CLASS OF 2018

EMERGING LEADERS
CLASS OF 2018

Each year, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs selects a highly competitive cohort of Chicago’s up-and-coming professionals to participate in its Emerging Leaders Program. Emerging Leaders become part of a network of globally fluent leaders who will continue to raise the bar for Chicago as a leading global city. Meet this year's class.

EMERGING LEADERS
CLASS OF 2018

Each year, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs selects a highly competitive cohort of Chicago’s up-and-coming professionals to participate in its Emerging Leaders Program. Emerging Leaders become part of a network of globally fluent leaders who will continue to raise the bar for Chicago as a leading global city. Meet this year's class.

Amrith Kaur Aakre

Legal Director, Sikh Coalition

I'd like to explore what new policy directives are necessary to engage the entire community...

Chad Adams

Principal, Sullivan High School

I am interested in exploring not just the issue of gun violence but the greater effects on its victims and communities throughout life.

Lauren Bean Buitta

Principal, Stele Consulting, LLC

I'd like to examine the existing and emerging legal and policy impediments US cities confront amid the advent and application of data platforms and data analytics...

Ryan Blackney

Associate in Commercial Litigation Practice Group and the Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group, Freeborn and Peters LLP

I would like to explore ways to increase demand from the electorate to invest time learning from reputable, established news sources.

Vamsi Bonthala

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, Arbor Lodging Partners

I believe that capital, properly invested, can have a greater impact than philanthropy and that investing with purpose can have equal or better returns than a pure focus on profit.

Joel Braunold

Executive Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace

My passion is finding some sustainable solutions on the financing side of dealing with fragile states...

Chad Doobay

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

I'm interested in exploring best practices for management of public entities on a cross-national basis, to identify incentives and structures that seek to maximize benefits to the public.

Josh Ellis

Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council

I'd like to examine whether the issues people are trying to solve are actually solvable given the government tools we avail ourselves of.

Rodrigo Garcia

Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Illinois State Treasury

I am interested in the intersection of business and politics, of finance and investment, of government and public policy, and of diversity and inclusion.

Adrienne Irmer

Legislative Coordinator, Cook County Government

I would like to explore the hypothetical implications compulsory voting would have in our government’s approach to local and global affairs.

Tim Jones

Millennial Pastor, Willow Chicago

I would like to examine political representation in the United States, today and throughout history.

Shermin Kruse

Partner, Barack Ferazzano Law Firm

I intend to explore technological tools designed to increase citizen engagement and government accountability in functioning democracies.

Daniel Levin

CEO, Cain Millwork Inc.

I am passionate about the future of manufacturing in the United States and its place in the world economy.

Benjamin Levy

Gastroenterologist, Mount Sinai Hospital/Holy Cross Hospital

I am eager to explore how US foreign policy and global affairs affect both the speed of scientific medical discovery and our ability to conduct collaborative multinational medical research.

Rebecca Neale Hampson

Chief of Staff and US Director, CEO Council for Sustainable Urbanization, Paulson Institute

I am particularly interested in exploring how to feed the world’s growing population in a safe and environmentally sustainable way.

Shoba Pillay

Assistant United States Attorney, US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois

Rebekah Raleigh

Executive Producer of Visual Media, Rotary International

I’m interested in researching how the world’s democracies can come together to support open information and truth...

Lisa Reijula

Program Manager, Metro Chicago Exports

I am interested in exploring how cities around the world can collaborate to maintain the transatlantic economic bond in the face of wavering support on a national level for global interconnection.

Stephanie Sutton

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, Edelman Chicago

Nitida Wongthipkongka

Consultant, SC Johnson

I want to investigate the different immigration policies of national governments and the effects on their economies.

Kristin Ziemke

Educator and Author, Amplify

I believe we can leverage the interconnected nature of today’s world to build understanding across space and cultures to overcome next-generation challenges.

Emerging Leaders at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs become part of a network of globally fluent leaders who will continue to raise the bar for Chicago as a leading global city.

Learn more about the program
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. Ranked the #1 Think Tank to Watch worldwide, the Council on Global Affairs is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.

 
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