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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.
Fouad is a founding partner of CIC Partners and has been with CIC and its predecessor since 1999. CIC Partners is a private equity firm that invests in growth-oriented middle market companies primarily in the food and restaurant industries. CIC manages the personal capital of its investment team and operating partners, who are successful CEOs and entrepreneurs, and seeks to partner with owner/operators, founders, and management teams. He began his career at The Boston Consulting Group. He is a former trustee of the Alcuin School in Dallas, TX and previously served on the Duke Annual Fund Advisory Board. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife Dr. Jennifer Bashour and their two children.
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.
Ali Davis works as an analyst at Decode_M, an insights and strategy firm based in NYC. In this role, she uses a diverse mix of datasets to help companies overcome complex challenges and accelerate their momentum. Ali graduated from Duke with a bachelors degree in Psychology and Global Health. As a senior, Ali was a part of the the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct Bass Connections—a Kenan-led initiative.
Vice Chair of the Anti-Corruption Group and a Managing Partner for Legal Personnel at Covington & Burling LLP
Jennifer Hainsfurther Saperstein '05 is a partner in the Washington DC office of Covington & Burling LLP, where she serves as vice chair of the Anti-Corruption Group and a Managing Partner for Legal Personnel. Jennifer's practice focuses on advising clients on compliance issues arising under anti-corruption laws, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA"). Jennifer also leads cross-cutting compliance projects to help companies build and improve their compliance programs across areas of regulatory expertise, and conducts internal investigations on issues related to workplace culture, diversity, and inclusion. Jennifer was recognized by Law360 as a 2020 "Rising Star" in Compliance.
John Krampf ’69, P’99 earned an AB in economics from Duke and a JD from University of Pennsylvania. He semi-retired as senior counsel for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in late 2017, after practicing law for ~45 years. John previously served on Duke’s Trinity College Board of Visitors and volunteers with the Duke Annual Fund. He has three children and lives in Longmont, Colorado.
Derek Lindsey T'14, graduated with a B.S. in economics before moving to New York to work in Financial Services. He has held roles as a market economist at BNP Paribas, as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman (serving large financial institution clients), and in strategy and product management at J.P. Morgan. Currently, he is part of the Strategy and Business Operations team at Carta. At Duke, he was involved in a number of Kenan initiatives—including DukeEngage Dublin and the Kenan Focus program.
Danielle Moore (T’85) earned her A.B. in history. At Duke, Ms. Moore served on the DukeEngage Advisory Board, the Leadership Gifts Committee, and as co-chair of her 30th reunion. Ms. Moore currently serves as president of the Palm Beach Town Council. She is president of the Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, vice president of Fortin Enterprises, Inc. and a director of both the Fortin Foundation of Florida and the Barker Welfare Foundation. Ms. Moore sits on the boards of many charitable organizations including The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach, the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County, Rosarian Academy (where she attended and her daughters currently go to school), Town of Palm Beach United Way, the Garden Club of Palm Beach, and Women’s Southern Golf Association.
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.
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.
Louden Richason is the SVP of Strategic Partnerships at Zogo Finance, a financial technology start-up that partners with financial institutions to help them educate, engage, and empower the next generation of financial decision makers. He graduated from Duke in with a bachelor's degree in Economics. Throughout his time at Duke, Louden participated in several Kenan programs, including DukeEngage, DukeImmerse, and Citizenship Lab.
Poorav, T’10, is a white collar criminal defense attorney at Gerger Khalil Hennessy & McFarlane in Houston, Texas. Prior to joining the firm, he clerked for two years for the Honorable Alfred H. Bennett in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Before his judicial clerkship, he handled both criminal and civil litigation at the law firm of Haynes and Boone, LLP. At Duke, Poorav majored in Political Theory and obtained a certificate from the Kenan Institute for Ethics.
The Honorable Rodolfo “Rudy” A. Ruiz II, T’ 02, is a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Florida. Prior to his confirmation to the federal bench, he was a Circuit Court Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida from 2014 through 2019, and a Miami-Dade County Court Judge from 2012 through 2014. Before entering judicial service, Judge Ruiz was an Assistant County Attorney with the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office, where he represented Miami-Dade County and government employees in federal and state court at both trial and appellate levels. Judge Ruiz was also an associate with White & Case L.L.P., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, asset-backed financings, and general corporate matters.
Craig Saperstein is a partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He assists clients in developing and implementing sophisticated government relations strategies at the federal and state levels that are geared to provide a demonstrable return on investment. Craig lobbies on behalf of corporate, nonprofit, foreign sovereign, and public sector clients in Congress, the Executive Branch, and state and local governments. He represents clients on a variety of policy issues, including financial services, cybersecurity, international trade, veterans, energy, economic development, transportation, and health care matters.
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. Rahul holds an A.B. in Economics from Duke and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He served as a member of the Duke Annual Fund Executive Committee and as co-chair of his 5th, 10th, and 15th class reunions. Mr. Vinnakota lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
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.
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.