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    Nadine Apelian Dobbs

    Chief Operating Officer

    What inspires you? Global Perspectives, driving change from un-forseen places, my kids and a good laugh.

    Nadine is the Chief Operating Officer of Chicago Ideas, overseeing the management and development of the annual program.

    Prior to joining Chicago Ideas, Nadine worked at the intersection of media and international policy in New York. She began her career at PBS and then became the assistant director of communications at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and later head of media for its magazine Foreign Affairs. As an independent consultant in Chicago, she worked on the 2012 NATO Summit; she also assisted CIW implement a comprehensive communications strategy for its second annual event.

    Most recently Nadine has developed and led communications for a number of social enterprises and nonprofits in the Bay Area, including Benetech and Nadine graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University and a received a master's in political science and international relations from New York University.

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