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Advisory Council

2014–15

Sumir Chadha ’93 has more than 15 years of investing experience in India, spanning public companies, private equity and venture capital. Chadha began his career working at Goldman Sachs Principal Investments, based in New York and Singapore, before co-founding WestBridge Capital and Sequoia Capital India. He has served as the chair of the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association and currently serves on the India Advisory Board of Harvard Business School where he earned his MBA.

Alain Dieckhoff is the head of the Centre for International Studies and Research, Sciences Po Paris, where he is a senior researcher, studying the various aspects of contemporary Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict. He is currently working on a major comparative project on nationalism in the Western world. Additionally, he has authored six books, edited nine others and published more than 50 articles in journals and edited volumes. Among his books published in English: The Invention of a Nation: Zionist Thought and the Making of Modern Israel and The Politics of Belonging: Nationalism, Liberalism, and Pluralism.

Jason M. Fish ’80 is currently a private investor and a co-founder and member of the management committee and the Board of Directors of Alliance Partners, an asset management firm based in Chevy Chase, Md. He also serves on the Board of Congressional Bank, Bethesda, Md. From 2000 through 2008, Fish served in various management and board roles including president, vice chair and chief investment officer for CapitalSource, Inc., a NYSE traded commercial finance company which he co-founded (recently merged into PacWest Bancorp, “PACW”). Prior to founding CapitalSource, Fish was a managing member of Farallon Capital Management, a San Francisco based private investment firm, which he joined in 1990. Before joining Farallon, he was a senior vice president at Lehman Brothers. Fish has served as chair of the advisory board of Teach for America in the Bay Area for the past eight years and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Ballet and a former Trustee of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco University High School, and Schools of the Sacred Heart. He lives in San Francisco, is married and has three children.

John N. Irwin III '76 is managing director and lead investment officer of the Brookside Group, Greenwich, Connecticut, which he cofounded in 1977. Irwin and his partners were pioneers in the field of leveraged buyouts starting in the late 1970s. Irwin himself has extensive international investing experience, including a leadership role in early privatizations in Eastern Europe. Currently, he serves as president of the Fresh Air Fund and the Achelis and Bodman Foundations, as well as treasurer of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

George McCabe '97 is the managing director and chief investment officer of Portolan Capital Management in Boston. Prior to founding Portolan in 2005, McCabe worked in private equity, and later as a research analyst at the family office of Peter Lynch and the Lynch Foundation where he helped manage its major investments. McCabe also serves on the investment committee of the United Nations Foundation.

Heidi Miller '74 was president of JPMorgan International, a division of global financial services firm JPMorgan Chase & Co., from 2010 until her retirement in 2012. Prior to that, she served as executive vice president and CEO of treasury and security services at JPMorgan Chase. Over the course of her career, Miller has held instrumental positions at Chemical Bank, Travelers Group, and Citigroup, among others. As an outspoken advocate for women in business, she helped plan the White House Project’s Women’s Leadership Summit in 2001. Miller serves on the General Mills., Inc., board of directors and is a trustee of Princeton University.

Kathleen Morrison is Neukom Family Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Morrison's research focuses on the archaeology and historical anthropology of South Asia with a particular emphasis on precolonial and early colonial South India. Her recent book, Oceans of Dharma: Landscapes of Power in Southern India, is forthcoming from the University of Washington Press. Morrison has been honored with an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship and numerous other professional awards, including a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.

Arka Mukherjee *95 is the founder and CEO of Global IDs, Inc., New York. The company provides information integration solutions for major corporations at a global level. Mukherjee gained prior management experience from companies such as IBM, Accenture, and KPMG, with expertise in sales, consulting, finance and technology.

Henry Posner III '77 is chair of the Railroad Development Corporation in Pittsburgh. He also serves as chair of Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ferrovias Guatemala, and Hamburg-Koln Express (Germany). He is a director of ALL (América Latina Logística)-Central & ALL-Mesopotámico (Argentina) and of Ferrocarril del Pacifico (Colombia), and serves as vice chair of the Hawthorne Group. Posner also sits on several boards, including the Winchester Thurston School where he formerly served as board chair, and has been active in welfare programs for the Jewish community in the former Soviet Union and in civic work in Guatemala.

Stephen M. Scherr '86, a partner at Goldman Sachs, is the global head of the firm's financing group. Scherr has held positions in various divisions since joining Goldman in 1993 including currency and commodities; media, entertainment and technology; and investment banking. He serves on the firm's public policy, diverse business engagement, and client and business standards committees, and co-chairs the firm-wide capital committee. He is also a member of the Pine Street Board of Directors.

Beth Simmons is the Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, and currently serves as the center’s director. She worked at the International Monetary Fund (1995–96), was a senior fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (1996–97), and spent a year in residence at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2002–3). Simmons is the author of Who Adjusts? Domestic Sources of Foreign Economic Policy during the Interwar Years, 1924–1939, and is currently working on a book on international human rights.

Sanjay Swani ’87 has been a general partner at the private equity firm of Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe, New York, since 2001, and a member of the firm’s management committee since 2007. He focuses on investments in the information and business services industries. Further, he serves on the board of trustees of the American Red Cross in New York and is also a member of the Rockefeller University Council.

Debra Valentine '76 is group executive, legal, external and regulatory affairs at Rio Tinto, the global mining and metals company. She joined the company in 2008 as head of its legal department. She previously was vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary at United Technology Corporation, and was a partner at the law firm O'Melveny & Meyers in Washington D.C. Valentine served as general counsel at the US Federal Trade Commission from 1997-2001.

Jennifer Wythes Vettel ’86 has committed her career to education which is underscored by her passion for global issues. Her experience includes teaching, curriculum development, foundation development and community outreach in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. After receiving her master’s in education from Stanford University, she taught at the secondary level. More recently, she runs a program within the Ravenswood Education Foundation located in East Palo Alto, Calif., which serves six schools. She is also a founding member of Eastside Ambassadors, an adjunct board at Eastside College Prep, an independent school of first-generation college bound students.

Peter M. Yu '83 is a managing partner of Cartesian Capital Group, a global private equity firm he founded in 2005. Prior to forming Cartesian, Yu founded and served as president and chief executive officer of AIG Capital Partners. Before that, he was director of  the National Economic Council, the White House office responsible for developing and coordinating economic policy, during the Clinton administration. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Yu was president of the Harvard Law Review and served as a clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.