Speaker Date Topic
Louise Shelley Apr 26, 2017
International Human Trafficking
International Human Trafficking

Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy and Founding Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University, Dr. Shelley is a faculty member in the Schar School of Policy and Government. She is the author of Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism (2014) and Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (2010). She has also written dozens of articles and book chapters on transnational crime and corruption. While serving as an initial Andrew Carnegie Fellow, she is working on a book for Princeton University Press on illicit trade and how it is undermining sustainability of life and the planet. She served for six years as a member of the Global Agenda Councils on Organized Crime and Illicit Trade of the World Economic Forum. She is a life member of the Council of Foreign Relations. She is a member of the Global Initiative on Transnational Crime. Dr. Shelley has received fellowships and prizes including the Guggenheim and two Fulbrights, two MacArthur Foundation grants, and most recently the Carnegie Corporation and the Rockefeller Foundation. She has testified for the US Congress repeatedly, addressed other national and international bodies and appears in the media frequently.​

DC Police Chief Peter Newsham May 03, 2017

Chief Peter Newsham joined the MPD in 1989 and rose quickly through the ranks, serving in a number of district operational assignments. Chief Charles H. Ramsey promoted him to Commander of the Second District in January 2000. In June 2002, Newsham was promoted to Assistant Chief in charge of the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which included the Internal Affairs Division, Civil Rights and Force Investigation Division and Compliance Monitoring Team, responsible for overseeing the MPD's Memorandum of Agreement with the US Department of Justice. Newsham took the position of Assistant Chief in Charge of ROC-North in July 2004. On September 23, 2007, Chief Lanier announced a reorganization to the Metropolitan Police Department and put Assistant Chief Newsham in charge of the Internal Affairs Bureau. In 2009, Chief Newsham was named the Assistant Chief of the Investigative Services Bureau. Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed Newsham Interim Chief of Police on September 15, 2016; he was named Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department on February 23, 2017. Newsham holds a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross and a law degree at the University of Maryland School of Law. He is a member of the Maryland Bar.

Dr. Shadi Hamid May 10, 2017
The Impact of Islamism on the Middle East and Beyond
The Impact of Islamism on the Middle East and Beyond

A senior fellow with the “Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World” at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy, Dr. Hamid is the author of the new book Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam is Reshaping the World. His previous work Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East was named “Best Book of 2014” by Foreign Affairs. He served as Director of Research at the Brookings Doha Center until January 2014. Before joining Brookings, he was Director of Research at the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and a Hewlett Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. The Vice-chair of POMED’s board of directors, Dr. Hamid has appeared on and been cited by numerous media outlets. He is also a contributing writer for The Atlantic. He earned his doctorate in Political Science and Government from the University of Oxford

Ferdinando Duccio Macchetto May 17, 2017
Europe-US Collaboration on the Hubble Space Telescope
Europe-US Collaboration on the Hubble Space Telescope

An Emeritus Astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), Dr. Macchetto has spent his professional life working in space research and specifically on bilateral projects between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). He earned his doctorate in Physics from the University of Rome in 1965. His career began in 1968 when he was awarded the United Kingdom Royal Society fellowship. Working at England’s Culham Laboratory, he built and launched several rocket-borne ultraviolet astronomy payloads and designed the telescope and spectrograph flown in the International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite, the first NASA-ESA collaboration in a space astronomy project. In 1973, he moved to the ESA’s technical center in Holland, becoming Project Scientist for ESA's participation in the IUE project. In 1975, Dr. Macchetto led the study defining ESA's participation in the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) and became the ESA HST Project Scientist as well as Principal Investigator for the Faint Object Camera, the ESA instrument on board the HST. In 1983, he moved to the Space Telescope Science Institute whose 500-member staff is responsible for the mission operations and scientific utilization of the HST observatory. From 1983 to his retirement in 2010, he held several positions leading to that of the STSci’s Associate Director. Dr. Macchetto has earned numerous honors including the United States Presidential Award for Design Excellence for his contributions to the IUE observatory, NASA's Exceptional Scientific Medal for his role on the HST observatory, and the International Aeronautics and Astronautics Achievement Award, also for his contributions to the Hubble Space Telescope Observatory.

Ann McClellan May 24, 2017
Panel on Bonsai Trees
Panel on Bonsai Trees

Expert on the cherry blossom tree, Ms. McClellan is the author of The Cherry Blossom Festival, Sakura Celebration; Cherry Blossoms, The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossoms Festival; and Bonsai and Penjing, Ambassadors of Peace & Beauty. She has earned a Certificate of Commendation from Japan’s government for “promoting mutual understanding between our two great countries through great efforts and activities with cherry trees.” Ms. McClellan’s life-long love of trees began in New Jersey where she was fortunate enough to attend the Lawrenceville School, an arboretum-like campus laid out by Frederick Law Olmsted. Now residing in Washington, DC, she has held executive positions at the Smithsonian Institution, World Wildlife Fund and the American Association of Museums among other prestigious organizations. 

Sandy Moore May 24, 2017
Panel on Bonsai Trees
Panel on Bonsai Trees

The author of The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story, Ms. Moore began her writing career in a US Senator’s office and worked as a journalist focusing on stories about families and children. She and her family live close to Washington, DC’s National Arboretum where she first encountered her story’s protagonist —a bonsai tree that is almost 400 years old and miraculously survived the bombing of Hiroshima. She believed that the true story of a Japanese family's devotion to the tree and their decision to donate it to the United States in an act of reconciliation and friendship would inspire and delight young readers. Ms. Moore is originally from the Maine coast, which shares with Japan a wealth of islands that are dotted with magnificent pine trees.

Stephen Voss May 24, 2017
Panel on Bonsai Trees
Panel on Bonsai Trees

Based in Washington, DC but always ready to travel with camera in tow, Mr. Voss is an editorial photographer. He has spent the last decade producing great images for magazines and organizations; his clients include BusinessWeek, National Public Radio, The New York Times Magazine, Outside, Time and Wired. He received the Creative Visions Foundation Grant to document homelessness in Portland, Oregon, with his photos featured in a national exhibit that is touring the country. His documentary work covers US politics, environmental issues and globalization’s impact worldwide. He is presently working on a project about the intersection of development and the environment in New Jersey, his native state. Mr. Voss has photographed bonsai trees, with his images recently on view at the Japan Information and Cultural Center. He has produced the book In Training: a book of Bonsai photographs.

Craig Connelly, The Solar Foundation May 31, 2017
Solar Energy and Our Economy
Solar Energy and Our Economy

Mr. Connelly joined the Solar Foundation in 2016 as Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation. He received his BA in Political Science from Nazareth College of Rochester and a Master's in Public Administation from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Prior to joining the team, Mr. Connelly served for nearly eight years in different roles within the US Department of Energy, including as: Special Advisor to the SunShot Program Director; Energy, Innovation, and Environment Legislative Fellow to US Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico; ​ Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of the SunShot Initiative; Program Performance and Measurement Analyst for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and Budget Formulation Analyst for the Wind & Water Power Program. As he declares, "...I chose to join The Solar Foundation and help build innovative and impactful programs which can change the world through solar. Since I was young, I was always interested in the intersection of science and policy. History was my favorite subject in high school, but when I got older, I decided that I did not want to study history, I wanted to make it. That's why I am so excited to come to work every day at The Solar Foundation. We make amazing things happen."

 

 

Pari Kasotia May 31, 2017
Solar Energy and Our Economy
Solar Energy and Our Economy

Ms. Kasotia is the Deputy Director at The Solar Foundation and is responsible for providing leadership and operational oversight. She has worn multiple hats that range from leading organizations to being an entrepreneur to providing academic leadership. In 2015, she was named Midwest Energy News’s 40 under 40 Emerging Clean Energy Leaders. Ms. Kasotia has strong expertise in clean energy markets, energy efficiency, and biofuels. Prior to her role at The Solar Foundation, she led the Iowa Energy Office,  managing multi-million dollar federal and state energy projects to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy in Iowa communities. Ms. Kasotia serves on the Board of Directors of the Solar Household Energy Inc., a non-profit organization promoting solar cookers around the world; is a Vice-Chair of the Renewable Energy Subcommittee of the Energy Bar Association; and is a member of the Women’s Council for Energy and Environment and of the United Nations Association (UNA). She has delivered presentations on clean energy and energy efficiency for various platforms including the UNA, Intersolar, the National Association of State Energy Officials, the National Governors Association and the Environmental Defense Fund. Her published work appears in UN Chronicle and Triple Pundit. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Drake University and a Master’s in Public Affairs in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from Indiana University-Bloomington. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Drake University in Environmental Policy and Political Science. She has lived in India, Cote d’Ivoire and Tunisia in addition to the United States.