Our People

The Chief of Staff Association is composed of a diverse, experienced group of global thought, business and academic leaders.

Board of Directors

Trent Smyth AM
Director & Chief Executive Officer
(London, UK)

Trent served as the Honorary Consul for Malawi for nine years and the Secretary of the Consular Corps Melbourne between 2014-2021. Trent is the founder of the Sports Diplomacy Foundation and a former Director of the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Melbourne.​ In 2021, Mr Smyth was awarded an Order of Australia for services to international relations, motorsport and business.

Santiago Perez Teuffer
(Mexico City, Mexico)

Santiago’s strong Latin-American network and diverse business experience between Latin America and the US, provide a valuable edge for him to serve on the Board of the CSA. Santiago has an extensive banking career, and after pursuing his graduate studies at Stanford, went back to Mexico to pursue an entrepreneurial career in the energy industry. Santiago has an MS in Energy from the Stanford School of Energy, and an MBA from the Stanford GSB.​

Dr Aron D’Souza
(London, UK)

Dr Aron D’Souza has had a career across academia, finance and law. He served as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Moldova in Australia until 2019. Aron was educated at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford, where he read law, Together with the Foundation for Young Australians, Aron founded the Nexus Australian Youth Summit, a branch of a global movement of young philanthropists and impact investors convened by the United Nations.

Sabrina Roshan
(New York, USA)

Sabrina Roshan is the Director of the Schmidt Futures Technologists for Global Transformation (TGT) Program. The program offers early career technologists the opportunity to participate in solving the world’s greatest ecological and socio-economic challenges. Prior to Schmidt Futures, she served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Good Machine, a venture studio that ideates impactful innovations and establishes companies to address a wide range of socio-ecological problems. Sabrina oversaw expansion strategy and public private partnerships at Andela, a global marketplace for technologists. She also spent several years at the World Bank. Sabrina is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Editorial BoardThe Chief of Staff

Caroline Scotter Mainprize
Chief Editor

Caroline is a writer, editor, and communications advisor, working mostly for organisations involved in research and education. Clients have included Oxford University Press, Saïd Business School, Bayes Business School, and the international development and publishing organisation CABI. She has edited a number of books, annual reports, and journals, and written practitioner-focused research reports, including Oxford’s The Museum Leaders Report and Understanding Chief Digital Officers.Before freelancing she was responsible for the corporate communications at Oxford University Press. She had previously worked for a London PR consultancy and as a journalist on a business newspaper.

Dr Chris Howard
D.Phil.(Oxford) MBA (Harvard)
Member of the Editorial Board

Dr. Chris Howard is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the ASU Public Enterprise. Howard works closely with President Crow and the other executive vice presidents to coordinate enterprise-wide initiatives and advancement, oversee ASU Enterprise affiliates, advance new enterprise relationships and opportunities, and integrate ASU Enterprise planning and strategy. As a Rhodes Scholar, he earned a doctorate in politics (D.Phil.) from the University of Oxford. He also has an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School. Dr. Howard earned a Bronze Star for service in Afghanistan, and also served with the elite Joint Special Operations Command and as the Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia.

Dr Carolyn Kissane
Ph.D (Columbia)
Member of the Editorial Board

Dr Carolyn Kissane serves as the Academic Director of the graduate program in Global Affairs at the Center for Global Affairs at New York University. Dr Kissane is a Clinical Professor where she teaches graduate level courses examining the geopolitics of energy, comparative energy politics, energy, environment and resource security. She serves as the Academic Director for the MS in Global Affairs and the new MS in Global Security, Conflict, and Cybercrime.

Keith Ferrazzi
MBA (Harvard)
Member of the Editorial Board

Keith Ferrazzi is a #1 NYT bestselling author, who wrote Never Eat Alone, Who’s Got Your Back, and most recently published Leading Without Authority. He’s an entrepreneur, Founder & Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and an executive team coach to some of the most prominent organizations in the world. He’s a thought leader and frequent contributor at publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, WSJ, and Fast Company.

Operational Team

Jeremy Costa
Chief of Staff to the CEO

A master’s graduate of international relations at the University of Melbourne, Jeremy is an experienced writer on Australian foreign policy, previously working for international affairs think tanks Asialink and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA). Jeremy is passionate about connecting people and believes strongly in the power of diplomacy.

Alexandra Atkeson
Product Manager

Alexandra is a graduate of the University of St Andrews, with a joint MA in International Relations and Social Anthropology. Prior to joining The Chief of Staff Association, Alexandra gained experience working for a Bay Area Congresswoman. She is passionate about strategy and communications.

Polly Holtby
Financial Controller

Polly is a graduate of Manchester University, having studied Chemistry with Industrial Experience. She has worked and volunteered for a variety of organisations, including a US blue chip FMCG company, a UK Management Consultancy firm, a variety of UK, Estonian and Australian charities and an Australian NFP organisation.

Euan Godbold
Director of Strategy

After graduating from the University of Cambridge, Euan spent a number of years working in the UK Civil Service before joining the Chief of Staff Association. He is passionate about connecting interesting people around the globe, and developing strategies that have a positive and tangible impact in the world.

The CSA is fortunate to have a network of Fellows who support our community with experience, influential connections and mentorship.