A plenary session at the Global Philanthropy Forum 2008 Conference with an introduction by Noosheen Hashemi, Founder and President of The H.A.N.D. Foundation and a panel featuring Vali Nasr, Jessica T. Mathews and moderated by Stephen B. Heintz.
Noosheen Hashemi, President of The H.A.N.D. Foundation, is a private investor and philanthropist with a strong passion for entrepreneurship and economic development.
Stephen Heintz joined the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) in February 2001 as its fourth president.
Before joining the RBF, Mr. Heintz held top leadership positions in the nonprofit and public sectors. Most recently, Mr. Heintz was Founding President of Demos: A Network for Ideas & Action.
Jessica Tuchman Mathews was appointed president of the Endowment in 1997. Her career includes posts in the executive and legislative branches of government, in management and research in the nonprofit arena, and in journalism.
She was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1993 to 1997 and served as director of the Council's Washington program. While there, she published her seminal 1997 Foreign Affairs article, "Power Shift," chosen by the editors as one of the most influential in the journal's seventy-five years.
From 1982 to 1993, she was founding vice president and director of research of the World Resources Institute, an internationally known center for policy research on environmental and natural-resource management issues.
She served on the editorial board of the Washington Post from 1980 to 1982, covering energy, environment, science, technology, arms control, health, and other issues. Later, she became a weekly columnist for the Washington Post, writing a column that appeared nationwide and in the International Herald Tribune.
From 1977 to 1979, she was director of the Office of Global Issues of the National Security Council, covering nuclear proliferation, conventional arms sales policy, chemical and biological warfare, and human rights. In 1993, she returned to government as deputy to the Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs.
Mathews is a director of Somalogic Inc. and a trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Century Foundation, and the Nuclear Threat Initiative. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Philosophical Society, and the Trilateral Commission.
She has previously served on the boards of the Brookings Institution, Radcliffe College, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Surface Transportation Policy Project, and the Joyce Foundation, among others.
Vali Nasr is Senior Adjunct Fellow on the Middle East for the Council on Foreign Relations.
Additionally he is Professor of Middle East and South Asia Politics and Associate Chair of Research at the Department of National Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Vali Nasr asserts that negotiations between the United States and Iran are strained not because of disagreement on the terms, but because the attitude of the U.S. feeds into Iran's psychological sense of humiliation by the west.