2012 Spring International Career Panel

The 2012 international career panel featured panelists Justin Connolly, Dalia Dassa Kaye & John Maris. The Burkle Center and the Undergraduate International Relations Society (UIRS) co-sponsored this panel to provide insight about various fields and professions in the international arena, and to guide students on how to best prepare for international careers. Alexandra Lieben, Deputy Director of the UCLA Burkle Center, moderated the discussion.

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JUSTIN CONNOLLY is Director of Development and Outreach at Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Previously, Connolly worked at Really Useful Information, which partnered with the USC Marshall School of Business to provide businesses with information about the changing media landscape. His extensive prior career in the entertainment industry began at the Creative Artists Agency where his clients included winners of the Tony, Emmy and Academy Awards. Subsequently, he leveraged his skills and relationships for clients in digital media and online industry. Connolly has consulted for Compulsion.tv, Humanoids Publishing, and Warner Brothers Pictures, among others, and has a degree in economics and political science from Yale University.

DALIA DASSA KAYE is a senior political scientist at RAND, and a Visiting Fellow at the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. From 2008 to 2009, she served as associate director of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. Before joining RAND, Dalia served as a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow at the Dutch Foreign Ministry in the policy planning division, specializing in transatlantic relations and Middle East policy. She taught at the University of Amsterdam and was a visiting scholar at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations. Dalia is the recipient of many other awards and fellowships, including a Brookings Institution research fellowship and The John W. Gardner Fellowship for Public Service.  From 1998 to 2003, she served on the faculty at The George Washington University as an assistant professor of political science and international affairs.

JOHN MARIS is Relief International's Senior Vice President for Programs, responsible for program design, project execution, and technical assistance. Since joining RI in 2002, Maris has overseen RI's entry into a number of new countries including Sudan, Somalia, and Iraq. He has also played a pivotal role in the organization's expansion into new sectors such as financial intermediation and biosecurity, as well as in the establishment of program development and grant compliance functional units within the organization. Maris joined RI from the private sector, where he worked for a tech startup, a private equity firm, and in the corporate strategy department of a Fortune 500 company. Maris holds a BA degree in Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.