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.
2018 Conference Team
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.
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. Born and raised in New Mexico, Conor earned his undergraduate degree from Occidental College where he majored in Diplomacy and World Affairs.
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.
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 has taught International Relations at the Harvard Summer School and at Hungarian universities. In 2016, he earned a Master in Public Administration at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a teaching assistant to Joseph Nye. He has studied with Stephen Walt, Robert Pfaltzgraff, Niall Ferguson, Akash Deep and Toshi Yoshihara. His PhD dissertation focuses on the interaction of the security and economic elements of a country’s grand strategy. He is currently working as a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic Studies and as a freelance political risk consultant. His areas of expertise include U.S. foreign/trade policy, transatlantic relations, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Northeast Asia, with a view to the effects of politics, security and diplomacy on business risk.
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. While at Fletcher, Kevin also serves on the marketing team of the Religion, Law and Diplomacy Conference and he works with the Office of Admissions. 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 has interned with the United States Department of State on three separate occasions, in the embassies at Baku, Azerbaijan; Tijuana, Mexico; and presently, on a virtual position in Islamabad, Pakistan. Before arriving at Fletcher, he was teaching at an international school in Dubai, UAE, while managing the partnerships division of a youth-focused NGO called Global Young Voices (GYV). He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Brandeis University in International Studies and Anthropology.
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. Prior to that, he was a sports reporter with ESPN STAR Sports. He has penned op-eds and moderated panels on geopolitical, business, and tech-related events and has presented at TEDx in Singapore.
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, 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