Advisory Members

Nan Riggs

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Nan Riggs joined Jimmy Carter’s Friendship Force in 1976 as part of her efforts to expose her family to different cultures. Hosting multiple guests from abroad enriched their lives greatly – invigorating curiosity and seeding compassion. She has traveled independently to 22 countries and is still counting…

Nan joined the World Affairs Council in 1996 to continue to learn and pursue an informed perspective on world affairs.  She has never been disappointed.

 

Peter Smallwood

Peter Smallwood

Professor at the University of Richmond

Dr. Smallwood is interested in science policy and science diplomacy.  He has worked as a science advisor to individual US Senators and the Senate Homeland Security/Government Affairs committee.  He was the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s program in Afghanistan (2008—2009), and ran the US State Department’s program for Iraqi scientists (2004-05).  He teaches conservation biology, science policy, and ecology.

Judith Twigg

Judith Twigg

Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University

Judy Twigg is professor of political science at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she teaches courses on global health, international political economy, international relations, and Russian politics. She is also currently serving as a senior associate (non-resident) with the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she directs the Eurasia Health Project; consultant to the World Bank and U.S. federal government; and adjunct professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.