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.

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Hakan Ozsancak

Executive Vice President

Hakan oversees the operations, finance and communications of the Washington Institute, providing support to the CEO and Founder. Born in Istanbul, Turkey, he is the son of a diplomat and by the age of ten had lived in Switzerland, Egypt, Germany, and Turkey. He speaks five languages. Having served as Chief Operating Officer of a technology company and executive producer for a major media conglomerate, Hakan has spent 19 years in the communications industry. He has led diverse teams of professionals in a series of news projects around the world and has received several awards for his work. Hakan excels in strategic communications, business development, finance, and strategy. He received his bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University and his executive MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

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Yagiz Sullu

Social Science Research Assistant

Yagiz Sullu is a recent 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 trends as well as managing the Institute’s podcasts, videos, and other social media engagements.

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Katie Moore

Communications Associate

Katie Moore is a freshman at the University of Michigan, where she is majoring in International Relations and English. On campus, Katie is part of an environmental consulting organization, which helps local businesses discover more eco-friendly options for their operations. Outside of the university, she's worked for PACs, political campaigns, non-profits, and startups, both in communications and management positions. As the Communications Intern, she's excited to work for the Washington Institute to further her interest in politics and business by contributing to the Institute's mission of facilitating private and public relations. 

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Aref Anwar

Special Projects Associate

Special Projects Associate

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Predrag Sutanovac

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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Yiqing Cheng

Technology and Innovation 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

Predrag Sutanovac is a junior at American University in Washington, DC. He comes from Belgrade, Serbia, and is majoring in International Studies with a focus on Global Governance and Development, with a minor in Economics. On-campus Predrag is an active member of the community. He is the Treasurer of the PeaceJam Club, where he aims to further the missions of Nobel Peace Laureates, alleviate extreme poverty, and promote peaceful conflict resolution. He is also a Resident Assistant at a Freshman dorm where he takes on a leadership role building a community in the residence halls on American's campus. Predrag is very interested in the global economy, global sports, and the developing cyber world. Here at the Washington Institute, he looks forward to using his skills and knowledge to advance our mission and vision

Yiqing was born and raised in Shanghai, China. Then he went to Emory University with a degree in Quantitative Sciences and Economics (graduated). His multicultural background has raised his interest in applying his skillsets in a global setting. Previously, Yiqing worked as business analytics and financial market researcher for technology and financial institutions. He has experience in business, finance, data analytics, and programming across different industries. He is very interested in working with other associates and bringing more quantitative analytics in assisting the Washington Institute to evoke meaningful changes.

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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.