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Mary Ann Bates-Cambridge-SpeakerMary Ann Bates is a policy manager at MIT’s Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). She manages J-PAL’s policy publications, which disseminate findings from randomized impact evaluations of anti-poverty programs around the world, with the mission of reducing poverty by ensuring that policy is based on scientific evidence. She began her life in Ohio’s Amish Country. Her passion for working to improve educational and life prospects for others stems from experiences opened to her when her parents chose to leave the community. (For example, she and her brother were the first of her extended family to attend high school.) She spent her Fulbright year (2006) in Bern, Switzerland connecting historical narratives of early Amish history to current debates about minorities and multiculturalism in Switzerland. She thenn pursued international development projects in Jordan and Thailand. She holds a B.A. from Denison University and a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley.


Catherine Craig-Cambridge-SpeakerDr. Catherine Craig is the founder and President of Conservation through Poverty Alleviation, International (www.cpali.org) and a Research Associate at Harvard University. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Madagascar from 2007-2008. With SEPALI Madagascar’s team, a spin-off of CPALI, she is teaching local farmers how to raise native species of silkworms and inter-crop native host plants on their farms. Farmers are able to increase their tradable income by 30%-200% while enhancing the barrier forest around the Makira Protected Area (MPA), the largest remaining block of forest in Madagascar and that is critical to the survival of multiple species of endangered plants and animals found no where else in the world. Prior to founding CPALI, Dr. Craig served on the biology faculty of Yale University. She has a twenty five-year record of teaching and course design, research and has published over thirty peer-reviewed papers, and written two books. She is a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Society, the American Association of University Women and received a BS from Stanford University, an MS from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD from Cornell University.


Larry Hott-Cambridge-SpeakerLawrence R. Hott has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films. Most of his films have been broadcast on national PBS: Through Deaf Eyes, American Masters John James Audubon: Drawn From Nature, Niagara Falls, The Return of the Cuyahoga, Wild By Law and Imagining Robert to name just a few. He is now producing Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America and Rising Voices: The Revitalization of the Lakota Language. His awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, and Fourteen CINE Golden Eagles. Because the TEDxFulbright event is hosted by the British Consulate, he plans on talking about the making of a documentary on The War of 1812 and the recent changes in documentary production. Larry was the Fulbright Fellow in Film and Television in the United Kingdom in 1994.


Tala Khudairi-sCambridge-SpeakerDr. Tala Khudairi has been Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (S.T.E.M.) at Roxbury Community College since 2007. Tala was born in Baghdad. Science runs in her family: her father is a botanist and her mother has a master’s degree in entomology. She attended elementary school and part of middle school in Iraq and came to the USA with her parents at the start of the Iran-Iraq War. Because of her math ability, Tala studied electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, and then earned a Master of Science in cardiopulmonary sciences and clinical exercise physiology and a Ph.D. in Biology/Pharmaceutical Sciences from Northeastern University. Tala’s 2010-2011 Fulbright allowed her to spend time at the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan, where she joined the Faculty of Pharmacy as a Visiting Professor. While work focused on “Teaching and Learning of STEM Programs”, her memories of Jordan were also impacted by the “Arab Spring.”


Bulent Kizilan-Cambridge-SpeakerBülent Kiziltan is a Research and Teaching Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics where he is also affiliated with the Institute for Theory and Computation at Harvard University. His current research focuses on the evolution of compact objects (e.g. neutron stars) which serve as unique tools to probe fundamental laws of Physics. His obsessive fascination with challenging fundamental questions led him to pursue a college degree in Physics despite pressure from his peers and teachers. Since then, he has been involved in research on the beautifully exotic compact piece of the larger cosmic jigsaw puzzle. Bülent Kiziltan was a Fulbright Scholar between 1998-2000. He received B.S. degrees from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and M.Sc. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and the University of California. After working as a consultant at the Space Telescope Science Institute (NASA), he earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.


Sandra Knight-Cambridge-SpeakerSandra Knight is a medical doctor and in public health specialist, most recently with the Caribbean Regional Office of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she managed a regional AIDS program. Her work has focused on the development of HIV case-based surveillance systems, public health systems strengthening, and survey strategies of HIV infections in most-at-risk populations. In the past she has managed and implemented systems to strengthen programs relating to HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Dengue, H1N1, Hepatitis and chronic non-communicable diseases. She is past president of the Caribbean College of Family Physicians. She enjoys running marathons and is an expert Spanish speaker in addition to her native English. She received a Fulbright/ Humphrey fellowship to the Rollins School of Public Health/ Emory University.


Nishant Lawani-Cambridge-SpeakerNishant Lalwani found his calling in the world of international development, via a stint with the United Nations Development Program in Zambia. In 2007 he joined The Monitor Group Mumbai, where he helped found Monitor Inclusive Markets, a specialist consultancy and think tank that supports social enterprises in emerging markets. His work on market-based solutions for poverty has been published in India, Europe and the United States, including the Harvard Business Review in 2011. Nishant sits on the Board of Directors of Shivia, an Indian microfinance institution, and has acted as an advisor on education policy to the Indian government. Back in 2003, he set up the UK’s first student Speed Dating company, but later sold it and became a strategy consultant, working with Marakon Associates for three years in London, Amsterdam, Switzerland and New York. Nishant graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aeronautical Engineering. In college, directed several plays, played for the football and cricket teams and was President of the Photography Society. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2011-12, he is completing an MBA at Harvard Business School.


Bob Massie-Cambridge-SpeakerBob Massie is the President and CEO of the New Economics Institute. An ordained Episcopal minister, he graduated from Princeton Unversity and Yale Divinity School. He aso received his doctorate in business policy from Harvard Business School in 1989. In 1993 he was a senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. From 1989 to 1996 he taught at Harvard Divinity School, where he served as the director of the Project on Business, Values, and the Economy. His 1998 book, Loosing the Bonds: The United States and South Africa in the Apartheid Years, won the Lionel Gelber prize for the best book on international relations in the world. He was the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts in 1994 and a candidate for the United States Senate in 2011. Over his career he has created or led three ground-breaking sustainability organizations, serving as the president of Ceres (the largest coalition of investors and environmental groups in the United States), the co-founder and first chair of the Global Reporting Initiative, and the initiator of the Investor Network on Climate Risk which currently has over 100 members with combined assets over $10 trillion. His autobiography, A Song in the Night: A Memoir of Resilience, is being published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday in 2012.


Justin Mih-Cambridge-SpeakerJustin Mih is the CEO of Matrigen Life Technologies, a startup based in Worcester, MA that he founded after completing his Sc.D. at the Harvard School of Public Health. His company’s mission is to bring cell culture closer to life by replicating the softness of the body’s tissues in a Petri dish. Justin’s interest in the influence of physical forces on cell behaviors was cultivated during his 2003-04 Fulbright at Russia’s Institute for Biomedical Problems, which oversees biological studies conducted onboard the International Space Station. He is a co-inventor of three patent applications, filed while he was a graduate student, and a lead inventor of one.



Christine Page-Cambridge-SpeakerChristina Page joined Yahoo! in July of 2007 and is the director of Climate and Energy Strategy to overseeing the company’s data center design efficiency, clean tech and climate initiatives. Christina provides technical support to Yahoo!’s all-volunteer Green Team, an employee group that harnesses the collective energy of Yahoos around the world to reduce Yahoo!’s carbon footprint and improve overall environmental practices. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Christina was a senior consultant on the Energy and Resources Team at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a Colorado-based “think-and-do tank” founded by energy efficiency guru Amory Lovins. She has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Brown University and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her Fulbright was to study Canadian perspectives on sustainability.


Thomas Reid-Cambridge-SpeakerTom Reid manages the Energy and Sustainability Division for the VERTEX Companies, a Boston-based international environmental consulting firm. Prior to Boston, he lived in Europe (UK, Italy Spain) as a Fulbrighter to the European Union (2006-2007) and working in the program administration of the International MBA program at IE Business School in Madrid. He then spent several years working in green building consulting in Dubai. Originally from Kansas, Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies, Latin American Studies and Spanish and a master’s in European Politics, Policy and Society granted jointly by the University of Bath (UK) and other members of the Euromaster’s consortium of European universities. Tom is a LEED® Accredited Professional (AP) and has has been an invited speaker on green building and sustainability at conferences and universities.


Vivienne Aerts-Cambridge-SpeakerFrom the Netherlands, Vivienne Aerts (1986) lives in Boston (USA) and studies at Berklee College of Music. She is among the world’s promising jazz students being admitted to the Global Jazz Institute jazz talent program. Her teachers include renowned jazz artists such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Ed Saindon and Jetro Da Silva. Her music refers to the sounds of the Ella, Duke and Miles. Being occasionally uncategorizable Vivienne is more than a composer and a singer. The flow of her music creates an intimate connection with the audience. She shared stages with national and international renowned artists such as Joe Cohn, Florian Weber. In 2009 was the release of the 1st cd called ‘Roofgarden’ and her second cd “Polaroid” (2012) is a snappy Jazz a cappella EP, recorded with Australian electronic producer Geoff Baker.



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Eric HowardEric Howard is the Corporate and Outreach Manager for the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, based at Northeastern University. He has been active in education and information for more than twenty years. He is a long-time member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication and has facilitated information exchange among alumni of the Fulbright Exchange Program since 2004.



Alice AdamsAlice Adams is the founder of ASquared Conference Production and is passionate about designing and executing conference content that meet the professional development and educational needs of attendees. Alice has more than 8 years of experience producing events and running successful conferences, exhibits and tradeshows for a variety of industries. She was a Fulbrighter to Germany in 2001-2002. You can reach Alice at alice@ascp.co or on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=3062093&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile



University of Rochester Susan B. Anthony Award winner Liz Gabster.Elizabeth Gabster is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Poland during the 2010-11 academic year. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Rocherster in 2010. Her interests include Central and Eastern European affairs, Russian affairs, writing and editing, English tutoring, foreign assistance and development, online marketing and social media, German, American Sign Language, and Polish. Last year, she was a participant in a course on the International Protection of Human Rights – Protection of National Minorities at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland.


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Saeb Ahsan is fascinated by the intersection of science and business with diplomacy and social welfare. He is currently an analyst for Accenture and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services in Raleigh, where he is also a board member of the North Carolina Fulbright Association, and a fellow of the Chicago based Center for Healthcare Innovation, a pharmaceutical and life sciences think-tank. Saeb is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and spent his 2010-2011 Fulbright in Istanbul, researching Turkish entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility at Koç University.


Agatha BrzezinskiAgatha Brzezinski graduated cum laude from the University of Portland, Oregon in May 2010. She is a current US Student Fulbright grantee to Poland, where she is studying pediatric rheumatology at the Medical University of Warsaw. Her interests include global health, immunology, infectious diseases, Polish, Spanish, Japanese, and Germany.




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A neuroscientist at Heidelberg University, Germany, her passion for developing therapies is perpetuated by both the challenge of using nature’s ingenuity to overcome its own diseased processes and the moral obligation to treat unfortunate patients for their maladies. She currently leads the International Brain Bee neuroscience education program, an organization that engages students across 25 countries in learning about the brain. Julianne has established four independent science outreach organizations, currently serves as the Director of Youth Education for a European-wide ethics society, and recently sat on the Extended Board of the German Fulbright Alumni Association. Fulbright to Sweden, 2006.www.juliannemccall.com


Alvin KohAlvin Koh was a 2011 Fulbright Grantee to study public health at Harvard University. He was born and grew up in Singapore and completed his medical degree at King’s College London. His work as a physician kindled an interest in health care system design, especially for vulnerable individuals. Prior to receiving the Fulbright, he worked at various healthcare institutions and with the national government to implement various healthcare initiatives. Alvin’s hobbies include photography, cycling and travelling with his wife.



Sam KauffmannSam Kauffmann was recently named a Guggenheim Fellow in Creative Arts—Film. He is Professor of Film & Television at Boston University, where he teaches production and editing courses. His film Massacre at Murambi was aired on the PBS series P.O.V. It won top prizes and was screened at festivals all over the world, including the Seattle International Film Festival, Slamdance, Media That Matters, and the African World Documentary Film Festival. In 2006, he was selected as a Senior Fulbright Specialist and taught video production at the National University of Rwanda. In 2004, he was a Fulbright Scholar, teaching production at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. It was then that he made Living with Slim: Kids Talk About HIV/AIDS. He is the author of one of the most popular editing guidebooks in the world: Avid Editing: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users, from Focal Press, which has recently been translated into Spanish, Russian and Chinese editions. His films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The White House and aired on network television, PBS, and local stations throughout America.www.samkauffmann.com


Scott StevensThough born in Boston, Scott Stevens grew up in a rainy Oregonian valley in the USPacific Northwest, where he studied biology at the University of Oregon. He then moved to Munich, Germany on a Fulbright scholarship to work on marine biology and, later on, genetics at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-Universität and the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology. After finishing up a Ph.D. in comparative cognition at Cambridge University, he is looking for interdisciplinary work involving research, strategy, and writing.http://bigsight.org/scott_stevens