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 Abdulsalam Abu Issa
Ylias Akbaraly
Wei Cai
Philip B. Clement
Marilyn R. Diamond
Kristyna Driehaus
David Garcia-Junco
John S. Gates Jr.
Tony Ghorayeb
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
Daniel Levin
Fabio Malina Losso
Tanvir S. Mangat
Scott Marden
Victor Andrea Najjarian
Jeffrey C. Neal
George A. Ranney Jr.
Diana Rauner
James Roth
Neeraj Sahai
Paula Wolff
Corinne Wood
Sarosh Zaiwalla

Hussam Abdulsalam Abu Issa

Hussam Abdulsalam 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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Yikas Akbaraly

Ylias Akbaraly
Chairman
Groupe SIPROMAD

Since 2000, Mr. Akbaraly has been chairman of Group Sipromad, his family business and one of the leading business houses in Madagascar. He has expertise in the industrial, commerce and distribution, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and TIC sectors.

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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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Tony Ghorayeb

Tony Ghorayeb
Founder and Chairman
Libank S.A.L.

Tony Ghorayeb is the Chairman and co-founder of Libank S.A.L (Levant Investment Bank), an investment bank in Lebanon. He previously held senior positions at HSBC, Credit Commercial de France, Banque Indosuez, and BSI.

Read Tony Ghorayeb'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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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 at Losso Advogados, a boutique law firm with focus on Corporate Law, Corporate Governance and Compliance. He was the Chief Governance, Risk and Compliance Officer at COPEL (NYSE:ELP) and a board member at Copel Telecom. Previously, he acted as the CEO-Liquidator at BADEP and a founding member at FUNESP. During his career, Dr. Losso closely advised major foreign investment groups in Latin America. He is also the General Coordinator of the Observatory of Public Policies in the State of Parana, Brazil.

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Tanvir Mangat
Tanvir S. Mangat

Tanvir S. Mangat, AM'94
Chief Strategy Officer
Sinai Health System

Tanvir S. Mangat serves as the Chief Strategy Office at Sinai Health System in Chicago, where he was responsible for strategy, business development, and marketing. Prior to that, he was a Senior Director within the Corporate Innovation Team at Walgreens, where he focused on developing and investing in innovative healthcare business models.

Read Tanvir Mangat's full profile here.

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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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Victor Andrea Najjarian

Victor Andrea Najjarian
Chairman
C.A.R.E. Group

Mr. Victor Andrea Najjarian is the Chairman of CARE GROUP a leading company in Real Estate consultancy and investment, in Lebanon and the Middle East. CARE Group is managing exclusively a portfolio of over 3 Billion $ of prestigious projects in the Beirut City Center with a client base that includes national and multinational companies worldwide.

Read Victor Najjarian'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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James Roth

James Roth
President and CEO
Huron Consulting Group

Jim Roth is the President and CEO of Huron Consulting Group and one of the founding members. He has more than 35 years of experience working with research universities and academic medical centers, focusing on strategic, financial, operational and technology solutions.

Read James Roth'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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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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Corinne Wood

Corinne Wood
Former Lt. Governor
State of Illinois

Corinne Wood is the first woman to hold the position of Lieutenant Governor in the state of Illinois. As the state’s second highest ranking official she led efforts to improve healthcare, economic development and our environmental resources. As chair of Women’s Health Illinois and the Honorary Chair of the Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women, Lt. Governor Wood made health care a priority. She worked to triple funding for the state’s Office of Women’s Health, expanded health care services for women statewide, created and hosted a Midwest Emmy-nominated cable television show, “Today’s Healthy Woman”,  and raised nearly $2 million in private funds for breast cancer research through her “Check for a Cure” program. Previously she served as an Illinois State Representative and practiced law at Hopkins and Sutter.

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Sarosh Zaiwalla

Sarosh Zaiwalla
Founder
Zaiwalla and Co Solicitors

Sarosh Zaiwalla founded Zaiwalla and Co. Solicitors in London in 1982. Over the years Mr. Zaiwalla has been involved in over 1200 International Energy, Maritime and Construction Arbitrations worldwide. He has acted for many prestigious clients including the President of India, the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Iranian Government. In May 2004, Mr. Zaiwalla had the honor to be personally asked by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to facilitate a dialogue with the Government of People’s Republic of China (PRC) with a view to finding a peaceful resolution relating to Tibet.

Read Sarosh Zaiwalla's full profile here.

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Hilarie Koplow-McAdams, AM'87
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