ALI’s teaching network comprises faculty and teaching fellows from Harvard and Stanford University; individuals with backgrounds in politics, public service, diplomacy, academia, consulting, and finance, among others. Along with the frameworks and concepts learned at Harvard and Stanford, the teaching fellows also bring to the classroom a wealth of diverse experiences and perspectives.
Samuel Hungsoo Kim is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership. He currently leads the teaching team for the Asia Leadership Institute, where he teaches on the practice of negotiation, persuasion, perspective leadership, and innovation for adaptive change, and develops contents and programs that help build capacities among emerging young leaders to address and solve the challenges in Asia today. Prior to establishing the Center in Boston and subsequently a regional headquarters in Kuala Lumpur in 2014 and 2015 respectively, Samuel worked for 12 years in varying sectors from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics and government. He currently sits as board in three non-profit organizations, holds a position at the Asia Center in Harvard University as a Research Scholar, and is also, Visiting Scholar at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Professor Dean Williams is Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School. He is also faculty director of the Global Change Agent executive education program, and author of Real Leadership: Helping People and Organizations Face Their Toughest Challenges, and Leadership for a Fractured World: How to Cross Boundaries, Build Bridges, and Lead Change.
Professor Kenneth Winston is a retired Lecturer in Ethics at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School. He taught practical and professional ethics at HKS from 1986 to 2015 and served as faculty chair of the HKS Singapore Program from 2008 to 2015. His most recent book is Ethics in Public Life: Good Practitioners in a Rising Asia (2015).
Professor Mathias Risse is a Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He works mostly in social and political philosophy and in ethics. In 2012, he published two books on questions of global justice, On Global Justice and Global Political Philosophy.
Panche Kralev, a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, is currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors of Macedonian Telekom (Deutsche Telekom Group). He is a former Minister of Education and Science, and Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia. During his career he has also worked in investment banking as part of Raiffeisen Investment and the SEAF equity fund.
Adam Malaty-Uhr is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he studied adult psychological and leadership development with a focus on deeper learning. He has taught history and psychology in Chicago Public Schools, and leadership development at Loyola and Depaul Universities. He has worked as an instructional designer working to develop educational platforms to drive leadership development for the US Federal Government.
Martin Attiq is a Sloan Fellow of the Stanford Graduate School of Business’ Master of Science Program with significant and diverse experiences in entrepreneurship, leadership, large-scale transactions, portfolio management, financial technology, and business development. Prior to Stanford, Martin worked as a Director of Blackrock where he specialized in advising financial institutions, central banks, market intermediaries and financial market regulators.
Rajen Patel, a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Stanford Graduate School of Business, is co-inventor and founding team member of Embrace, a social enterprise that has developed an extremely-affordable infant incubator that has saved the lives of over 200,000 babies across 12 developing countries. In addition to coaching at Stanford’s d.school, he has also led dozens of workshops on design thinking for over 1,000 students across the US, India, China, Malaysia, South Korea, and Turkey.
Rachel Roberts is a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education and is the Founder & Director of New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Musicianship department, a major new initiative that equips young musicians with extra-musical skills in support of their artistic careers. Over the past six years, Rachel has launched experiential programs and curricula, including a signature grant initiative, courses on arts entrepreneurship, fellowships, and creative performance projects.
Daria Istrate is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, having spent four years working in strategy consulting with the German company Roland Berger, where she was exposed to a wide range of projects in pharmaceuticals/ healthcare, energy, transportation and consumer goods across Europe. In parallel, Daria co-ran the League of Romanian Students Abroad (LRSA), a 7,000-member organization aimed at creating a worldwide network of students and developing incentives for their return home.
Lisa Lee is a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master’s in International Education Policy. She came to Harvard after teaching and consulting in Kazakhstan for nearly three years, where she started an initiative for university students to engage in critical issues in their immediate contexts. Prior to teaching, Lisa worked at Wall Street as a global investment analyst and equity trader.
John Lim is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives (CALI) in Boston. As Co-founder of CALI, his team developed a Harvard University student project into a full-fledged leadership training and research organization that has benefited over 18,000 individuals in 22 countries through over 80 conferences and leadership programs. He has worked in diverse organizations including the Embassy of Canada in the Republic of Korea, the International Crisis Group, as well as various sectors such as English education and social entrepreneurship. His current work engages him in researching and applying various leadership, education, and entrepreneurial models and framework within the Asian context.
Matthew Turner is a professional trainer and community organizer with over ten years of international experience in community building and education. As a local university faculty member under the auspices of the United States Peace Corps in the Ukraine, he chaired programs and meetings among 10 community groups to promote civil society, he led the leadership programming for secondary school students, and led USAID-funded health and wellness camps for over 200 middle school students. While in Kazakhstan also under the U.S. Peace Corps, he supported strategic planning efforts while directing camps for local youth. In the United States and Chinese Taiwan, he designed and directed various language programs for business professionals and students, as well as training programs for teachers. While at Harvard University, he trained under Professor of Education Leadership Monica Higgins. Matthew holds an M.A. in International Education Policy from Harvard University.
Anushka Ghosh holds a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As the Program Manager at the Simple Education Foundation in India, she designed and implemented the training program for over 90,000 K-8 government school teachers in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. As a Consultant and Researcher, she has served for the United States Agency for International Development in South Africa to increase retention in secondary schools; created a curriculum on cognitive neuroscience for children affected by war; and created an interdisciplinary body across the Harvard community that ensures collaboration between all Harvard schools and centers on human rights. Anushka is originally from India.
Aaron Kleiman is currently a student in the MA International Relations Program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He holds a bachelor degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a master degree in Military Studies from American Military University, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to coming back to school Aaron was a Major and an Aviator in the United States Air Force. Aaron has over 1000 combat flight hours and has deployed to Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; including combat tours in Afghanistan and Africa. Additionally, he is an entrepreneur and the founder of Lunar Eagle Real Estate, a real estate and property management company. In his spare time Aaron enjoys photography, SCUBA diving, traveling, and being a new Dad. Aaron is married to Annie Kleiman and has a two-year-old daughter, Aurora.
Ami Valdemoro is a leadership coach, social change agent, health advocate, and entrepreneur. She is the Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Three Points Ventures, Inc., a firm specializing in strategy, execution, and leadership development for nonprofits and businesses working in the social impact sector. Ami’s experience spans five continents, beginning with a tenure at the African Tobacco Control Consortium, a five-year Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded program for the American Cancer Society’s global tobacco control unit. From March 2016 to March 2017, she was the Executive Director of Friends of Hope, a social business dedicated to creating access to opportunities for Filipinos to prosper. Prior to that, she was as the Executive Director of Hands On Manila, a non-profit organization focused on providing volunteer service opportunities to organizations and groups in Metro Manila. She currently sits on the board of MyShelter Foundation and Liter of Light USA, two social enterprises dedicated to empowering lives around the world through community-built solar lighting technologies. Ami graduated with honors from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2006, and earned her Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2013. In 2017, Ami served as a Teaching Fellow in the Practice of Adaptive Leadership at the Center for Asian Leadership, training thousands of young students and mid-career professionals on how to be effective change agents in their organizations and communities.
Andi Sparringa is a USINDO (United States – Indonesia Society) fellow pursuing a Masters of Arts program in International Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, Tufts University (second year). His field of concentration includes negotiation and conflict resolution as well as international marketing (nation branding). At Fletcher, he is the co-chair for the Asia Club and a board member of the ASEAN society.
He is a Foreign Service Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia assigned to the Directorate of ASEAN Political-Security Cooperation, specializing in the South China Sea, the ASEAN Institute for peace and reconciliation, and the ASEAN Community post 2015 blueprint. Prior to working in the Foreign Ministry, he worked as public relations consultant specializing in government relations, brand promotion, and crisis management.
Andi was awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia as the ASEAN – Indonesia Youth Ambassador where his main responsibilities were to promote ASEAN awareness nationally as well as internationally. He was a national representative for several programs such as the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) in the United States, the Ship for South East Asian Youth Exchange Program (SSEAYP), Indonesian cultural promotions in the Czech Republic (Indonesian Batik exhibition), and various international student summits. Andi was also the chairman of the Youth Tourism Ambassadors Organization of the Province of Jogjakarta, Indonesia (2005-2007).
Anna Yoon is currently a Director of Integrated Care Strategy for DaVita Healthcare Partners, a Fortune 300 company, driving a business model shift in the $10 billion kidney care business to integrated care. Her passion is to work in Asia, with a focus on treating and preventing chronic disease via integrated care, and also to play a part in fighting human rights abuses, such as the plight in North Korea and human trafficking in the broader Asian region. She strongly believes in the power of education and mentorship to inspire young students to bring about positive change to their environment, and wants to pay forward the opportunities she’s been given to date. Anna looks forward to working in Asia again, following her time in Singapore at a healthcare startup in 2013, to not only transform the healthcare system, but also to become a leader who can influence others to bring about positive socioeconomic changes in Asia.
April Bang is a lecturer in leadership at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She has primarily worked in the social enterprise and non-profit field as a Senior Program Associate at the Vera Institute of Justice as well as being a Government Relations Fellow at the International Justice Mission. While at Harvard Kennedy School, she served as the course assistant to Professor Ronald Heifetz, when she began developing customized leadership curriculum focused for the Asian context. Previous to Harvard, she worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Christoph Frehsee is co-founder and President of sustainable fashion and lifestyle brand, Amour Vert. In 2004, Christoph began his career as founder of Minewolf Systems, the world’s leading provider of mechanical landmine clearing solutions. He led the engineering and manufacturing efforts of the company, and established it as a leader in the field of humanitarian land mine clearance with clients like the United Nations, Norwegian’s People Aid, and the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action. He oversaw operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and eventually sold the company in 2008. At Amour Vert, he was committed to bringing by maintaining supply chain integrity and reducing the brand’s environmental impact. A passionate angel investor, Christoph has an MBA and MS in Environment and Resources from Stanford University.
Craig Brimhall is a business instructional designer, design thinking consultant, former semi-professional baseball player, and current doctoral student at the University of Utah where he is focusing on organizational transformation. His work and research interests focuses on “change,” specifically in helping individuals, organizations, and systems overcome the inertia of tradition, culture, habits, and structure to change. He previously served as an Instructional Consultant at Knōd, an instructional design firm focusing on developing 21st century learning experiences with educators, employers, and students; an Adjunct Professor at Dixie State University, where he designed and taught courses for “at-risk” college freshmen that help the students create the lives they want; a Communication Specialist and Education Fellow at openbox, a design and innovation consulting firm; as well as a Senior Research Assistant at the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. He completed his undergraduate degree at Utah Valley University, where he played Division 1 Baseball, and earned his Master’s Degree on the Mind, Brain, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Eugene B. Kogan is Research Director of the American Secretaries of State Project, a joint initiative of the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School, the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, and Harvard Business School. Dr. Kogan leads the research efforts as the new project prepares to interview all former U.S. Secretaries of State about the most demanding and consequential negotiations they conducted while serving in the nation’s highest foreign policy office. Dr. Kogan is a former Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School. He specializes in coercive negotiations and holds a PhD in politics from Brandeis University. Dr. Kogan is working on a book about nuclear negotiations based on his doctoral thesis, which was awarded the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation’s 2014 Raiffa Award for the Best Student Doctoral Paper. His most recent publication is a book chapter that examines the use of economic incentives and pressure in nuclear negotiations with Iran.
Evelyn Pei Qi Ooi is a Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) Master’s degree candidate specializing in International Education Policy. Prior to starting her degree program in HGSE, she worked as a research analyst working alongside consultants to develop branding strategies for B2B companies in Singapore. She also worked in a public policy think tank in Malaysia where she prepared state developmental roadmaps for transport logistics and public utilities that plan to restore economic dynamism in the state. Pei Qi was born in Singapore but grew up in Malaysia where she enjoyed a relatively carefree childhood. She came to HGSE with the aim of deepening her understanding of economic development, education and social constructs that may hinder the advancement of individuals in society.
Pei Qi is passionate about social inequality and aims to start her own organisation working with youth development one day. Outside of work and school, she enjoys watching music performances in a big concert hall or at a small jazz bar and having engaging conversations with friends.
Helen van Baal is a strategic designer, teacher, and design thinking expert with a focus on projects within the social innovation and education realm. Helen has taught design in several countries across Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia. She has previously served as the program lead at the HPI School of Design Thinking in Germany where she designed, managed and co-led the academic education in Design Thinking as well as supported student teams in developing innovative ideas and founding successful start-ups. Apart from her work with students, Helen has worked as a designer and innovation consultant with large corporations, non-profits, start-ups and consultancies within various industries (i.a. banking, education, automotive, digital and product design), teaching, consulting and designing globally (Europe, Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia). Originally from Germany, Helen holds an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, an M.Sc. from Imperial College London, and has worked as a lecturer and coach at the Stanford d.School, University of Cape Town d.School, Keio University, and Beijing Normal University. At the core of her work is the belief in empathy as the basis for good design and the dedication to creating value through design.
An expert in the design thinking process, Jaye Buchbinder served as a Design Leadership Condultant at the Stanford Design School, participating in numerous courses and projects enabling real world application of the design thinking process from major corporation to small start-up scale. She has consulted in several industries ranging from furniture manufacturing for a local American company, marketing and human resources at Victoria’s Secret, and material optimization at the BMW Group Designworks USA. Passions include all outdoor activities; especially oceanic sports such as surfing and paddling. She was also a Varsity Member of the Stanford University Track and Field Team during her undergraduate years.
John Lee came to America when he was one with his father, who was a South Korean diplomat. John grew up in NYC and graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Policy Analysis and Management. Following Cornell, John moved to South Korea to become better versed in its history, language, and culture. He has spent over a decade in Asia, working primarily with international NGOs, economic think tanks, and government ministries before completing a Masters in Public Administration at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government. Prior to HKS, John worked for the U.S. State Department in U.S. Embassy Seoul, leading programs on innovation and tech-focused outreach.
Kim Fernandes is a recent graduate of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, having completed her Ed. M. in International Education Policy. Prior to her time at the Ed School, Kim taught 4th and 5th graders at a government school in Mumbai as a part of the Teach For India fellowship. Within the field of education, she is especially interested in the fields of early childhood development and teacher training. Currently, Kim is working as a Research Associate with the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Odisha, eastern India, evaluating the effectiveness of an early childhood development intervention. Kim has a background in international politics, having completed her degree in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
Lauren Swersky is passionate about global education, education nonprofits, public policy, and program development, and has explored these issues in various contexts. Before coming to Harvard Graduate School of Education to pursue a Masters in International Education Policy, Lauren was awarded a postgraduate grant to work with the Ministry of Education of Spain, where she helped develop and implement a bilingual program initiative throughout several public schools. She also served as a Teach for America corps member in New York City where she taught English as a Second Language. Through these endeavors, Lauren has learned to think strategically, use resources judiciously, listen and communicate effectively, act compassionately, and embrace diversity. She is thrilled to pursue a career in international education where she can delve further into these topics, utilize and reinforce the competencies she has developed, and broaden the scope of her knowledge and skills.
Marina Chan began her career in banking at Merrill Lynch for the Asian equity business before embarking on a new trajectory in education. She subsequently earned her master’s degree in education from Harvard University and has worked with students from K-16 across Asia and in the US through teaching, advising student startups, and leading professional development initiatives.
Marina’s work encompasses education consulting for corporates, nonprofits and academic institutions. Among her projects is the recent launch of an accelerator program for the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, which saw international student teams deliver IoT solutions to global challenges.
With a grant awarded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund, Marina founded Alpha Commons in 2015, a social enterprise promoting real-world problem solving through maker education. She holds a board position at the Hong Kong Red Cross Hospital Schools and is a CFA Charterholder.
Dr. Namit Choksi holds an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and originally hails from Mumbai, India where he finished his
MBBS/MD from Smt. Kashibai Navale Medical College. Dr. Choksi’s primary interest lies in reducing maternal deaths and improving accessibility
of healthcare for the underprivileged. His determination in working towards this goal has led him around the world to represent his country as
the Head of State (India) at the G20 youth summit in Russia, Chief Delegate at the Global Youth Diplomats Forum in London, Student Leader and
Speaker at the Melaka International Youth Dialogue in Malaysia, as well as the Indian Student’s Parliament. At Harvard, he is Vice-President of the
Indian Student’s Parliament and a member of the Public Health Leadership Lab.
Orianne Montaubin is currently a first year student at Harvard Business School. She holds a dual degree from the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with Distinction in neurobiology and with Honors in philosophy. As a definition “Third Culture Kid,” she grew up living in nine different countries, spanning three continents. Her background paired with her undergraduate studies taught her the value of fast-adaptation in a world that is becoming increasingly globalized. She has thus made it her mission to use her passion for neurobiology combined with insights from philosophy to inspire international communication, international education, and international understanding. After graduating, Orianne worked as a consultant in the Middle East in the public sector. Her focus was on negotiation, strategic implementation of public policies, and large-scale sectoral transformations. She believes that a deeper knowledge of the fundamentals of human behavior allows for more effective leadership. As such, while pursuing her MBA, she is also researching how emotional and communication cues affect judgement and decision-making.
Philipp Essl has worked extensively on the implementation of corporate sustainability practices and broader private sector development to drive positive socio-economic change across more than twenty countries in South East Asia, Latin America, and (North & West) Africa. He has also taught numerous students and professionals in the practice of adaptive leadership and interest-based negotiation. Philipp holds a MBA from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he continues to coach students in the practice of adaptive leadership.
Pitichoke Chulapamornsri serves as the Director of Business Development at Neighborly, a financial technology company with the mission to democratize access to municipal bonds. He received his Master in Public Policy in 2016 from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he served as the student body president. Previously, he was a senior analyst at Goldman Sachs where he managed portfolio analytics and risk management projects for the private equity group. Pitichoke is passionate about government innovation and how state and local government leverage technology to improve efficiency and create savings. His current research focuses on the municipal bonds issuance process and how state and local government can leverage technology to reduce cost and engages its community members in the investment process.
Randy Tarnowski is trained in quantitative and qualitative research methods and data visualization.
Prior to joining STS, Tarnowski held a diverse range of research and program management positions in international education. As an administrator at the Korean-American Educational Commission, he oversaw the Fulbright Research Program in Seoul. Tarnowski later served as program manager for WorldTeach and as a teaching fellow for the Center for Asia Leadership. Tarnowski has applied his research training with the Foundation for Students Rising Above, as well as with Harvard’s Research Schools International. His written work can be found in Hard Questions on Global Educational Change and in The Routledge Handbook for Global Child Welfare.
Tarnowski holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degrees in international and cultural studies and communication from the University of Tampa.
Shazia Khan has a graduate degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania. With close to a decade of progressive work experience spanning public and private sectors, Shazia brings a wealth of experience to CALI.
Shazia’s most recent professional experience was as a Country Manager for Fulbright in Pakistan, where she helped promote U.S. Department of State educational and cultural goals in a complex political landscape. In this role, Shazia interacted with Pakistani students and young professionals across the country, guiding them towards fulfilling their academic and professional aspirations. Through various training workshops, seminars, and professional development opportunities, Shazia helped thousands of Pakistanis secure competitive admission, scholarships, and overall career advancement. Shazia managed a team of 14 educational advisers and interacted with key U.S. Embassy and Government of Pakistan contacts, facilitating interaction and the formation of partnerships between academic institutions across the two countries. In 2011, Shazia brought a first of its kind U.S. recruitment delegation to Pakistan, a tour that has now become an annual feature.
Prior to her time in Pakistan, Shazia served in various business strategy roles in New York City. Her work spanned financial planning, marketing, and product development with increasing managerial responsibilities. Shazia’s time in New York helped her develop a keen sense of financial accountability and an appreciation for private sector practices that have shaped her work in the public non-profit sector.
Shazia’s personal interests span the creative arts; she likes to paint and has acted in numerous plays internationally taking on lead roles since 2004. In 2010 Shazia released a debut music album with her band ‘Such’ (which means ‘truth’ in her native language, Urdu). Shazia enjoys traveling, meeting new people, trying new food, and sharing her passion for the field of education.
Umar Shavurov holds a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and MA in International Relations and Conflict Resolution from the University of Salvador (Argentina). He also holds Diploma in International Relations from the Kyrgyz State University. He worked extensively over the last decade internationally on public sector reforms in Latin America, West Africa, and Central Asia. During 2017 fall term Umar taught an inaugural course on adaptive leadership at the American University in Central Asia.
Signo Uddenberg has a background in sustainable engineering and human-centered design, specifically studying how environments affect how people feel, behave and perform. He leads the Innovation and Experience Design practices at MKThink, a San Francisco-based intelligent places firm as well as at Cintra and 2Seeds Network, a global food infrastructure network. He holds a BA in Natural Science from Pepperdine University, a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and a MS in Sustainable Design & Construction from Stanford University, where he also coaches and develops programs at the d.school.
Woo Wan Fong occasionally dabbles in the art scene. She documented the aftermath of the Sichuan Earthquake and its impact on rural poor communities (with Lien Aid), worked on a short documentary with a Syrian refugee, and is currently working on a documentary about the ex-residents of Dakota Crescent. Wan Fong has a B.A. (First Class Honours) in Politics, Psychology & Sociology from the University of Cambridge and represented the University in Women’s Handball. Much to the delight of her parents, she failed to secure a spot at the Kim Il-Sung University (DPRK) and instead did her master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, reading International Education Policy. At Harvard she organised an experiential art exhibition on the Palestinian occupation to present the lived reality of everyday Palestinians. She was also a consultant to the Minister of Education (Sweden), a teaching fellow at the Centre for Asia Leadership, and treasurer at the League of Educators for East Asia and the Pacific.