Meet Perry World House's Visitors for the 2019-20 Academic Year

September 20, 2019
By Perry World House

Since Perry World House launched in 2016, we have brought to Penn a dynamic roster of visiting fellows who are leading and shaping global policy from the heights of government, in the hearts of multilateral institutions, and on humanitarian and relief missions. On campus, these visitors debate with faculty, guest lecture in classes, and ground our workshops as well as our research programs.

The 2019-20 class of visiting fellows will continue these traditions and deepen a burgeoning network Perry World House is leveraging around the globe. With their relationships in government, international institutions, think tanks, corporations, and nongovernmental organizations, they connect Penn faculty and students with those working on critical issues around the world. They also create tangible linkages for transmitting ideas developed on Penn’s campus.

“Through our visiting fellows program, Perry World House has developed a remarkable network that links lecture halls and labs in each of Penn’s schools with leaders across the world,” said Michael Horowitz, Perry World House Interim Director and Professor of Political Science. “Our new fellows and those returning from previous years were selected not only because they are leaders in their respective fields, but also because of the value they will add to Penn students and scholars this year and beyond.”

The 2019-20 Visiting Fellows include: 

Antonio CarpioAntonio T. Carpio

Justice Antonio T. Carpio was sworn in as a member of the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 2001. He is the recipient of numerous awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Merit from the President of the Philippines.

Derek CholletDerek Chollet

Derek Chollet is Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor for security and defense policy at The German Marshall Fund of the United States. He served in senior positions during the Obama administration at the White House, State Department, and Pentagon, most recently as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. 

Charlie DentCharlie Dent

Charlie Dent served 7 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Before his time in Congress, Dent served for 6 years in the Pennsylvania State Senate and 8 years in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Zaina ErhaimZaina Erhaim

Zaina Erhaim is an award-winning Syrian journalist, working as the communication manager with the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. She has trained over 100 media activists on journalism basics in Syria and made a series of short films entitled Syria's Rebellious Women (2016) and Syria Diaries (2017) narrated by Syrian women.

Beatrice FihnBeatrice Fihn

Beatrice Fihn is the Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign coalition that works to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. She has led the campaign since 2013, and has worked to mobilize civil society throughout the development of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

HR McMasterH.R. McMaster

Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster (retired) was the twenty-sixth National Security Advisor of the United States from 2017 to 2018. He is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. 

Martin OMalleyMartin O'Malley

Martin O’Malley was Mayor of Baltimore from 1999 to 2008 and Governor of Maryland from 2008 to 2017. As mayor and governor, he established data-driven systems of performance management, “Citistat,” “Statestat,” and “Baystat,” the last of which helped turn around a 300-year decline in the health of the Chesapeake Bay. He is the author of two books, including Smarter Government: How to Govern for Results in the Information Age (November 2019).

Mauricio RodasMauricio Rodas

Mauricio Rodas served as the Mayor of Quito, Ecuador until 2019. He is World Co-President of United Cities and Local Governments Organization (UCLG), and member of the boards of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, and the International Council for Local Environmental (ICLEI).

Trudy RubinTrudy Rubin

Trudy Rubin is the foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. In 2001 and 2017 she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. In 2019, Rubin received the Overseas Press Club of America's award for Best Commentary on International Affairs. Prior to joining The Inquirer she was Middle East correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor.

David Moinina SengehDavid Moinina Sengeh

David Moinina Sengeh is Chief Innovation Officer for the Government of Sierra Leone and heads the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation in the Office of the President. Before joining government, he was a Manager at IBM Research Africa, leading a team that designed and implemented AI-enabled systems for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of disease.

Ambassador SwingAmbassador William Lacy Swing

Ambassador William Lacy Swing has served as an American and United Nations diplomat for half a century. He was Ambassador to six countries under four U.S. Presidents. Following this, Swing then served in senior United Nations positions for seventeen years, last as Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), overseeing the agency's transition to the UN.

Alexander VershbowAmbassador Alexander Vershbow

Ambassador Alexander ("Sandy") Vershbow is a Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security in Washington, D.C. Previously he was Deputy Secretary General of NATO, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Russia, and NATO.

Koko WarnerKoko Warner

Koko Warner has served as Manager of the Climate Impacts, Vulnerability and Risks Subprogram at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 2016. From 2006 to 2016, she was the Executive Director of the Munich Climate Insurance Initiative, which she also founded.

Robert WorkRobert Work

Robert Work served as Deputy Secretary of Defense of the United States from 2014 to 2017. He is currently Senior Counselor for Defense and Distinguished Senior Fellow for Defense and National Security at the Center for a New American Security.

Eliya ZuluEliya Zulu

Eliya Zulu is the Executive Director and founder of the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) whose mission is to inform African public policy and planning with research evidence. Prior to founding AFIDEP, he was the Deputy Director and Director of Research at the African Population and Health Research Center.