New members of Swarthmore's Board of Managers will begin their term at the Board's meeting on September 19-20. The five new members, appointed at the Board's meeting in May, include:
Karim Abdel-Motaal ’90, of London, England, is the founder of APQ Partners LLP, a financial service that focuses on emerging markets in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Previously, he was the co-head of the emerging markets business for GLG Partners LLP and Morgan Stanley, while also working for Tudor Capital and JP Morgan.
An Egyptian and Swiss national, Abdel-Motaal holds a B.A. with high honors in economics from Swarthmore and a Master’s and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard. He and his spouse, Raya, have two children: Hana and Nour.
Elizabeth Economy ’84 is the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and the Director of Asia Studies for the Council on Foreign Relations. An award-winning author and expert scholar on Chinese domestic and foreign policy, she has published numerous articles and written several books, including the highly-acclaimed The River Runs Black: the Environmental Challenge to China’s Future (2010). She is also the co-author of the new book By All Means Necessary: How China’s Resource Quest is Changing the World (2014). A resident of New York, Economy has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Washington.
Economy earned a B.A. with honors in political science from Swarthmore, followed by an A.M. in political science from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Vermont Law School. Economy and her husband, David, have three children: Alexander, Nicholas, and Eleni.
James E. Gregory ’85 is a partner at the international law firm Proskauer Rose LLP, where he specializes in executive compensation, tax and employment matters. Previously, Gregory served as tax director in the U.S. tax practice at Pricewaterhouse Coopers as well as the general counsel to a private company. He has published articles in the Journal of Bank Taxation, The New York Law Journal, Business Law International, Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst – Glocap Compensation Study, and other legal publications and is a frequent speaker on topics involving executive compensation, international employment, and other legal matters.
Gregory holds a B.A. in history from Swarthmore, a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, and a LL.M from the New York University School of Law. Gregory is on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School and has served as a College class agent. He is active in various arts and not-for-profit organizations, including the New Amsterdam Singers and The National Arts Club. He lives in New York with his significant other, Mayo, and son, Robert.
Nicole O'Dell Odim ’88 is the sole proprietor of a news service who has produced stories for numerous national and international media outlets. Since beginning her career in journalism 12 years ago, she has worked as an assignment reporter, anchor, broadcast news producer, and contributed to the BBC’s Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary Bad Medicine. In addition to her professional work, she has served as a member of the advisory committee of the Junior League of Brooklyn, the board of the Dodge YMCA, and recently completed three years of service to Swarthmore's Alumni Council.
Spock earned a B.A. with honors in economics from Swarthmore and an MBA from Stanford. At his Swarthmore commencement, he received the Ivy Award, which is given to the outstanding man in the graduating class. Spock also played four years of varsity soccer, including playing in the 1974 NCAA Division III National Championship game. He lives in Larchmont, N.Y., with his wife Linda; they have one grown son, Randy.
The Board of Managers, which currently consists of 39 members, oversees the general management and welfare of Swarthmore College. Most of the Board's work is done in committees and Swarthmore's president regularly participates in committee meetings. The Board of Managers meets four times a year.