Board of Advisors

During the month of January, Banaa candidates are reviewed by Banaa’s expert Board of Advisors. Following the review period, Board members’ comments and insights are consolidated into a cover letter that introduces college admissions officers to Banaa and highlights each candidates’ strengths as applicants and potential as Banaa scholars.

Our board includes experts in international security, peace and conflict, diplomacy and Sudan:

Leon Fuerth

Former national security advisor to Vice President Al Gore, Research Professor of International Affairs (George Washignton University) and Distinguished Research Fellow (National Defense University). A former Foreign Service Officer and arms-control expert, Fuerth served on the Principals’ Committee of the National Security Council and National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration. He is Founder and Director the Project on Forward Engagement, which aims to integrate long-range planning techniques into the US and global governance. Website:

David Shinn

Former Ambassador to Ethiopia, Director for East African Affairs at U.S. Department of State, Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Khartoum. Dr. Shinn is a professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He blogs on Horn of Africa issues at

Linda Bishai

Senior Program Officer at the United Stated Institute of Peace.  A graduate of Harvard, Georgetown Law School, and the London School of Economics, Dr. Bishai focuses on secondary and university education in international relations, conflict resolution, human rights, and peace studies. She is responsible for curriculum development and developing faculty and teacher workshops throughout the United States and in conflict zones, especially the Sudan.

Robert Paul Churchill

Former Chair of the Department of Philosophy at The George Washington University, Professor Churchill has written extensively on Cosmopolitanism. Professor Churchill serves as faculty advisor for the GW Banaa student group and for the GW Banaa Scholars. For more on Professor Churchill, visit

Evan Faber

Evan Faber co-founded Banaa in 2006 and  served as Acting Director of the program from 2008-12. He now chair’s the board of advisors for Banaa. He received his MA in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University.

Eve Gray

Eve is a Senior Contracts Administrator for AgustaWestland dealing with government agency and foreign sales. She has worked many years with Banaa and runs several workshops at our annual Summer Summit.

Jimmy Mulla

Jimmy is the president and co-founder of Voices for Sudan, a coalition of organizations dedicated to helping Sudan. He has helped raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur. He played a key role in passing the U.S. Sudan Peace Act and bringing the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, reinvigorating the peace talks.

Jean Miller

Dr. Miller’s fourteen years of academic experience include positions at the University of Maryland, College Park, and teaching adult learners at Prince George’s Community College, prior to joining GWU’s faculty four years ago. Dr. Miller also brings to the academic setting nine years of private consulting experience, focused on communication skills training in business, health care, and non-profit organizations.  She runs a workshop on intercultural communication for Banaa’s annual Summer Summit.

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