Allyn B. Summa

Executive Director

Allyn was born in Albuquerque and raised in rural New Mexico. She’s the descendent of homesteaders who arrived before NM was a state. She received a BA from the University of New Mexico and an MA from George Mason University (GMU), both in English, before delving into the then-nascent field of web development. After years in the corporate world, she was recruited by the Tahirih Justice Center to be its Development and Communications Director. There she worked to provide legal services to immigrant and refugee women fleeing gender-based violence. She’s been hooked on nonprofit, mission-based work ever since and has served in leadership positions to support fundraising and communications in conservation, international health, and predatory lending.

EGF was still in the very early stages when Allyn was invited to be its Executive Director. She saw in EGF a place she could create meaningful impact on a global scale. As Executive Director, she manages the big picture of the organization: taking the board’s broad vision and figuring out how to turn it into a reality through effective programming and management.

Allyn believes EGF is the right organization at the right time for some of the most important geopolitical challenges facing us all. She is motivated to pursue a more perfect and connected world.

Allyn is proud that her daughter Rainie is also an alum of GMU. She lives with her two Havana Silk dogs, Poe (after Edgar Allen) and Jack (after O’Lantern, as he was born the day before Halloween). She has never met a dog she didn’t love. Outside of work, she enjoys bicycling, snowshoeing, and hiking. She’ll trek great lengths to get to a natural hot spring. Her favorite fiction author is F. Scott Fitzgerald, because there’s never been a more perfect novel than The Great Gatsby.

Mark Hannah

Senior Fellow

Mark was born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He received a BA from UPenn, an MA from Columbia, and a PhD from USC’s Annenberg School. His doctoral research examined international transitions of journalism from statist to capitalist media models.

Mark worked on John Kerry’s presidential campaign and the 2008 Obama campaign. During the Obama administration, he regularly provided political and policy analysis on MSNBC, FOX News, and CNBC. His writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, TIME Magazine, PBS, Politico, The Huffington Post,, and elsewhere.

His knowledge about the role which media play in driving — and sometimes thwarting — democratic progress was what first caught the eye of EGF. And Mark was excited by the innovative and important work being led by Allyn Summa and Ian Bremmer at the new organization. Mark wanted to work in the world of ideas, but also knew that world all too often seemed unapproachable to most Americans. He wanted to help foster a conversation around the urgent foreign policy challenges our country currently confronts. EGF has enabled him to do just that.

He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two young sons. After a childhood on Cape Cod, he enjoys spending as much of his free time as possible at one beach or another. He is learning to whittle, but despite being from a long line of carpenters, has found it to be quite challenging. He loves reading, and George Saunders, Philip Roth and Marilynne Robinson are among his favorite authors.

Caroline Baxter

Research Fellow

Caroline is a native of Essex County, Massachusetts. She received a BA with honors in international relations from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and a MA in international security policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Earlier in her career, Baxter worked in the Middle East and North Africa division of the National Democratic Institute. She twice organized and ran international election monitoring missions, first in the Palestinian Territories after Yasser Arafat’s death, and again in Mauritania after the 2005 coup. Baxter also organized campaign training schools for women running for parliament in Algeria.

For the past decade, Baxter worked as an analyst at the RAND Corporation where she focused on defense strategy and the operational and logistical challenges of warfare in the Indo-Pacific. Her work, from long-form reports to war games, informed the Joint Staff, U.S. Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Army Pacific, and the Secretary of Defense. She was also detailed twice to the Department of Defense. Baxter came to EGF to tackle the foundational questions confronting U.S. foreign policy today.

Baxter lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and young son. A multi-instrumentalist, singer, and composer, music is her life’s main passion. Baxter was the classical music columnist for the DCist once upon a time, and continues to run a well-respected music blog. These days, she enjoys singing in the choir of St. John’s Church in Georgetown, and trading new music finds with friends and family.

Caroline Gray

Research Associate

Caroline was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. She went to Lewis & Clark College, where she studied International Affairs and Political Economy. She quickly became fascinated by India. She spent a semester abroad there, which led to another year there guiding other students in various cities across the country. She received a grant to do archival research and went to work with Brookings in New Delhi, assisting their foreign policy fellow on a book about the history of Indian foreign policy.

Following her time in India, Caroline moved to Washington, DC to join the policy team at the Truman National Security Project, a progressive national security think tank. There, she developed an engagement strategy for the 2020 election cycle. She also helped develop foreign policy and national security platforms for the 2020 candidates and managed 11 expert groups covering a wide range of subjects, including Energy and Climate Security, Development and Diplomacy, and Asia and Africa. She ran point on Truman’s annual conference. It was there that she learned about EGF’s Independent America project. She is excited by our mission and jumped at the opportunity to come on board.

Caroline recently moved to New York. She loves dogs — her mom owns a dog walking business and her family has two dogs, Plato and Athens. She is always up for any outdoor activity, whether it’s a hike, a bike ride or some kayaking. She’s trekked Alaska, the Himalayas, and many points in between. She’s passionate about campaign finance reform and voting rights and she loves reading poetry and short stories.

Adam Pontius

Graduate Research Assistant

Sean Steinberg

Graduate Research Assistant

Eurasia Group Staff Advisors

Sarah Henning

Chief of Staff to Ian Bremmer

Alexander Kliment

Creative Strategist


Tsveta Petrova

Education Specialist, Columbia University

EGF Board

Greg M. Boyle

Greg Boyle is a litigation partner in Jenner & Block’s Chicago office, where he focuses his practice on complex financial disputes.  Greg has handled numerous enforcement investigations conducted by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) relating to matters including complex financial products and public company accounting.  He has conducted internal investigations and defended complex civil litigation relating to these matters.  Greg’s experience also includes providing counsel to and defending civil litigation for exchanges and self-regulatory organizations in the derivatives markets.  His other litigation experience includes trying cutting edge trade secret matters for financial firms and defending law firms in complex legal malpractice litigation.  Greg has been recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star.”

Greg serves on the Board of the Chicago Bar Foundation, and chairs its Advocacy Committee, which works on legislative and administrative solutions for improving access to justice for all.  He has an active pro bono practice, in which he has defended state court felony cases, asylum cases, and pursued state and federal habeas relief for prisoners.  Greg is the author of the Illinois chapter of the ABA Section of Litigation’s 50 State Survey of Legal Malpractice Law, and has taught trial advocacy at the John Marshall Law School and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Midwest Trial Skills Program.

Greg is a member of the Firm’s Complex Commercial, Professional Responsibility, Class Action, and Markets and Trading Litigation Practices. He serves on the Firm’s Finance, Hiring, and Pro Bono Committees.  He earned a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College in 1993, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1997.

Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer is a political scientist who helps business leaders, policy makers, and the general public make sense of the world around them. He is president and founder of Eurasia Group, the world’s leading political risk research and consulting firm, and GZERO Media, a company dedicated to providing intelligent and engaging coverage of international affairs. Ian is an independent voice on critical issues around the globe, offering clearheaded insights through speeches, written commentary, and even satirical puppets (really!).

He is the host of GZERO World with Ian Bremmer, which airs weekly on US national public television. Ian is also a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the BBC, Bloomberg, and many others globally.

A prolific writer, Ian is the author of 10 books, including the New York Times bestseller “Us vs Them: The Failure of Globalism” which examines the rise of populism across the world. He also serves as the Foreign Affairs Columnist and Editor at Large for Time magazine. He currently teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and previously was a professor at New York University.

Mohamed A. El-Erian

Mohamed A. El-Erian has worked on economic and financial issues in both the public and private sectors. He now pursues a portfolio of activities focused on writing, advising, through leadership and philanthropy.

After completing his undergraduate studies in economics at Cambridge University, Mohamed moved to Oxford where he obtained masters and doctorate degrees in economics. For 15 years, he worked as an international civil servant, rising to the position of Deputy Director at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.

About to turn 40 and having never worked in the private sector, Mohamed moved to Salomon Smith Barney/Citibank where he was a managing director and head of the emerging markets research team. He was then recruited by PIMCO in 1999 to lead the EM portfolio management team before spending 2 years as President and CEO of Harvard Management Company, the entity charged with managing the university’s endowment. He returned at the end of 1997 to PIMCO to serve as CEO and co-chief investment officer, serving investment clients around the world and helping to more than double the firm’s assets under management to $2 trillion while wining several investment and management awards.

Seeking a better work-life balance, Mohamed stepped down in March 2014 to pursue a more flexible approach. He is the chief economic advisor to Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO, and writes regularly, including as a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times. His two New York Times’ best sellers – the 2008 “When Markets Collide” and the 2016 “The Only Game in Town” – won several awards, including from the Economist, Financial Times, and The Independent. For 4 years in a row, he was named by Foreign Policy as one of the world’s top 100 thought leaders. In 2016, Linked-In named him its top influencer.

In addition to serving on the boards of several non-profit think tanks and academic institutions, including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (co-chair) and the NBER (Executive Committee), Mohamed was chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council (2012-2017). Since 2006, he has been chairing Microsoft’s Investment Advisory Committee. He is co-head of the capital campaign for the university and colleges of Cambridge, and is an honorary fellow of Queens’ College.

Sallie Krawcheck

Financial feminist Sallie Krawcheck is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a recently launched innovative digital investment platform for women. She is the Chair of Ellevate Network, the global professional woman’s network, and of the Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies in the world for advancing women. She is also the best-selling author of “Own It: The Power of Women at Work.”

Before becoming an entrepreneur, she was CEO of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, of Smith Barney and of Sanford Bernstein.

During her career, Krawcheck has a history of turning around and growing troubled businesses, eliminating Wall Street conflicts of interest, and advocating a true client-centered business model. Fortune Magazine called her “The Last Honest Analyst” during her tenure at Sanford Bernstein, and noted that hers was the most influential voice for research quality and integrity.

Krawcheck has also been named among the top ten of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People” in business list, as well as one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneurs to Watch. and she has also been referred to as one of the most successful and influential executives in financial services.

Krawcheck also lends her voice to social media, reaching a network of more 1,700,000 followers on LinkedIn and 46,000 on Twitter.

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Krawcheck attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the Morehead Scholarship and graduated summa cum laude in 1987. In 1992, she received a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.

Betty Liu

Betty Liu is the Executive Vice Chairman for NYSE Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange, Inc. (NYSE: ICE). Liu oversees the NYSE marketing strategy, including customer-centric messaging, brand, digital and events consistent with Intercontinental Exchange’s growth strategy.

Prior to joining the NYSE in 2018, Liu was an award-winning business journalist. She most recently anchored the Bloomberg Television “Daybreak Asia” program. She also co-created and anchored “In the Loop” for 8 years on Bloomberg. Prior to the NYSE acquisition, Liu served as founder and CEO of Radiate. Radiate’s content of empowering leaders with expert advice continues to scale through NYSE’s platforms today.

Prior to joining the NYSE in 2018, Liu was an award-winning business journalist. She most recently anchored the Bloomberg Television “Daybreak Asia” program. She also co-created and anchored “In the Loop” for 8 years on Bloomberg. Prior to the NYSE acquisition, Liu served as founder and CEO of Radiate. Radiate’s content of empowering leaders with expert advice continues to scale through NYSE’s platforms today.

Before joining Bloomberg Television, Liu was an anchor for CNBC Asia based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, she was the Atlanta bureau chief for the Financial Times. Earlier in her career, Liu was the Taiwan bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires and a Hong Kong-based regional correspondent for the newswire. In 1997, she received a Dow Jones Newswires Award for her coverage of the Asian financial crisis. Liu is also author of the career guide, Work Smarts: What CEOs Say You Need to Know to Get Ahead.

Liu earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Lorenzen

Richard Lorenzen is an American entrepreneur, speaker and investor. He is the founder and CEO of Fifth Avenue Brands, a New York public relations firm providing media relations, strategic planning and crisis management to the technology, finance and policy sectors.

Born as the child of a New York City fireman and a journalist, Richard developed an interest in entrepreneurship and technology at a young age, which led him to start his first online business venture at the age of 15. His early dive into the emerging space of digital marketing allowed him to build a fast-growing marketing agency which became a launch pad for his career ever since.

Richard is regularly cited as one of the most influential millennial entrepreneurs in America. He has been featured in CNBC, Fox News, Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, AdWeek and more. Inc. Magazine named him one of the most inspirational entrepreneurs of 2017, while Entrepreneur Magazine ranked him as one of the top 50 people in digital marketing. He received an award for Entrepreneur of the Year at the Smart Hustle Conference in New York in 2018.

Richard is a frequent keynote speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship and foreign policy, and is active in mentoring youth entrepreneurs through organizations such as Junior Achievement. He has spoken at the United Nations; universities such as Lake Forest College, Ottawa University, Wells College and Baruch College; more than a dozen US high schools; and business conferences across North America, Europe and Asia.

He is a member of the foreign policy organization Concordia and the Young Entrepreneur Council, the board of directors of Eurasia Group Foundation, and a founding member of the Forbes Agency Council.

Maziar Minovi

As Chief Executive Officer at Eurasia Group, Maziar Minovi is responsible for directing firm strategy and leading oversight of research, sales, and operations teams across Eurasia Group’s global offices. He previously served as managing director at the firm, overseeing coverage of cross-cutting, global trends in geopolitics.

Maziar has twenty-five years of experience investing in international and emerging markets. He was a senior member of the Investment Strategy Group at Goldman Sachs, where he identified investment opportunities in emerging markets—including in debt, equities, and currencies—as well as geopolitical and global policy issues with market impact. Prior to that, Maziar was the head of the Emerging Markets Group at MassMutual/Babson Capital Management. He has also worked for the International Monetary Fund, Long Term Capital Management, Putnam Investment Management, and the World Bank.

Maziar holds a doctorate in international finance and economic development, a master of business administration, and a bachelor of business administration from George Washington University. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Maziar’s involvement in international politics started involuntarily when the Iranian Revolution interrupted his teenage years.

Mary Pang

Mary Pang

Mary Pang is a Managing Director and the Head of the Global Private Client Practice at Cambridge Associates. Mary has over 20 years of investment experience and is responsible for leading the firm’s business serving and investing on behalf of families.

Prior to joining Cambridge Associates, Mary held a number of leadership roles at J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Citigroup. Most recently, Mary was a Managing Director and Senior Banker with J.P. Morgan Private Bank where she led the team serving individuals and families across the Bay Area and Hawaii and oversaw the firm’s Silicon Valley expansion. Before joining J.P. Morgan, Mary was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management, overseeing business development and marketing strategy, globally. Mary also worked in Citigroup’s Global Wealth Management division, where she ran marketing and business development for select businesses, and served as Chief-of-Staff to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the division. Mary started her career in finance at Bankers Trust in London in 1994.

Mary serves as Chair of the Board for the Center for Youth Wellness and also serves on the Board of Eurasia Group Foundation.

BS, Finance and Economics, City, University of London

Niko Pfund

Niko Pfund is the Global Academic Publisher of Oxford University Press and President of Oxford University Press, USA. A graduate of Amherst College, he began his career at Oxford in 1987 as an editorial assistant in law and social science before moving to New York University Press in 1990. At NYU Press, he was an editor and then editor in chief before becoming director in 1996. He returned to Oxford in 2000 in the role of Academic Publisher and is responsible for oversight of the Press’s scholarly and research publishing across the humanities, social sciences, science, law and medicine, spanning the Press’s offices in Oxford, New York and Delhi. A frequent speaker on publishing, scholarship and media, he has given talks at the Library of Congress, the World Bank, George Washington University, UNC, Fordham, Oberlin, USC, Yale, UT-Austin, NYU, MIT, Princeton, Williams, Columbia, Amherst and many other institutions, as well as at a variety of scholarly conferences and publishing institutes. He serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including those of the Digital Public Library of America, the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the American Publishers, The Common (a literary magazine) and the Eurasia Group Foundation . In 2012 he was named a Notable Person of the Year by Publishers Weekly.

Joe Schoendorf

Joe Schoendorf has been active in high-technology industries for over 50 years. He has been with Accel Partners a leading global venture fund for 30 years. Today he assists our portfolio management in establishing significant strategic global relationships in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

He and his wife Nancy, who has been with MDV Ventures for nearly 25 years (formerly Managing Partner) also spend time as angel investors in Silicon Valley.

Schoendorf is a member World Economic Forum. He has served on its Foundation Board of Directors and also the Executive Committee of the Forum as well on its USA Board.

Previously, Schoendorf was the VP of marketing for Apple Computer. Before that, he was EVP for worldwide sales and marketing for Ungermann-Bass and a member of the Office of the President. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Industrial Networking, a joint venture of Ungermann-Bass and General Electric. He spent his first eighteen years in the valley at Hewlett-Packard, where he held many senior marketing and sales positions in the computer business including General Manager of Global Accounts and General Manager for Computer Business Development.

He was an early investor and served on the Board of Macromedia, Veritas and other Accel portfolio companies.