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A World of Expertise

Our team offers a world of knowledge ready to be tapped for your next international endeavor. With combined expertise spanning areas of international business, finance, HR, security and crisis management, we’re uniquely qualified to help our clients accomplish their international goals. Since 2011, we’ve opened 8 offices, hired more than 280 staff, tracked over 54,000 registered trips, and triaged more than 1,500 medical and security incidents.

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Global Support Services


Joe O'Regan


Joe has spent the majority of his career supporting international operations in both for-profit and nonprofit settings. In this time, Joe has led finance and HR teams, international tax reporting, audit liaison teams, accreditation renewals for educational institutions, the implementation of emergency management response plans, and the establishment of an overseas presence in numerous countries.

He also serves as both the Vice President for Operations and the Clerk for Harvard Global Research and Support Services, Inc., as well as having various board appointments with Harvard Global and its overseas affiliates.

Joe is a longstanding fellow member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants (ACCA), the global body for professional accountants. He serves as the ACCA chapter head for the Boston area and has been awarded the ACCA USA advocate of the year.

Belynda Bady

Associate Director for International Consulting & Operations

Belynda brings more than a decade of experience in program development, strategic leadership, financial management, and partner collaboration within international settings to her dual role as Associate Director of International Consulting and Operations for GSS and Associate Director of Harvard Global, our affiliated nonprofit legal entity.

Belynda supports GSS' strategic direction and oversees global operations, consulting services, and the international consultants and operations staff. Belynda also leads the development of innovative results to address complex challenges for Harvard Global and manages the framework, business solutions, and infrastructure that support small, diverse country operations.

Previously, Belynda lived and worked overseas where she provided organizational development, financial advice, auditing services, and capacity-building to countries in the Eastern Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, Belynda collaborated to establish an NGO in Ethiopia and was Chief of Party for a USAID mission dedicated to supporting NGOs in their fight against HIV/AIDS.

Matt Etre

Associate Director, International Safety & Security

Matt is an experienced law enforcement professional with more than thirty years of service in the federal government, where he was a member of the Senior Executive Service and specialized in national security, cross-border crime, and public safety. In GSS, Matt oversees the international safety and security program, which helps prepare Harvard students, faculty, staff, and researchers to pursue their activities abroad safely and provides resources and support when incidents occur. He leads the University’s International Emergency Management Team (IEMT), co-chairs the University's Global Travel Advisory Committee, and is a board member of the CJP Communal Security Advisory Committee in Boston.

Prior to joining Harvard, Matt was the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) for U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Boston, where he managed law enforcement and support personnel in 11 offices across New England. In 2016 and 2017, the Secretary of Homeland Security designated Matt as the Federal Security Coordinator for the July 3rd and 4th Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular.

During his tenure in the federal government, Matt completed two international assignments over nine years in London and Rome. He served as the Attaché for HSI in London, providing investigative and programmatic oversight in support of HSI’s international mission in the U.K., Ireland, and Iceland. He was instrumental in forging bi-lateral initiatives involving national security, human trafficking, cyber crime, and financial fraud. In Rome, he held the position of Assistant Customs Attaché, where he served as the agency representative to Israel and was responsible for money laundering, customs fraud, and cyber-related investigations in Italy and the Middle East. Matt also served stints in Washington D.C. and Miami, where he led the counter terrorism program and conducted financial crime investigations, respectively.

Matt is a graduate of Northeastern University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.


Jack Ferris

Staff Assistant

Jack has over nine years' experience in administration in higher education. At GSS, Jack provides high-level support to the Director and Associate Directors, manages office operations, and assists with special projects.

Previously, Jack assisted the dean at Boston University's College of Fine Arts and worked in academic affairs for the New England Institute of Art in Brookline. He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Liz Marr

Senior Communications Officer

A dedicated marketing and communications professional, Liz has more than 15 years' experience in content strategy and development, market research, project management, and customer service.

In GSS, Liz oversees the department’s communications strategy, brand guidelines, and web properties and She works closely with the GSS leadership team and staff to develop content and campaigns that elevate the department's profile within the Harvard community and educate travelers and clients on a range of global topics. Liz also supports and advances University-wide initiatives through her dual-appointment in Harvard Public Affairs & Communications, especially as they relate to international operations and activities.

Before joining GSS in 2014, Liz spent seven years in the Office of Communications and Marketing at Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education. She conducted market research to inform the Division's programmatic offerings, established its social media strategy, managed its advertising budget, coordinated annual information sessions, and developed and edited content for its web properties.

Liz holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Providence College and a master's degree in international higher education and intercultural relations from Lesley University. Outside of work, Liz enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and rooting for the Sox, Celts, Pats, and Bs.

Katherine Swanson

Business Operations Analyst

Katherine leads technology-driven solutions and business process improvements for GSS. She brings a high level of organization, project management, and steadfast commitment to customer service. In her role, she works with program and department administrators, faculty, and students to provide guidance and resources, research options to resolve inquiries, communicate with GSS vendors on particular cases, and connect them with other Harvard departments. Specifically, Katherine is responsible for the GSS customer relationship management database (Salesforce) and the International SOS MyTrips platform, providing traveler and case reports to GSS stakeholders and managing the vendor relationships on behalf of GSS. She also coordinates the PEO (Professional Employment Organization) hiring process for employees abroad and processes inter-departmental journals to ensure accurate and timely payment of those employees’ salaries. In support of travelers, Katherine reviews applications for travel to Cuba under the general license and coordinates with various Harvard offices to issue license letters for travelers.

Previously, Katherine worked with business owners and point-of-sale software developers in the credit card processing industry, where she calculated developer profit payments, maintained merchant accounts, solved escalated customer service issues, and facilitated communications between developers and merchants.

Katherine is fluent in Spanish.

International Consulting & Operations

Krister Anderson

Senior International Program Consultant for CADM, FAS, and SEAS

As an international program consultant, Krister works with Harvard faculty, staff, and students to facilitate international research and educational programs. Through 2018, he has consulted on cases in nearly 70 countries where Harvard has activities. Krister has nearly a decade of international experience working with large, mission-driven organizations to advance goals across borders and cultures in government, medicine, and education.

Previously, Krister worked with Johns Hopkins Medicine International, where he helped manage a multi-million dollar joint venture with Saudi Aramco to oversee and improve its health care system. He was also a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. State Department, serving as an Economic Officer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and as a Consular Officer in Mexico City, Mexico.

Krister holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard College, where he focused on the Middle East and wrote a thesis on an Islamist group in Morocco. He was a member of the Harvard International Relations Council and the student chair of the Harvard Youth Poll at the Institute of Politics. Krister also holds a master's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, where he was a Huffington Junior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. Outside of work, Krister enjoys the mountains during all seasons by hiking and skiing in addition to other outdoor activities.

Kate Apollo

Assistant Director, Finance

Kate is an experienced accounting professional with more than a decade of work in finance and accounting across a variety of industries. In GSS, she oversees the accounting and financial aspects of Harvard Global U.S. and its international subsidiaries. Kate is responsible for all in-country financial compliance and audits.

Before joining GSS in 2013, Kate was a financial associate in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' Education Innovation Laboratory. 

Kate holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and economics and a master of business administration from the University of Nairobi. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family.

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Nghi Chung

Accounting Analyst

Nghi is a financial professional with more than a decade of experience across the financial services, healthcare, and government sectors. In GSS, she performs accounting and analysis related to reconciling financial statements, monthly payroll, and monthly general ledger closings in support of Harvard Global clients and activities.

Before joining GSS in 2021, Nghi worked in finance in the healthcare industry, where she conducted financial close processes and analysis related to revenue and reimbursement for Tufts Medical Center and Boston Medical Center.

Nghi holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Outside of work, Nghi enjoys baking and spending time with family and friends.

Aimee Godett

International Project Administrator

As an international project administrator, Aimee assists with the administration and coordination of Harvard Global branches and affiliated entities’ startups and registration maintenance in various jurisdictions around the world.

Prior to joining GSS, Aimee worked at JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. as an associate in the Regulatory Services department where she managed the quarterly board governance cycles and regulatory filings for a number of mutual fund clients.

Aimee is a graduate of Loyola University, Maryland where she earned a bachelor's degree in English. She spent her junior year studying at Newcastle University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Aside from work, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and playing fetch with her dog.

Kaelan Kennedy

Senior International Program Consultant for HBS, HMS, HSDM, and HSPH

Kaelan has more than 12 years of experience in higher education with a focus on internationalization. In GSS, Kaelan partners closely with University clients to facilitate and maintain a variety of activities overseas, including employment, gift and grant management, short- and long-term research projects and managing operations at Harvard Global entities in India and Israel. She brings a comprehensive understanding of global regulatory affairs, site assessment, and strategic operations to GSS. In her work, Kaelan aims to complement and enhance institutional best practices, achieve efficiencies, mitigate risks, and enable and contribute to the success of Harvard’s global initiatives.

Before joining GSS, Kaelan spent six years as the Director of Global Regulatory Affairs and Planning at Northeastern University, where she developed the institution's global regulatory affairs strategy and new site assessment and implementation guidelines. In her role, she managed internal and external relationships to promote regulatory compliance and successful launches of campus operations across diverse jurisdictions. This included obtaining and maintaining university consent and degree-granting authority in five North American markets. Prior to Northeastern, Kaelan was a Director of Admissions at Hult International Business School.

Kaelan holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from The George Washington University, as well as a graduate certificate in higher education administration and a master's degree in global studies and international relations with a concentration in global student mobility from Northeastern University.

Roger Nelson

Financial Associate

As a financial associate, Roger oversees accounts payable (vendor setup and invoicing), assists with monthly payroll management and service contract billings for Harvard Global, and works closely with the finance staff and Director on budget forecasting.

Before joining GSS, Roger had worked in management, media, customs and excise, training, logistical management, and warehouse management and safety. In Trinidad and Tobago, he worked for Point Lisas Industrial Port Development Corporation Limited (PLIPDECO), Process Plant Services Limited, and the Caribbean Communications Network.

Roger holds a bachelor's degree in environmental science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a graduate certificate in natural resource management and sustainable ecosystems from Harvard University Extension School. Outside of work, Roger is a volunteer citizen scientist with the Charles River Watershed Authority and was a Gallery Guide for Harvard Museum of Natural History and Science. He also enjoys swimming, basketball, visiting museums, gardening, and spending time with his family.

Annie Ngige-Thuo

Staff Accountant

Annie is an accounting and finance professional with deep experience in several areas of accounting. In GSS, Annie oversees complex general ledger close outs for Harvard Global, which includes the consolidation of Harvard Global entities, inter-company eliminations, foreign and currency conversions. Annie also oversees the accounts payable and accounts receivable processes, working closely with our vendors and third parties.

Previously, Annie provided clients and companies with payroll services, tax preparation, and procedures to improve their financial reporting and internal controls. She also managed clients' general ledger, monthly closing, and reconciliations.

Annie holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Salem State University, as well as certificate in finance and a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in global studies from Southern New Hampshire University. Outside of work, Annie enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Blaga Ovcharova

International HR and Benefits Manager

Blaga is an international human resources professional with more than 15 years of experience in providing full life-cycle HR services in nonprofit settings.

In GSS, Blaga oversees employment services for clients' international assignments hired through our affiliated nonprofit legal entity, Harvard Global. Blaga advises clients on hiring strategies and employee relations, and her work includes global mobility, compliance, contracting, compensation, benefits, and payroll management. She also contributes to several University working groups to facilitate information sharing and identify process improvements in support of Harvard’s international operations.

Prior to joining GSS, Blaga worked at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where she provided human resources support to local and international employees in 30 countries around the world. Her work also included management of talent acquisitions and key partnerships with external organizations.

Blaga holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Burgas University, Bulgaria, and master’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in human resources management from Harvard University Extension School. Outside of work, Blaga enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

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Lia Tjahjana

International Program and Operations Consultant for GSD, HDS, HGSE, HLS, and Radcliffe

As an international program and operations consultant, Lia manages the U.K. entity operations administered via Harvard Global, our affiliated nonprofit legal entity. She is also responsible for managing the HR processes for Harvard Global's operations in India. Additionally, Lia is the primary contact in GSS for international activities for the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard Divinity School (HDS), Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Harvard Law School (HLS), and the Harvard Radcliffe Institute, where she works with faculty and staff to facilitate international research and educational programs. 

Prior to joining GSS, Lia managed an international program at Harvard Kennedy School. She also has experience in business consulting and investment banking. Lia holds a master's degree in engineering science from the University of New South Wales and a master's degree in liberal arts with a concentration in management from Harvard University Extension School.

Sydney Wise

Sydney Wise

Client and Compliance Associate

Sydney's editorial background and experiences living, studying, and working in the Middle East enable her to efficiently manage several projects across GSS. She supports a range of activities for Harvard Global and our clients, including tracking compliance for Harvard Global's overseas entities and the life cycle of grants managed through Harvard Global's U.S. entity. Sydney also manages operations for Harvard Global's branch in Tunisia.

Prior to joining the International Consulting & Operations team in GSS, Sydney worked as a Security Assistant on our International Safety & Security team. While living in Cairo, Sydney worked as Assistant Editor for the Cairo Review of Global Affairs and continues to work freelance as a Contributing Editor. She has bylines in the journal as well as for the BRICS Post, News@Northeastern, Centre for Strategic and Contemporary Research, and the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies, where she worked as Research Associate.

Sydney holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international affairs from Northeastern University, with a minor in Arabic and a concentration in security studies. In her free time, she enjoys running and practicing yoga.

International Safety & Security

Tim Brokmeier

Senior Program Manager, International Safety and Security

An experienced security professional, Tim monitors global events and their effect or potential effect on Harvard's international activities and travelers. His vast network of international security professionals enables him to gather, analyze, and inform key University responders and travelers to mitigate potential risks and to respond quickly when critical situations arise. In addition to being a core member of the University’s International Emergency Management Team (IEMT), Tim provides pre-travel trainings and security assessments, liaises with security consultants, and maintains the International SOS MyTrips and TravelTracker platforms to ensure data accuracy and reliability.

Tim's more than 25-year experience as a security professional includes executive protection, corporate investigations, physical security, and event security management. Prior to joining Harvard, Tim managed the travel security requirements for State Street Corporation. He traveled extensively throughout South America to conduct security assessments and evaluate the threat level imposed to business travelers. In doing so, Tim developed an understanding of the needs of the travelers and learned the business and social culture of the countries visited. As a travel security manager, Tim developed a training program for professional and personal travelers that was replicated by several corporations throughout New England as a resource for other business travelers.

Tim has also traveled throughout South and Southeast Asia as a tourist and a security professional. He studied electrical engineering in the U.S. Navy while stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and deployed twice to the Middle East.

Gary Collins

Gary Collins

Senior Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives

Gary is an intelligence and international security professional with over 15 years’ experience in high-pressure industry and conflict environments. In GSS, Gary is responsible for the operational management of international safety and security programs, with a particular emphasis on sex- and gender-based threats and challenging environments. In his work, Gary supports Harvard students, faculty, staff, and researchers in identifying, mitigating, and managing international risk so that they can safely pursue their activities abroad. He is also a core member of the University’s International Emergency Management Team (IEMT).

Before joining Harvard in 2021, Gary worked as the Associate Director of Global Risk Management at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He was also a military operations officer with the Irish Defense Forces, where he conducted overseas deployments with the United Nations and NATO and completed two secondments with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA).

Gary holds a master’s degree in international human rights and humanitarian law from the National University of Ireland Galway and a professional master’s in education from Maynooth University in Ireland.

Asa Zuberman-Leibman

International Safety and Security Specialist; Interim International Program Consultant for HKS

Asa is an experienced intelligence and international security professional. Before joining Harvard in 2018, he worked as an educational consultant in Chengdu, China and subsequently served as a global intelligence analyst for Merck & Co. in New Jersey, where he also focused on the Asia-Pacific region.

Asa holds a bachelor's degree in political science and minor in Chinese Studies from Davidson College, as well as a graduate certificate in international security from Harvard University Extension School. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.

Outside of work, Asa enjoys traveling, exploring new areas of Boston and Cambridge, and playing soccer.