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Nannerl O. Keohane Director, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Associate Research Professor of Sociology
Suzanne Shanahan is Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics and Associate Research Professor in Sociology. Suzanne also directs the Kenan Refugee Project and DukeEngage Dublin. Her current research focuses on forced migration and moral responsibility. More specifically, Suzanne’s work explores the impact of displacement on refugee well-being and moral boundaries before and after resettlement with particular focus on Bhutanese, Iraqi and Syrian refugees. This community-based research is a collaboration with communities both in the Middle East and with newcomer communities in North Carolina. Other work explores the dynamics of racial collective action in the United States and Europe. She is recipient of the Robert B. Cox Distinguished Teaching Award and the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award. Suzanne received her PhD from Stanford University.
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Faria Abedin is Managing Partner of Abedin Enterprises. She has been involved in numerous philanthropic and community outreach efforts. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Women for Women International and the Board of Directors of the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen. In addition, she serves on the NJ Homeland Security Interfaith Advisory Council. Ms. Abedin holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Computer Science from The Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband and three children.
E’81, P’13, is a Transportation Safety Consultant with over 30 years of experience in design, development, verification and validation of industrial software-based systems. He is a runner, a biker, a husband, and a dad.
Stephen Bear (Emeritus) T’73, s an Executive Coach and Business Adviser, faculty member at the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and former Senior Vice President of human resources at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Charles Bell T’82, P’18, is Senior Vice President for the Louis Berger Group’s economic and institutional development market. He oversees economic growth (policy reform, microfinance, SME development), governance (decentralization, municipal services), community development (small scale infrastructure) and planning programs (resiliency, regional development) in transitional economies around the world. He has experience with USAID, DFID, DFAT, World Bank, and regional development banks.
Kenneth Close T’81 is CEO and Founding Partner of The Quincy Group, a government affairs, strategic communications and business development firm that specializes in Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries. He has more than 30 years of investment banking, private equity, international business development and government relations experience.
William Cohan T’81, is New York Times bestselling author of “Money and Power,” “House of Cards” and “The Last Tycoon,” former Managing Director of JP Morgan Chase, and former Director at Merrill Lynch. He worked as a Senior Wall Street M&A Investment Banker for 17 years at Lazard Frères & Co., Merrill Lynch and JPMorganChase. He has written for The Financial Times, The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The Atlantic, The Nation, Fortune, and Politico.
Eva Herbst Davis T’87, P’20, is the Co-Chair of the Global Private Equity Practice at the law firm of Winston & Strawn. For more than 20 years, Eva has advised her clients on U.S. and cross-border complex business transactions with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions and private equity.
Pamela Hendrickson (Board Vice Chair) T’82, P’15, P’19, is COO and Vice Chairman of Strategic initiatives for The Riverside Company, a global investment firm with more than $6 billion in assets. As COO, she manages a number of teams, including deal origination and fundraising, and as Vice Chairman she oversees the development of new initiatives and supervises the Riverside Strategic Capital Fund and Riverside Credit Solutions. She also sits on the Riverside Investment Council, which considers investments across Riverside’s strategies.
Alice B. Hicks WC’69, P’07, is founder and retired Executive Vice President of Iridian Asset Management LLC, which is dedicated to independent research, investment rigor and the mitigation of risk by investing in companies undergoing significant corporate change. She began her career on Wall Street at the Irving Trust Company rising to Vice President. A partnership at the investment advisory firm of David J. Greene & Co. followed, and then Senior Vice President at Arnhold & S. Bleichroeder, Inc., a New York investment bank. Alice is currently a Commissioner of the Kent, CT Planning and Zoning Commission, board member of the Land Trust and Treasurer of the Country Club. She resides in Connecticut with her husband, Jim, and has two sons, James Byron, Jr. (A.B.’07) and Daniel Franklin.
Rob Kight T’84, is Senior Vice President – Human Resources for Delta Air Lines. He designs compensation and benefit programs in over 65 countries to retain talent, partners with leaders throughout Delta to provide support and strengthen the company’s culture, and delivers HR service to employees across the globe.
Richard Morrill G’68, is former President of the Teagle Foundation, former Chair of the Board of Directors of ChildFund International, and former Chancellor and Distinguished University Professor of Ethics and Democratic Values at the University of Richmond. He also previously served as President of Centre College and as President of Salem College.
Steven Nichols P’98, P’01, P’08, P’12, is retired from a career in banking, where he was an Executive Vice President and head of Wells Fargo’s Global Trade Services, overseeing the trade processing operation.
Nayan Patel serves as President of Jiten Hotel Management Inc. Mr. Patel served as President of Indian Merchants' Chambers. He operated four Best Western properties including the Best Western Capital Beltway, Lanham, Md.; Best Western Manassas, Manassas, Va.; Best Western Capitol Skyline Hotel, Washington, DC and the Best Western Fairfax, Fairfax City, Va. He had been with BW family since 1987. Mr. Patel is active in governing roles for the brand and is an active participant in regional marketing and advertising co-ops. He worked in every aspect of the hospitality industry, from housekeeping to marketing and sales. He served as Vice President of Indian Merchants' Chambers. He served as Chairman of the Board for Best Western International Inc. since December 2003. Mr. Patel served as Director of Best Western International Inc. since December 1, 2000. He is an active member in the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Washington Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Prince William (County) Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Patel received a Bachelor's degree from Duke University and a degree in law from Georgetown University.
Poorav Rohatgi T’10, is an Associate in the Business Litigation Practice Group in the Houston office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. His legal practice includes breach of contract and business torts and government enforcement areas, including matters dealing with the Securities Exchange Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and U.S. sanctions.
Jonathan Silver, T’75, P’04, P’06, is clinical professor of psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Silver is a Fellow and past president of the American Neuropsychiatric Association. He has authored over 45 papers and 65 chapters, and he has edited six books, including Neuropsychiatry of Traumatic Brain Injury, the first comprehensive volume that reviews this subject, and the third edition of the Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury (2019). He has been listed in Best Doctors in America since 1993 for the area of neuropsychiatry.
Mark Thierfelder T ‘86 and Rutgers University, JD ‘92, is a partner and a member of the Policy Committee at Dechert LLP, an international law firm with top-ranked practices in corporate and securities, complex litigation, finance and real estate, and financial services and asset management. As chair of Dechert’s global corporate and securities group and chair of the firm’s global private equity practice, he concentrates his practice on private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions (both domestic and international). He is consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in these practice areas by a number of legal directories including Chambers USA, The Legal 500 and IFLR. In addition, he is a trustee, chair of institutional advancement and a member of the executive committee of the National Humanities Center, based in Research Triangle Park, a trustee, chair of the Finance Committee, Treasurer and member of the executive committee of Princeton Day School in Princeton, New Jersey, and a member of the advisory board.
Rahul Vinnakota is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Capital and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process and has extensive experience advising middle market companies. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. Vinnakota sits on the boards of Digital Room, Inc. and Caraustar. He served as a member of the Duke Annual Fund Executive Committee and as co-chair of his 15th class reunion. Mr. Vinnakota lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Catherine Ward (T’18) majored in English as an undergraduate, with a minor in education and a certificate in Ethics and Society. The Kenan Institute was a core component of her undergraduate education: she participated in DukeEngage in Dublin, Citizenship Lab: Tools for Change, and the Pursuit of Purpose program. Her experiences with Kenan informed her English research, which focused on female diaspora narratives.
As a Benjamin N. Duke Scholar, Catherine learned about local roots and global mindedness. She is excited to continue probing these topics through an ethical lens while pursuing an MPhil in education (Globalisation and International Development) at the University of Cambridge as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar.
Brian Weinstein is a partner in the Litigation Department at the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell, LLP. As part of his pro bono work at the firm, Mr. Weinstein was part of the team that secured a multi-million-dollar judgment in favor of Chinese immigrants working in the restaurant industry who had been paid less than the minimum wage by their employer. Mr. Weinstein was an Angier B. Duke Scholar and holds a B.A. in English from Duke, as well as a J.D. from Yale University. He is currently serving as the co-chair for the 25th Reunion of his class at Duke. Mr. Weinstein lives in Briarcliff Manor, New York with his wife and three children.
Alisa Worth T’01, is Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, where she utilizes extensive legal, political and public policy experience in her home state of Nevada. She previously served as Executive Director for the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus.
Sara Barron Zablotney T’99, is a Partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She focuses her practice on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and spin-offs, both domestic and cross-border. She also advises clients on the tax aspects of securities issuances, bankruptcy and restructuring, and investment fund formation. Sara was recognized as a 2014 “Rising Star” by Law360 for Tax Law, is listed in The Legal 500 U.S., and is listed as a “Recognized Practitioner” in the Chambers USA 2017 edition.