January 28, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) is pleased to welcome six new members to its Board of Directors: Barbara Humpton, CEO of Siemens USA; Janti Soeripto, President and CEO of Save the Children; Karan Bhatia, Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy for Google; Candi Wolff, Managing Director and Head of Global Government Affairs for Citigroup; Kishore Rao, Partner at Deloitte; and Heather Kulp, Manager of International Government Relations for Chevron.
Additionally, Sean Callahan, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services steps into the role of co-chair of the USGLC’s advocacy arm joining co-chair Selina Jackson of Procter and Gamble and Beth Ford, President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, who takes the position of Secretary of the Board, helping to guide the organization in its efforts to strengthen America’s global leadership by advocating for a strong and effective International Affairs Budget.
We are thrilled to welcome this impressive group of business and non-profit executives to the USGLC Board of Directors,” said USGLC President and CEO Liz Schrayer. “Their exceptional leadership and experience will greatly enhance our efforts to educate and advocate about the importance of America’s role in the world for our nation’s security and economic interests.
KARAN BHATIA is the current Vice President of Global Policy at Google. In this role, Mr. Bhatia leads the company’s policy discussions around major topics such as AI, job creation, and infrastructure.
Before joining Google in 2018, Mr. Bhatia served as President of GE’s Government Affairs & Policy function, where he oversaw a team of more than 100 government affairs professionals in 35 countries. Mr. Bhatia also served in senior positions in the US Government, including at the Departments of Commerce and Transportation, shaping US international economic policy. His last role was as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, overseeing U.S. international trade policy with respect to Asia and Africa.
Prior to his government service, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he was a member of the firm’s international and corporate groups. Bhatia has written and spoken widely on international economic policy, taught at Georgetown University Law Center, and testified on many occasions before Congress.
Mr. Bhatia is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on International Trade & Investment and sits on the boards of a number of nonprofit and trade associations focused on international economic policy. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton, a master’s from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Columbia. He and his wife Sara have two sons.
SEAN CALLAHAN is President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. He is a 31-year agency veteran who has held a wide variety of leadership roles overseas and at agency headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.
From 2012 to 2016, Sean served as the chief operating officer for Catholic Relief Services, responsible for Overseas Operations, U.S. Operations and Human Resources, and for ensuring CRS’ fidelity to its mission to cherish, preserve and uphold the sacredness and dignity of all human life, foster charity and justice, and embody Catholic social and moral teaching. His role was to enhance performance, stimulate innovation and position CRS for the future.
Sean was executive vice president for Overseas Operations from June 2004 to September 2012. He provided oversight for a program and management portfolio which grew to more than $700 million, serving people in more than 100 countries and engaging a team of more than 5,000 staff.
As regional director for South Asia from January 1998 to May 2004, Sean strengthened CRS’ programming and partnerships in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. He worked closely with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, represented CRS at the Asian Bishops Synod in 1998, and led the regional response to floods, droughts, earthquakes, cyclones and man-made emergencies. He experienced a terrorist attack by the Tamil Tigers at the Sri Lankan airport, and championed programming in Afghanistan during and after the Taliban’s rule.
Immediately before his assignment to South Asia, he served as director of Human Resources for CRS at our world headquarters in Baltimore, and previously he worked in West, Central, and Southern Africa, Costa Rica, and as the director of the CRS Nicaragua program.
Sean holds a master’s in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he also received a bachelor’s, magna cum laude, in Spanish.
Sean is the First Vice President of Caritas Internationalis (2015-2023), and he serves on the Executive Board and Representative Council of Caritas Internationalis (2011‒2023). He is the president of Caritas North America (2015‒2023), and he served on the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities USA (2014‒2018).
Sean and his wife, Piyali, have two children, Sahana and Ryan. Sean is a member of the Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, Maryland.
BETH FORD serves as President and CEO of Land O’Lakes, Inc., a Fortune 200 food production and agribusiness company that is also a nearly 100-year-old farmer-owned cooperative. Beth’s 33-year career spans six industries at seven companies. Since joining Land O’Lakes in 2011, she has held a variety of roles leading the farmer-to-fork business offerings. Today, she is a passionate advocate on behalf of farmers and rural America with the goal of connecting people, particularly in urban areas, to the farmers and rural communities who grow their food.
A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Beth holds a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in business from Columbia University Business School. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Fortune 150 company PACCAR, Inc., and numerous other industry, non-profit and university boards.
Beth has recently been recognized by Fortune as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and Most Powerful Women, was named to Fast Company’s Most Productive People and Best Leaders lists, and was named one of Time magazine’s “Firsts,” among other honors.
BARBARA HUMPTON is CEO of Siemens USA, where she guides the company’s strategy and engagement in serving the company’s largest market in the world, with more than 50,000 employees and over $23 billion in revenues and $5 billion in annual exports.
Most recently, Humpton served as President and CEO of Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. (SGT), a leading integrator of Siemens’ products and services for federal government agencies and departments.
Prior to joining Siemens in 2011, Humpton served as a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton where she was responsible for program performance and new business development for technology consulting in the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security. Earlier, Barbara was a Vice President at Lockheed Martin Corporation with responsibility for Biometrics Programs, Border and Transportation Security and Critical Infrastructure Protection.
Barbara is a graduate of Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. Barbara is Chairman of the Siemens Foundation and of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). She serves on the Board of Directors of MorganFranklin, the American Heart Association Greater Washington Region, the Northern Virginia Tech Council and the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association.
HEATHER KULP is the Manager of International Government Affairs at Chevron. Prior to this, Heather served as Executive Director of the Niger Delta Partnership Initiative (NDPI) Foundation in Washington, D.C. NDPI is a corporate social enterprise funded by Chevron that finds resources, builds partnerships, and improves institutional capacity in collaborative ways for combating poverty and conflict in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
Previously, she served as Manager of Public Affairs for Chevron in Richmond where she implemented a five-year strategy designed to improve Chevron’s reputation in the community while also helping to provide leadership around issues of economic development, education and local jobs. Ms. Kulp also served as the Community Engagement Manager for Richmond, responsible for developing the community investment portfolio and engaging with stakeholders throughout Richmond. Prior to that, she served as Community Engagement Advisor with Chevron’s Community Engagement (CE) Advisors group, providing strategic support on community issues to business units across the globe. Ms. Kulp was responsible for developing community investment strategies and the implementation of an Enterprise-wide monitoring and evaluation system.
Before joining Chevron, Ms. Kulp spent 10 years working on conflict management, community development and monitoring and evaluation. Ms. Kulp served as the Country Director of Search for Common Ground’s Angola office, where she designed, developed and managed a multi-faceted peacebuilding and community development program. This program was recognized by USAID and the US Department of State as an example of “best practices” in international development. During her career, she has conducted field work in places such as Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burundi, East Timor, Ecuador and Peru.
KISHORE RAO is the Global Sector Leader for International Donor Organizations (IDO) and a Principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP. In his global role, Mr. Rao builds and implements Deloitte’s global service strategy for IDO, strengthening Deloitte’s service to the mission of our clients across the globe. Mr. Rao has more than 30 years of experience working with international donors, multinational corporations, and private foundations.
He has helped clients realize the potential of global emerging and frontier markets through the implementation of strategies to enhance competitiveness by building industry clusters, attracting foreign investment, and building trade and transport infrastructure. In tandem, he works with US and global companies in manufacturing; real estate; BPO/IT-enabled services; agribusiness; energy; and infrastructure; and builds business models and strategies to enter, locate facilities, and expand in global emerging markets.
In the past Mr. Rao has served as the vice president and lead of Middle East and North Africa at BearingPoint, consultant at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), and CEO of a leading economic consultancy. Mr. Rao has a passion for international development, having grown up around the world and has worked in over 70 countries.
JANTI SORIEPTO became the President and COO of Save the Children US in May 2019. In her role she has oversight for setting agency strategy, ensuring all departments are well managed, staffed and aligned to operate as effectively as possible. Prior to her new role, Ms. Soeripto has had a long tenure with Save the Children International including serving for 8 years as a deputy CEO and in 2016 she took over as COO in charge of the $1 Billion international programs portfolio.
Before working at Save the Children, Ms. Soeripto spent three years with Kimberly-Clark, as Country Director in Indonesia. Immediately before this she was Managing Director for Belu in London, the first bottled water brand in a biodegradable bottle that donates all profits to charity. Earlier in her career she worked 15 years at Unilever, both in finance, as well as general management, working in the Netherlands, UK, and Singapore. Ms. Soeripto graduated from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1991.
CANDIDA “CANDI” P. WOLFF is Citi’s Executive Vice President and Head of Global Government Affairs. She has held this position since arriving to Citi in 2011. She is responsible for the company’s government affairs globally, including U.S. federal, U.S. state, and international government relations. Ms. Wolff has been recognized multiple times by American Banker Magazine as one of the leading women in the banking industry and by National Journal and Washington Life Magazine.
Prior to Citi, Ms. Wolff was a partner in the Legislative and Policy Practice at the law firm of Hogan Lovells. Her private-sector experience also includes time at Ernst & Young and Akin, Gump. Ms. Wolff has more than 20 years of experience in government.
From January 2005 to December 2007, she served in the White House as the Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs – the first female to have ever held this position. As President George W. Bush’s principal liaison to Congress, Ms. Wolff had the primary responsibility for formulating and advocating the President’s agenda in Congress. Ms. Wolff also worked in key staff positions in the U.S. Senate for eight years, including as Deputy Staff Director to the Senate Republican Policy Committee, counsel to the Senate Steering Committee, and counsel to Senator Malcolm Wallop.
In addition to Hogan Lovells, Ms. Wolff’s private sector experience includes work as an Associate in the Public Policy and Law section of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and as a Partner at Washington Council Ernst & Young where she focused on telecommunications, pension and energy issues. Ms. Wolff is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and George Washington University School of Law. She lives in Virginia with her husband and two daughters.
The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (www.usglc.org) is a broad-based influential network of 500 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business, faith-based, academic, military, and community leaders in all 50 states who support strategic investments to elevate development and diplomacy alongside defense in order to build a better, safer world.