Peter L. Hays is an Adjunct Professor of Space Policy and International Affairs at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute and a Senior Policy Advisor with Falcon Research. He has been directly involved in helping to develop and implement major national security space policy and strategy initiatives since 2004 and serves as a senior advisor on policy, strategy, governance, and strategic messaging issues. Dr. Hays serves on the Space Security Index Governance Group, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Missile Defense Project Advisory Board, and is a member of the editorial board for Space and Defense. From 1987-2002, Dr. Hays taught international relations, defense policy, and space policy courses at the USAF Academy, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, and National Defense University; subsequently he has taught the Space and National Security and Science, Technology, and National Security Policy graduate seminars at GW. Major publications include Handbook of Space Security, Space and Security, and Toward a Theory of Spacepower.
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Matt Goeppele-Parrish is a Project Assistant with Wiley Rein LLP’s International Trade practice. He holds an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a BA in International Studies and Mandarin Chinese from the University of Washington. His studies also included time at the University of Hong Kong and Sichuan University. In his current role, he works with government agency filings for anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases, as well as conducting research support for cases related to energy and environmental issues. Prior to his current role, Matt held a variety of internship roles including at the World Resources Institute, Paulson Institute, US Department of Commerce, and US Department of the Treasury where he focused on energy, environmental, and Asia-Pacific policy issues.
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Rogelio Cerezo is originally from Panama City, Panama, and South Florida. He graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a double minor in Economics & Security Studies from Dickinson College. Most recently, Rogelio provides financial, logistical, and administrative support to the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Having enrolled in the M.A. in International Affairs at the Elliott School, Rogelio seeks to concentrate on security and international development issues, specifically in international education. Rogelio currently serves as a web editor at the International Affairs Review (IAR), is a member of the Elliott School Graduate Admissions Advisory Board, and is a member of the DC Chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Latin/Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States.
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Ambassador Liberata Mulamula is a former Tanzania diplomat currently an Associate Director of the Institute for African Studies and Visiting Scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She teaches a ‘Women and leadership in Africa’ course at both Undergraduate and Graduate levels, as well as ‘Multilateral and Conference Diplomacy’ for graduate students. She served as Tanzania Ambassador to the United States and Mexico and was also the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Senior Diplomatic Advisor to former Tanzanian president, H.E. Jakaya Kikwete before her retirement. In addition, she was the first Executive Secretary of the Regional Inter-Governmental Organization for Peace, Stability, and Development in the Great Lakes Region of Africa and is a published scholar. She is the Member of the Africa Women Leaders Network and UN Secretary General’s Advisory Group on Peacebuilding Fund. She holds a master’s in Government and Politics from St. John’s University, New York.
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Caitlin Katsiaficas is an Associate Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute, where her research focuses on policies and practices that support the successful integration of immigrant and refugee families. She received her MA and BA in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where she focused on conflict, migration, and development and studied abroad in Belgium and Turkey. While pursuing her graduate studies part-time, Caitlin oversaw programming at the Elliott School’s Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES). Her past work on migration includes writing on EU migration policy for a Greece-based initiative and internships with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, where she wrote a strategy paper on strengthening intragovernmental cooperation to assist resettled refugees and service providers, and the City of Portland, Maine’s Refugee Services Program, where she provided case management support to refugees and asylum seekers.
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Mary Kate Carter is a second-year Master’s student studying International Trade & Investment Policy (now International Economic Policy) at the Elliott School, concentrating in economic policy analysis. She received her undergraduate degree from Clemson University in French & International Trade in 2018. Mary Kate is particularly interested in the effects of the digital economy on trade and investment policy. She has held several internships in the D.C. area, most recently at the Organization for International Investment and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In both roles, she assisted in international policy advocacy efforts, wrote policy updates for member companies, and organized high-level events for administration officials, foreign diplomats, and Congressional representatives. She will start a new position with the Senate Finance Committee’s trade team in September 2019. Mary Kate is also a certified group fitness instructor with experience teaching HIIT, barre, and kickboxing classes.
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Mr. James G. Brown holds an MBA in international finance from the University of British Columbia and a BSc in agriculture from McGill University. Following almost 20 years in professional and managerial positions with the World Bank, he founded a consulting firm to continue providing technical and financial services to clients in developing countries and to agencies serving those clients. He and teams under his direction have worked on project design, appraisal, implementation and evaluation in 59 countries. His work has also included public sector and development agency policy in the fields of agriculture, rural development, small and medium enterprise development, financial services, agribusiness, and natural resource management.
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