Sara E. Klein

Sara joined Network 20/20 as a Program Coordinator in 2015. Before coming to Network 20/20 she was an Intern at the Atlantic Council for the Events and Development team. She was also a Press intern for the New York State Attorney General’s Office.

She graduated with distinction from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with degrees in international relations and history. During her undergraduate studies, she conducted a comparative study on the roles of the United States and Russia in the Balkan region. Additionally, she piloted an original research paper on the degrees of brutality on the eastern front during World War II.

Lisa M. Rhoads

Lisa is a Managing Director at Alberleen FOS. From 2010 to 2016 she worked as Managing Director at the Easton Capital following her repatriation from Bermuda. Lisa was previously with Celtic Pharma, a Bermuda-based global biotech private equity firm where she was a founding member of the management team. Lisa’s spent the last 7 years acquiring and developing a portfolio of later-stage biotech programs where she was involved with all aspects of the development process and managed their Intellectual Property portfolio. Lisa has been involved in all aspects of the investment and development process and sits on the board of electroCore, Respiratory Motion, Shimojani, and is in an observer board role for Resolve and Perceptimed. Lisa also sits on the board at America’s Best Home Healthcare, a home healthcare company. Prior to her role with Celtic Pharma, Lisa consulted and helped launch a number of hedge funds and has held senior positions in the Pharma industry with Bristol Myers Squibb J&J’s McNeil Consumer Products Company and Zeneca’s US pharmaceutical division.

Lisa holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from The Wharton School of Business and a BM from The Curtis Institute of Music. She has performed around the world. She serves on the executive committee of the Bermuda International Film Festival.

Shery Saeed

Shery is an independent business advisor and executive coach. She works with teams and individuals to produce both breakthrough business results and personal transformations that drive growth. Previously, at Naissance Capital she was the head of the Swiss firm’s U.S. business development. At Bear Stearns she was a managing director who managed the program office for the firm-wide cost saving/revenue enhancing restructuring initiative. At American Express she led a cross functional team of 30 people upgrading the charge card. She also turned around a dysfunctional team of 45+ system experts and completed the implementation of a new technology platform. As a freelance consultant she did projects for Johnson & Johnson and Ford.

Shery was on the Board of Financial Women’s Association. She created the “Transition Tuesdays” lecture series to assist unemployed members. She was also on the board of Horizon Condominiums where she implemented a formalized budgeting, scheduling and payroll process. She is an active member of Network 20/20.

Shery has an MBA in management and an undergraduate degree in physics. She also holds the New York real estate license.

Filip Sasic

Filip Sasic is Network 20/20’s International Outreach Coordinator. He was raised in England and Croatia, and was a member of the Croatian Water Polo Junior National team. He graduated from St. Francis College, New York with a BA in International Culture Studies and a minor in Political Science and Italian. While completing his education at St. Francis College, he was the captain of the Water Polo team. He has continued to pursue his MSc degree in International Relations and Transnational Governance at the Vrije University in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. and is fluent in Croatian and Italian and has studied Arabic. He has been part of Network 20/20’s staff for four years working on international bridge building and cultural exchanges and participated in Network 20/20’s 2014 Entrepreneurial Diplomacy trip to Iran.

Levan Shaorshadze

Levan is a Senior Data Analyst with AIG. Prior experience includes working as a consultant for Societe Generale, evaluating project risk in infrastructure investment for Capital Innovations, and working as a business analyst for GFI Group, JP Morgan, and Safra National Bank.

Mr. Shaorshadze is originally from Tbilisi, Georgia and graduated from the Technical University of Georgia in Tbilisi with a degree in Civil Engineering and has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where he focused on Energy Policy and International Finance. He speaks English, Georgian, and Russian.

Dennis P. Sheahan

Dennis Sheahan is an entrepreneur primarily involved in wireless telephony including various aspects of licensing, built out, and management. Additionally, he is currently an investor/advisor to a variety of startup initiatives including: Montage Talent (Delafield, WI); ManCan Wine (Cleveland, OH); and Gramercy Place Partners (Glen Rock, NJ). He served as Vice President of Cushman & Wakefield’s Investment Management Group while representing domestic and international institutional clients in the financing, purchasing, and sale of commercial real estate worldwide. He also served as Vice President of the International Real Estate while representing First Chicago Corporation and The First National Bank of Chicago in the acquisition and management of the company’s international real estate portfolio. Dennis is currently active with the following nonprofit organizations: Network 20/20, Cristo Rey New York High School, The Point Foundation, The Center for LGBT, the YMCA of Greater New York, and the Creative Alternatives of New York.

He received his BA degree in Economics from Marquette University, a Juris Doctorate in Urban Planning and Law at St. Louis University Law School, and completed a Special Studies program in System Dynamics at the Sloan School at MIT.

Martin R. Trautmann

Martin Trautmann is the Managing Director and Partner in the Life Sciences practice at Navigant Consulting, a publicly traded consulting firm.  In his role, Martin advises biopharmaceutical companies on their business development needs and helps commercialize biopharmaceutical products. His work is international in nature and has taken him to various locations in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

He holds a dual business degree from the University of Pittsburgh and the European Business School (Germany). He was raised largely in South America and Portugal and has subsequently lived in France, Germany and the U.S. He was a participant in Network 20/20’s 2014 Entrepreneurial Diplomacy trip to Iran and is a Network 20/20 Board Member.

Hope B. Winthrop

Hope Winthrop is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she teaches mediation in the Cardozo Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution. In addition, she is a mentor at Columbia Law School for students in the Mediation Seminar.

Ms. Winthrop has been involved with mediation since 1991 and has been an active mediator in the New York Supreme Court, the Manhattan Civil Court, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission  EEOC, The New York Civilian Complaint Review Board (disputes between civilians and the police), the New York State Unified Court System’s pilot program for mediation in The Surrogate’s Court, and the New York State Dept. of Human Rights. Under the auspices of The New York Peace Institute, she has mediated multiparty community wide cases and victim offender dialogues. She is a member of the New York State Unified Court System’s Mediation Advisory Committee on Ethics, Mediators Beyond Borders, and was a member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. Prior to her career in mediation, Ms. Winthrop worked as a lawyer in the field of legal and government relations, first in high technology and then aviation. She graduated Cum Laude from Harvard College and Boston University School of Law.

Ms. Winthrop has served on the Boards of The New York Historical Society, The Center for Reproductive Rights, and is a member of the Harvard University Committee on University Resources. Currently she is Vice Chair of Network 20/20. She participated in Network 20/20’s 2014 Entrepreneurial Diplomacy trip to Iran.

Courtney Doggart (Project Director)

Throughout her career, Courtney Doggart has focused on international affairs with an emphasis on people-to-people diplomacy and cross-cultural communication.

Most recently, she was Deputy Director of Global Communications and Media Relations at the Council on Foreign Relations and focused on communications strategy. Prior to that, she was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, serving in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, where she managed the U.S. embassy’s cultural and educational programming. Ms. Doggart’s field experience includes a Fulbright grant to conduct research on civil society development in Turkey and work with a nonprofit in the Republic of Georgia to research comparative energy efficiency laws. She participated in Network 20/20’s field research trips to Turkey and Iran, and co-authored one of the resulting reports—Iran’s Next Green Revolution: Turning Catastrophe into Cooperation.

For her work, Ms. Doggart has received an individual Superior Honor Award from the U.S. State Department, a group Meritorious Award from the U.S. State Department, and Network 20/20’s Ted Sorensen Award.

Ms. Doggart earned her Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she concurrently received a certificate in Russian and Eurasian Studies from the Harriman Institute. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from New York University and speaks Russian. Ms. Doggart is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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