2022 Harvard Foreign Policy International Relations Scholars Program

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Guests and Experts 

Keynote Speakers

Jason Furman — Former Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

Maria Fernanda Espinosa — Former President of the United Nations General Assembly

Dean Garfield — Vice President of Public Policy, Netflix

Karen Dynan — Former Chief Economist & Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Jody Olsen — Former Director of the Peace Corps

Workshop Speakers

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.


Laura J. Gross — Director, Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Affairs, U.S. Department of State


Paul Watzlavick  —  U.S. Department of State Chair and Faculty Advisor, National Intelligence University


Declan Walsh — Chief Africa Correspondent for The New York Times, based in Kenya.



David Hale — Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs


Edward Alden  — Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor, Western Washington University


Elizabeth Horst — Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Berlin


Robert Eatinger — Former Deputy General Counsel for Operations, Central Intelligence Agency

Dean Thompson & Scott Sanford — Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs




Rachel M. Poynter — Deputy Assistant Secretary for Mexico and Canada, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs


Dana Houk — U.S. Department of State Global Peace Operations Initiative (GPOI)


Kelly Geoghegan — Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo


Hady Elneil — Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State

James M. Acton — Co‑Director, Nuclear Policy Program; Jessica T. Mathews Chair, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace




Robert J. Faucher — Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations


Kerri S. Hannan — Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy, Policy, Planning, and Coordination


Roger Carstens — Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs (SPEHA), U.S. Department of State


Richard M. Mills — Deputy Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations


Justin Vogt — Executive Editor, Foreign Affairs Magazine





Hillary Batjer Johnson ‚ Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security, Screening, and Designations; Bureau of Counterterrorism, U.S. Department of State


John Creamer — Former Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Mexico City


Elaine Lammert — Former Principal Deputy General Counsel, FBI Office of the General Counsel


Special Session: Victoria Nuland — Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs of the United States





Jody Daniel — Director, Nuclear Risk Reduction Center


Lawrence Bartlett — Director of the Refugee Admissions Office of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration


Ambassador William Moser — Director of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations at the U.S. Department of State


Silvana Koch-Merin — President and Founder of Women Political Leaders (WPL)


Annette Redmond — Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Intelligence Policy and Coordination (IPC) in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)





Ambassador Luis G. Moreno — Former Ambassador to Jamaica


Tracy Walder — Former Staff Operations Officer, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)


Alicia Ely Yamin — Lecturer, Harvard Law School