Executive Board

Astier Almedom
Astier Almedom is inaugural fellow of the Institute in conjunction with her faculty post of Professor of Practice at the Fletcher School. Prior to Tufts, Dr. Almedom taught in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (University of London, Graduate and Professional School of Public Health) and served in senior management, National Health Service (NHS) in London. Dr. Almedom directs the International Resilience Program where she enjoys working with both graduate and undergraduate students at Tufts and beyond - with field-based teams of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. Dr Almedom is the recipient of the 2008 Graduate Student Council Award for "Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Graduate Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  Ramin Arani A'92
Ramin Arani is a portfolio manager for Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. He manages Fidelity Trend Fund and the equity portion of Fidelity Advisor Asset Allocation. Mr. Arani began managing Fidelity Trend Fund in June 2000 and the equity portion of Fidelity Advisor Asset Allocation in August 2005.
  Abbas Bayat
Abbas Bayat is the Chief Executive Officer for Sunnyland Distribution in Belgium. Mr. Bayat is also the chairman of Belgian football club, Charleroi, and was nominated for Businessman of the year in 2001 in Belgium. The son of a former minister of the Shah of Iran, Abbas Bayat left his country of origin during the Islamic Revolution and settled in the United States in 1979.
  Robert Bendetson A'73
Robert Bendetson is the Chairman and President of the Cabot House family of retail furniture stores.

Fred Berger E'69
Fred Berger has been actively involved with international development since 1972 and his developmental assignments, primarily in the transport sector, have spanned all four LDC continents and include technical contributions to, or active supervision of, projects in some 60 countries. Mr. Berger's current responsibilities at the Louis Berger Group include Africa, Japan, Afghanistan and special projects. He also oversees various elements of the corporate quality verification program.

Jeffrey Blum
Jeffrey Blum is Managing Partner of Sierra Vista Group an international management, technology and advisory services consulting firm. Jeff’s principal area of practice is advisory and strategic management, executive leadership and organizational change. His experiences range from working with Fortune 100 to private companies within financial services, healthcare and international transportation sectors. Having begun his career working in private psychiatric hospitals in Philadelphia treating troubled adolescences and young adults, Jeff changed his career direction, became a consultant and moved to New England.He has been an advisor to corporate executives, university leaders and several political and government officials. Jeff is a graduate of Hahnemann Medical College and the University of Maine with degrees in clinical and organizational psychology. Jeff has served as a Board Member of the American Red Cross, The United Way of NH, The Carroll Center for the Blind, The Whittemore School of Business at The University of New Hampshire, The New Hampshire School Board Association and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the IGL. He has spent significant time climbing the Appalachian Trail, sailing the seven seas and raising thoroughbred horses and Romney sheep. 

  Elyse Cherry
Elyse Cherry is CEO of Boston Community Capital, a community development financial institution whose mission is to build healthy communities where low-income people live and work through socially responsible lending and investing. She is an attorney and a former partner of the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr, where her practice focused on large commercial real estate transactions, the development of affordable housing and the preservation of open space. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Community Capital Association, on the Advisory Board of Wall Street Without Walls, and is a former director of the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. She is a member of Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Cultural Council; an advisor to Northeastern University's urban-focused School of Education; a member of the Executive Council of the YWCA of Boston; and President of the Board of Directors for The Center for New Words.
  Frederick H. Chicos
Frederick H. Chicos is widely recognized as an innovative businessman and an effective leader in the higher education community. Mr. Chicos was the President and CEO of The Chickering Group, prior to the company becoming an independent subsidiary of Aetna, Inc. in December 2003. Mr. Chicos founded The Chickering Group to provide student health insurance solutions to businesses, colleges, and universities throughout New England.
  David Cuttino
David D. Cuttino served as Dean of Admissions, Enrollment and External Affairs at Tufts University. He was responsible for undergraduate admissions, financial aid policy, and the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership. He initiated the Tufts Institute for Leadership and International Perspective and a number of scholar programs. He also was Interim Dean of the College of Special Studies. Prior to coming to Tufts, he was Associate Dean of Admissions at Georgetown University where he chaired the committees directing admission to the School of Foreign Service and the School of Business Administration.
  David Dapice
Professor David Dapice has worked in developing countries since 1971 when he served for two years as an economic advisor to the Indonesian government before becoming a member of the Tufts economics department, where he is tenured and has served as Chair. In 1989 he began and still continues a half-time association with the Vietnam Program of Harvard’s Ash Institute. He has worked in over a dozen developing countries but specializes in Southeast Asia and visits Asia three or four times a year for research and teaching. He has recently worked in Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Indonesia. His work has spanned a wide range of topics from energy to food security and agriculture to public finance and project selection. He has served as the chair of the IGL faculty committee and also serves on the Phi Beta Kappa executive committee.
  Edward L. DeMore
Edward L. DeMore is the CEO and a founder of the Boston Digital Bridge Foundation. In collaboration with Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the City of Boston, the Foundation conceived and manages the nationally renowned Technology Goes Home program, a technology education initiative that provides computer training and computers to low-income families in order to help them bridge the digital divide.
Juan Enriquez
Juan Enriquez, best selling author, businessman, and academic, is currently Chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy LLC, a life sciences research and investment firm. He is the Founding Director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, and author of the global bestseller As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth . He is currently finishing his next book, The Untied States of America: Polarization, Fracturing, and Our Future , which explores why some countries are successful while others disappear.
  Obiageli Ezekwesili
Obiageli Ezekwesili was named Nigeria's Minister of Solid Materials during the summer of 2005. Prior to that, she was Special Assistant for Budget to the President of Nigeria. She serves on the boards of several national and international organizations committed to development, democracy, and accountability issues both in her country Nigeria and globally. She is on the Board of Directors of the New Nigeria Foundation; the founder and co-director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities in Nigeria; and is the former Finance Director of Transparency International in Nigeria. She is presently leading the Nigeria Project for the Center for International Development of Harvard University.
  Hunter Farnham
Hunter Farnham began working on the problems of economic and social development in Africa in the 1960s, primarily for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Among his positions were Uganda desk officer, Assistant Director for the Sahel and Francophone West Africa, Officer-in-Charge of Zimbabwe programs, heading the USAID Missions in Uganda and Guinea-Bissau and various special assistantships and directorships of inter-Agency taskforces on African emergencies such as locust plagues, famines and problems of refugees and displaced persons. He has also consulted extensively for a number of American NGOs. He currently advises a number of clubs at Phillips Exeter Academy, including the Current Events & International Relations Club, which participates in the EPIIC Inquiry program.
Dr. Anne Goldfeld
Anne is a longtime advocate for the health and human rights of the poor and refugees. She made the first call for an international ban against landmines in 1991 in congressional testimony and in 1988 provided some of the earliest evidence of gender based violence against women in situations of war and torture in the medical literature. She served as medical coordinator for the American Refugee Committee on the Thai-Cambodian border at Site II in 1989 and in 1994, Anne co-founded the Cambodian Health Committee. She has also worked to improve health care for refugees and citizens in Guatemala, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Congo, Peru, Albania, Angola, and most recently in Ethiopia. In addition to her peer reviewed scientific publications, her writings have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Boston Globe and the Nation. Anne is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease at the Harvard School of Public Health. Anne is also a Senior Investigator at the Immune Disease Institute of Children's Hospital Boston and a member of the Infectious Disease Division at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. A leader in molecular immunology and tuberculosis and AIDS research, her work has pioneered the approach of linking delivery of care with basic scientific discovery, which has led to a new understanding of how the immune system responds to tuberculosis and AIDS, with the goal of improved treatments to reach the most patients around the world.
Neva Goodwin
Neva Goodwin is the Co-Director of the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University. As Co-Director, she supervised the six-volume project, Frontier Issues in Economic Thought , and is editing a Michigan Press series, Evolving Values for a Capitalist World . She is active in a variety of attempts to synthesize and institutionalize an economic theory - "contextual economics" - that will have more relevance to real world concerns than does the dominant economic paradigm. Dr. Goodwin is lead author of the introductory college-level textbook, Microeconomics in Context .
Fred Harburg
Fred Harburg is Senior Vice President of Leadership and Learning at Fidelity Investments. He and his teams are responsible for developing the leadership and organizational capability to ensure Fidelity's continuing success. Under his guidance, Fidelity is taking a leadership position in providing a fully integrated approach to organizational and leadership development aimed as driving superior business performance. Throughout his career he has served as a leader, consultant, communicator, and executive coach for several important large scale change efforts such as his work with the President of Saturn Corporation in its start-up years.
Ira M. Herman
Ira M. Herman, Ph.D. is tenured professor and director, Center for Innovations in Wound Healing Research, and director, Cellular and Molecular Physiology Program, Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Herman holds appointments in the departments of physiology, anatomy & cellular biology, ophthalmology and biomedical engineering. Professor Herman is founding member and director emeritus, Integrated Studies Program, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Tufts University School of Medicine and is a recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award, Tufts University. Throughout his professional career, and since the time of his graduate and post-graduate studies at Tulane University, Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, professor Herman’s research interests have been focused on revealing the mechanisms controlling cellular and tissue responses to injury and tissue regeneration, including the vascular remodeling and angiogenesis controlling wound healing. These basic studies have given rise to several fundamental insights and a deepened understanding of many physiologic and pathologic processes and have fostered the development of novel technologies for therapeutics and device development, which are described in several issued and pending US and international patents, and some of which focus on the promotion of wound healing, scar-less healing, inhibition of ocular or tumor-induced angiogenesis, the etiology of essential hypertension and the abrogation of cancer cell invasion. During his three-decade tenure at Tufts University, professor Herman has published scores of scholarly reviews and book chapters, and over sixty primary research papers appearing in high-impact, peer-reviewed scientific journals. He serves as editor and scientific reviewer for many scientific journals and is regularly invited as a speaker at scientific meetings, worldwide. Fulfilling his commitment to the scientific community, Professor Herman continues to serve as scientific reviewer and expert consultant for pharma and the biotechnology sectors while having chaired and continuing to participate on grant advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health, Medical Research Council, National Science Foundation, American Heart Association and NASA. A long-time marathoner, Professor Herman spent his early years in NYC.
Uwe Kitzinger, CBE
Mr. Kitzinger was the founding president of Templeton College Oxford, 1984-91; was a Visiting Professor of Government at Harvard in 1969-70 and at the University of Paris 1970-73; has been a fellow at Nuffield College at Oxford since 1956; a visiting scholar at Harvard University since 1993; a senior research fellow at the United Kingdom Atlantic Council since 1993; the co-founder of Lentils for Dubrovnik in 1991; and was the founding chairman of the International Association of Macro-Engineering Societies. He is the author of numerous books including most recently Macro Engineering and the Earth in 1998. In 1980, Mr. Kitzinger was made commander in the Order of the British Empire.
  Kent Lucken
Mr. Lucken is a Managing Director of the Citi Private Bank in Boston, responsible for providing global wealth management services to international entrepreneurs.  Mr. Lucken also oversees Citi Private Bank’s North American Financial Sponsor practice, which encompasses the firm’s relationships with leading private equity firms and their principals. Prior to joining Citi, Mr. Lucken worked at Robertson Stephens Investment Bank. He also served 14 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, completing diplomatic assignments at the U.S. Embassies in Italy, Russia, Georgia, Bosnia, Croatia and Slovenia. He holds a MPA from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Iowa State University. Mr. Lucken is President of the US-Asia Institute in Washington, DC, an Overseer at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, and member of Harvard Kennedy School’s Deans Alumni Leadership Council. He has represented the U.S. as an international election observer at national elections in the Republic of Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.  In October 2011, Mr. Lucken was named a Foreign Policy Advisor and Asia-Pacific Co-Chair for the Romney Presidential campaign.
  Javier Macaya A'91
Javier Macaya is the founder, owner and CEO of Athelera LLC, a New York based investment banking boutique focused on providing mergers and acquisitions and strategic advisory services to a select group of European, Latin American and North American Companies and family groups. He is also a Director of Corporacion Geo, MiCash Inc. and Fun & Basics S.A.

Bruce Male A'63
Bruce Male is President and Co-Founder of American International Bakeries, Srl (AIB) based in Parma, Italy. AIB is Italy's first producer of bagels and is a premier supplier of American style muffins. He is the former Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of TravCorps Corporation of Malden, Massachusetts, the innovator of traveling nurses and allied health personnel in the U.S. He also a member of the Tufts Board of Trustees, is the Chairman of the Tufts International Board of Overseers and an Arts and Science Overseer. Mr. Male Is also on the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

  Theodore Mayer
Theodore Mayer is a partner in the New York-based law firm Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, where he heads the product liability practice group, and has a practice focused on national and international litigation involving pharmaceuticals.

Ed Merrin
Between the years 1958 to 1961, Ed Merrin was a member of the board at the Infants Home of Brooklyn in New York. From 1974 to 1976, he was a chairman for the board of Childville, which is a a home for emotionally disturbed children. From 1979 to 1982, Edward was the president of the art dealer’s division of the United Jewish Appeal. Shortly after, from 1981 to 1992, he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Tufts University, and from 1985 to 1995, Ed was a member of the board of the Lincoln Center Theater. Today, Edward Merrin is a member of the board and executive committee of the American Friends of the Israel Museum, since 1976. Since 1992, Ed has been a Trustee Emeritus of Tufts University, and from 2003 he has been on the board of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.

  William Meserve A'62
William Meserve is senior counsel in the Litigation Department at the law firm of Ropes & Gray. He has been with the firm since 1970 and was a partner since 1976. He is a former member of Tufts' Board of Trustees and, among other activities, is currently the Board Chair of Earthwatch Institute, a Director of AFS-USA (an international student exchange organization), the Boston Fulbright Committee, United South End Settlements (a large social service agency in Boston) and the Conservation, Education and Research Trust in Oxford, England. He is also a long time member of the Board of Overseers at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
Angelos Metaxa
Angelos Metaxa was a Founding Partner of Capital Management Advisors Group ("CMA"), an alternative investments firm, specializing in multi-manager hedge fund portfolios. After CMA's 2006 acquisition by EFG International ("EFGI"), a global private banking group with assets under management of over US$100 billion, Angelos continued his engagement with the group until 2009. Since 2009 Angelos is involved in entrepreneurial ventures in the field of Real Estate with a focus in Europe and the USA. Angelos holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University. He is an elected member of the International School of Geneva's (www.ecolint.ch) Campus Development Group, representing the Middle School - English speaking section and he is a member of the School's Strategic Planning Committee. Angelos is a Patron of Children Action (www.childrenaction.org) a Swiss Foundation that was created in February 1994 with the objective of helping children around the world without making any distinctions on nationality, race or religion. Children Action primarily focuses on medical operations and psychological issues. In the last 16 years Children Action has built a solid track record of helping children with projects that span from Argentina, France, Peru, Romania, Switzerland and Vietnam. Angelos and his wife and two kids currently live in Geneva, Switzerland where he enjoys the most of the Alps as he is a passionate skier.
  Ambassador Jonathan Moore
Jonathan Moore was an ambassador to the United Nations under President George H.W. Bush. He is now an adviser to the U.N. Development Program on post-conflict reconstruction and is an associate at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard University.
  Mark Munger
Mark Munger is currently a Senior Associate at Valeocon, an international management consulting firm. He has been consulting for leaders on executive leadership, innovation, and change for more than twenty-five years. He works with those in leadership positions who seek to integrate strategy and organization and management. In particular, his consultation deals with issues of cultural fluency and competence for leaders who wish to both conform to and exceed rising expectations of corporate accountability and performance.
  Moisés Naím
Editor in chief of Foreign Policy magazine, Moisés Naím heads one of the world's leading publications on international politics and economics and winner of the 2003 National Magazine Award for general excellence. He has written extensively on international political economy, economic development, world politics, and globalization's unintended consequences. His regular opinion columns appear in the Financial Times, El Pais, Newsweek, Corriere della Serra, and many other internationally-recognized newspapers and magazines. He is the author or editor of eight books including Illicit: How Smugglers, Traffickers and Copycats are Hijacking the Global Economy , which is currently being published in 14 languages and will be available this fall. Dr. Naím is one of six members of Time magazine's board of international economists and he is also the Chairman of the Group of Fifty, an organization of the CEO's of Latin America's largest corporations.
  Timothy Phillips
Timothy Phillips is a founding co-chair of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition of Harvard University. He is also a co-founder of Energia Global, Ltd., a US company which develops and owns electricity generation and distribution companies in Central and South America. He has served as a consultant to non-governmental and governmental organizations in the United States and abroad, including the US State Department and the Council of Europe, on democratization, conflict resolution and human rights initiatives. Mr. Phillips is a member of the Board of Directors and Advisors of the Foundation for a Civil Society, the University of the Middle East and the Coexistence Initiative.
  David Puth A'79
Mr. Puth is an Executive Vice President in charge of State Street's Global Markets businesses. Mr. Puth is also a member of the company's Management Committee, State Street's senior-most strategy and policy making team. Mr. Puth is a member of the board of the Robin Hood Foundation.  Robin Hood is one of the country's leading voices in the fight against poverty while focusing its efforts on the City of New York.  Mr. Puth is a Trustee of the Berkshire School, a preparatory school in Sheffield, Massachusetts and a member of the board of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University. Mr. Puth is also on the board of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Mr. Puth holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tufts University and resides in Boston.

Jennifer Selendy
J90 is a litigation partner at the law firm of Kirkland<& Ellis LLP where she co-chairs the Women's Leadership Initiative and sits on the operations committee of the New York office. She tries complex commercial matters for clients in state and federal court and before domestic and international arbitration tribunals. She is also the Chairman of the Board of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, a nationwide legal services organization that promotes economic justice, fairness and opportunity for those most in need in this country by securing systemic reform in the delivery of income support and related human services and safe-guarding important legal and constitutional rights. Jennifer is also a founder and Co-Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The Speyer Legacy School, an independent school for gifted children that seeks to raise the standards for educating our most high-potential elementary school children regardless of their socio-economic circumstances.

Tovia Smith
Tovia Smith is an award-winning NPR News National Desk correspondent based in Boston. For the last 25 years, Smith has been covering news around New England and beyond. She's reported extensively on the debate over gay marriage in Massachusetts and the sexual abuse scandal within the Catholic Church, including breaking the news of the Pope's secret meeting with survivors. Smith took a leave of absence from NPR in 1998, to launch Here and Now, a daily news magazine produced by NPR Member Station WBUR in Boston. As co-host of the program, she conducted live daily interviews on issues ranging from the impeachment of President Bill Clinton to allegations of sexual abuse in Massachusetts prisons, as well as regular features on cooking and movies. In 1996, Smith worked as a radio consultant and journalism instructor in Africa. She spent several months teaching and reporting in Ethiopia, Guinea, and Tunisia. Smith filed her first on-air stories as a reporter for local affiliate WBUR in Boston in 1987. Throughout her career, Smith has won more than two dozen national journalism awards including the Casey Medal, the Unity Award, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Honorable Mention, Ohio State Award, Radio and Television News Directors Association Award, and numerous honors from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Public Radio News Directors Association, and the Associated Press. She is a graduate of Tufts University, with a degree in international relations.

  Ambassador John Shattuck
Ambassador John Shattuck is the Chief Executive Officer of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. Among his many awards, in 1998, Ambassador Shattuck received an International Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association of Boston for human rights achievements while serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. In 1998, Mr. Shattuck was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic. Mr. Shattuck is the author of Freedom on Fire: Human Rights Wars and the Roots of Terrorism.
  Emmanuel Stefanakis
Emmanuel Stefanakis' career has been focused on the issues of sustainable development and social entrepreneurship in more than 40 countries. His projects have been as diverse as designing major new cities to revitalizing older ones, building palaces in the Middle East and innovative microfinance in the Caribbean, corporate headquarters in New York to investment risk assessment in Central Asia, lecturing at various universities to being the president of a small college in Europe, advising senior elected officials to sitting on the boards of struggling non profit organizations. Internationally, he has advised multinational organizations like the World Bank, USAID, UN and EBRD on the use of market based tools in sustainability. At the local level, he has designed and developed the greenest home sin Massachusetts and now imports and distributes furnishings for green homes. Emmanuel has completed undergraduate studies at the the University of Massachusetts Amherst and graduate professional degrees from UPenn and Harvard. He currently splits his time among Cambridge (the newer one in the USA), New York City and Athens (the original one!).

Philippe Villers
Philippe Villers is the co-founder of Families USA. He has served as its President and as a member of the Board of Directors since the inception of Families USA. Mr. Villers currently also serves on the ACLU President's Committee, Amnesty International USA's Executive Directors Council, and on the Boards of Cambridge Innovations, Mercy Corps., QuitNet, and Voxiva. He is President of Grainpro Inc. involved in food security for the developing world.

John Taylor “Ike” Williams
John Taylor “Ike” Williams joined the firm in 2010 as Of Counsel. His practice emphasizes intellectual property and First Amendment litigation and entertainment law including the creation, production, and licensing of intellectual property, particularly in the areas of publishing, film, television, music, and new media. He is the co-author with E. Gabriel Perle and Mark Fischer of the widely used Perle & Williams on Publishing Law (2 Vol. Aspen Law and Business), was a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Literary Panel, a Trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Art and The Huntington Theatre for many years, served as the Chair of the Boston Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Co-Chair of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
  Richard Wayne
Rick Wayne was a co-founder of Capital Crossing Bank (formerly known as Atlantic Bank), a Massachusetts Trust Company located in Boston, Massachusetts where he served as President and Co-CEO from 1991 until its sale in February 2007. Rick is also a co-owner of Watermark Donut Company, which owns, operates and manages approximately 35 Dunkin Donuts stores in the Boston area. Rick has served on the boards of numerous non-profits. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Mapendo International, an international organization that works to fill the critical and unmet needs of people affected by war and conflict who have fallen through the net of humanitarian assistance. He is also on the Board of the Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University where he serves as Finance Chairman. Rick holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University, Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School, and a Master's in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.