About CFPP


About Corporate Foreign Policy Program (CFPP)

CFPP uses a multi-disciplined approach to deconstruct the key enablers, attributes and operating principles of corporate foreign policy to develop a new construct and practice that will build the organizational capabilities of multinational companies.

Our mission is to inspire new ideas to advance the purpose and practice of corporate foreign policy.

Create a forum on corporate foreign policy and build a community interest of practitioners, researchers, policy analysts and other key stakeholders.

Generate unique knowledge and insights that will contribute to the body of knowledge and global business practices.
Advance the evolution of organizational systems and the skills and competencies of business professionals in corporate foreign policy, with a focus on emerging market firms.

Research Team


Tam Robert Nguyen

Tam serves, on a pro bono basis, as director of CFPP. He is global head of external affairs and sustainability at Bechtel Corporation, an international engineering and construction company. He also serves as vice-chair of the corporate responsibility committee and the Sustainable Development Goals task force of the U.S. Council for International Business, a board member of Chevron’s Niger Delta Partnership Initiative, and a board member of the Global Engagement Community Resilience Fund. Prior to joining Bechtel, he was manager for corporate responsibility, global issues and policy at Chevron Corporation, where he developed and directed the implementation of Chevron’s human rights policy and served as the principal advisor to senior executives, business units, and functions on corporate responsibility and international standards. Earlier in his career, Tam worked for the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC on regional strategy, policy and program management. Later, he helped establish the first partnership agreement between the two institutions and served as the first inter-agency coordinator based in Manila. Educated in the United States, Europe, and Asia, he is a graduate of George Washington University, and holds a doctorate in business administration and two masters’ degrees in international business and international development.


MARIA Maria Lisette Romero
Deputy Director, Program Advancement
Maria has fifteen years of professional experience in the international private and public sectors specializing in government relations, political analysis, and corporate diplomacy on Latin America. She is also managing principal of BTG Solutions, a research, data analytics, and communications consultancy. Prior to this she worked for Fontheim International, LLC and the Kyle House Group, two international public affairs and consultancy firms in Washington, DC. At the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC., she directed external communications for the Trade and Integration Sector, and at Chevron Corporation Maria was a policy, government, and public affairs professional in Caracas, Venezuela and Washington, DC. Fluent in English and Spanish and educated in the United States, Europe, and Latin America, Maria holds a Master’s degree in strategic communications from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from Cornell University.


hironobu300 Hironobu Shibuya
Special Advisor 
Hiro’s experience in corporate diplomacy spans four decades and is considered one of the world’s leading experts on Japan’s corporate citizenship and U.S.-Japan relations. Prior to his current role as special adviser to the Nippon Foundation, the largest private foundation in Japan, he held several senior executive positions with leading international organizations: CEO of Save the Children Japan, senior advisor to the Executive Director of UNICEF, special advisor to the Under-Secretary General of the landmark UN Earth Summit, director of the UN Information Centre in Papua New Guinea, head of New York Office of the UN University. He also helped establish the US-Japan Foundation in New York and served as its first executive director; served as president and CEO of the Dentsu Burson-Marsteller, a joint venture of two of world’s largest public relations and advertising agencies; president of Pacific Basin Partners, Inc., and senior partner at Robinson Lake Sawyer Miller. His public service includes serving on the boards of Helen Keller International, Save the Children USA, World Learning, the Earth Council, and the Advisory Committee on Private and Public Partnerships of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.


silvia300 Silvia Garrigo
Senior Fellow
Silvia has more than twenty years of experience advising multinational corporations on legal, policy, sustainability, risk management, and public affairs issues arising from complex domestic and international matters, particularly the legal and business implications of energy and natural resources issues related to sustainability and global governance standards. She is currently vice president of corporate responsibility and social investment for Millicom, an international information technology company. Prior to this she was senior of counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP and held executive and senior legal positions at Chevron Corporation, which included leading Chevron’s corporate responsibility policy and strategy team. Silvia had a distinguished legal career as an in-house counsel for other multinational corporations, including Telefonica S.A, and as a lawyer for several international law firms. She is a senior fellow at Florida International University School of Law and a board member of the UN Global Compact Human Rights and Labor Group. Silvia received a Juris Doctorate from The University of Miami, and a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Boston College.


kristi Kristi Ragan
Senior Fellow
Kristi spent over twenty years building unique partnerships between the public aid agencies and leading multinational corporations, including Walmart, Gap, and Chevron. She is currently DAI’s chief of party for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Invest Project, which seeks to unlock the potential of private capital to drive inclusive growth in countries around the world, and USAID’s Global Development Lab. Prior to this she directed USAID’s Grand Challenges for Development program to encourage donors to utilize innovation to accelerate the impact, and was an advisor to USAID’s Office of Global Development Alliances. Kristi spent over a decade working for UNDP in Nepal, across the Pacific, and on the ground in Somalia improving development outcomes for the poor. Kristi is an adjunct instructor at several universities in Washington, DC, including American and Georgetown, and holds two Master’s degrees in philosophy, mathematics and international relations from St. Johns College and Georgetown University.


SaadiaSultan Saadia Sultan
Senior Fellow
Saadia spent over a decade in the oil and gas sector in senior government relations functions with ExxonMobil Corporation and BHP Billiton in Washington DC and Houston respectively. She founded Sultan Global Group (SGG), a full-service consulting firm specializing in Government Affairs, Engagement and Advisory and Strategy and Development based in Houston, Texas. In addition, Saadia is the Houston program director for Asian Americans in Energy, Environment and Commerce (ae2c), an At-Large member of the Board and Chair, Business Development Committee, of the Sister Cities of Houston; and Treasurer, Pakistan Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of both the Houston-Abu Dhabi Sister City Association, as well as the Houston-Karachi Sister City Association. Her membership in the exclusive Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, the Council on Foreign Relations affiliate in Houston, allows her to stay connected with an intimate network of public policy and foreign relations experts across the country. Fluent in English and Urdu, Saadia holds a Master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Michael Michael Benedict Yamoah
Senior Fellow
Michael is currently manager for corporate sustainability, data insights and analytics at Bechtel Corporation, an international engineering and construction company. He leads several specialized predictive analytics projects, helps direct the implementation of Bechtel’s sustainability strategy across the enterprise and into major projects, and manages a portfolio of global issues and policies, including climate change, adaption, and conservation. Prior to Bechtel, he worked for the Natural Resources Defense Council, a leading advocacy NGO focusing on international climate issues and natural resource conservation. He also worked for the Asian Development Bank in the Philippines and the World Bank in South Sudan. Fluent in English and educated in the United States, United Kingdom and Ghana, Michael holds a Master’s degree in international development from George Washington University, and a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Carroll College. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University College London. His thesis examines options for coherent and convergent implementation of global sustainability commitments.

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