Our Team

 
  Britaania Poppie: Co-Chair   Britaania is currently a Master of International Business candidate at Fletcher studying international finance and banking as an Emerging Market Scholar. She came to graduate school after six years as a fixed income trader at Bank of America where she focused on global macroeconomics. Her interests lie at the intersection of business and government, specifically around the impacts of political risk on emerging market investment analysis. Britaania calls Washington state home and holds a B.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where she majored in International Economics.

Britaania Poppie: Co-Chair

Britaania is currently a Master of International Business candidate at Fletcher studying international finance and banking as an Emerging Market Scholar. She came to graduate school after six years as a fixed income trader at Bank of America where she focused on global macroeconomics. Her interests lie at the intersection of business and government, specifically around the impacts of political risk on emerging market investment analysis. Britaania calls Washington state home and holds a B.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where she majored in International Economics.

  Kelsey Goodman: Co-Chair   Kelsey is a master's candidate at The Fletcher School, studying the intersection of good governance and economic development as a Citicorp/Wriston Scholar. While at Fletcher, she has assisted with research on renewable energy expenditures in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as accountability in service delivery in the Central African Republic. Previously she worked for the political organization J Street and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Ksiba, Morocco. She speaks Modern Standard and Moroccan Arabic and has a BA in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia.

Kelsey Goodman: Co-Chair

Kelsey is a master's candidate at The Fletcher School, studying the intersection of good governance and economic development as a Citicorp/Wriston Scholar. While at Fletcher, she has assisted with research on renewable energy expenditures in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as accountability in service delivery in the Central African Republic. Previously she worked for the political organization J Street and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Ksiba, Morocco. She speaks Modern Standard and Moroccan Arabic and has a BA in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia.

  Zoltan Feher: Co-Chair   Zoltan Feher is a diplomat from Hungary and a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at The Fletcher School. He is a lawyer and a political scientist by training. He worked as a diplomat for 13 years, serving as Foreign Policy Analyst at the Hungarian embassy in Washington DC and most recently as Hungary’s Deputy Ambassador and Chargé d’Affaires in Turkey. He earned a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was an assistant to Joseph Nye. He works as a geopolitical risk consultant with Duco Advisors.

Zoltan Feher: Co-Chair

Zoltan Feher is a diplomat from Hungary and a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at The Fletcher School. He is a lawyer and a political scientist by training. He worked as a diplomat for 13 years, serving as Foreign Policy Analyst at the Hungarian embassy in Washington DC and most recently as Hungary’s Deputy Ambassador and Chargé d’Affaires in Turkey. He earned a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was an assistant to Joseph Nye. He works as a geopolitical risk consultant with Duco Advisors.

  Quinn Rask: Media Director   Quinn Rask is a first-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate, focusing on international security and international political economy. Before Fletcher, Quinn spent five years working as an analyst in DC on a range of issues, including defense, national security, technology, and energy. Most recently, Quinn worked with the office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the Department of Energy on the Quadrennial Energy Review, a presidentially-mandated policy report on the future of the energy sector in the United States. A Double Jumbo, Quinn completed his undergraduate education at Tufts as well, earning a BA in International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, and Arabic.

Quinn Rask: Media Director

Quinn Rask is a first-year Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate, focusing on international security and international political economy. Before Fletcher, Quinn spent five years working as an analyst in DC on a range of issues, including defense, national security, technology, and energy. Most recently, Quinn worked with the office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis at the Department of Energy on the Quadrennial Energy Review, a presidentially-mandated policy report on the future of the energy sector in the United States. A Double Jumbo, Quinn completed his undergraduate education at Tufts as well, earning a BA in International Relations, Middle Eastern Studies, and Arabic.

  Conor Sanchez:    Development Director   Conor Sanchez is pursuing a Master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, concentrating in Development Economics. Previously, he worked as an aide on Capitol Hill, an appointee in the Obama Administration, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua. At Fletcher, he is pairing his prior experience with a rigorous empirical toolset for evaluating policy interventions in emerging markets, especially with regards to impacts on foreign investment in Latin America. 

Conor Sanchez:  Development Director

Conor Sanchez is pursuing a Master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, concentrating in Development Economics. Previously, he worked as an aide on Capitol Hill, an appointee in the Obama Administration, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua. At Fletcher, he is pairing his prior experience with a rigorous empirical toolset for evaluating policy interventions in emerging markets, especially with regards to impacts on foreign investment in Latin America. 

  Shrinal Sheth: Content Director   Shrinal is an international business student at Fletcher studying Finance and Business Law. Prior to Fletcher, she worked in her family enterprise, based out of India. She has experience in working with heavily regulated sectors and start-ups. Her interests lie in the field of insurance and risk management, specifically political risk insurance and its underwriting. Shrinal holds a Bachelors in Commerce, majoring in finance and investment and has studied "Business and Geopolitics" at HEC, Paris.

Shrinal Sheth: Content Director

Shrinal is an international business student at Fletcher studying Finance and Business Law. Prior to Fletcher, she worked in her family enterprise, based out of India. She has experience in working with heavily regulated sectors and start-ups. Her interests lie in the field of insurance and risk management, specifically political risk insurance and its underwriting. Shrinal holds a Bachelors in Commerce, majoring in finance and investment and has studied "Business and Geopolitics" at HEC, Paris.

  Kelsey Shrenk: Operations Director   Kelsey is a Master's Candidate at The Fletcher School, studying Latin American political economy and trade and investment in emerging markets as a Celia Howard Fellow. Her research interests include political risk in Latin America and interactions between the market and the state.  Previously, Kelsey served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua, and led trade missions and export promotion activities for the State of Illinois and at Metro Chicago Exports. Kelsey holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago and speaks Spanish. 

Kelsey Shrenk: Operations Director

Kelsey is a Master's Candidate at The Fletcher School, studying Latin American political economy and trade and investment in emerging markets as a Celia Howard Fellow. Her research interests include political risk in Latin America and interactions between the market and the state.  Previously, Kelsey served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua, and led trade missions and export promotion activities for the State of Illinois and at Metro Chicago Exports. Kelsey holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago and speaks Spanish. 

  Kevin Dupont   Kevin Dupont is a first-year MALD student, studying International Security Studies and a hybrid of Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization, as well as Maritime Studies. In the Summer of 2015, he formulated a global research project, analyzing the role of social media and political activism; from China, to Israel/Palestine, to Tunisia and many locations in between. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Brandeis University in International Studies and Anthropology.

Kevin Dupont

Kevin Dupont is a first-year MALD student, studying International Security Studies and a hybrid of Southwest Asia & Islamic Civilization, as well as Maritime Studies. In the Summer of 2015, he formulated a global research project, analyzing the role of social media and political activism; from China, to Israel/Palestine, to Tunisia and many locations in between. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Brandeis University in International Studies and Anthropology.

  Yashita Jhurani   After finishing her undergraduate studies in political science, Yashita worked in the policy space in India for five years. During this time, she worked with Members of Parliament for three years assisting them with legislative research, constituency development and media relations. At Fletcher she is enrolled in the MALD program and is focusing on the fields of Global Political Economy and Conflict Management. 

Yashita Jhurani

After finishing her undergraduate studies in political science, Yashita worked in the policy space in India for five years. During this time, she worked with Members of Parliament for three years assisting them with legislative research, constituency development and media relations. At Fletcher she is enrolled in the MALD program and is focusing on the fields of Global Political Economy and Conflict Management. 

  Akshobh Giridharadas   Akshobh Giridharadas is a first year MALD focusing on International Political Economy. Prior to Fletcher, Akshobh was broadcast journalist based out of Singapore, covering business and international news with Channel NewsAsia - the region's largest PAN Asian English news channel. He has penned op-eds and moderated panels on geopolitical, business, and tech-related events and has presented at TEDx in Singapore.

Akshobh Giridharadas

Akshobh Giridharadas is a first year MALD focusing on International Political Economy. Prior to Fletcher, Akshobh was broadcast journalist based out of Singapore, covering business and international news with Channel NewsAsia - the region's largest PAN Asian English news channel. He has penned op-eds and moderated panels on geopolitical, business, and tech-related events and has presented at TEDx in Singapore.

  Chloe Logan   Chloe is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at the Fletcher School with a focus on international security. A former automotive data analyst, she is particularly interested in quantitative risk analysis in the context of counterterrorism and intelligence cooperation. Chloe holds a BA from the University of Michigan, where she concentrated on French language, political science, and statistics.

Chloe Logan

Chloe is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at the Fletcher School with a focus on international security. A former automotive data analyst, she is particularly interested in quantitative risk analysis in the context of counterterrorism and intelligence cooperation. Chloe holds a BA from the University of Michigan, where she concentrated on French language, political science, and statistics.

  Phillip Shattan   Phillip Shattan is currently studying Pacific Asia and Business Relations at The Fletcher School. Before coming to Fletcher, he taught English in Shenzhen, China. Phillip graduated from the University of Rochester in 2014 majoring in International Relations, East Asian Studies, and History. He hopes to work as a political risk consultant focusing on China and the One-Belt-One-Road Project.

Phillip Shattan

Phillip Shattan is currently studying Pacific Asia and Business Relations at The Fletcher School. Before coming to Fletcher, he taught English in Shenzhen, China. Phillip graduated from the University of Rochester in 2014 majoring in International Relations, East Asian Studies, and History. He hopes to work as a political risk consultant focusing on China and the One-Belt-One-Road Project.

  Kacie Yearout   After graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Kacie moved to Portland, Maine to work for the NBC-affiliate station to work as a digital producer. In 2015, she moved to Boston after receiving a job offer at the local FOX-affiliate, WFXT-TV for a similar role. At the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Kacie is focusing on security studies and international political economy, while continuing to learn more about the Latin America region. 

Kacie Yearout

After graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, Kacie moved to Portland, Maine to work for the NBC-affiliate station to work as a digital producer. In 2015, she moved to Boston after receiving a job offer at the local FOX-affiliate, WFXT-TV for a similar role. At the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Kacie is focusing on security studies and international political economy, while continuing to learn more about the Latin America region. 

2017-2018 FPRG Advisory Council

FPRG Advisory Council is a group of Fletcher alumni and academics with expertise representing an array of political risk topics. Its members include:  

David Glancy, Institute for World Politics  

Tanya Hoke, Belem Group 

Stewart Kelly, G3 Good Governance Group  

Julia Livick, Control Risks 

Munish Puri, Presearch Strategy 

Prof. Patrick J. Schena, The Fletcher School, FPRG Faculty Advisor 

Shalini Sharan, Willis Towers Watson 

An independent body, the advisory council is intended to offer guidance on FPRG's medium and long-term strategy, and to support continuity as the Group develops. The Advisory Council members are at the core of The Fletcher School's deep roster of alumni working in the political risk field. For more information, please contact team@fletcherpoliticalrisk.com