2011-12 Fellows


Toshiya Hoshino

Dr. Toshiya Hoshino is a Professor of International Relations and currently the Dean of Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University, His previous positions include Minister-Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN (2006-08), Senior Research Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Visiting Fellows at SIPA at Columbia University, Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Special Assistant for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan, Washington, DC. His academic interests cover Japan-US security cooperation in the contexts of Asia-Pacific and the UN diplomacy.


Shoko Suzuki

Shoko Suzuki, Dr. Phil., is Professor at Graduate School of Education Kyoto University in Japan. Dr. Suzuki is also a member of the Science Council of Japan, the Board of Education in Kyoto and the Board of Directors of the Japanese Society for the Philosophy of Education. She is the academic leader of a program in Kyoto University’s Global Center of Excellence, titled “Revitalizing Education for Dynamic Hearts and Minds.” Prior to that, Dr. Suzuki was involved in research activities at the University of Cologne, Germany from 1982 to 1989 and enjoyed a guest professorship at the Free University of Berlin, Germany from 2009 to 2010.


Tadashi Shinagawa

Tadashi Shinagawa is the senior sales manager at the Fine Ceramics International Sales Division of Kyocera Corporation in Japan. Mr. Shinagawa joined the Kyocera Foundation in 1984 after graduating from Shiga University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Economics. Mr. Shinagawa has served twice in Kyocera’s US subsidiary company, Kyocera Industrial Ceramics Corporation, from 1992 to 1998, and again in 2007 to 2009, pursuing his goal of contributing to humanity and society though the ceramics business.



Hisham Akhonbay
Saudi Arabia

Hisham Akhonbay is a Research Associate with King Abdullah’s Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC). Prior to joining KAPSARC he spent 8 years with Bank of America as a Commercial Banker. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the George Washington University in Washington DC and has an MBA from American University in Washington DC. Hisham is fluent in Arabic and English.


Carmen DeGeorge
United States of America

Lieutenant Commander Carmen S. DeGeorge is an active-duty Coast Guard Officer who serves as the Deputy Law Enforcement Chief for Coast Guard District Eight headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. His career includes five sea tours, two staff assignments & as a Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room. He has commanded two Coast Guard Cutters, and has directly supported such historic events as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the Deepwater Horizon spill. LCDR DeGeorge graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with B.S. degrees in Marine Engineering & Nautical Science. He received a Master's in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, and was awarded a diploma from the U.S. Naval War College.


Enziwe Dube
South Africa

Enziwe Dube is the founder and managing partner of LLC Capital Consulting, a managing consulting firm he started from an outbuilding in his home. LLC Capital Consulting is a partner of the Ubuntu Institute in South Africa, and has become the largest African owned management and development consulting firm in Swaziland with a branch in neighboring South Africa. Mr. Dube has vast expertise in the fields of finance, management and consulting, authoring numerous articles and reports related to business. He has conducted research in numerous African, Asian and European countries, and has served on various corporate boards throughout his professional career.


Francis Eze

Francis Eze is the Assistant Vice President of Finance and Budget at the American University of Nigeria, Yola. Mr. Eze received a B.Sc in Accounting from St.Peter's College, New Jersey and a MBA in finance from Morgan State University, Maryland. He has held several accounting positions at Morgan State University, and joined the American University of Nigeria as the Director of Budget from 2008-2010. Mr. Eze’s research interests include budget management practices, finance and accounting; higher education funding sources for developing countries; and business ethics. Mr. Eze is affiliated with the American Accounting Association, Institute of Management Accountants, and Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide.


Sarah Janaro
United States of America

Sarah Janaro is a Lieutenant (O-3) in the United States Coast Guard serving as the Response Department Duty Officer at Sector Long Island Sound. LT Janaro received her officer commission and a Bachelor of Science degree in government from the United States Coast Guard Academy. Previous assignments include Combat Information Center Officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter FORWARD (WMEC-911), a 270-foot ship stationed in Portsmouth, VA, and Congressional Reports Coordinator at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Winchester, IL, she now lives in Madison, CT with her husband Jeff who is also a Lieutenant in the Coast Guard.


Nazim Rahman

Nazim Rahman is a director of UDA Holdings Berhad, a corporatized entity of Urban Development Authority, where he oversees urban redevelopment in Malaysia. He is also CEO of Exasquare Corporation and President Director of its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Exasquare Telkomindo. He has been involved with the Urban Leadership Programme of Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore and Advocates for International Development, UK. Mr. Rahman was previously a lawyer, working with firms in Kuala Lumpur and London as an advisor to financial institutions and corporations. He graduated with a law degree and was a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University, Washington DC, where he obtained his LL.M.


Ioana Stancel

Ioana Stancel is an assistant professor of International Relations at the University of Bucharest, Romania. She is a senior researcher at the Center for Conflict Prevention and Early Warning in Bucharest, working on founding a professional think tank in Romania based on the CSIS model. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and Health Services Management and is a PhD Candidate of Political Science at the University of Bucharest. Additionally, she holds Master’s degrees in International Relations, Integrated Border Security Management and Information Management for Combating Terrorism. Dr. Stancel was an International Fellow at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she studied refugees and humanitarian crises.


Yang Yi
People's Republic of China

Yang Yi is a Vasey Fellow at the Pacific Forum CSIS. Prior to that, she worked as a researcher in Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University and research assistant at the East Asia Institute, National University of Singapore respectively. She pursued her BA (diplomacy) in China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing and received her dual masters in strategic studies and applied science in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Her research interest includes the social media and political participation, international politics and Chinese foreign policy.


Yap Kwong Weng

Mr. Yap Kwong Weng is the Secretary-General of the United Nations Association of Singapore. An adventurer, youth mentor and inspirer, he trekked 100km across the Taklamakan Desert to raise awareness for the UN Millennium Development Goals. He founded a vibrant youth group that conducts community service projects that raises awareness for environmental sustainability and disadvantaged groups. He graduated Cum Laude with a major in Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned a MBA from the University of Manchester. He is also a Masters candidate of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He was named as one of the top 25 Young Outstanding Singaporeans in 2011.