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Spring 2001 Fellows

Fidelis I. Agbapuruonwu

FIDELIS I. AGBAPURUONWU is an Associate at Mayer Brown in Washington, DC.

Fidelis was the second of eight children born to an Igbo family of Eastern Nigeria. He came to the United States in 1993 to study for the Catholic priesthood but abandoned that calling after one year in favor of a career in the law.

Fidelis graduated valedictorian with a BA degree in philosophy from Bigard Memorial Seminary in Enugu, Nigeria (an affiliate of The Pontifical Urban University in Rome, Italy), summa cum laudeHe received his JD degree from Ohio State University College of Law in 2002

While at Bigard Memorial Seminary, Fidelis founded a politically oriented philosophical journal, The Thinker.  He also served as the managing editor of The Ohio State Law Journal from 2001 to 2002.

A member of the American, Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations, Fidelis is now a senior litigation associate at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw in Washington, DC.

Fidelis is married to Helen Odoeme.


Ramy Arnaout

RAMY ARNAOUT is Associate Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratories in the Department of Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Ramy was born in Boston to parents of Lebanese descent.

Ramy graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2003.  A graduate in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he was editor-in-chief of The Tech, an award-winning student newspaper. He earned his DPhil at Oxford University, where he was a British Marshall Scholar.

A mathematical biologist, Ramy used mathematical and evolutionary analysis to study HIV and genetic regulatory networks as a visitor at Princeton University's Institute for Advanced Study. His scientific writings have appeared in Immunology Today, the Journal of Theoretical Biology, and the Journal of Virology.

Ramy was chief resident in clinical pathology at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston. He also held appointments at the Broad Institute for Genomics and the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics at Harvard University. Ramy served as a clinical pathologist and systems biologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. he also founded Pubget, Inc., which was acquired in 2012.


Leonardo Arriola

LEONARDO ARRIOLA is an assistant professor of political science at University of California at Berkeley.

Leonardo was born in Los Angeles to parents of Mexican descent.

Leonardo received his BA magna cum laude in international relations and history from Claremont McKenna College, where he was editor-in-chief of Claremont College's student newspaper and won the Most Outstanding Student Award from the Chicano/Latino Studies Center. He received a master's degree at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School and was awarded a fellowship from the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help to serve as a researcher with the United Nations in Senegal. Leonardo also holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University 

After serving as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, Leonardo began a doctoral program in political science at Stanford University in 2001. Leonardo conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Cameroon to study patterns of political party development with a special focus on opposition-coalition formation. 


Boris Bershteyn

BORIS BERSHTEYNis a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York.

Boris was born in Kiev, Ukraine and came to the United States at the age of 12.

Boris completed his BA at Stanford University before receiving his JDfrom Yale Law School.

Boris previously served in several senior legal and policy positions in the Obama Administration.  He was Acting Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2012 to 2013, General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) from 2011 to 2013, and the Deputy General Counsel of OMB from 2009 to 2010. Between his tours at OMB, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel, with responsibility for legal issues in regulatory, economic, health, and environmental policy.

Earlier in his career, Boris served as a judicial clerk to Judge José A. Cabranes of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice David Souter of the US Supreme Court.

Boris and his wife, Sofia Yakren, have one son.


Karla Buitrago

KARLA BUITRAGO works at Deloitte Consulting in Washington, DC.

Karla was born in Leon, Nicaragua. Seeking asylum from the war, her family lived in Honduras before settling in New Orleans.

Karla completed her BA magna cum laude in history and political science, at Loyola Univesity.  She received an MPA from University of Texas at Austin, in 2003. 

Concerned with rights of women in relation to domestic violence and reproductive choice, Karla led programs at Loyola University in New Orleans.Following her undergraduate studies, Karla worked for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, as public affairs director for Medical Students for Choice, and as communications manager at University of California at Berkeley's Public Health Institute. She has also previously worked as the chief of staff for State Representative Mark Strama in Austin, TX and as the communications director for Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton of North Carolina. 



Luis Campos

LUIS CAMPOS  is an Assistant Professor of chemistry at Columbia University.

Luis was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and immigrated to Los Angeles with his mother when he was 11 years old.

After receiving a BS in chemistry from California State University at Dominguez Hills, Luis conducted research at Kings College, London, for three months in the area of theoretical organic photochemistry. He earned his PhD at University of California at Los Angeles in chemistry as a National Science Foundation fellow.

Prior to his graduate education, at University of California at Los Angeles, Luis conducted research in organic chemistry as a National Institute of Health funded Center for Academic Research & Excellence (CARE) scholar and at CSUDH as a 1999-2001 NIH Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (NIH-USTAR) scholar.  He spent a summer interning at the Linzer Institute for Organic Solar Cells at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria.

Luis' interests lie in mechanistic organic photochemistry as well as the development of solar cells using organic materials. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Materials Research Laboratory at University of California at Santa Barbara.


Ming Hsu Chen

MING HSU CHEN is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Law School specializing in immigration and public law.

Ming was born to parents of Chinese heritage who immigrated to the United States after the 1965 liberalization of US immigration policy.

She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in social studies and the study of religion, and she completed a JD at New York University Law School and a Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley.

Before entering academia, Ming worked for the US Department of Justice, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the US Equal Employment opportunity Commission, and the Brookings Institution. She also clerked on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals with Judge James Browning. 

Ming is married to civil rights attorney Stephen Chen. Together they have a daughter, Maya, and reside in Boulder, Colorado 


Veronika Gagovic

VERONIKA GAGOVIC is a member of a private practice in Wausau, WI.

Veronika was born in Bosnia. After war broke out, her family was persecuted because of its mixed heritage, but she achieved some protection when she became translator for a senior NATO field commander. She escaped Bosnia to live with a host family in Naperville, Illinois.

In Illinois, Veronika graduated in biochemistry with a 4.0 average from North Central College. One of Glamour Magazine's Top Ten College Woman, Veronika graduated from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University in Chicago in 2005.

Veronika completed a residency in internal medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and worked as a hospitalist at Clarian North, Indianapolis. She was a gastroenterology fellow at the University of Wisconsin in Madison before joining a private practice.

Veronika is married to Christopher Kucharski.


Mariam Ghani

MARIAM GHANI  is a New York based artist. Her work explores how histories, places, identities and communities are constructed and reconstructed. 

Mariam was born in New York to an Afghan father and Lebanese mother.

She has a B.A. in Comparative Literature from NYU and an MFA from SVA,

Marianm's videos and installations have been exhibited and screened internationally, including at MoMA, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery in DC, the Sharjah Biennial and the Beijing 798 Biennial. Her public and participatory projects have been presented in Berlin, Amsterdam, Buffalo, Detroit, LA and online. She collaborates with Chitra Ganesh as Index of the Disappeared, an archive of renditions, redactions, deportations and detentions, and with choreographer Erin Ellen Kelly on site-specific performances for video. She is a NYFA and Soros Fellow, has been an artist in residence at LMCC, Eyebeam Atelier, Smack Mellon, and the Akademie Schloss Solitude, and has received grants from the Experimental Television Center, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Turbulence, and the Longwood Digital Matrix.  

Mariam lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the Art & Public Policy program at NYU


Suzanne Goh


Suzanne was born in Toledo, Ohio, to immigrants from Taiwan and Malaysia.

Suzanne received her BA, summa cum laude, in history of science from Harvard University. As a Rhodes Scholar, she earned both an MBA and a master's of studies degree in women's studies (with distinction) from Oxford University.

Suzanne graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2004 and began a pediatrics residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a fellowship at University of California at San Francisco in pediatric neurology. She also spent a three month health, science, and technology policy internship at the National Academy of Sciences.

Suzanne's research interests include autism, mental retardation, neuroimaging, and genetics.

A professional ballroom dancer, Suzanne and her partner won regional advanced Latin dance competitions and competed in the British Open and US National championships. 


J. Michael Graglia

J. MICHAEL GRAGLIA is a Financial Manager at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Washington, DC. 

Mike graduated from Gonzaga University with a BS in mathematics. He then attended the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Columbia Business School.

After working as an actuarial consultant, Mike joined the Peace Corps, where he taught high school math in a rural region of Northern Namibia. He also worked on AIDS prevention and solicited computer donations to create a lab at his school. With a desire to help the most gifted yet poorest students in his school, Mike envisioned and created a program called DeepRoots.org.  

Since graduate school Mike has served as country director for the ICMC in Zimbabwe as the lead for refugee services in-country.  Mike went on to run a unit at the World Bank Group that focused on improving tertiary business education across Africa.  Following which he became a Project Leader in the healthcare practice of the Boston Consulting Group.  He has worked in both the Washington, DC and Mumbai, India offices.


Hoai-Ky Vu Ho

HOAI-KY VU HO is an Opthamologist working in California. 

Hoai-Ky was born and raised in Vietnam until he moved to Oregon at the age of 18.

A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Oregon, Hoai-Ky was an American Heart Association fellow, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute fellow, and was offered a National Institute of Health pre-doctoral research fellowship.  Hoai-Ky earned his MD from Stanford Medical School and was a senior resident in opthamology at the Doheny Eye Institute of Los Angeles.

Before beginning medical school at Stanford University in 1999, Hoai-Ky worked for three years in a Stanford University vascular biology lab and twice won the internationally competitive Young Investigator Award, one of the most prestigious awards in cardiovascular medicine for young scientists. He has also pioneered hind-limb ischemia microsurgery in mice.

Hoai-Ky is active in humanitarian medical work for the underserved, and has been on various charitable missions of cardiac and reconstructive surgeries to Vietnam.


Maryana F. Iskander

MARYANA F. ISKANDER is the Chief Operating Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator in South Africa.  

Maryana was born in Cairo, Egypt and moved to the US when she was four years old, settling in Round Rock, Texas.

Maryana is a magna cum laude graduate in sociology at Rice University.  A Rhodes Scholar, she earned an MSc at Oxford University and founded the Rhodes Association of Women. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2003 and clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, Illinois.

At Rice University, Maryana broke multiple precedents to win the student body presidency as a sophomore, a woman, and a naturalized citizen. As a Truman Fellow, she served on the staff of Senator Max Baucus.

Maryana has served as Chief Operating Officer for Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York. She then moved to Johannesburg, South Africa to work on the construction of the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital.


Ramzi Kassem

RAMZI KASSEM is an Associate Professor of Law at CUNY

Ramzi was born in Beirut to parents who have Lebanese, Syrian, Moroccan, Turkish and Circassian roots. 

Ramzi holds a JD from Columbia University, where he also completed a BA in Economics/Political Science.  He also earned a French law degree from the Sorbonne in Paris. 

Aa an undergraduate, Ramzi received the Kings Crown Leadership Award, in part for his role in promoting Arab-Jewish dialogue, and wrote a thesis on the shifting boundary between fiction and biography in the works of Guadelupian writer Maryse Conde. At Columbia University he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review and the founder of Qanun, a group that addresses international legal issues in North Africa and the Middle East and domestic legal issues affecting Arab-Americans. 

As a witness partner at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Lebanon, Ramzi helped youths record video interviews with Palestinian residents who had been displaced from their homes in 1948 and edited the resulting footage into a documentary titled "The Road South." While in law school, Ramzi worked in New Orleans on death penalty issues, in Port-au-Prince on human rights and rule of law issues, in Washington, D.C., on a US redistricting case heard by the Supreme Court, and in New York at the Center for Constitutional Rights and at the International Rescue Committee. 

Ramzi completed his law studies in 2004, passed the New York bar exam and became a civil rights fellow at Cochran Enfold & Scheck in New York, focusing on litigation relating to police misconduct and wrongful conviction cases. He was an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School and a clinical lecturer at Yale Law School.


Chimene Keitner

CHIMENE KEITNER is a professor of law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco

Chimene received her JD from Yale Law School in 2002, where she won the best team and best oral advocate prizes in the 2002 moot court competition. She spent a year clerking for Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada, and is now a professor of law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection between international law and domestic litigation. Chimene has been an active contributor to conferences and symposia on issues including whether corporations can be held liable in U.S. courts for international law violations committed by their agents, and whether former foreign officials who come to the United States benefit from immunity for human rights abuses they committed while in office. She is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law and an elected member of the American Law Institute, where she serves as an Adviser on the Fourth Restatement of U.S. Foreign Relations Law. She received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University in history and literature and her doctorate in international relations at Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She was born in Canada, where her father had fled from Hungary in 1956. Chimene is married to Ram Fish, and they have three children.


Bonny Ling

BONNY LING  is working on a PhD on the rights of migrant workers with the Irish Centre of Human Rights. 

Bonny received her MPhil in criminology from Cambridge University in 2003 and a master's of arts in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in 2002. A magna cum laude graduate, she received a BS in ecology and a BA in political science from University of Georgia.

She served as a Truman Scholar at the UN High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva, where she worked on arbitrary detention, freedom of expression and torture cases. She then served as an election observer in East Timor. She has also been a member of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina, where she was responsible for the return of property and security of displaced persons and refugees.

Bonny was a visiting scholar at the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge University, UK, where she researched Chinese illegal migrants in the UK within the context of community policing, and also served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General Kofi Annan in the humanitarian coordination section of the UN's largest peacekeeping mission in Liberia. She then went on to live in Paris and worked for UNESCO, while teaching courses on international migration at the Institut d'etudes politiques de Paris. She was also a senior researcher for Human Rights in China. 

Bonny is married to Adam Amara and they have a son.


Grace Lopez

GRACE LOPEZ is Pediatric Anesthesiologist at the University of Virginia as an Assistant Professor for the Department of Anesthesiology.

Grace was born in El Salvador. Two years later her family fled from the civil war, settling in Lancaster, California.

Excelling in the sciences, math, and the humanities at Antelope Valley Junior College, she transferred to University of California, Los Angeles where she graduated magna cum laude with honors in physiological sciences. In 2003 she completed an MA in social policy at the London School of Economics. She also holds an MD from Harvard University, where she served as a mentoring program coordinator for a Hispanic agency in Roxbury, Massachussets.

Grace spent the summer of 2000 in Cuba assessing the impact of economic factors on services for HIV/AIDS patients. She also took a leave of absence during her MD to work as a Congressional Fellow for Rep. Henry A. Waxman. 

Grace completed an Internal Medicine residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston in 2008 and completed a second residency in Anesthesiology from the Brigham and Women's Hospital in 2011.  She will complete her last specialty fellowship training in Pediatric Anesthesiology from Seattle Children's Hospital September 2012.


Karimi Grace Mailutha

KARIMI GRACE MAILUTHA  is a Psychiatrist at Columbia University Hospital

Karimi was born in Nairobi, Kenya, and was brought to the United States when she was two years old. Settling initially in Harlem, her family now lives in Riverdale, New York.

Karimi attended Columbia University, graduating with a major in biology and a concentration in history. She then served as an AmeriCorps Promise fellow with San Francisco's Promise, a nonprofit where she was a leading force in rejuvenating the city's National Youth Service Day in 2000. Karimi graduated from Harvard Medical School in June 2005. She completed her residency in psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University.

While in medical school, Kaarimi interned at the World Health Organization in the Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse in Geneva, Switzerland, where she worked with a mentor in child and adolescent psychiatry. She also spent a month in South Africa in pediatric medicine and two months in a medical Spanish program in South America. 


Tatyana Mamut

TATYANA MAMUT works at global innovative design firm, IDEO in San Francisco.

Tatyana fled the Soviet Union with her family to settle in Queens, New York, at the age of four. 

Tatyana holds a Ph.D. in social-cultural anthropology from University of California at Berkeley. Her research focused on how "proto-capitalist consumers" in Russia are being constructed. She also completed a BA in economics at Amherst College. 

While studying  at Amherst College, Tatyana researched Russian defense conversion, edited a microeconomics textbook, and founded a consulting business to help pay tuition.

Before entering graduate school,  Tatyana worked for five years in advertising and strategy consulting. She launched her second consultancy at the age of 26 and worked on staff at the academic journals Post-Soviet Affairs and Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers


Mehret Mandefro

Dr. MEHRET MANDEFRO is an Ethiopian-American physician and anthropologist that produces visual ethnographies. 

Mehret received a BA, cum laude, in Anthropology and a Medical Doctorate from Harvard University, a Masters of Science in the Public Health of Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Fulbright Scholar and completed her Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency training at Montefiore Medical Center.

Her ethnographic work about HIV positive women’s lives in the South Bronx and Ethiopia is the subject of a feature length documentary film entitled “All of Us” that aired on Showtime Networks from 2008-2010 and is used in hundreds of educational institutions.

Upon completing her medical training, Mehret pursued her interest in media as a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where she produced and directed a documentary film entitled David the Piano Player. She subsequently produced the feature-length documentary film Outside the Box  which will be released in 2012.

Mehret is currently on faculty in the Department of Health Policy at the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services where she teaches and also produces films for Truth Aid. She sits on the Board of Directors for Engender Health and was a White House Fellow in the Obama administration.







Guillermo Mayer

GUILLERMO MAYER is a senior staff attorney at Public Advocates, a non-profit civil rights law firm in San Francisco, California. He specializes in transportation equity litigation and advocacy.

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Guillermo moved to California when he was 11 years old.

Guillermo attended San Diego State University, where he served as student body president and graduated with a BA in political science. Guillermo graduated from UCLA Law School in 2004, where he concentrated in public interest law and policy and critical race theory.

Guillermo served as legislative aide for former state senator Hilda Solis and subsequently as legislative director for former state senator Tom Hayden

Guillermo lives with his wife, Giannina, in Oakland, California.


Phu Nguyen

PHU NGUYEN is a child abuse Investigator working in emergency response in the county of Santa Clara in California. 

Phu was born in Vietnam and lived there until he was 14 years old, when his mother brought him to California. Facing a difficult family situation, he declared himself independent at an early age.

Phu has worked his way through San Jose State University. There he has maintained a 3.83 GPA and received awards as an outstanding chemical engineering student and the most successful student. He has become a vocal advocate for foster care reform. He received an MSW from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2002.

Phu worked for the Juvenile Court of Santa Clara, CA as an advocate, where he assisted the clients and their families in understanding court procedure. He also worked with the Vietnamese community to translate legal procedure into Vietnamese. Now Phu works as a emergency response social worker in Santa Clara County.

Phu is married to Nguyen Phuong Thao.


Dylan Christian Pereira

DYLAN CHRISTIAN PEREIRA is global head of strategy at Barclays Wealth & Investment Management in London.

Born in India, he came to the US to attend college on academic scholarship when he was 19.

Dylan completed a joint MBA/MA degree program in finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and in Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in 2002.He received his BS degree with honors in electrical engineering from the University of Miami in 1993.

Dylan was a vice president at Goldman Sachs in the investment management division in NY and Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. Prior to this, he worked for six years as an international consultant. He also served as a senior advisor in the Office of Tony Blair.

Dylan also serves on the audit and governance committee, and the policy and advocacy committee of IRC-UK.  He is a corporate and former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been active in efforts to understand the implications of cyberspace for globalization.


Salvador Plascencia


Salvador was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to migrant farm workers. His family eventually settled in El Monte, California. 

Salvador graduated with a degree in English from Whittier College in 1999. He then completed a MFA in creative writing at Syracuse University. He has also received a MA from University of Southern Califronia. 

At Syracuse Salvador served as the short fiction editor for Salt Hill literary magazine. He received a National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts award in fiction in 1996 and the Peter Nagoe prize for fiction in 2000. 

Salvador published his first novel, The People of Paper (2005) which was named a best book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and Financial Times.   The People of Paper has been translated into a dozen languages and been widely anthologized and adopted in Chicano/a, Postmodern, Creative Writing, and Design courses throughout the country. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Lucky Peach, Tin House, and The Los Angeles Times 

Salvador  has previously taught Creative Writing at Pomona College, Pitzer College, UC Riverside, UC Davis, and Cal-Arts. 


Harsha S. Reddy

HARSHA S. REDDY works at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. 

Harsha moved with his family from South India to Cedarburg, Wisconsin, when he was six years old.

Harsha attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a BS in psychology and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior. He entered Harvard Medical School in 1999, where he was involved in clinical research at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Recipient of the University undergraduate excellence award for leadership and service, he returned to India to study tiger ecology and live with a tribal community in a tiger reserve. He produced a photographic exhibit to advance protection of the reserve and recently completed a novel about two tribal boys.

On graduating from Harvard Medical School in 2004, he began a year long internship in internal medicine at the University of Hawaii and then a residency in ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California, where he was chief resident. Harsha completed a two-year  fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Harsha was appointed Assistant Professor of Opthalmology at New York Medical College and joined full time academic faculty at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.


Pardis C. Sabeti

DR. PARDIS C. SABETI is an Associate Professor at the Center for Systems Biology at Harvard University, and a Senior Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

Dr. Sabeti completed her undergraduate degree at MIT, her PhD as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, and her MD as Soros Fellow at Harvard Medical School where she was only the third woman to graduate summa cum laude

Dr. Sabeti’s work is supported by a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award, a Packard Foundation Fellowship, and an NIH Innovator award, and awards from NIAID, DTRA, and the Gates Foundation. 

Dr. Sabeti is a computational geneticist with expertise developing algorithms to detect genetic signatures of adaption in humans and the microbial organisms that infect humans. Her works focuses on Lassa virus, Plasmodium falciparum malaria, vibrio cholera, and Ebola virus. Dr. Sabeti is also the lead singer of the rock band Thousand Days, and is on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Women in Science, Medicine, and Engineering.


Koy V. Saephan

KOY SAEPHON is the Founder and Director of Operations at Excel Interpreting, LLC - a California focused interpreting and translating company.  

Koy is a member of the Mien, a pre-literate community of Southeast Asia. Born in the highlands of Laos in 1970, she and her family fled and were war refugees, spending five years in camps in Thailand before eventually resettling in California.

Married when she was 17, Koy had two children before entering University of California at Los Angeles, where she obtained her BA. She completed her JD at Lincoln Law School in Sacramento.

Koy taught early education in Tulare County and then worked at the district attorney's office to promote accommodation and reform of Mien tradition and local legal practice regarding issues of domestic violence, statutory rape and child abuse.  


Erica Shenoy

ERICA (SEIGUER) SHENOY is a fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Erica was born in Baltimore to parents from Argentina.

Erica graduated from Princeton University with a degree in molecular biology and a certificate from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 2007, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in Health Policy/Economics in the same year.

Erica completed her residency training in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and is currently completing a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at MGH. Her research focuses on health-care associated infections and optimization of infection control strategies.



Kinga Skretkowicz Ferguson

KINGA SKRETKOWICZ FERGUSON is the Executive Director at Ars Lyrica Houston. 

Kinga was born in Poland.

Kinga received an MA in English at the University of Lodz and an MBA at the University of Lyon before moving to Bloomington, Indiana, where she completed a master's of music and a performer's diploma in voice at Indiana University School of Music. 

Kinga has studied voice and piano most of her life, attending the Academy of Music in Lodz, Poland, and singing with an award winning vocal ensemble Con Vigore that traveled in Europe and Latin America.

As a student, Kinga sang the role of Adele in Die Fledermaus, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Nicoletta in Love for Three Oranges, and performed in chamber music concerts. Kinga has been a recipient of the Kosciuszko Foundation scholarship, the National Society for Arts and Letters N. Rossi-Lemeni Award, and has won the Marcella Kochanska Sembrich Vocal Competition.

In 2003 Kinga was selected for a Chicago Opera Theater Young Artist Program where she performed in Agrippina by Handel. She was reinvited to join the Chicago Opera Theater for their 2004 season operas: Death in Venice by Britten and Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims, in which she sang the leading role. In the summer of 2005, she was invited to participate in the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and was selected to sing the prestigious Meistersinger Competition. She also performed the leading role of Marie in Donizetti's "Daughter of the Regiment" with the New York Opera Company in the Highlands. Kinga has been the executive director of Ars Lyrica Houston, “the leader among Houston's early music ensembles” (Houston Chronicle), since 2007.

Kinga lives in Houston, TX, with her husband.


Jeannie Suk

JEANNIE SUK is a Professor of Law at Harvard, where she has taught criminal law, family law, and the law of art, fashion, and performing arts

Jeannie was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to Queens, New York, with her family when she was six years old.

Jeannie received a BA from Yale and a DPhil from Oxford, where she was a Marshall Scholar. Her doctoral thesis, Post Colonial Paradoxes in French Caribbean Writing, was published by Oxford University Press. She graduated from Harvard Law School, where she was Chair of the Articles Office on the Harvard Law Review. She served as a law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Justice David H. Souter on the United States Supreme Court.

Jeannie has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Woman of Time Award (Seoul, Korea), the Trailblazer Award from the Korean American Lawyers Association of Greater New York, and named a Top Woman of Law by Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly.  

Jeannie's book, At Home in the Law, won the Law and Society Association's Herbert Jacob Prize for best law and society book of the year. Her writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Slate. She has given congressional testimony on law and innovation in the fashion industry. 

Jeannie worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, before joining the faculty at Harvard Law. She became the first tenured Asian American woman at Harvard Law School. 

Jeannie has two children and lives in Massachusetts.