Roman Torres studied International Trade and Investment Policy (now International Economic Policy) at the Elliott School and graduated in 2017. During his time in ITIP, Roman concentrated in International Business and took advantage of Freeman Grant, which was facilitated by the Graduate Career Development office. Thanks to this funding, Roman was able to intern in Planet Indonesia, an economic development NGO in the island of Borneo, where he learned to raise donor funds and to design programs to address socio-economic and environmental challenges. Roman also interned at the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, China, where he learned about business policy advocacy. Capstone was another great learning opportunity. Roman and his capstone group knew that they wanted to have a private company as a sponsor. After leveraging the help of the Elliott School’s professors, eBay agreed to work with Roman’s group to figure out the optimal location for a business strategy in Latin America. Right before graduating, Roman interned with Delphos International, a firm that specializes in helping emerging market companies obtain debt financing from international financial institutions, such as OPIC or the IFC.
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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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Brooke Pearson runs the Security Awareness team at Uber. She has an M.A. in International Policy and Practice (MIPP) from the Elliott School and a B.A. in Communications Studies from Azusa Pacific University. Before joining Uber, she worked at Facebook on the Public Policy and Security teams, and at the State Department managing the Fulbright program for South & Central Asia. She also held a Fulbright grant in Macau from 2008-2009. Brooke grew up between Washington DC and Louisville, KY, and volunteers with programs that promote educational opportunity for underrepresented minority youth in the Bay Area.
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Dimitra Hatzudis is an Account Director at LGND, a D.C. based digital storytelling agency. Prior to LGND, she worked for a venture capitalist firm to launch an accelerator program for social impact tech startups. She still mentors for incubators and accelerators around town including Halcyon, SEED SPOT and GWU’s own new venture program. Previously, Dimitra also worked at the United States Institute of Peace on special events and communications. She earned her her M.A. in Global Communication from the Elliott School and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Global Studies, Political Science and Business. As a first-generation Greek-American, she loves visiting her family in Greece and exploring new places.
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Dr. Graham Cornwell leads the Elliott School’s research portfolio. He earned his Ph.D. in Middle East History from Georgetown University, where his research was supported by an ACLS/Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship, a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, and an American Institute for Maghrib Studies Long-Term Research Grant. Prior to coming to GW, he was a visiting researcher at Centre de Recherches en Histoire Internationale et Atlantique (CRHIA) at the Université de Nantes. He served as a research consultant on the Task Force on Extremism in Fragile States at the United States Institute of Peace and helped manage the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, sponsored by the US Embassy-Baghdad and hosted by Meridian International Center. He is a proud alum of the Elliott School with his M.A. in Middle East Studies, and he holds a B.A. from Carleton College.
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Kristine Landau-Jagalur is a Program Officer with West Africa team at the International Republican Institute. In this role, she manages country-specific programming focused on legislative strengthening, political pluralism and tolerance, fiscal transparency and citizen engagement in political processes. She holds an M.A. in International Development Studies with a concentration in gender and conflict and B.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School at George Washington University. During her undergraduate studies, she spent a semester at Sciences Po in Paris, France, and a semester studying in Dakar, Senegal. Kristine has worked with a variety of stakeholders in Washington, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State and The World Bank. She has experience living and working abroad, serving as an English language teacher in Guangdong, China for one year and conducting monitoring and evaluation work for several months in Gujarat, India.
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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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