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mccordEd McCord, Director
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503M
Tel: (202) 994-5785


ollapallyDeepa Ollapally, Associate Director
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503R
Tel: (202) 994-8854


teitelbaumDaqing Yang, Director, Asian Studies Program
1957 E Street, N.W., Room 305-H
Phone: (202) 994-8262
Fax: (202) 994-6231
E-mail: yanghist@gwu.ed

mattMatt O'Mara, Operations Manager
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503S
Tel: (202) 994-4360

bouffardMike Bouffard , Program Coordinator
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503Q
Tel: (202) 994-5874


nhamWinnie Nham, Research Manager, Rising Powers Initiative
1957 E Street, NW Suite 503R
Tel: (202) 994-5247


parkerAndrew Parker, Asian Studies & PISA Program Assistant
1957 E Street, NW Suite 503T4
Tel: (202) 994-2694


parkerTimothy Westmyer, Research and Program Assistant, Rising Powers Initiative
1957 E St. NW, Suite 503P
Tel: (202) 994-1949


parkerDaisuke Minami, Graduate Research Assistant, Rising Powers Initiative
1957 E St. NW, Suite 503P
Tel: (202) 994-1949





Staff Assistants

Lauren Fabijanski, Staff Assistant
BA International Affairs (May 2015)

Luis Rodriguez De Cespedes, Staff Assistant
BBA International Business (May 2015)

Adena Peckler, Staff Assistant
BA Asian Studies (May 2015)

Sheng Peng, Events and Communication Assistant
MA International Affairs (May 2014)

Mike Bouffard holds a BA in International Studies with a minor in Mandarin Chinese from American University. Before joining the Sigur Center in 2012, Michael worked on public diplomacy issues for the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP). He has spent time living in Beijing, China where he studied at Peking University while also interning for the Beijing Center for Policy Research. He has also interned for the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as well as the U.S. Campaign for Burma

Winnie Nham coordinates research and project logistics for the Rising Powers Initiative. Additionally, she manages the Intiative's online presence. Prior to joining the Sigur Center, Winnie studied abroad in China and served as a political analyst at the American Embassy Singapore. She also worked on global education policy in emerging markets for Apple, Inc. Winnie holds a M.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Matt O’Mara is the Operations Manager for the Sigur Center. Prior to joining the center, Matt coordinated oversight and financial management of foreign language grants at the Institute of International Education. In addition, he has spent almost seven years living and working in China, serving initially as part of the Maryknoll China Teacher Service Project and then later specializing in international public relations and public affairs at Burson-Marsteller China. Matt holds a BA in English from James Madison University.

Andrew Parker holds a BA in International Studies with a minor in Mandarin Chinese from American University. Prior to joining the Sigur Center, he spent two years teaching English in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China. While an undergraduate, he worked at the American University Center for Asian Studies. Andrew has interned at the Hudson Institute's Center for Political-Military Analysis, the Los Angeles Times Beijing Bureau, the Jamestown Foundation's China Brief, and studied abroad at Beijing University.

Timothy Westmyer is Research and Program Assistant at the Sigur Center's Rising Powers Initiative. He assists in coordinating the RPI's study of debates taking place in Asia over the risks and rewards of nuclear energy and non-proliferation. Prior to joining the Sigur Center, he worked as a Foreign Affairs Assistant at the US Department of State in the Office of the Coordinator for Threat Reduction. Timothy has also spent time at the Council on Foreign Relations, the US Senate, the Arms Control Association, and a presidential campaign. He holds a MA with honors in Security Studies from Georgetown University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in International Studies, History and a minor in Asian Studies from the University of Redlands in beautiful California.


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