The Catholic University of America

Board Member Profiles

 

Daniel R. Addison

Partner
Administrative and Regulatory, Public Policy and Lobbying, International Practice
Patton Boggs, LLP

 

Region
United States

IEDM Area of Expertise
Environment & Law

Education
Catholic University of America, J.D., 1987
Claremont Graduate University, M.A., 1983
Claremont McKenna College, B.A., 1982

Experience
Daniel Addison represents clients on a diverse range of public policy matters involving legislative strategy, appropriations and foreign government concerns before the U.S. Congress and Executive branch departments, multi-lateral agencies, and sovereign governments. He also counsels clients on issues involving environmental compliance and risk management.

Mr. Addison has a wealth of knowledge in matters involving injury to natural resources and has significant experience handling multi-media targeting initiatives, management aspects of environmental compliance, rulemaking and litigation. Mr. Addison regularly assists clients with crisis management issues and facilitates alternative dispute resolution and mediation. His foreign government representation experience includes a particular focus on developing nations.

Mr. Addison served in senior level positions in two presidential administrations and worked as a senior staff member in the offices of then-Senator Pete Wilson (R-CA), who later became Governor of California. In 1994, he was cited by Governor Wilson as one of the nation’s leading experts on natural resources and appointed to spearhead California’s recycling efforts. Previously, he prosecuted Natural Resource Damage (NRD) claims and was a principal architect of the Exxon-Valdez settlement in his position as special counsel for Natural Resources, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He also acted as associate administrator for Industry and Congressional Affairs for the U.S. General Services Administration, heading the agency’s strategic business initiatives and legislative strategy.

In the private sector, Mr. Addison served as vice president for Government and International Affairs at Pacific Research and Strategies, Inc., a leading political consulting firm. He began his career in Washington on the Republican National Committee, where he handled the recruitment of non-traditional voter groups, including African Americans.

Representative Matters:
• National Natural Resource Damages (NRD) counsel for the American International Group (AIG)
• United States of America v. Nucor Corporation, Inc., United States District Court, District of South Carolina, 2001. Served as counsel in matters involving the EPA multimedia targeting initiative
• National Center for Manufacturing Sciences – Chief Lobbyist
 

Xavier Arguello

Development Executive

Clark Realty Capital

 

Region
Latin America / United States

IEDM Area of Expertise
Private Sector - Housing Development

Education
Stanford Graduate School of Business, MBA, 2005
Texas A&M University, B.S., 1996

Experience
Xavier Arguello is Founder and President of Inter-Mac International, Inc. of Clark Realty Capital where he fundraised $100MM for workforce housing finance in Central America. He also worked in Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch developing strategies for financing in both the health care and technology groups. He has worked for the President of Honduras in the area of communication and strategy as well as labor negotiations.
 

Gustavo O. Beliz, Ph.D.

Consultant

Institutional Capacity and Finance Sector

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)


Region
Uruguay

IEDM Area of Expertise
Politics & Economic Development Policy - Citizen Security

Education
University of Buenos Aires, Law and Journalism, 1989
London School of Economics, Great Britain, Fellowship by the British Council for research on 'Globalization and State Reform", 1994

Experience
He was President of the National Institute of Public Administration (1989-1992), Secretary for the Civil Service and Minister of Interior during the first government of Carlos Menem. After resigning denouncing acts of corruption and opposition to constitutional reform in 1996 he founded the Party 's new leadership, leaving the Peronist Party.

In 1996 he was candidate in elections to Prime Minister. In 1997 he was elected Member of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. In 2001, he leads the coalition Front for New Country taking second place in elections and being elected U.S. Senator for the City of Buenos Aires. 

After Kirchner's victory Dr. Beliz is appointed Minister of Justice, Security and Human Rights, launched a campaign on the transparency of federal justice, promoting the impeachment of members of the Supreme Court of the Nation suspected of corruption, and establishing the method of restraint for the appointment of judges by the Executive Branch through the system of appeals and public hearings to provide greater transparency and citizen participation. In 2004 he resigns after complaining to members of the SIDE of illegal activities.

At the academic level Dr. Beliz was Professor at the School of Information Sciences of the Universidad Austral (1995-2001), Associate Professor in the Master of Communication Management of Organizations, Southern University (2001) and Research Associate at the Institute of Altos Estudios Empresariales (IAE) of the Universidad Austral. (2000-2001). He is currently a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank.

In 1987 he was named one of 20 outstanding young people with a scholarship to study in Japan, in the framework of cultural agreements signed by President Alfonsin and Prime Minister Nakasone. He was elected as one "10 Outstanding Young Persons of the Republic of Argentina", by the Junior Chamber of Buenos Aires (1992). In 1999 he was honored as one of the "50 Latin American Leaders of the Third Millennium", by Time magazine and CNN.

John Convey, Ph.D.

Professor of Education

The Catholic University of America
 

Region
United States

IEDM Area of Expertise
Education

Education
Florida State University, Ph.D., 1974

Experience
John J. Convey is the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education, and former Provost (1997-2007), of the School of Education The Catholic University of America. His professional work focuses on research and strategic planning for Catholic schools. Thus, over the past 25 years, he has conducted diocesan-wide planning and evaluation studies for the Catholic schools in the Archdioceses of Baltimore, Boston, Washington, and the Dioceses of Alexandria (LA), Biloxi, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Cheyenne, Corpus Christi, Honolulu, and Providence. He is currently conducting planning studies for the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Archdiocese of Denver.

Dr. Convey is the author or editor of six books on Catholic education: Catholic Schools Make A Difference: Twenty-five Years of Research (1992), Strategic Planning for Catholic Schools: A Diocesan Model of Consultation (1996), Benchmarks of Excellence: Diocesan and Local Catholic School Boards (1997), Weaving Christ’s Seamless Garment: Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (1999), Catholic Schools at the Crossroads: Survival and Transformation (2000), and The Catholic Character of Catholic Schools (2000), and of many additional articles.

Dr. Convey was the 1991 recipient of the C. Albert Koob Award, given by the National Catholic Educational Association for outstanding national service to Catholic schools. In November 2005 he was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope Benedict XVI in recognition of his service to The Catholic University of America and to Catholic schools. He is currently a Commissioner on the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and a member of the Committee on Education of the Bishops and Presidents Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
 

Paloma Duran, Ph.D.

Profesora Titular in the Law School of the University Complutense

Complutense University

 

Region
Spain

IEDM Area of Expertise
Politics & Economic Development Policy - Human Rights

Education
Jurisprudence of the European Court on Human Rights, Ph.D.

Experience
Paloma Durán earned a PhD on the Jurisprudence of the European Court on Human Rights and has since written many books and articles on Human Rights and Social Rights. She participated in many UN and European meetings, as academic, expert and adviser. She was Counselor for Human Rights and Social Affairs in the Permanent Mission of Spain to the UN during 2001/2004. During that time she was the main negotiator for many resolutions of the UN on Human Rights and Social issues, and she also was the main negotiator on those themes in UN-New York, during the Spanish Presidency of the European Union (2002).

She was one of the six experts of the Working Group of the Council of Europe on Affirmative Actions and one of the authors of the report approved by the Council. Currently, she is Profesora Titular in the Law School of the University Complutense (Madrid, Spain). 

Jesus P. Estanislao, Ph.D.

Chairman

Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and Institute for Solidarity in Asia

 

Region
Philippines

IEDM Area of Expertise
Economic Development - Governance in Asia

Education
Harvard University, Ph.D.
Fordham University, MA in Economics
University of San Carlos, MA in Economics and Ph.B. (summa cum laude)

Experience
Jesus P. Estanislao is Chairman of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia an organization promoting national governance, and head of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Dr. Estanislao has spent much of his career founding or rehabilitating institutions. More recently, he has focused on improving governance in the Philippines for both public and private institutions as a way of reducing corruption in the country.

He was the founding Dean (1998) of the Asian Development Bank Institute in Tokyo. He also served as the founding president (1992-1997) of the University of Asia and the Pacific, which grew out of the Center for Research and Communication, of which he was the founding Executive Director (1969-1981).

In 1986 he became the Chairman of the Development Bank of the Philippines, which he rehabilitated. Then he was appointed to the Cabinet of President Corazon Aquino, whom he served as Secretary of Economic Planning and Director General of the National and Economic Development Authority (1989), and later as Secretary of Finance (1990-1992). As the country's chief economic officer, he oversaw the economic recovery and reform program of a newly reinstalled democracy.

In 1992, Dr. Estanislao was awarded the Philippine Legion of Honor. In 2009, Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) named him "Management Man of the Year." He has been conferred honorary doctoral degrees from Angeles University, Xavier University, St. Paul University, and Manila Central University. He holds the title of University Professor at the University of Asia and the Pacific.

He is the author of several books, including Responsible Citizenship III: Empowering Individuals and Strengthening Communities, and Foundation for People Development.

Mohammad Farhandi

Consultant

Energy Sector Strategy and Policy

 

Region
United States

IEDM Area of Expertise
Economic Development - Energy

Experience 
Mr. Farhandi is an energy expert with over 37 years experience in the field of energy and infrastructure, including 25 years with the World Bank. He is currently an independent advisor on energy sector strategy and policy.

He has participated in and managed the implementation of energy projects and the sector policy dialogue with governments in 30 countries in East Asia, Africa, Latin America, Central Asia and Middle East. Prior to his retirement from the World Bank, Mr. Farhandi was the Acting Director of the Energy and Mining Sector for the East Asia and Pacific region of the World Bank. In that capacity he oversaw the Bank’s energy lending operations for the region, and helped develop energy policies and strategies for 10-12 East Asian countries (including China, Indonesia, Korea, Laos, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam). Throughout his long carrier, he has advised the various governments in various regions of the world on strategies and policies regarding pricing, regulations, investment, finances, institutional building, environmental and social protection, restructuring and privatization involving electricity, gas, oil and renewable energy.

Mr. Farhandi is a Chatham House Fellow, and a Senior Advisor to the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs. He holds a BS degree in Engineering, and studied Political Science and Economics towards a Master degree. 

Maciej Golubiewski, Ph.D.

Desk Officer

Tanzania, and relations with the East African and the Indian Ocean regions at the European
External Action Service (EEAS)

The European Union

 

Region
Belgium

IEDM Area of Expertise
Politics & Economic Development Policy

Education
The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, ABD
Washington and Lee University
United World College of the Atlantic (Atlantic College) 

Experience
Maciej Golubiewski has served as a teaching fellow in the Department of Political Science at the Johns Hopkins University and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Mannheim in Germany. Mr. Golubiewski’s experience includes the Heritage Foundation, a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., the Institute for US Law, CRA International (formerly Charles River Associates), various international political and economic consulting organizations, and most recently the European Union.

Roberto Gutierrez

President and Legal Representative

Red Nacional de Grupos Gestores

 

Region
Guatemala

 

IEDM Area of Expertise
Community Development - Indigenous Community

Experience
Mr. Gutierrez is an entrepreneur who is the founder and president of the La Red Nacional de Grupos Gestores, defined as a second-tier association that integrates and coordinates the Grupos Gestores of the country, constituting a representation mechanism through which local economic development initiatives are promoted.

In turn, the Grupos Gestores are local, permanent, independent, nonprofit, associations created with an integrated business approach by individuals representing different sectors of the community, who work voluntarily to promote economic development in their municipality.

They currently have 100 Grupos Gestores organized, so that the La Red Nacional has coverage in 100 municipalities in 18 departments. La Red Nacional has 8 Regional Offices for Local Economic Development located in San Marcos, Retalhuleu, Totonicapán Mazatenango (Suchitepéquez) Purulhá (Baja Verapaz), Chimaltenango, Huehuetenango and El Quiché, and a Headquarters in Quetzaltenango.

The organization’s projects have received support from several national agencies and bilateral and international organizations, including the IDB, The Japan Special Fund, The World Bank, and USAID. 

David Leege, Ph.D

Director of University Engagement and Research with Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Region
CRS  World Wide

IEDM Area of Expertise
Agriculture and food security

Education
PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Montpellier I (France)

Experience
Dr. David Leege is Director of University Engagement and Research with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). His focus is to develop research and other collaboration with universities through institutional partnerships. He also teaches agriculture and food security as adjunct faculty in Catholic University’s School of Business and Economics and the University of Notre Dame’s Eck Institute for Global Health. David joined CRS in 1991 in Angola, managing food security and income generation projects in war-affected communities. He then served successively as CRS Country Representative in Benin, Pakistan, Cambodia, Rwanda and Burundi where he oversaw programs in food security, agriculture, microfinance, maternal child health, and peacebuilding, funded by USAID, the European Union and other private donors. In 2004, David became Deputy Director of the Program Quality and Support Department at CRS headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland, where he coordinated global technical assistance. David holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Montpellier I (France). Prior to CRS, David served as a Peace Corps Agricultural Extension Volunteer and with the U.S. State Department in Mauritania.

Manuel Ramon Llamas, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor of Hydrogeology

Complutense University

 

Region
Spain

IEDM Area of Expertise
Environment - Water

Education
Civil Engineering, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Ph.D.
Geology, Complutense University of Madrid, Ph.D.

Experience
Prof. M. Ramon Llamas is currently emeritus professor of Hydrogeology at the Complutense University of Madrid. Since 1986 he is a Fellow of Spain’s Royal Academy of Sciences. He chaired the Section of Natural Sciences (2000- 2008) and the International Relations Committee (2003-present) in this Academy. He is also a fellow of the Spanish Royal Academy of Doctors (2008). Fellow of the European Academy of Science and Arts (2005).

He spent fifteen years as a hydraulic engineer in the Directorate General of Hydraulic Works and two years in the in the Center for Land Use Planning and Environment, both entities in the Ministry of Public Works of Spain. He worked initially in conventional hydraulics and engineering geology and later concentrated on water planning with emphasis in groundwater resources evaluation, development and management. The last years he has worked mainly in Water Policy, with emphasis in Water Ethics and the virtual water role in rethinking water and food security.

In 1972 he became the first tenured Professor of Hydrogeology in Spain. A good number of the now more than fifty tenured professors in this field in Spanish Universities have been his graduate students and /or coworkers. Since 1972 his main duties have been university teaching and research on water resources. He is author or co-author of nearly hundred books or monographs and almost four hundred scientific papers. Also, during the last decade he developed general water education programs for the media (newspapers, radio and television). The Spanish Club of Energy gave him the Award for scientific popularization in 1996. In 1990 he was nominated “Citoyen d’Honneur” by the Council of the French town Murviel-les Montpellier as recognition for his report on the ecological impact of a landfill that was planned to locate in that Municipality. He has received the Cannes International Great Prize for Water in 2006. Member of the French Academie de l’Eau (2006).

He was President of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) from 1984 to 1989. In 2002 was appointed IAH Honorary Member. In 1992 he was appointed Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of the United Kingdom. From 2001 to 2003 he has been Vice-President of the International Association of Water Resources (IWRA) In 2005 was appointed IWRA Fellow. He has been coordinator of the UNESCO WORKING GROUP ON THE ETHICS OF THE USE OF FRESH WATER RESOURCES (1998-1999) He was a member of the Water Commission of the British Charity World Humanity Action Trust (WHAT) (1997-1999). He has been a member (1996-1998) of the Board of Trustees of the two Spanish National Parks, which include relevant wetlands in their precincts: Doñana y Tablas de Daimiel.

Between 1986 and April 1998 he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Spanish NGO CODESPA. This is a charity with a current annual budget about US$ eight million to promote sustainable development in developing countries. Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the International NGO "Action against Hunger" (1999-2004).

He was the designer and Director of a large research program (4.5 years long and one million € funding) launched in 1999 by the Spanish Foundation Marcelino Botín on the role of groundwater resources on water policy. This project was completed in March 2003 and presented in the Third World Water Forum in Osaka. A total of nine books and thirteen monographs have been published within this project. He has continued to work with the Botin Foundation and in 2008 was appointed Director of the WATER OBSERVATORY of this Foundation (www.fundacionmbotin.org).

Amina Mesdoua

MOFA appointed Director General of the Diplomatic and International Relations Institute.
 

Region
Algeria / Qatar

IEDM Area of Expertise
Politics & Economic Development Policy - International relations, human rights, family studies and development

Experience
Amina Mesdoua is an Algerian diplomat with over 25 years’ experience dealing with international organizations, human rights, and development issues. She holds the rank of minister plenipotentiary and is currently an advisor in the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Algeria.

Between 2007 and 2014, Amina was the family policy director at the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a Qatar Foundation institute. As the family policy director, she organized many conferences and colloquiums related to women's rights, family policy, ageing, youth and development issues. She has over 25 years’ experience dealing with international organizations, human rights, and development issues. She served in many countries including at the United Nations organization, New York when she was the representative of Algeria to (among other) 3rd Committee, Commission on the Status of Women, Commission on Social Development, NGO’s Committee. She served as a vice president of the 3rd committee at the 54th session of the UN General Assembly and participated in many international conferences and negotiations.

As a Family Policy Director at DIIFSD, she organized many conferences and colloquium related to women, family policy, Ageing, youth and development issues. She has essays in French and English on issues related to politics, women and children. She has a diploma from Ecole Nationale d’Adminstration (Diplomacy) and a degree in International Relations.

Theresa Okafor, Ph.D.

Director

Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH)
 

Region
Nigeria 

IEDM Area of Expertise
Education - Africa

Education
University of Nottingham, Ph.D. Researcher
University of Lagos, Post-Graduate Degree in Education Administration
University of Lagos, Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication

Experience
Theresa Okafor holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Education Administration and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She is a PhD Researcher at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Theresa Okafor is a Director at the Quality Assurance and Research Development Agency, Nigeria (QAARDAN). She is also a board member of the International Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (INQAAHE, 2009-2011) headquartered in the Netherlands. She is a member of the governing council of Wavecrest College of Hospitality Management, Lagos Nigeria, a member of the African Quality Assurance Network (AfriQAN) and the coordinator of the West African Quality Assurance Network (WAQAN)

Theresa is a featured speaker at the INQAAHE biennial workshops in Bangalore, Toronto, Dublin, New Zealand and Abu Dhabi. She has facilitated workshops for quality assurance agencies and higher education institutions based in the West African sub-region to acquaint them with global processes and issues on quality assurance. She was a Panelist at the United Nations Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) New York 2010 and 2011.

Theresa mentors students registered at the University of Nottingham, UK for a Post Graduate programme in Education: PGCE (I). She is coordinator of the Teacher Effectiveness and Performance Appraisal (TEPA) programme for Nigerian headteachers, an annual professional development conference which takes place three times in the year at three different destinations : United Kingdom, United States and South Africa.

She is also a director of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH) and the CEO of Life League. Theresa is a recipient of three awards. The Rhodes Youth Forum Award (Greece 2010) for active participation; the Flynet Award (Nigeria, 2009) for educational promotion and a merit award from the National Association of Catholic University Students (Nigeria, 2008) for her work with youths.

 

Alfonso Quiñónez

Secretary for External Relations

Organization of American States (OAS), United States
 

Region
United States

IEDM Area of Expertise
Politics & Economic Development Policy - Latin America

Education
Fellow at the School of Public Affairs of the University of Maryland, studying United States Foreign Policy Making
Fellow at the Inter-American Defense College
Georgetown University, Masters degree in Common Law Studies
Francisco Marroquin University of Guatemala, Law

Experience
Ambassador Alfonso Quiñónez is the Secretary for External Relations of the Organization of American States which is responsible for the promotion and image of the Organization. His Secretariat also coordinates the relations with other International Organizations, Permanent Observers and Civil Society as well as the fund raising efforts and cultural activities of the Organization. Previously, he served as the Executive Secretary for Integral Development and Director General of the Inter American Agency for Cooperation and Development. In this capacity, he was responsible for coordinating the OAS’ political and cooperation efforts in the areas of social and economic development, particularly in education, labor, culture, science and technology, trade, tourism and sustainable development. He was also responsible for overseeing the Fellowship and Training programs of the OAS.

Previously, he held the position of Chief of Staff to the Assistant Secretary General of the OAS. Prior to that position, he was the Director of the Department of Policies and Programs for Development. He joined the OAS in July, 2001 as Director of the Department of Cooperation Policies.

During ten years, Ambassador Quiñónez was a member of the Guatemalan Foreign Service, having held positions in Spain, the United States, and from January, 1998 through April, 2000, Ambassador, Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States. As a member of the Guatemalan Foreign Service and then as a member of the OAS General Secretariat, Ambassador Quinonez has participated in multiple international conferences and meetings.

During 2000 and 2001, he was a professor in the Schools of Law and International Relations of the Francisco Marroquin University in his native Guatemala.

Maria Rendon Labadan, Ph.D.

Director, Office of Economic Development & Governance

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


Region

Rendon

IEDM Area of Expertise
Politics & Economic Development Policy - Political Science

Education
Syracuse University, Ph.D., 1993
University of Texas, M.A., 1989
Vassar College, B.A., 1986

Experience
Dr. Rendon is the Director of the Office of Economic Development and Governance of the U.S. Agency for International Development. She oversees and manages a governance and economic growth portfolio that includes: rule of law, trade/investment, anti-corruption, and community development. For more than two decades, Dr. Rendon has held different positions at USAID in different countries. She started in 1988 as Poverty Alleviation Specialist in Sri Lanka, then worked as Program Analyst for the Research and Development Bureau. From 1991 to 1995 she was Evaluation Specialist for the Eastern Europe Bureau. She then worked as Deputy Director for Democracy and Program Office in Indonesia. From 1999 to 2005 Dr. Rendon was the Director of the Democracy and Governance Office at Cairo, Egypt. She then returned to Washington DC to serve as Acting Director for the Democracy and Governance (DG) Global Office of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. At this position, she provided technical expertise, field support, and direct program management to over 80 countries and supervise 60 DG professionals in rule of law, governance, civil society, media, electoral reform, and anti-corruption initiatives to ensure the proper stewardship of funds in development assistance.

In addition to her experience at USAID, Dr. Rendon held the position of Senior Development Advisor for the U.S. Executive Director Office at The World Bank from 2007 to 2008. She has been associated with several academic and research institutions, including the University of California, Berkeley, Standford University, American University, Syracuse University, and American University in Cairo. She is also the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan fellowships at Harvard (1987) and University of Washington (1985).

 

Kelly Ryan

Coordinator, Inter-Governmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees (IGC)


Region

United States, Switzerland

Education
LL.M, University of Cambridge

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

B.A. in History and English, Tulane University

Experience
Kelly Ryan is the coordinator of the Inter-Governmental Consultations on Migration, Asylum and Refugees (IGC). The IGC is an informal, non-decision making forum for intergovernmental information exchange and policy debate on issues of relevance to the management of international migratory flows. The IGC brings together 17 Participating States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and the European Commission.  The Participating States are Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.


Previously, Kelly Ryan joined the DHS Office of Policy as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Immigration in December 2010. She was responsible for DHS immigration policy oversight and development. Ms. Ryan also advises the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a member of its advisory group of eminent persons. Ms Ryan was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 29, 2012 to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation.

From 2002-2009, she was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. She developed U.S. government policies on refugee admissions, migration, and population issues. During her tenure at DOS she led inter-agency efforts to reform the United States refugee admissions program. She was a lead U.S. negotiator of the UN Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She was the lead U.S. negotiator of a bilateral treaty with the Government of Canada on a “safe third country” agreement relating to allocation of asylum claims. She has concluded binding agreements with the governments of the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand.

From 1992–2002, Ms. Ryan practiced law, most recently as the chief of the Refugee and Asylum Division, Office of the General Counsel, Immigration and Naturalization Service. She directed the division responsible for advising the agency and the Department of Justice on issues involving immigration law and international protection under the U.S. legal system.

Ms Ryan has led U.S. delegations at numerous international meetings, and United Nations sessions, and events, including the United Nations Economic and Social Council; the UNHCR, UN Commission on Population; the UN Population Fund; and the 2006 High Level Dialogue on Migration. She has testified before various committees in the United States Congress and made numerous presentations before Congressional staff, academics, and immigration and human rights advocates and the public. She has presented U.S. positions here and abroad including at the United Kingdom’s House of Lords; Heritage Foundation; American Enterprise Institute, and Migration Policy Institute. She has made numerous appearances before major international and national print, television, radio and print media outlets including CNN, BBC, The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, National Public Radio, New York Times, Radio Free Asia, Univision, Christian Science Monitor, and the Los Angeles Times.

Ms. Ryan received a B.A. in History and English cum laude from Tulane University, a J.D. from Georgetown University and an LL.M with Honours from Cambridge University.

 

Celeste M. Torio, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Staff Service Fellow in the Center for Delivery, Organization & Markets (CDOM) 

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ)
 

Region
United States 

IEDM Area of Expertise
Global Health, Food & Nutrition - Public Health, Policy & Research

Education
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, PhD, 2006
Yale University, School of Public Health, MPH, 2000
University of California, Berkeley, BA, 1996

Experience
Celeste Marie Torio is currently a Staff Service Fellow in the Center for Delivery, Organization & Markets (CDOM) at the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ). She leads the public reporting initiative to improve healthcare quality, lower overall cost of care, and improve decision-making for consumers.

Dr. Torio also serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Business & Economics at The Catholic University of America (CUA), where she focuses on the economic and management aspects of global health and nutrition.

Prior to joining AHRQ, she served as a Research and Evaluation Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Her portfolio (which totaled $54.0 million) focused on identifying promising methodological advances based on emerging evidence, on state-level evaluations of policy research, and on reporting and dissemination of findings. Her work has appeared in ABC News, the Huffington Post, and Scientific American.

She also served as a Congressional Policy Fellow for the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP).

As a doctoral student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, her areas of research included the intersection of epidemiology and health policy to address health disparities. She was awarded the National Cancer Institute’s National Research Service Award and a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health student award for Outstanding Doctoral Student in Cancer Prevention. She received a BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPH from the Yale School of Public Health, and a PhD in Health, Behavior and Society from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Damian von Stauffenberg

Founder & Chairman, MicroRate

President, Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe


Region

United States

IEDM Area of Expertise
Economic Development - Microcredit

Experience
Damian von Stauffenberg is an expert in international finance and developing nations. He is the founder of MicroRate, the world’s first rating agency specializing in microfinance. Through its Latin American and African subsidiaries, MicroRate has conducted well over 400 ratings of microfinance institutions in Latin America, Africa and Eastern Europe. Before dedicating himself to microfinance, Mr. von Stauffenberg worked for 25 years in the World Bank and its private sector affiliate, the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

In the past, Mr. von Stauffenberg has been closely associated with a number of institutions that have played pioneering roles in connecting microfinance to capital markets. He has been president of Seed Capital Development Fund (SCDF) - an organization dedicated to linking microlenders to commercial funding sources, chairman of the Investment Committee of Profund- a fund investing in the equity of Latin American microlenders, chairman of the executive committee of MicroVest and member of the executive committee of the Latin American Challenge Investment Fund, LA-CIF.

Mr. von Stauffenberg has over ten years of experience with the situation in post-Communist Russia which led, in 2001, to his becoming the first president of the Educational Initiative for Central and Eastern Europe.
 

Emily X. Wang, Ph.D.

Investment Officer

International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
 

Region
United States 

IEDM Area of Expertise
Economic Development

Education
George Mason University, Ph.D., 2006
The University of Chicago - Booth School of Business, MBA, 2003
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 1995

Experience
Dr. Wang is currently Investment Officer for the International Finance Corporation. Previously, she was Investment Officer for the Asian Development Bank. From 1997 to 1999 she was Associate Director for Orient Securities Co., Ltd. Prior to that position, Dr. Wang was Associate for the Shanghai Pudong Development Bank.