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ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Former SAIS Dean Vali Nasr joins Immigrant Food partners and SAIS alums Peter Schechter and Téa Ivanovic in a wide-ranging conversation about the growing role of business in social justice and advocacy, the challenges of accelerating global migration, and recent events in the Middle East. As the first immigrant dean of SAIS, Nasr will discuss his own experiences in leading a prominent academic institution and how it prepares future leaders for a world in which business, economic policy and international affairs continuously intersect. Immigrant Food is a restaurant company that fuses gastronomy with advocacy and outreach on behalf of immigrants – an idea that has earned it a place on FastCompany's 2020 list of World Changing Ideas.
Visit https://immigrantfood.com for more about Washington D.C.'s first cause-casual restaurant.
This event is part of the On the Road with JHU Series. Join the virtual adventure around the country with JHU to explore history and activities that are unique to each featured region. Check out the event calendar to find other events in the series, hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations and see the adventure map and timeline below:
February - The Capitol Region
March - The Midwest
April - The South
May - The Southwest
June - The Pacific Northwest
July - New England
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Vali Nasr, PhD is the Majid Khadduri Professor of International Affairs and Middle East Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center. He served as the eighth Dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS between 2012 and 2019 and served as Senior Advisor to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke between 2009 and 2011. Nasr is the author of The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Retreat; Forces of Fortune: The Rise of a New Middle Class and How it Will Change Our World; The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam will Shape the Future; Democracy in Iran: History and the Quest for Liberty; Islamic Leviathan, Islam and the Making of State Power; Mawdudi and the Making of Islamic Revivalism; and Vanguard of Islamic Revolution: Jama'at-i Islami of Pakistan; and numerous articles in scholarly journals. He has advised senior American policymakers, world leaders, and businesses, including the President, Secretary of State, senior members of the Congress, and presidential campaigns. He has been the recipient of grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council, and was named a 2006 Carnegie Scholar. He received his BA from Tufts University in International Relations summa cum laude and was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa in 1983. He earned his master's from the Fletcher School of Law in and Diplomacy in international economics and Middle East studies in 1984, and his PhD from MIT in political science in 1991.
Peter Schechter, A&S '81, SAIS '82, is the co-founder of Immigrant Food. Born in Rome, Italy, Peter speaks six languages and is a shaking pot of immigrant mixes. Until the age of six, he spoke only Italian at home in Rome with his parents who immigrated to the United States from Austria and Germany. He then moved to Latin America for almost a decade. Peter is Immigrant Food’s intellectual author; the idea is an homage to his parents and particularly his mom, who was a chain immigrant to the United States. Peter is a recognized global policy expert, political adviser and business leader. Until a few years ago, he was the Senior Vice President of the Atlantic Council, and Founding Director of the Council’s Latin America Center. His 25 years of experience include political campaigns in Latin America, Africa and Asia, private enterprise advisory, and launching non-profits and new media startups. During this time, Peter was also a Board member and a long-time investor in José Andrés’ restaurant group. Peter also hosts and produces Altamar, a critically acclaimed global affairs podcast. . He owned Agur Winery, a boutique winery in Israel, and co-manages a Virginia goat farm. Immigrant Food is gastroadvocacy, the perfect bridge between Peter’s political consulting career and food experience.
Téa Ivanovic, SAIS '16, is the Director of Communication and Outreach at Immigrant Food. Born in Belgium to parents from the former Yugoslavia and recruited to the United States by Virginia Tech’s Division 1 Varsity tennis team, Téa calls herself an immigrant squared. She still can’t figure out if Serbian, Flemish or English is her native language – she speaks all of them equally. Her professional career includes creating and implementing strategic communications for international policy and politics at a Washington D.C. think tank, and global financial matters at a financial public and media relations firm. Téa was the first Washington Correspondent for Oslobodjenje, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s oldest newspaper and leading news outlet in the Western Balkans. She graduated with a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).