The purpose of the Chancellor’s 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
Christine Vick provides consulting services for multi-national corporations from wide ranging industries and is the Managing Director for North Oak, LLC. 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. She is a member of the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace.
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.
Maribel Carrion ’86, MBA, Chapel Hill, NC
Maribel Carrion is the Executive Director of Student Administration and Enterprise Reporting in the Information Technology Services (ITS) organization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In this role, she supports the software that drives students’ academic lifecycle. She is involved in all the processes used by students from the time they apply to the university and register for classes through when they graduate and come back to ask for a transcript. She also supports the enterprise data warehouse and reporting for the campus.
Maribel has more than 30 years of experience delivering technology solutions for a wide variety of customers, including roles supporting software in global environments. Past roles had her living in Mexico and Singapore, as well as managing teams in Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. She returned to the Chapel Hill area in 2000, and joined UNC-Chapel Hill in 2009. Maribel holds a BS in Mathematics and an MBA, both from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Maribel’s global experiences began at a young age. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she began her travels as an “Army brat” when she was less than a year old. Her family would go on to live in North Carolina, Germany, Florida, Panama, Puerto Rico and then back to North Carolina. She credits this background for creating a lasting curiosity for the cultures, languages and arts in different parts of the world. In today’s environment, she feels it is important for all young people to have some type of experience that exposes them to the global environment – especially those that can least afford it.
As a result, she has worked with the Center for Global Initiatives to create those opportunities through the Global Take Off: Puerto Rico program. She also supports the Carolina Performing Arts’ Student Angel Fund, which ensures that students have access to artists and performances from around the world here at UNC, regardless of their ability to pay.
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 MBA’90, 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
Brent Cunningham ’01, New York, NY
Brent Cunningham is a Managing Director and Global Head of Paper & Packaging Investment Banking at Jefferies LLC, a global investment banking firm based in New York City. Brent has over 16 years of investment banking experience, focusing on advising clients in the packaging and broader industrial and manufacturing sectors. His expertise is in mergers and acquisitions and general corporate finance activities, working on transactions with public and private companies of various sizes. Before joining Jefferies, Brent worked at Sagent Advisors and Bear Stearns & Co. He began his career as an engineer at National Semiconductor Corp. Mr. Cunningham holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina and a BS in Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.
Mike DiIorio ’95, London, England
Mike is the Head of Equities, Europe, Middle East and Africa, for Credit Suisse 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. Prior to working for Credit Suisse, Mike spent seven years working for Barclays, first as Head of Equities, Asia-Pacific, based in Hong Kong and then relocating to London in 2013 to serve as Global Head of Equities Distribution. Prior to his time at Barclays, Mike held various Equity trading and Equity Derivatives trading roles in Frankfurt, London and Hong Kong, working for Nationsbank-CRT and Lehman Brothers.
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.
David Edelman ’91 MSW, McLean, VA
David Edelman, is a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. For the past 15 years he has worked in Community Mental Health in Fairfax County, Virginia. His expertise is in adolescent co-occurring disorders the convergence of mental health and substance abuse disorders. Mr. Edelman has served on the Alumni Board of the UNC School of Social Work and helped start the school’s Social Justice Fund. The fund gives scholarship money to social work students. His international experience includes: teaching English in Japan, studying psychology at University College at the University of London, and extensive travel. Mr. Edelman speaks basic French, Spanish, and Japanese.
Rob Edwards ‘89, Charlotte, NC
Rob Edwards is a Partner at Ridgemont Equity Partners (“Ridgemont”), a middle market private equity firm based in Charlotte, NC. He serves on the Management and Investment Committees and is primarily responsible for the firm’s investment activity in the Business and Industrial Services sector. Prior to Ridgemont, Rob was a Managing Director at Banc of America Capital Investors (predecessor to Ridgemont) from 1997-2010, a management consultant at McKinsey & Co., Inc., a Vice President at Allied Capital, and an investment banker at Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co, Inc. He received a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with highest distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rob has served on the working group of the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship and on the Board of Visitors where he was Chair of the Student Recruitment Committee.
Nicci Gafinowitz ’16 MSIS, Chapel Hill, NC
Susan Gravely ’73, ABED, ’79, MSRA, 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.
Subhash Gumber, Cary, NC
Dr. Gumber completed his PhD in Biochemistry at Washington State University in Pullman. He then relocated to Boston where he pursued his medical education, earning his MD from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, and completing his residency training in internal medicine at Boston University Medical Center.
Dr. Gumber completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in gastroenterology and hepatology. Throughout his career, Dr. Gumber has published multiple research papers in major peer reviewed journals. His clinical interests include high-risk colo-rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and pancreatico-biliary diseases. Dr. Gumber served as Director of Gastroenterology Fellowship Program while on the faculty at East Carolina School of Medicine. He then joined the practice in 1998, and presently serves as the Medical Director for the Gastroenterology Division.
He has continued to be involved in medical education, frequently speaking on gastroenterology related subjects in his local community and has been part of several entrepreneurial endeavors. Dr. Gumber lives in Cary with his wife and two kids. Some of his personal interests include music and traveling with his family.
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, MBA, 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.
Mark Hyman, ’80, ’84 DDS, Greensboro, NC
Mark, a native of Greensboro, received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his dental degree from the UNC School of Dentistry. Following a four month internship in Israel, he completed the two-year oral medicine/General Practice Residency at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. Dr. Hyman is on the surgical staff of Cone Health. He was elected President of the Guilford County Dental Society in 1991. He teaches at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, Florida, is an Adjunct Full Professor at the UNC School of Dentistry, and has lectured at all the major national and many international dental meetings. His seminars include complex treatment planning, cosmetic dentistry, practice management, leadership, team building, and communication skills. He was voted one of the top 100 leaders in Dental Continuing Education by Dentistry Today magazine. He was honored by the North Carolina Dental Society as Young Dentist of the Year in 1995. He has received the Mastership Award of the Academy of General Dentistry. He and his wife, Anita, have three children.
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.
Erma Manoncourt ’86 PhD, Paris, France
Dr. Manoncourt is the Founder and President of M&D Consulting Inc. and a retired UNICEF official who currently works as a senior management and development consultant. Based in Paris France, she specializes in developing behaviour and social change interventions, designing participatory methodologies and evaluating behavioural interventions at both individual and community levels. She has worked over 30 years in international development providing technical assistance in management/leadership, strategic planning, training and facilitation skills, communication for development, and research, monitoring and evaluation. As a public health specialist in behaviour and social change, she has worked more than fifteen years in Sub-Saharan Africa in the areas of community-based development, nutrition and health programming, evaluation of family planning and women’s health programs, strategic planning and behavioural research and most recently, in the UN Mission’s Ebola Emergency Response in West Africa. In addition to her international work, she is also an adjunct instructor at the Paris School of International Affairs (SciencesPo). Dr. Manoncourt is also the current Vice-President, Memberships in the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and Co-chair of the IUHPE Global Working Group on Social Determinants of Health and President of the Board of Directors for The Grandmother Project (NGO in Senegal). A social-behavioural scientist by training, Dr. Manoncourt holds a Ph.D. in Public Health, with a specialization in Health Behaviour, from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work (clinical specialization) and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. She is bilingual–French and English.
Clare McCamy, ’85, Mill Valley, CA
After graduating from Chapel Hill in 1985, Clare taught secondary school in a remote rural village in Kenya and instructed both adults and youth in a vast refugee camp in Thailand. Upon returning to the United States, she worked to assist highly trained African professionals secure employment and return to their home countries through her work with the International Organization for Migration’s “Return of Talent” program. She later conducted research and conceived of and managed programs and events for various non-profits , including the RFK Center for Human Rights, the World Affairs Council, Family Care International and Stanford’s Center for African Studies. After completing her graduate studies in International Development and Population Studies at Cornell, she served in a variety of roles with the International Rescue Committee’s US offices, focusing on the successful resettlement of refugee children, teens, and home-bound women in San Diego, Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland. She has devoted much of the last two decades to raising four children, one of whom is now happily ensconced at UNC.
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).
Yahne Miorini, McLean, VA
Yahne Miorini is an attorney and graduate from University of Sorbonne, Paris, France with a DSN (equivalent of a J.D.) in 1993. She also has her LL.M. in International and Comparative Law, from The George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. (1995). Ms. Miorini concentrates her practice in the areas of Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts) and Estate Administration with a focus on international assets, special needs and elder law. She is the past President of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorney. She is a member of the Bar in Virginia, Washington, D.C., Maryland, and New York State. She is currently the President of the Comité Tricolore in Washington, D.C. and for her work with the committee she received the National Order of Merit from the French President in 2017. Ms. Miorini is a native speaker of French and has travelled extensively.
Anuj Mittal, Cary, NC
Anuj is an experienced commercial real estate professional with a successful track record of more than twenty years. His career began in the international banking and financial industry. In 2004 Anuj established MJM Group, exiting his corporate career to focus his talents to direct investment in commercial real estate. Anuj has a deep knowledge of industry trends, market demand and project finance and structuring. His portfolio of exceptional select service hotels has established MJM Group as a well-respected, successful hospitality development company that is active in the Southeast and Midwest. Mr. Mittal holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree from the University of Delhi, India and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Clarion University, Pennsylvania.
Susanne Moulton ’74, ’77, JD, ’78, MPH, 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.
Adam Parker ‘93, New York, NY
Adam S. Parker, PhD, is Director of Quantitative Strategy at Eminence Capital, a NY-based money management firm he joined in 2017. He formerly was the Chief U.S. Equity Strategist, Global Director of Quantitative Research and a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley from 2010-2017. He also served as a member of Morgan Stanley’s Global Investment Committee. Parker has been named to Institutional Investor’s All-America Team in both equity portfolio strategy and quantitative research. Previously, he was the Chief Equity Strategist and Director of Quantitative Research at Sanford C. Bernstein, where he spent more than 11 years. Parker’s other key roles at SCB included Global Director of Research and prior to that, the Senior Semiconductor Analyst, where he was II’s #1 ranked analyst every year he covered the industry. Earlier, he was a financial and statistical analyst at American Express and a management consultant focused on the financial sector. He lives in New York City and is married with 3 children. Parker earned a PhD in Statistics from Boston University, an MS in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina and a BS in Statistics from the University of Michigan.
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.
Jack Portman, Atlanta, GA
As vice chairman and CEO of Portman Development, Jack Portman is responsible for the development activities of the company. He also serves as vice chairman and CEO for John Portman & Associates, the architectural and engineering company affiliated with Portman Development. He maintains a current focus on all of the companies’ activities worldwide.
Jack began his career in 1973 as an architect for John Portman & Associates in Atlanta. He later expanded his responsibilities from the design field to a position of corporate leadership. Initially working with the domestic arm of the Portman companies’ real estate development, he subsequently became involved in the companies’ activities in the Middle East, particularly Egypt, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He moved to Hong Kong and later to Shanghai to pursue the companies’ international endeavors in the design, development and management of all East Asian overseas projects. Jack was responsible for Portman’s early entry into China in early 1980, at which time Portman Holdings became one of the first western development companies to develop real estate in China. He later established Portman offices in Warsaw, India and South Korea.
Jack, a licensed architect, holds a B.S. degree in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in architecture from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.
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.
Michael Riccobene, Cary , NC
Michael is the founder and CEO of Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, a multi-specialty dental group practice with 16 offices spanning from Goldsboro to Clemmons, NC. Michael serves on the national board for American Association of Dental Group Practices, and the Association of Dental Support Organizations. Michael graduated with a BS in Biology from Seton Hall University, a DDS from New York University and completed a two year Oral Medicine/ General Practice residency at UNC Chapel Hill. He currently lectures to GPR/AEGD residents at UNC, ECU School of Dentistry and Fayetteville Medical Center.
Bill Ross, Chapel Hill, NC
Alexander Rossitch ’82, ’86 DDS, Charlotte, NC
Dr. Alex Rossitch is proud to have been practicing dentistry in Charlotte, North Carolina since 1987. He loves spending time with his family and enjoy being very involved with all five of his amazing children. In his free time he enjoys playing tennis and golf, fishing and cheering for the Carolina Panthers. He is fluent in Spanish and was born in Havana, Cuba.
Karen Rossitch, Charlotte, NC
Born an identical twin, Karen is proud to be a first generation American born in New York, NY, to her Hungarian father and German mother. The family moved to Germany when Karen was an infant and returned to the United States to live in Charlotte, NC when the twins were 8 years old. They traveled extensively when she was younger and she and her husband continue this lifestyle with their own family. Nothing is more important to her than their five beautiful children, her husband and the rest of the very large Rossitch and Roboz family. In addition to traveling, she enjoys boating/sailing, fishing and a very active lifestyle.
Daniel Wiskirchen Rupp ’98, CFA, Hong Kong
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.
Paul Schipper, Arlington, VA
Paul Schipper, PhD, had numerous leadership roles at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering until retirement in 2012. He was Manager of Process Engineering, which provided support and new technology to the worldwide downstream refining and chemical businesses. He also led the team that formed a Global Engineering Support organization in Malaysia, led several large-scale organization redesigns, and was the ExxonMobil Foundation contact to UNC for 9 years. Currently, he holds positions of Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at both Howard University and University of Delaware. He endowed an International Internship in memory of his former wife, Lori Lewis Schipper ( BA, ’78). Paul is married to Denise Bruner, M.D.- Denise specializes in obesity medicine and is a Master Fellow of the Obesity Medial Association, having served as their President and Board Chair.
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.
Ralph Strayhorn, ’77, ’81 JD, Charlotte, NC
Ralph N. Strayhorn has served on five Financial Institution Boards of Directors since 2004. At BNC Bancorp, he served on the credit and personnel committees. While CEO at SterlingSouth Bank & Trust, Cape Fear Bank Corporation and First Avenue National Bank, he served on the executive and credit committees.
He is Managing Partner of Cape Point Advisory Partners, LLC, a corporate governance, regulatory and crisis management advisory firm which has been engaged by numerous companies under regulatory, management and financial duress. Strayhorn also serves as a senior advisor and board member to several non-bank enterprises in various industries.
He attended the University of North Carolina on a football grant-in-aid and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in U.S. History. He received his JD degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1981 and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina.
Mr. Strayhorn has served on numerous charitable and educational boards and advisory committees, including the Golden L.E.A.F. Foundation (Chairman of the Investment Committee – $1 billion under management), the UNC Board of Visitors and the UNC Center of Banking and Finance. He has been married 38 years and has two grown children and two grandsons.
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 of Global Government Affairs and Public 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 ’90, MBA, 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.
Scott Werry ’03, Toronto, Canada
Scott was a founding partner of Altas. Prior to joining Altas, Scott worked at Providence Equity Partners in New York. At Providence, Scott was focused on opportunities in the business services and communications sectors. Scott was actively involved in the development of Grupo TorreSur, the largest independent wireless tower operator in Brazil, and SRA International, a leading provider of services to U.S. government organizations. Prior to Providence, Scott worked at McColl Partners, a middle-market investment banking firm founded by Hugh McColl, where he advised corporations and large family-owned businesses in merger, acquisition and financing transactions. Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School. Scott is Canadian and currently resides in Toronto with his wife Julie (Morehead Scholar Class of 2003) and two daughters.
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.
Chen-yu Yen ’78 MA, ’83 PhD, Phoenix, MD
Chen-yu Yen is currently the Treasurer and a member of the Executive Board for the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, Inc. (www.ccacc-dc.org), at Gaithersburg, MD. CCACC is the largest Chinese American non-profit organization in the Greater DC metro area, providing public health related community services such as adult day care, in home care, free clinics for non-insured, as well as more than two dozen culture, art, athletic programs. Dr. Yen is the founder and president of InvestWithYen.org, a non-profit organization through which he publishes Invest with Yen (IWY) quarterly, an investment advisory newsletter. IWY newsletters have been published since 1996 with a subscription fee of paying forward to a worthy causes or charities of the subscriber’s own choice. Dr. Yen is currently serves as a Foundation board member for the School of Public Health of UNC Chapel Hill, and as an advisory board member for the Department of Environmental and Health Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Yen joined Gannett Fleming Inc. (GF), a national consulting engineering firm, in 1985 and retired from GF in 2017. He served GF as Vice President for environmental services and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of TerraSure Development, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GF. He has a patent in chemically assisted biological in-situ treatment of hexa-valent chromium contaminated soil and groundwater.
Dr. Yen received his Bachelor of Science from National Taiwan University, Master of Art in Chemistry and PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did his Postdoctoral Fellow work at the Johns Hopkins University.
Carol Folt, Ph.D. – Chancellor
Bob Blouin – Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
David Routh ’82 – Vice Chancellor of Development
Ron Strauss, Ph.D. – Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer
Katie Bowler Young – Director of Global Relations
Raymond Farrow – Senior Director of Global Strategy
Daniel Lebold ‘96, MSW – Director of Development
Martha Hoelzer ’00 – Assistant Director of Development
Denise Bates– Project Manager for Global Development
Carolina Performing Arts
Emil J. Kang – Executive and Artistic Director
Susin Seow ’96, MPA ’97 – Director of Development
College of Arts and Sciences
Kevin Guskiewicz, Ph.D., ATC – Dean
Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld, Ph.D. – Senior Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Global Programs
Robert Parker – Senior Associate Dean for Development
Chris Davis – Associate Director of Development
LaDaniel “Danny” Gatling, II – Director of Development
Steve Walsh – Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor, Geography
Corporate and Foundation Relations
Kavita Kapur Hall – Associate Director
UNC School of Dentistry
Scott De Rossi, DMD – Dean
Luiz Pimenta, DDS – Director of Global Affairs, Clinical Professor
Paul Gardner – Associate Dean of Advancement
Donor and Volunteer Engagement
Jennifer Bowman – Director of Development
UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Dhiren Thakker – Interim Dean and Howard Q. Ferguson Distinguished Professor, UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Interim Director, Eshelman Institute for Innovation
Stephen 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
Karissa Grasty – Associate Dean for Advancement & Executive Director, Public Health Foundation
Kenan-Flagler Business School
Douglas Shackelford – Dean
Mabel M. Miguel, Ph.D. – Director, Global Business Center and Professor of Organizational Behavior
Julia Kruse, Ph.D. – Executive Director of the Global Business Center at UNC Kenan-Flagler
Adam Gerdts – Associate Dean for Advancement
Jason Moon – Director of Development
School of Media and Journalism
Susan King – Dean
Louise Spieler – Senior Associate Dean for Strategy and Administration
Wendy Borman – Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Affairs
School of Medicine
Wesley Burks, M.D. – Executive Dean
Myron Cohen, M.D. – Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Health and Infectious Disease
Leslie H. Nelson – Asso. Dean of Development & President, Med Foundation UNC
Anthony Charles, M.D. – Associate Professor of Surgery
Mary Margaret Carroll — Senior Executive Director of Development
Chuck Lovelace ’77 – Executive Director
David Greer – Director of Development
School of Social Work
Gary Bowen, Ph.D. – Dean
Jack Richman, Ph.D. – Associate Dean of Global Engagement and International Programs
Mary Beth Hernandez ’88 MA – Interim Associate Dean for Advancement
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.