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Laureate Global Fellowship 2013 Selection Committee

Final selection of Laureate Global Fellows is made by a distinguished panel of experts representing the private, nonprofit, and public sectors - along with the 2012 Class of Fellows.

Holly Wise

Holly Wise is a Visiting Professor in the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service Global Human Development Program where she teaches graduate-level courses on social enterprise and enterprise development and leads a Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellows Program with the McDonough School of Business.  Through her consultancy practice she delivers international development, corporate social responsibility, public-private alliance, and business development expertise to corporations, foundations and non-profits.  She serves as a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and served as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2006-2011).  Ms. Wise sits on the boards of FHI 360, WRAP, GlobalGiving, LivingGoods, and Grassroots Business Partners.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Holly Wise spent 26 years in the Foreign Service with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), achieving the diplomatic rank of Minister Counselor.  She is the founder and first Secretariat Director of the Global Development Alliance, USAID’s business model that forges strategic alliances between public and private partners in addressing international development issues.  Under her leadership 300 alliances were formed with $1.1 billion in USAID funding leveraging $3.8 billion in private resources for the world’s poor.  In addition to overseas tours in Uganda, Kenya, Barbados, the Philippines and China, Ms. Wise served as USAID chair at the National Defense University where she taught political science, environmental courses, and published research on China. Ms. Wise is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College and holds advanced degrees from Yale University and the National Defense University. 

Nicole Goldin

Nicole Goldin the first director of the Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF). She is a global development and social innovation expert, specializing in policy, strategy, research, communications, and partnership. Until December 2012, she served as senior adviser for policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she led the creation of and built consensus for USAID’s first youth in development policy. She is a frequent public speaker and convenor on broad development policy and youth issues and is a member of the adjunct faculty of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Dr. Goldin joined USAID in September 2009 from the Department of State, where she was senior adviser to the undersecretary for citizen security, democracy and human rights for policy on global youth, Africa, and international organizations. She is a board director of She’s the First.

Prior to her service in the Obama administration, Dr. Goldin worked with Peace Dividend Trust as managing economist, leading research projects related to economic recovery and stabilization. She has worked in and with public, corporate, finance, and nonprofit organizations on economic growth, education, democracy and governance, youth, urbanization, gender, stabilization, and social innovation policy and programs. Other experience includes 10 years working and consulting in the development and finance sectors with such organizations and firms as the Clinton Global Initiative, Gerson Lehrman Group, Chemonics International, and IFES. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, an M.Sc. in development from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in international political economy from American University, and a B.A. in East Asian studies from Union College. Dr. Goldin has lived, worked, and traveled in over 50 countries across all 7 continents.

Diana Walker

Diana Walker is the Managing Director of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. In her role at the UN Foundation, Ms. Walker oversees all activities related to the Global Entrepreneurs Council, a high level group comprised of the next generation of leaders in the entrepreneur community who dedicate two years to work deeply with the UN Foundation to bring new ideas, innovation, perspective, and networks to the work of the UN to help solve global problems.  Ms. Walker has worked at the UN Foundation for ten years in capacities within the Global Partnerships, Public Affairs, and Energy/Climate Departments. In 2007, Ms. Walker took a leave of absence from the UN Foundation to join the Intergovernmental Affairs senior leadership team on the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado and the 2008 U.S. Presidential Campaign. She also managed logistics for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee in Washington, D.C. and continues to support the White House on a volunteer basis providing advance and logistics work for President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice-President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.  The UN Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals.  Ms. Walker is from Boulder, Colorado and holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado. She is a member of the BMW Foundation’s Young Leaders Forum and sits on the Board of Something Independent, a Colorado group focused on bridging entrepreneurship and economic development in Colorado with the outdoor industry. In September 2012, Ms. Walker was named by the Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy as one of the top 99 foreign policy leaders under the age of 33.

Craig Lundsten

Craig Lundsten is Executive Director of Corporate Communications at Laureate International Universities, a trusted global leader in providing access to high quality, innovative institutions of higher education. The Laureate International Universities network includes 70 accredited campus-based and online universities. Laureate's more than 780,000 students are part of an academic community that spans 29 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. Craig joined Laureate in 2002 and has held a number of roles focused on growing the number of institutions in the Laureate network and helping network institutions enhance the products and services they deliver to students around the world. He speaks fluent Spanish and is proficient in French and Portuguese. Prior to joining Laureate, he held positions in finance and operations with BankBoston and America Online. He earned a Master in Business Administration from the Robert Emmett McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Spanish Literature from Colby College.

Victoria Dunning

Victoria Dunning serves as the Vice President for Programs of The Global Fund for Children (GFC), with oversight of an annual $5.0 million global grants portfolio supporting community-based organizations that improve the lives of children and youth.  She is also responsible for building and strengthening GFC’s capacity-building services to its grantee partners.  Ms Dunning spearheaded GFC’s initiative for the design, development and implementation of GFC’s Organizational Capacity Index, as well as for its grassroots grantmaking metrics framework.  Previously, Ms. Dunning worked on global health and international development programs the United Nations Foundation, the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health, USAID Tanzania, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Ms Dunning has MPH from Columbia University and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.  She has exceptional language facility with proficiency in French, Spanish, Wolof and Swahili.  

Anne C. Petersen

Anne Petersen is Founder/President of Global Philanthropy Alliance (GPA) & Research Professor, UMichigan. GPA funds early stage youth-led social entrepreneur organizations in Africa, supported by an African Board and country committees. For a decade Petersen was SVP Programs and Corporate Officer, WK Kellogg Foundation, responsible for all US, LAC, Africa programs; the latter were the source of inspiration for GPA. As a scientist, she focused on adolescence and youth, and now emphasizes on global youth policy issues. All her degrees are from UChicago, in math & statistics.

Oliver Guinness

Oliver Guinness is the co-founder and Managing Director of Clearpoint Ventures, a clean economy venture capital fund. Clearpoint Ventures is building a cleaner, smarter economy by investing in innovative, lower-tech companies in alternative energy, energy management and green building. Previously, Oliver advised companies on energy technologies, policies and risks, developed a telecom company and related training program in South America, helped grow a Silicon Valley startup, and worked in corporate finance at Merrill Lynch and Greyrock Capital. Oliver completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, has a Masters in International Affairs and Business in Emerging Markets from Columbia and a degree in Economics from Cornell.