Coffee chats are small, informal gatherings with SFS alumni and guests hosted by SFS Dean Joel Hellman or a Vice Dean. The guest briefly talks about his/her academic and professional path, before students ask questions about professional experience, and guests offer advice.

Former SFS Professor Colin Kahl
Former SFS Professor Colin Kahl who served as National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden.
Mayu Ávila, Former Foreign Minister of El Salvador
Tim Hughes, Senior Vice President, Global Business and Government Affairs, SpaceX
Meroe Park (SFS’89), former Executive Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency
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2022-2023

Fall Semester

  • Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Nina Jankowicz (MAERES’13), Former Executive Director, Disinformation Governance Board (Department of Homeland Security)
  • Tzipi Livni, Former Vice Prime Minister of Israel
  • Mayu Ávila, Former Foreign Minister of El Salvador
  • Margot Wallström, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
  • Jason Matheny, President and CEO, RAND Corporation
  • Tessie San Martin (SFS’80), CEO, FHI 360
  • Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance and Economic Planning of Ghana
  • Ambassador Lianys Torres Rivera, Cuban Ambassador to the U.S.
  • Prince Turki bin Faisal Al Saud (B’68), former Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S.

Spring Semester

  • Kathleen Kingsbury (SFS’01), Opinion Editor, The New York Times
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Margot Wallström, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Sweden
Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S.
Tzipi Livni, Former Vice Prime Minister of Israel
Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance and Economic Planning of Ghana
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2021-2022

Fall Semester

  • Dexter Goei (SFS’93), Chairman and CEO of Altice USA, President of the Board of Altice NV
  • Jason Matheny, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology and National Security
  • Maher Bitar (SFS’06, L’12), Senior Director for Intelligence Programs, National Security Council
  • Ambassador Peter Wittig, Former German Ambassador to the U.K.
  • Ambassador Roya Rahmani, Former Afghan Ambassador to the U.S.

Spring Semester

  • Ambassador John Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Russia
  • Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy (MSFS’04), U.S. Representative (FL-7th)
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Maher Bitar (SFS’06, L’12), Senior Director for Intelligence Programs, National Security Council
Jason Matheny, Deputy Assistant to the President for Technology and National Security
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2020-2021

Fall Semester

  • Katrina O’Connell (SFS’90), Chief Financial Officer at Gap Inc.
  • Adam Norwitt (SFS’91), CEO, Amphenol
  • Mary Beth Powers (SFS’84), CEO, Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB)
  • Kai Ryssdal (SSP’93, P’20), Host and Senior Editor of NPR’s Marketplace
  • Tony Coscia (SFS’81, P’10, ’12, ’16), Partner, Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf LLP
  • Brian Newman (SFS’90 , P’21), Chief Financial Officer, UPS Inc
  • Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State and Mortara Distinguished Professor of Diplomacy
  • Antonio Gracias (SFS’92, MSFS’ 93), Founder and CEO, Valor Equity Partners

Spring Semester

  • Stéphane Dujarric (SFS’88, P’23), Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
  • Alexander Marquardt (SFS’04), Senior National Security Corrrespondent, CNN
  • Kathleen Kingsbury (SFS’01), Opinion Editor, New York Times
  • Ambassador Todd Robinson (SFS’85), former U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala
  • Antwaun Sargent (SFS’11), Art Critic and Writer
  • Margaret Huang (SFS’91), President and CEO of Southerrn Poverty Law Center
  • Senator Nasser Judeh (SFS’83, P’18), Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Jordan
  • Mary Ellen Iskenderian (SFS’81), President and CEO of Women’s World Banking
  • John Sullivan, U.S. Ambassador to Russia
  • Alexander S. Vindman, Lieutenant Colonel (ret.), U.S. Army
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2019-2020

Fall Semester

  • Goli Sheikholeslami (SFS’89), President and CEO of New York Public Radio, National Public Radio
  • Margaret Huang (SFS’91), Executive Director, Amnesty International
  • Robert Cardillo, Former Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Joint Visiting Fellow at Brookings Institution and the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House
  • Tim Hughes, Senior Vice President, Global Business and Government Affairs, SpaceX
  • Sheba Crocker, CARE USA’s Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice
  • John Cohen, Senior Expert on Global Threats – Argonne National Laboratory
  • Maksym Eristavi, Research Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center and Co-Founder of the Russian Language News Exchange
  • Congressman Andy Levin (MI-9), U.S. Representative from the 9th District of Michigan
  • Jill Dougherty (S’13), SFS Centennial Fellow, Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a CNN Contributor on Russia issues
  • Zaid Zaid (SFS’97), Public Policy, Strategic Response at Facebook
  • Tom Purcell (SFS’93), Public Securities and Private Business, Lake Trail Capital

Spring Semester

  • Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney General of the State of New Jersey
  • Ricardo Michel, Managing Director, FHI Partners
  • Gyude Moore (MSFS’09), Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development and Former Minister of Public Works for Liberia
  • Ellen Clarke (BSFS’09), Associate Security Counsel, Google
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Goli Sheikholeslami (SFS’89), President and CEO of New York Public Radio, National Public Radio
Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney General of the State of New Jersey
Ricardo Michel, Managing Director, FHI Partners
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-9), U.S. Representative from the 9th District of Michigan
2018-2019 Anchor

2018-2019

Fall Semester

  • Dr. Scott Guggenheim, former Senior Advisor to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
  • Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis (SFS’76) (ret.), former U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to Cuba
  • James Politi (SFS’99), World Trade Editor at the Financial Times
  • Valla Vakili (SFS’95), Director, Head of Ventures Studio, Citi Ventures
  • Meroe Park (SFS’89), former Executive Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (“CIA”)
  • Stéphane Dujarric (SFS’88), Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
  • Greg Miller, National Security reporter at The Washington Post
  • General Wesley Clark (ret.), SFS Centennial Fellow
  • Frederic Wehrey, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Sarah Margon (MSFS’05), Washington Director at Human Rights Watch
  • Catherine Novelli, former Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment
  • Molly K. McKew, CEO of Fianna Strategies, narrative architect at New Media Frontier
  • Kara Swisher (SFS’84), Executive Editor of Recode, host of the Recode Decode podcast
  • Kathleen H. Hicks, Senior Vice President at Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Tom Purcell (SFS’93), former Co-Chief Investment Officer at Viking Global Investors

Spring Semester

  • Adolfo Jimenez (SFS’85) Partner, Holland & Knight
  • Gary Perlin (SFS’72), former CFO of Capital One and The World Bank
  • Alex Marquardt (SFS’04), Senior National Correspondent for CNN
  • Jeffrey Feltman, John C. Whitehead Visiting Fellow in International Diplomacy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution
  • Dr. Azar Nafisi, SFS Centennial Fellow
  • Susan Reichle, President and Chief Executive Officer for the International Youth Foundation
  • William Priestap, Former Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division
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Meroe Park (SFS’89), former Executive Director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency
Sarah Margon (MSFS’05), Washington Director at Human Rights Watch
Gary Perlin (SFS’72), former CFO of Capital One and The World Bank
Dean Hellman Dr. Azar Nafisi
Dr. Azar Nafisi, SFS Centennial Fellow
2017-2018 Anchor

2017-2018

Fall Semester

  • Claudia Escobar, Former Magistrate, Court of Appeals of Guatemala
  • Kimberly Nelson (SFS’84), Senior Vice President, External Relations; President, General Mills Foundation
  • Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs, U.S. Department of State
  • The Honorable Nasser S. Judeh (SFS’83, P’18), Former Foreign Minister of Jordan
  • Ambassador Kristie Kenney, Career Ambassador, U.S. Department of State
  • Colin Kahl, Associate Professor, Security Studies Program and former National Security Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden
  • Dr. Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President for Policy and Strategy at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Prasenjeet Yadav, Molecular Ecologist and Photographer
  • Ambassador Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States
  • Ambassador Nancy McEldowney, Director, Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) and Distinguished Professor of the Practice

Spring Semester

  • Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib, Afghan Ambassador to the United States
  • Ellen Goldstein, World Bank Country Director for Myanmar, Cambodia, and Lao
  • Mark Landler (SFS’87), White House Correspondent at The New York Times
  • Ambassador Ben Rowswell (SFS’93), Canada’s Ambassador to Venezuela (2014-2017)
  • Ambassador Richard Verma (L’98), U.S. Ambassador to India (2014-2017)
  • Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution
  • Anne Richard (SFS’82), Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration in the Obama Administration
  • Ambassador Dana Smith, Former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar
  • Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson (SFS’89, MSFS’90), Managing Director at Politico Europe
  • Tim Hughes (SFS’94), Senior Vice President and General Counsel at SpaceX
  • Dr. Christina Hanna, (SFS’08, M’14)
  • Dr. Mara Karlin, Associate Professor of the Practice of Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins-SAIS and Nonresident Senior Fellow for Security and Strategy at Brookings
  • Ambassador Gérard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States
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Kimberly Nelson (SFS’84), Senior Vice President, External Relations; President, General Mills Foundation
Dean Hellman with Claudia Escobar
Claudia Escobar, Former Magistrate, Court of Appeals of Guatemala
Gérard Araud
Ambassador Gérard Araud, French Ambassador to the United States
Tim Hughes (SFS’94), Senior Vice President and General Counsel at SpaceX
2016-2017 Anchor

2016-2017

Fall Semester

  • Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis (SFS’76), Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba
  • Alexis Early, Associate at Steptoe and Johnson
  • Lauren Gaffney, Assistant General Counsel for TerraForm Power
  • Ludmilla Savelieff, Associate at Squire Patton Boggs
  • His Royal Highness Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United States
  • Tamara Kofman Wittes, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings
  • Ambassador Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States
  • Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief for The Atlantic
  • Ambassador James Dobbins, Senior Fellow, Distinguished Chair in Diplomacy and Security

Spring Semester

  • Sarah McAvoy (SFS’88), Managing Director in Corporate Treasury at Bank of America
  • Dexter Goei (SFS’93), Chairman and CEO of Altice USA and President of the Board of Altice NV
  • Samantha Vinograd (SSP’07), Director of Public Policy at Stripe
  • Anastasia Norton, Intelligence Analyst
  • Kaya Henderson (SFS’92), Former Chancellor of DC Public Schools
  • Luke Murry, Staff Director of the Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade Subcommittee for the House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Jamie Geller (SSP’15), Professional Staff Member and Deputy Communications Director for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Susan Hennessey, Fellow in National Security in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Managing Editor of Lawfare blog
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Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief of the Atlantic
Kaya Henderson (SFS’92), former Chancellor of DC Public Schools (DCPS)
Ambassador Peter Wittig
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2016

Spring Semester

  • Andrew Steer, President of the World Resources Institute
  • HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates
  • Michael Williams (SFS’98, L’01), Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist for Middle East and Africa, The World Bank
  • Trae Stephens (SFS’06), Principal at Founders Fund
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