ISS Board Of Directors

The ISS Board of Directors includes a vast amount of educational and business experience.

Arka Mukherjee, Chair

CEO, Global IDs Inc.

Arka Mukherjee is the CEO of Global IDs Inc., a global data management software company. As the founder and visionary, Arka has guided the organization from startup to scalable growth phase, creating innovative technologies to support the world’s largest organizations. Under his leadership, Global IDs has created innovative software products to help both non-profit and for-profit organizations grow and balance efficiently. Committed to broadening access to education across India and to students around the globe, Arka has founded non-profit companies focused on micro finance, healthcare and education. Arka teaches Data and Analytics at Columbia University’s Center for Technology Management. He also serves as an advisory board member for the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS). He received a PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University and a MSc from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India.

Liz Duffy, President

President, ISS

Liz Duffy became President of ISS in July 2015. Previously, she had served for 12 years as Head Master of The Lawrenceville School, a boarding school in New Jersey with 815 Grade 9-12 students, from 42 states and 39 countries. Before leading Lawrenceville, Liz held senior leadership positions at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF), and The Ball Foundation. Liz is a trustee of The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The E. E. Ford Foundation, a trustee emerita of WWNFF, and the chair of the Princeton Alumni Corps board. She has served on the boards of many other educational institutions, including Princeton University, the National Association of Independent Schools, and Cum Laude. She has spoken and written extensively on school leadership and educational trends, and has mentored many new heads and school leaders. Liz graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude with an AB in molecular biology. She went on to earn an MBA and an AM in Education from Stanford University.

Porter Braswell, Board Member

Co-founder and Executive Chairman, Jopwell

Porter Braswell is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Jopwell, an HR tech platform that helps diverse students and professionals unlock opportunities for career advancement. In 2021, Jopwell was named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

Porter is also the founder of 2045 Studio, a holding company of diversity-focused brands, and the producer of the podcast Race at Work. Porter has received numerous awards for his thought leadership, including Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People In Business,” Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year New York Winner and National Finalist,” Vanity Fair’s “Future Innovators Index,” Adweek’s “Young Influentials,” and LinkedIn’s “Top Voices.”

Porter is the author of Let Them See You, published by Penguin Random House in 2019. Additionally, Porter is a Trustee of the Lawrenceville School and also serves on the boards of DREAM charter school and CFES Brillant Pathways. He started his career at Goldman Sachs on the foreign exchange desk after graduating from Yale in 2011, where he was a four-year member of the men’s varsity basketball team.

Tani Castañeda, Ed.D., Board Member

Chief Enrollment Officer & Associate Vice President, Teachers College, Columbia University

Tania (Tani) Castañeda, Ed.D. is a higher education professional who has worked in a variety of student affairs and services functions for public and private institutions of all sizes. She is currently Chief Enrollment Officer and Associate Vice President for Teachers College at Columbia University. In this role, she supports the strategic direction of Teachers College and leads the Division of Enrollment Management encompassing the offices of admission, marketing, financial aid and the registrar. Tani has held positions at Rutgers University, Clark University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Boston College. She began her career in executive search and marketing research consulting firms before entering higher education administration. Tani earned her doctoral degree in organizational leadership from Northeastern University and holds master’s degrees in counseling from Boston College and psychology from Brandeis University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College.

John T. Crisan, Board Member

Former Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, Johnson & Johnson

John Crisan recently retired from Johnson & Johnson after spending 30 years with the organization in a variety of roles, most recently as Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer. Prior to his most recent roles, Mr. Crisan progressed through a series of other roles at the company, including division General Counsel for the Johnson & Johnson Consumer sector; Assistant General Counsel for M&A, Pharmaceutical and Consumer business sectors; and Regional Counsel for Asia/Pacific. Mr. Crisan joined J&J 30 years ago from the New York City law offices of O’Melveny (previously O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell), where he specialized in corporate law, with an emphasis on mergers & acquisitions and venture capital. Prior to his work with O’Sullivan Graev & Karabell, he practiced with the New York City firm of Reid & Priest, where he worked in the general corporate law area. Mr. Crisan received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1985, and his bachelor’s degree from Catholic University of America in 1982, both located in Washington, D.C. He recently completed his tenure as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation (a $100 million dollar independent foundation), as a member of the Board of Trustees of Children’s Specialized Hospital (the largest pediatric rehabilitative hospital in the U.S.); and currently also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of Seton Hall University Law School.

Liz Dibble, Board Member

Director General, Multinational Force and Observers

Liz Dibble was appointed Director General of the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) on August 1, 2022 and is based in Rome, Italy. The mission of the MFO is to supervise the security provisions of the Egyptian-Israeli Treaty of Peace. From 2017 to 2022 she served as Chief Operating Officer at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace after an impressive 36-year diplomatic career as a senior US foreign service officer, focusing primarily on the Middle East and Europe as well as on economics. Liz was named one of 100 top global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine in 2011 and was awarded a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2009. She has a BS from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and studied at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Campinas, Brazil. She speaks Italian, French, and Spanish. In 2017 Liz was the featured keynote speaker at the ISS Mary Anne Haas Women’s Symposium.

Debra Kushma, Board Member

Senior Advisor, Phoenix Strategic Performance

Debra Kushma is a Senior Advisor at Phoenix Strategic Performance. She has spent her 25-year career in both financial services and strategic consulting. As a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, Debra held a broad range of operating positions. She helped to build a European retail investment advisory business, focusing primarily on marketing and on-line platforms with Pan-European capability under a global organizational framework; established the function of Chief Operating Officer for IT, as well as the function of Chief Administrative Officer for the Asset Management Division. As part of a strategic, firm-wide, market-driven culture shift initiative at Morgan Stanley, Debra created a cross-divisional training effort, including a worldwide training initiative for all Associates, Vice President and Principals. In addition to her Morgan Stanley experience, she managed client services for Fischer Francis Trees & Watt and was a strategic consultant for Coopers & Lybrand. Debra holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics (Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship), and a BSE in Engineering from Princeton University. Debra and her family lived in London, England for 12 years, during which time her three children attended international schools.

Debu Purkayastha, Board Member

Managing Partner, 3rd Eye

Debu Purkayastha is Managing Partner at 3rd Eye, a Venture Capital and Private Equity firm investing in the technology, media & telecoms sectors globally. Debu has significant Investment, M&A and operating experience in US, Europe, Asia & Africa – having lived in three continents, five countries & seven cities across the world. Until 2017, Debu was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Octopus Investments (global investment firm, AUM $8B+).

Debu spent almost six years at Google, spearheading its M&A and Investment efforts including landmark acquisitions and investments globally. He also led Google’s New Business Development efforts and was instrumental in launching several of Google’s iconic products globally spanning multiple key strategic focus areas. Debu was a founding member of Google “Campus”, the pre-eminent co-working space for startups in London, which led to the “Google for Entrepreneurs” program. Prior to Google, Debu headed Sabre’s Corporate Development/M&A team and was an Investment Banker with Salomon Smith Barney in Wall Street, Silicon Valley & London.

Debu sits on the Boards of Cambridge University/Cambridge Enterprise and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust (Revenues: ~$2.6B – largest Hospital Trust in the UK) amongst others and is the Chair of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation (500 years old foundation/charity with assets of ~$1.5B), in addition to Advisory Boards including PRS for Music, Unilever and London Business School (Curriculum Committee). Debu spends his personal time working with leading NGOs and governmental institutions in several politically sensitive and conflict zones (including Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Kashmir, etc.) focusing on economic development initiatives. Debu has an MBA from London Business School and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Nishat Ruiter, Board Member

General Counsel, TED Conferences, LLC

Nishat Ruiter is General Counsel of TED Conferences, LLC, a global not-for-profit that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. As their first General Counsel in 2016, Nishat developed the foundation to manage all legal matters concerning TED including licensing, partnerships, TM, brand protection, TED’s code of conduct, data privacy, copyright, transactions, and all corporate legal concerns. 

Prior to joining TED, she worked for public technology and private consulting companies with a focus on intellectual property and licensing where she managed and led teams focused on sales and licensing, technology contract transactions, marketing compliance, training staff for contract management certifications and M&A.  

Nishat’s passion for fairness and effective negotiation drives her love to build solutions – legal, collaborative, or social – between people and entities with widely varying interests. Inspired by a Baháʼí perspective in social justice, she has hosted numerous events in her community including Spiritual Cafe, hosting youth workshops integrated with service and co-founded a grassroots community group called “Community Conversations” to help bridge promote racial literacy, mutual respect and equity by building dialogue across and within the community to build meaningful social fabric in her town. 

Nishat serves on the editorial board of the London-based International In-house Counsel Journal and on the Board of The Choose Organization, Inc. aiming to provide educators, K-12 students and communities effective tools to engage in conversations about race. Nishat holds a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University and a JD from Widener Law School. 

Marc Schorpion, Board Member

Former Vice President of Human Resources, Johnson & Johnson

Marc Schorpion recently retired after a 35-year career at Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries around the world. From 2014 until 2018, he was the VP of Human Resources at J&J’s corporate headquarters in Princeton, NJ, and before that he served for eleven years as the VP of Human Resources for the Global Pharmaceuticals Group at J&J. He very much believes that the HR function of a company should serve its broader mission and reinforce and reflect its core strengths, which at J&J are R&D and innovation, and that the cultural context is essential in understanding human interactions. An economist by training, Marc received his master’s degree in business/managerial economics from the University of Antwerp. His career has taken his family and him around the world, so his children attended international schools.

Homa Sabet Tavangar, Board Member

Author and Global Trainer

For over three decades, Homa Sabet Tavangar’s work has addressed themes of culture, innovation, leadership, global citizenship and global competence, and deep diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion.

Homa’s clients range from Fortune 50 corporations and professional associations to public, international and independent K-12 schools and universities around the world. Co-founding the Big Questions Institute and Oneness Lab represents a natural extension of her work, especially during a time of unprecedented global challenges.

Homa is the author of Global Kids (Barefoot Books, 2019), best-selling Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World (Random House, 2009), which was the inspiration behind NBC-Universal’s animated series Nina’s World, starring Rita Moreno, and co-author of six books for educators. Her recent publication, 9 BIG Questions Schools Must Answer to Avoid Going “Back to Normal” (*Because “Normal” Wasn’t That Great to Begin With), written with Will Richardson, is available now as a free download.

Born in Iran, she has lived on four continents, and her heritage includes four world religions. Homa is a graduate of UCLA and Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.

Lucinda Warren, Board Member

VP Business Development, Global Neuroscience & Japan Region, Johnson & Johnson

Lucinda (Cindy) leads the Neuroscience Business Development Team globally and all business development activity in Japan as a Region, including scientific finding, licensing transactions, mergers, acquisition, out licensing, divestitures and alliance management. With over 25 years of broad industry experience, Lucinda began her pharmaceutical career in Canada. In 1999, she joined the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies and has held various USA and Global roles of increasing responsibilities, including Sales, Marketing, New Product Development, Alliance Management, and Business Development Leadership. Lucinda has been responsibility for the leadership and oversight of some of Johnson & Johnson’s longest and largest global commercial alliances. Activity involved in the alliance community, Lucinda currently serves as a Board Member on the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals (ASAP) , as Chair of their Membership Committee. Lucinda received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Kevin Wong, Board Member

Partner, Co-Founder, PrepMaven, Princeton Tutoring

Kevin is a co-founder and managing partner of Princeton Tutoring and PrepMaven. The goal of these companies is to help students, through individualized tutoring and guidance, not only improve their grades and test scores, but also develop habits, mindsets, and values to support meaningful long-term success. Kevin is passionate about using education and coaching to help others reach their full potential. Prior to focusing on education work, he co-founded and operated an investment management company, Princeton Asset Management Company, which used quantitative analysis and automated trading techniques to develop and execute profitable, market-neutral trading strategies.

He received a B.S in Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University. Kevin serves on the Board of the Newgrange School, which specializes in serving students with learning disabilities, and he is a governor and former co-chair of the Asian-American Alumni Association of Princeton. He also serves as a mentor and advisor to student-run startups through Princeton’s entrepreneurial hub (eHub).

Cheryl Q. Xu, Board Member

Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Biogen

Cheryl Xu is the Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs of Biogen. She started a consulting business in 2005, advising well-known multinational companies on their market access and expansion strategies in China. Cheryl has provided consultations to both the U.S. and Chinese governments on pharmaceutical policies and contributed to the formulations of China’s healthcare reform policies. Past positions included Director of International Finance at Pharmacia. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Peking University, and MBA in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.

Katherine Yearwood Young, Board Member

Founder and Financial Advisor, Yearwood Young Advisors

Kate is the founder and sole owner of Yearwood Young Advisors LLC (“YYA”), a fee-only, fiduciary registered investment advisor. At YYA, Kate works closely with her clients to gain a deep understanding of their needs and values in order to develop comprehensive financial plans that help them build the financial foundation to live the life that they want. She also manages over $50mm in discretionary investment portfolios on behalf of her clients.

For the preceding decade of her career, Kate held various roles as an investment analyst evaluating hedge funds. During this time, Kate met with hundreds of managers active across various strategies, geographies, and financial markets. Most recently, she built hedge fund portfolios for high net worth individuals and families at Bessemer Trust, a multi-family office. Prior to that, she invested on behalf of various institutional clients (including pensions, endowments, and insurance companies, among others) at EnTrustPermal and New Holland Capital, two large alternative investment advisory firms. She was named a Hedge Fund Rising Star by Institutional Investor in 2017. She started her career as an analyst on the U.S. Interest Rate Structuring desk at Barclays Capital.

Kate holds a B.A. in Engineering Sciences with a concentration in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from Harvard University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) Charterholder and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERprofessional.