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Keynote Speakers

Julia Nesheiwat
Julia Nesheiwat
Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, U.S. Department of State
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Julia Nesheiwat is the Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs, strengthening diplomatic efforts to secure the safe return of Americans held hostage overseas. Working closely with the families of American hostages, foreign governments and the interagency Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, she represents the United States on hostage-related issues. Previously, Dr. Nesheiwat was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Implementation in the Bureau of Energy Resources. She also served as a Political-Military Advisor and Visiting Professor at the U.S. Naval Post Graduate School's National Security Affairs Department. Dr. Nesheiwat has held numerous positions as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs and U.S. Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy Security.
Earlier in her career, she served as the Chief of Staff for Policy and Planning in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, where she managed the integration and collaboration of analysis and reporting with all intelligence agencies. Prior to that role, she was selected to serve on the U.S. Presidential Commission on Intelligence Capabilities Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, leading the North Korea and Iran policy steering committee from 2004-2005.
A former U.S. Army Military Intelligence officer, Dr. Nesheiwat served consecutive tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. As a senior operations officer, she coordinated and managed interagency assessments on terrorist networks within the Middle East and Asia, and acted as the U.S. military liaison officer with regional political parties on governance and threat reduction.
Carla A. Hills
Carla A. Hills
Chair and CEO, Hills & Company
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Carla A. Hills is chair and CEO of Hills & Company. The firm provides advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies. Ambassador Hills served as U.S. trade representative (1989–1993) in the George H.W. Bush administration. During the Gerald R. Ford administration, she served as U.S. secretary of housing and urban development and as assistant attorney general, Civil Division, at the U.S. Department of Justice. Over the years, Ambassador Hills has served on a number of corporate boards and currently is a member of the board of Gilead Sciences. She also serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including as cochair of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the Inter-American Dialogue, as chair of the National Committee on United States–China Relations, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and of the Trilateral Commission. She is cochair of the Advisory Board at CSIS, as well as a trustee of the Center. Before entering government, Ambassador Hills cofounded and was a partner in a Los Angeles, CA, law firm. She also served as an adjunct professor at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School teaching antitrust law and coauthored The Antitrust Adviser (McGraw-Hill, 1971). She received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, her law degree from Yale University, and studied at Oxford University. She holds a number of honorary degrees, and she was awarded the Aztec Eagle in 2000, the highest honor given by the Mexican government to a noncitizen. 

Expert Briefing Panel
Arlington Ballroom
Friday 4-5 pm

Cindy Dyer
Cindy Dyer
Vice President for Human Rights, Vital Voices
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Cindy Dyer is the Vice President of the Human Rights team and oversees all program and partnerships related to sexual violence, human trafficking and harmful cultural practices. Prior to joining Vital Voices in 2008, Cindy Dyer served as the Director of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Cindy was nominated to this position by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate. As Director, she served as the liaison between the Department of Justice and Federal, State and International governments on crimes involving violence against women.

Cindy has spoken at numerous conferences and professional training sessions before national and international audiences. She was a specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor for 13 years and has received numerous awards and recognition for her service to victims. Cindy served for 10 years as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Texas Council on Family Violence and she was a weekly hotline volunteer for 9 years at a shelter for battered women and their children.

Kingston Reif
Kingston Reif
Director of Disarmament & Threat Reduction Policy
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Kingston Reif is the Director for Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy at the Arms Control Association, where his work focuses on nuclear disarmament, preventing nuclear terrorism, missile defense, and the defense budget. He is an expert on the legislative process and closely monitors Congressional action on these issues.

He holds a B.A. in International Relations from Brown University. He spent two years in the U.K. as a British Marshall Scholar where he received a MSc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a M.Litt. in International Security Studies from the University of St. Andrews. He is a 2014 Truman National Security Project Fellow. 

Areas of Expertise: nuclear disarmament, nuclear terrorism, missile defense, and defense budget.He writes a monthly column for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. In addition, he has published articles and op-eds in various outlest, including Foreign Policy, DefenseOne, Time, Defense News, and the Hill.

Kingston has been quoted in such publications as The Economist, The New York Times, Time, Defense News, National Journal, FoxNews.com, and US News and World Report. He has also been interviewed on TV and radio outlets, including C-SPAN's Washington Journal program, CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, and Al-Jazeera.

Andrew Deutz
Andrew Deutz
Director of International Governmental Relations, The Nature Conservancy
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Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in 2006, Andrew Deutz worked for IUCN – The World Conservation Union - in a variety of capacities, including: Special Advisor for Global Policy, directing IUCN’s engagement with multilateral institutions; Director of IUCN’s Canada Office, with responsibility for political, constituency and fundraising relations in Canada; and as Coordinator of IUCN’s Temperate and Boreal Forest Programme, establishing IUCN’s forest conservation programs in Russia, China and Canada. Along the way, he also served as the Lead Forest Negotiator for the US State Department and as Forest Policy Advisor to the World Bank. As a Research Associate at the Woods Hole Research Center, he worked on the Kyoto Protocol negotiations, as well as international forest policy and the Biodiversity Convention. He holds a doctorate in International Environmental Law from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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