Executive Team and Young Leaders

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James P. Moore, Jr.

Founder and CEO

James P. Moore, Jr. is the founder and CEO of the Washington Institute for Business, Government and Society. Prior to launching the Institute, he served as Managing Director of the Business and Public Policy Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and taught courses in international trade, ethics, management and leadership. Earlier in his career, Moore served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for International and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Information and Analysis. Concurrently, he was named head of U.S. Delegation to the Industry Committee of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris and head of delegation to the Bureau of International Expositions. Upon leaving the U.S. government, he founded ATI, a global investment banking firm, with offices in Moscow, London, Doha, Washington and New York. He has received a number of honors both in the United States and abroad.

Serena Zhang

Business Development Associate

Serena Zhang (she/her) is a recent graduate of Stanford University, where she received her B.A. in International Relations with specializations in International Security and Human Development & Well-Being, as well as a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to combine her love of creative storytelling with her passion for global issues, advocacy, and representation to create stories that speak to the human experience. Her work has been featured in various publications and recognized nationally. She is one of the co-authors of “Flying Kites”, a graphic novel set during the 2013 California prison hunger strike. She is excited to work with her fellow teammates to help facilitate crucial conversations, build lasting impact, and fulfill the Washington Institute’s vision of a more collaborative, compassionate world.

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Yagiz Sullu

Social Science Research Assistant

Yagiz Sullu is a graduate of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where he earned a Master of Arts in International Affairs with a focus on international development, law, and organizations. He completed his undergraduate education at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies majoring in International Relations with a focus on Foreign Policy, Security Studies, and Europe. At the Washington Institute, he is researching the latest technology, global economy, corporate social responsibility trends as well as managing the Institute’s podcasts, videos, newsletters proposals, website and other media engagements. He is currently completing his PhD in Planning, Governance and Globalization at Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs at Arlington VA, focusing on Global Energy Policy. He is a native speaker of Turkish language.

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Nathanael Perez

CEO Associate

 Nathanael Perez is a rising junior at Brown University concentrating in International and Public Affairs on the Policy and Governance track. Born and raised in the South Bronx, for most of my life, he has been affected by and have gained great interest in the several ways socioeconomics, race, gender, and mental health affect our society and ourselves. As President of a mentorship program for young BIPOC students, his goal is to work with mentors and mentees to better understand, navigate, and change the institutional realities we face. Similarly, he looks forward to assisting the Washington Institute in achieving its own mission of meaningful change. 

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Aref Anwar

Special Projects Associate

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Aref Anwar is a senior at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, and wants to major in Statistics with a business minor in college and pursue a career in Big Data. He has studied AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Language and Composition, Principles of Business, and many other subjects in school so far, and plans to take AP Computer Science and AP English next year. He is also the President of the Cupertino Chapter of Rememoirs, a national nonprofit volunteer organization, has competed and placed in the State Conference of the business club DECA, and is a part of the California Scholarship Federation (CSF). In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing basketball, and listening to music. He is excited to help the Washington Institute help advance their goal of “Shaping the World Together”.

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Jeremy Zhang

Business Development Associate

Aseem Anwar is a senior at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, and wants to major in quantitative economics and business management in college. In school, Aseem has studied AP US History, Virtual Business and Economics, and Principles of Business. Aseem plans to study Accounting and AP Statistics during his last year of high school. Outside of school, Aseem has participated in the club DECA, and written various business plans and marketing campaigns. Aseem also enjoys photography, reading, wrestling, and watching basketball. Aseem strongly believes in the idea of forging leaders together, and creating global collaboration and action.

Business Development Associate

Tiffany Peach is a senior at Columbia University, where she is majoring in Political Science and Business Management, with a focus on international relations and foreign policy. Outside of her studies, Tiffany has worked for non-profit organizations, policy research institutions, and private companies in her home country, Germany, and the United States. Tiffany is excited to work for the Washington Institute to further her interests in the two fields she is currently pursuing and to contribute to an organization that recognizes the importance of the relationship between the public and the private sector. 

Jeremy is a Rising Senior at Columbia University and a part of the Dual BA Program between Columbia and Sciences Po in France. He studied Politics and Government at Sciences Po and is majoring in Sustainable Development at Columbia. Jeremy has interned with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture’s Trade and Investment Unit, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and the Ligue International Contre le Racisme et l’Antisémitisme. He is the Center Director of the Roosevelt Institute at Columbia's Economic Development Policy Center, and writes for Columbia Political Review. In his free time, Jeremy can be found cheering on all the Toronto-based sports teams, binging podcasts, and attempting to master word games.

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Giulio Alighieri

Technology and Innovation Fellow

Giulio is conducting his postdoctoral research in the Weiss Lab at the MIT Synthetic Biology Center after graduating for his PhD and MS from the MIT Chemical Engineering Department. There, in the same lab where he carried out his PhD research,  he is continuing to work on developing platform based on RNA-RNA interactions without the use of exogenous proteins for cancer and autoimmune diseases applications. Before Joining MIT, Giulio received a triple master degree in nanotechnology jointly awarded from the Polytechnic of Turin (Italy), the Grenoble Institute of Technology (France),  the EPFL (Switzerland). During his graduate studies at MIT, Giulio has been actively involved in student leadership activities having been the president of the MIT European Club  for four years and also member of the advisory group of the Dean of the School of Engineering professor Anantha P. Chandrakasan (GradSAGE). Giulio is a sport enthusiast and enjoy activities like running, biking and hiking. As for team sports, he is truly passionate about tennis and soccer.

Alyssa DeLuca 

Communications Associate 

Alyssa DeLuca is a rising junior at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, where she is double majoring in Marketing and Psychology. On campus, Alyssa is an active member of Goizueta Women in Finance, Goizueta Marketing Club, and Goizueta Real Estate group, hosting events that forge closer relationships between students and professionals in Atlanta and beyond. Alyssa is also a jumper on Emory’s Equestrian team, competing across the South, while also leading fundraising events with her team, like clothing drives to provide others with the opportunity to participate in the sport. Beyond Emory’s campus, Alyssa has volunteered for Memorial Sloan Kettering as an MSK Student Board Member, organizing and managing fundraising for pediatric cancer research. As part of the Communications and Marketing team at the Washington Institute, Alyssa is looking forward to using her skills to facilitate collaboration and work toward global solutions to better this world.


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Rafay Siddiqui

Global Economy Associate

CEO Associate

 Seyram Mawuenyega is a rising junior at Brown University. He hails from Accra; Ghana and currently concentrating in Business Economics. He enjoys reading, particularly crime fiction and political novels, listening to contemporary music, and playing and watching basketball (Go Celtics!) and soccer (Go Chelsea!). He is very interested in public policy, finance, and entrepreneurship and greatly looking forward to working with the Washington Institute, as he feels it is an experience which will allow him to not only explore his interests but also effect positive change whilst he does.

Rafay is a third-year Mathematics/Economics student at the University of California, Los Angeles. Intrigued by the relationship between economics and the law, he currently serves as an editor for the Business Law and Investing Society and Undergraduate Law Journal, where he analyzed legal arguments pertaining to telehealth data privacy, surveillance technology, and international conflicts. Upon graduation, Rafay aspires to attend law school to study corporate or constitutional law. 

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