International RelationsCareer Challenge
June 17-21, 2019
Johns Hopkins University, Advanced Academic Programs, Washington DC, USA
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Speakers 2018 JHU

The following professionals attended the IRCC 2018 intake at Johns Hopkins University:

                                                                    
IRCC Day 5: Application

Robin Goebel
Vice President, Human Resources and Administration
Dexis Consulting Group
LinkedIn Link

Robin Goebel is currently a Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at Dexis Consulting Group, a company providing monitoring and evaluation, program management, institutional support, and training solutions for economic growth, governance, and democracy challenges to the social sector and across developing economies. In her current role, Robin champions Dexis’ commitment to invest in people while ensuring staffdeliver impactful development results and exceptional service to clients. She enjoys cultivating the growth of human resources professionals, be they her staff or the students she teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Trinity University. Previously Robin worked at Chemonics as Human Resources Director and has managed the unique staffing, legal, and operational demands of global international development organizations for over 15 years. Robin received her MS in Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University and her BA from Penn State University.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 5: Application

Denise Durgin
Career Coach
Inspire With You
LinkedIn Link
Website Link

Denise is a vibrant executive coach who carries out her creativity and mission to serve others’ as owner and executive coach at Inspirewithyou.com. Clients include the United Way Worldwide, Best Buddies International and the Shambaugh Leadership Center. Prior to coaching Denise spent 28 years in the travel industry in sales, marketing and revenue management leadership at Marriott International, The Ritz- Carlton and Host Hotels & Resorts. At Marriott she led a $350m sales division. Denise was a Marriott sales trainer, attended The Aspen Institute and led several award winning sales teams and customer councils.
At Host Hotels & Resorts, Denise worked in asset management with the major US hotel brands as well as travel experts at Trip Advisor, Expedia and CVENT.  She earned an executive master’s degree from Georgetown University and BS in hotel, restaurant and travel administration from UMASS Amherst, where she volunteers her time as a mentor.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 5: Application

Natasha Farooq
Global HR/Talent Strategy and Leadership Consultant, Life Coach & Career Advisor
LinkedIn Link

Natasha is currently serving as the Head of Talent Acquisition and HR strategy at Winrock International, a non-profit organization with a presence in over 50 countries. In her current role, she is leading proposal recruitment and HR efforts for various global projects at Winrock in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. She is also in charge of creating policies and strategies to optimize sourcing and recruiting, workforce planning, relevant new business development and project start up activities. Previously, Natasha served as Head of Human Resources at Natural Resource Governance Institute and Head of Talent Acquisition for Syria Refugee Crisis Response at the International Rescue Committee. As a part of her consultancy, Natasha also engages with youth and women on offering career advice and counseling in areas of job hunting, career pathing, resume writing and other career development topics. Natasha received her Master’s degree in Human Resources and International Business Law from Hamline University in MN.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 4: Campaign & Outreach

Moncef M. Bouhafa
Director
Center for Development Communication
Twitter Link
Facebook Link

Mr. Moncef Bouhafa is a strategic communication expert with more than three decades of experience in the field of communication. He is currently director and founder of the Center for Development Communication (CDC), where he designs and implements learning programmes in the field of communication and development and has worked to design learning events with the United Nations System Staff College including pioneering the “Communication as a reform tool for the UN” series of workshops for senior UN staff. Mr. Bouhafa also developed ground-breaking programmes for the UN in the field of rapid public information response in peace keeping, humanitarian programmes, and reputation management for the UN in the Middle East and in Africa. Prior to the founding of CDC, he was a long-serving UN official in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and a senior specialist with The Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Communication Programmes (CCP) – one of the leading institutions in social marketing and communication for behavior change. While at UNICEF he helped the organization define the concept of Social Mobilization, which has been extensively used as a means of generating support and interest through stakeholders for UNICEF’s programmes, and serving as spokesperson for the organization in many situations including emergencies in West Africa. Mr. Bouhafa is also a senior coach to executives including heads of UN agencies, heads of state & government, and resident coordinators of the UN System. While a Middle East and Africa specialist, Mr. Bouhafa has worked in more than 30 countries worldwide in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 4: Campaign & Outreach

Dena Gudaitis
Strategic Communications Specialist
USAID, Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI)
Website Link

Dena Gudaitis is a seasoned Communications Strategist with over 15 years of experience at multiple news outlets and several non-profit, government and international development organizations. Currently, she supports the strategic engagement efforts as a member of the Outreach team at USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), the civilian rapid response arm of the U.S. government which responds to complex, political crises. Before starting her role at OTI, Dena helped manage and contribute to the Knowledge Management and Communications activities for USAID’s largest global health procurement contract, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain – Procurement and Supply Management Project. Dena began her international development career as a Public Information officer at the UN World Food Program in their New York Liaison office. Following three years in that position, she moved to Nairobi, Kenya where her primary work focused on teaching journalism at a local, globally-accredited college, United States International University. Upon returning to the U.S., she was a Senior Communications Specialist for Family Health International (FHI 360) where she supported digital finance and technology activities within USAID’s Global Development Lab. Later, Dena also oversaw various media, partner outreach and advocacy plans for Malaria No More as their Global Communications Manager. Prior to working in international development, she worked in various journalism-related roles at NPR, C-SPAN, and WAMU 88.5 FM, as well as serving as a digital producer for ABC News. Dena has an M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs and a B.S in Multimedia Design & Development, both from American University.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 4: Campaign & Outreach

Anna K. Nelson
Head of Communications, Regional Delegation for the U.S. & Canada
International Committee of the Red Cross
LinkedIn Link

Anna Nelson is Head of Communications for the International Committee of the Red Cross’ (ICRC) Regional Delegation for the United States and Canada. She oversees the ICRC’s public engagement in both countries, including outreach to the media and online influencers. She serves as a spokesperson for the ICRC and leads the team responsible for Intercross, covering current affairs, legal issues, and aid-related challenges. Ms. Nelson joined the ICRC in Washington in 2013, following a six-year assignment at the organization’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, where she served as a spokesperson for field operations and an internal crisis management advisor. While in Geneva, Ms. Nelson spearheaded the International Red Cross’ first-ever TEDx event, which was called TEDxRC². Prior to joining the ICRC in 2007, Ms. Nelson worked for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, where she served as Deputy Head of Media Relations and was also a spokesperson for the 2005 Pakistan earthquake relief operation. Originally from Minnesota, Ms. Nelson lived abroad for over 20 years in France, Britain, and Switzerland. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from the American University of Paris and, in addition to her MA, she is currently working towards a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 4: Campaign & Outreach

Niki Clark
Digital & Special Projects Advisor
International Committee of the Red Cross
LinkedIn Link

Niki is the Digital & Special Projects Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross in the Washington, D.C. delegation. In this capacity, she serves as the editor of Intercross the blog and podcast and runs digital communications, including partnerships and special projects. Most recently she spearheaded the organization’s partnership with Vox Media. She’s worked across all areas of the Red Cross movement – with the International Federation as an emergency communications delegate in Nepal and Tanzania, with a National Society–in International Communications with the American Red Cross–and now with the ICRC. She has worked in humanitarian field for nearly 8 years and has worked across the spectrum in communications—from agencies to associations and nonprofits. Niki graduated from Southern Methodist with a BA in Print Journalism and minors in photography and Spanish.

                                                                    
IRCC Day 3: Project Management

Patrick Fine
Chief Executive Officer
FHI 360
Website Link

Patrick Fine is the Chief Executive Officer of FHI 360, a non-profit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Before joining FHI 360 in 2013, Patrick served as the Vice President for Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where he helped to shape non-traditional approaches to U.S. bilateral assistance through his oversight of large-scale investment partnerships with 24 countries. As a career member of the Foreign Service at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Fine served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Bureau and Mission Director in Afghanistan, where he led the rapid expansion of U.S. assistance for reconstruction and development. Patrick began his career in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, where he gained a first-hand appreciation for the importance of integrating issues such as education, health, economic development and governance. A frequent speaker and blogger on development, Fine’s areas of expertise include integrated development, education, private sector and livelihoods, donor coordination, community development, public–private partnerships and working in conflict and post-conflict settings.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 3: Project Management

Steffen Cole Brandstrup Hansen (TBC)
Environmental Specialist
The Global Environment Facility
LinkedIn Link

Steffen Hansen joined the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) as a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) in March 2013 and is based in Washington DC, USA. As a JPO he went through a two year training phase doing analytical work, while receiving guidance enabling him to work on a global portfolio of projects focusing on strengthening institutions and policies towards optimized water, nutrient and fisheries management. Prior to joining the GEF Steffen worked within the Danish bio-refinery sector focusing on business case development and optimized utilization of biomass for feed, energy and green chemicals. As part of his studies as a geographer from Copenhagen University, Steffen developed an integrated coastal zone management model, focusing on the production of seaweeds as a cost effective nutrient bio-filtering tool for the purpose of proteins and energy.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 3: Project Management

Michael Nehrbass
Director of the Governance and Economic Opportunity
USAID Office at Baghdad, Iraq
LinkedIn Link

Mr. Michael Nehrbass is the Director of the Governance and Economic Opportunity (GEO) Office with USAID/Iraq, Baghdad. Mr. Nehrbass has served as a Foreign Service Officer for 17 years at USAID, working in Afghanistan, Angola, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Guatemala, and in USAID’s Africa Bureau in Washington, DC. Prior to USAID, Mr. Nehrbass spent five years with ACDI/VOCA as a Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1989 to 1993 in Honduras and Uruguay. Mr. Nehrbass received his Master’s degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He also earned an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Nehrbass’ spouse and two children reside in Takoma Park, Maryland.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 3: Project Management

Susanne Barsoum
Co-Founder and Proposal Guru
KeyLime International
LinkedIn Link

Susanne is KeyLime International’s co-founder and proposal guru and technical writing specialist. She is a recognized industry leader in business development, having spent her 15-year international development career leading business development teams. During her 13 years at Chemonics International, Susanne spent 7 years as director of business development for the Middle East and North Africa division and held field positions in Haiti, Jordan, and Nigeria. She has led dozens of successful proposal teams and written scores of winning technical proposals, which combined have helped organizations secure more than a billion dollars of development funds. Susanne has trained and mentored business development professionals with her signature style that embraces creativity, discipline, and focus to produce beautiful and competitive proposals. She holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Florida, and speaks conversational Arabic, French, and Spanish.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 2: Research and Policy Recommendations

Elizabeth Dooghan
Chief of Staff
Office of Transition Initiatives, USAID
LinkedIn Link

Elizabeth Dooghan currently serves as the Chief of Staff for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI). For the last five years she has worked at OTI, first managing OTI’s countering violent extremism program in Karachi, Pakistan and then overseeing program performance management and learning in Washington, DC. Prior to OTI, Elizabeth spent five years covering Pakistan for USAID both from the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs in Washington, DC and at the USAID Mission in Islamabad where she focused on budget and communications. Prior to joining USAID, Elizabeth supported Haiti policy and programming at the Department of State. Elizabeth holds an MA in Conflict, Security, and Development from King’s College London and a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 2: Research and Policy Recommendations

Cailin Crockett
Policy Advisor
U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
LinkedIn Link

Cailin Crockett has worked on federal policy and programs addressing gender-based violence in the U.S. and globally for the past six years. She is currently a policy advisor and program manager in the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. Previously, she worked as a Policy Advisor for the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, in the Office of Vice President Biden. A researcher, policy expert, and advocate, Ms. Crockett has also worked as a consultant to the United Nations Development Program advising on gender-based violence affecting vulnerable women and girls. She has a Master’s degree in Political Theory from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. from UCLA in Political Science and Spanish.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 2: Research and Policy Recommendations

Christophe Bonneau
Deputy Economic Counselor
Embassy of France in the United States
LinkedIn Link

Christophe Bonneau has been Deputy Economic Counselor at the French Embassy in Washington D.C. since 2016, covering business and industrial affairs. Prior to that, he had been working at the French Embassy in Seoul, South Korea for two years, reporting on Korea’s economic and financial situation. He started his professional career in the United Nations System working for UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee in Paris and for UNDP’s Seoul office and was engaged in activities to assist Korea share its  development experience with middle-income countries. Christophe holds an M.A. in International Studies from Seoul National University.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 2: Research and Policy Recommendations (Morning)

Emily R. Huie
U.S. Policy Director
The ONE Campaign
LinkedIn Link

Emily Huie is the U.S. Policy Director at the ONE Campaign, where she oversees the organization’s policy engagement with the U.S. government on a number of issues, including budget and appropriations, and U.S. development policy towards sub-Saharan Africa specifically on economic and growth energy access. Prior to ONE, Emily was a policy analyst for the international practice at BGR Group and worked at the National Security Council in the Africa Directorate.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 2: Research and Policy Recommendations (Morning)

Nils Junge
Policy Advisor and Evaluation Specialist
World Bank, USAID, Asian Development Bank, OECD
LinkedIn Link

Mr. Nils Junge is an independent policy advisor and evaluation specialist. He works at the intersection of policy and evaluation, drawing on 18 years of experience in international development across 40 countries. He primarily conducts analyses of policy reforms and projects, typically in terms of their social and economic impacts, and advises governments and international development institutions on mitigation and enhancement measures. His primary clients are the World Bank, USAID, Asian Development Bank, and OECD. A firm believer in bridging cultural and linguistic barriers as the key to good cooperation and achieving policy results, he has become fluent or conversational in eight languages over the years. Before moving into international development, he worked in the financial sector in New York and pursued an acting career. Nils has an MA from Johns Hopkins University – School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA from Bowdoin College.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 2: Research and Policy Recommendations (Morning)

Martina Dorigo
Program Analyst
Adaptation Fund
LinkedIn Link

Martina joined the Adaptation Fund (trust fund of the World Bank) as a Program Analyst in February 2017 and is based in Washington DC, USA. Prior to this position, Martina worked for over three years in the Resilience Unit of the UN Development Program and of the World Food Programme country offices for Iraq and El Salvador. Martina has experience in the design, implementation and management of disaster risk reduction, climate resilience and food security projects and she has authored and co-authored publications and knowledge documents on climate change and disaster risk reduction. Martina holds a Master in International Relations from LUISS University of Rome, Italy. She speaks English, Italian, Spanish and French.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 1: Introduction

Career in International Affairs
Sarah Craven
Director, Washington Office
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
LinkedIn Link

A policy advocate and attorney with experience in global health and human rights, Sarah Craven currently serves as the Director of the Washington Office of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Prior to her work at UNFPA, she held positions at the U.S. Department of State and on the legislative staff to U.S. Senators Tim Wirth and Spark Matsunaga. She served as policy advisor to CEDPA during the 1994 International Conference on Population and the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. She holds a B.A. from Macalester College, a M.Phil from Cambridge University (UK) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar. In 2010, she was named one of Macalester College’s Distinguished Citizens.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 1: Introduction

Career in International Affairs
Roberto Amorosino
Senior HR Specialist, HRD Talent Acquisition
World Bank Group
LinkedIn Link

Roberto, an Italian national, joined The World Bank Group in 1994. He currently works for the Talent Acquisition team in the HR Department dealing with external recruitment, diversity and outreach issues. He has worked at the Headquarters in Washington, DC (1994-1996 and 2008-present), Paris (1996-2001) and Rome (2001-2008). Prior to the Bank, Roberto worked for Italian-based executive search firms. He has a Law Degree (Master’s equivalent) from the University La Sapienza, Rome.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 1: Introduction

Competency-Based Interviews
Christopher Butts
Vice President
Careerstone Group
LinkedIn Link

Christopher Butts is a trusted advisor to executive management in both the public and private sector on complex human resource and employee relations issues. With over 15 years of leadership experience, he has facilitated more than 10,000 hours of training on leadership, diversity and inclusion, recruitment, strategic planning and many other topics. As a process facilitator, he helps agency planners develop new decision-making procedures for recruitment and risk management analysis. As Vice President, Dr. Butts contracts with select clients for organizational development, executive leadership, and human resources, utilizing deep expertise in Diversity & Inclusion, Human Relations, Leadership, and Workplace Civility. He brings a wealth of expertise and first‐hand knowledge on leadership excellence, change management, and commitment to engagement. He is certified to present a variety of workshops and trainings, including: MBTI, DiSC, DiSC 363, and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team. Dr. Butts received a Master of Education in Higher Education degree and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education and Policy Studies degree from the University of Central Florida. His published work includes a recent article in the journal Industrial and Organizational Psychology Perspectives on Science and Practice, Diversity Executive Magazine, a book chapter in Understanding and Managing Diversity, and another in Cross-Cultural Competence for a Twenty-First-Century Military.

 

                                                                    
IRCC Day 1: Introduction

United Nations
Vittorio Cammarota
Deputy Director
UNIC Washington DC
LinkedIn Link

Vittorio Cammarota is a communication strategist with over 20 years of experience in media relations, external relations, political advocacy, campaigns and events management, celebrity management, digital communications and fundraising. Vittorio worked for the corporate sector, for the Italian government and for the UN System in headquarters and in the field. He spent 4 years in Pakistan at the helm of the UN Information Centre and is currently working at UNIC Washington DC as deputy-director a.i. Before joining the UN Secretariat, Vittorio worked for nine years with World Health Organization, leading on communications and external relations for the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Tuberculosis and goodwill ambassadors Luis Figo and Craig David. Prior to the World Health Organization, he worked for the UN World Food Programme, at A.T. Kearney and for the Italian Embassy in Washington DC.

Vittorio is an Italian national and holds a master’s degree in Institutional Communications from the University of Rome. His work is inspired by those people whose lives the United Nations aims to improve. It is also driven by the desire of planning communications strategically to effectively reach out to the targeted audiences.
                                                                    
IRCC Day 1: Introduction

Program Goals & Agenda
Alexandra Gordina
Director
YPUN, Ltd.
LinkedIn Link

Alexandra Gordina is the founder and the director of YPUN Ltd., a company assisting young professionals throughout the recruitment process at the United Nations agencies. Previously she held the position of an international consultant at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for two years mainly focusing on Empretec, a capacity-building program fostering entrepreneurship in developing countries. She also worked at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) assisting national statistical offices and other stakeholders to coordinate their work and fill statistical gaps. As of today, Alexandra possesses seven years of expertise in both private and public sectors in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Russia, the United States, Colombia and South Africa. She founded YPUN, Ltd. in 2014 to help young professionals get hired for their ideal job in international affairs area with a meaningful raise, while skipping the irritation of the typically discouraging failures.