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Cinnamon Dornsife

Director, Foreign Policy Institute


She is former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank. At SAIS, Professor Dornsife held several senior positions in the International Development Program over the past 15 years, including Acting Director, Senior Associate Director and Senior Advisor. She currently teaches courses on the international financial institutions and social entrepreneurship. Her research interests include reforming global governance and livable cities.  She also leads the social entrepreneurship leadership activities at SAIS, including serving as Faculty Director for the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator Fund. Dornsife has served in many high profile roles, including US Executive Director at the Asian Development Bank. She spent more than a decade serving the Asia Foundation in several senior positions at headquarters, heading the Washington, D.C. office and in the field office in Indonesia. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Abt Associates and the American Bird Conservancy, and on the Board of Advisors, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and Global Economic Governance Initiative at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. Dornsife holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Emory University and an M.A. in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.



  • Asia
  • Development
  • Climate and Sustainability
  • International Relations
  • International Financial Institutions


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