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2013 Institute Faculty and Speakers
Martha Goldberg Aronson '89, Executive Vice President & President of Global Healthcare, Ecolab, Inc.
Martha Goldberg Aronson is Executive Vice President and President of Global Healthcare for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food, abundant energy and healthy environments in more than 160 countries. Prior to joining Ecolab in 2012, she was Senior Vice President and President, North America, at Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the healthcare industry. Before Hill-Rom, Goldberg Aronson worked at Medtronic in corporate development and strategic planning, and then held numerous positions in general management and led several functions. She served as the global Vice President and General Manager of Medtronic Gastroenterology / Urology in Minneapolis, and gained international business experience as VP of Neurological, Gastroenterology / Urology, ENT and Diabetes businesses in Western Europe.
Prior to joining Medtronic, Goldberg Aronson was an associate consultant at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, based in Boston. She graduated phi beta kappa and magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1989. At Wellesley she was named All-American in Division III tennis, as well as Academic All-American. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1995.
Goldberg Aronson currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hutchinson Technology. She also serves on the Board of the Wellesley College Alumnae Association, where she is Secretary / Treasurer. She previously served on the Board of the MN Opera and the Minneapolis Club and is currently a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable and the Wellesley College Business Leadership Council. Martha was named to the Edina High School Hall of Fame and the Edina High School Athletic Hall of Fame. She also received the Women In Business and Industry Leader Award in 2009 from the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.
Goldberg Aronson lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Dan, and their three sons, Sam (12), Robbie (9) and Max (6).
Amy Banzaert, Visiting Lecturer in Engineering, Wellesley College
Amy Banzaert is Wellesley's first engineering professor. She received her S.B., S.M., and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Her present work is focused on developing and expanding Wellesley's introductory engineering opportunities with a particular emphasis on humanitarian projects that benefit under-served communities locally and internationally. Her courses include Fundamentals of Engineering and Making a Difference through Engineering. These classes provide students with project-based opportunities to learn engineering problem-solving, estimation, creativity, and product development, and to understand how these skills are applicable across disciplines.
Professor Banzaert's research interests are focused on engineering education and on the development of consumer-oriented technologies that can benefit under-served populations. Her doctoral research determined the viability of waste-based cooking fuels intended for use in developing countries, considering combustion emissions and field feasibility. Her work demonstrated that carbonized fuels made from agricultural waste have promise from an emissions and socioeconomic standpoint and certain household and industrial waste fuels have hazardous emissions. She has also published work exploring the benefits of the use of service-learning in engineering education, finding particularly positive outcomes for women.
Charlie Beckett, Director of Polis, London School of Economics' Department of Media and Communications
Charlie Beckett is the founding director of Polis, the London School of Economics' international journalism think-tank based in the Department of Media and Communications. He is currently Head of Department. He was an award-winning filmmaker and editor at LWT, BBC and ITN's Channel 4 News. He is the author of SuperMedia (Wiley Blackwell, 2008) which sets out how journalism is being transformed by technological and other changes and how that will impact on society. His latest book is WikiLeaks: News In The Networked Era (Polity) which describes the history and significance of WikiLeaks. Polis is a public forum for debate about the news media in the UK and globally. Polis holds seminars, conferences and lectures and has published reports on topics such as social media, reporting politics, financial journalism, humanitarian communication and media and development.
Robert S. Berg, Professor of Physics, Wellesley College
Professor Robbie Berg is the Chair of the Wellesley College Department of Physics. He received his A.B. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Berg’s research centers on developing new computational tools for use in science education. He collaborates closely with the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, working on the creation of a new generation of "programmable bricks" called Crickets. The LEGO Mindstorms product, which was released in the Fall of 1998 by the LEGO company, was inspired by their group's work. Since 2003 he has worked to develop a commercial version of the Crickets that is now being distributed through The Playful Invention Company. (See www.picocricket.com) With Mitchel Resnick (MIT) and Mike Eisenberg (Colorado), Professor Berg helped develop an NSF-funded project called Beyond Black Boxes, in which children use Crickets to design their own instruments for scientific investigations.
He serves as an advisor for the Playful Invention and Exploration (PIE) Network, in which the Media Lab and museums around the world are finding ways to encourage more creative uses of digital media by blending art, science and technology. With Franklyn Turbak of the Wellesley's computer science department, Professor Berg created a course called Robotic Design Studio, where students use programmable bricks to design, build, and exhibit their robotic creations. In collaboration with faculty from Olin College, he has also developed a new course, Introduction to Engineering, that provides Wellesley students with an opportunity to explore first-hand the way engineers approach problems in the world and serves as bridge to more advanced engineering opportunities at Olin and MIT.
Professor Berg also has a long-standing interest in the optical properties of semiconductors. More recently, he has been working with other Wellesley faculty and students on a project that uses narrow band-width diode lasers to trap and cool rubidium atoms. He has worked with Martina Koniger, and Gary Harris of Wellesley’s Department of Biological Sciences, and a number of Wellesley students to develop an optical technique for monitoring light-induced chloroplast movements in leaves.
Dan Brabander, Associate Professor and Chair of the Geosciences Department, Wellesley College
Dan Brabander holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Binghamton University and a Ph.D. from Brown University. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Parsons Lab at MIT where he applied geochemistry tools to large-scale environmental engineering challenges around arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh and metal biogeochemical cycling in urban watersheds.
He currently holds an appointment as a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health where research questions focus on the intersection of environmental health and medical geosciences. At Wellesley, his courses help students develop a toolbox of skills to frame and analyze complex environmental systems. He teaches a core course in Environmental Science and upper level courses in Isotope Geology and Environmental Geochemistry. A key component of these courses is the creation of a research-rich setting where the students become apprentices for ongoing projects in Brabander’s research lab. In 2010, he was awarded the College’s Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Professor Brabander has published over 20 peer-reviewed scholarly articles with recent work featured in numerous media outlets including ABC news, the Boston Globe, and Time Magazine. His research emphasizes multidisciplinary projects that foster collaboration among biologists, chemists, public health scientists, and environmental engineers and that involve research experiences for undergraduates. His current research focus is environmental geochemistry, health, and the quantification of toxic metal exposure pathways in the built environment. Applications include fate and transport studies of contaminants in watersheds and urban settings, isotopic dating and mapping of contaminants within sediments and soils, and sustainable urban agriculture.
Cathryn Clüver, Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project
Cathryn Clüver is the Executive Director of the Future of Diplomacy Project, which examines the challenges to negotiation and statecraft in the 21st century.
She looks back on a ten-year career in international journalism and communications, during which she covered global affairs, most notably EU politics and business and the aftermath of September 11th, working as a producer and writer for CNN-International based in Atlanta and London.
She served on the management team of the European Policy Centre in Brussels, where she was the Deputy Editor of its public policy journal, Challenge Europe and the think tank’s Communications Director, before joining Roland Berger Strategy Consultants as Senior Journalist and consultant in 2005. There, she worked on public policy issues (demographic change, urban competitiveness, green energy) and advised both the consultancy’s Chinese and French offices on branding and communication strategies.
Her past research work and writing has focused on comparative immigration systems and border control in the European Union and the US. She has lectured on EU communications policy and European competitiveness and cohesion at the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the University of Nancy, France and her alma mater, Brown University. In her current role, she examines negotiation practice and the impact of technology and communication on diplomatic actors. She has commented on EU-US relations and immigration on ABC radio and on German television and radio, including on ARD and PHOENIX.
Cathryn holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Hauser Fellow in Nonprofit Management and recipient of the Donald K. Price award for academic excellence and community service. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics, where she received a Masters Degree in European Studies and of Brown University, where she completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations and French Civilization. Cathryn is an elected member of the HKS Alumni Board of Directors, where she is serving a four-year term and was named a Truman National Security Fellow in 2011.
Ophelia Dahl DS '94, Executive Director, Partners In Health
For over twenty years, Ophelia Dahl has worked as an advocate for the health and rights of the poor. Ms. Dahl first traveled to impoverished central Haiti in 1983 at age eighteen to volunteer her services at Eye Care Haiti, a small clinic. It was in Haiti where she met Paul Farmer, and since then they have worked to bring health care to the destitute sick, beginning with a few small villages in Haiti’s Central Plateau. The principle that motivated Ms. Dahl and her colleagues was simple: everyone, whether poor or affluent, deserves to benefit from the same high standard of medical care.
Partners In Health (PIH), a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts and dedicated to addressing health inequities and social injustice, was formally founded in 1987. Ms. Dahl, a co-founder and trustee of PIH, currently serves as its Executive Director. She has also served as chair of PIH’s board since 1993. Expanding on the work started in Haiti’s Central Plateau, Ms. Dahl has traveled to and supported the establishment of major PIH projects in Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Russia, the urban United States, Rwanda, Lesotho, and Malawi. Today, PIH operates over 60 hospitals and health centers in these countries with a staff of 128 in Boston and more than 12,000 colleagues worldwide.
Under Ms. Dahl’s leadership, PIH has forged groundbreaking successes in treating the diseases of the poor and promoting health and human rights in areas of the world that have been ravaged by political conflict, poverty, and international neglect. Providing antiretroviral medications to AIDS-afflicted patients in places like Haiti used to be viewed as utopian and unrealistic by international health experts; today, the effectiveness of PIH’s community-based model has been lauded around the world, prompting an explosion in requests to the organization to share its expertise and to play a greater role in global health advocacy.
A graduate of Wellesley College and a writer herself, Ms. Dahl also serves on the board of her family’s foundation to honor the work of her father, the late writer Roald Dahl, and is engaged in philanthropic works in the United States and her native England.
Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Rangita de Silva de Alwis is the Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. In this role, she leads all women’s initiatives at the Wilson Center, including the Women in Public Service Project and the Council of Women World Leaders.
Rangita was the Inaugural Susan McGee Bailey Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women and the Director of the International Human Rights Policy. She was also the Faculty Director of the Women in Public Service Project’s Summer Institute (2012) at Wellesley College.
Dr. de Alwis has worked with a vast network of academic institutions, civil society and government organizations to develop innovative women’s rights and human rights initiatives around the world, including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, Georgia, Turkey, Russia, Argentina, Kenya, Morocco, Bulgaria, Lebanon, Romania and Egypt. She also advised UNICEF’s and UNFPA’s law reform initiatives in compliance with the relevant human rights treaties and is on the Advisory Group brought together by UNIFEM and UNDP to develop United Nations Evaluation Guidelines.
Dr. de Alwis serves as an advisor to the Secretariat for the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has published widely on gender, human rights and law reform in United Nations publications and law review journals. Dr. de Alwis also serves as the Gender Advisor to UNDP/Ministry of Justice Sector reform in Vietnam.
Dr. de Alwis has a doctorate in law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School, was a Teaching Fellow with the European Law Research Institute at Harvard Law School, and was a Research Fellow with the Women and Public Policy program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Helena de Bres, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Wellesley College
Helena de Bres joined the Wellesley Philosophy Department as an Assistant Professor in 2008. She received her PhD in Philosophy from MIT and was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford's Program on Global Justice. Her research focuses on political philosophy, in particular on questions of distributive justice in global politics and international law. She has published on pluralism about global distributive justice, the moral justification for the state system and fairness in international trade, and is currently writing a book on global inequality.
Dame Amelia Chilcott Fawcett DBE '78
Dame Amelia Fawcett is Chairman of the Hedge Fund Standards Board in London, Non-Executive Chairman of the Guardian Media Group plc in London, a Non-Executive Director of State Street Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts, USA and a Non-Executive Director of Investment AB Kinnevik in Stockholm, Sweden. Until June 2010 she was Chairman of Pensions First LLP, a financial services and systems solutions business, based in London and prior to that Dame Amelia held senior roles at Morgan Stanley including Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of European operations. Before joining Morgan Stanley, she was an attorney (in New York and Paris) at the New York-based law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell.
From June 2004 to 2009, Dame Amelia was a member of the Court of Directors of the Bank of England. In 2002 she was awarded a CBE and in 2010 she was awarded a DBE, in both instances for services to the finance industry. In addition, she received The Prince of Wales’ Ambassador Award in 2004.
Dame Amelia is also Chairman of Trustees of the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, a Governor of the London Business School, a Commissioner of the US-UK Fulbright Commission and a Trustee of Project Hope (UK). She is also Chairman of the American Friends of the National Portrait Gallery (London).
Dame Amelia, a British and American citizen, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1956. She has a degree in History from Wellesley (1978) and a law degree from the University of Virginia (1983). She was admitted to the New York Bar in 1984.
Carol Rollie Flynn '77
Carol Rollie Flynn is the Managing Principal of Singa Consulting, a training and consulting firm that provides intelligence, security, and leadership solutions to government and the private sector. A 30-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Ms. Flynn held senior executive positions at the CIA including Director of the CIA’s Leadership Academy, Director of the Office of Foreign Intelligence Relationships, Executive Director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center, and Chief of Station in major posts in Southeast Asia and Latin America. Ms. Flynn is also an adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute where she teaches a graduate seminar on Intelligence and Public Policy. She serves as Adjunct Staff at Rand Corporation and is a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Coach Federation, Ms. Flynn has a bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and has completed executive leadership programs at Duke University and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.
Alden Griffith, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Wellesley College
Alden Griffith is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley. His research interests in plant ecology include invasive species, plant-plant facilitation, and the effects of climate change. How are nonnative plants interacting with natives, and what does this mean for population growth/decline? To what degree does climate regulate plant populations and determine invasion success? Much of his research combines field-based experimentation and observation with quantitative population modeling in order compile a thorough systems-level understanding at scales relevant to management.
Beyond his ecological research, Alden has examined matters of communication and misconceptions in climate change science. More broadly, he is interested in the difficult question of how to promote critical thinking and scientific literacy in an age with unparalleled access to both information and misinformation. We live in a fascinating time, where scientists find themselves in an awkward place: highly respected by the public according to polls, yet often marginalized in the decision-making process in today's polarizing political atmosphere. Some of Alden's efforts to clarify climate science are available to the public at www.fool-me-once.com.
Alden received his B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Prior to his current position, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens, teaching courses in Environmental Studies and Biological Sciences.
Maria Ivanova, Assistant Professor of Global Governance, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Ivanova's research focuses on global environmental governance, performance of international environmental institutions and UNEP in particular, US international environmental policy, and financing for environment. Her academic work analyzes the history and performance of the international environmental architecture and the evolution of US international environmental policy. Her policy work seeks to bring analytical rigor and innovative input to the international negotiations on reforming the UN system for environment. She has published on governance, globalization, and the environment and has produced three short documentaries on global environmental governance. She is the editor of the Governance and Sustainability Issue Brief Series and serves on the editorial board of Global Environmental Politics. She was also one of the coordinating lead authors for the policy chapter of the landmark environmental assessment – Global Environmental Outlook-5.
From 2005 to 2010, Professor Ivanova was on the faculty at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Previously, she worked at the Environment Directorate of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in Stockholm. In 2009-2010, she was Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Ecologic Institute in Berlin, is the recipient of the 2007 Professor of the Year Award (from Members 13, a student organization at the College of William and Mary), the 2010 Mary Lyon Award from Mount Holyoke College and the 2010 Goddess Artemis Award from the Euro-American Women’s Council.
Brett Jenks, CEO of Rare
As President and CEO of Rare, Brett Jenks oversees Rare’s global effort to equip people in the world’s most biologically diverse areas with the tools and motivation they need to protect their natural resources. Brett leads Rare’s organizational development, from strategic planning to program development and fundraising. Under Brett’s leadership, Rare has grown over 1000%; expanded to 5 continents and reached 6 million people; formed worldwide partnerships with the leading environmental NGO’s; and received four straight Fast Company magazine’s Social Capitalist Awards, which honors organizations that combine savvy business models with solutions to pressing social needs. Brett has worked in the field of tropical conservation and rural education since 1992. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts and holds an M.B.A. with honors from Georgetown University.
Joseph P. Joyce, Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
Joseph P. Joyce is a Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, and the Faculty Director of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs. He joined the faculty in 1981, and served as Chair of the Economics Department from 1994-1998. From 1999-2006, he was the Director of Wellesley College’s Social Sciences Summer Research Program, which received funding from the National Science Foundation. Professor Joyce’s research deals with issues in financial globalization.
Professor Joyce's book, The IMF and Global Financial Crises: Phoenix Rising?, has been published by Cambridge University Press. His articles have appeared in many journals, including the Journal of International Money and Finance, Review of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Economics & Politics, Journal of Macroeconomics, Review of World Economics, and World Development. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Review of International Organizations and the Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy. At Wellesley he teaches courses in international macroeconomics, the economics of globalization and macroeconomic theory.
Professor Joyce received a B.S.F.S. degree cum laude in international affairs from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University. He held internships at the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve Board, and visiting positions at Harvard's Center for International Affairs, the Brookings Institution, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the International Monetary Fund.
Sarah Kalloch, Senior Advisor for Campaign Alliances of Oxfam America
Sarah Kalloch, Senior Advisor for Campaign Alliances at Oxfam America,
builds political power in the US to support international development
and humanitarian legislation and socially responsible corporate policy
and practice. She coordinates Oxfam’s Sisters on the Planet Ambassador program, which engages 300+ leading American women in advocacy on poverty, hunger and climate change worldwide. Sarah also builds alliances with state and national organizations interested in food security, women’s rights, and other key development issues.
Prior to Oxfam, Sarah was Outreach and Constituency Organizing Director at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), where she spearheaded advocacy for PHR’s campaigns on sexual violence, health in conflict, and HIV/AIDS. Sarah also directed PHR's partnerships in East Africa, working with health professional leaders to found two NGOs in Uganda and Kenya that engage health workers in innovative AIDS and health rights advocacy. Sarah has spent a year living in Uganda as a Michael Rockefeller Fellow, conducting research on gender and economics in fishing communities around Lake Victoria in East Africa. Sarah is also
a Truman National Security Fellow, a member of the Allocation Committee of the Boston Women’s Fund and a judge for MIT’s Ideas Global Challenge competition. Sarah received a BA in Social Studies from Harvard College.
Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben, Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps
Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben, CHC, USN, is the 18th Chaplain of the United States Marine Corps and is the Deputy Chief of Navy Chaplains. A native of Warrington, PA, Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben graduated from Goucher College, Towson, MD in 1982. In 1986 she received her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ and entered active duty. From 1986-1989 she served with Headquarters and Service Battalion, Security Battalion, the Brig, the Marine Corps Air Facility and the President’s Helicopter Squadron, HMX-1 in Quantico, VA. Her next assignment was the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, from 1989-1991. Following the academy, she reported to USS SAN DIEGO (AFS-6) in Norfolk, VA where she was the Command Chaplain from 1991-1993. Chaplain Kibben served as the Chaplain Corps Historian at the Chaplain Resource Board between 1993-1995, before being sent for a year of study at the Naval War College, Newport, RI and the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA. In 1996, after receiving her Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, she began her four-year assignment with Second Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, NC and made deployments to Turkey and Norway. From 2000-2002, she was the Doctrine Writer for Religious Ministry at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, VA.
RDML Kibben spent the next year at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as a Senior Fellow, and in 2002 she received her Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ. From 2003-2006, she was assigned to U.S. Third Fleet serving as the Fleet Chaplain responsible for the training and certification of all Carrier Strike Group and Expeditionary Strike Group Religious Ministry Teams. In 2006, she deployed as an individual augmentee serving as the Command Chaplain, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan. Upon her return, Chaplain Kibben reported to the Office of the Chief of Navy Chaplains, first serving as the Director for Force Structure and Community Management and subsequently as the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Navy Chaplains.
Chaplain Kibben’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit with one gold star, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars, and the Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars.
Sarah Lucas '92, Senior Policy Advisor, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Sarah Lucas currently serves as a senior policy advisor in the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Department of Policy and Evaluation. MCC is a U.S. government agency with a focused mandate to reduce poverty through economic growth in poor but well-governed countries. MCC’s model centers on selectivity, country ownership, focus on results and transparency. Sarah provides strategic leadership on agency priorities that require collaboration across technical areas, and are important for positioning MCC as a leading and learning institution in global development. She represents MCC in a number of government-wide initiatives related to the President’s Global Development Policy, leveraging MCC’s leadership in evidence-based decision-making, transparency and accountability to inform U.S. development efforts. She helps cultivate a culture of learning within and beyond MCC through synthesis of lessons from MCC’s model, fostering collaboration across disciplines, and applying lessons to improve the effectiveness of MCC’s model. Sarah also served for several years in MCC’s Department of Compact Implementation.
Prior to joining the MCC, Sarah spent five years with the Center for Global Development (CGD), a Washington-based policy research center focused on international development. During CGD’s start-up phase, Sarah led strategy to make CGD research influential for legislative and executive branch policy makers, advocacy groups, and the general public. While at CGD, Sarah created two flagship programs, Rich World Poor World: A Guide to Global Development, a series to increase public understanding of why development matters to Americans; and MCA Monitor, to foster accountability of MCC policy and practice. Sarah has traveled and conducted policy analysis throughout Africa, and worked for over three years with local NGOs in southern Mexico.
Sarah graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wellesley College with a degree in Latin American Studies. She holds a Master Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She lives in Washington DC with her husband and two young children.
Jennifer Madden, Visiting Instructor of Theatre, Wheaton College
Jennifer Madden received her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance Studies from Brown University, where she serves as public speaking mentor for the university’s Summer Leadership Institute. She has been a theatre faculty member at Wheaton College in Massachusetts since 2001 where she teaches Public Speaking, Theatre History, and Asian Theatre and serves as the school’s Public Speaking Liaison, working college-wide with both students and faculty.
She has presented her work on the intersection of gender, alternative religious practice, and theatricality at conferences throughout the United States and in Europe, Australia, and India. Additionally she is a public speaking consultant for Dynamic Communication working at various institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Microsoft, and MIT and is currently Scholar-in- Residence at The Gamm Theatre in Rhode Island.
Katherine Marshall '67, Visiting Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs
Katherine Marshall is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. She is Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD). She has worked for four decades on international development, primarily with the World Bank, where she held leadership positions, including country director for west and southern African countries. Her current teaching and research focus on the intersections of development and faith. She publishes and speaks widely, including as a blogger for the Huffington Post and the Washington Post. Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers, will be published in February 2013. She sits on several non-profit boards, including the Opus Prize Foundation, the International Selection Committee for the Niwano Peace Prize, the Washington National Cathedral Foundation board, the World Bank Community Connections Fund, and AVINA Americas. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Anti Corruption Conference. Her advanced degrees are from Wellesley College and Princeton University.
Robert Martello, Professor of the History of Science and Technology, Olin College
Dr. Robert Martello began researching America's transition from crafts to industry while a PhD student in MIT's Program in the History and Social Study of Science and Technology. He received his PhD in 2001 and in the same year started working at Olin College in Needham Massachusetts, where he is now a Professor of the History of Science and Technology. Dr. Martello serves as the chair of Olin's Arts, Humanities, and Social Science committee and helped to shape Olin's curriculum, taking particular pride in its interdisciplinary and self-study components. He has written several papers and offered numerous presentations and workshops on his educational research, which explores connections between interdisciplinary education, student motivation, and self-directed project-based learning.
Dr. Martello has also written several articles on the subject of industrialization, and his book, Midnight Ride, Industrial Dawn: Paul Revere and the Growth of American Enterprise, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2010. This book combines a biographical narrative of Paul Revere's long manufacturing career with a comparison of America's managerial, labor, technological, and environmental practices before and after the revolution. Dr. Martello has more recently begun a new research project that will investigate Benjamin Franklin's printing career, emphasizing Franklin's many impacts upon early American printing as well as the way that his artisan experiences set him apart from America's other founding fathers.
Panagiotis Takis Metaxas, Professor of Computer Science and Founder of the Media Arts and Sciences Program at Wellesley College
Panagiotis Takis Metaxas is a Professor of Computer Science and Founder of the Media Arts and Sciences Program at Wellesley College. He studied Mathematics at the University of Athens and Computer Science at Brown University. He has a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Dartmouth and has been a visiting scholar at the Laboratory for Computer Science at MIT, the Computer Science Department at Sydney University, Australia, and the Center for Research on Computation and Society at Harvard University. Before coming to Wellesley, he taught and served as adjunct faculty of the Ph.D. program at Dartmouth. He spent a couple of years working as the Chief Technology Officer of a biotech company specializing in computerized tests for measuring the symptoms of mental disorders, and he is now Research Associate at the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program at McLean Hospital of the Harvard Medical School.
He is a Senior Member of the ACM and a Member of LACS, IEEE Computer Society, SIGWEB, SIGCSE and SIGACT's electronic publication board. He also serves on several conference Program Committees and is the Wellesley representative of the Computing Research Association. He has received two Apgar Awards for Teaching Excellence and two Brachman-Hoffman Fellowships. His work is supported by the NSF and other national and regional funding agencies.
His research interests are currently in Social Computing, Web Science, Propagation of information and misinformation in cyberspace (including Web Spam) and Cognitive Hacking. His recent work on evaluating quality on web search results, Twitter-bombs, and the relationship between web spam and social propaganda has been recognized with three Best Paper Awards (2008, 2009, 2010). He has also published extensively in the areas of Web Science, social network analysis, parallel computing, multimedia, algorithm visualization, and computer science education. He also holds a U.S. patent on parallel dithering (halftoning) techniques that can lead to faster printers and large screen monitors.
S. Joanne Murray '81, Director, Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs; Executive Director, Wellesley College Center for Work and Service
Joanne Murray is the Executive Director of the Center for Work and Service at Wellesley College and the Director of the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, Wintersession and Internship Programs. The focus of Joanne’s work is on preparing students for citizenship and leadership in an increasingly complex and interdependent global environment.
The Albright Institute, named to honor Madeleine K. Albright, the United States’ first female Secretary of State and Wellesley College alumna, class of 1959, supports the College’s mission of educating students who will make a difference in the world. Launched in 2010, the Institute combines the intellectual resources of faculty from Wellesley College, researchers from the Wellesley Centers for Women, and leading alumnae practitioners and other experts in the fields of international relations and public policy to engage selected student participants—Albright Fellows—in an intensive, three-week, Wintersession course followed by a summer internship in global affairs.
Prior to the founding of the Albright Institute, Joanne had been instrumental in building the College’s internships and service learning programs, which annually fund over 300 Wellesley students to participate in internships in over 35 countries and throughout the United States. Through a partnership with the Dean of the College, Joanne co-founded the Tanner Conference, which is premised on the belief that greater understanding of the learning that takes place off-campus, combined with critical inquiry into the purpose, value and effect of such learning—has the potential to move liberal education in new directions.
Among Joanne’s other accomplishments at Wellesley College are her roles in the creation of the Cultural Advising Network, the development of the multi-faith chaplaincy, and a review of the College’s Honor Code and General Judiciary.
Joanne is a frequent speaker on women’s leadership in a new global context and the author of numerous articles that address emerging organizational and management issues. She earned a B.A. from Wellesley College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.
Pedro De Verona Rodrigues Pires, Former President of the Republic of Cape Verde
Former President of the Republic of Cape Verde, Pedro De Verona Rodrigues Pires, was born on April 29, 1934, in the Municipality of São Filipe, on the Island of Fogo. He completed his early education in the cities of S. Filipe and Praia, and graduated from Gil Eanes High School in São Vicente. He left Portugal in 1956 to attend the Faculty of Science in Lisbon, where he was drafted into mandatory military service, serving as an Officer in the Portuguese Air Force. In June of 1961, along with a large group of young Africans, he decided to secretly abandon Portugal to join the Partido Africano da Independência da Guiné e Cabo Verde (PAIGC). During his career at the PAIGC, he assumed an important role in political and military planning, as a member of the Struggle’s Executive Committee, the War Council, and as commander of a Military Region. He ultimately played a large role in negotiating independence from Portugal for both Guinea-Bissau (1974) and Cape Verde (1975).
In June 1975, he was elected Deputy of the National Assembly (Member of Parliament) and chosen to head the first independent Government of Cape Verde. Pires enacted emergency plans to spur development and respond to the needs of the new country. He liberalized the Cape Verdean economy to encourage national investment and savings and to attract foreign direct investments. His strategy succeeded: Cape Verde’s GNP expanded to 2.5 times its size, Cape Verde achieved one of the best Human Development Indices in Africa, and made significant improvements in health, education, training and literacy. Internationally, the Cape Verdean government played an important role in the negotiation processes that led to the independence of Namibia and to the withdrawal of Cuban and South-African military forces from Angola.
He was elected as the third President of the Republic of Cape Verde on February 25, 2001. He has earned many honors for his service to the country as activist and President, including, most recently, the 2011 Mo Ibrahim African Leadership Prize. He was awarded the prize for transforming the country into “a model of democracy, stability, and increased prosperity.”
He is married to Adélcia Barreto Pires and has two daughters, Sara and Indira Pires.
Vivian W. Pinn, M. D. '62, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Fogarty International Center, NIH
Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., was, until her retirement at the end of August 2011, the first full-time Director of the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Pinn came to NIH from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., where she had been Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology since 1982. The ORWH was established by Congress to ensure the inclusion of women (and minorities) in clinical research funded by the NIH; Dr. Pinn led NIH efforts to implement and monitor these inclusion policies. Dr. Pinn also co-chaired The NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers, which developed and implemented programs and policies to improve the advancement of women in biomedical careers. Since her retirement, Dr. Pinn has been named as a Senior Scientist Emeritus at the NIH Fogarty International Center.
Dr. Pinn, a native of Lynchburg, Virginia, earned her B.A. from Wellesley College in Massachusetts, and received her M.D. from the University of Virginia School Of Medicine in 1967, where she was the only woman and only minority in her class. She completed her postgraduate training in Pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, during which time she also served as Teaching Fellow at the Harvard Medical School. She was Associate Professor of Pathology and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Tufts before leaving to join the faculty at Howard, when she became the 3rd woman in the United States to Chair an academic department of Pathology. She is a member of long standing in many professional and scientific organizations in which she has held many positions of leadership, including President of the National Medical Association, the second woman to hold the position, in 1989.
Dr. Pinn is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1995. She has received numerous awards from her academic institutions, including: the Alumni Achievement Award from Wellesley College in 1993, the second annual Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Virginia, the UVA Medical School "Alumni Luminary" award, and the "Tufts University School of Medicine Dean's Medal." Numerous offices have been named in her honor, such as: the "Vivian W. Pinn Distinguished Lecture in Health Disparities," "Vivian Pinn College of UVA" at UVA, (May 2011), and the "Vivian W. Pinn Office of Student Affairs." Medical Societies, Academies, the California State Legislature and the U.S. Congress have honored her contributions to women in medicine throughout her forty year career.
Cokie Roberts '64, Commentator ABC News
Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming. From 1996-2002 she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. Roberts also serves as Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.
In addition to her appearances on the airwaves, Roberts, along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country by United Media. The Roberts are also contributing editors to USA Weekend Magazine, and in 2011 they published Our Haggadah, Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families. Their earlier collaboration, From this Day Forward, an account of their more than forty year marriage and other marriages in American history, immediately went onto The New York Times bestseller list. All of Cokie Roberts’s other books have also been best-sellers, including the number one bestseller, We Are Our Mothers’ Daughters, an account of women’s roles and relationships throughout American history. Her other bestselling books --Founding Mothers, published in 2004 and Ladies of Liberty in 2008-- are histories of women in America’s founding era.
Cokie Roberts holds more than twenty-five honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and was on the President Bush’s Commission on Service and Civic Participation. In 2008 the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend,” one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor. She is the mother of two and grandmother of six.
Vice Admiral Ann Rondeau, U.S. Navy (ret.); Strategy and Transformation Partner, IBM, Global Business Services
Vice Admiral Ann Rondeau served for 38 years in the United States Navy. Her last active duty assignment was President, National Defense University. Serving in the Navy during dynamic years of transition, Rondeau served in leadership, staff and command assignments in myriad mission areas: fleet operations (anti-submarine warfare, air operations, operations, intelligence, maritime transportation and sealift), strategy and policy, policy planning, operations analysis, training and education, workforce development, business enterprise and shore installations. She was selected as a White House Fellow, Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group Fellow and became permanent member of the Council of Foreign Relations. As president of NDU, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the United States Institute of Peace and served as a Department of Defense liaison to The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. She has been active with the National Defense Transportation Association. Rondeau is a member of the Board of Directors of the German Marshall Fund, the American Public University System and is a member of the Center for Naval Analysis Military Advisory Board and the Atlantic Council. Rondeau holds a Bachelors Degree in History and Social Science from Eisenhower College, a Masters Degree in Comparative Government from Georgetown University and a Doctorate in Education from Northern Illinois University and has attended several senior executive training and education courses and seminars.
She is currently an executive with IBM as Strategy and Transformation Partner and DoD Supply Chain Innovation Leader in IBM, Global Business Services, Public Sector.
Lawrence Rosenwald, Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature, Professor of English, Wellesley College
Lawrence Rosenwald is the Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature at Wellesley College. He received his B.A. (1970), M.A. (1971), and Ph. D. (1979) from Columbia University. He has taught at Wellesley College since 1980, has taught in the Wellesley Peace and Justice Studies Program since 2000, and has co-directed that program since 2001.
Professor Rosenwald has published essays on pacifism, nonviolence and literature, civil disobedience, and war tax resistance, and has himself been a war tax resister and member of New England War Tax Resistance since 1987. His current project is a study of nonviolence and literature.
Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast Regional Director, Amnesty International USA
Joshua Rubenstein was on the staff of Amnesty International USA from 1975 to 2012 as the Northeast Regional Director. He is currently Senior Advisor to the organization. He is also a long-time Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University.
He is the author of Soviet Dissidents, Their Struggle for Human Rights and Tangled Loyalties, The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg, a biography of the controversial Soviet-Jewish writer and journalist. He is the co-editor of Stalin's Secret Pogrom: The Postwar Inquisition of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee. Mr. Rubenstein received a National Jewish Book Award in the category of East European Studies for Stalin's Secret Pogrom. He is the co-editor of The KGB File of Andrei Sakharov. He also helped to edit and translate The Unknown Black Book, the Holocaust in the German-Occupied Soviet Territories, which first came out in January 2008 and was re-issued in paperback in 2010.
Mr. Rubenstein’s latest book is Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life for the Jewish Lives series at Yale University Press; it was published in October 2011.
Margery Sabin, Lorraine Chiu Wang Professor of English and Director of the South Asia Studies Program, Wellesley College
Margery Sabin is Lorraine Chiu Wang Professor of English and Director of the South Asia Studies Program at Wellesley College. She is also on the faculty of the Bread Loaf School of English, a summer Masters program, designed especially for high school English teachers. Her PhD is in Comparative Literature from Harvard University. In recent years her teaching, research, and publications have increasingly concerned Victorian, modern, and contemporary writings related to British imperialism and post-colonial writing, specifically South Asian and Irish. Her courses on these subjects at Wellesley and Bread Loaf include: Modern Indian Literature; Fiction of Empire and the Breakup of Empire, Modern Irish Literature, and Wit and Terror in Modern Irish Literature. These teaching interests also inform her most recent book, Dissenters and Mavericks: Writings about India in English, 1765-2000 along with articles and book reviews about a variety of related topics, including the increasing phenomenon of writers migrating between nations, languages, and social class.
Inela Selimović, Visiting Lecturer in Spanish, Wellesley College
Inela Selimović holds B.A. degree from the University of the South-Sewanee and Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky.
Selimović's research focuses on the literary constructions of urban spaces, citizenship performances and human rights in works of contemporary Latin American women authors. Her recent publications have appeared in the Revista Hispánica Moderna, Confluencia, and the Human Rights Quarterly. Apart from language courses she teaches at Wellesley College, Selimović’s teaching draws from her research on Latin American cultural studies, urban writing, poetry and human rights.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Selimović has remained involved with sociopolitical and cultural movements in her homeland (Bosnia and Herzegovina). She has led several human rights-related projects at the United Nations Security Council, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Patricia Sulser '79, Chief Counsel, International Finance Corporation
Patricia Sulser is a Chief Counsel at International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank, where she has worked since 1992. She is based in Washington. She is the Global Lead Lawyer for IFC InfraVentures, a $100 million internally managed fund established by IFC in 2008 to fund and proactively develop private and public-private partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in IDA countries. IFC InfraVentures addresses one of the most significant constraints to private investment in infrastructure projects in these countries, including the limited availability of funds and experienced professionals dedicated to private infrastructure project development. Infrastructure projects on IFC InfraVentures’ agenda include hard infrastructure such as power (especially renewable power), wastewater treatment and water supply, ports, airports, roads, and airports, as well as so-called “soft” infrastructure such as healthcare facilities and hospitals and schools—all critical to countries’ economic development and the World Bank Group’s agenda of bringing people out of poverty.
Ms. Sulser has been involved in the financing of complex infrastructure projects for her entire career at IFC and before in private practice in the New York, London and Hong Kong offices of Shearman & Sterling. She leads the IFC Legal Department Public Private Partnership practice group and coordinates with colleagues from around the World Bank Group and other development financial institutions on the G20 and World Bank Group PPP agenda.
Ms. Sulser is also a certified mediator and has provided legal support for IFC’s establishment of mediation centers around the world. In addition, she actively promotes the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution in PPP and infrastructure projects around the world.
Franklyn Turbak, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Wellesley College
Franklyn (Lyn) Turbak is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science Department at Wellesley College, where he has been since 1995. He received his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in Computer Science from MIT.
Lyn's passion is the study of programs and programming languages, which is at the heart of both his teaching and research. His interests include the design, analysis, and implementation of expressive programming languages, graphical representations of programs, and the visualization of computational processes. He is co-author of the textbook Design Concepts in Programming Languages.
In his courses and programming environments, Lyn embraces constructionist learning principles that encourage people to view themselves as designers and inventors. Together with Robbie Berg in the Wellesley Physics Department, he developed the Robotic Design Studio course for introducing liberal arts students to engineering. He has also taught Wellesley's Introduction to Engineering course, which serves as a bridge to engineering opportunities at Olin College and MIT. In Fall, 2011, he created a new course, Inventing Mobile Apps, in which students without previous programming experience designed and built apps for Android smartphones using App Inventor, a visual programming language in which programs are composed out of blocks that snap together.
Lyn currently leads two research projects: TinkerBlocks, whose goal is to create more expressive block programming languages; and Rapid Prototyping For Everyone, whose goal is to increase accessibility to the laser cutter, vinyl cutter, and 3D printer in Wellesley's Engineering Studio.
Catherine A. Wiesner, Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, U.S. Department of State
Catherine Wiesner assumed the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary in February 2012, overseeing the Offices of Assistance Programs for Africa, Multilateral Coordination and External Relations, and International Migration. Ms. Wiesner served previously as Principal Director to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for African Affairs at the Pentagon (2009-2012). Prior to government service, Ms. Wiesner worked as a practitioner and consultant in the fields of humanitarian assistance, peace process, and post-conflict programming.
Ms. Wiesner’s most recent overseas post was in Sudan, where she worked for the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) in a variety of roles, including in Juba on the mediation team for the 2006-2008 peace talks between the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army, in Khartoum on the design and implementation of the child DDR program mandated by the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), as well as North-South IDP return issues, and the initial emergency response in Darfur in early 2004.
From 2001 to 2003, Ms. Wiesner directed all of the International Rescue Committee (IRC)’s programs for war-affected children and adolescents in Sierra Leone. Ms. Wiesner also worked with the IRC’s emergency response team, traveling to Jordan, Kuwait and Iraq in the spring of 2003, Liberia in the summer of 2003, and Indonesia in January 2005 after the Tsunami.
Previously, between 1997 and 2000, Ms. Wiesner interned with USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance in Washington, DC, worked for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva and Ethiopia, and for Save the Children in Zimbabwe.
Ms. Wiesner holds a B.A. in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University and a M.P.P. in International Security and Political Economy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.