Nunn School Student-Alumni Career Mixer | November 6

We are excited to invite you to this year’s Alumni-Student Career Mixer. This will be a networking event designed to connect current students with Nunn School alumni from a variety of industries.  

The mixer will be held on Friday, November 6, and will consist of three, 25-minute breakout sessions with alumni speakers. Students have the opportunity to choose from a number of alumni speakers across multiple industries.  


Alumni-Student Career Mixer 

Friday, November 6, 2020  

3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 

BlueJeans link to follow 


Registration is required. Please RSVP here to select your preferences for speakers. If you have any questions, reach out to 

Featured Speakers:

Rizwan Ladha (BS IAML 2007) currently serves as chief of staff to the Chief Strategy Officer at Boeing Defense. Prior to joining Boeing, he was on the Security Studies Program research staff at MIT. Rizwan has spent the past decade working on international security issues, with a focus on nuclear weapons proliferation, at Harvard University, the Ploughshares Fund, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the U.S. government. He started his career as a co-op in business development at Bank of America while at Georgia Tech, before going into technology consulting following graduation. Along the way, Rizwan picked up a MA and PhD in international security studies from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy — the first and oldest graduate-only school of international affairs in the United States — at Tufts University.

Linnea Porter (BS IAML 2009) is a practice group attorney at Greenberg Traurig in Atlanta. Linnea focuses her practice on business immigration matters, including representing domestic and multinational employers before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of State. She represents and advises employers in virtually all areas of business immigration, including nonimmigrant visa categories (B, E, F, H, J, L, O, TN), permanent residence (PERM, Extraordinary Ability/Outstanding Researchers, Multinational Managers and National Interest Waivers), naturalization, and DACA. She has experience counseling a variety of companies from start-ups to multinational organizations in a wide range of industries, including fashion, financial services, IT, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, and alternative energy, on U.S. business immigration, compliance and enforcement actions, and global immigration. After graduating from Georgia Tech, she received her law degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Meagan Clem Martz (BS IAML 2008; MS INTA 2011) is a Senior Associate Director of Development at The Carter Center. She is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with individuals and foundations across Asia in order to solicit funding for the Center’s peace and health programs. Prior to COIVD-19, Meagan spent an average of 100 days out of the country each year, visiting donors and prospects in Asia and participating in Carter Center projects in Africa. In 2019, she served as an expert on Chinese aid in Africa at the Yale Africa-China Conference in Nairobi, Kenya.

Prior to joining The Carter Center in 2013, Meagan worked as an International Trade Program Coordinator for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and as a consultant for the Georgia Tech Research Institute.

As a student, she studied in Japan and Thailand and conducted her graduate field work on women’s empowerment through local conservation efforts in Belize and Guatemala.

Tarun Chaudhary holds a Ph.D in International Affairs, Science, and Technology from the Nunn School at Georgia Tech. He has a long affiliation with the school having also graduated with both a BS in 2005 and a MS in 2007 both in international affairs.  Currently Dr. Chaudhary works for the NNSA Production Office where he is a cyber security subject matter expert and the Authorizing Official Designated Representative (AODR) for both the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, TX.  The position entails cyber security contractor oversight and authorization activities across the breadth of the cyber security program implemented at both locations. That program is implemented by a management and operations (M&O) contractor and covers approximately 10,000 users across two geographic locations who are engaged in a variety of nuclear materials processing and weapons assembly activities.

Prior to his current position Dr. Chaudhary was a NNSA Graduate Fellow and worked in the Office of Radiological Security (ORS) at NNSA headquarters in Washington, DC. ORS executes global programs to secure or remove high activity radioactive sources so they cannot be utilized within radiological dispersion devices.  While at ORS, Dr. Chaudhary developed and managed a research program to define a high-income country partnership strategy for ORS and executed fieldwork in Belarus, the Czech Republic and Estonia.  Dr. Chaudhary has over 12 years of experience as a defense consultant first working for Janes Information Group and then as an independent contractor. He has experience delivering insights to the DOD, DOE, large defense prime contractors, and a variety of international clients both private and government. His project experience covers all major defense markets, land, air, and sea based mobile defense platforms, soldier systems, terrorism, cyber security, and number of other global security concerns.

Sam Rising (MS INTA 2019)  serves as a consultant with Deloitte’s GPS Strategy & Analytics business offering and primarily supports projects and initiatives in Deloitte’s CWMD practice. He currently supports the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) at the Department of the Treasury. Sam aims to support federal clients tasked with our nation’s defense manage the nexus of national security and technology regulation. Sam has direct strategic trade and technology control experience, and he has supported a variety of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control work streams in the federal government. He provided a range of nonproliferation policy and technical support, including supporting U.S. Department of Energy trade and technology control equities, monitoring of nonproliferation and export control treaties, and working with foreign partners to strengthen their export control systems. Sam holds a B.A. in History from the University of Mississippi and an M.S. from Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, where he studied data analytics and international security.

Nekabari Goka (MS INTA 2014) is a Principal Business Program Manager for the Utility of the Future team at Pepco Holdings (subsidiary of Exelon), where he leads transportation electrification policy and strategy across all Pepco Holdings service territories in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey.  In addition to leading policy efforts, Nekabari supports Pepco’s Rates Administration, Engineering and Capacity Planning, Smart Grid, and External Affairs functions in the delivery of electric vehicle charging infrastructure installations across the light, medium, and heavy duty market segments.

Prior to joining the Utility of the Future team at Pepco, Nekabari spent the last eight years in various roles across the power and utilities industry,  building subject matter expertise in the areas of distributed energy resource technology policy, demand side energy management strategy, and electricity market operations and design in the US, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. A native of Atlanta Georgia, Nekabari received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Economics and International Affairs from The University of Georgia, as well as a Master’s of Science from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at The Georgia Institute of Technology, where he focused his coursework and research in science, technology and energy policy.
John Krzyzaniak (MS INTA 2016) is an associate editor at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a magazine best known for setting the Doomsday Clock. There, he researches, writes, and edits articles about nuclear weapons and nuclear energy. Prior to that, he worked at the Carnegie Council in New York. He earned his master’s degree from Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School in 2016.
Allison Stanford (BS IAML 2015, MS INTA 2018) is a Counterspace Analyst at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), the Department of Defense’s primary source for foreign air and space threat intelligence. Prior to joining NASIC, Allison obtained her MS in International Affairs in 2018 and her BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages in 2015 from Georgia Tech.

Angeli Patel (BS INTA 2014) is a lawyer at Jones Day in Silicon Valley focusing on corporate law, ESG and sustainability. She is also the Vice President of Women in Tech Law, a national non-profit. She graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law in 2020 where she was on the Technology Law Journal as well as an Associate at the UN Global Compact in Australia. Prior to law school, Angeli served as a Presidential Appointee at The White House under the Obama Administration at the Office of Management and Budget focusing on government management policies. Angeli graduated from Georgia Tech in 2014 where she was an NSF CyberCorps Scholar, recipient of the Ivan Allen Legacy Award and selected as a Fellow at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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