Advisory Council

Rebecca Bill Chavez ’93 is a non-resident senior fellow with the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program. She is also a Senior Advisor at the Center for Naval Analyses and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Chavez received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and her B.A. from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Her research has focused on Western hemisphere security and on comparative politics, with an emphasis on security and defense, the rule of law, and democratization. 

Melani Cammett is Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs in the Department of Government and Director of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Cammett specializes in the politics of development, identity politics and the Middle East; teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on comparative politics, development, and Middle East politics; and consults for development policy organizations. Her current research focuses on governance and the politics of social service provision by public, private, and non-state actors, identity politics, and the historical influences of economic and social development with an empirical focus in the Middle East.

Tijani Babatunde Folawiyo is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Yinka Folawiyo Group, a conglomerate with interests in energy, agriculture, shipping and real estate. Folawiyo was educated at the London School of Economics, where he obtained a B.Sc. degree in Economics and an LL.B. He also obtained an LL.M degree from the University College-London. He is a barrister of the Inner Temple of England and Wales and was also admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 1986.

Jason M. Fish ’80 is 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. Fish has served as chairman 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. He lives in San Francisco, is married, and has three children.

John N. Irwin III '76 co-founded Brookside Capital Partners in 2001 and is the president of Brookside International LLC, a private equity firm which he co-founded in 1977. John also currently serves as President of Orchard Ultrasound, an ultrasound semiconductor innovation lab in California which he co-founded. He is the Chairman of the Achelis and Bodman Foundation and the Watson Foundation and a trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Fresh Air Fund.

James Leitner serves as president of Falcon Management Corporation. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale with an emphasis on Russia and Eastern Europe. He also holds a master’s degree from Columbia University specializing in international finance and Russian studies and a JD from Fordham University Law School. Leitner serves on the Dean’s Planning Council and the advisory board of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham University Law School.

Jeffrey Lewis-Oakes ‘75 began his legal career with Davis Polk & Wardwell in 1979 in New York and was a partner in Davis Polk’s corporate department. Mr. Lewis-Oakes is presently Senior Counsel with Davis Polk. When he retired, Mr. Lewis-Oakes was head of the Firm’s European Financial Institution’s Group and recognized as one of the leading Capital Market’s lawyers in Europe. Mr. Lewis-Oakes was a specialist in financial institutions and advised on offerings by European financial institutions following the 2008 financial crisis. Since retirement Mr. Lewis-Oakes has been writing history essays for the Education Department of the New York Historical Society.

George McCabe '97 is the managing director of Portolan Capital Management. McCabe was formerly a research analyst at the Lynch Foundation where he performed research and analysis on public and private companies and made portfolio allocation recommendations. He served in that role from July 2001 to December 2004 when he launched Portolan Capital Management, LLC. Prior to joining the Lynch Foundation, McCabe spent four years as a research analyst at Pilot Capital Corporation, a New York based investment manager. McCabe has an A.B. from Princeton University. 

Arka Mukherjee *95 is the founder and CEO of Global IDs, Inc., in New York City. 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. Dr. Mukherjee holds an M.S. from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Aliya Kanji Nedungadi ’97 serves on the Advisory Board for PIIRS and CGI at Princeton, the Jackson Institute at Yale, and the Harvard Business School Alumni Board. She graduated from Princeton University in 1997 and from Harvard Business School in 2002 with an MBA. She worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company before joining the management team of Saks Fifth Avenue before pursuing pursued her interest in luxury retail as the Head of Marketing for DeBeers Diamond Jewellers in London. In 2009, Aliya left DeBeers to start a residential real estate development business. She lives in London with her husband and four children. 

Julie Newton ’83 is the Principal Investigator of the University Consortium. She is a Visiting Fellow of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, an Associate Professor of the Department of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris (AUP) and a Visiting Professor at Colorado College. Her research focuses on Russian-European relations, and she divides her time between Oxford, Paris and Colorado, teaching Russian politics at all three institutions. She holds a D.Phil. from Oxford, a master’s from Columbia (Harriman Institute), and an A.B. from Princeton.

Ashish Shastry '96 began his career at Lehman Brothers in New York before moving to Singapore to join TPG Capital in 1998. By the time he left TPG in 2011, he was a partner and the head of Southeast Asia. Ashish then served for five years as a managing partner of Northstar Group which at the time, managed US $2 billion in private equity and venture capital funds with a focus on Southeast Asia. In 2016, Ashish joined KKR as a member and head of Southeast Asia. Ashish grew up in Indonesia before attending Princeton University, where he studied economics.

Doris Sohmen-Pao '93 is Chief Executive Officer of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI). Doris joins HCLI from the Singapore Public Service Division where she was the Director for External Outreach, with a focus on developing relationships and synergies between the public and private sector.

Before joining the Singapore Civil Service, Doris was one of the founding leaders of Yale-NUS College. Her first role at the College was the EVP of administration where she set up and oversaw the admissions, finance, human resources, public affairs and grounds and building departments. Her last posting at Yale-NUS was as the EVP for Institutional Projects - a role which covered public affairs, institutional research, alumni affairs and external outreach.

Doris graduated with a B.A. in Politics and Environmental Studies from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University. She has experience working on a number of boards of educational institutions including Princeton University, United World College (SEA), and the INSEAD Advisory Committee of Southeast Asia. Currently, she serves on the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory, and Singapore National Gallery Boards. She is also an EXCO member of the International Women’s Forum Singapore.

Sanjay Swani ’87 currently serves as Head, Investment Strategy and Technology Investing, at Growth Curve Capital. Sanjay was also a partner with Tailwind Capital, and a member of its management committee from 2020 to 2021. Prior to Tailwind, Sanjay spent 17 years at Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe as co-head of the Information & Business Services group and also a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. Sanjay is also a co-founder of Saroras Private Capital. Sanjay attended Princeton University, where he majored in molecular biology, and holds graduate degrees from Harvard Law School and the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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 is engaged in raising awareness for Eastside College Prep, an independent school for first-generation college-bound students. At Princeton, she is also is a member of the advisory council for the Paul and Marcia Wythes Center on Contemporary China.

Steven I. Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Yale University, where he is also the Henry R. Luce Director of the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He has worked on the causes of ethnic violence and is also interested in corruption in politics. He has authored several books on these topics, and his current project, with co-author Saumitra Jha (Stanford GSB), is a book on war and political change. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Peter M. Yu '83 is a managing partner of Cartesian Capital Group, a global private equity firm that 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.