for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Abu Dhabi, UAE. “My main role is to foster and build partnerships with organizations…for advancing the gender equality and women’s empowerment agenda in the GCC, across all areas.” Beswick says she has a “good challenge,” in that so many organizations want to work with them.
A number of current and former diplomats (including 12 Georgetown alumnae) discussed “women’s roles in shaping communities around the globe” in regards to International Women’s Day. “I was fortunate enough to have a couple of ambassadors and former ambassadors as professors, [and that] opened a whole new universe to me of opportunity. So, my time the School of Foreign Service was really formative, and I am glad I can lean on it in some respects as ambassador,” said Ambassador Alaina Teplitz (SFS’91).
Mickey Bergman (MSFS’05), Vice President and Executive Director of the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work negotiating with North Korea to free U.S. prisoners and repatriate the remains of U.S. servicemen. For Bergman, meaningful connections are the most rewarding part of his work. “My highlights are when a family of a political prisoner or hostage feels that they are no longer abandoned by their government…or when I spent my 40th birthday in Havana enabling the first-ever incubator of American and Cuban entrepreneurs.”
Jill Ricotta graduated from CCAS in 2016 with an M.A. in Arab Studies. She currently works as a Regional Security Advisor for the Middle East/Central Asia region at the International Monetary Fund at their DC headquarters.
Wookjae Jung (SFS’15), a former Korean Air Force officer, has been selected as a Schwarzman Scholar, winning one of the most selective postgraduate scholarships in the world. The scholarship pays for a one-year master’s degree in global affairs at Tsinghua University’s Schwarzman College in Beijing, China.
On Election Day 2018, 12 SFS alumni ran for either federal or gubernatorial office representing a diverse mix of political players. Five incumbents sought to maintain their position, while seven new candidates entered the political fray.
Philip Verveer (SFS ’66) has made a name for himself in the world of international communications law and policy. The former Obama administration official has worked at all levels of government, but he got his start on the Hilltop.
Georgetown Alumna Uzra Zeya (SFS’89) has had a meaningful path to world impact and success, from her beginnings studying international politics and diplomacy at SFS to leading the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL).
After graduating from Georgetown, Ben Rowswell (SFS’93) began a distinguished career in the Canadian foreign service, serving most recently as the Canadian Ambassador to Venezuela. Now he’s improving the world in another way: through tech.
Elaine Li (SFS’15), Jacqueline Rojas (GHD’19), and Susana Rojas-Quico (GHD’19) were three of ten graduate students awarded the USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship.
On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Georgetown honored Senator Dick Durbin (SFS‘66, L‘69) with the Timothy S. Healy, S.J. Award. Named for the 46th President of Georgetown University, the award is conferred upon alumni who have rendered outstanding and exemplary service to humanitarian causes and advancements for the benefit of mankind.
Three young alums, Diana Rau (SFS’12), Ann Yang (SFS’16) and Philip Wong (SFS’15), have been recognized by Forbes in their annual “Thirty Under Thirty” list for their impressive accomplishments in the world of entrepreneurship.
Alumna and Rhodes Scholar Finalist Rachel Azafrani (SFS ’17) hopes to earn a scholarship to pursue her research interests at the University of Oxford.
Tighe Flanagan (MAAS ’12) answered questions about his role at the Wikimedia Foundation where he helps educators and students around the world contribute to Wikipedia in an academic setting.
Devika Ranjan (SFS’17) is a Fellow at the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics. She collaborated on the production of “I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE: An Immigrant Anthology.” In July, she and other Lab Fellows took their original piece to the ITI World Congress in Segovia, Spain. She writes about how the production came about and her personal creative process.
Former D.C. Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson (SFS ’92) will work with Georgetown President John J. DeGioia and Provost Robert Groves to conduct research and advise on a variety of issues that include affordable higher education models, racial justice, college access and success.
What if publishers had passed on Anne Frank’s diary? This idea of forgotten history has motivated Timothy Boyce (SFS’76) to revive the story of Norwegian Holocaust survivor Odd Nansen in a new edition of From Day to Day: One Man’s Diary of Survival in Nazi Concentration Camps.
The John Carroll award is conferred upon Georgetown alumni whose achievements and record of service exemplify the ideals and traditions of Georgetown and its founder. This year, esteemed SFS professor and alumnus Anthony Clark Arend (SFS’80), was one of the recipients of the John Carroll award, given out at John Carroll Weekend in Austin, Texas.
Rui Matsukawa (MSFS’97) was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors in 2016. A Liberal Democrat Party member, she represents the Osaka prefecture in the upper house of the National Diet of Japan.
Anna Scott Bell (MASIA’16) discusses the ways the Asian Studies Program has prepared her for her current job as a Program Associate at the Global Taiwan Institute, a new think tank in Washington, D.C focused on Taiwan, US-Taiwan relations, and cross-Strait relations.
Kendra Goffredo (MSFS’10) won a Moth StorySlam spoken word competition for a poem about her father and her experiences with the Peace Corps in Nepal.
Nursultan Eldosov (SFS’14) began his pathway to becoming a U.S. Foreign Service Officer with his own personal experience in international relations. “I am a direct beneficiary of diplomacy,” Eldosov says. “My family and I immigrated to the United States from Uzbekistan to seek a better life.”
A total of 28 Georgetown graduates will be sworn in as part of the 115th U.S. Congress on Jan. 3, continuing the university’s long history of alumni serving the country.
The Alumni Spotlight series covered Verinda Fike (MSFS’09), who currently manages the China portfolio at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. USTDA focuses on connecting U.S. companies to infrastructure development opportunities in emerging markets. Fike remarked on her experience at USTDA as “incredibly rewarding.”
Thorodd Ommundsen (MSFS’10) works for the UN Mission in South Sudan, a fast-paced and dynamic environment filled with complicated political and operational problems. He discusses how he uses the analytical tools and approaches he learned in the SFS to address the challenges he faces on a daily basis.
Gabe Gough (MSFS‘11) currently serves as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He spoke about the valuable impact that his MSFS degree has had on his career path.
Barnard College President Debora L. Spar (SFS’84) has been selected to become Lincoln Center’s 10th president in March. Spar will be the first woman to lead Lincoln Center, the nation’s largest performing arts center.
Senior Associate Dean and Professor Anthony Clark Arend (SFS’80) hosted a webinar exploring the role of foreign policy in the 2016 presidential election in the United States. He shared his foreign policy expertise, detailing the stances of the candidates and broader international implications. This webinar was co-sponsored by the Georgetown University Alumni Association and the Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Inspired by her roots and sparked by her experiences at SFS, Jescinta Izevbigie (SFS’14) has set herself on a path of research and service in Africa. Her focus on gender issues in post-conflict African countries has taken her around the African continent, from Liberia and Nigeria to Rwanda and South Africa.
Willard Leon Beaulac (SFS’21) was the first person ever to receive a diploma from the School of Foreign Service. He then went on to serve a distinguished career as the Ambassador to Paraguay, Colombia, Cuba, Chile, and Argentina.