The 2019 Board

Amira Dhalla, President

Amira Dhalla has spent over a decade working in technology working on issues related to digital rights and equity with global organizations and communities. She is currently completing her Master’s in Public Affairs at Columbia University, focusing on the intersection of human rights and technology. Previously, she spent the past six years working at Mozilla Foundation as the Lead of Education, Gender, and Global Programs where she focused on creating an accessible, safe, open and innovate web for people around the world. While at Mozilla she developed digital education programs in over 100 countries, ran privacy and security advocacy-focused campaigns, launched the organizations first ever gender division and collaborated on programs with UN Women, Ford Foundation, World Economic Forum, and others. Amira is currently on the board of four gender-in-tech focused organizations across Canada and the USA, and volunteers at a handful of others.

Virpratap Vikram Singh, Vice President

Virpratap Vikram Singh is an MIA candidate focusing on International Security Policy and Technology, Media and Communication. Prior to SIPA, Virpratap worked as a Digital Media and Content Manager at a foreign policy think tank, Gateway House, in Mumbai, India. He completed his Bachelors of Arts (Liberal Arts) from the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts in Pune, India where he majored in Media Studies and minored in International Affairs. Virpratap has lived in Hong Kong, Chile, and India and is often perplexed on how to answer the question ‘where are you from?’. He can be found in the quiet corners of crowded spaces, dreaming of the mountains, or Skyrim.

John Patrick Dees, Finance Director (Not Pictured)

Patrick Dees is a first year Master of International Affairs Candidate specializing in international security policy and technology, media, and communications. Previously, Patrick attended George Washington University and received B.A.s in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs, concentrating in conflict and security. Following graduation, Patrick received a commission into the U.S. Navy. Over the next seven years, Patrick served with the U.S. Navy in Pensacola, FL, San Antonio, TX, and most recently on board USS STETHEM (DDG 63) stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, fulfilling leadership roles in intelligence, cyberspace operations, and security.

Shalini Seetharam, Communications & Marketing Director (Not Pictured)

Natasha Bhuta, Career & Alumni Relations Director

Natasha Bhuta holds a Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and International Business. Prior to studying at Columbia, she worked as a product manager for at Bank of America and then at a rapidly growing cryptocurrency exchange startup. She is interested in the digital economy, particularly around FinTech and opportunities for economic development and financial inclusion. Natasha loves scuba diving and has a passion for travel.

Augusta Gronquist, Cyber 9/12 Manager

Gussie Gronquist is an MIA Candidate at SIPA, specializing in international security and cyber policy. Gussie graduated with from Smith College, where she was the student body president and Trustee, with a BA in Philosophy and fluency in Italian. Upon graduating, she worked as a criminal defense paralegal for a partner at a major law firm. Among others, she handled major financial fraud and cyber crime cases in both federal and state courts. Gussie is a research associate for Professor Healey’s cyber program.

Jessica Shaw, Programming Director

Jessica Shaw is a first-year student at SIPA concentrating in International Security Policy and specializing in Technology, Media and Communications.  This summer she will be working with Artificial Intelligence, Cloud, and Virtual Reality products at Microsoft. Aside from being a Program Manager at DCG, she is also Co-Director of Marketing & Communications at Technology & Innovations Student Association (TISA) and a member of the SIPA Consulting Club.  Her hobbies are oil-painting, photography, creative writing, and traveling.  Fun fact: Jessica’s food photos have been featured on multiple accounts with over 1 million followers (She loves going to different restaurants throughout NYC).

Living on 3 continents and traveling to 40+ countries has made her even more passionate about international development and the impact of technology.  Prior to coming to SIPA, Jessica worked at Morgan Stanley, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Shark Tank, Hearst Media’s Esquire Magazine, and Save the Children.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email her at jes2327@columbia.edu.  Jessica is always happy to chat!

Stuart Caudill, Programming Director

Stuart Caudill is a Master of International Affairs student specializing in international security and cyber policy. Prior to SIPA, Stuart was a U.S. Army intelligence officer and served in various leadership roles in intelligence, special operations, and cyber units, including a deployment to Afghanistan. In 2012, he co-authored Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined?, the report that accompanied the initial release of documents captured at Usama bin Ladin’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in International Relations and Arabic.

John Sakellariadis, Programming Director

John Sakellariadis is an MIA candidate concentrating in International Security Policy and specializing in Technology, Media and Communications. Prior to SIPA, John worked at the American Enterprise Institute, where he conducted research on US foreign policy and the hybrid warfare strategies of Russia, Iran, China and ISIS. At SIPA, John is continuing his study of international strategy and cybersecurity. He is particularly interested in internet architecture and governance, as well as how nation-states deploy their cyber capabilities to advance objectives in environments short-of-war. John is also passionate about history, literature, and the New York Yankees.

Ray Herras, Technical Director

Ray Herras is Technical Director of SIPA DCG.  He is a first-year MIA student concentrating in International Security Policy with specialization in Technology, Media, and Communications.  Ray is a veteran and the Founder, CEO and Managing Member of Adara Strategy Group LLC, a global strategy consultancy based in Northern Virginia with practice areas including Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Risk Management.  Ray holds a BS in Computer Science from Columbus State University (CSU), Columbus, Georgia, and an MBA from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama.  He completed executive training for completion of “Cybersecurity:  The Intersection of Policy and Technology” Program, July 2015, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education.  In 2016, Ray was also recognized by the CSU Alumni Association as that year’s Distinguished Alumnus in Military Service.  He is a member of the Asia Society and the Greater New York City Chapter of ISACA.  Ray volunteers as a mentor with iQ4 Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance to help coach and mentor the next generation of cybersecurity professionals enrolled at colleges in the Tri-State area.

 

Jason Healey is a Senior Research Scholar and adjunct faculty at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs, specializing in cyber conflict, competition and cooperation. Prior to this, he was the founding director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative of the Atlantic Council where he remains a senior fellow. He is the author of dozens of published articles and the editor of the first history of conflict in cyberspace, A Fierce Domain: Cyber Conflict, 1986 to 2012.

During his time in the White House, Healey was a director for cyber policy and helped to advise the President and coordinate US efforts to secure US cyberspace and critical infrastructure. He created the first cyber incident response team for Goldman Sachs and later oversaw the bank’s crisis management and business continuity in Hong Kong. He has been vice chairman of the FS-ISAC (the information sharing and security organization for the finance sector) and started his career as a US Air Force intelligence officer with jobs at the Pentagon and National Security Agency. Jason was a founding member (plank owner) of the first cyber command in the world, the Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense, in 1998.

Healey is on the Defense Science Board task force on cyber deterrence and is a frequent speaker at the main hacker and security conferences, including Black Hat, RSA, and DEF CON, for which he is also on the review board. He is president of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association and has been adjunct faculty at NSA’s National Cryptologic School, Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

The 2018 Board

Past Board Members for 2017

Past Board Members for 2016