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Keynote Speaker


Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, and Chair of Albright Capital Management, an affiliated investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets.


She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama.


In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet.


Prior to her service in the Clinton Administration, she served as President of the Center for National Policy; was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff; and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund Muskie.


Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She serves on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Dr. Albright also serves on the Boards of the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fog Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.


Dr. Albright is the author of five New York Times bestsellers: her autobiography, Madam Secretary: A Memoir (2003); The Mighty and the Almighty: Reflections on America, God, and World Affairs (2006); Memo to the President: How We Can Restore America’s Reputation and Leadership (2008); Read My Pins: Stories from a Diplomat’s Jewel Box (2009); and Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 (2012). 

Opening Panel


Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster
Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster is the Director, Army Capabilities Integration Center and Deputy Commanding General, Futures, US Army Training and Doctrine Command. Prior to his arrival at Fort Eustis he most recently served as Commanding General, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning from June 2012 to July 2014. Previously he served as Commander, Combined Joint Inter-Agency Task Force Shafafiyat (Transparency) in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1984. He holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
LTG McMaster's previous command assignments include Eagle Troop, Second Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bamberg, Germany and in Southwest Asia during the 1991 Persian Gulf War; 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry in Schweinfurt Germany from 1999 to 2002; and 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Carson, Colorado and in Iraq from June 2004 to June 2006. Staff assignments include Director of Concept Development and Learning at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command from August 2008 to May 2010; Special Assistant to the Commander, Multinational Force-Iraq from February 2007 to May 2008; Director, Commander's Advisory Group at US Central Command from May 2003 to 2004; and squadron executive officer and regimental operations officer in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment from July 1997 to July 1999. He also served as an assistant professor of history at the United States Military Academy from 1994 to 1996.
LTG McMaster's military education and training includes the Airborne and Ranger Schools, Armor Officer Basic and Career Courses, the Cavalry Leaders Course, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and a U.S. Army War College fellowship at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. McMaster has also served as a senior consulting fellow at the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.


Dr. Branko Milanovic
Dr. Branko Milanovic is a Senior Scholar and a presidential fellow at the Luxemburg Income Study Center, City University of New York. He was lead economist in World Bank Research Department (1991-2013); College Park professor, University of Maryland (2007-2013); long-term visiting professor at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University (1997-2007) and senior associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington (2003-2005).
Dr. Milanovic is He is the author of numerous articles on methodology and empirics of global income distribution and effects of globalization. His most recent book The Haves and the Have-nots: A Brief and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality, was published in December 2010, translated in seven languages, and selected by The Globalist as 2011 Book of the Year.

Dr. Jerry Melillo
Dr. Jerry Melillo is a Senior Scientist at the Ecosystem Center, Marine Biological Laboratory.   His research focuses on how human activities are altering the biogeochemistry of terrestrial ecosystems. His research includes studies of carbon and nitrogen cycling in a range of ecosystems across the globe including arctic shrublands in northern Sweden, temperate forests in North America, and tropical forests and pastures in the Amazon Basin of Brazil.
He has become increasingly committed to studying the large-scale effects of global change on terrestrial ecosystems, including effects on the chemistry of the atmosphere and on the climate system. He uses a combination of field experiments and simulation modeling. Together with a number of collaborators, he is presently conducting soil warming experiments at the Harvard Forest in western Massachusetts and at the Abisko Research Station in Sweden to study the effects of warming on soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics, plant growth, and potential feedbacks to the climate system.  He has developed and use a simulation model, the Terrestrial Ecosystem Model (TEM), to consider the impacts of various aspects of global change (climate, chemistry of the atmosphere and precipitation, land cover and land use) on the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems across the globe. TEM is part of the Integrated Global Systems Model, an integrated assessment model, based at MIT.
Dr. Jerry Melillo has published multiple works including Climate Change Impacts in the United States: The Third National Climate Assessment (2014).


Dr. Azza Karam
Dr. Azza Karam serves the cultural mandate at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in New York. Prior to that, she worked as the Senior Policy Research Advisor at the United Nations Development Program, in the Regional Bureau for Arab States, and before that she was the Special Advisor on Middle East and Islamic Affairs to the Secretary General of and the Director of Women's Programs at the World Conference of Religions for Peace International. Dr. Karam joins this Board in her personal capacity and is not representing the institution she belong to.

Her experience spans the fields of multi-religious collaboration, international gender issues, democratization, human rights, conflict, and political Islam. Dr. Karam also worked as a Senior Program Officer at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), working in the Middle East (Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Yemen), Europe (The Netherlands, Sweden and Northern Ireland), where she managed training projects and programs, as well as lecturing on issues of conflict, peace building, transitional justice and humanitarian intervention. As a Programme Manager at the Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict, at the Queens University of Belfast, Dr Karam was a consultant and trainer to various international organizations in Yemen, Uzbekistan and Northern Ireland.
She has edited, authored and published several books and articles.
Her books includeTransnational Political Islam (Pluto, 2004); Islamisms, Women and the State (Macmillan, 1998); Women in Parliament: Beyond Numbers (IIDEA, 1998); Islam in a non-pillarized Society (TNI: 1996); and a Woman's Place: Religious Women as Public Actors (WCRP: 2001).


Dr. Pamela Paxton
Dr. Pamela Paxton is a Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Government at the University of Texas.  Dr. Paxton has intersecting research interests in pro-social behavior, politics, gender, and methodology. She is the author of articles and books on social capital, women in politics, and quantitative methodology. Her research has appeared in a variety of journals, including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Comparative Politics, Sociological Methods and Research, and Structural Equation Modeling. She is the author of Women, Politics and Power: A Global Perspective (2007), co-authored with Melanie Hughes and of Nonrecurisve Models: Endogeneity, Reciprocal Relationships, and Feedback Loops (forthcoming 2010), coauthored with John Hipp and Sandra Marquart-Pyatt.