TNGO Staff and Associated Faculty

Tosca Bruno- van Vijfeijken

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken has worked on international development and civil society issues for over 25 years, both in practice as well as in academia. She has been the Co-Director of the Transnational NGO Initiative (TNGO Initiative) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University since 2003, and in 2015 became its Director. She focuses on the governance, leadership and effectiveness of INGOs, and directs the TNGO Leadership Institute and its related customized leadership development work with INGOs such as ActionAid, Amnesty International, Greenpeace and Population Council.  Tosca also directs the work on leading and managing INGO organizational change processes, and has undertaken applied assignments with Oxfam International, Save the Children, CARE International and Amnesty International on this topic to help them learn from their change processes.  Tosca advises Heifer International on strategy planning and works on organizational and program evaluation. She is a member of Charity Navigator’s Advisory Panel and a board member of InterAction, the national platform of US INGOs. She also serves on the board of Public Interest Registry that works on the nexus of the Internet and civil society. As a former international development practitioner with sixteen years of practitioner experience, Tosca worked at the European Center for Development Policy Management in the Netherlands, served during the UNTAC peacekeeping operation in Cambodia, and worked at the World Bank on social development, public participation and civil society issues.

Peg Hermann

Margaret (Peg) Hermann is Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professor of Global Affairs and Director of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs at the Maxwell School. Her research focuses on political leadership, foreign policy decision making, and the comparative study of foreign policy. She is a past president of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) and the International Studies Association (ISA). She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Northwestern University. 

Jeb Beagles faculty page 

Jonathan “Jeb” Beagles' research interests include organization theory, network theory, network and nonprofit governance, collaborative governance, international non-governmental organizations, and nonprofit management. He was named Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona for the 2014-15 year. He has taught classes on Managerial Accounting, Financial Accounting, Public Organization Management, Public and Nonprofit Financial Management, Program Planning and Evaluation, and Public Policy and Administration. Beagles also participated in a five year study of innovation diffusion within the North American Quitline Consortium: a professional organizational network. The study was led by Scott Leischow Ph.D., Keith Provan Ph.D., and Joseph Bonito Ph.D. His primary role was database management and network analysis. He also participated in the conceptual development of three papers, two of which have been published to date.  He is actively involved in the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). He earned a Ph.D. in management from the University of Arizona (2017), a master of professional accountancy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2003), and a bachelor of arts in Spanish and psychology (magna cum laude) from Union College (2000). 

George Mitchell

George E. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at City College of New York. He received his PhD in political science from the Maxwell School. He holds MAs in economics and political science from Syracuse University, a BS in economics from West Virginia University and a certificate in political psychology from Stanford University. He has been a research analyst in Dubai, UAE, a consultant in Washington, DC, and a Goekjian scholar at the Maxwell chool. His current research combines exploratory statistics and computer-aided qualitative analysis to understand the leadership and organization of transnational NGOs.

Hans Peter-Schmitz

Hans Peter Schmitz is a Moynihan TNGO Senior Research Fellow. Formerly Associate Professor at the Maxwell School he is now Associate Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego. He received his PhD from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence/Italy and his MA from the Eberhard-Karls Universität in Tűbingen/Germany. His current research focuses on the accountability and effectiveness of transnational non-governmental actors, global health issues, rights-based approaches to development, and corporate social responsibility. 


Darzhan Kazbekova is a PhD student at the Social Science Department, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, USA. Darzhan's research interest is mainly focused on the field of Public Administration, which explores the potential of public participation in the environmental policy arena to promote new forms of “environmental citizenship” in Kazakhstan.


Kishauna Soljour is a Program Manager for the Senior Leadership Development Institute in addition to coordinating programming for TNGO speakers, visiting Fellows and research on Organizational Diversity & Inclusion Strategies. She joined TNGO in February 2017 after serving as the Teaching Assistant for Executive Education's course (PAI 763-NGO Management in Developing Countries). Prior to joining TNGO, she served as a UN Volunteer with Play for Peace and worked with RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment) community center. She is a PhD candidate in History and holds a M.Phil and M.A. from Syracuse University. Her current research focuses on transnational immigration, socio-economic development and policy reform in West Africa and France.

Mirjahon Mirjahon Turdiev is a Program Manager of Leadership Institute at Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is an experienced international development professional working at United Nations Development Program, Japan International Cooperation Agency, World Vision International, CHF International (current Global Communities), IREX, and Eurasia Foundation. His areas of expertise include civil society development, community economic development, conflict mitigation, microfinance, disability inclusive policy and development. He is a co-founder and Vice President of NGO Uzbekistan Youth Association in America. In 2018, Mirjahon was appointed as a Vice Chairman on International Relations of the Association of Disabled People of Uzbekistan. He holds BA from Karshi State University, Uzbekistan. Mirjahon successfully completed Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship program at Maxwell School, Syracuse University in 2014-2015. In 2016, he has received his EMPA degree from the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, and in 2017 started his Ph.D. program with concentration on Disability Studies at School of Education, Syracuse University. He is a President of Central Asian and Caucasus Student Union (CACSU) at Syracuse University since 2018.

Anjali Joseph is an MPA student with a focus on non-profit management and education policy. Prior to matriculating, she lived in Brooklyn, New York working as an Operations Manager at a charter school. She worked on establishing processes and logistics amongst a number of different areas such as testing, matriculation, enrollment, and the day to day operations of the school. She has also worked in advertising technology in San Francisco, CA and graduated with a degree in Communications from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Anjali currently works as the Graduate Assistant for TNGO supporting the Leadership Institute and visiting fellows.


Vishnupriya (Vishnu) Bakthisaran is a graduate student at the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA. Vishnu currently works as a student web developer, supporting web-related needs for the Leadership institute and Executive Education.