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Senior leadership position at George Washington University

Carl Richardson has accepted the position as co-chair of the Executive Circle at George Washington University's Institute for International Economic Policy (IIEP).

Carl Richardson (second right) in Washington DC with Dean Alyssa Ayres (R) and Remi Jedwab (L) the IIEP Director

Mr. Richardson is an alumnus of the Elliott School of International Affairs, based at the prestigious George Washington University.

Alongside fellow alumnus, Lisa Schroeter, Carl will now co-chair the IIEP Executive Circle. Lisa currently holds the position of Global Director of Trade & Investment Policy at Dow, the global materials science business.

The Executive Circle offers strategic guidance to the University's IIEP, located at the Elliott School. This influential global group also mentors and supports students in the Elliott School’s MA program in international economic policy.

Since 2021, the executive circle’s two dozen members from around the world have become trusted advisors to IIEP’s faculty director, as well as to Elliott School Dean Alyssa Ayres.

Through its philanthropy, the IIEP Executive Circle contributes to student employment at IIEP and student research with an emphasis on policy impact.

In particular, IIEP Executive Circle members have supported thought-leadership programs in business, development, climate, and trade policy.

Carl and Lisa replace Deborah Lehr and Frank Wong as co-chairs of the Executive Circle.

Deborah Lehr is the Executive Director of the Paulson Institute, working closely with Hank Paulson, the former CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs and former United States Secretary of the Treasury. She was a Senior Managing Director at the New York Stock Exchange and also served as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Merill Lynch.

Based in Hong Kong, Frank Wong is the Asia President of Scholastic Inc., the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and education material.

Commenting on the appointments, Dean Ayres said:

“ I am delighted and excited that Lisa and Carl are the new chairs.
Their inspiring leadership will help us to strengthen the IIEP Executive Circle and deepen connections across the GW and Elliott School global community – students, faculty, alumni, parents, and other school leadership groups.”

The executive circle kicks off the year with the “GW International Economic Policy Breakfast” in New York on September 26, featuring a high-powered panel of senior financial leaders.

Carl Richardson said:

“As a proud alumnus of the Elliott School of International Affairs, I am delighted to now serve as co-chair of the IIEP’s Executive Circle alongside Lisa Schroeter,”
“Both Lisa and I will aim to use the positions to build synergies and create more international networking opportunities for the University, ultimately resulting in a greater overall impact."

For more information on the Executive Circle, please visit: Executive Circle – Institute for International Economic Policy (


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