FPI Conference Call: The Ebola Epidemic - U.S. Policy and Implications for Africa

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT


Dr. J. Peter Pham
Atlantic Council

Kristi M. Rogers
Aspen Healthcare Services, LLC


Caitlin Poling
Foreign Policy Initiative

Speaker Biographies

J. Peter Pham is the director of the Atlantic Council's Africa Center.  Dr. Pham was previously senior vice president of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, and editor of its bimonthly journal, American Foreign Policy Interests. He was also a tenured associate professor of justice studies, political science, and Africana studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he was director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs. He has served on the Senior Advisory Group of the U.S. Africa Command since its creation.  Dr. Pham is the author of more than 300 essays and reviews and the author, editor, or translator of over a dozen books, including, most recently, Somalia: Fixing Africa's Most Failed State (Tafelberg, 2013; coauthored with Greg Mills and David Kilcullen). Dr. Pham also contributes to a number of publications including The National Interest and Foreign Policy, and regularly appears as a commentator on broadcast and print media outlets including CBS, PBS, VOA, CNN, the Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NPR, the BBC, Reuters, the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington TimesUSA TodayNewsweekUS News & World ReportThe Times of London, New Statesman, Maclean's, Le Monde, and Le Temps.  A staunch advocate of robust American engagement with Africa, Dr. Pham served as member of the USAID-funded International Republican Institute (IRI) delegation monitoring the national elections in Liberia in 2005. He also served on the IRI pre-election assessment (2006) and election observation delegations to Nigeria (2007, 2011) and Somaliland (2010). He is also a frequent guest lecturer on African affairs at the Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. Army War College, the Joint Special Operations University, and other U.S. government professional educational institutions. The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) for Defence and Security Studies, the Brenthurst Foundation, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation awarded Pham the 2008 Nelson Mandela International Prize for African Security and Development for his study "Imagining Congo Secure and Stable."

Kristi M. Rogers has over 22 years’ experience in strategic business development, program management, corporate leadership, crisis communications and executive-level problem solving, as well as senior executive service in the federal government and in the defense and homeland security sectors.  Ms. Rogers presently serves as managing director and chief executive officer of Aspen Healthcare Services, LLC.  Prior to joining Aspen, Ms. Rogers was a member of the Washington office of Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips where she provided strategic counsel and guidance to multiple clients across a variety of sectors.  Previously, Ms. Rogers was president and CEO of Aegis LLC, a leading risk management and security company. She assisted the London-based Aegis Group in establishing Aegis LLC to provide government and corporate clients with a full spectrum of intelligence-led and culturally sensitive security solutions to operational and development challenges around the world.  Ms. Rogers’ strategic advice and counsel are regularly sought on issues relating to strategic communications, security-sector reform and the role of business in complex and dynamic environments, including markets emerging from conflict.  Ms. Rogers currently serves on the Board of Directors of Qualys Inc., a publicly traded company, and, is founder and current chair of the Women in National Security group within BENS (Business Executives for National Security).

Caitlin Poling serves as the director of government relations at the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI). Prior to joining FPI, she worked in the House of Representatives, most recently serving as a legislative assistant to Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS), focusing on foreign affairs, human rights, homeland security, and immigration. In this capacity, she led initiatives with the International Religious Freedom Caucus for the rights of persecuted religious minorities in Hungary and Nigeria. She writes on Africa and counterterrorism issues, and her work has been published in U.S. News and World Report, e-International Relations, and The Huffington Post. Ms. Poling was featured in Diplomatic Courier’s “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders” in 2013. In 2012, she received her Master of Arts in Security Studies with honors from the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. She wrote her master’s thesis on Boko Haram and affiliated terrorist groups in the Sahel. Caitlin graduated summa cum laude from Ashland University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, International Studies, and French and was a John M. Ashbrook Scholar.


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