The purpose of the Global Leadership Council is to expand and deepen the University’s capacity for global engagement and fundraising for its top international strategic priorities. Council members are leaders in their fields who are committed to Carolina and its global vision, and who can help engage and activate alumni and other relationships in the US and around the world.
Donald P. Kanak ’75, chair
Don is Chairman of Eastspring Investments, the Asian asset management business of Prudential plc. He has has lived and worked in Asia for 30 years. He also serves as Chairman of the Prudence Foundation, Chairman of the EU-ASEAN Business Council, and a senior fellow of the Harvard Law School Program on International Financial Systems. In 2011-2012, he chaired the World Economic Forum’s Insurance and Asset Management and has served on other of WEF’s global councils, including councils on Social Security Systems and on South East Asia/ASEAN. After graduate study in law and business, Don joined and later became a partner of an international management consulting firm, joined American International Group (AIG) in Japan in 1992 and worked at AIG until January 2006, ultimately serving as AIG’s executive vice chairman and chief operating officer. He is a member of the National Council of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and a trustee of WWF in Hong Kong.
M. Christine Vick ’71, vice-chair
Chris is senior advisor at The Cohen Group, an international strategic consulting firm headed by former U.S. Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen. From 1996 to 2003, she was a partner at the international government relations firm of Andreae, Vice & Associates, LLC. She previously worked for Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, commencing when he was secretary of state and later as vice president of Kissinger Associates
Betsy Blackwell ’77, Chapel Hill, NC
Jan Capps ’75, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Jan Rowe Capps served as President of Cone Health Foundation from 2007 until 2009. Prior to that, Jan was affiliated with Syngenta, Novartis and Ciba-Geigy for 26 years where she served as Vice President of Syngenta, Human Resources for the North American organization and as member of the Global Human Resources team. She also held leadership positions with the North American business in Finance, Strategic Planning, and Public Relations. Jan has held various Board roles with a local bank and with numerous non-profit organizations.
Steve Capps ’86, Wrightsville Beach, NC
Steve served as General Manager of the Pharmaceutical Business at IDEXX Laboratories until 2008. His affiliation with IDEXX began in 1998 when IDEXX purchased Blue Ridge Pharmaceuticals where he was Vice President of Business Operations. His early career included financial planning, marketing and analysis roles in diverse businesses including Ciba-Geigy and RJR Nabisco. Steve is an active angel investor and is involved in a number of initiatives at UNC.
Swadesh Chatterjee, Cary, NC
Mr. Chatterjee is President and CEO of Swadesh Chatterjee and Associates, and was earlier president of Brandt Instruments. He served on the N.C. Joining our Businesses and Schools (JOBS) Commission. Chatterjee is a co-founder of TiE Carolinas, a group of successful business people whose primary goal is to develop and assist fledgling entrepreneurs.
Derick Close ’90 MBA, Charlotte, NC
A native of Fort Mill, S.C. with more than 30 years of experience in the textile industry, Derick Close is the CEO and owner of Springs Creative Products Group, Carolina Manufacturing, and Springsteen Logistics. He was a board member and past president of the North Carolina Textile Foundation, member of the Board of Trustees for North Carolina State University, and a member of the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina System. Close helped initiate The Centennial Scholars scholarship program to attract talented students to the College of Textiles at NC State.
Jason Cox ’95, Hong Kong
Co-Head, Equity Capital Markets, Asia Pacific
Deutsche Bank AG
Mike DiIorio ’95, London, England
Mike is the Head of Equities Distribution for Barclays and is based in London. DiIorio has over 20 years of equities experience throughout Europe and Asia, and holds degrees in Economics and Mathematical Sciences from UNC. He served as the Chief of Asia-Pacific Sales at Barclays PLC. Mr. DiIorio served as Managing Director and Head of Equities for Asia Pacific at Barclays Capital since August 2010. Mr. DiIorio oversaw Barclays Capital’s equities trading business across Asia Pacific, incorporating cash equities, convertibles, derivatives – including structured and flow products and warrants – index arbitrage and program trading.
Dana DiPrima ’89, New York, NY
Dana has more than 25 years’ experience in strategic planning, marketing and fundraising. She has developed comprehensive campaigns for major corporations and charitable institutions linking them together for mutual benefit. She currently authors a weekly blog, works on key environmental issues in New York State, and serves on an international board that addresses key issues of climate change and social justice in six African countries through radio. Her work with the GLC is focused on the issue of access to global opportunities for all students.
Susan Gravely ABED ’73, MSRA ’79, Chapel Hill, NC
Susan Gravely is the Founder & Creative Director of VIETRI, Inc., a lifestyle brand offering Italian inspired and artisan crafted dinnerware and home and garden accessories. After over 30 years of managing the daily operations of VIETRI as both CEO and head Product Designer, Susan is now solely focused on leading VIETRI’s product development team and overall creative vision, utilizing her greatest strengths. Founded in 1983, VIETRI began with a trip to Italy where Susan and her mother Lee and sister Frances fell in love with the hand painted Italian dinnerware on the Amalfi Coast. Today, VIETRI is America’s largest Italian ceramics importing company, partnering with numerous manufacturers in various regions throughout Italy and Europe. With approximately 40 employees, VIETRI serves a customer base of over 1,500 specialty retailers and department stores in all 50 states as well as Canada, Haiti, Mexico, South America, Asia, and Australia.
Anthony Hickey, Chapel Hill, NC
Anthony Hickey, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow (appointed June 2012), is a senior research pharmacologist at RTI. Dr. Hickey has more than 30 years of academic and research experience in pulmonary biology, aerosol physics, powder dynamics, pharmacokinetics and drug disposition, formulation design, and device development. Since joining RTI in 2011, he has conducted research related to pulmonary drug and vaccine delivery for tuberculosis treatment and therapy. Additionally, Dr. Hickey is an adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, emeritus professor of molecular pharmaceutics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Eshelman School of Pharmacy, founder of Cirrus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and founder of Oriel Therapeutics, Inc.
Michael-Bryant Hicks ’96, St. Louis, MO
Michael-Bryant Hicks is the senior vice president and general counsel at Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. He has executive responsibility for all legal functions, including litigation, intellectual property, environmental, regulatory, mergers and acquisitions, and other general legal activities. Mr. Hicks is an executive and lawyer with more than 15 years’ experience, a deep understanding of complex legal issues and extensive background in international business, acquisitions, and healthcare regulatory affairs.
Rolf Hoffmann ’87, Weggis, Switzerland
Rolf has a wealth of international management experience gained over 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He previously served as senior vice president of Amgen Europe, went on to lead Amgen’s international commercial operations, and served as senior vice president of Amgen’s US commercial operations. Prior to Amgen he was chief executive of Lilly Deutschland GmbH global marketing and held positions as president, Latin America; general manager in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa; and numerous global and regional marketing assignments. Rolf will now serve as adjunct professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at UNC Kenan-Flagler, with a focus on the school’s international efforts, leading classes and participating in initiatives overseas. He also serves on public Boards in Europe and the US.
Derek Jacobson ’03, New York, NY
Derek serves as vice president of Madison International Realty and has primary responsibility for the oversight of Madison’s European investment activities including origination, underwriting and execution of transactions for Madison’s managed funds. Prior, he was a financial analyst for Taurus Investment Holdings.
Nicholas Johnston ’96, London, England
Nick Johnston is a partner at Perella Weinberg Partners in London. Prior to joining Perella Weinberg Partners, Nick was an Executive Director in the Healthcare Investment Banking Division at JPMorgan, where he focused on clients in the pharmaceutical, specialty pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer of the operating subsidiaries of Microsulis Limited, a multi-million dollar medical technology company, and he earlier co-founded a development-stage pharmaceutical company, where as Vice President of Business he led all operational functions, corporate strategy implementations and fund-raising initiatives. Nick graduated with a double major of Political Science with honors and English, while attending as a Morehead Scholar.
West Lockhart ’91, London, England
West Lockhart is the Managing Director for BlackRock in the EMEA region. During his career at BlackRock he has been Chief Marketing Officer in EMEA and Head of Strategic Clients. Prior to joining BlackRock he held several sales and marketing strategy roles in Merrill Lynch’s Global Private Client organisation. He began his career at Young & Rubicam working on global brand programs for multinationals in Latin America.
Peter McMillan ’81, San Francisco, CA
Peter McMillan is a Founding Partner of Brooklands Capital Strategies. Prior to forming Brooklands, Mr. McMillan was a Partner with TPG Capital where he worked for the past 14 years. From 1993-1997, Mr. McMillan worked as a writer and project manager for National Geographic magazine. He began his career working for Montgomery Securities in San Francisco.
Dave McSpadden ’83, San Francisco, CA
David, is CMO at Franklin Templeton Investments, where he manages the firm’s web, digital and social efforts across 38 countries. Previously, he served as senior vice president for marketing at Charles Schwab & Company, where he led Schwab’s brand advertising, marketing and advice services for affluent investors. At Carolina, David served as chair of the UNC Global Advisory Board for 8 years (2005-2013). He was also a member of the Chancellor’s Global Leadership Circle (2007-2008).
Susanne Moulton ’74, JD ’77, MPH ’78, Durham, NC
Sandy Moulton is retired from GlaxoSmithKline, a global pharmaceutical company, where she was Executive Director of the company’s foundation that provided over half a billion dollars annually in medicines and healthcare services to low income patients. Since retiring from GSK, she has served as Interim Associate Dean of Advancement for the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC, and currently is a principal at The Xenia Group, Inc.
Paul Parker ’85, New York, NY
Paul Parker is co-chairman of Global Mergers & Acquisitions in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. He serves on the firm’s Partnership Committee. Paul joined Goldman Sachs as a partner in 2014. Prior to joining the firm, Paul was chairman and head of Global M&A at both Barclays and Lehman Brothers. He served on the Executive Committee for the Investment Banking Division of both companies and on the Americas Management Committee for Barclays Group. Paul led both franchises to top five global M&A rankings. He has more than 30 years of M&A banking experience across multiple sectors and geographies and has advised companies on over $1 trillion in M&A transactions, including numerous industry transforming deals. Paul earned an MBA, with distinction, from Harvard Business School, where he serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisors. He graduated with a BA in International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he serves on the Board of Visitors.
Cristy Irvin Phillips ’01, Brooklyn, NY
Cristy Phillips is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York where she is the Deputy Chief of the Civil Frauds Unit. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she practiced commercial litigation at Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia and clerked for the Honorable Richard M. Berman, United States District Judge in the Southern District of New York. She graduated with highest honors from the University of North Carolina with a BA in International Studies in 2001 and earned a JD from New York University in 2006.
Jackson Phillips ’02, Brooklyn, NY
Jackson Phillips serves as a Managing Director at Atairos Management, L.P. Prior to joining Atairos, he was a Principal and founding member of Avista Capital Holdings. Mr. Phillips began his career as an Analyst in J.P. Morgan’s Technology, Media and Telecom Investment Banking Group. He has also served on the boards of Anthony International, Armored AutoGroup, OptiNose and Zest Anchors. Mr. Phillips holds an M.B.A., with honors, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar. He also holds a B.S. in Business Administration, with distinction, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar.
Raj Rajkumar ’93, MBA, Singapore
Raj Rajkumar is a Director of Symphony Asia Holdings Pte. Ltd., the investment manager of Symphony International Holdings Limited, a listed strategic investment company focused on long-term direct investments in the Asia Pacific region. The Symphony team, formed in 1981, is one of the oldest Private Equity investment teams in Asia and its members have significant expertise and experience investing in the healthcare, hospitality, and branded real estate/lifestyle sectors across different markets in Asia.
Daniel Wiskirchen Rupp ’98, CFA,
Since graduating with degrees in Chemistry & Spanish, Dan has spent the majority of his time since abroad. He taught math/science with Peace Corps (Cameroon) and English with the JET Program (Japan). After attaining his MBA from Yale School of Management, he joined Overlook Investments where he is currently Research Director. Overlook manages $5bn in a concentrated portfolio of long-only public equities across Asia. Dan is a native of Boone, co-chair of the UNC alumni club of Hong Kong, invests in various startups, and enjoys the outdoors.
Robert Scheppegrell ’88, Greensboro, NC
Bob Scheppegrell is senior vice president of Customer Solutions with Lincoln Financial Group, a Holding company of insurance, financial planning, and advisory companies serving individuals and businesses. In this role he oversees Life Client Solutions & Claims, Distribution Gateway, Producer Solutions Operations, the Customer Care Center, Business Technology & Optimization, and Strategic Planning & Organizational Advancement.
Jonathan Schmidt ’85, Switzerland
Jonathan Schmidt is co-founder and CEO of Adtingo Ltd a project incubator and development company, which partners with best-in-breed smart city and infrastructure technology players as well as supporting financing institutions and brings these technologies to market (e.g. clean coal, water purification, energy efficiency), with a particular focus on India, the Middle East and Africa. He is also CEO of LuminWorld International, an industrial and outdoor LED energy efficient lighting company that specializes in large-scale municipal/government agency retrofit projects financed via PPP schemes. Jonathan, a US citizen, who upon graduation from the University of North Carolina (B.S: Biology, 1985) served as a legislative assistant for the US Congress before gaining a Masters on Asian economics from The George Washington University and then locating to Taiwan where he became an editor of the China Post. Between 1994–1996, Jonathan served as co-founder and MD of Asia Intelligence Wire, which was sold to the Financial Times Group in 1996 where he subsequently served as MD for the FT’s Asia Pacific businesses until 2000. That year he left to pursue entrepreneurial interests and following the establishment and sale of two financial publishing businesses he worked at the World Economic Forum 2005-08 as Director for Global Agendas and Regional Strategies in charge of Davos and other major WEF conferences, while launching the institution’s social media platforms. Mr. Schmidt is a published author on Russian economics and holds and has for 7 years served as a senior strategic advisor the Russian Ministry of Economic Development. He is a board advisor to economic publisher Caixin Media (China) and EXLhub, an artificial intelligence-powered start up educating early stage computer programmers. In his capacity as CEO of Adtingo, Jonathan has played an active role advising governments including Russia, Jordan and India in developing PPP financing standards and has advised the IFC, EBRD and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs in establishing technical standards for energy efficient and clean energy technology adoption. Mr. Schmidt speaks English, Chinese (Mandarin) and Russian.
Jay Tannon ’78, Vienna, VA
Jay has been lead counsel to US, Canadian, Asian and European private equity funds, as well as to public and private companies, on numerous acquisitions, joint ventures, company and project investments, capital formation and other commercial matters. Jay’s legal practice has focused primarily in the energy, transportation and communications sectors. Illustratively, he has served as counsel in toll road investments, port projects, airline and air cargo acquisitions, barge system acquisitions, power projects, as well as cable and telecom acquisitions. Jay previously served on the UNC Global Advisory Board.
Dhiren Thakker, Chapel Hill, NC
Dhiren is the Howard Q. Ferguson Distinguished Professor in the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and associate dean for entrepreneurial development and global engagement. He is also a researcher focusing on drug absorption and metabolism, as well as a start-up entrepreneur. Thakker joined the faculty at the School in 1996 after stints in research at the National Institutes of Health and in drug discovery at Glaxo Inc. (now GlaxoSmithKline). He has also worked at the FDA. Thakker has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Kansas and a master’s in pharmaceutical chemistry from Columbia University. He came to the United States after earning his undergraduate degree in pharmacy at Bombay University in Bombay, India (now Mumbai).
Nathan Tibbits ’92, Washington, DC
Nate is Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at Qualcomm Incorporated and head of the Washington, DC office. Prior to that, he was the U.S. public affairs practice chair for Burson-Marsteller. Nate served in government as executive secretary of the National Security Council and as special assistant to President Obama for presidential personnel. Previously he served as chief operating officer at the Center for a New American Security.
Andrew Tisdale MBA ’90, London, England
Andrew Tisdale is a managing director based in the Providence Equity London office. Mr. Tisdale is currently a director of Ambassador Theatre Group, Chime Communications, Clarion Events, HSE24 and M7 and previously served on the board of ONO in Spain. Mr. Tisdale also served on the advisory board of the MBC Group, the largest TV broadcaster in MENA from 2013 to 2015. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the Yale School of Drama. Prior to joining Providence in 2008, Mr. Tisdale was co-head of the global media and communications group and a member ofMorgan Stanley’s management committee for investment banking. During his 18-year tenure at Morgan Stanley, Mr. Tisdale held various roles within investment banking, including co-head of the media and communications group for North and South America and, subsequently, the same role for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also led Morgan Stanley’s investment banking activities in Brazil. Mr. Tisdale received a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Tisdale speaks French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and conversational German. He lives in London with his wife and two children.
Robinson West ’68, Washington, DC
Robin is a Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group. He is chairman emeritus at The United States Institute of Peace, co-chairman of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Petroleum Council. Robin founded PFC Energy and he served as an Assistant Secretary of the Interior in the Reagan Administration and at the White House and Pentagon in the Ford Administration.
Carol Folt, Ph.D. – Chancellor
James Dean – Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
David Routh ’82 – Vice Chancellor of Development
Ron Strauss, Ph.D. – Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer
Daniel Lebold ‘96, MSW – Director of Development
Chris Ormsby ‘96, ‘05, MSW, ‘06, MPH – Associate Director of Development, Asia
Martha Hoelzer ’00 – Assistant Director of Development
Denise Bates– Special Assistant
College of Arts and Sciences
Kevin Guskiewicz, Ph.D., ATC – Dean
Jonathan Hartlyn, Ph.D. – Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs
Robert Parker – Senior Associate Dean for Development
Chris Davis – Assistant Director of Development
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Bob Blouin – Dean
Steven Eckel, Pharm.D., M.H.A – Associate Dean for Global Engagement
Annie-Hager Blunk – Associate Dean for Advancement
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Barbara Rimer, DrPH, MPH – Dean
Jim Herrington, Ph.D. – Executive Director of Global Gateway
Crystal Miller, MA – Associate Dean for Advancement
Kenan-Flagler Business School
Douglas Shackelford – Dean
Jay Swaminathan – Director of the Global Business Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler
Adam Gerdts – Associate Dean for Advancement
Jason Moon – Director of Development
School of Medicine
Wesley Burks, M.D. – Executive Dean
Myron Cohen, M.D. – Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health and Infectious Disease
Cam Enarson, M.D. – Interim President, UNC Medical Foundation
Katie McKenna – Assistant Director of Development, UNC Medical Foundation
Mary Margaret Carroll – Assistant Chair of Development, Department of Surgery
Bradley Opere ’17, Chapel Hill, NC – Student Body President – UNC-CH
From 1999 through 2015, the UNC Global Advisory Board helped shape UNC-Chapel Hill’s global activity. The board was comprised of alumni and friends who were engaged in international affairs, either in government service, the private sector or nonprofit endeavors. Members met twice a year and worked closely with the UNC Global team to support Carolina’s top global priorities as identified in the Strategic Roadmap for Globalizing UNC. We are grateful for their service.