SGPIA Announces New Advisory Board!

The Julien J. Studley Programs in International Affairs (SGPIA) is delighted to announce the establishment of an Advisory Board.  We are privileged to have five highly accomplished international affairs professionals on this Board. This international group has diverse backgrounds in academia, policy think tanks, local and international NGOs, philanthropy, government, UN, and the private sector. But the members share with the GPIA community, a deep commitment to international affairs with a critical and global perspective. They will no doubt bring unique ideas and energy in supporting SGPIA as we move forward advance knowledge and education for an ever increasingly globally integrated world.  


The members include two GPIA alumni, a former faculty member, a former University Trustee. They are:


Adriana Erthal Abdenur – Adriana is the Coordinator of the Peace & Security Division at Instituto Igarapé, a think tank based in Rio de Janeiro.   From 2006 to 2009 she was Assistant Professor at GPIA and Fellow of the India China Institute. Her research interests are situated at the intersection of international security, development cooperation, and global governance. She serves on the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the United Nations ECOSOC and the Advisory Board for the Swedish Armed Forces International Center (SWEDINT), in charge of peacekeeping training, and on the boards of several publications in Latin America and Europe. 


George Biddle – George is a humanitarian and development expert with over three decades of experience in crisis response, peace-building, and conflict mitigation. He is currently the chairman of World Connect, a nonprofit organization that invests in local leaders and entrepreneurs in the global South. From 2000 to 2015, he was the executive vice president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), serving as acting president from May to July 2002. Previously, he was vice president of the International Crisis Group, and president of the Institute for Central American Studies, an organization he founded in 1989 to assist post-cold war Central America in its transition from violent conflict to peace and democracy.  George has testified before Congress and presented at the UN Security Council and the European Parliament, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. George has a long history of working with The New School as a trustee. 


Sarah Burd-Sharps – Sarah is the Director of Research at Everytown for Gun Safety, the leading U.S. gun violence prevention group. She is a co-founder of Measure of America, a project aiming to “breathe life into numbers by providing easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America”.  She was co-director and led numerous analyses, including reports on civil liberties topics for the American Civil Liberties Union on domestic violence, racial wealth disparities, and online voter registration. Prior to this position, Sarah worked for the United Nations for over two decades and has worked in 14 African countries and China. 


Johnny Celestin – Celestin is the Executive Director of the “Centre Haitien du Leadership et de l’Excellence (CLE),” a Haitian foundation whose mission is to identify, shape, and connect Haitian leaders to enable them to build a stronger and more equitable Haiti.  Before Joining CLE, Johnny was the deputy chief of staff for Haiti’s Minister of Planning and a member of the Prime Minister’s cabinet where he oversaw various special projects out of those offices.  He brings extensive leadership and international experience in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. 

BoHee Yoon (GPIA 2006) has been Counsel at Fortress Investment Group since 2014, and was previously Secretary of Drive Shack Inc. (NYSE:DS) and an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.  BoHee has been a member of Swarthmore College’s Alumni Council since 2016 and its Secretary since 2018. Ms. Yoon also served as Secretary for the Committee on Asian Affairs of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York from 2009 to 2012, and on Debevoise & Plimpton’s Diversity Committee during her time at the firm.  In 2016, Fordham Law School’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association presented Ms. Yoon with The Honorable Denny Chin ’78 Alumni Award for Excellence in the Legal Profession.