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International Career Panel

International Career Panel

Each year, the Burkle Center organizes an international career panel, featuring experts who work across a wide international spectrum, from diplomacy and counter-terrorism, to humanitarian relief, international development, and journalism. The panel is designed to provide valuable insight into a variety of international fields and professions and tailored to the interests of graduating seniors as well as graduate students.

Past panels included the following experts: 


  • Brooke Christopher - Ambassador, Women for Women International
  • Erroll Southers - Associate Director, National Homeland Security Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
  • Holly Derheim - Director of Philanthropy, Heifer International


  • Justin Connolly – Director of Development and Outreach, Human Rights Watch
  • Dalia Dassa Kaye – Director, Center for Middle East Public Policy, RAND Corporation
  • John Maris – Senior VP for Programs, Relief International



  • Peter Katona – Expert in bioterrorism/Associate Prof. of Clinical Medicine in Infectious Diseases, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
  • Gary Bagley – Former Diplomat-in-Residence, UCLA School of Public Affairs
  • Jim Newton – Editor-at-Large, Los Angeles Times


  • Michael Dukakis – Former Presidential Candidate and former Governor of Massachusetts/Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs
  • David Kaye – Executive director, UCI Law School’s International Human Rights Program
  • Nicholas Smith – Founder, Buseesa Community Development Centre (BCDC) and Moba Community Development Center (MCDC)



  • Claire Panosian – co-Founder, UCLA Program in Global Health
  • Kantathi Suphamongkhon – 39th Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • Stephen Commins – Lecturer in Urban Planning, UCLA School of Public Affairs


  • Richard Walden – President, Operation USA
  • Robert Banks – Former Public Diplomat in Residence, USC
  • Nicholas Smith – Founder, Buseesa Community Development Centre (BCDC)
  • William Davis – Director, UN Information Center

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