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.