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.


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.


Julie Fedick

Marketing & Communications Associate

Julie Fedick graduates (graduated) in May 2021 from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business where she earned an MBA, completing both the STEM Designation and Certificate in Sustainable Business. Before her MBA, Julie worked as the Director of Ticket Sales and Operations for the Georgetown Athletic Department and spent time volunteering with political campaigns and civic organizations. She completed her undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Pittsburgh, focusing her studies on the intersection of race, gender, and class in politics and economics. Julie works in marketing for AARP and alumni engagement with Georgetown McDonough’s Business for Impact initiative.


Chelsea Cheung

Business Development Associate

Chelsea Cheung is a junior pursuing a BBA at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business along with a minor in History. Her past professional experiences are primarily comprised of working at startups, where she was able to take on a breadth of roles ranging from business development to marketing. Additionally, through working on consulting projects on campus, she has cultivated a deep passion for helping her local community through problem-solving. In the future, she endeavors to help bring the public and private sectors together as a means to promote and create positive change

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Sean Sullivan

Technology & Innovation Associate

Sean is a Sophomore at The Ohio State University, majoring in Information Systems and minoring in Engineering and Economics. On campus, Sean is involved in many student organizations, presently working as a team member on the Big Data and Analytics Association to analyze consumer profitability data for a local energy partner. Working to plan events and understand the data behind them, he is the rising chair of Data for Ohio State’s Ohio Union Activities Board, the largest student-run programming organization in Ohio. He also prototypes event and mobile application designs for clients in a Design Think Tank.


Ben Tauber

Business Development Associate

Ben Tauber is a senior at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he is pursuing a major in Global Business with minors in Sociology and Chinese. On campus, he is an editorial assistant for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the School of Foreign Service. He also serves on the development team of the Georgetown Retail and Luxury Association, where he helps manage the organization’s growth and brand outreach efforts. He is currently aiding the Washington Institute’s business development activities including fundraising and grants.

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Fabiola de Beaumont

Sports Marketing Associate

Fabiola is currently studying business economics at Brescia University (Università degli studi di Brescia) in Italy, particularly focusing on promotion and sustainability of major events, concentrating on sports. 
With passion for her studies and her background as a coach, ski instructor and  athlete, she sees in WI the opportunity to conjugate both. 
She finds the mission of the Washington Institute extremely progressive, especially with considering sports a key topic for many different themes we find ourselves dealing with everyday.

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Hari Vijay

Business Development Associate

Hari Vijay is a junior Kenan Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Computer Science. At UNC, Hari is involved with the Business Technology Club, the Undergraduate Business Symposium Core Committee, and the Habitat for Humanity Tutoring Committee. He has experience in Business Development, Finance, Operations, and Marketing across several startup settings. Outside of school, Hari enjoys playing tennis, basketball, and listening to music.

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Aseem Anwar

Special Projects 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.


Kendall Otridge

Sports Marketing Associate

Kendall is a junior at Haverford College majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Psychology. On campus, she is a member of the varsity volleyball team, the Committee for Environmental Responsibility, and an active member for Street Outreach, a club that helps people facing food insecurity in Philadelphia. Additionally, she is a student ambassador for an organization called Players for the Planet, which helps unite athletes for change and use their platform to advocate for sustainability within the industry. She is looking forward to bringing her knowledge to The Washington Institute and assisting with work related to the upcoming Global Sports Conference. She is excited to help advance the mission of the Washington Institute.

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Aref Anwar

Special Projects Associate

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”.


Nick Heffner

 Global Sports Associate 

Nick Heffner is a young entrepreneur who has been in the sports industry since 2015. He started his first business - a basketball academy - during his freshman year at St. John’s University pursuing a degree in Sports Management.  His academy offered services for athletes ranging from beginners to national team representatives. They have worked with the likes of NBA Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo and NBA Sixth Man of the Year Jordan Clarkson. Nick is currently working on his second venture, a company utilizing technology to enhance sports education. 

Besides work, Nick plays basketball competitively for one of Hong Kong’s professional basketball teams in the HKBA A1 League. As a Global Sports Associate at the Institute, Nick looks forward to applying his passion and knowledge in sports to assist with the organization of the Global Sports Conference.


Yingzhao Max Huang

Special Projects Associate

Max is a senior at Lafayette College double majoring in Engineering Studies and Russian and East European Studies. Before college, Max went to boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts and grew up in Beijing, China. He has always had a fondness for international culture, languages and relations. His focus on Russia and Eastern Europe has brought him there to study twice. Max is interested in computer technology and all its applications, leading him to focus on Electrical and Computer Engineering in his Engineering Studies curricula. As a bachelor of arts in engineering at a liberal arts college, he often focuses on tackling large issues in society at the intersection of engineering and the liberal arts with a holistic perspective. He is happy to bring his perspective and abilities to assist with the many impactful projects at the Washington Institute. 

Max studies classical guitar and loves tennis. He is a tour guide and photographer on campus. He enjoys many video games that are competitive and otherwise. He is happy spending time in front of his PC that he built, but would also love to travel abroad when the time permits.


Jessica Schildkraut

Sports Marketing Associate

Jessica Schildkraut is a senior at Columbia University, majoring in English and Comparative Literature. At Columbia, Jessica is a midfielder on the varsity women's soccer team, where she is also a member of the Columbia Lions Leadership Initiative and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Her past professional experience includes working in product security for a medical technology company as well as in publishing at a literary agency in New York. She looks forward to contributing to the upcoming Global Sports Conference along with the other meaningful global initiatives at the Washington Institute.

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Colleen Snow

Technology and Innovation Associate

Colleen Snow is a rising junior at the University of Virginia, majoring in Statistics with a concentration in Actuarial Finance. On campus, she is involved with the Women in Business Club, the Delta Gamma sorority where she is director of fundraising, and the Albemarle County Mentoring Program for high school students. She looks forward to working on projects with the other Technology and Innovation Associates.

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Samuel Ahmed

Business Development Associate

Sam Ahmed is a sophomore at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he is pursuing a major in International Political Economy with a minor in Chinese and certificate in Global Business Diplomacy. On Georgetown’s campus, Sam is a writer for The Hoya, the school’s weekly newspaper, and a member of the men’s club volleyball team. He looks forward to working with the business development team to move forward the Institute’s mission of riding the gap between the public and private sector.


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. 

Communications Associate

Katie Moore