Founded in 2008, the Fletcher Political Risk Group (FPRG) is a graduate student-run organization at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. FPRG is focused on facilitating research and discussion amongst students with career and academic interest in political risk in the fields of finance, consulting, business intelligence, and business strategy & operations.
James is a master's candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where he studies international business, with concentrations in strategy and political economy. While at Fletcher, he has worked for a digital finance consultancy, helping to craft and execute its entry into the Chinese market. Additionally, he has contracted to conduct business intelligence research. Previously, James worked at Asia Society, an inter-sectoral not-for-profit institution headquartered in New York City. There, he worked with experts to develop and execute programming on a wide range of issues pertinent to intra-Asia and U.S.-Asia relations. Before that, he lived in Beijing, where he worked at an international medical charity. Originally from New Hampshire, he holds a BA from McGill University in Montreal and a certificate in digital money from the Fletcher School.
Jared is a master's candidate at The Fletcher School, studying international business strategy and global political economy as a Citicorp/Wriston Scholar. He has a background and deep interest in European and Eurasian political and economic institutions. At Fletcher, Jared has led due diligence and consulting projects for the Fletcher Social Investment Group, and serves as co-President of the European Affairs Society. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked at the intersection of civil society, government, and business in domestic politics and international development in Washington, D.C. He also lived in Russia and the Republic of Georgia, teaching English and working on civic issues. Jared grew up on the South Coast of Massachusetts, and holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Leadership Studies from Williams College.
Britaania is currently a Master of International Business candidate at Fletcher. 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.
Cristina is a second-year MALD candidate focusing on international business relations and political economy. Prior to attending Fletcher, Cristina worked as a project manager on career skills competitiveness and capacity building programs for scientists and engineers in more than 10 countries. She has a B.A. in Political Science and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she speaks Spanish fluently.
Originally from Lexington, Massachusetts, James is a first year Masters in International Business Candidate. Before coming to Fletcher he worked as a Cost of Living Surveyor on behalf of Fortune 100 companies looking to send their employees to live and work abroad as expatriates. He collected data in over 40 countries, from Angola to Uzbekistan. Afterwards he took a more client facing role, working with firms to adjust their Cost of Living Allowances and Housing Allowances. At Fletcher he is studying Business and International Political Economy.
Louis is a passionate former and aspiring future public servant who has dedicated his life to advancing global peace, security, cooperation and development. He has lived and worked in 20 countries, including spending two years in Japan, as well as significant time in Bangkok, Guatemala and South Korea. He began his career as a U.S. Navy Supply and Logistics Officer, where he developed a love for leadership in the complex international arena. At The Fletcher School he is studying International Business with a focus on Strategic Management and International Trade Policies.
Daniel Freddo-Miller is a second year MALD candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He focuses on International Security Studies and International Monetary Theory & Policy, with a specific interest in Eastern Europe. Prior to Fletcher, Daniel worked at an immigration law firm in downtown Boston. He also interned at the U.S. embassy in Vienna, Austria over the past summer.
Born and raised in Rome, Adolfo is a second year MALD candidate at The Fletcher School, focusing on security studies and international political economy with a geographical concentration on Europe and China. He earned a B.A. at Boston University, where double-majored in international relations and economics and was the All-University student commencement speaker. Afterwards, Adolfo interned at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN. He then worked at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center on a project led by the former Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd. He is now a dual US and Italian citizen.
Kelsey Goodman is a first-year graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she is studying the intersection of good governance and economic development. Previously she worked in Morocco for three years where she collaborated with civil society organizations to expand educational and community development programming for women and youth. She speaks Modern Standard and Moroccan Arabic. She holds a BA in foreign affairs and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Virginia.
Greg Goodwin is a first-year MALD student currently focused on International Environment and Resource Policy. Prior to attending The Fletcher School, he spent several years in the IT research industry helping global industrial organizations achieve greater operational efficiency, harmonized enterprise communication, and improved compliance through the implementation of technology solutions and formalized processes. A Boston area native, he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BA in journalism.
Brooklyn is a first year master in international business student at the Fletcher School. Originally from Arizona, she moved to DC for her undergraduate studies at American University. Prior coming to Fletcher, Brooklyn spent three years as a project manager for USAID projects, working mostly in the Asia and Latin America regions. With the belief that the private sector has the unique ability to build bridges between nations and create sustainable programs for the betterment of developing communities, she is focusing her studies on the intersection of global issues and private sector solutions.
A first-year MALD candidate with extensive editorial and education experience, Ezra handles media relations for FPRG. He spent seven years in Istanbul prior to enrolling at Fletcher and is interested in new paradigms for U.S.-Turkey relations. He began his career as an editorial professional and worked at a New York-based philanthropy on their public relations team prior to relocating to Istanbul, where he taught academic ESL at a university and maintained a blog about life in Turkey. Ezra is a native of Oregon and graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in journalism and international studies.
Novie Sandhu is a first year Master of International Business student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy studying International Finance and Banking and International Security Studies. Before Fletcher, Novie was an Investment Officer at the California Department of Insurance helping insurance companies make community development investments in California. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in History from the University of California, Davis.
Adi arrived at Fletcher after three years of working at a health sector non-profit in Indonesia. Currently studying International Finance and Banking, Adi is looking to be involved in financial services and identify roles that financial institutions can play in the larger development context. Adi completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2013, majoring in International Studies. At Fletcher, Adi is involved with the Political Risk Group, Social Investment Group, and the Innovation Society.
Phillip Shattan is from Silver Spring, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 2014, majoring in International Relations, East Asian Studies, and History. Phillip spent the next two years teaching English in Shenzhen, China. He is currently studying Pacific Asia and economics at Fletcher. After graduating, he hopes to work as a consultant focusing on China and East Asia.
2016-2017 FPRG Leadership
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, Veracity Worldwide
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 firstname.lastname@example.org