The Harris Council is the lead advisory group to the Dean and school administrators and is comprised of accomplished professionals with substantial experience in the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

The Council's contributions range from providing advice and financial support to interacting with students and connecting the work of Harris Public Policy to the world.

Harris Council Members

Read below or click on their names to learn more about the Council members. The Council includes:

Chair: Hilarie Koplow-McAdams

Hussam Abu Issa
Wei Cai
Philip B. Clement
Marilyn R. Diamond
Kristyna Driehaus
David Garcia-Junco
John S. Gates Jr.
Lina Haddad Kreidie
M. Hill Hammock
King Harris
Joan W. Harris
Fay Hartog-Levin
O.J. Heestand Jr.
David Jacobson
Khalid Janahi
Dennis Keller
Ronald Landes
Christine Lefkarites White
Daniel Levin
Fabio Malina Losso
Scott Marden
Jeffrey C. Neal
George A. Ranney Jr.
Diana Rauner
Neeraj Sahai
David Bolling Wells
Paula Wolff
 

Hussam Abu Issa

Hussam Abu Issa
Vice Chairman and COO
Salam International

Mr. Abu Issa is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for Salam International, and Board Member of Salam Bounian. Salam International owns and manages over 32 business units in various lines: Contracting, Construction & Development, Heavy Industries & Energy, Technology, and Luxury & Hospitality. , the company's operations extend to Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan.

Read Hussam Abdulsalam Abu Issa's full profile here.

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Wei Cai

Wei Cai, AM/MBA'95
Partner
FountainVest Partners

Wei Cai is a partner at FountainVest Partners, one of the largest private equity funds dedicated
 to the China market with $4.5 billion currently under management. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Asia Investment Banking with UBS. Before this, Wei
was a Managing director with Morgan Stanley in its investment banking division.

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Philip B. Clement

Philip B. Clement, AM/MBA'93
Managing Partner
Chartwell Advisory Partners, LLC

Philip B. Clement is a Managing Partner at Chartwell Advisory Partners, LLC. Prior to this he was the global chief marketing and communications officer for Aon. He was responsible for Aon’s marketing strategy, which includes branding, market analysis, and demand creation.

Read Philip Clement's full profile here.

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Marilyn R. Diamond

Marilyn R. Diamond
Honorary Consul General for Morocco in Illinois

Marilyn R. Diamond is the Honorary Consul General for Morocco in Illinois. She is also on the board of directors of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and of the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University.

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Kristyna Pellouchoud Driehaus
Managing Partner
Sazava Partners LLC

AFoCR Vice President Kristyna Pellouchoud Driehaus is the managing director and co-founder of the private investment company, Sazava Partners LLC. In addition, she is the founder and president of The Kristyna M. Driehaus Foundation since January 2004.

Read Kristyna Driehaus's full profile here.

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David Garcia-Junco

David Garcia-Junco, AM'95
Chief Financial Officer
for Science and Technology

David Garcia Junco Machado is the Chief Financial Officer for the National Council for Science and Technology in Mexico. Prior to that, he served as head of the National Commissioner for Social Health protection.

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James S. Gates Jr.

John S. Gates Jr.
Chairman and CEO
PortaeCo, LLC

John S. Gates, Jr. is the chairman and CEO of PortaeCo, a private investment company. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Regional Transportation Authority, which oversees all forms of public transit in the Chicago metro region.

Read John Gate's full profile here.

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Lina Haddad Kreidie

Lina Haddad Kreidie
Lecturer
American University of Beirut

Lina Haddad Kreidie served as the Jerome and Hazel Tobis Chair at the University of California, Irvine, at the Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality. She is currently lecturing at the American University of Beirut on Political Science, Public Policy, Middle East Politics and Psychology of Conflict, and she also serves as a public policy consultant.

Read Lina Kreidie's full profile here.

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M. Hill Hammock

M. Hill Hammock, MBA'70
Chair
Board of Cook County Health & Hospital System

M. Hill Hammock currently serves as Chair of the Board of Cook County Health & Hospital System, the primary safety net health care institution in Chicago. He is the former Vice Chairman of LaSalle Bank Corporation, where he was the Chief Operating Officer. After banking, Hill served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Chicago Public Schools.

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King Harris

King Harris
Chairman
Harris Holdings, Inc.

King Harris is the Chairman of Harris Holdings and a Senior Fellow and Board Member of the Metropolitan Planning Council. He is also a Emeriti Trustee of the University of Chicago.

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Joan W. Harris

Joan W. Harris
Chairman
Irving Harris Foundation

Mrs. Harris is the Chairman of the Irving Harris Foundation. She served on the President's Commission for the National Endowment for the Arts. She currently serves as Trustee for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Julliard School and the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. In recognition of her leadership and contribution to the arts in Chicago and across the United States, in July 2014, she was awarded a National Medal of Arts from President Obama.

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Fay Hartog-Levin

Fay Hartog-Levin
Distinguished Fellow
Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Fay Hartog-Levin is a distinguished fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. From 2009-2011 she was the 65th Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Prior to that, she was the Vice President of External Affairs at the Field Museum.

Read Fay Hartog-Levin's full profile here.

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O.J. Heestand Jr.

O.J. Heestand Jr.
Chairman
Investment Office O’Connor Partners

O.J. Heestand. Jr, is a private investor based in Chicago. He was formerly a managing director of the Swiss Bank Corporation, now UBS A.G., and a partner of McKinsey and Company. Mr. Heestand spent his first decade in finance at the Chemical Bank, mostly in London.

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David Jacobson

David Jacobson
Vice Chairman
BMO Financial Group

David Jacobson became Vice-Chair of BMO Financial Group in 2013. Prior to that, he served as Special Assistant to President Obama and U.S. Ambassador to Canada, as Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, and was a corporate lawyer before his White House appointment.

Read David Jacobson's full profile here.

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Khalid Janahi

Khalid Janahi
Group Chief Executive
Dar Al-Maal Al Islami (DMI)

Khalid Janahi is currently the Group Chief Executive of Dar Al-Maal Al Islami and sits on the board of the Trust’s subsidiaries and associates. Prior to that, he was Partner at Price Waterhouse. Mr. Janahi has more than 30 years of experience in advisory services and international banking. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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Dennis Keller

Dennis Keller, MBA'68
Co-Founder and Retired Chairman and CEO
DeVry, Inc.

Dennis J. Keller is Co-Founder and Retired Chairman and CEO of DeVry Education Group, and currently serves as Director Emeritus and Senior Advisor. DeVry Education Group Inc., is a global provider of educational services. Dennis Keller serves as Vice Chairman of University of Chicago, Chairman of Mpala Wildlife Foundation and is a Member of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution. 

Read Dennis Keller's full profile here.

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Hilarie Koplow-McAdams

Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, AM'87
Venture Partner
NEA

An enterprise software veteran, Hilarie spent the last three decades at growth-stage technology companies in operating and board roles. Most recently, Hilarie was President at New Relic, responsible for New Relic’s growth strategies as well as leading global sales, marketing, customer success, support, and business development. Prior to New Relic, Hilarie was at Salesforce, where she led the company’s worldwide sales teams and focused on growing the business globally. Hilarie joined Salesforce from Intuit where she was vice president of direct sales for small business and a member of the executive committee.

Read Hilarie Koplow-McAdams' full profile here.

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Christine Lefkarites White
Christine Lefkarites White

Christine Lefkarites White, MPP'90
Co-Founder & Program Director
Sahsen Ventures

Christine is a Co-Founder and Program Director for Sahsen Ventures since 2016. She worked professionally in health research and policy in governmental and nonprofit agencies in Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. She has volunteer experience in over a dozen small and medium-sized nonprofits as a board member/trustee and in service delivery. Christine earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the City University of New York at Queens College in 1986, and her Master of Public Policy in Social Policy from the University of Chicago in 1990.

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Ronald Landes

Ronald Landes
President
Solving Organ Shortage

Ronald Landes is the President of Solving Organ Shortage, a non-profit that supports research to repair damaged organs and bioengineer solid organs for transplantation. He is also the Chairman of the Board of von Baer Wolff, an aggregator of intellectual property in organ repair and fabrication. Dr. Landes invests in early-stage bioscience technology including projects both in the U.S. and abroad. He is a principal in the Warsaw-based bioscience investment group, Life Science Innovation Fund.

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Daniel Levin

Daniel Levin, AB'50, JD'53
Founder and Chairman
The Habitat Company

The founder and chairman of The Habitat Company, Daniel Levin has been a real estate developer in Chicago and other areas of the country since 1957. He has been active in development and management activities involving over 25,000 residential units, market rate, affordable, public, senior, and student housing, and has been principally responsible for the financing, structuring, and equity syndication of Habitat's programs.

Read Daniel Levin's full profile here.

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Fabio Malina Losso

Fabio Malina Losso
Founder of Priori Capital

Fabio Losso is the founder of Priori Capital, an investment company focused on private equity, in-court reorganization processes and acquisition of distressed assets. He is also a partner of Losso Advogados, a boutique law firm with focus on Corporate Governance and Compliance. Former Chair of the Dean´s International Council at The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, he currently is an independent member of the Board of Directors at ELETRONUCLEAR and NATURGY BRASIL (CEG-RIO). Previously, he was the Chief Governance, Risk and Compliance Officer at COPEL (NYSE:ELP) and a member of the Board of Directors at Copel Telecom. Losso also acted as the CEO-Liquidator at BADEP and was a founding member at FUNESP, a public safety fund in Brazil. He is the General Coordinator of the Observatory of Public Policies at the State of Parana, Brazil.

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Scott Marden

Scott Marden, AM'81
Managing Partner
CIP Capital

Mr. Marden has been a recognized leader in the information services, media and publishing industries, with leadership experience balanced between senior operating and financial roles. Before forming CIP Capital, Mr. Marden led the investment activities in the information, media and services sectors at Credit Suisse (DLJ Merchant Banking Partners).

Read Scott Marden's full profile here.

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Jeffrey C. Neal

Jeffrey C. Neal
Founding Partner and Chairman
Horizon Capital

Jeffery C. Neal is a founding partner and Chairman of the Investment Committee of Horizon Capital. Previously, he held a number of key leadership positions at Merrill Lynch including head of Midwestern investment banking practice, head of the global domestic corporate banking group, and the founder and head of the global corporate finance group.

Read Jeffrey Neal's full profile here.

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George A. Ranney Jr.

George A. Ranney Jr., JD'66
Senior Council
Mayer, Brown, Row & Maw

Mr. Ranney is Senior Counsel at Mayer, Brown, Row & Maw, a global law firm headquartered in Chicago. He is also Chairman and CEO of Prairie Holdings Corporation, which is building Prairie Crossing, a nationally known real estate development designed on conservation principles in suburban Grayslake, Illinois. Previously, he was the President and CEO of Metropolis Strategies, a business-based organization formed by The Commercial Club of Chicago to improve the region’s economic competitiveness.

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Diana Rauner

Diana Rauner, AM'95, PhD'02
President
Ounce of Prevention Fund

Diana Rauner is the President of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a public-private partnership serving at-risk children and their families. The Ounce advocates for programs and policies that benefit young children and families, provides training to early childhood professionals in Illinois, and engages in rigorous research and evaluation projects that contribute to best practices throughout the early childhood field.

Read Diana Rauner's full profile here.

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Neeraj Sahai

Neeraj Sahai
International Financial Services Executive
Founder and CEO FinEdge Advisory LLC

Neeraj Sahai is a former President of Standard and Poor’s Ratings. Prior to that, he worked at Citigroup for 29+ years in a variety of senior business roles at the bank’s corporate and investment banking division in NY and India. Mr. Sahai was elected by Global Custodian Magazine to its Custody Hall of Fame, and received several Citibank awards (Global Deal, Service Excellence, and Global Account Management System awards).

Read Neeraj Sahai's full profile here.

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David Bolling Wells outdoors in a blue sport coat
David Bolling Wells

David Bolling Wells, MPP/MBA'98
High Growth Tech Company Board Member & Advisor

David Wells has focused the last 20+ years on helping consumer businesses grow and has recently shifted towards helping younger companies and the NGO and non profit world, particularly growth in the developing world.

He spent nearly 15 years at Netflix, with 8 as it’s CFO, retiring in early 2019, having served as VP of Financial Planning and Analysis prior to CFO.  Mr. Wells was an integral part of the team that presided over Netflix’s transition to a self-produced content streaming company from the DVD company of its early days, its expansion to 190 countries, raising $12B+ in capital, and growing to a $140B+ company along the way.

Prior to joining Netflix, Mr. Wells served in progressive roles at Deloitte Consulting for 6 years and in the non-profit world before getting his MBA.  Mr. Wells joined the Board of public ad tech company, The Trade Desk, in January 2016 and private fintech Transferwise in January 2019. He also serves as an advisor to several growth stage private companies.  

Mr. Wells holds a joint MBA/MPP Magna Cum Laude from The University of Chicago and a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia.

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Paula Wolff
Paula Wolff

Paula Wolff, AM'69, PhD'72
Director
Illinois Justice Project

Paula Wolff is Director of the Illinois Justice Project, a civic organization developing and implementing policy initiatives and programs to reform the criminal justice system by addressing youth trauma and reducing youth and adult violence, crime and incarceration.

Read Paula Wolff's full profile here.

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