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 provided 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 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, NBCNews.com, 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.
Graduate Student Research Assistant
Graduate Student Research Assistant
Devin was born in Wakefield, Rhode Island, and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. He received a BA from the University of Delaware and an MA from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) where he focused on US-Japan trade conflict. He has conducted field work in 20 countries with a focus on East Asia and has been called one of the world’s “best Asia watchers” by the National Interest magazine.
Previously, he was based at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs where he most recently ran the organization’s Asia research and exchange program. He has served as an adjunct professor of international affairs at Columbia University and New York University. He has contributed to several books on Asia, and his bylines have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Hill, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The National Interest.
Stewart’s work looks at the “gray” competition waged by China on the West and vice versa and the use of nontraditional statecraft tactics, including economic diplomacy, surveillance, information warfare, political interference, industrial espionage, and trade conflict. This “systems battle” is illustrated in the emergence of two separate Internets–a Chinese one and an American one. The risk of conflict is also rising because the two systems have an interest in seeing their system expand.
The Gray Power Competition (GPC) program explores what an Independent America and US foreign policy restraint means for China’s relations with the world and the future of Asian politics, including the Korean Peninsula. China is eagerly filling the vacuum left by the United States as it scales back its global engagements, and a more realistic North Korea policy may finally bring peace to the Korean Peninsula. Both events can dramatically alter Asian politics and America’s role in the world. The program aims to demystify these hotspots for the public by providing on-the-ground analysis and serving as a counterweight to US-centric, often overly sensationalized viewpoints in the mainstream media.
Devin lives in East Harlem and plays in a gigging rock band with his wife. He has also been homebrewing with friends since the 1990s–before it was cool.
Eurasia Group Staff Advisory Team
Chief of Staff to Ian Bremmer
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.
In 1998, Bremmer established Eurasia Group with just $25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington, London and Tokyo, as well as a network of experts and resources in 90 countries. Eurasia Group provides analysis and expertise on how political developments and national security dynamics move markets and shape investments across the globe. As the firm’s president and most active public voice, Bremmer advises leading executives, money managers, diplomats and heads of state. He now expands this expertise to the Eurasia Group Foundation, founded in 2016.
Bremmer actively discusses the intersection between politics and markets in speeches and the media. He has published nine books, including the national bestsellers Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World and The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations? He is a regular columnist for the Financial Times A-List, and has written hundreds of articles for many leading publications. He appears regularly on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg, CNN, the BBC and other networks.
Bremmer earned a PhD in political science from Stanford University in 1994 and was the youngest-ever national fellow at the Hoover Institution. In 2007, Bremmer was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where he is the founding chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk. He is the Harold J. Newman Distinguished Fellow in Geopolitics at the Asia Society Policy Institute and serves on the President’s Council of the Near East Foundation, the Leadership Council for Concordia and the Board of Trustees of Intelligence Squared.
Bremmer grew up in Boston and currently lives in New York and Washington.
Mohamed A. El-Erian
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.