Management Team

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Emily Ashbridge – Operations

Emily Ashbridge heads Strategic Leaders Academy’s business operations. She is a Reconciler on the SLA leader persona grid – her detail-oriented extroversion is the perfect complement to Chris’ visionary-ambiversion. Previously, Emily was based at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Lahore, Pakistan where she focused on mental health and development policy research. She has spent extensive time in India. In addition to managing SLA’s operations, Emily is a highly-respected researcher on South Asian Affairs. Emily holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago.

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Stephanie Leigh Dorr – Digital Marketing

Stephanie is a Digital Marketing Consultant who brings more than two decades of strategic communications, web design, marketing, and business development to Strategic Leaders Academy. She served as a foreign exchange student to the National Kaohsiung Normal University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Professional Certification in Project Management from The George Washington University School of Business. A proud Army wife of 28 years, Stephanie is a tireless advocate for military families. Currently a resident of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, she enjoys coding, amateur photography, and spending time with her two dogs, Grace and Abby.

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Scott Cooper – Business Development

Scott Cooper is a retired Marine who flew the EA-6B Prowler. He now serves as the National Security Outreach Director at Human Rights First and founded and leads the movement ‘Veterans for American Ideals'. An expert on civil-military relations, air power, and national security issues, he has published work in the Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The American Interest, War On The Rocks, Task & Purpose, the Washington Quarterly, Policy Review, DefenseOne, Proceedings, and the Marine Corps Gazette. Scott holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Research Team

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Heng “Amber” Qin

Heng "Amber" Qin is a Wellesley College graduate with a degree in International Security. Amber studied abroad at Moscow State Institute of International Relations and interned at Moscow Donor’s Forum in Moscow, Russia. She has also interned at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and The Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. In her spare time, Amber is very involved in international nuclear arms control efforts. She participated in the Stanford U.S.-Russian Forum as a member of its arms control group and is now the coordinator for China in the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization Youth Group. Amber has native proficiency in Mandarin and professional proficiency in Russia.

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Lauren Hickok

Lauren Hickok is a Senior Analyst with extensive multi-agency experience crafting and implementing strategy to advance national security. She has spent more than a decade providing expertise to the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Energy. Ms. Hickok has also served as a Fellow with Pacific Forum. Lauren has earned an M.A. in Public Affairs from Princeton University, with a concentration in security studies. She has also earned an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with concentrations in South Asia Studies and International Economics. At Yale University, she earned a B.A. in History.

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Beba Cibralic

Beba Cibralic is a graduate of Wellesley College (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Sigma Alpha), a former Visiting Student at the University of Oxford, and a soon-to-be graduate of Yenching Academy at Peking University, where she is completing her LLM. Her research interests are in international security, applied ethics, political philosophy, and international law. Her undergraduate honours thesis (in philosophy) was on Just War Theory and U.S. engagement in Syria, and her master's thesis (in law) was on the moral and legal permissibility of targeted killing. Currently, she is interning at the Lowy Institute, a Sydney-based think tank, where her research is primarily on Southeast Asia and China. Beba is fluent in Bosnian, proficient in Russian and Spanish, and interested in learning Farsi, but is frequently told that her Mandarin is terrible. This coming Fall, Beba will begin PhD studies in philosophy at Georgetown University, where she hopes to continue exploring issues in international security, foreign policy, and war studies through a normative lens.

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