Celina Realuyo is President of CBR Global Advisors, an international strategic consulting firm providing innovative solutions to global challenges. As a former U.S. diplomat, international banker with Goldman Sachs, foreign policy maker under the Clinton and Bush Administrations, and professor of international relations, Celina has two decades of international experience in the government, business, and academia. As Assistant Professor of Counterterrorism at the National Defense University and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University, she has educated top U.S. and foreign military and civilian leaders on national security affairs, teaching the "Combating Terrorism: Strategies and Policies," "Terrorism and Crime," and "Globalization and National Security" courses.
Celina holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University, M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and Certificate from l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, France. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Women in International Security, Middle East Institute, and the Professional Risk Managers International Association.
Suparno Banerjee is vice president and leader of HP Enterprise Services' Global Government Industry group. This organization is responsible for developing growth strategies for HP's public sector business globally, creating demand in key growth areas, leading strategic pursuits, managing the portfolio of industry-specific solutions and assets and developing go-to-market strategies. Banerjee works with regional and service line executives and with HP's public sector clients around the world.
Banerjee has more than 25 years of experience managing information technology services in the Government and commercial sectors. His background includes starting new practices for leading consulting and systems integration firms, mergers and acquisitions as well as developing and implementing a wide range of integrated solution strategies. He has worked with governments at the national and state levels, international financial agencies, and in telecommunications, manufacturing and distribution industries.
Banerjee holds a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and a masters in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management.
Teresa C. Barger
Teresa C. Barger is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer/Chief Investment Officer of Cartica Capital.
In 2004, Ms Barger established the IFC/World Bank Corporate Governance and Capital Markets Advisory Department and served as its first Director until 2007. She was responsible for the corporate governance aspects of IFC investments in companies in emerging markets. She also created the innovative Gemloc bond fund, index and market development program for local currency bonds.
During her more than twenty-year career at IFC, Ms Barger made investments in nearly every region of the emerging markets.
Before joining IFC, Ms. Barger was with McKinsey & Company. She received her AB magna cum laude from Harvard College and her MBA from the Yale School of Management. She did post-graduate work at the American University in Cairo.
Ms Barger is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the Pacific Pension Institute and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. She also serves on the Private Sector Advisory Group of the Global Corporate Governance Forum.
David Kornbluth is former U.S. Consul General in China David Kornbluth was formerly U.S. Consul General at the city of Shenyang in northeast China. Mr. Kornbluth saw service in Washington, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Guangzhou. As the senior U.S. representative to the northeastern provinces of Liaoning, Jilin, and Heilongjiang, a region of 120 million people, he developed an extensive network of contacts in government, business and academia. Prior to serving in Shenyang, Mr. Kornbluth served for three years as the chief of the China Division of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He holds degrees in Chinese language and history and in law from Columbia, the University of Chicago, and Harvard, respectively. He is an attorney admitted to practice in California and Massachusetts.
Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D.
Susan Sullivan Lagon, Ph.D., joined GAI as a Senior Fellow in 1997. Before that, she taught American Politics and Constitutional Law at Georgetown University for five years. Her prior experience includes teaching AP Politics in high school and a stint as Assistant Political Science Editor at Congressional Quarterly Press. She has spoken for numerous groups, including CQ Seminars, the American Political Science Association, the Fulbright Scholars Program, the World Bank, and more than 500 international visitors groups.
Dr. Lagon earned both her B.A. and M.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, and her Ph.D. from Georgetown University.
Henry Tam Jr.
CEO and Co-Founder, ALN
Henry Tam, Jr., CEO and Co-Founder, was most recently Vice President and Managing Director at the Atlantic Media Company, where he oversaw digital innovation and strategy. Prior to this role, Henry served as General Manager and Director of Product Development for Washington Post Digital, the online subsidiary of The Washington Post. Henry has extensive experience in Asia holding roles in business development, sales, and investments for the international departments of AOL, the World Bank (International Finance Corporation), PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Washington Post. After returning to the U.S. from a Fulbright Scholarship in Taiwan, Henry completed investment banking training and served as a financial analyst at JP Morgan Securities in New York. He is a graduate of Columbia University(B.A. in Economics) and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center. Henry currently serves on the board of the DC College Success Foundation, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded organization that provides mentoring and scholarships to students in the District of Columbia.
Jing S. Vivatrat
Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, ALN
Jing S. Vivatrat, COO, was most recently the Director of Workforce Development at the Federal Communications Commission. Jing is also the founder and Principal of JSVI, an international strategy consultancy. Prior to forming JSVI, she served as the Executive Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at AOL's International Division where she structured and negotiated strategic partnerships for AOL in Greater China, Japan, Australia, Canada, and Latin America. While at AOL International, Jing played a major role in negotiating AOL's joint venture with Lenovo Holdings and thereafter spent one year in China to set up AOL's China joint venture operations and run the Business and Legal Affairs department for the joint venture. Jing left AOL to join Blackboard Inc., a leading education platform software company, to serve as the Executive Director of International Operations, where she developed and managed Blackboard's international expansion strategy. Prior to AOL and Blackboard, Jing spent several years as an investment banker structuring telecommunications and infrastructure M&A transactions in Southeast Asia. Before working in Asia, Jing was a consultant with Accenture. Jing is a graduate of Wellesley College and commands native fluency in Mandarin Chinese.
Christopher Warnasch is a trained linguist, language course specialist, and language learning consultant with over twenty years of both professional and academic experience in the field. He has taught individuals and groups, in both private and corporate settings, and designed a wide range of language programs to meet specific needs, from travel and tourism, to academic, to professional. For the past fifteen years he has developed, edited, and written language courses for Living Language, a division of Random House, Inc.
Chris' academic background is in language and linguistics. He received a BA with honors in French literature from Rutgers University, with a minor concentration on German and Russian, and an MA in Linguistics from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is currently doing research for his doctoral dissertation in syntax, with a focus on predicate inversion in the Arabic noun phrase. He has also worked as a TA/Practicum Leader in both advanced syntax and formal semantics.
Chris is deeply familiar with language learning, not only as a linguist but also as both a teacher and student. He has studied and speaks a number of languages, and believes that it is essential to experience the learning process from both perspectives in order to be an affective instructor. Chris is passionate about putting his experience to use in order to make language training accessible and enjoyable to anyone who wants or needs to learn a new language.