Rachel Milner Gillers is Director of the Georgetown Conflict Transformation Lab and Associate Professor of the Practice of Negotiation and Conflict Management at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. She has facilitated multi-stakeholder decision making processes and delivered negotiation, mediation, and conflict management workshops for government, industry and non-profit clients worldwide. She specializes in international development, gender and negotiation, and dialogue across divides.

Rachel has worked with United Nations agencies, the International Monetary Fund, global pharmaceutical companies, U.S. federal agencies, the Smithsonian and others to identify and overcome individual and organizational barriers to negotiating better agreements. She holds joint Master’s degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Harvard Divinity School. A native of the Washington, D.C. area, she has lived in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.


Will is a senior in the College, majoring in Government and History, with a minor in Journalism. He's a proud New Jerseyan, who's passionate about civic engagement and finding solutions for the future. Some places he's previously worked at include the New Jersey Business and Industry Association, The Office of the Governor of New Jersey, and the Office of Congressman Leonard Lance.  In his free time, Will can be seen cheering on the Hoyas basketball team and around the Georgetown neighborhood taking photos.


Cole is a second-year MPP student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Psychology from The College of William & Mary. After graduation, he worked as a consultant for Deloitte’s Government and Public Services practice, helping federal agencies create executive communications and enhance their organizational design. Originally from Pittsburgh PA, Cole is passionate about the impact of voter education on civic engagement in the United States . In his free time, Cole enjoys hiking, cooking, and obsessing over the Pittsburgh Steelers even during the offseason.


Vanessa Jarnes is a second-year student in the dual MSFS/MBA program. Vanessa is a U.S. federal employee whose work and internship experience spans local government, two think tanks, an international development contracting firm, the U.S. Senate, the World Bank Group, and two federal agencies. She has focused on counterterrorism and security issues across multiple regions with the government for the last five years and has received several awards, including a State Department Group Superior Honor Award. Vanessa graduated from University of Maryland, College Park, with an honors B.A. in Government and Politics and minor in International Development and Conflict Management summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Georgetown, Vanessa is a Bunker Fellow for the Institute of the Study of Diplomacy, a Forte Fellow at the business school, a Teaching Assistant for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and was a student representative for her MSFS cohort in her first year. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, traveling, going on food adventures, and playing with her cute Goldendoodle named Rupert.


Farah is a graduate student at the McCourt School of Public Policy. Originally from Egypt, she has worked on several development projects, with a focus on Education policy. Before joining McCourt, Farah spent two years working for the German Development Cooperation as a Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Education where she had a leading role in designing and steering the Technical Education reform. In that capacity, she also worked on institutionalizing structures that allowed for joint strategic planning and consensus building, advancing cooperation between the relevant Education stakeholders. Interested in developing economies and conflict ridden counties, her goal is to build a career that brings about a real impact in these areas. Farah is an avid Fencer and is always up for a new travel adventure.


Dustin Vesey graduated with distinction from Yale University in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and a concentration in international relations. At Georgetown, he is jointly pursuing a J.D. and an M.S. in Foreign Service, where he is concentrating in Global Politics and Security and is also a candidate for certificates in Asian studies and diplomatic studies. He comes to Georgetown after working for nearly three years in the U.S. Senate, where he helped manage the foreign policy and judiciary portfolios for the senior senator from his home state of Arizona. Prior to employment on the Hill, Dustin completed a Fulbright Scholarship in rural Malaysia.

At Georgetown, Dustin is a Global Law Scholar, an Opportunity Scholarship recipient, and was an editor for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs during his M.S. year. He is interested in international treaty negotiation, diplomacy, and national security law broadly, focusing particularly on East Asia, the Indo-Pacific, and the Middle East. He enjoys snowboarding, SCUBA diving, climbing, backpacking, and generally looks for any excuse he can find to get outdoors. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and also enjoys speaking Spanish and Malay. A former QuestBridge Scholar, he was the first in his family to graduate from college.


Harini V is a first-year master’s student studying Conflict Resolution. Raised in Singapore, she earned her bachelor’s in Global Affairs at Yale-NUS College. After graduation she interned as a digital reporter covering Asia-pacific news and worked as a communications executive at a FinTech startup. Before joining Georgetown, as a centre executive at the Singapore International Mediation Centre she worked across teams to advocate for cross-border commercial mediation and develop the centre’s training wing. At Georgetown she currently works as a communications assistant with the Ethics Lab. She plans to chart her career path in mediation, international negotiations and diplomacy. In her spare time, Harini enjoys theatre, dabbling in creative writing and cycling.



Advisory Board Member

With nearly 15 years in various aspects of strategic diplomacy, Mickey Bergman coined the term Fringe Diplomacy to describe the new field he is forging, an innovative discipline exploring the space in international relations just beyond the boundaries of States and Governments’ capacity and authority.


He manages relationships and private diplomacy efforts in North Korea, Cuba, Myanmar, Middle East, and Africa. Nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize, alongside Former Governor Bill Richardson; Mickey has led his team at the Richardson Center to facilitate the release of more political prisoners than any other organization. Mickey creates new political capital by leading Professional Exchange Programs to frontier countries such as North Korea, Myanmar, Cuba, Lebanon, and others. 
Mickey is Vice President and Senior Advisor at Governor Richardson Center for Global Engagement; was Executive Director of the Global Alliances Program at the Aspen Institute; is a professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he teaches about emotional intelligence in international relations, and consultant to the Clinton Global Initiative. 

Mickey has published numerous articles, interviews, and opinion pieces in the New York Times, Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Boston Globe, Foreign Policy Online, and Huffington Post. Mickey also has been featured as a subject matter expert for television interviews on CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox News, I24news, Global News, and ABC News Australia.


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Victoria is head of organizational management at Protect Democracy, an organization dedicated to defending and strengthening democracy in the U.S. Victoria previously served as director of the Baker Center for Leadership & Governance at Georgetown University. 

Before Georgetown, Victoria was senior advisor to the CEO of TechnoServe, an economic development nonprofit that fosters business solutions to poverty. She also advised Fortune 100 companies as a management consultant with Deloitte. Earlier in her career, Victoria worked on democratic development programs globally with the National Democratic Institute and political campaigns with the opinion research firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner. Victoria holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. from Tufts University.


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Saman Hussain is a certified professional coach, mediator, facilitator and consultant. She has several years of experience working in the public sector, with indigenous communities, non-profits and academia. Her work has varied from designing interfaith community dialogue and bridge building to facilitating dialogue around policy making between the federal government and Native American tribes to providing executive and team coaching to leadership teams. Saman was the first Project coordinator for the 9/11 Unity Walk in Washington DC, bringing together over a thousand participants from eleven faith based communities for a walk and dialogue. She also successfully facilitated the first agreement-seeking processes for both the US Department of the Interior, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service to develop a federal government policy on how to consult with Native American tribes and Alaskan Natives. Saman also co-designed and delivered a coach training focused on rank, power and diversity, which was instituted into the core curriculum of an International Coach Federal (ICF) accredited coach training program. She has also designed and administered a dialogue program for students at New York University Abu Dhabi that creates space for differences to be explored and understood. Saman graduated from University of Virginia with bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs, concentration in Africa and Religious Studies, concentration in Judaism. She is currently pursuing her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Saman is fluent in Urdu, English, and proficient in Arabic.


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Robin is a Program Manager with the Institute for State Effectiveness, a non-profit organization that seeks to address the challenge of accountability and governance through a system-building approach across governments, markets and people. A veteran of Accenture's federal government practice, she is an experienced consultant dedicated to improving governance structures and accountability through design thinking and data-driven decision-making. While earning her Master's in Public Policy from Georgetown University, Robin served as GBNN co-chair and as a facilitator in the HoyasAndHighlanders program. She specializes in Facilitation, Meditation, Human-Centered Design, and Change Management. She originally hails from the Washington, DC area and has enjoyed living and working in the city for the past six years.

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