CEO, Fred Spring

fred pictureFred is currently a 2nd year student at Harvard Business School and has worked at the Boston Consulting Group and for  the UK  Government as a civil servant.

Fred has a special interest in UK politics as well as in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Editor-in-Chief, Tewfik Cassis

 Tewfik is an MIT TewfikGraduate. He is currently a second year student at Harvard Business School.

Tewfik has worked as part of founding team of Romulus Capital, a student-run VC fund, Head of Business Development for Roominate, an educational toy company based in Palo Alto and in  McKinsey’s Dubai office. He was also Executive Editor for the MIT International Review.

He has an interest in the global political economy with a particular focus on Middle Eastern politics and conflict resolution.

Chief Creative Officer, Alex Schuster

PeanutAlex is currently a first-year graduate student at Harvard Kennedy School. She has worked at The Huffington Post where she helped launch their livestream, HuffPost Live. While there, she served as the liaison between the editorial teams of HuffPost and the livestream, focusing on growth, show integration, and content development. She has also worked in broadcast at ABC News Nightline and in government at The White House. She is a political junkie and a Boston native.

Editor at Large – Middle East and Energy Affairs, Tara Shirvani

Tara Shirvani photoTara, Iranian with Austrian nationality, currently works for the Energy and Transport Unit of the World Bank Group. She holds a MPhil degree in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a DPhil degree in Fuel Technology from the University of Oxford. Tara previously worked at the Climate Policy Unit of the World Bank, the United Nations office in Iran, Citigroup and Deutsche Bank. In 2012, she was recognized as a “Global Shaper” by the World Economic Forum. Dr. Shirvani has several featured articles in The Economist, The Times of London and New Statesman magazine on a variety of topics ranging from Alternative Fuels to the Arab Spring. Her public speaking engagements include keynotes at Durham University, University of Oxford and Harvard Business School.

Editor at large – International Law and Financial Crimes, Michelle Ratpan

alumni 2_3Michelle Ratpan, a Canadian national, works as a Litigation Specialist for the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank. Michelle’s work includes investigations into fraud and corruption in several regions of the world including the Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and South Asia Regions. Michelle has previously worked for the Department of Justice (Canada) as Counsel on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada. Michelle received her B.A. from McGill University, BCL/LLB from McGill’s Faculty of Law and LLM in Global Health Law from Georgetown University Law School.

Social media manager, Taryn Ottaunick


Taryn Ottaunick is a sophomore in Boston University’s College of Communication. She is currently working toward a Bachelor’s of Science in Mass Communication and Political Science. Taryn has a special interest in evolving forms of media, U.S. politics, and political strategy. She is originally from Northern New Jersey.

Board Advisor, Christina Sgardeli

pic table kinsterna b and wChristina Sgardeli studied at Imperial College, Oxford and MIT, worked for Morgan Stanley in New York and London, Viohalco in Athens and interned at the European Parliament in Brussels. She is currently a second year student at Harvard Business School.

Christina is originally from Greece and her favorite topics are European integration, global political economy and financial reforms.


Board Advisor, Andrew Cedar

Andrew Candrew2edar received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge in the UK. He was named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. He is currently a second year student at Harvard Business School.

Most recently, he was Senior Director for Global Engagement on the National Security Council staff at the White House, where he was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy and programs related to public diplomacy, international broadcasting, civil society engagement, entrepreneurship, and the intersection of technology and foreign policy. Before working at the White House, Andrew was Senior Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. At the State Department, Andrew developed U.S. strategy for communicating with and engaging foreign publics globally on issues including education, entrepreneurship, and media freedom. He also helped to lead the development of policy on global youth issues, the rise of social media, and U.S. public engagement in the wake of the Arab Spring.

Prior to joining the Obama Administration, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company based in Washington. He has worked previously at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy and on President Barack Obama’s Transition Team

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