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Oscar Abello


Title: Senior Program Associate-Communications, Results for Development Institute

Areas of expertise/interest: Communications, blogging, social media, economic development, innovation, entrepreneurship, poverty, impact investing, microfinance, website design and coding, graphic design.

I graduated from Villanova in 2008 with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Peace and Justice Studies. I began working in July 2008 at the Center for International Private Enterprise, a spin-off of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that works with business associations and think tanks in other countries to strengthen their ability to bring the voice of local businesses into economic policymaking. While there, I worked on a number of online initiatives, including, the CIPE Development Blog, and CIPE social media. I currently do communications for a newer nonprofit in international development, and also write blog posts at and

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Amy Davies

Contact: 617-496-1100;
Title: Director of MPA Programs, Harvard Kennedy School

Areas of Expertise/Interest:  higher education administration, non-profit management, crisis and conflict management.

Amy Davies is the Director of MPA programs at the Harvard Kennedy School, managing the 2 year and 1 year Masters in Public Administration Programs. Prior to joining HKS, Amy worked for just under ten years in national and regional roles for the U.S. Office of Habitat for Humanity International. At HFHI, she led the organization’s U.S. Policy Committee and the effort to create its first national policy standards and quality assurance process. She also helped create the organization’s internal crisis and conflict management department. Earlier in her career Amy worked with Accenture. She graduated with an MPA from Harvard in 2010 and with a BA in Honors from Villanova University in 1998.

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Ryan Flynn


Title: Consultant, Education, The World Bank, Mid-Atlantic/Washington DC

Interests: international development, education policy, skills and jobs, global governance, multilateral institutions, East Asia, China

Ryan graduated from Villanova in 2008 with a BA in Honors, using the flexibility of the Honors program to craft a multidisciplinary degree focused on international economics, social and political theory, and languages.  His Honors dissertation focused on the political economy of ethnicity in China, where he studied abroad.  Ryan has earned a Masters in International Development from the London School of Economics.  Upon graduation from LSE he lived in Taiwan and China to continue studies in Chinese funded by a Fulbright-Hays grant and a scholarship from the Taiwanese government. Ryan's work experience includes placements with a NGO working on fair trade issues in London, a magazine in Beijing and as a substitute teacher.  He currently works with the World Bank in Washington DC.

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Edward F. Gerwin, Jr.

Contact:; 703.622.7015
Title: President, Trade Guru LLC, VA

Ed Gerwin is an international trade consultant and lawyer. He is President of Trade Guru LLC and provides analysis and strategic advice on trade policy issues for leading domestic and international organizations.

Ed previously served as Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Economic Policy at the Third Way think tank. At Third Way he established and ran a trade policy program that focused on increasing U.S. economic growth and supporting good jobs through greater American engagement in the global economy.

Prior to Third Way, Ed was a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm of Winston & Strawn. During his 28-year career at Winston & Strawn, Ed represented and advised American and international clients on a wide range of international trade and federal relations matters, including trade remedies, investment, trade agreements, and trade legislation.

Ed received his BA in the Honors Program from Villanova in 1977 and his JD from Georgetown University Law Center. He is active in local and national politics and was a full-time volunteer on the 2008 Obama campaign. He is the author of numerous reports and articles and is a frequent media commentator on trade policy issues.

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Athan Koutsiouroumbas

Contact:, 610-283-0898
Title: Managing Director, Greater Philadelphia, Long Nyquist and Associates

Areas of expertise/interest: Lobbying, Political Campaigns, US Congress, State Government, Public Policy

Athan has earned a reputation for getting things done and earning wins. His work in high-pressure, high-stakes situations has yielded him deep, meaningful relationships across the public, private and nonprofit fields.

As Chief of Staff to United States Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, he was the lead strategist behind one of the most prolific “swing-seat” members of the United States House of Representatives. He played a key role in advancing Financial Services Committee reforms aimed at curbing terror financing, strengthening the Federal reverse mortgage program and reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens on growing businesses.

Ranging from the rehabilitation of the 30th Street Post Office to protecting key reforms aimed at preserving open space, Athan was instrumental to the many successes of United States Senator Rick Santorum’s as his Director of Community and Economic Development.

In the private sector, Athan has advised the Pennsylvania Hybrid Learning Initiative which recognized as one of the most successful models of transformative, technology-integrated education in the country. Additionally, he launched a coalition-based initiative which made Pennsylvania schools a national leader in broadband connectivity.

Villanova BAH ’00, BA ‘00

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