Who Are We?

Boston International is a non-profit organization that brings cutting-edge thinking on world affairs to Boston’s rising stars. We provide an engaging, informal atmosphere for young professionals and graduate students to interact with and learn from today’s influential thinkers and world leaders.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please write to us at info@bostoninternational.org.


What's New?

SUMMER SOCIAL EVENT, July 17th, 2014 - Added Jul 15, 2014

Boston International would like to invite you to our Summer Social Event!

Join us for a great opportunity to get to know our members, Board of Directors, and local partnering groups for a casual and fun evening of drinks at Cambridge Brewing Company. The event will be held on Thursday, July 17th starting at 6PM.




Cambridge Brewing Company
1 Kendall Square
Building 100
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Thursday, July 17th from 6PM to 8PM
Cambridge Brewing Company is easily accessible via the Red Line to Kendall Square.


Bastille Day Celebration - Added Jun 20, 2014


The French Cultural Center’s 39th Bastille Day Party returns to Marlborough Street for what promises to be the celebration of the summer! This year’s line-up, programmed by World Music/CRASHarts, will feature two phenomenal francophone acts: H’Sao, whose explosive dance beats from Chadian roots blend soul, jazz and R&B and Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate, a mind blowing American-Guinean duo fusing hip-hop and funk with reggae and African grooves.

Back Bay’s beautiful Marlborough Street will be blocked off between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets to accommodate 2,000 revelers dancing in the street.

Delicious French food from some of Boston’s best French restaurants and drinks, including beer & wine, will be available for sale.

The French Cultural Center Bastille Day will be a party in true French style with live music and dancing in celebration of community, cultural diversity, and friendship between nations.

For more information and tickets, visit the event’s website.

Boston International Mixer Wednesday, April 16th 6-8PM @ Dillon’s - Added Apr 12, 2014

Boston International would like to invite you to the kickoff of our Boston Young Professionals Mixer series to be held this Wednesday, April 16th from 6-8PM and Dillon’s Restaurant and Bar. This will serve a great opportunity for BI members to meet in a more casual and social setting in addition to our usual monthly speaker’s events.
We have a section reserved for the group; just ask as you walk in. Click here to RSVP so that we can get a sense of headcount.

We look forward to meeting you!

Boston International
Dillon’s Restaurant and Bar
955 Boylston St, Boston MA
Wednesday, April 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Dillon’s is easily accessible via the Green T line near the Hynes Convention Center Stop

- Added Apr 11, 2014



Boston International is excited to continue its Chat with the Consulate Series.  On April 29th, we welcome Turkish Consul General Burak Karartı.  Mr. Karartı will lead a discussion on Turkey’s foreign policy and the mission of the Turkish Consulate in Boston.



6:30PM, April 29th, 2014                                
Cisco, 125 High Street, 21st Floor, Boston, MA 02110
COST: $10 (hors d’œuvres and wine will be provided)
PLEASE RSVP at https://chatwiththeconsulate.eventbrite.com


CG Burak Kararti 1

Consul General Burak Karartı was born in Erzincan, Turkey in 1977. He completed his undergraduate degree at Middle East Technical University studying International Relations. He then received his Master’s degree at Gazi University in Middle Eastern and African Studies.  He started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1999. After his duties at the South Asia, Far East and Pacific Bureau, he served in Ulan Bator, Mongolia between 2002 and 2004.  After that, he served at the Turkish Embassy in London from 2004 to 2007.  In 2007, he attended Senior Course 110 at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.  He served in the Policy Planning Bureau of the Ministry from 2007 to 2008 and in the Human Resources Bureau between 2008 and 2010. In 2010, he was appointed to the Turkish Embassy in Washington and he participated in the “Transatlantic Diplomatic Fellowship” program of the U.S. Department of State from 2010 to 2011. After the program, he resumed his duties as the Political Counselor at the Embassy in Washington. He then assumed his position as the Consul General in Boston on February 1, 2013.  Consul General Kararti is married with two children.


In addition to our intellectual speaker events, Boston International hosts events that are social and cultural in nature. Our Chat with the Consulate series allows Boston International members the opportunity to socialize and network, while also engaging with consuls in the Boston area on a range of exciting international topics.

Board Opportunities with Boston International (2014) - Added Apr 03, 2014

We’re excited to announce that Boston International (BI) is looking to fill a couple of open seats on the Board of Directors over the course of the next few months, as some of our current leadership moves on. Those selected for the position will share in the responsibility for the overall leadership and management of BI’s strategic, operational and administrative functions. Example tasks include planning, coordinating and executing at least two events annually, establishing collaborative partnerships with consulates and/or international organizations, and leading fundraising activities. We have a strong preference for individuals that are highly motivated, self-starters, and able to demonstrate a one to three year commitment to BI.

Candidates are interviewed by each of the five board members, and must successfully complete the 3 month volunteer period, in which they will be responsible for co-planning an event and contributing to other strategic areas that complement their interests and skill sets.

Interested candidates please e-mail us with a resume and statement of interest at: info@bostoninternational.org by April 13th, 2014.

In the statement, it would be great if you could address the following questions:

1) Which events have you attended?

2) What would you bring to the leadership team (i.e., event-planning,

fund-raising, non-profit expertise, partner outreach, social media, web/graphic design skills)?

3) If you were in charge of BI, where would you see the organization going in the next couple of years?


No essays are required; a brief outline or a couple of bulleted thoughts is plenty.  After reviewing all applications, the Boston International team will reach out to selected applicants and set up a time to meet in person.


We look forward to hearing from you, and please make sure to check the website in the next few weeks; we’re planning a series of events in April and May.


The Boston International Team

3/27/2014: No One Left Behind: An Army Officer and Afghan Interpreter Reunited - Added Mar 10, 2014

No One Left Behind: An Army Officer and Afghan Interpreter Reunited

Boston International, a non-profit organization that brings cutting-edge thinking on world affairs to Boston’s rising stars welcomes Matt Zeller and Janis Shinwari. Matt Zeller, an Army veteran and former CIA officer, made it his personal mission to bring his Afghan interpreter, Janis Shinwari, and his family to the United States. Shinwari had saved Zeller’s life on the battlefield years earlier, and Zeller knew that those who had worked with the U.S., including his friend, were targets of the Taliban for aiding the enemy. After years of bureaucratic red tape, road blocks and disappointment in securing a visa, Zeller and Shinwari were reunited in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, 29 October, 2013. Matt and Janis are sharing their story with us on March 27th at Mintz Levin Boston Located at 1 Financial Center, Boston, MA.

Their story has recently been featured in:

CBS News: http://cbsn.ws/1g6HDSM 

The Guardian: http://bit.ly/1nAKAgw

Fox News: http://fxn.ws/1fQauft

Prior to the panel, we will begin with a networking session and complimentary liquor tasting sponsored by a local Boston distillery GrandTen.

Please note that seating for this event is limited.  Tickets can be purchased using the following link and include light hors d’œuvres and drinks:  http://bit.ly/1i2Rf0W 

About the Speakers

Matt Zeller is the founder of No One Left Behind, which is dedicated to fulfilling our nation’s promise to immigrate military interpreters who served US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also a senior consultant at Deloitte, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and an adjunct fellow at the American Security Project. His book, Watches Without Time: http://www.amazon.com/Watches-Without-Time-American-Afghanistan/dp/1935982206 (Just World Books, 2012), chronicles his experience serving as an embedded combat adviser with the Afghan security forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan, in 2008. Matt currently serves as a Battalion Executive Officer in the United States Army Reserve. He earned a BA in Government from Hamilton College and a MPA and a MA-IR from The Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Matt is a Truma

 Janis Shenwary served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan for seven years. He is credited with saving the lives of at least five U.S. soldiers in combat and has received numerous U.S. military commendations for his extremely honorable service. He is a graduate of Khana-e-Noor University in Kabul, where he earned a degree in Business Administration.



6:30 PM, March 27, 2014
Mintz Levin
1 Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111

Mintz Levin is conveniently located near public transportation. The closest T stops are South Station and Downtown Crossing. For more information, go to www.mbta.com.

Please note that seating for this event is limited.  Tickets can be purchased using the following link and include light hors d’œuvres and drinks:  http://bit.ly/1i2Rf0W 

About our Co-host New Leaders Council

New Leaders Council (NLC) is a 501(c)(3) that works to recruit, train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future landscape.

About our Host

Mintz Levin (www.mintz.com) was founded in 1933 and has grown into a versatile law firm of highly qualified and dedicated attorneys representing diverse international clients in many industries who turn to us for a wide range of legal services and resources. With offices are located in Boston, Washington, D.C., New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Stamford (CT), and London, the firm’s clients include entrepreneurs, research scientists, start-ups, privately held businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and medical and academic institutions.

The Privacy Debate: Do we have a “Big Brother” problem? - Added Feb 18, 2014

The Privacy Debate: Do we have a “Big Brother” problem?

An evening with Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law & Computer Science, Harvard University

Monday, March 3, 2013 • 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


swissnex Boston

420 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02138

Register Now
swissnex Boston is delighted to be joined by special guest Professor Jonathan Zittrain as he returns from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. Professor Zittrain, one of the world’s leading experts in cyberlaw, served as moderator for “The Big Brother Problem”, a dynamic panel featuring Senator Pat Leahy and other leading policymakers and top executives. This thought-provoking discussion explored the consequences of digital surveillance by both government and private entities and its implications for personal privacy and human rights, asking, “What are the consequences of growing public alarm over personal privacy, data security and the lack of transparency in the gathering of data by public and private organizations?”Professor Zittrain will share his impressions informally on data and privacy issues while reacting to relevant clips from the Annual Meeting. He will then lead a discussion focused around the privacy debate in what promises to be an evening that will be both interesting and lively.

Speaker Biography:

Jonathan Zittrain is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Professor of Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and co-founder of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.  His research interests include battles for control of digital property and content, cryptography, electronic privacy, the roles of intermediaries within Internet architecture, human computing, and the useful and unobtrusive deployment of technology in education.

He performed the first large-scale tests of Internet filtering in China and Saudi Arabia, and as part of the OpenNet Initiative co-edited a series of studies of Internet filtering by national governments: Access Denied: The Practice and Policy of Global Internet Filtering; Access Controlled: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace; and Access Contested: Security, Identity, and Resistance in Asian Cyberpace.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Board of Advisors for Scientific American.  He has served as a Trustee of the Internet Society, and as a Forum Fellow of the World Economic Forum, which named him a Young Global Leader, and as Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Federal Communications Commission, where he chairs the Open Internet Advisory Committee. His book The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It is available from Yale University Press and Penguin UK — and under a Creative Commons license.  Papers may be found at www.jz.org.

Areas of Interest:

  • Intellectual Property: Control of Digital Property and Content
  • Cyber Law and Policy and the Internet: Cyberlaw
  • Cyber Law and Policy and the Internet: Electronic Commerce
  • Cyber Law and Policy and the Internet: Internet Governance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Privacy Law
  • Tort Law and Theory
  • National Security Law

Sixth Annual Holiday FETE - Added Nov 18, 2013

It is with great delight and excitement that Boston International, Mintz Levin, Burns & Levinson LLC, and our additional sponsors  invite you to join us in celebration of the Holiday Season at our 6th Annual Holiday Fete!


In keeping with a great tradition, the Fete will be held on Friday, December 13th, 2013 starting at 8:00 until 11:00 PM at the College Club of Boston



Founded in 1890, the Club’s Victorian brownstone is the oldest women’s college club in the United States located in the heart of Boston’s historic Back Bay. The elegant venue’s address is 44 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02116. Additional information available at: http://thecollegeclubofboston.com


Between the live musical performance of Jazz in the Air, and the enjoyment of hors d’oeuvres and an open bar, it promises to be a great night. Cocktail or business attire recommended. 



Jazz in the Air


We would like to express our gratitude to all our sponsors for making this great celebration possible.





Swissnex Boston



The Lopez Family 



  • Microloan Foundation USA
  • Boston Network for International Development (BNID)
  • Consulate General of Canada
  • Armenian National Committee of MA
  • Cooley LLP


Each of the last several Fetes have attracted over 100 attendees from Boston and surrounding areas and we expect to sell out again this year. We encourage you to RSVP promptly as space is limited.


Please purchase your ticket at:


Ticket purchase before:

  • December 1st: $38
  • December 12th: $48

Individual ticket purchase on December 13th: $56


We look forward to celebrating with you!

Boston International


10/29/2013: Boston Network for International Development Career Panel - Added Sep 26, 2013

The Boston Network for International Development (BNID) in partnership with Boston International, the Philanthropic Initiative and the Boston Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers is hosting a career panel at Boston University on Tuesday, October 29th. The goal for this event is to provide a forum for a panel of practitioners in the field of international development to discuss what it means to work in the field. These panelists will represent different sectors including: health, education, poverty and government work.

To RSVP please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/443175659128877/

The target audience for this event will be graduate students and young professionals who are interested in learning about working in this field. This will be a unique event where both students and professionals will be given the opportunity to listen from distinguished individuals as well as ask questions at the end of the event. If you have any questions please contact Adam Korn the Associate Director of BNID at bnid.events@gmail.com.

Our Panelists Include:
Naomi Reich – World Education
Jonathan Lawson – Partners in Health
Katrina Deutsch – Peace Corps
Amber Oberc – Tanzanian Children’s Fund

Professor Kevin Gallagher from the Boston University International Relations Department will be moderating the event.

Date and Time: 10/29/2013, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: 213 Bay State Rd. 4th Floor; Boston, MA 02215
Email: bnid.events@gmail.com
Website: bnid.org

09/24/2013: HIV Policy in an International Context - Added Aug 27, 2013

Boston International would like to invite you to our September event where Dr. Wamai will discuss his research on HIV Policy in an International Context – Assessing the technical efficiency of HIV/AIDS prevention intervention in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia: Methods of the orphea project. The event will take place on Tuesday, September 24th starting at 6:30 PM.


About the Speaker: 

Richard G. Wamai, Ph.D.  is an assistant professor of public health at Northeastern University Department of African American Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in International Health and Development from the University of Helsinki Finland (2004). Prior to joining Northeastern Dr. Wamai was a research fellow in the Takemi Program in International Health at the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School of Public Health. Before that, Dr. Wamai was a research associate at Oxford University Department of Social Policy. He has previously worked in a number of institutions including the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Public Policy and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the World Bank, the London School of Economics, the Nordic-Africa Institute in Sweden, and the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Dr. Wamai conducts research in the areas of HIV/AIDS (male circumcision for HIV prevention and cost efficiency of interventions), neglected and infectious tropical diseases (NTDs) (leishmaniasis) and health systems and policy, and has published widely in leading journals such as Science, Future HIV Therapy, BMC Public Health, Journal of Public Health in Africa, Am J Prev Med, JMAJ, J Community Health, AIDS Care, J Int AIDS Soc and J Law Med. He is a co-founder of the recently launched Integrated Initiative for Global Health at Northeastern University and is the recipient of the Blood:Water Mission 2012 World AIDS Day Unsung Hero Award in the company of former US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.



The Unsung Hero Award video:  http://youtu.be/zmX_RvfBSDs

HIV/AIDS Interventions short video: http://youtu.be/NdoqXke5wPg




6:30 PM, Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Hosting Venue:


The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.  http://www.draper.com

1 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139

Parking is available in the Technology Square garage at 555 Technology Square across from the Draper visitor entrance. It is the second garage entrance on the right from the Broadway entrance to Technology Square

Parking ticket can be validated at the Draper receptionist desk

The MBTA Red Line’s Kendall Square/MIT station is 0.4 mile from the venue (about a 5-10 minute walk).

Free Admission, please RSVP at:  http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8065162117


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