Ashley Friedman is the senior director of policy at Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) leading their engagement in Latin America and working globally on issues related to digital trade, online platforms, and telecommunications. Prior to ITI, she served as the policy advisor for International Trade and Investment to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. During this time, Ashley helped to support key priorities and initiatives in areas such as foreign policy, digital economy, cybersecurity, and trade. Prior to that role, Ashley served for six years as the Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mercosur, and Cuba desk officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. In this position, Ashley managed all trade and economic relations with those countries, developed market strategies for U.S. businesses, demonstrated strategic leadership in commercial diplomacy, and worked on trade facilitation and market access projects throughout the Caribbean and South America. Ashley graduated with an MA in International Trade and Investment Policy (now International Economic Policy) from the Elliott School in 2012.
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Daniel Trapp is a Strategic Advisor for Enbridge, Inc., in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where he helps form the company’s corporate strategy, pursues major business development initiatives and advises senior executives on global energy markets. Daniel holds an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School, an M.B.A. in finance from Rice University in Houston, Texas and a B.A. in German and International Economics from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso Indiana. He has lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and North America; and traveled to more than 40 countries.
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Anna Slattery is the Executive Communications Officer at The Hunger Project in New York City. Prior to joining the organization, Anna worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. where she managed a robust portfolio that included planning executive-level trips overseas and managing digital communications. She graduated with M.A. in Global Communication from the Elliott School at George Washington University in 2017 and also holds a B.A. in International Studies from Elon University. During grad school, Anna worked as a communications consultant, focusing on national security clients.
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Zhong Li (Ryan) received his Master’s degree in International Trade and Investment Policy (now International Economic Policy) from Elliott School of International Affairs in 2017 and joined the Center for International Agricultural Research (CIAR) of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in 2018. He has been working on several international cooperation projects with several world-leading international agricultural organizations, such as International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Asian Development Bank (ADB), etc. He also leads the China Office of Young Professionals for Agricultural Development (YAPRD), a non-governmental organization under the umbrella of and Global Forum on Agriculture Research (GFAR) in 2018. During his time at GW, Ryan worked closely with the IMF on a “The Spillover of Chinese Economic Slowdown on Latin American Countries” project. His research on China Hukou system was presented in several international conferences in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, and Washington D.C. Additionally, he has worked/interned at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Eurasia Group, CITIC Securities, Essence Securities, and China Minsheng Bank. Other than Chinese, Ryan speaks fluent English and conversational Korean and Spanish.
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Kira Li started to pursue her M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School from September 2016 immediately after receiving her B.A. in International Development from McGill University in Canada. During grad school, she interned at different capacities including the Embassy of Canada in Washington DC, Motion Picture Association of America and the UN Foundation. Upon graduating in May 2018, she decided to move to China and started a full-time position at the Wanda Group, one of China’s biggest real estate firm to work on overseas communications. She wishes to spend a few years in China to hone her skills and become a well-trained international PR and communications professional.
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Garret Mitchell is a 2015 graduate from the Elliott School‘s M.A. European and Eurasian Studies program. During his time at GW, he focused on natural gas trade in Russia and Central Asia. Four years after graduation, he considers the support he received from IERES staff, Director Peter Rollberg, and the friends he made to be the most valuable legacy of his time at the Elliott School.
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Bradley Wiggins earned her MA in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Conflict Resolution. While attending the Elliott School, she focused on the impact of armed conflict and security threats on educational systems – specifically in Africa. Bradley’s Global Capstone Project analyzed strategic considerations for harmonizing language education policy and practice in South Africa. During graduate school, Bradley first worked as an intern for Global Classrooms DC, the flagship education program of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA). She then joined the U.S. Department of State as a Pathways intern, later converting into a full-time employee. Currently, Bradley works as a Program Coordinator in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of International Visitors, Near East and North Africa Branch. Before completing her graduate degree, Bradley received her BA in History and Art History from the University of South Carolina. She then served as a 2014 Teach for America corps member in Nashville, Tennessee, where she taught high school for two years. Bradley is originally from Statesboro, Georgia.
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