Ward & Ward Partner and Georgetown University Adjunct Professor of Law Mark Vlasic Honored by Devex as a “40 Under 40” Leader

Ward & Ward Partner and Georgetown University Adjunct Professor of Law Mark Vlasic has been honored by Devex and Chevron as a “40 Under 40” International Development Leader.

Ward & Ward Partner & Georgetown Professor Mark Vlasic
Honored by Devex and Chevron
as a “40 Under 40” Leader

List honors Washington-area young leaders in international development

October 5, 2010 Washington, D.C. — Mark Vlasic, an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and partner at Ward & Ward PLLC, was named a D.C. “40 under 40” International Development Leader. The recognition, the first of its kind, was given to social entrepreneurs, advocates, private sector innovators and government and multilateral agency officials. Criteria included individual influence on the global development agenda and results achieved. Devex, the world’s largest community of aid and development professionals, and Chevron Corporation, a global energy company, announced the honor during the Business Civic Leadership Center’s annual conference.

“I am humbled to be associated with some of the most dynamic and innovative young leaders in America” said Mark Vlasic “I can only hope that I will live up to this honor in my teaching and legal practice.”

Mark V. Vlasic is a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Institute for Law, Science & Global Security, an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center, and a partner at Ward & Ward PLLC, where he heads the firm’s international practice. A former head of operations of the World Bank’s StAR Secretariat, Mark served as a White House Fellow, special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, and advisor to the President’s Special Envoy to Sudan, and was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service by Secretary Robert Gates. He has provided commentary to CNN, FOX, CBS and NPR, practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and served on the Slobodan Milosevic and Srebrenica genocide prosecution trial teams at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague. Mark received his B.S.B.A. and J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University, his Certificate in International Law from The Hague Academy, and conducted post-doctorate research at Universiteit Leiden as a NAF-Fulbright Scholar.

“A new generation of leaders in Washington, D.C. is changing the world – fighting poverty with technology and improving lives around the world with innovative approaches,” said Raj Kumar, president of Devex. “This initiative is about celebrating and supporting 40 of these inspiring young leaders who are shaking up global development and pushing our community forward.”

“Healthy businesses depend on healthy, vibrant communities,” said Gary Fisher, General Manager of Corporate Public Policy for Chevron. “Smart, strategic global partnerships, like those being fostered by the thought-leaders being honored, are a vital component of this. We applaud them, and we encourage others to follow suit.”

All honorees were recognized at a reception held at the Washington offices of McKinsey & Company on September 30, 2010. The complete list of the “40 under 40” International Development Leaders in Washington is as follows (in alphabetical order):

• Natasha Bajuk, Remittances Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank
• Nisha Desai Biswal, Assistant Administrator for Asia and Near East, USAID
• Eric Braverman, Principal, McKinsey & Company
• Michael A. Clemens, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
• Jared Cohen, Director, Google Ideas
• Alexandra Marie Courtney, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
• Suzanne Ehlers, President and CEO, Population Action International
• Steve Feldstein, Professional Staff Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
• Jared Genser, Partner, DLA Piper LLP, and President, Freedom Now
• Corey Arnez Griffin, President and CEO, Global Government and Industry Partners
• Sherri G. Kraham, Managing Director, Cooperation & Policy Improvement, MCC
• Mark Lopes, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID
• Noelle LuSane, Staff Director, House of Representatives
• Fiona Macaulay, President/Founder, Making Cents International
• Michael Madnick, Deputy Executive Director, GAIN
• David McKenzie, Senior Economist, World Bank
• Todd Moss, Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Senior Fellow, CDG
• Craig Mullaney, Senior Policy Advisor, USAID AfPak Task Force
• Alyse Nelson, CEO, Vital Voices
• Joshua Nesbit, Executive Director, FrontlineSMS:Medic
• Samantha Power, Director of Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council
• Ben Powell, Founder and Managing Partner, AGORA Partnerships
• Joshua Rogin, Reporter, Foreign Policy / Washington Post
• Alec Ross, Senior Adviser on Innovation, State Department
• Nilmini Rubin, Senior Professional Staff Member, Foreign Relations Committee
• Dan Runde, Schreyer Chair for Global Analysis, CSIS
• John S. Sargent III, President and Founding Partner, BroadReach Healthcare
• Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID
• Aaron Sherinian, Executive Director, Communications and Public Affairs, UNF
• Andrée Simon, President, Women for Women International
• Ian Solomon, US Executive Director, World Bank
• Ilana Solomon, Policy Analyst, ActionAid USA
• Andrew Stern, Global Operating Partner, Dalberg
• Erin Thornton, Global Policy Director, ONE
• Beth Tritter, Managing Director, The Glover Park Group
• Sebastian Troeng, Vice President for Global Marine, Conservation International
• Brendan Tuohey, Executive Director, PeacePlayers International
• Noam Unger, Fellow, Brookings Institution
• Mark Vlasic, Senior Fellow & Adjunct Professor of Law, Institute for Law, Science and Global Security, Georgetown University, and partner at Ward & Ward PLLC
• Wayan Vota, Senior Director, Inveneo###

About Devex
Devex is a social enterprise bringing efficiency to international development through recruiting and business information services. Our members find development projects, business and career advice, jobs – and professional connections – on devex.com. Founded in 2000, Devex serves a global community of 500,000 development professionals and one thousand donors, companies, and NGOs. With a mission to bring greater efficiency to international development, our global staff of over 100 in five offices (Barcelona, London, Manila, Tokyo, and Washington, DC) works to provide innovative products and services to address the needs of each member of our development community. Development professionals or organizations working in the field of international development, humanitarian relief and global health, are invited to join us on http://www.devex.com

About Chevron
Chevron Corporation is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company’s success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 62,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including biofuels and other renewables. Chevron is based in San Ramon, California.

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