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6th Annual Interel Global Summit

Advancing Leadership in Global Public Affairs

2020 Summit Dates Coming Soon
June 5-7, 2019 Washington, D.C.
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Thank you for attending the 6th Annual Interel Global Summit
Advancing Leadership in
Global Public Affairs

This year’s Summit, held for the first time in Washington, D.C., was by far our biggest and best event yet! It was incredible to see such an international audience of Interel Global Partnership (IGP) members, public affairs and association executives – nearly 30 countries represented – in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol building for timely and important discussions on advancing leadership in global public affairs.

We hope you gained valuable insights from our excellent speakers as well as new business contacts and friends. Whether it was discussion on policy leadership on the global or local levels, or leadership in emerging or changing industries, we all brought unique perspectives and learnings on the important role of public affairs in creating platforms for constructive dialogue and shaping the future. The discussions shared at this Summit demonstrate the importance of the public affairs function in helping advance the interests of all types of organizations and stakeholders on a “glocal” level.

Although the Summit may be over you can still extend the experience! Please don’t wait until the next Summit to connect and collaborate with colleagues from around Interel and the Interel Global Partnership (IGP). Get engaged today in the IGP community by staying tuned for upcoming IGP events near you or online, such as senior-level executive briefings or international webinars, as well as dates for the 7th  Annual Interel Global Summit! Also do not hesitate to contact us with suggestions for next year’s Summit.

Thank you again for being part of this growing global public affairs consultancy community, the largest independent international public affairs network in the world!

Event Details


Welcome Reception | June 5

Interel US Office/Interel Global Partnership Headquarters

1420 New York Avenue NW, 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005

Interel Global Summit Conference | June 6

The Newseum

555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

*Attendees will be given full access to the Newseum during the Summit week

Interel Global Partnership Reception and Awards Dinner | June 6

InterContinental Washington, D.C. - The Wharf

801 Wharf St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

Interel Global Partnership Meeting (IGP Members Only) | June 7

The Willard

1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004


InterContinental Washington, D.C. - The Wharf

801 Wharf St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024


U.S. Capitol Tour (IGP Members Only) | June 5

First St SE, Washington, DC 20004


Ride, bike, or “scoot” with our guest speaker, Uber! 


In 2019 we were excited to present a diverse agenda with an array of topics covering the event’s theme, “Advancing Leadership in Global Public Affairs.” The three-day program featured prominent speakers, thought provoking sessions, and timely insights. Attendees also enjoyed special sessions planned for business development, the annual IGP awards dinner, and a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol!

* Day 3 is for Interel Global Partnership Members Only

Tour of the U.S. Capitol

Before the official start of the conference IGP members are invited on an exclusive behind-the-scenes guided tour of the U.S. Capitol hosted by the Interel U.S. government relations team.

Note to those joining us: there will be two tours. You will be assigned your tour time the week of the event. We can’t wait to see you there!

This event is for IGP members only
*Spaces are limited

14:00 & 14:15 - 16:00 & 16:15 U.S. Capitol

Welcome Reception

Join us for the official start of the 6th Annual Interel Global Summit with a rooftop reception at the new Interel Washington office and global headquarters of the Interel Global Partnership, just steps away from the White House. Enjoy a casual evening connecting with colleagues over a glass of wine and light snacks before heading out for a night on the town!

18:00 - 20:00 Interel U.S. Office / Interel Global Partnership Headquarters


Sponsored by State & Federal Communications

8:30 - 9:00 Newseum Reception Area

Welcome Session | Advancing Leadership in Global Public Affairs

As we get the conference under way, Interel’s Jason C. Jarrell, Managing Partner, US & Global Practice and Head of the Interel Global Partnership will introduce the program and set the stage for the conference theme, Advancing Leadership in Global Public Affairs, and the role of leadership in this space whether as policy makers, business leaders, association executives, or consultants. Jason will also introduce the new leader of Interel, Gregoire Poisson, CEO.

9:00 - 9:15 Newseum Knight Conference Center

Keynote Session | The Call to Leadership in an Unpredictable World: Perspectives from the Policy Helm


Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen | Senior Advisor, Akin Gump

Governor Haley Barbour | Founding Partner, BGR Group

Moderator: Cesca Antonelli | Editor-in-Chief, Bloomberg BNA

9:15 - 10:00 Newseum Knight Conference Center

Coffee Break

10:00 - 10:15 Newseum Reception Area

Who Runs the World?: Perspectives on global leadership, trade, and security


Samantha Vinograd | National Security Analyst, CNN; Senior Advisor, Biden Institute

10:15 - 11:00 Newseum Knight Conference Center

Leading Public Affairs through Growth and Change

A key leadership role of public affairs executives in corporations and associations is to help steer their organizations through change and at times create it. Hear from a panel of senior-level corporate and association leaders on how they have helped lead their organizations through challenges to manage risks and create new opportunities.


Kathleen A. Ambrose | Vice President, Global Government Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, TE Connectivity

Selina Jackson | Vice President of Global Government Relations and Public Policy, Procter & Gamble

Mark A. Langley | Formerly of Project Management Institute (PMI)

Moderator: Dr. Fruzsina M. Harsanyi | Senior Advisor, Interel

11:00- 12:00 Newseum Knight Conference Center


Sponsored by Quorum

Special Speaker: Alex Wirth | Co-Founder & CEO, Quorum

Quorum International is a software product that enables global public affairs professionals to work together better to achieve goals. Gather intelligence, identify trends, and communicate with key stakeholders through powerful features built on top of a comprehensive, up-to-date database of elected and appointed officials with contact info, biographies, and real-time social media posts. 

Quorum is a software company headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an office in Brussels. Quorum International is the company’s seventh product built for public affairs professionals.

12:00 - 13:00 Newseum Knight Conference Center

Getting Around: Mobility & Society

Robert T. Hastings, Jr. | Executive Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs and Chief of Staff, Bell

Taras Szmagala Jr. | Senior Vice President, Public & Community Affairs, Eaton Corporation

Dave Barmore | Public Policy Manager, Uber 

Moderator: Catherine Stewart | Senior Advisor, Interel

13:00 - 14:00 Newseum Knight Conference Center

Leading Innovation in Healthcare

Tom Leary, MALA, CAE, FHIMSS | Vice President, Government Relations, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

Ralph F. Ives | Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Analysis, AdvaMed

Gabriela Lavezzari | Senior Director, US R&D Policy & Scientific Affairs, GlaxoSmithKline

Moderator: Cynthia Berry | Client Director, Interel, Managing Director, Civil Justice Reform Group (CJRG)

14:00 - 14:45 Newseum Knight Conference Center

Coffee Break

Sponsored by WE Communications

14:45 - 15:00 Newseum Reception Area

Public Affairs and ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance)

Peter Reali | Senior Director, Responsible Investing Nuveen, a TIAA Company

Jane “Carter” Ingram | Senior Manager, Climate Change and Sustainability Services, EY

William (Bill) Sisson | Executive Director, WBCSD North America

Moderator: Jason C. Jarrell | Managing Partner and Head of Global Practice, Interel 

15:00 - 16:00 Newseum Knight Conference Center

Brave New World: AI & Society

Tara Wisniewski | Senior Vice President, Global Public Affairs, ISACA

Michael Egan | Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP

Nick Leiserson | Legislative Director, House of Representatives

Moderator: Bob Lewis | Managing Partner, US, and Group Head of Association Management, Interel 


16:00 - 16:45 Newseum Knight Conference Center


Our annual Interel Global Partnership Reception and Awards Dinner will be held at the InterContinental Washington, D.C., located in one of Washington’s newest neighborhoods, the Wharf. On the Wharf, a redeveloped historical riverport of Washington located just blocks away from the National Mall, you can enjoy an evening of waterside views and a myriad of late night activities under the stars.

18:30 InterContinental Washington, D.C. - The Wharf

Interel Awards Dinner

Dinner Session: Leadership in Polarizing Times – Dealing with uncertainty, risk, tribalism, distrust, social media, and public expectations

Speaker: Doug Pinkham | President, Public Affairs Council

As part of the evening program we will also be presenting the Advancing Interests Award. The award will be given to a successful case study of a campaign or project that exemplifies the power of public affairs to help a client advance its interests and create the desired outcome.

2019 awards information is coming soon!
For a look at last year’s winners, click here.

19:15 - 21:30 InterContinental Washington, D.C. - The Wharf

IGP Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00 The Willard Hotel

Introductory Remarks

9:00 - 10:00 Willard Hotel

Growing the IGP for the Future

10:00 - 11:15 Willard Hotel

What global clients really want and need from their international consultants

Guest Speaker: Anne Alonzo | President & CEO, American Egg Board; formerly – Vice President, Global Public Policy | Mondelez International (Kraft); Chairwoman of the World Cocoa Foundation; Senior Vice President, National Trade Council; Vice President, Public Affairs | Amoco

11:15 - 12:00 Willard Hotel

IGP Networking and Business Development Lunch

12:00 Willard Hotel

2019 Global Summit Speakers



Session – Advancing Leadership in Global Public Affairs

Grégoire Poisson is CEO of Interel. Adjacent to this position, Grégoire is managing partner EU at Interel, the EMEA Leader of the Interel Global Partnership, and head of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources group. He also advises his own portfolio of clients, consisting of corporations and associations in the energy, mobility, and sustainability fields.

Under Grégoire’s watch, Interel has won multiple awards, including Best EU Consultancy of the Year in 2018 and in 2017. He was voted Consultant of the Year 2018 (Public Affairs Awards Europe).

Committed to enhancing and protecting the critical role of public affairs professionals, he has served as a board member of the European Public Affairs Consultancies Association since 2014.

Before joining Interel in 2012, Grégoire headed the energy-environment-transport public affairs practice for Weber Shandwick in Brussels. Prior to that, Grégoire was account director at Havas Worldwide, where his clients included a major sports-betting services provider and a leading recycling company.

Before moving into consulting, Grégoire was director of public affairs for the European Aggregates Association (UEPG), where he contributed to the success of the European Minerals Forum and ran several successful pan-European campaigns, including ones for the Mining Waste Directive and the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register. Grégoire began his career as European affairs manager at Hitachi Ltd., where one of his major achievements was establishing the EU Hitachi Science & Technology Forum.

Grégoire holds an undergraduate degree from EMLYON Business School and a master’s degree in European Affairs from the Institut Catholique de Paris. In 2015 and 2016, respectively, he completed executive education programs at Harvard, Stanford and Said business schools.

Jason C. Jarrell Interel
Jason C. Jarrell

Jason C. Jarrell


Session – Public Affairs and ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance)

Jason C. Jarrell is managing partner at Interel’s Washington, D.C., office and heads the firm’s global practice, as well as managing the Interel Global Partnership (IGP), the leading independent network of public affairs firms, which covers 70 markets worldwide. Jason additionally manages Interel’s relationships with strategic partners, such as the PLUS network.

At Interel Jason advises senior-level corporate and association executives on global public affairs capacity building and management, as well as international advocacy and stakeholder engagement strategies. He helps clients develop and implement multi-market programs that “connect the dots” across borders and that manage risk, while tapping into international market opportunities.

Jason brings to Interel more than fifteen years’ international experience in the private and public sectors covering corporate public affairs, diplomacy, trade, knowledge management, and executive education. Before joining Interel, Jason headed the international practice at the Public Affairs Council in Washington, where he led executive programming and research on global public affairs management. Prior to that role, Jason held senior-level international consulting positions, developing and leading multi-market government relations and stakeholder programs for a diverse client list that included international financial institutions, natural resource and energy companies, healthcare companies, the U.S. Department of Treasury, and international non-profit organizations. Jason also worked in international affairs for a multinational oil and gas company in Russia, managing stakeholder engagement with global organizations and the diplomatic community.

A Russian specialist, Jason began his career with the U.S. Department of State at the American Embassy in Moscow. Jason has bachelor’s degrees in political science and Russian & Eastern European studies from the University of Illinois, as well as graduate degrees in public administration and international relations from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he also taught a course on U.S. foreign policy. Jason speaks Russian fluently and has a working knowledge of Uzbek. A native of Illinois, Jason resides in Washington, D.C., and is engaged in the local community, serving on the boards of the Chamber Dance Project and the alumni council of Cultural Vistas.

Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Akin Gump
Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

Akin Gump

Keynote Session – The Call to Leadership in an Unpredictable World: Perspectives from the Policy Helm

Former U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is Senior Advisor, Akin Gump. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) served for almost three decades as a member of Congress representing diverse areas in South Florida.

Rep. Ros-Lehtinen was the Chairwoman emeritus of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). In these roles, she led on pressing foreign policy issues, including championing the advancement of freedom and democracy for all, fighting Islamist extremism; supporting free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea; and imposing sanctions on human rights violators in Venezuela.

Read Rep. Ros-Lehtinen’s full bio here. 

Governor Haley Barbour BGR Group
Governor Haley Barbour

Governor Haley Barbour

BGR Group

Keynote Session – The Call to Leadership in an Unpredictable World: Perspectives from the Policy Helm

Haley Barbour, Founding Partner of BGR Group, returned to BGR in January 2012 after serving two consecutive terms as Governor of Mississippi, including two years as the Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. At BGR, he heads advocacy coalitions, lobbies on behalf of his clients and remains a major force in Republican party politics and elections.

In 2003, he was elected Governor of Mississippi, assuming office in January 2004. During his tenure as governor, Barbour led his state to adopt what the Wall Street Journal called the most comprehensive tort reform in the country. His team generated numerous large economic projects in the energy, aerospace and automotive fields, including the selection by Toyota of Blue Springs, Miss., for the company’s newest U.S. auto assembly plant, which was the most sought-after economic development project in the United States that year. In Gov. Barbour’s eight years as governor, per capita income in the state increased by 34 percent.

Read Governor Barber’s full bio here.

Cesca Antonelli Bloomberg BNA
Cesca Antonelli

Cesca Antonelli

Bloomberg BNA

Keynote Session – The Call to Leadership in an Unpredictable World: Perspectives from the Policy Helm

Cesca Antonelli was named editor-in-chief of Bloomberg BNA in 2018. She most recently served as a senior executive editor at Bloomberg News, where she was responsible for data visualization, graphics, and visual media.

At Bloomberg BNA, Cesca oversees an organization of 200 journalists with news desks covering law, tax, government, and environment – and a central news desk responsible for enterprise-wide-functions, including a network of correspondents in the U.S. and across the globe, standards, training, social media, graphics, and audio/video.

Antonelli spent 19 years with Bloomberg News as a reporter and editor in five bureaus, and ran teams around the world. At Bloomberg News, Antonelli helped build the company news coverage in the Americas and throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She was Washington bureau chief and managed the company’s global “front page,” Top Worldwide.

Before joining Bloomberg, she was a reporter at business newspapers in San Francisco and Pittsburgh.

Antonelli has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and Latin American history from the University of Pittsburgh.

Doug Pinkham Public Affairs Council
Doug Pinkham

Doug Pinkham

Public Affairs Council

Session – Interel Awards Dinner

IGP Advancing Interests Awards Judge

Doug Pinkham is president of the Public Affairs Council, the leading international association for public affairs professionals, and President of the Foundation for Public Affairs.

Doug was elected to head the Council in 1997. Under his leadership, the Council has expanded its membership, online services, research on emerging public affairs trends, conferences and global public affairs programs. He has written numerous articles for trade/professional magazines and books and is a frequent speaker on public affairs, politics, communications and corporate management. He has been quoted widely in the print and broadcast media, including The Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostUSA Today, Fox Business News and NPR.

Before joining the Council, Doug was VP of communications for the American Gas Association, a major trade association representing natural gas distribution companies.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Doug graduated with honors from the College of Wooster in Ohio. While at Wooster, he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa society.

Doug is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America. He serves on the board of the Institute for Public Relations and previously served on the International Advisory Board of the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. He is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, an association of senior-level corporate communications executives.

Dr. Fruzsina M. Harsanyi Interel
Dr. Fruzsina M. Harsanyi

Dr. Fruzsina M. Harsanyi


Session – Leading Public Affairs through Growth and Change

Dr. Fruzsina M. Harsanyi is a member of the IGP global team, as well as a consultant on public affairs, an adjunct professor at The American University, and director of the Global Government Relations Forum – a membership organization for public affairs executives — in Washington D.C.   Her consulting practice focuses on the strategic role of public affairs in business, on international public affairs, and on public affairs as a leadership function.

Fruzsina has 30 years’ experience managing the public affairs function for several U.S. and non-U.S. multinational corporations, including Tyco International Ltd., where she was vice president, global public affairs, and ABB Inc., where she was senior vice president, public affairs and corporate communications.

For the past 20 years, she has been on the faculty of the Corporate Public Affairs Institute in Melbourne, Australia, where she delivered the annual oration in 2010.  Fruzsina has lectured on public affairs in the U.S. and abroad, including at Georgetown University, Leeds University Business School in the U.K., and the Asia Public Affairs Institute in Hong Kong.

Taras Szmagala Jr. Eaton
Taras Szmagala Jr.

Taras Szmagala Jr.


Session – Getting Around: Mobility & Society

Taras “Terry” Szmagala, Jr. is the senior vice president, Public & Community Affairs. Szmagala is responsible for representing Eaton with governments at the international, national and local level, as well as overseeing the company’s community involvement and corporate contributions programs. He previously served in positions of increasing responsibility in the Eaton Law Department.

Szmagala joined Eaton in 2007 as chief counsel for the Fluid Power Group. In 2009 he was named vice president and chief counsel of the Industrial Sector and most recently served as senior vice president, deputy general counsel for Eaton. Prior to joining Eaton, Szmagala worked as group counsel with Avery Dennison Corporation and as an attorney with Squire Sanders in its Cleveland, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and Kiev, Ukraine offices.

Szmagala has served in leadership roles in many community organizations, and is currently vice chairman of the board of University Circle Inc. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Dave Barmore Uber
Dave Barmore

Dave Barmore


Session – Getting Around: Mobility & Society

Dave Barmore is a member of Uber’s Federal Affairs team, and leads the company’s congressional, administration, and third party outreach on privacy, data security and consumer safety issues. Prior to joining Uber, Dave represented a variety of technology clients at the Podesta Group, a DC-based lobbying firm. Dave began his career on Capitol Hill managing a portfolio of legislative issues for Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID). Born and raised in the Midwest, Dave holds a B.S. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Tara Wisniewski ISACA
Tara Wisniewski

Tara Wisniewski


Session – Brave New World: AI & Automation

Tara Wisniewski directs several functions aimed to expand ISACA’s global impact and influence, including public affairs efforts focused on government relations and strategic partnerships, and engagement programs focused on building platforms for women, young professionals, students and ISACA’s chapters and volunteers.

She has nearly 20 years of experience in global non-profit institutions. Prior to ISACA, led corporate and global business development for IEEE. Her experience includes strategic partnerships, program development, fundraising, and building and managing staff and volunteer teams around the globe.

Wisniewski has a B.A. from Tulane University and an M.A. from Rutgers University.

William Sisson WBCSD North America
William Sisson

William Sisson

WBCSD North America

Session – Public Affairs and ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance)

William (Bill) Sisson is the Executive Director for WBCSD North America, based in New York City. In this role, he directs and oversees WBCSD’s regional member relations, sustainability-oriented projects and events.

Bill has over 30 years of experience from the multi-national conglomerate United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he recently retired as Senior Executive Director for Sustainability.  Bill’s long track record of guiding corporate sustainability with a technology and innovation emphasis assists WBCSD members on sustainability related business challenges as we move into the next critical decade.

Bill has been involved with corporate sustainability since the early 2000’s, where he was appointed as the first Sustainability Director under UTC’s then CEO. He is an invited speaker at global conferences, workshops, and academic institutions on the subject of business sustainability and climate change.

Bill holds degrees from Virginia Tech, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Business (MIT Sloan), where he is a Sloan Fellow alumnus.  He also supports sustainability initiatives at the Aspen Global Change Institute, Rocky Mountain Institute and as Board Chair and President for the Global Buildings Performance Network.

Samantha Vinograd CNN
Samantha Vinograd

Samantha Vinograd


Session – Who Runs the World?: Perspectives Global Leadership, Trade, and Security

Samantha Vinograd is a CNN National Security Analyst and a Senior Advisor at the Biden Institute. She began her career in Iraq working for the U.S. Department of the Treasury and subsequently served on President Obama’s National Security Council in several roles including Director for Iraq, Director for International Economics, and Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2013 where her work focused on building public – private sector partnerships across a broad range of policy and business issues, and she later led Global Public Policy at Stripe. Ms. Vinograd was a featured speaker at the Aspen Security Forum and was recently named a Newsweek “Woman of the Future.”

She is deeply engaged in social impact work and serves as an advisor to the US Fund for UNICEF. She also regularly engages with students across the country and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Public Policy Institute. She was named a David E. Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission and a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council.

She writes a weekly column on (the Presidential Weekly Briefing) and has published in several outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, Daily Beast, USA Today, Harper’s Bazaar, Politico, and Marie Claire.

Ms. Vinograd is fluent in French and studied advanced Arabic and Hebrew. She received her B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University.

Ralph F. Ives AdvaMed
Ralph F. Ives

Ralph F. Ives


Session – Leading Innovation in Healthcare

Ralph F. Ives is Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Analysis for AdvaMed from August 2004 to present.  Ives is responsible for the Association’s efforts to provide adequate reimbursement, appropriate regulations, and open market access for medical technology products.

Ives was Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Asia-Pacific and APEC Affairs, and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Pharmaceutical Policy in the Executive Office of the President.  Ives previously served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Latin America (1993-96), Europe and the Mediterranean (1996-99), and Agriculture (1999-2000), and in various Director-level positions at USTR.

From 1974 until joining USTR in 1988, Ives was an international economist in various positions in the Department of Commerce.

From 1971-74, Ives was an officer in the U.S. Air Force.


Jane “Carter” Ingram Ernst & Young
Jane “Carter” Ingram

Jane “Carter” Ingram

Ernst & Young

Session – Public Affairs and ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance)

Jane “Carter” Ingram is a Senior Manager in Climate Change and Sustainability Services at EY where she leads engagements in integrating natural and social capital into business strategies to generate long-term value, reduce risks, improve efficiencies and create new market opportunities. She also has helps public and private sector clients develop and implement Environmental, Social and Governance strategies and impact measurement approaches to support long-term value reporting and management.

Prior to EY, Carter established and led the Ecosystem Services program at the Wildlife Conservation Society where she worked closely with field staff, governments, multi-lateral institutions, non-governmental organizations and businesses in Africa, Asia and Latin America to advance conservation and sustainable development based on the multiple benefits that wild places provide to society. Carter also helped create and manage a new boundary institution called the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) that catalyzes interdisciplinary, multi-sectoral research and solutions to challenges at the nexus of conservation, development and poverty reduction.

Prior to WCS, Carter was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Earth Institute of Columbia University where she researched the role of natural capital in supporting social capital in Madagascar and Sri Lanka.

Carter has a Master of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the School of Geography and the Environment from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Currently, she co-leads a USGS /SESYNC sponsored international working group on developing a natural capital accounting approach for the United States, teaches as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University, is a Conservation Fellow at the Wildlife Conservation Society and serves on the Science Advisory Committee for the Science for Nature and People Partnership, the Environmental Markets and Finance Conference advisory committee and Technical Advisory Committee for the UNDP Equator Initiative.


Nick Leiserson Office of Representatives
Nick Leiserson

Nick Leiserson

Office of Representatives

Session – Brave New World: AI & Automation

Nick Leiserson is the legislative director for Congressman Jim Langevin, a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and the co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus. Leiserson serves as Rep. Langevin’s principal advisor on homeland security and technology policy and is the co-lead staffer for the Cybersecurity Caucus. He is a founding board member of the Congressional Tech Staff Association and regularly speaks about Congressional cybersecurity policy, including at DEF CON, ShmooCon and CyberSecureGov. Leiserson holds a degree in computer science from Brown University. When not on the Hill, he can be found singing with the award-winning Alexandria Harmonizers, an all-male a cappella chorus.

Emily Bardach Women in Government Relations (WGR)
Emily Bardach

Emily Bardach

Women in Government Relations (WGR)

IGP Advancing Interests Awards Judge

Emily Bardach is a non-profit strategist and executive with over twenty years of experience in association management. She has built a successful career managing and transitioning multiple professional and trade organizations all under the AMC umbrella.

Emily began her career in meetings and expositions and quickly became enamored with all the facets of association management, positioning herself to help open the doors of a boutique AMC in Alexandria, VA early in her career. Emily helped grow the start-up, while also managing several associations among multiple sectors.

Emily currently serves as the Executive Director for Women in Government Relations, a professional society she has managed over two decades. WGR has seen tremendous growth under her governance including doubling the membership and tripling the sponsorship support and engagement. Emily’s project management skills and ability to build strong relationships with volunteer and community leaders has made her a successful association leader and Washington staple.

Emily’s long-time role with WGR and robust relationships with former leaders led to co-founding the Professional Women In Advocacy Conference in 2012, a national event dedicated to providing women the tools, networking and information to be successful in their career. Emily earned her Certificated Association Executive (CAE) certification from ASAE in 2017.

Emily and her husband, both native Washingtonians, have 2 boys and reside in Arlington, VA.

Catherine Stewart Interel
Catherine Stewart

Catherine Stewart


Session – Getting Around: Mobility & Society

IGP Advancing Interests Awards Judge

Catherine Stewart is Senior Advisor at Interel. She has over 30 years’ experience of leading campaigns for international business to influence the direction of European policy and legislation in sectors as diverse as energy, fast moving consumer goods, technology, competition policy and financial services. She advises major multinationals on assessing political risk to their markets and licence to operate and on structuring their global public affairs activities.

As former Chairman, International, Catherine developed Interel’s Global Network of Public Affairs partners which covers 43 countries spanning the  EU, key third countries and emerging economies. She convened Interel’s Global Advisory Panel, a forum of senior experts providing insight and advice to clients.

Catherine won the European Public Affairs Consultant of the Year Award  in 2010.

Prior to joining Interel, Catherine founded and managed the highly-respected EU public affairs consultancy Cabinet Stewart which merged with Interel in January 2008.

Catherine is a member of the Board of the Society of European Affairs Professionals (SEAP), the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and the Belgo-British Conference.  She is a Forum member of British Influence, promoting the UK’s continued membership of the EU, a Trustee of the British School of Brussels and  Chairman of the Sponsorship Committee of the “Waterloo 200” DoRB Committee.

Robert T. Hastings, Jr. Bell
Robert T. Hastings, Jr.

Robert T. Hastings, Jr.


Session – Getting Around: Mobility & Society

Robert T. Hastings, Jr., was named Executive Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs and Chief of Staff for Bell in May 2010. In this role, he leads the company’s internal and external communications, marketing communications, branding, corporate giving, and community and public affairs.

Robert joined Bell from Northrop Grumman where he served as vice president of communications for the Information Systems Sector, a $10B global information systems and technology business serving both military and commercial customers. Previously, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs. As the senior public affairs official and spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), he was the principal staff advisor to the Secretary of Defense and senior Administration officials for all strategic communications, leading a worldwide public affairs community of some 4,000 military and civilian personnel. Before joining the Defense Department, he served as chief of staff and vice president of communications for BAE Systems, Inc. where he directed strategic communications and public affairs programs for the $15B US-led segment of the global defense company.

Robert is a retired U.S. Army officer with more than 30 years combined federal and state military experience. His U.S. Army assignments include command tours in Aviation and Cavalry and operational assignments in Germany, Eastern Europe, Central America, Iraq, and Bosnia. Robert continues to serve as a Brigadier General in the Texas State Guard where he commands disaster response forces.

In 2009 he was awarded the DoD Distinguished Public Service Medal and was honored by the University of Maryland as its 2010 Distinguished Alumni. He received the Public Relations Society of America Lloyd B. Dennis Distinguished Leadership Award and Silver Anvil Award of Excellence. Additionally, he was honored by the International Association of Business Communicators with the Gold Quill Award for Excellence in Communications Management.

Robert is a former Chairman of the North Texas Commission, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Relations Society of America, the World Affairs Council of Dallas, the Metropolitan DC USO, and the Advisory Council for the University of Florida Master’s Program in Global Strategic Communication, and is a member of the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer. He is a licensed commercial pilot with broad experience in both military and civilian aircraft. Robert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in government studies from the University of Maryland and has completed executive studies at the Wharton School of Business and the University of Michigan.

Kathleen A. Ambrose TE Connectivity
Kathleen A. Ambrose

Kathleen A. Ambrose

TE Connectivity

Session – Leading Public Affairs through Growth and Change

Kathleen A. Ambrose is responsible for leading TE Connectivity’s global government affairs activities, advising senior management on policy issues and communicating the company’s business interests to key government officials and organizations. She also leads the global corporate responsibility team for TE.

Previously, Kathleen served as senior vice president, government affairs, and head of the Washington, D.C. office for Siemens U.S., where she led the federal, state and local lobbying operations for the company. In this role, she also advised on structural, organizational and substantive topics for Siemens global operations.

Prior to her time at Siemens, Kathleen served as principal advisor on public policy for Rio Tinto, a $40 billion global mining and energy company. Her government experience includes serving as Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Commerce and chief of staff in the U.S. House of Representatives. She was Special Advisor to the White House for the G-7, G-8, NATO, US-EU and African Summits. She practiced law with White and Case.

Kathleen holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) cum laude degree from American University Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in French Literature from the University of Maryland.

Mark Langley Formerly of Project Management Institute (PMI)
Mark Langley

Mark Langley

Formerly of Project Management Institute (PMI)

Session – Leading Public Affairs through Growth and Change

Mark A. Langley is formerly of CEO of Project Management Institute (PMI). He came in to those roles in December 2010 after serving over eight years as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In the chief executive role, Mr. Langley was responsible for overseeing and serving as the lead advocate for PMI’s complex global organization, consisting of more than half a million members, certification holders and other stakeholders in more than 185 countries. In support of the PMI Board of Directors, Mr. Langley’s primary responsibility was leading the organization’s alignment to and execution of PMI’s strategic plan through the development and implementation of its operating strategies and organization.

In his previous role, Mr. Langley was responsible for creating and cultivating alignment of PMI’s operating groups to drive market and business development; as well as inspiring lasting and loyal relationships with members, volunteers and other stakeholders that helped advance the profession and drive customer satisfaction in worldwide markets.

During his leadership, PMI’s stakeholder base grew five-fold and transitioned from primarily North American to a truly global representation. During that time, PMI also introduced additional professional certifications, developed program and portfolio management standards, and published several practice guidelines. Mr. Langley has spent countless hours demonstrating the value of project management to practitioners, organizations and governments as well as collaborating with volunteer leaders, and working with communities to advance the profession of project management.

Mr. Langley joined PMI in 2002 as Director, Finance and Administration and was promoted shortly thereafter to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to joining PMI, he served as Chief Financial Officer for ChemLogix and held senior leadership positions with, Quala Systems, Inc. and Castle Energy Corp. He began his career at Price Waterhouse (now PwC) and is a Certified Public Accountant. He brings 30 years of experience to PMI in the areas of strategic planning, global business, association management, operations and financial management.

Mr. Langley is married and has three sons and one daughter. He is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Selina Jackson Procter & Gamble
Selina Jackson

Selina Jackson

Procter & Gamble

Session – Leading Public Affairs through Growth and Change

Selina Jackson is Vice President of Global Government Relations and Public Policy for Procter & Gamble where she leads a global team of 60 professionals responsible for defining P&G’s public policy positions and advancing government relations strategies at the global, federal, state and community levels.

Prior to joining P&G in 2016, Ms. Jackson was based in Geneva, where she served as the World Bank’s Special Representative to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization.

From 2000-2010, Ms. Jackson was UPS’s Vice President of International Public Affairs managing international business, trade policy and market access issues and a time of significant global expansion. Prior to UPS, Ms. Jackson served as US Director for the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue (TABD), an organization of leading American and European companies advocating for a barrier-free transatlantic market. Ms. Jackson began her career in the White House during the Reagan Administration, and later served as a staff member for the Office of Former President Reagan in California.

Ms. Jackson has been decorated by the President of Chile with the Bernardo O’Higgins award, the country’s highest honor, for her role in the rescue of the trapped Chilean miners in 2010. She currently serves on the boards of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, U.S.-Russia Business Council, U.S.-UK Business Council and as the US private sector representative on the G20 Women Business Leaders Task Force.

Ms. Jackson holds a master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University as well as a master’s degree in European Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.

Gabriela Lavezzari GlaxoSmithKline
Gabriela Lavezzari

Gabriela Lavezzari


Session – Leading Innovation in Healthcare

Gabriela Lavezzari, Ph.D., M.B.A. is the Senior Director, US R&D Policy & Scientific Affairs at GSK. She is an accomplished senior executive with demonstrated success spanning decades of development throughout the healthcare continuum. Recent work has focused on advancing medical products by addressing scientific, regulatory and reimbursement challenges.

Prior to GSK, Gabriela joined PhRMA in July 2012 as Assistant Vice President, Scientific Affairs. In this role, Dr. Lavezzari is the primary staff lead for a variety of strategic initiatives aimed at establishing PhRMA as a valuable source of scientific expertise in innovative biopharmaceutical research and development within the Scientific & Regulatory Affairs (S&RA) division of PhRMA.  Dr. Lavezzari brings to PhRMA over ten years of combined research experience in the government and industry, with multi-disciplinary expertise in Personalized Medicine and Regulatory Science.

Prior to joining PhRMA, Dr. Lavezzari served as Director Extramural Development at the Medco Research Institute, a subsidiary of Medco Health Solutions, where she led clinical utility and cost-effectiveness research to create value-based reimbursement decisions for a variety of diagnostics products across different therapeutic areas. Prior to Medco, Dr. Lavezzari spent two years at Theranostics Health, a proteomic-based diagnostics company where she led the laboratory operations and the oncology product development.  Prior to Theranostics, Dr. Lavezzari worked at Social Scientific Systems where she  provided  scientific support to and managed multiple Adult Clinical Trial Group (HIV/AIDS),   laboratory science, laboratory technical and specialty laboratory committees, subcommittees and working groups.

In addition to her experience in the industry, Dr. Lavezzari spent almost five years in research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke (NINDS) and at Georgetown University, where she completed her post-doctoral training in Neuroscience.

Dr. Lavezzari received her PhD in Biological Sciences from University of Milano (Italy), and has received her MBA from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT, NY).

Michael C. Egan Baker & McKenzie
Michael C. Egan

Michael C. Egan

Baker & McKenzie

Session – Brave New World: AI & Automation

Michael Egan, Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP, advises clients across various industries, including global online businesses, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, manufacturers, financial institutions, sourcing providers, retail companies, and other organizations regarding the legal aspects of global privacy and data protection, data security, information technology, and related restrictions on data collection and transfer. He focuses on these issues in the context of: global company operations and applications, including websites, mobile and e-commerce applications; data security breach and incident response; transactions; litigation; internal investigations; and government inquiries. He has represented companies before numerous government authorities, including the US Federal Trade Commission, the US Department of Justice and the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
Mr. Egan’s practice covers privacy and information management with an emphasis on regulatory and transactional issues such as consumer protection, data security and breach notification obligations, email and telemarketing, cross-border data flows, e-monitoring, e-discovery procedures, sourcing, social media, and other privacy-related issues.
Peter Reali Nuveen
Peter Reali

Peter Reali


Session – Public Affairs and ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance)

Peter Reali is a senior director and member of the responsible investing (RI) team at Nuveen, the investment management arm of TIAA.

Nuveen’s responsible investing team is responsible for creating a firm-wide holistic RI vision, executing a unified framework across Nuveen’s multi-affiliate structure, and expanding strategic business relationships across the firm. Nuveen’s RI framework establishes the firm’s overall RI philosophy as well as guidelines for incorporating RI disciplines in investment decisions and new product development.

Peter’s responsibilities include leading the engagement efforts across Nuveen by working directly with companies to discuss important ESG issues and developing standards for proxy voting.

Prior to joining Nuveen, Peter led the corporate governance and proxy voting function at Lord, Abbett & Co and was on the corporate governance team at T. Rowe Price. From 2005-2013, he was the lead corporate governance analyst at TIAA-CREF.

He holds a BS in Business Administration from Fordham University.

Bob Lewis Interel
Bob Lewis

Bob Lewis


Session – Brave New World: AI & Automation

Bob Lewis is managing partner and group head of the association management practice. In this role he provides strategic counsel to clients, specialising in certification programs, outreach campaigns, strategy and business development.

With a 27 year management career spanning public (education), private and voluntary sectors, Bob has built a strong track record of highly effective leadership, advocacy and stakeholder management.

Prior to assuming chairmanship, Bob was Interel’s Group Chief Operating Officer for five years.

Bob has also held a number of voluntary positions including member of the Open University Governing Council and has contributed to a range of national and international advisory groups including the Africa Policy Advisory Group at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the New Deal Advisory Group at the Treasury, both for the UK government.

Cynthia Berry Interel | Civil Justice Reform Group (CJRG)
Cynthia Berry

Cynthia Berry

Interel | Civil Justice Reform Group (CJRG)

Session – Leading Innovation in Healthcare

Cynthia Berry is a Client Director in Interel’s Washington, DC office, where she serves as the Managing Director of the Civil Justice Reform Group (CJRG). She brings to Interel and CJRG decades of legal, public policy, and political experience.  She provides strategic counsel to executives of Fortune 100 corporations on advocacy, governance, coalition-building, and association management.

Cynthia came to Interel from Polsinelli PC, where she was a shareholder and member of the Public Policy Group and the Health Care Group.

In addition to her policy work, Cynthia has held numerous high-level political positions.  In 2016, she was asked to serve on the Presidential Transition Team. She managed the Senate confirmation process for President Trump’s nominees for Secretary of Health and Human Services and for Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Cynthia was the lead speechwriter at the 2016, 2012 and 2008 Republican National Conventions and also was part of the speechwriting team for the 2004 and 2000 conventions. She worked with Governor Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson, Laura Ingraham, actress Janine Turner, Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Bill Frist, George P. Bush, and family members of 9/11 heroes, to name a few.

Cynthia’s Capitol Hill experience began when she joined the staff of Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) during his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives. She continued her advocacy work as Washington Counsel at the American Medical Association and as General Counsel and Managing Director at Wexler Walker Public Policy Associates.  She was a partner at Powell Goldstein/Bryan Cave, where she led the Government Relations practice.  She represented trade associations, corporations, and hospital systems before Congress and the Administration on a wide range of issues, including health care, foreign affairs, and appropriations.  She also counseled clients on lobbying and ethics laws and political giving strategies and compliance.

Under President Bush, Cynthia was appointed by Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson as a member of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society (and its predecessor, the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetic Testing). There, she was privileged to work with luminaries such as Francis Collins, leader of the Human Genome Project, and other experts in the field of genetics. Her appointments also include service on the 2005 Presidential Rank Award Review Board and two terms as vice-chair of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program.

Cynthia has lectured on lobbying and the legislative process at New York University, Boston University School of Law, the University of Maryland, and Gallaudet University.

Cynthia received her Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law.  She was an Echols Scholar and received a Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction from the University of Virginia, with concentrations in Government and French.  An accomplished artist, she has an art studio in Great Falls, Virginia for her oil painting pursuits.

Tom Leary MALA, CAE, FHIMSS | Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
Tom Leary

Tom Leary

MALA, CAE, FHIMSS | Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

Session – Leading Innovation in Healthcare

Tom Leary is Vice President, Government Relations, at Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information and technology.

He leads the organization’s public policy initiatives and outreach to Congress and Federal agencies. Leary had served as HIMSS’ Senior Director of Federal Affairs since 2003, directing HIMSS’ public policy activities with federal agencies, including analysis and response to federal regulatory requirements and leveraging HIMSS member subject matter expertise in health IT public policy development.

Leary has spent a good portion of his career in Washington on federal healthcare policy and regulation development. His experience includes work both inside and outside of government. Prior to his arrival at HIMSS, Leary was a Division Manager for Science Applications International Corporation’s TRICARE Division, where he was engaged in the coordination of healthcare administrative outsourcing solutions for the Military Health System.

He began his career in 1992 as a staff assistant to Rep. Les Aspin (D-WI). He moved to the Pentagon with the Aspin team, where he served as a Clinton Administration political appointee at the Defense Department in the Office of the Secretary of Defense Legislative Affairs office as staff assistant, then as Special Assistant for Health Care Policy. In 1997, he expanded his focus on federal healthcare policy as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, serving on the Assistant Secretary’s senior management team that addressed medical readiness and peacetime healthcare delivery for the Military Health System.

Leary obtained his bachelor’s degree in History/Political Science from Rutgers University and his master’s degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University.

Anne L. Alonzo American Egg Board (AEB)
Anne L. Alonzo

Anne L. Alonzo

American Egg Board (AEB)

Session – “What Global Clients Really Want and Need from their International Consultants”

Anne Alonzo is a recognized global food and agriculture leader and has forged a highly successful and diverse career in the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors.

Presently, Anne serves as President and CEO of the American Egg Board (AEB), the generic marketing arm of the U.S. egg industry.  She also serves as a member of the AEB’s Executive Committee. Anne directs national campaigns in advertising, public relations, consumer education, retail, foodservice, export marketing and egg nutrition via its Egg Nutrition Center. AEB’s mission is to increase the demand for U.S. eggs and egg products.

Before joining the AEB, Anne was appointed by the White House to serve as Administrator of the federal marketing agency for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). As Administrator, Anne oversaw a multi-billion-dollar budget and a 4,300-person workforce entrusted with facilitating the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products.

Anne also served as Vice President, Global Public Policy, Corporate Affairs at Kraft Foods leading all global corporate affairs work in the areas of sustainability, tariffs, tax, trade and health and wellness. She also directed the Global Issues Management team tasked with identifying and addressing risk and reputational issues impacting one of the world’s largest food companies. While at Kraft Foods, she was selected as the first woman to Chair the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), an agriculturally-based, non-profit organization representing more than 85 percent of the global chocolate industry in support of sustainable cocoa farming practices.

Prior to Kraft Foods, Anne was the Senior Vice President at the National Foreign Trade Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary at the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Environmental Attaché to the U.S. Embassy, Mexico City coinciding with the NAFTA negotiations and Senior Regional Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region V, Chicago, IL.

A Chicago native, she holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a JD from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Kent College of Law.

Anne serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Council on Agriculture, Small Business and Labor; serves on the Board of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC); Member, The Chicago Network, an invitation only organization of Chicago’s leading professional women and is a Member, Council on Foreign Relations.  Anne is part of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), Senior Leadership Committee, Chicago Chapter.

Anne has received many recent awards and recognitions including: named to the prestigious “Whose Who in Hispanic Chicago” by Negocios Now; received the Corporate Excellence Award by Remy Martin and was recognized by LATINO Magazine with its Brava (courage) award for exemplary leadership supporting and mentoring Latinas across the United States.


Congratulations to Interel’s IGP Partner in Australia, GRACosway on winning the 2019 Interel Advancing Interests Award!

Honorable mentions go out to our runner’s up,
Interel France & Interel UK.

Thank you to all our applicants on
successful work and impressive submissions!


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