Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

UWC-USA is governed by its Board of Trustees.

UWC-USA is governed by its Board of Trustees. The Board provides general governance for the school, including collaboration with administration on strategic planning; oversight of the three pillars of UWC programming, academic, experiential, residential; reviewing and approving school budgets, and aiding in the school’s work to advance philanthropic goals. 

Board members are alumni, parents of alumni, and international leaders and bring their broad experience in finance, governance, and education to the strategic management of the school. Read brief biographies of our board members below.

"How can there be peace without people understanding each other; and how can this be if they don’t know each other?"

— Lester B. Pearson, former Canadian Prime Minister and UWC supporter

Jonas Nilsson


Jonas Nilsson ’90 is a partner with Cinven, a private investment equity group.
Born in Sweden and a resident of Westport, Conn., Jonas was previously a partner at Triton, where he was responsible for business services investments in the Nordics. Prior to this, he was in the private equity and investment banking groups at Morgan Stanley in New York.
Jonas has a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s in economics and political science from Amherst College in Massachusetts.


Klaus Desmet


Klaus Desmet ’88 resides in Dallas, Texas, and teaches economics at Southern Methodist University. His research focuses on urban economics, international trade, long-run growth, climate change, and the political economy of diversity.
Klaus’ work has been published in leading academic journals, such as the American Economic Review and the Journal of Political Economy, and has been featured in media outlets, such as The Economist and NPR. In 2019, he received the Robert E. Lucas Jr. Prize, awarded biannually for the most interesting paper in the area of dynamic economics published in the Journal of Political Economy in the preceding two years.
Before returning to the United States, Klaus worked for 15 years at Universidad Carlos III in Madrid.
He holds a master’s in engineering and business from Université Catholique de Louvain and a doctorate in economics from Stanford.


Peter Alderman ’91 AC

Peter Alderman ’91, AC, is general counsel for Americas at GoldenTree Asset Management LP. His work focuses on distressed investing, restructuring and turnaround management.
Prior to GoldenTree, Peter worked at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.
A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Peter lives in New York City with his wife, Alice, and children, Annie and Sam.

Steve Dichter


Board Chairman Steve Dichter of Santa Fe, N.M., is chief operating officer for Agility Logistics based in Switzerland. Prior to that, Steve was a senior partner with McKinsey & Co. for 20 years, where he was a co-leader of the organizational performance practice. He also served for two years as deputy secretary for the New Mexico Department of Taxation and Revenue. Steve is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Business School.





Geeta Anand

Geeta Anand has been a journalist for 27 years, serving during the past decade as a foreign correspondent in India for The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. She has won a Pulitzer Prize for writing about corporate corruption and authored a book, The Cure, made into the Harrison Ford movie Extraordinary Measures. She is currently a journalism professor at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Her daughter Aleka Kroitzsh graduated in 2018 from UWC-USA.





Bill Banowsky

Bill Banowsky of Austin, Texas, is a cinema operator, film producer, and real estate developer. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from SMU School of Law. Bill practiced law for 10 years before joining the radio and television broadcasting industry in 1996, where he served as general counsel of three publicly traded media companies. He founded Magnolia Pictures in 2001, served as cheif operating officer of Landmark Theatres from 2003-2007, and founded Carolina Cinemas in 2008 and Violet Crown Cinemas in 2011. Bill served on the board of directors of publicly traded LIN Media company from 2004 through 2014, during which time he served as chairman of the corporate governance committee.





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