Biographies of our panel contributors are listed below. For information about the Fletcher School faculty members and CEME fellows who are featured during the day’s events, please visit our schedule page and follow the links to their biographies on the main Fletcher site.
Arjun Bhalla is an Operations Officer for the International Finance Corporation/World Bank Oil, Gas and Mining Sustainable Community Development Fund (CommDev) devoted to enhancing the benefits of extractive industry projects to local communities through innovative project design and knowledge support in partnership with the private sector. He has co-authored an IFC publication on Project-Induced In-Migration: Risk Assessment and Management Approaches. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Bhalla worked as a legal analyst in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court in The Hague where he focused on human rights investigations in the Sudan, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr. Bhalla has also served as a project officer for judicial reform programs funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and worked with Human Rights Watch and their international justice program in London, UK. Mr. Bhalla received his BA with honors from Queen’s University in Canada and a duel MA with distinction in International Law and International relations from the University of Kent in Canterbury, United Kingdom.
Mr. Bragar, an American, is an international lawyer in the Netherlands, who is expert in managing the legal risks of investing in developing countries. He acts as a consultant to impact and microfinance investors and serves as General Counsel to Oikocredit International, which is one of the world’s largest impact investors (approx. $1 billion placed in 70 countries). At Oikocredit, he is a member of the Credit Committee, he supervises legal compliance and terms for loans and investments, and is responsible for managing troubled investments. Mr. Bragar is a member of the board of Oikocredit Nigeria; Maanaveya Holdings and Investments (India); Chair, Democrats Abroad Netherlands; and Love Exiles Foundation (Amsterdam, NL). He holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law Center, Washington, DC; and a BA in Linguistics from New York University.
Sylvia Cabrera Lara
Sylvia Cabrera has worked for the past two years on the negotiation and logistics team at the Office of the Special Envoy for climate Change in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Her work has been mainly focused on climate change financing, which is also the topic of her Fletcher thesis. She coordinated different proposals analyzing the role of the private sector as a strong government partner for delivering on climate change international pledges. More recently, she has been involved in other ESG investment and clean energy-related projects, with the Environmental Law Institute, USAID and UNEP.
Srividya Jandhyala is an Assistant Professor of International Business and International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington, DC. She received her Ph.D. in Management from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Her research is driven by the confluence of politics and markets. She examines how government institutions (or the lack of them) influence economic activity and the international investment strategy of firms. Her research addresses issues surrounding international property rights in the technology, petrochemical, and other sectors. Her research has received recognition at international conferences in International Business and Management, and her recent work is forthcoming at the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Tyson Johnson is Director, Global Security & Investigations, at Celestica Corporation. He began his career at Celestica in June, 2009 and is responsible for global oversight on physical security, investigations and business continuity management. His career history includes employment as; an Intelligence Officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, a consultant performing risk assessments on international markets, corporate security & investigations lead for Garda World Corporation, as well as a leadership role at TD Bank Financial Group where he developed enterprise security risk management programs. He has achieved industry designations as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and was recognized in 2009 as one of the top “20 Under 40” by Security Director News. In 2008 Tyson was selected to attend the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He is currently pursuing his Masters degree from The Fletcher School.
Sonia Kowal, Director of Socially Responsible Investing at Zevin Asset Management, is responsible for Zevin’s SRI efforts including social screens, proxy voting policies, and shareholder dialogues. Previously Ms. Kowal headed the US office of Ethical Investments Research Service (EIRIS) where she was a Senior Research Analyst. Prior to joining EIRIS, she was a Portfolio Manager and Investment Research Analyst at Baillie Gifford in Scotland where she had responsibility for investments in Emerging Markets. Ms. Kowal is a member of the Social Investment Forum's International Working Group steering committee, and also serves on the leadership committee of the Boston Area Sustainable Investment Consortium.
Michael Kunz is the Director for Local Economic Development at the CARANA Corporation. He has 25 years experience designing and managing multi-faceted socio-economic development programs in the transitional economies of Central and Eastern Europe, Caucuses, and Central Asia. Mr. Kunz has successfully implemented programs funded by USAID, World Bank, UNHCR, the European Union, and the Mellon Foundation. He has extensive experience liaising with international development institutions, corporations, NGOs and governments to design strategies and programs promoting private sector led growth. Michael is a graduate of Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (GMAP 10) and lives the Washington DC area with his wife and two children.
Jelena Lukic is a Consultant for IFC CommDev (Oil, Gas and Mining Sustainable Community Development Fund) devoted to enhancing the benefits of extractive industry projects to local communities through innovative project design and knowledge support in partnership with the private sector. Prior to working with IFC, Ms. Lukic designed and managed public policy and youth programs with non-governmental organizations in Iraq and the Balkans. While in her native Serbia, Ms. Lukic served as an advisor to the Clerk of the National Assembly and worked with Booz Allen Hamilton. Ms. Lukic received an MALD in international business and international negotiations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University.
Demos Mbauya currently holds the position of General Manager, Corporate Services for Schweppes Zimbabwe Ltd. The position has responsibilities and accountabilities over human resources, administration, facilities, loss control and public affairs. Demos joined Schweppes Zimbabwe Ltd. as an HR executive in 2004. Prior to joining Schweppes, Demos held various human resources positions in Chibuku Breweries, Delta Beverage’s traditional beer unit, and at Anchor Yeast. Demos holds a Bsc in Political Science & Admin Degree from University of Zimbabwe and a diploma from the Institute for Personnel Management of Zimbabwe, and is an MBL finalist with UNISA. He is a member of the EMCOZ Advisory Committee on Labour and is currently the Chairman of the Soft Drink Employers Association.
Veronica Nyhan Jones
Veronica Nyhan-Jones is a Social Development Specialist with IFC CommDev, Global Infrastructure and Natural Resources. She advises private extractive clients operating in Africa, Asia and Latin America on how to value the return on their sustainability investments, implement participatory planning and monitoring processes, and improve the local development impacts around their projects. She has worked for the World Bank Institute building capacity for community driven development in Africa and promoting social cohesion in Eastern Europe. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked for the International Youth Foundation, the US Department for Health & Human Services and the White House on crime prevention and health care reform. She has co-authored multiple articles on measuring social capital using quantitative and qualitative methods. Ms. Nyhan-Jones has a Masters Degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
Jacob Park http://www.greenmtn.edu/parkj.aspx is Associate Professor of Business Strategy and Sustainability at Green Mountain College in Vermont specializing in global environment & business strategy, corporate responsibility, and social & environmental entrepreneurship and innovation with a special expertise/interest in Japan, China, and the Asia-Pacific region. He is also the Chair of the Social Investment Forum’s International Working Group Steering Committee.
Susan Scott is currently an assistant professor of international business at St. George’s University in Grenada. Prior to teaching, Ms. Scott was a consultant for Calyptus Group, specializing in the areas of contract management, supplier management, and facilitation. Past clients include, Fortune 100 firms, the U.S. Government, and the several utility companies.
Susan acquired her practical experience by working in the private sector as a purchasing manager for various global firms such as Stride Rite, New Balance, and Genzyme. She has travelled extensively in her work, is the author of several publications, and has been a frequent conference presenter, both in the U.S. and abroad. Susan obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, her MBA from Suffolk University in Boston, and is currently pursuing her doctorate at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Alpna Seth joined Biogen Idec in 1998 in the commercial organization. She relocated to India in 2007 to set up Biogen Idec's India office as Managing Director. Her earlier roles include Senior Director of Emerging Market Development, Head of Global Marketing for the Immunology Business Unit, and Program Executive, Program & Alliance Management. She served as Collaboration Leader for Biogen-IDEC Oncology partnership that was set up in January 2003, which later transformed into a successful merger of the two companies. In her earlier years at Biogen, Alpna led the enterprise-wide Long Range Planning Process that drove portfolio prioritization and resource allocation decisions. Prior to Biogen, Alpna was a Management Consultant in the health care industry for several years. Dr. Seth conducted her post-doctoral research in immunology and structural biology at Harvard University. She has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a MS is in Pharmacology from the University of Florida, and is also a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program (AMP).
Andrew Vesey is Executive Vice President and President for Latin America & Africa and currently leads AES businesses in Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Nigeria and Panama. He has held this position since April 2009. Prior to this, Mr. Vesey worked as the Chief Operating Officer for Latin America and Vice President and Group Manager for AES Latin America, DR-CAFTA Region. Mr. Vesey has also worked as the Vice President of the Global Business Transformation Group, where his responsibilities encompassed enabling best in class performance at all AES’ existing assets. Mr. Vesey joined AES in 2004 from FTI Consulting Inc. where he was a Managing Director of the Utility Finance and Regulatory Advisory Practice. Prior to that Mr. Vesey was a Partner in the Energy, Chemicals and Utilities Practice of Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Vesey received his B.A. (Economics) and B.S. Mechanical Engineering from Union College in Schenectady New York and his M.S. from New York University.
Robert J Weiner is Professor of International Business, Public Policy & Public Administration, and International Affairs, George Washington University (Washington DC, USA) and Membre Associé, GREEN (Groupe de recherche en économie de l'énergie, de l'environnement et des ressources naturelles), Université Laval, Ste.-Foy, Québec, Canada. He is author of numerous articles, working papers, and books, using the global petroleum industry as a research laboratory, examining corruption, corporate governance, resource nationalism, mergers, FDI & political risk, speculation & price volatility, and trading companies. His doctorate in Business Economics is from Harvard University.