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Bengu Aytekin

BENGU AYTEKIN
Bengu Aytekin will graduate in May 2010 with a Master's degree of Program in International Development Policy (PIDP) at Duke University's Terry Sanford School of Public Policy. She is a Treasury expert at the Undersecretariat of Turkish Treasury which is the sponsor of her master's degree. At Treasury, she has worked in Foreign Economic Relations and also worked specifically with the EU in the preparation of structural reform programs and related Turkish policy documents in alignment with EU law.   Bengu has a B.S. in Economics from Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara, Turkey. Bengu’s research with CGGC focuses on transit investments in the US and other energy-related fields.

Ryan Denniston RYAN DENNISTON
Ryan Denniston was a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at Duke University, who focused on globalization, institutions, and varieties of industry change in the tobacco and hog farm industries. He graduated in May 2009. Ryan’s research within CGGC focused on agriculture, institutions, and U.S. industry 1970-2000. He holds a B.A. in Political Science/Sociology from Duke University (2001) and a Master’s in Sociology from Duke University (2004).
Stacey Frederick STACEY FREDERICK
Stacey Frederick is a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University in the Textile Technology Management program. She expects to graduate in Summer 2009. Her Ph.D. dissertation topic is “Analyzing, Visualizing and Connecting the Textile Value Chain.” Stacey has a B.S. from North Carolina State University (May 2006). Her research focus at CGGC is on North Carolina in the Global Economy, Nanotechnology in Society, and value chain research in general.
Natalia Gomez

NATALIA GOMEZ
Natalia Gomez is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Development Policy (MIDP) at the Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University. She will graduate in May 2010. She has a B.A. in Management Engineering  from the Escuela de Ingenieria de Antioquia in Colombia and a Master’s degree in Applied Mathematics from EAFIT University, also in Colombia.  At CGGC Natalia is supporting  the organization of Duke-VIU International Research Workshop which aims to provide an academic and networking opportunity to young researchers using GVC analysis. Natalia’s research at CGGC focuses on the insertion of Chile in the global services industry.  Prior to joining the MIDP program, Natalia worked in the Microfinance Division of a Commercial Bank in her home country.

Esra Guler ESRA GULER
Esra Guler graduated in September 2008 with a Master's degree in International Development Policy from Duke University's Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Esra’s Master’s topic was “Industrial Upgrading in Turkey.” Her research with CGGC focused on textiles and the apparel industry, the gold and jewelry industry, and decent work in global production networks.
Dayne Hamrick

DAYNE HAMRICK
Dayne Hamrick is a Ph.D. student in sociology at North Carolina State University with an expected graduation of 2015. His research focuses on innovation in agricultural commodities, especially heritage products. Using the global value chain framework, Danny examines how different actors and institutions involved in the life cycle of commodities negotiate decisions for innovation. At the CGGC, his current research includes issues of food security and the dynamic nature of agricultural value chains. Danny also holds a Master in International Studies from North Carolina State University and a BA in Spanish Language and Literature with a Global Trade and Commerce minor from Wake Forest University.

Kirsten Hagfors

KIRSTEN HAGFORS
Kirsten is a dual degree MEM/MBA with The Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, concentrating on Energy and the Environment. Kirsten has a strong interest in sustainability and economic development in emerging markets in terms of electricity generation and distribution. A Minnesota native, Whitman College graduate, avid skier and vegan, Kirsten mixes simplicity with active engagement in whatever community she finds herself in. Kirsten is working with CGGC to capture the impacts of coal along its value chain, using her experience from spending a summer in Boston interning with a coal-fired generation technology company.

Eun Han Kim

EUN HAN KIM
Eun Han Kim is a Korean government officer who has worked for the Ministry of Unification, an organization which is in charge of the inter-Korean relationship, since 2001. He graduated from Duke University’s Master’s Program in International Development Policy in December 2008 and did a six month internship at CGGC in 2009. He holds B.A degree in public administration from Korea University, Seoul, Korea.

Kim Rogers

KIMBERLY ROGERS
Kimberly Rogers received her B.A. in Psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 2003, and her M.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University in 2005. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology at Duke University, with an expected completion date of May 2011. Prior to joining the Duke Sociology, Kimberly was a research lab coordinator with the Fuqua School of Business, managing projects pertaining to social influences on consumer behavior. Her current research with the Center brings a global value chains perspective to analyses of competitiveness and upgrading in the North American automotive industry.

Yuber Romero

YUBER ROMERO
Yuber Romero graduated in May 2009 from the Master’s Program in International Development Policy (PIDP) at the Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University. He has a B.A. in Production Engineering from Eafit University in Medellin, Colombia. Yuber’s research at CGGC focused on supply chain analysis of clean technologies (truck anti-idling technologies), as well as IT global value chains. Prior to joining the PIDP program, Yuber worked as a consultant for the Colombian government and local NGOs in project planning and project management, providing support to communities in governmental and international programs of financial and technical cooperation in small-scale enterprise development. Yuber took the course in Organization and Global Competitiveness with Professor Gary Gereffi in Spring 2008.

Shawn Stokes

SHAWN STOKES
Shawn Stokes is a Graduate Fellow in the Masters in International Development Policy (MIDP) program in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. He will graduate in May 2011. He has a B.S. in International Business from the College of Charleston, and a degree in culinary arts from Johnson and Wales University. Shawn’s research at CGGC focuses on value chain analysis of wild caught shrimp in the Gulf of California. Prior to joining the MIDP program, Shawn worked as a data analyst at FINCA International and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador where he promoted small business development and the creation of value added products made from organic coffee.

Ignacio Torres

IGNACIO TORRES
Ignacio Torres received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and his Masters in International Development Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke. He co-founded the NGO Acción Emprendedora that, as of today, has trained more than 4,500 micro entrepreneurs, mobilized 1,200 volunteers, fundraised $1.5 million and has 23 full time staff in Chile and currently he is working on an expansion in Durham, NC.  Ignacio as a visitor scholar at CGGC focuses on comparative analysis between global value chains, clusters and local economic development approaches and their application to empirical settings/cases in Latin America.

ANALIA VIOLA

ANALIA VIOLA
Analia Viola graduated in September 2009 from the Master’s Program in International Development Policy (PIDP) at the Terry Sanford Institute for Public Policy at Duke University. She has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and she is a candidate for a Master’s degree in Social Policies at FLACSO, Argentina. Analia’s research at CGGC focused on the analysis of global services and the identification of best practices for the attraction of offshoring activities to Latin America.  Prior to joining the PIDP program, Analia worked as a researcher in an NGO in the field of public policies, specifically in the Transparency and Education areas.

Kristen Wintersteen KRISTEN WINTERSTEEN
Kristen Wintersteen is a Ph.D. student in the History department at Duke University. She hopes to complete her degree in May 2011. Her Ph.D. dissertation topic is “Environmental History of the Fisheries of Chile and Peru.” Kristin has a double B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of Washington (2001). Her research at CGGC focuses on Global Value Chains (chicken and animal feeds). From September 2008 to August 2009, Kristin will undertake 12 months of dissertation research in Peru and Chile, with the support of a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Award.

Undergraduate Students

Jessie Anderson JESSIE ANDERSON
Jessie is a Duke University junior studying public policy and markets & management. Her research at CGGC ties together her interests in globalization and development and analyzes the impact of global value chains on production worldwide. On campus, Jessie is the VP External of Duke Consulting Club, Director of Communications for Duke Business Network, a member of Duke’s Association for Business Oriented Women, and a devoted Cameron Crazy. In her free time, Jessie enjoys traveling to new places, hiking in the North Carolina mountains and working on puzzles of any sort.
Charlie Haley CHARLIE HALEY
Charlie studies Mechanical Engineering and Markets & Management as a junior at Duke University. In Spring 2012, he is working as part of the CGGC team researching the American bus-rapid-transit industry. Apart from his work at CGGC, Charlie is working with Bull City Forward and the Durham city government on a best-practice analysis of homelessness policy in Durham. He also is involved with Engineering Student Government, Project WILD, and Mirecourt on campus.
Karalina haraldslottin KAROLINA HARALDSDOTTIR
Karolina Haraldsdottir is a Duke undergraduate who will graduate in May 2010 with an international comparative studies major and a Markets and Management certificate. Karolina is assisting with the Supply Chains for the Green Economy project. Her areas of research focus on auxiliary power units for long-haul trucks and super soil systems for hog farming. Karolina is originally from Iceland and she competes in the heptathlon for the Duke varsity women's track and field team.
Helen Ho HELEN HO
Helen Ho is a public policy major and political science minor at Duke University. Her primary interests are in human capital, urban planning, and equity. She is also interested in graphic design, mapping, and the visual presentation of research findings. Her current research with the CGGC focused on capturing the economic value of bus rapid transit lines.
Andrew Kindman

ESMA KARAMANCI
Esma Karamanci is a Duke undergraduate international student from Turkey, Istanbul graduating in May 2010. She is interested in working in the textiles and apparel industry after graduation. She is majoring in Italian, minoring in Sociology and taking the Markets and Management Certificate.   Esma is assisting with Carbon Capture research in CGGC’s Environment track as well as the redesign project for the NC in the Global Economy website.

Jennifer Kim JENNIFER KIM
Jennifer Kim is a Duke undergraduate who will graduate in May 2010 with majors in Public Policy Studies and English and a certificate in Markets & Management Studies. Jennifer’s areas of study with the CGGC include North Carolina in the Global Economy, North Carolina-China Relations, Real Estate Industry Analyses for the Environmental Defense Fund, and value chains research. Jennifer hails from Austin, TX. Currently, she is enjoying a summer study abroad program in Geneva, Switzerland.
Andrew Kindman ANDREW KINDMAN
Andrew Kindman is a Duke undergraduate who will graduate in May 2010 with majors in Political Science and Economics. Andrew's areas of research with CGGC focused on North Carolina in the Global Economy and other value chain research. Andrew hails from Durham, North Carolina and spent the summer of 2008 on a Benjamin N. Duke sponsored internship in Paraguay.
Jess Robinson JESS ROBINSON
Jess Robinson graduated in May 2009 with a major in English and a certificate in Markets & Management Studies. Jess’ research focus at the CGGC was the Supply Chains for the Green Economy series for the Environmental Defense Fund. Jess hails from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and was a member of the Duke women’s varsity tennis team.
Amy Tsai

AMY TSAI
Amy Tsai is a Duke undergraduate who will graduate in May 2010 with a major in International Comparative Studies, a minor in Psychology, and a certificate in Markets & Management Studies. Amy's areas of research with the CGGC include North Carolina in the Global Economy, investigating development trends in China and Mexico, and assessing growth potential for hybrid drive train technology. Amy hails from Yorba Linda, California and is a member of Duke University's Equestrian Team.

Yisel  Valdes YISEL VALDES
Yisel Valdes graduated in May 2009 with a major in Sociology. Yisel's research with CGGC focused on the links between multinational companies and obesity in the U.S., Mexico and China. Yisel hails from Miami, Florida but was born in Cuba.
Helen Ho JACKIE XU
Jackie is a junior double majoring in economics and public policy at Duke University.  At the CGGC, she is part of the team researching Nova Scotia’s ocean technologies. Outside of her work with the CGGC, she is involved with the Business Oriented Women (BOW) organization and a student ambassador for the Duke Career Center. Interestingly enough, she found out about the CGGC after meeting Professor Gereffi at the Duke basketball game in Shanghai last summer- Go Duke!
Aileen Zhang

AILEEN ZHANG
Aileen Zhang graduated in December 2008 with a major in Economics. Aileen’s research with the CGGC focused on the global value chain approach to childhood obesity and work in the area of North Carolina in the Global Economy. Aileen hails from Richmond, Virginia, and Waunakee, Wisconsin.