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Issue 2 - December 2010
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2010 Global Forum-New York

GW brought its 2nd Annual Global Forum to the Big Apple on October 28-29, 2010. This special gathering built on the success of our inaugural Global Forum Hong Kong, convening expert faculty and alumni speakers to address timely global issues. The program also provided attendees with an is your chance to network with prominent GW graduates, parents, students and friends in New York and to share insights with members of the GW's worldwide community.

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GW Medical Center

The George Washington University Medical Center has been tapped to serve as the Coordinating Center for multiple NIH Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) programs and linked grantees that are focused on improving medical education and research in Sub-Saharan Africa. The five-year, $12.5 million grant awarded to GW will fund the Coordinating Center that will oversee the $130 million U.S. commitment to the program.

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GW School of Business Dean Doug Guthrie

GW has named Doug Guthrie the new Dean of the GW School of Business. Dean Guthrie is an expert in the fields of economic reform in China, leadership and corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.

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» Read the Dean's blog where he highlights his recent trip to South Korea

Past Events Highlight

Asia Program Series

November 30, Tokyo

The GW office of International Alumni Relations held a discussion and reception hosted by Michael E. Brown, dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs, on November 30, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.

The successful event was open to alumni, parents and friends who live in Japan.

December 2, Seoul

The GW office of International Alumni Relations in conjunction with the Korean Alumni Association Year End Party held a discussion and reception featuring Doug Guthrie, dean of the GW School of Business and Michael E. Brown, dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs, on December 2, 2010 at the Riverside Hotel.

The successful event was open to alumni, parents and friends who live in Korea.

December 2010, Shanghai and Beijing

Adrienne Rulnick, associate vice president, alumni relations and development and Taylor Bodrie Stilli, director, international alumni programs hosted a dinner for GW alumni in Shanghai on December 6th at the Tang Dynasty Restaurant. In Beijing, they also hosted a dinner for alumni and parents on December 9th and a brunch for GW students studying in China on December 12th.

Europe Program Series

September 14, London

The GW office of International Alumni Relations hosted a discussion and reception hosted by Michael E. Brown, dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs, on September 14, 2010 at the Royal Automobile Club.

The successful event was open to alumni, parents and friends who live in the United Kingdom.

September 16, Paris

The GW office of International Alumni Relations hosted a discussion and reception hosted by Michael E. Brown, dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs and Chantal de Jonge Oudraat on September 16, 2010 at the Hotel Plaza Athénée.

The successful event was open to alumni, parents and friends who live in France.

October 18, Paris

The GW office of International Alumni Relations hosted a discussion and reception hosted by Lawrence G. Singleton, associate dean of the GW School of Business, on October 18, 2010 at Sciences Po Paris.

The successful event was open to alumni, parents, friends, current and prospective students who live in France.

November 17, Budapest

GW Alumni Ambassador and GW Alumni Association President-Elect Jim Core (Elliott School MA '96) hosted a small dinner with alumni in Budapest on November 17, 2010 at the Paris-Budapest Cafe at Sofitel Budapest Chain Bridge.

GW Alumni Ambassadors are a select group of alumni who travel regularly to specific regions and serve as a liaison between GW and the local alumni community.

If you are interested in becoming an Alumni Ambassador, please contact Amy Schwartz.

GW Admissions
September-October, International Cities

GW Admissions teamed up with alumni across the globe to help recruit prospective students at several fairs. Alumni are the University's best ambassadors and can provide invaluable insights to prospective students.

Special thanks to all alumni who participated in various admissions events including Jaime Carrillo Perez del Solar (GWSB MBA '90), Isobel Carter (GWSB MBA '84), Bo Jin (GWSB MBA '01, MAccy '03), Luiz Kawall (GWSB MBA '99), Sonia Klein (GWSB MBA '98), Edward Myers (GWSB MBA '02), Marie Mouskou (GWSB MBA '00), and Alvaro Ulloa (GWSB '92).

If you are interested in assisting with admissions in your country, please contact Amy Schwartz.

» Please visit our Flickr page to see pictures from past international alumni events.

Upcoming Events

GW School of Business Residency Program

It is with great excitement that we announce the six GMBA International Consultancy Projects for 2011 and the faculty members who will be leading them.

  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Lisa Delphy Neirotti
    Students will be working with the Olympic Organizing Committee providing consulting for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games
  2. Accra, Ghana - Jennifer Spencer 
    Students will be working with the Ghana Export Promotion Council and the Ghana Investment Promotion Council to develop export strategies for Ghanaian firms and/or strategies to encourage foreign firms to invest in Ghana
  3. Belgrade, Serbia - Jeffrey Spear 
    Students will be working with a number of food and beverage producers throughout Serbia in support of their domestic and export sales objectives 
  4. Mälaren Region/Stockholm, Sweden - Anna Helm 
    Students will be working with the Swedish American Chambers of Commerce and Mälardalens Handelskammare focusing on market analysis, strategic marketing plans, integrated marketing campaigns and research
  5. Istanbul, Turkey - Abdullah Akyuz 
    Students will be working with the Istanbul Stock Exchange for an opportunity to use their finance, marketing, product development and technology backgrounds 
  6. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - Nam D. Pham 
    Students will be working with the Hoa Sen Group to provide a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity and treat) for the company in the retailer market segment and identify potential US business partners

Asia Program Series

Mumbai, India
Sunday, January 9 | 1:00 - 3:00pm
Hyatt Regency Mumbai 
Members of the GW community in India are invited to meet Professor Liesl Riddle, associate professor of international business and international affairs as she discusses the GW Diaspora Capital Investment Project. (Read more and register...)

Bangkok, Thailand
Save the Date!
Monday, February 14
Please join members of the GW community in Thailand for the opening reception for the Regional Leadership Institute on Climate Change.

New Delhi, India
Tuesday, February 22 | 6:30 - 8:30pm
The Taj Mahal Hotel

You are cordially invited to a reception and faculty panel hosted by Dean Michael E. Brown and Deepa Ollapally, associate director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School. (Read more and register...)

Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong
Save the Date!
February 2011 (following the Chinese New Year)
Doug Guthrie, 
dean of the GW School of Business, will be traveling through Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in order to meet with local alumni. Look for more information on dates and locations to come soon!

Middle East Program Series

Dubai, UAE
Tuesday, January 4
Time and Location TBD
GW alumni, parents and friends in Dubai are invited to meet Professor Salah Hassan, professor of strategic brand management and chairman of marketing for the GW School of Business and Professor Robert Dyer, professor of marketing for the GW School of Business. Professor Hassan will be leading a group of MBA candidates to the UAE in order to learn about Arab culture and best practices of leading organizations as part of the GW Global MBA curriculum. (Read more and register...)

Europe Program Series

Budapest, Hungary
Save the Date!
March 2011

Istanbul, Turkey
Save the Date!
May 2011
Join fellow GW alumni in Istanbul for a reception with traveling MBA students participating in the GMBA International Residency Program.

Latin America Program Series

Panama City, Panama
Thursday, February 18
Alumni and students in Panama City are invited to meet Ms. Ann Becker (Elliott School MA '76), GW Alumni Ambassador.

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Save the Date!
May 2011
Join fellow GW alumni in Rio de Janeiro for a reception with traveling MBA students participating in the GMBA International Residency Program. 

GW Summer Send-Offs

Summer Send-Offs are graciously hosted in July and August by alumni across the world. These events give new students and their families a chance to get to know members of our diverse and vibrant community before students depart for campus in the fall.

If you are interested in assisting with 2011 Summer Send-Offs in your country, please contact Amy Schwartz.

What in the World Are You Doing?

Furqan Ahmad (GWSB MBA '92) is a senior Islamic Banking expert with 8+ years of experience in working with Islamic Financial Institutions and has been responsible for several successful Shari’ah compliant product launches at Guidance Financial Group (USA), Mashreq Bank (Dubai) and ADCB Bank (Abu Dhabi).

Shalini Ahmed (Elliott School MA '08) moved to Geneva, Switzerland to work for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria where she joined the legal team as a Program Officer. Her role primarily consists of reviewing and finalizing all contracts between the Global Fund and their partners in the regions of West and Central Africa and the Middle East and North Africa. She has also had the opportunity to work on internal policies including the development of certain human resources regulations on maternity leave and same sex partnerships.

Jonathan Aiken (Elliott School MA '07, GWSB MBA '07) lives and works in London for a boutique investment bank which specializes in cross-border, mid-market M&A. Through his work, he has traveled to both Vietnam and Hong Kong.

» Read more "What in the World are You Doing" submissions.

Get Involved

GW Alumna Sapna Welsh (GWSB BBA '92) is Looking for Volunteers!

Corporations currently comprise over half of the largest economies in the world, and the number of employees on international assignments has doubled over the past three years. These developments suggest global employers are offering more senior level roles that require relocation. These roles most likely feature commensurate compensation, title, succession strategies and other rewards. Sapna Welsh began to wonder how women were affected by these developments. To help answer this question, she will conduct a qualitative research project involving interviews with a number of senior-level women. This study will form the basis of a book that examines an exciting phenomenon in today’s changing global market.

Shedding light on the experience of women in international roles will help those who are considering careers in the global market to make informed choices. Meanwhile, the results of this study will help organizations to more effectively identify and coach women who can pave the way for future generations of global workers.

Sapna is looking to interview professional women who:

  1. have held or currently hold a senior level role
  2. have been expatriates at some point in their career
  3. have expressed a willingness to take one hour to share their experience in person or via telephone.

If you would like to participate in this study, or feel you are positioned to recommend a potential candidate, please contact Sapna at

International Giving

GW Receives $1 Million Gift to Fund US-Korean Student Exchange Program

The gift by Simon S. Lee, (SEAS MS '05) and Anna H. Lee will create the Simon and Anna Lee University Endowment, which will provide assistance for GW's School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) students who wish to study abroad at Korea University. SEAS began recruiting students for the program this fall with the first exchange expected to take place January 2011.

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Philanthropy in Action

“Winning a scholarship from GW is the milestone in my life. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to study at GW. Learning from the professors with real world solutions is a great value for my professional career. Working with the industry leaders in the capital of the world has greatly opened my eyes and sharpened my edge. As the founder of China's leading event management brand and one of the innovators for Asia's emerging event industry, I feel that GW is the best place for global leadership, innovation and networking.” - Chris Yong Wang, (GWSB MTA '00)

For additional information on how you can support GW, please contact Dr. Lea Kenig, associate vice president for international development at or tel:+1.202.994.6418, fax: +1.202.994.1890.

Online Giving Accepted Worldwide

The George Washington University's online giving site accepts international donations. Please visit: to support the university. You may direct your gift to a school or the President's Fund for Excellence, or contribute towards a "Power & Promise" scholarship fund. If you have questions, we are happy to provide more information confidentially. Please contact Ms. Nicole Eliopoulos at or tel.: +1.202.994.9442, fax: +1.202.994.1890

GW News

Notable Appointments

The Engineering Elite
Seven legacies are added to the GW Engineering Hall of Fame including Dr. Amina Al Rustamani (SEAS BS '93, MS '96, DSC '01).

Professor Nominated for UN International Law Commission
Law School professor Sean D. Murphy is nominated for the UN International Law Commission.

Awarding Excellence in Teaching
GW professor wins CASE Professor of the Year for the District of Columbia.

GSEHD Professor Named Founding Editor in Chief of International Business Journal
Dr. Shaista Khilji will lead the recently launched South Asian Journal of Global Business Research as the founding Editor-in-Chief.

A New Era on H Street
Gregory E. Maggs appointed interim dean of GW Law School as nationwide search for next dean gains momentum.


Sabin Vaccine Institute Receives €5.9 Million
Sabin announced receipt of a four-year, €5.9 million
grant from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to advance development of human hookworm vaccine.

Protecting Children's Health

SPHHS Dean Lynn Goldman receives award for reducing pediatric exposure to pesticides.

Global Scholarship
GW among top producers of Fulbright scholars.

Modern Dance Mentorship
GW dance professor Dana Tai Soon Burgess and his company recently won a grant from the mayor's office to run an Asian American youth program.

Supporting Special Education
GSEHD received $3.7 million in funding from the Department of Education for bilingual special education and tuition support for rehabilitation counseling programs.

GSEHD Receives $1.2 Million for Early Childhood Special Education Training and Research
Innovations for Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers project speaks to shortage of special needs educators in DC, Maryland and Virginia and local increase in autism.

Around the University

A University on the Move
In his annual address to the Faculty Assembly, President Steven Knapp outlined his vision for GW.

Global Health Solutions
GW's Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine celebrates 10 year anniversary.

A First-Class Faculty
GW welcomed 116 new faculty members this fall in fields ranging from Arabic to anthropology and engineering to economics.

Foreign Student Enrollment Rises
Enrollment sees 12 percent spike over five-year period.

A $100,000 Challenge
GW graduate will give GW six-figure gift if 9,000 alumni make donations by year's end.

GW Around the World

Peace Through Vaccine Diplomacy
Can vaccinations help to resolve conflicts and nurture diplomacy?

Elliott School Announces Study Abroad Partnership
Elliott School announces partnership with the American University in Cairo.

A Voice for Religious Freedom
Ousted from Turkey's parliament for wearing a headscarf, Elliott School's Merve Kavakci is an advocate for the rights of Muslim women.

Rising Powers
A panel of experts discusses China, India and Russia at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

A New Partnership
GW's growing relationship with Oman showcased at conference at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Global Gender Initiative
Elliott School launches new Global Gender Initiative.

Beyond the Pyramids
Professor helps Egypt promote volunteer tourism.

Study Examines Business Motives for African Diaspora
Professor Liesl Riddle wants to know why entrepreneurs invest in their country of origin.

Brazil's Defense Minister Outlines Military Goals
Brazilian Minister of Defense spoke at GW as part of a conference hosted by GWSB's Institute of Brazilian Issues and the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College.

GSEHD Well Represented at International HRD Conference in Hungary
Dr. Maria Cseh led a group of HOL students on a trip to Hungary as part of the international course on Issues in Human and Organizational Learning.

GSPM - Ten Years Educating Latin American Leaders
Graduate School of Political Management has become a respected resource for providing leadership training across Latin America.

Carlos Slim Announces a New Initiative with GW to Address Neglected Tropical Diseases in Latin America
Carlos Slim announces that he will support a new initiative with GW to develop vaccines as part of initiative to combat neglected diseases in Latin America.

» Please visit GW Today, GW's official online news source, for more GW news from around the world.

Explore the GW Community in Multimedia

Alumni Weekend Video
From the Alumni Achievement Awards, to the Barenaked Ladies concert, to class and affinity reunions, we thank the nearly 2,000 alumni and friends who attended Alumni Weekend 2010!

GW International Video
Watch how GW is building a lifelong worldwide community.

No Peace Without Women
CEO and Founder of Women for Women International Zainab Salbi discusses the role of women in establishing and maintaining long-term peace as part of the Elliott School's Distinguished Women in International Affairs Series.

Dean Guthrie Appears on CNBC's Worldwide Exchange
Dean Doug Guthrie discussed the economy, China and currency issues during CNBC's Worldwide Exchange Program on October 28.

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