Board of Directors

Clovis Maalouf
The American University of Iraq Foundation (AUIF) Treasurer

 
Clovis Maalouf is the General Counsel at AUIS, reporting directly to the AUIS President on all internal and external legal matters pertaining to the University. In addition to his law responsibilities, Clovis is an assistant professor of business law and business management courses at AUIS.

Prior to joining AUIS, Clovis was a Director at a boutique CEO business advisory firm based in Washington, D.C. Before that, he practiced law at Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick - a litigation law firm based in Washington, D.C. - where he focused his efforts on corporate transactions.

Clovis is US bar certified in the states of New York and Wisconsin.

 

Eric Brown
Senior fellow at Hudson Institute

Eric has directed a wide-range of research and analysis projects on Asian and Middle Eastern affairs, international security and development, and alternative geopolitical futures.

Brown’s current work is on re-tooling international assistance to vulnerable countries and on strategies for enhancing public security in weak and contested states.

 

Jake Cusack
Managing partner and co-leads CrossBoundary LLC

Jake Cusack is co-managing partner of CrossBoundary, a frontier market investment advisory firm, as well as its adjunct investment platform, CrossBoundary Energy. Mr. Cusack holds joint MPP/MBA degrees from the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Honors Program. Prior to CrossBoundary, Mr. Cusack served as a Marine Corps officer in Iraq and worked at Abraaj Capital, an emerging market private equity firm. He also worked in Kurdistan in 2011 advising OPIC (Overseas Private Investment Corporation) on their portfolio of investments in the region. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, The New York Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and Inc. Magazine.

He is Chairman of the Emerging Market Private Equity Association’s Frontier Market Council, Board Member of Invest Africa US, Presidential Leadership Scholar, Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Aspen Ideas Fellow.

Email Address: jake@crossboundary.com

 

John Paul Schnapper-Casteras
SFounder, Schnapper-Casteras PLLC

Schnapper-Casteras founded the first student exchange program between Stanford University and postwar Iraq in 2004. He is the founder of Schnapper-Casteras PLLC, a boutique law firm in Washington, D.C., as well as a National Security Crisis Law Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center. Previously, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and to the Honorable Scott W. Stucky of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

He received his J.D. with Pro Bono Distinction from Stanford Law School, an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an M.A. in Sociology and B.A. with honors in Political Science from Stanford University.

Email Address: jpscasteras@gmail.com

 

Kyle Long
Ph.D. candidate in the International and Comparative Education program, Teachers College, Columbia University Visiting Scholar in the Social Sciences Division at NYU Abu Dhabi

His research explores the growth of American-style universities abroad. Between 2010-2014 Kyle held numerous positions for the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), including Director of the U.S. Office and Director of Communications and Institutional Development. While at AUIS, Kyle was also an adjunct instructor in the English Department and the head coach of the men's basketball team. He has served as a consultant for colleges and universities on issues concerning institutional governance and assessment of student learning outcomes.

Kyle has graduate and undergraduate degrees from St. John's College (MD) and Wabash College (IN).

Email Address: longkylea@gmail.com

 

Marie Labrosse
Senior Lecturer, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Since 2011, Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse has taught in the English Department at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. While there, she was instrumental in the formation of the department, serving as the founding Chair. She translates classical and contemporary Kurdish poetry, hosts readings with regional poets, and introduced the annual translation workshop. She received her M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College and her M.Ed. in English Education and B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. She was awarded the Richard A. Meade Award for Excellence in English Education, honored as a member of the Raven Society, and was an Echols Scholar.

She has been published in The Iowa Review, Words Without Borders, The Fair Observer, and 91st Meridian. She compiled and edited SoJust: An International Art Festival, an anthology of translations and interviews from American and Iraqi artists.

Email Address: levinson.labrosse@gmail.com

 

Newman T. Halvorson, Jr.
Retired partner, Covington & Burling LLP

Halvorson is a retired partner of Covington & Burling LLP, and practiced in the areas of federal income tax law; federal tax litigation; state tax law; exempt organizations and trade associations law; criminal law; and general litigation. He was an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia in the civil, grand jury, and felony trial sections from 1983 to 1985, and an associate independent counsel under the Ethics in Government Act from 1987 to 1990. Halvorson is a trustee and chairman of the governance committee of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani; a former trustee and chairman of the board of The Potomac School; former director and chairman of the board, and current co-chairman of the Leadership Council and member of the investment committee, of the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation; former trustee and chairman of the board of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.; former president of the Cleveland Park Historical Society; former senior warden and member of the Vestry of Christ Church, Georgetown; and trustee and vice-chairman of the board of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum (Decorah, Iowa).

He received his LL.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a member of the Board of Student Advisers. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University with his major field of study in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1961 to 1967. He is a widower with two children and four grandchildren.

Email Address: nhalvorson@cov.com

 

Michael Gfoeller
United States Ambassador, Retired

Ambassador Michael Gfoeller served for 26 years as a U.S. diplomat including service in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Russia, Armenia, Moldova, Poland, and Belgium. He retired from the State Department with the rank of Ambassador in 2010.

After his diplomatic service, Amb. Gfoeller was the head of Middle East and North African (MENA) affairs at ExxonMobil’s International Government Relations Department from 2010 to 2012.

Email Address: mgtgv1984@yahoo.com

 

Steve Lutes
Vice President, Middle East Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Steve Lutes is responsible for managing the U.S.-Egypt Business Council, U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative, the U.S.-GCC Business Initiative, and serves as executive director for each. In this capacity, Lutes is responsible for developing and implementing policies and programs that promote U.S. business opportunities and investment in Egypt, Iraq, and the GCC. He works closely with Chamber member companies and business and government leaders to advance and broaden commercial relationships.

Lutes came to the Chamber from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) where he was a senior legislative affairs specialist in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. He focused on educating members of Congress on the benefits of trade and foreign direct investment and on advancing the Administration’s trade agenda on Capitol Hill.

Email Address: slutes@uschamber.com