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The HUIRSP Program was founded by now President Sama Kubba who led the coordination of the first iteration of this now annual program.

Keynote Speakers


Henry Kissinger

Former U.S. National Security Advisor & Secretary of State


Leon Panetta

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA


Eric Schmidt

Former Chairman & CEO of Google; Former Executive Chairman of Alphabet


John Brennan

Former Director of the CIA


Michèle Flournoy

Former U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy


Graham Allison

Founding Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School


John Allen

President of the Brookings Institution


Stephen Schwarzman

Chairman & CEO of Blackstone; Founder of Schwarzman Scholars


Tamir Pardo

Former Director of Mossad


Joshua Cooper Ramo

Co-CEO & Vice Chairman of Kissinger Associates


Robert O'Brien

Former U.S. National Security Advisor

Workshop Experts

Below is a running list of participating guests that will be present at our program. Updates are made daily. Some guests are not listed due to security measures.

Panelists and Special Experts

Amb. Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley - Chief Diversity Officer for the U.S. Department of State

Bishop Garrison -  Senior Adviser to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for human capital, diversity, equity, and inclusion

Nitin Chadda - Co-Founder and Managing Partner at WestExec Advisors; Former Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense

Jonathan Woetzel - Asia-based Director of the McKinsey Global Institute

Steven Lee Myers - Beijing Bureau Chief at the New York Times

Niclas Kvarnstrom - Swedish Ambassador to Singapore; Former Director of the Department for Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the Swedish Foreign Ministry


Spencer Boyer - Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy

Alton Buland - U.S. Department of Defense Director for European Policy

Mary Beth Long -  Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs

Sonya Seunghye Lim - Former Chief of Station, Senior Intelligence Service (SIS/SES) at the Central Intelligence Agency

Amb. Joseph Manso - U.S. Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Mark Libby - Chargé of the U.S. Mission to the European Union

Bruce Turner - Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC), U.S. Department of State

Alan Harms - Former International Weapons Specialist for the Defense Security Cooperation Agency

Igor Zgrabljic - Government Affairs & Public Policy Manager at Google

Shashank Joshi - The Economist's Defense Editor

Ali Wyne - Senior Analyst with Eurasia Group's Global Macro Practice focusing on U.S.-China relations and great-power competition​

Patrik Engstrom - Head of National Border Policing for Sweden; Former United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime International law Enforcement Advisor

Vivien Terrien - Référendaire for the Court of Justice of the European Union

Michelle Lee - Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. Department of State

Bahram Rajaee - Political Officer at the U.S. Mission to the OSCE

Middle East and North Africa 

Robert Eatinger - Former Deputy General Counsel for Operations for the Central Intelligence Agency

​Nicholas Rasmussen - Executive Director of the Global Internet Forum for Countering Terrorism 

Amb. Henry Wooster - U.S. Ambassador to Jordan

Amb. Matthew Tueller - U.S. Ambassador to Iraq

Amb. Roger Carstens - U.S. Special Presidental Envoy for Hostage Affairs

Jonathan Winer - U.S. Special Envoy to Libya

​Amb. Deborah Jones - Former U.S. Ambassador to Libya and Kuwait

Kelly Stemdem - Harvard Kennedy School Middle East Initiative Fellow

Yuree Noh - Harvard Kennedy School Middle East Initiative Fellow

Rachna Korhonen - Executive Director for the Joint Executive Office for Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs 

Irfan Saeed - Director of the Office of Countering Violent Extremism in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State

Paul Watzlavick - Director Office of Analysis for Near East Affairs, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, United States Department of State 

Carl Kress - Regional Director for U.S Trade and Development in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Eurasia, and East Asia

Khaled Khalifa - Regional Representative at United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Saudi Arabia

Yasmeen Hibrawi - Head of Public Affairs at U.S. Consulate Dubai

Latin America and the Caribbean

Minister Roberto Alvarez - Foreign Minister of the Dominican Republic

Amb. Ambassador Jeff DeLaurentis - Acting Alternate Representative for Special Political Affairs, U.S. Mission to the United Nations

Admiral Douglas Fears - Director for Joint Interagency Task Force South

David Shedd - Former Director of the Defense Security Agency

Carmen Medina - Former Deputy Director of Intelligence at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

Amb. Philip Goldberg - U.S. Ambassador to Colombia

Amb. Alfonso Silva Navarro - Chilean Ambassador to the U.S.

Amb. Linda Talglialatela - U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS

Amb. Todd Chapman - U.S. Ambassador to Brazil

Dana Brown - Minister Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico

Katherine Dueholm - Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mexico and Central America at the U.S. Department of State

Michael Eddy - USAID Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Latin America and Caribbean Bureau

Barbara Feinstein - USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean

Col. Fred Taylor - Former Joint Space Operations Center Deputy Director and National Reconnaissance Office Liaison

East Asia and the Pacific 

Ankit Panda - Stanton Senior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

John Park - Director of the Korea Project at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center

Kenneth Weinstein - Former President of the Hudson Institute

Daniel Nadel - Director of the Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State

Tomonori Saski - Former Representative to the Japanese Ministry of Defense

Dr. Parag Khanna - Founder & Managing Partner of FutureMap

Michael Pettis - Carnegie Senior Fellow & Professor of Finance at Guanghua School of Management at Peking University

Alex Stamos - Former Chief Security Officer at Facebook

Justin Yifu Lin - Former Chief Economist of the World Bank

Chas Freeman - Main interpreter for President Nixon during 1972 visit to China; Former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Larry Diamond - Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University

Richard Fontaine - CEO of the Center for a New American Security; foreign policy advisor to Senator John McCain

Tom Orlik - Chief Economist for Bloomberg Economics

Shane Deichman - Vice President, Strategy & Operations Caliola Engineering LLC; Program Manager for Space Integration & Early Warning in the Command, Control, Battle Management, and Communications (C2BMC) Directorate at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA)

LaToya Young - Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation at the U.S. Department of State

Philippe Le Corre - Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Europe and Asia Programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Former Special Assistant and Counsellor for international affairs to the French Defense Minister


Rolf Mowatt-Larsen - Former Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the U.S. Department of Energy; 23 years as a senior leader in the Central Intelligence Agency on weapons of mass destruction in European affairs

Rick Ledgett - Former Deputy Director of the U.S. National Security Agency 

Christopher Turner - 25-year career in the CIA with sensitive assignments in the Far East, South Asia, and Europe. Honored with the Intelligence Star [*], a rare commendation for valor under fire

Chris Kirchhoff - Former Advisor to the  National Security Advisor on the National Security Council and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Department of Defense. ​

Andrew Weber - Five-and-a-half years as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs; Current Senior Fellow at the Council on Strategic Risks 

Christopher Anderson - Political Officer in the U.S. Foreign Service; Regional expertise in Ukraine, the Caucasus, Central Asia/Mongolia.

Gary Espinas - Senior United States Army Field Artillery and Foreign Area Officer

Jamil Jeffer - Senior Vice President for Strategy, Partnerships & Corporate Development, IronNet Cybersecurity
Founder & Executive Director, National Security Institute at GMU Law School

Sub-Saharan Africa 

RDML Heidi Berg - Director of Intelligence, U.S. Africa Command

Amb. Richard Bell -  U.S. Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire 

Amb. Nina Fite - U.S. Ambassador to Angola

​Amb. Eric Whitaker - U.S. Ambassador to Niger

Elizabeth Fitzsimmons - Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

George Conway - UNDP Crisis Bureau Deputy Director

Richard Nelson - USAID Director of the U.S. Mission to Uganda

Amb. Peter Vrooman - U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda

South Asia 

John Frick - White House National Security Council Director for Security Cooperation

Colonel Candice Frost - Commander Joint Intelligence Operations Center at United States Cyber Command

Amb. Kenneth Juster - Former U.S. Ambassador to India

Amb. Marcia Bernicat - Senior Official for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment 

Heide Fulton - Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Jim Warden - Director of Nuclear Energy, Safety and Security in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation in the U.S. Department of State

Dean Thompson - Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State

Lunch Roundtables

Alison Bouwmeester - Former senior leader at the Central Intelligence Agency's Directorate of Operations

Amb. Craig Cloud - U.S. Ambassador to Botswana

Laurie Goodstein - International News Editor at the New York Times

Henry Haggard - Former White House National Security Council Director for European Affairs

Maryum Saifee - Foreign Service Officer at FSI, U.S. Department of State; Former Senior Visiting Fellow at the Truman National Security Project

Tanya Shugar - Africa Division Chief at the U.S. Department of Labor