Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Woolworth Building (NYU)

International Careers with NGOs and Civil Society: Practical Advice and Real-Life Experience

Intrigued by an international career? Ready for life with at least one foot across sovereign borders? Are you a new job seeker or transitioning to a new career? This popular series provides an opportunity to meet international insiders who offer practical advice and share their real-life experiences.

This panel will focus on careers with NGOs and civil society and will be moderated by Jerry Doran, Executive Director of YPFP-NY. Part of a series offered in collaboration with New York University's Center for Global Affairs.


  • Claire Baumann, Senior Editor, Digital Strategy, United Nations Foundation

Claire Baumann is a senior editor for the United Nations Foundation. In this capacity and in previous roles, she has driven top-tier, multi-stakeholder social impact campaigns and programs for the United Nations, US State Department, Gates Foundation, and the Inter-American Development Bank. Claire has also advised businesses on the regulatory and media landscapes in mergers and acquisitions, as well as impact investments in the biotech industry.

  • Richard Bennett, Special Advisor on Peace and Security, Amnesty International New York

Richard Bennett served with the United Nations as the Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and head of the human rights components of peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone (2000-01), Timor-Leste (2001-03), Afghanistan (2003-07) and South Sudan (2011-13). From 2007 to 2010 he was the Head of Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal. He has also been Chief of Staff for the UN Secretary-General’s Panel of Experts on Sri Lanka and Special Adviser to the Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights in New York. A citizen of New Zealand and the UK, Richard worked for a decade at the NZ Human Rights Commission before joining the UN in 2000. Richard joined Amnesty International in 2014 as Asia-Pacific Director and from July 2015 he went to New York as interim head of its United Nations Office there. He is currently Amnesty’s Special Advisor on Peace and Security.  

  • Taegin Reisman, Associate Legal Officer for International Justice, Open Society Justice Initiative

Taegin Reisman is associate legal officer for international justice with the Open Society Justice Initiative. Based in the New York office, Reisman earned her undergraduate degree in International Affairs at Florida State University and her Juris Doctor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law where she served as a member of the University of Cincinnati Moot Court Honor Board. During her final year in law school, she was the managing editor of Human Rights Quarterly. Prior to joining the Open Society Justice Initiative, she worked as a research assistant with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights. In 2005, she spent a summer as a clerk with the High Court of Botswana under the direction of Justice Unity Dow. Her work at the Open Society Justice Initiative focuses on monitoring international criminal justice trials and management of the International Justice Monitor website.


  • Jerry Doran, Executive Director, YPFP-NY; Social Media Analyst, Open Society Foundations

Jerry Doran is the Executive Director of YPFP New York. He serves as a staff and member liaison in addition to directing planning and development with the Managing Director and managing partnerships with external organizations. In his day job, Jerry works in digital communications for the Open Society Foundations, a global human rights organization, where he manages the Foundations' social media and online campaigns. Originally from Chicago, he earned a BA in Economics and German from Northwestern University and has lived in Germany, Turkey and India.

Members and nonmembers may RSVP here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Aloft Brussels Schuman

Brexit - the implications for the UK’s component regions



The referendum held across the United Kingdom on 23 June 2016 was meant to settle the question of the UK’s membership in the EU once and for all. For the moment, however, it has generated mostly doubt and uncertainty, over not only the triggering of Article 50 and the future relationship that the UK will plan to have with the EU, but also more fundamental political questions about the United Kingdom itself and its component regions. Is a second independence referendum a possibility in Scotland? Will the potential strengthening of the UK’s only land border with the rest of the EU undermine the progress made since the end of the Troubles?

Join YPFP as we discuss these questions and many more with our panel of speakers who have both wide-ranging political experience in the UK and its devolved regions and knowledge of decision-making in Brussels.


Irene Oldfather

A Scottish Labour politician, she was a Member of the Scottish Parliament from 1999 to 2011. She is currently Director of Strategy and Engagement for the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland and chair of the European Patients’ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation, and represents the UK as a member of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.

Jane Morrice

Began her career as a BBC journalist and also headed the European Commission’s Representation in Northern Ireland. In 1996 she joined the newly-formed Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, and in 1998 was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, where she held the office of deputy speaker. She is also a former deputy chief commissioner of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. From 2013 to 2015 she was Vice-President of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 06:00 PM · 16 rsvps
Bell Book & Candle in New York, NY

February Happy Hour with the Met Society

Join us and the Met Society to meet friends and fellow members over $1 oysters and specialty cocktails at Bell Book & Candle in the West Village, where we can enjoy $4 draft beer, $6 house red and white wine, and discounted signature cocktails at $8 and $10 until 7:30pm.


Met Society Western Europe Fellow Philip Johnston will be present to discuss the French elections.

Our monthly happy hours are a great opportunity to learn more about YPFP NY and connect with like-minded people. Remember, you don't have to work directly in foreign policy to join us. Just come ready to drink, mingle and discuss the latest in world politics. Feel free to spread the word to friends and colleagues.

Anyone can come. Non-members may RSVP via Eventbrite.

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 07:00 PM
Mandu DC in Washington, DC

Introducing... YPFP's Chinese Language Discussion Group!

How are your Chinese skills?

Come practice Chinese with YPFPers and other fellow China/Asia-focused young professionals at Mandu DC for a meet & greet happy hour!


We'll exchange ideas for group activities and goals going forward and get to know each other over drinks and dumplings (Korean-style, but still good!).

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about YPFP's Chinese Language Discussion Group today!


Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 2 rsvps
NeueHouse in New York, NY

Entrepreneurial Skills Workshop

Want to start your own business, create a non-profit, or build an app? Hone your entrepreneurial skills during an exclusive 2-hour workshop with Michael Dermer, founder and author of The Lonely Entrepreneur, on March 2, 2017 at NeueHouse.

The Lonely Entrepreneur is a single destination that understands the struggle and provides entrepreneurs with solutions to the issues they all face. 

RSVP: Sign into your YPFP member account and register. Entry is free for current YPFP members. 

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAOmAAAAJGU5ZDhhOTM1LTA4OGItNDY0Yi05Yjk2LWFkYzkyMWE3NGYyYg.jpgMichael Dermer is an entrepreneur, speaker, lawyer and founder/author of The Lonely Entrepreneur. Michael left a promising law career to start IncentOne, the first company to provide rewards for healthy behavior. At the time, rewards in healthcare were not only non-existent – they were offensive. He was told over and over “we will never reward people for things they should be doing to be healthy.” After bootstrapping for a decade, his company received a large private equity investment on October 15, 2008. Then the financial crisis hit. Everything seemed doomed. Yet, IncentOne survived, and was sold to industry innovator Welltok. What resulted was not only a business success, but the discovery of a unique method on how to thrive under the pressure, chaos and burden of being the entrepreneur. And thus, The Lonely Entrepreneur was born.

Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 06:30 PM

Global Security 2030: Ambassador John Negroponte

YPFP and the Elliott School of International Affairs are honored to co-host Ambassador John Negroponte, Vice Chairman at McLarty Associates and former Director of National Intelligence, for a discussion on the current state of U.S. National Security and how to best prepare the next generation of leaders.

Discussion 6:30-7:30

Reception 7:30-8

Note: This event will be held under the Chatham House Rules.

Ambassador Negroponte wants to know what NextGen leaders think. What do YOU think are the biggest global security threats in the world today? Don't miss this opportunity to share your opinion by participating in our poll!

John Negroponte

 John D. Negroponte, Vice Chairman, joined McLarty Associates in 2009, following a career in diplomacy and national security.

Ambassador Negroponte held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. He is the Shapiro Visiting Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University.

He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department’s Chief Operating Officer.

While in the private sector from 1997 to 2001, Ambassador Negroponte was Executive Vice President of the McGraw-Hill Companies, with responsibility for overseeing the company’s international activities. During those years he was also Chairman of the French-American Foundation.

Ambassador Negroponte serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Council of the Americas/Americas Society. He is also Co-chairman of the US-Philippines Society and a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA).


The Elliott School

Note: For more information on the Elliott School's graduate programs, check out their website here.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Ford Motor Company in Washington, DC

Exploring Corporate Foreign Policy with Stephen Biegun

As key drivers of economic productivity, international trade, and cross-border investment, multinational corporations have a considerable stake in international politics. In today’s context of heightened geopolitical risk, successful businesses pursue their own brand of foreign policy, based on independently-defined interests and long-term strategy.

YPFP is delighted to host Stephen Biegun, vice president of International Governmental Relations at Ford Motor Company, for an off-the-record discussion about corporate diplomacy, political risk assessment, and international trade. 

Discussion 6:30-7:45


Stephen Biegun is a corporate officer and vice president of International Governmental Relations for Ford Motor Company, a Fortune 10 company with 200,000 employees, $150 billion in annual revenue, and operations on six continents. Mr. Biegun oversees all aspects of Ford’s international governmental relations, including trade strategy and political risk assessment.

Prior to joining Ford, Mr. Biegun served for over 15 years inside the U.S. Government, including in the U.S. Senate as national security advisor to Majority Leader Senator Bill Frist and in the White House as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council.

Thursday, March 09, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 8 rsvps
Asia Society in New York, NY

YPFP Excursion: America as a Pacific Power?

The election of Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. President surprised observers on both sides of the Pacific, and has raised more questions than answers in terms of what it means for U.S. policy in Asia. President Trump’s “America First”-focused policy has called for tougher trade, investment, and currency policies, particularly vis-à-vis China, which could have significant reverberations across Asia.

What would a U.S.-China trade war mean for Asian economies? And given President Trump’s calls for protectionist policies to “Make America Great Again,” how will the U.S. engage with Asia’s current powerhouse of growth—ASEAN? Or the booming workforce and populist growth policies of India?

Asia Society has generously reserved free seats for YPFP members for this event ($25 value). Members may log into their accounts and RSVP below to be added to the list.


  • Wendy Cutler, Vice President, ASPI; Former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative
  • Peter Grey, former Ambassador of Australia to Japan & the World Trade Organization
  • Shotaro Oshima, former Special Representative of Japan for the TPP; former Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Korea; former Permanent Representative to the WTO
  • Daniel Rosen, Founding Partner and China lead, Rhodium Group
  • Rana Foroohar (moderator), Global Economic Analyst at CNN

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 06:30 PM
Proper 21 in Washington, DC

International Women's Day Happy Hour

In honor of International Women's Day, please join YPFP, Women's Foreign Policy Group (WFPG) and Women in International Security DC (WIIS-DC) for happy hour at Proper 21!

Let's celebrate the next generation of women who will be leading and contributing to multiple sectors of international affairs with some of our fellow DC professional groups. This year's theme International Women's Day is #BeBoldForChange. Whether they speak up on important issues, seek out new experiences, or commit to take action, we know our members are bold; come learn how others are, too! All genders are welcome!


WIIS-DC carries out localized, intimate-scale events for women working in the peace and security fields in the mid-Atlantic region. The mission of the D.C. Chapter is to provide opportunities for networking, collaboration, mentoring and skill development among women in D.C.’s vibrant international peace and security community. Learn more: wfpg.org

Since its founding over 20 years ago, the Women's Foreign Policy Group has been committed to promoting women’s leadership and voices in international affairs by highlighting the contributions of women leaders through global issues programming and mentoring. WFPG brings together participants from across disciplines and links women domestically and internationally. Membership is open to women, men, and organizations committed the promotion of women as international affairs leaders. Learn more: www.wfpg.org

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 3 rsvps
The Churchill Tavern in New York, NY

March Happy Hour with the Philos Project

Join us and the Philos Project to meet friends and fellow members over happy hour drinks at The Churchill Tavern, a lively English pub in NoMad named after Sir Winston himself, where you can enjoy $6 draughts and select bottles, and $7 glasses of wine until 7:00pm - so don't be late!

Our monthly happy hours are a great opportunity to learn more about YPFP NY and connect with like-minded people. Remember, you don't have to work directly in foreign policy to join us. Just come ready to drink, mingle and discuss the latest in world politics. Feel free to spread the word to friends and colleagues. Cheers!

The Philos Project is a nonprofit network hub which seeks to promote positive Christian engagement in the Middle East by reviving an intellectually rigorous approach to foreign policy.

Non-members may RSVP via Eventbrite.