Advisory Board

The Penn State School of International Affairs announced the formation of an external advisory board on April 2, 2010, featuring prominent members from the private and public sector with a wide range of international expertise and experiences.

Cathleen A. Campbell


Ms. Cathleen Campbell joined CRDF Global in 2002 and was appointed president and CEO in 2006. Ms. Campbell has almost four decades of international science, technology and innovation policy and program management experience. She has worked with countries in Eurasia, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Prior to Joining CRDF Global, Ms. Campbell served as director of the Office of International Technology Policy and Programs, Department of Commerce. From 1995-1997, she was a senior policy analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Ms. Campbell was the U.S. State Department's program office for Soviet/Russia science and technology affairs from 1989-1994. Previously she held research positions in the private sector. Ms. Campbell holds an M.A. in Russian and East European studies from the George Washington University and a B.S. in Russian from Georgetown University.




Dr. Nicholas Donofrio


Dr. Nicholas Donofrio is a 44-year IBM veteran who held the position of executive vice president, Innovation and Technology, and was also selected as an IBM fellow, the company's highest technical honor. He is an IBM fellow emeritus & EVP Innovation and Technology (Ret.). Mr. Donofrio holds seven technology patents, is a member of numerous technical and science honor societies, and holds several board positions.

He served for many years on the board of directors for the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) and was NACME's board chair from 1997 through 2002. He also served for several years on the board of directors for INROADS, a nonprofit organization focused on the training and development of talented minority youth for professional careers in business and industry. In 2003, he was awarded the Rodney D. Chipps Memorial Award by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and remains an active member of SWE. 

He is a fellow of the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu & Sigma Xi engineering and science honor societies, a fellow of the U.K-based Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the U.S.-based National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the board of directors for the Bank of New York Mellon, Liberty Mutual, Delphi Automotive, AMD, O'Brien & Gere, Sproxil and MITRE. From 1993 to 2013 he served as a member of the board of trustees at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He currently is a member of the board of trustees for Syracuse University, the New York Hall of Science (co-chair 2007- 2013) and the New York Genome Center. In December 2013, he was named by the governor of Connecticut chairmam of the Board of Regents for Higher Education. In 2014 he was elected to the board of trustees for the USIP's Peace Tech Lab and in 2015 became its chairman. Also in 2015, he became a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors board of directors. 

In 2002-2003, he led the work effort for the Council on Competitiveness around their National Innovation Initiative (NII) which went on to become the America Competes Act. 

In 2005, the U.S. Department of Education appointed him to the Commission on the Future of Higher Education, a 20-member delegation of business and university leaders charged with developing a national strategy for post-secondary education to meet the needs of America's diverse population and workforce. The commission report, A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of Higher Education, is available through the U.S. Department of Education.

In 2011-2012 he chaired a special committee tasked by the governor of Vermont to evaluate the relationship between the state of Vermond and the University of Vermont (UVM). The committee report, New Ideas for Changing Times: Strengthening the Partnership Between the State of Vermont and the University of Vermont, was accepted by the governor and the president of UVM.  




Scott Hillkirk


Scott Hillkirk is a senior consultant and project manager of strategic communications for several large agencies of the federal government related to national security missions and infrastructure. He is an alumnus of SIA, part of the founding cohort. At Penn State, he served as the SIA Student Government Association president. Prior to Penn State he worked as an educator in Japan and as a journalist at USA Today. He has also worked with the Carnegie Council and the U.S. Army War College. He is a graduate of Ohio University and is pursuing a Master's of Public Management at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently serving as the volunteer chair of "A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence" development campaign for Penn State's School of International Affairs. 




Ambassador Karl Hofmann


Ambassador (Ret.) Karl Hofmann is the president and CEO of PSI (Population Services International), a nonprofit global health organization. PSI operates in over 50 countries worldwide, with programs in family planning and reproductive health, malaria, water and sanitation, HIV, and non-communicable diseases. PSI works in partnership with local governments, ministries of health and local organizations to create health solutions that are built to last. Prior to joining PSI, Mr. Hofmann was a career American diplomat for 23 years. He served as U.S. ambassador to the Republic of Togo, executive secretary of the Department of State, and deputy chief of mission (senior career diplomat) at the U.S. embassy in Paris. He also served on President Clinton's National Security Council staff. Mr. Hofmann is a director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the One Acre Fund, and TB Alliance, a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy, and president of the TB Alliance's Stakeholder Association. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the National Defense University.




Ambassador (Ret.) Theodore Kattouf


Ambassador (Ret.) Theodore Kattouf is president and chief executive officer of AMIDEAST and former U.S. ambassador to both the United Arab Emirates and Syria. He joined the Foreign Service in 1972 and has served in Kuwait, Damascus, Sanaa, Riyadh, and Baghdad. He also served as director of the Office of Labanon, Jordan and Syrian Affairs. He has been a State Department Fellow at Princeton University and has received the Cobb Award for outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of U.S. companies abroad, two Meritorious Honor Awards, four Senior Performance Awards, and one Presidential Honor Award. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.




Dr. Régine Lambrech 


Dr. Régine Lambrech has spent nearly four decades in international education. She lived and worked for 23 years in France, 19 of those spearheading international student and faculty research and/or educational exchanges at the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, an engineering grande école. She was instrumental in the pioneering establishment and then expansion of double degrees throughout Europe and beyond. She was a founding board member of the European Association for International Education and served as the founding chair of its International Relations Managers Professional Section. She has extensive international experience, served as director of global initiatives at the Columbia University School of Engineering and now works as principal consultant for her own company, International Education Consulting, where she provides advice to institutions of higher education. Dr. Lambrech holds a B.A. from Ladycliff College in French and secondary education and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Penn State in French. In 1996 she was named a Distinguished Alumna of Penn State and currently serves as president of the Penn State Society of Distinguished Alumni.




Mary Beth Long 


The Honorable Mary Beth Long is co-founder and principal of Global Alliance Advisors, LLC, an international business consulting firm. She is also founder of M B Long & Associates, PLLC, an international legal and advisory firm. From 2007-2009, Ms. Long served as the first woman confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as Chair of NATO's High Level Group (HLG), responsible for NATO's nuclear policy. In her defense department roles, she also acted as principal deputy decretary of defense on the Middle East, Africa, the Western Hemisphere, Asia, and Southeast Asia; and was the deputy secretary of defense for counter narcoterrorism with a budget of over $1 billion. To those credentials, she adds more than a decade of Central Intelligence Agency operational experience (1986–99) on terrorism and other security issues.

After leaving government, Ms. Long founded Metis Solutions LLC. Under her tenure as CEO, the company was recognized in Inc. Magazine's List of America's Fastest Growing Companies in 2014, 2015, and 2016 and was featured in Forbes magazine's Women Business Leaders. Ms. Long advises several Fortune 50 companies on international defense markets. From 2013-2016, she served as a senior subject matter expert for the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO as well as a senior international adviser to the minister of defense of Colombia.

Ms. Long has advised several presidential candidates and appears regularly on Fox News, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera English and NPR on Middle East issues and the Intelligence Community. She is a licensed lawyer and, from 1999 until 2004, was an associate specializing in civil litigation matters at Williams & Connolly LLP. Ms. Long travels regularly to the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, and Afghanistan and has offices in Abu Dhabi and Kabul. She is an honors graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, magna cum laude, and in 2016, Ms. Long received the Distinguished Alumni Award, the University's highest honor presented to its alumni. She received her J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.




Khalil P. Sholy


Mr. Khalil P. Sholy is managing director of United Development Company in Doha, Qatar, whose projects have included the multibillion-dollar Pearl-Qatar Island Project (TPQ) and the greenfield establishment of subsidiaries, including the Middle East Dredging Company (MEDCO), Qatar District Cooling Company (QC), and Ronáutica Middle East. He previously established the Construction Development Company in 1982 which completed projects such as the Four Seasons Hotel Complex, which includes the Qatar Telecom (Q-Tel) Tower and two residential towers with all facilities in addition to the hotel. He also holds the following posts: director of MEDCO; deputy managing director of QC; chairman of Ronáutica Middle East; and of Projects Development Company in Lebanon. Mr. Sholy graduated with a degree in structural engineering from the University of Evansville, Indiana.