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HopkinsBenjamim Hopkins, Director
1957 E Street, NW, Suite 503M
Tel: (202) 994-2882


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


teitelbaumEmmanuel Teitelbaum, Director, Asian Studies Program
Monroe Hall
2115 G Street, N.W., Room 411
Phone: (202) 994-9125
Fax: (202) 994-7743

joyceJoyce Tso, 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


yarrLinda Yarr, Director, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)
1957 E Street, NW Suite 503N
Tel: (202) 994-4313

KangJinhyang 'Jina' Kang, Program Assistant, Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)
1957 E Street, NW Suite 503-T4
Tel: (202) 994-2694


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




Joyce Tso is the Operations Manager for the Sigur Center. Prior to joining the center, worked in the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She has held a number of positions in the private sector and non-for-profit organizations in the U.S., China, and Taiwan--including the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office and the National Cancer Institute, NIH. Joyce received her B.B.A. and M.B.A. from GWU.

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. He is currently pursuing an MA in Security Policy Studies at the Elliott School.

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.

Jinhyang (Jina) Kang was born and raised in South Korea. Her desires to go abroad, learn a foreign language, and live in a foreign culture led her to the US in 2007. After the graduation from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012, Jina worked for a US Department of State designated visa-sponsoring company that promotes cultural exchange for internationals. In 2014, she went back to South Korea and gained experience working in the solar energy industry. Before joining PISA, she worked for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit and also interned at the Korea Economic Institute. Jina is currently pursuing an MA in Asian Studies at the Elliott School.


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