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Attendees at October 2015 meeting

President's Global Advisory Council

The President's Global Advisory Council (PGAC) comprises a distinguished group of global thought leaders, entrepreneurs and top executives of major corporations and institutions. These individuals represent a diverse portfolio of intellectual and entrepreneurial pursuits from New York, Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, Istanbul, and Mumbai, to name a few.

The PGAC is invited to provide strategic advice, advocacy, outreach, and global connections that seek to strengthen the activities and capacities of Carnegie Mellon University in education, research, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship and philanthropic advancement.


Jim Swartz PortraitJim Swartz (TPR 1966)
Chair, President's Global Advisory Council

Founding Partner, Accel Partners
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Dr. Subra Suresh PortraitSubra Suresh
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Kushagra Bajaj PortraitKushagra Bajaj (IM 1997)2
Vice Chairman
Bajaj Group
Mumbai, India
Luis Ball Portrait Luis H. Ball, Jr. (DC 1982)1
Chairman and CEO, GrupoCiencia
President, Allegheny Medical Systems LLC
Publisher, PanAm Post
Boca Raton, FL, USA

Barbara Barrett PortraitBarbara M. Barrett
Chairman, Aerospace Corporation
Former U.S. Ambassador to Finland 
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Craig Barrett Portrait

Craig R. Barrett (H 2011)
Retired Chairman and CEO
Intel Corporation
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Jim Cashman Portrait

James E. Cashman III
Canonsburg, PA, USA

Johnson Cha PortraitJohnson Cha (S 1973)
C.M. Capital Corporation
Hong Kong, China
Natarajan Chandrasekaran PortraitNatarajan Chandrasekaran
CEO and Managing Director
Tata Consultancy Services
Mumbai, India
Erroll B. Davis Jr. PortraitErroll B. Davis Jr. (E 1965)1
Senior Advisor, TalentQuest
Former Chancellor, University System of Georgia
Atlanta, GA, USA
Glen de Vries PortraitGlen de Vries (S 1994)
Co-Founder and President
Medidata Solutions
New York, NY, USA
Frank D’Souza PortraitFrancisco D’Souza (TPR 1992)1
Chief Executive Officer
Teaneck, NJ, USA
Dina Dublon PortraitDina Dublon (TPR 1979)1
Former Chief Financial Officer
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Bedford Hills, NY, USA
Kris Gopalakrishnan PortraitKris Gopalakrishnan
Co-Founder, Infosys
Bangalore, India
Una Jackman PortraitUna Jackman
Film and Theater Producer
Talu Productions
Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA
Alex Knaster PortraitAlex Knaster (E & S 1980)
Chairman & CEO
Pamplona Capital Management
New York, NY, USA
Ahmet Kocabiyik PortraitAhmet Kocabıyık (E 1980)
CEO & Chairman
Borusan Holdings
Istanbul, Turkey
Per G.H. Lofberg PortraitPer G.H. Lofberg (TPR 1973)
Retired Executive Vice President
CVS Health
South Dartmouth, MA, USA
Romain Murenzi PortraitRomain Murenzi
Director, Division of Science Policy and
Capacity Building, UNESCO

Paris, France
Paul O’Neill PortraitPaul O’Neill (H 2003)
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary
Former Chairman & CEO, Alcoa
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Matt Rogers PortraitMatt Rogers (E 2004, 2005)
Nest Labs, Inc.
Palo Alto, CA, USA
Barb Samardzich PortraitBarb Samardzich (E 1985)
Retired Chief Operation Officer, Europe
Ford Motor Company
Cologne, Germany
Eric Schmidt PortraitEric E. Schmidt (H 2009)2
Executive Chairman
Alphabet, Inc. 

Mountain View, CA, USA
Sherman Scott PortraitSherman Scott (E 1966)
Delmar Systems
Broussard, LA, USA
Thomas Tull PortraitThomas Tull1
Founder, Chairman & CEO
Legendary Entertainment
Los Angeles, CA, USA
John Silvanus Wilson Jr. PortraitJohn Silvanus Wilson Jr.
President, Morehouse College
Former Executive Director, 
Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Atlanta, GA, USA

Ex Officio Members

James E. Rohr PortraitJames E. Rohr1
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Carnegie Mellon University
Former Chairman & CEO
PNC Financial Services Group 
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
David Coulter PortraitDavid Coulter (TPR 1971)1
Former Vice Chairman & Managing Director
Warburg Pincus LLC
New York, NY, USA
1Trustee, Carnegie Mellon University
2Former Trustee, Carnegie Mellon University