Advisory Board

The Penn State School of International Affairs announced the formation of an external advisory board on April 2, 2010, featuring prominent members from the private and public sector with a wide range of international expertise and experiences.

Cathleen A. Campbell


Ms. Cathleen A. Campbell joined CRDF Global in 2002 and was appointed President and CEO in 2006. Campbell has almost four decades of international science, technology and innovation policy and program management experience. She has worked with countries in Eurasia, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.  Prior to joining CRDF Global, Campbell served as director of the Office of International Technology Policy and Programs, Department of Commerce. From 1995-1997, she was a senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Campbell was the U.S. State Department's program officer for Soviet/Russia science and technology affairs from 1989-1994. Previously she held research positions in the private sector.  Ms. Campbell holds an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from the George Washington University and a B.S. in Russian from Georgetown University.




Dr. Nicholas Donofrio


Dr. Nicholas Donofrio is a 44-year IBM veteran who held the coveted positions of Executive Vice President Innovation and Technology, and was also selected as an IBM fellow, the company’s highest technical honor. He is an IBM Fellow Emeritus & EVP Innovation and Technology (Ret.). Mr. Donofrio holds seven technology patents, is a member of numerous technical and science honor societies, and holds several board positions.

He served for many years on the Board of Directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and was NACME's Board chair from 1997 through 2002. He also served for several years on the Board of Directors for INROADS, a non-profit organization focused on the training and development of talented minority youth for professional careers in business and industry. In 2003, he was awarded the Rodney D. Chipps Memorial Award by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and remains an active member of SWE. 

He is a Fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu & Sigma Xi engineering and science honor societies, a Fellow of the U.K-based Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the US-based National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Board of Directors for the Bank of New York Mellon, Liberty Mutual, Delphi Automotive, AMD, O'Brien & Gere, Sproxil and MITRE. From 1993 to 2013 he served as a member of the Board of Trustees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees for Syracuse University, the New York Hall of Science (co-chair 2007- 2013) and the New York Genome Center. In December 2013, he was named by the Governor of CT Chairmam of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. In 2014 he was elected to the Board of Trustees for the USIP’s Peace Tech Lab and in 2015 became its Chairman. Also in 2015, he became a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors Board of Directors. 

In 2002-2003, he led the work effort for the Council on Competitiveness around their National Innovation Initiative (NII) which went on to become the America Competes Act. 

In 2005, the U.S. Department of Education appointed him to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, a 20-member delegation of business and university leaders charged with developing a national strategy for post-secondary education to meet the needs of America's diverse population and workforce. The commission report, A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of Higher Education, is available through the US Department of Education.

In 2011-2012 he chaired a special committee tasked by the Governor of VT to evaluate the relationship between the State of VT and UVM.  The committee report, New Ideas for Changing Times: Strengthening the Partnership Between the State of Vermont and the University of Vermont, was accepted by the Governor of VT and the President of UVM.  




Dr. Thomas Fingar


Dr. Thomas Fingar is a Shorenstein Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University's Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. Prior to his current appointment he was the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and he served as the first U.S. Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis and, concurrently, as Chairman of the National Intelligence Council. He held a number of positions in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research including Assistant Secretary and Director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific. In addition, he held a number of positions at Stanford University. Dr. Fingar holds a B.A. from Cornell University in government and history and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in political science.




Ambassador Karl Hofmann


Ambassador (Ret.) Karl Hofmann Karl Hofmann is the President and CEO of Population Services International (PSI). The global health organization uses business practices to tackle many of the developing world’s most difficult health challenges, including a lack of family planning, HIV/AIDS, maternal health barriers, malaria, tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases and child survival. Prior to PSI, Mr. Hofmann was an American diplomat, serving as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Togo, Executive Secretary of the Department of State, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in France. He also served on President Clinton's National Security Council staff and is the recipient of the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award, Superior Honors Awards, and Meritorious Honor Awards. Mr. Hofmann is a director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, an American Academy of Diplomacy member, and President of the TB Alliance’s Stakeholder Association. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the National Defense University. 




Ambassador Karl Hofmann


Scott Hillkirk is a Senior Consultant and Project Manager of Strategic Communications for several components of the Department of Homeland Security related to cybersecurity and national security missions. He is an alumni of SIA, part of the founding cohort. At Penn State, he served as the SIA Student Government Association President. Prior to Penn State to he worked as an educator in Japan and as a journalist at USA Today. He has also worked with the Carnegie Council and the US Army War College. He is a graduate of Ohio University and is pursuing a MA/MBA currently at Johns Hopkins University. 




Ambassador (Ret.) Theodore Kattouf


Ambassador (Ret.) Theodore Kattouf ‘68 is President and Chief Executive Officer of AMIDEAST and former U.S. Ambassador to both the United Arab Emirates and Syria. He joined the Foreign Service in 1972 and has served in Kuwait, Damascus, Sanaa, Riyadh, and Baghdad. He also served as Director of the Office of Lebanon, Jordan and Syrian Affairs. He has been a State Department Fellow at Princeton University and has received the Cobb Award for outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. companies abroad, two Meritorious Honor Awards, four Senior Performance Awards, and one Presidential Honor Award. He is a graduate of Penn State University.




Mary Beth Long 


Mary Beth Long is the founder and chief executive officer of Metis Solutions, recognized on the 2014 Inc. 5000 list as the 201st fastest-growing private company and the 12th top government service company.  She also consults for several Fortune 50 companies and specializes in the African and Middle Eastern markets.  Ms. Long was the first woman to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (2007–2009), specifically as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.  A four-star civilian equivalent, Ms. Long also served as the first female Chair of NATO’s High Level Group responsible for nuclear policy.  In addition to her senior role on the Middle East, Europe and Africa, she served as the Principal Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere, Asia, and Southeast Asia; the Deputy Secretary of Defense for Counternarco-terrorism; and representative to the Helsinki Commission.  She adds to her defense credentials more than a decade of Central Intelligence Agency operational experience (1986–99) as an officer assigned abroad.  Ms. Long currently serves as an advisor to the Supreme Allied Commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as a subject matter expert and on the international advisory committee for the Minister of Defense of Colombia.  She has advised several Presidential candidates.  Ms. Long has appeared on Fox News, BBC, and NPR on Middle East issues and the intelligence community.  She is a licensed lawyer, and from 1999 until 2004 was an associate specializing in civil litigation matters at Williams & Connolly LLP, one of the nation’s most prestigious law firms.  Ms. Long travels regularly to the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and Afghanistan and has offices in Abu Dhabi and Kabul.  She is an Honors Graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a B.A. in communications studies, magna cum laude, and received her JD from Washington and Lee University School of Law.




Valerie Plame Wilson


Ms. Valerie Plame Wilson ‘85. A former career covert CIA operations officer, Valerie Plame worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons. 

Valerie is the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which was released as a major motion picture of the same name starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.  Her first fictional spy thriller written with Sarah Lovett, Blowback was published by Penguin in the fall of 2013.  The second book in the series, Burned, came out in late 2014.

 Valerie narrated and appeared in the critically acclaimed documentary on the dangers of nuclear proliferation, Countdown to Zero and is an active member of the Global Zero Leadership board.  

Valerie has done extensive public speaking throughout the country and internationally on issues including nuclear proliferation, women in intelligence, and the NSA revelations.  She has written for Newsweek, CNN, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, as well as The GuardianValerie serves as Director of Community Outreach at the Santa Fe Institute, a nonprofit research think tank dedicated to multidisciplinary collaboration in the sciences. She serves on the boards of United Way of Santa Fe County, the Ploughshares Fund, Postpartum Support International, Starling Trust, and Global Data Sentinel.

Valerie has a Bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and graduate degrees from the London School of Economics and the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband, Joe Wilson, and their two children.





Khalil P. Sholy


Mr. Khalil P. Sholy is Managing Director of United Development Company in Doha, Qatar whose projects have included the multibillion-dollar Pearl-Qatar Island Project (TPQ) and the greenfield establishment of subsidiaries, including the Middle East Dredging Company (MEDCO), Qatar District Cooling Company (QC), and Ronáutica Middle East. He previously established the Construction Development Company  in 1982 which completed projects such as the Four Seasons Hotel Complex, which includes the Qatar Telecom (Q-Tel) Tower and two residential towers with all facilities in addition to the hotel. He also holds the following posts: Director of MEDCO; Deputy Managing Director of QC; Chairman of Ronáutica Middle East; and of Projects Development Company in Lebanon. Mr. Sholy graduated with a degree in structural engineering from the University of Evansville, Indiana.