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Virtual Professional Development Series

CES initiated the Virtual Professional Seminar Series in 2021 in lieu of the Europe in Washington Workshop. undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in international affairs, foreign policy, and the private sector, bringing them together with young professionals working in the sectors. These informal, but invigorating, conversations are conducted every Friday in February and March 2021. For sample topics of discussion and a listing of speakers and organizations, see the seminar schedule below.

Seminar Schedule


February 12, 2021 – European Union Careers

Christina Kattami, Policy Officer, European Commission

Juan Schinas, Parliamentary Assistant, European Parliament


February 19, 2021 – International Policy Research Careers

Dany Bahar (HKS ’10, ’14), Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution

Jenny Mallamo (HKS ’13), Deputy Director, Global Communications and Media Relations, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Will Quinn (HCOL ’10), Ph.D. Candidate in International Affairs, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)


February 26, 2021 – International Private Sector Careers

David Adelman (HCOL ’04) - Vice President of Global Partnerships, Via

Shelley Ranii (HCOL ’08) - Strategy Director, Alcoa

Gena Haugen Stern (HCOL ’09, HBS ’13) - Chief of Staff, JPMorgan & Chase Institute and Policy Center


March 5, 2021 – Careers in International Affairs

Sophia Becker (HKS ’19) - Research Fellow, US Security and Defense Policy, German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

Adam Heal (HKS ’12) - Political Affairs Officer, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs, United Nations (UN)

Radu Tatucu (HCOL ’05, HKS ‘12) - Financial Sector Specialist, The World Bank


March 12, 2021 – International Careers in Policy and Business

Jessica Brandt (HKS ’13) - Fellow, Alliance for Securing Democracy, The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)

Laura Brent (HCOL ’08) - Senior Advisor, Cyber Defense, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Tian Feng (HCOL’ 11, HLS/HBS ‘15) - Project Leader, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)


March 19, 2021 – Careers in Transatlantic Relations

Filippos Letsas - Senior Research Assistant, Center on the United States and Europe, The Brookings Institution

Ole Moehr - Associate Director, GeoEconomics Center, Atlantic Council

Torrey Taussig - Research Director, Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)


March 26, 2021 – International Careers in Washington, D.C.

Ilya Bourtman - Director, International Government Affairs, Google

Karim Foda - Economist, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Donatienne Ruy - Associate Fellow, Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

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