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.

2019-2020 Anchor

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
  • Susan Reichle, President and Chief Executive Officer for the International Youth Foundation
  • E. William Priestap, Former Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division
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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
  • Prasenjeet Yadav, Molecular Ecologist and Photographer
  • 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

  • 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
  • Dr. Christina Hanna, (SFS’08, M’14)
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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
  • 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. 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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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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2016 Anchor

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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