After growing up in Las Vegas, Trevor Litwin attended undergrad at Occidental College in Los Angeles. There, he double majored in Economics and Diplomacy/World Affairs while minoring in Art History. He was a sprinter on the track team competing in the 100, 200, and 400-meter sprints while staying true to the Liberal Arts stereotype and working as a barista during his undergraduate tenure. He has worked in both the Irish and Scottish Parliaments, while additionally working in the office of Congresswoman Jacky Rosen here in DC. He is currently a student in the International Economic Policy program at the Elliott School, concentrating in both International Economic Policy Analysis and International Economic Development. He currently works at the U.S. International Trade Commission as a Pathways Economist. Continue reading “#WeAreElliott: Trevor Litwin”
Shana Marshall is Associate Director of the Institute for Middle East Studies at the Elliott School, where she has taught Comparative Politics of the Middle East and will be teaching Middle East Political Economy in Fall 2019. She earned her PhD from the University of Maryland in 2012. Her dissertation, “The New Politics of Patronage: The Arms Trade and Clientelism in the Arab World” examines how weapons sales channel financial resources and economic privileges to pro-regime elites in the Middle East. She has written for The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Policy, Jadaliyya, the Carnegie Middle East Center, and The Middle East Report (MERIP), where she is also a member of the Editorial Board. Prior to GW, Dr. Marshall was a research fellow at The Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. Her current research focuses on patterns of military entrepreneurship in Egypt, Jordan, and the UAE, as well as how forms of bribery are adapted over time to circumvent existing legal regimes.
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Chasta Piatakovas works in the International Monetary Fund’s European Department, where she assists the Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine teams. She previously worked at The McCain Institute as the executive assistant to the executive director, the former NATO ambassador and GW Elliott School alumnus Kurt Volker. She has studied, lived, and interned in Germany and traveled throughout western and southern Europe. She holds an M.A. in European and Eurasian Studies and a B.A. in International Affairs with a minor in German Language & Literature, both from the Elliott School. Outside of work, Chasta is a certified integrative wellness & life coach, the outreach coordinator for the Arlington Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and a die-hard Washington Capitals fan.
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Raquel Esther Jorge Ricart is a Fulbright grantee who will start her Master’s program in Security Policy Studies at the Elliott School this fall, concentrating in transnational security. She recently graduated with a Master’s in African Studies and International Relations after double majoring in Sociology and Political Science, both in Spain. She is interested in bridging the security gap between public policies and on-the-ground reality, and in the improvement of risk scenarios forecasting for better crisis management. She has professional experience in consulting services in the United Kingdom, where she analyzed humanitarian/security risk scenarios in Sub-Saharan Africa through quantitative data. She also interned at the Spanish Ministry of Defense, working closely with high-level military members as an analyst on organized crime and maritime security in Northern Africa. She was also an intern at Elcano Royal Institute, a Spanish think tank on international affairs, in the areas of private security and energy security. She enjoys going to art galleries and bookstores.
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Nathan Brown was born in Seattle and brings his love of coffee with him wherever he goes. And he goes to far places, mostly in the Middle East (though he discovered—too late—that his favorite foods are Italian and Korean). His research sometimes takes him to odd places—a military court building in Egypt, a Gazan sixth-grade classroom, a training session for Kuwaiti poll workers, and an Islamic think tank in Jordan. The first Middle Eastern country he visited was Israel, but he does most of his research on Egypt, Palestine, and some other Arab countries. He has taught at GW since 1987 and loves it—he finds the students diverse and curious, his colleagues fascinating, and the biking infrastructure slowly improving.
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Alexander Werman is a researcher with Control Risks, a specialist global risk consultancy, currently based out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In this role, he analyzes the political, security, and socioeconomic environment in the Middle East and North Africa for businesses, NGOs, and governments that have interests in the region. He completed a bachelors in business administration from Emory University and a Masters in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School at George Washington University. He completed internships with the Department of State, Atlantic Council, and Search for Common Ground. Prior to joining Control Risks in Dubai, he lived and studied Arabic in Jordan for 9 months.
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Christophe de Montille is a second-year master’s candidate in the Global MBA program and will be a first-year master’s candidate in International Economic Policy at the Elliott School. He received his bachelor’s degree for a triple major in Economics, Political Science, and at Vanderbilt University in 2008. Christophe is most interested in impact investing, financial inclusion, and sustainable investing in sub-Saharan Africa. After spending 10 years as a Management Consultant, he is currently pivoting his career and will be interning this summer with the Small Enterprise Assistance Fund (SEAF) focusing on their agriventure investments in Tanzania. Over his career, Christophe has worked for politicians, private consulting firms, non-profits, and venture capital firms. He has experience in project management, portfolio management, financial management and budgeting, enterprise architecture, strategic planning, fundraising, data analytics, and modeling. Outside of academic and professional pursuits, Christophe enjoys going to concerts, experiencing food from many cultures, exploring the outdoors, and traveling the world (24 countries and counting!).
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