Board of Directors
Treasurer, Women In International Security Advisory Board; Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Senior Advisor, United States Institute of Peace
(USIP) and senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). She is also an adjunct Professor at American University. She was founding Provost of USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding and headed the Institute’s education and training programs for a number of years. She is currently directing a project for CIGI on Africa’s regional conflict management capacity.
Her research interests include mediation and negotiation, non-governmental organizations, civil–military relations, education and training and the role of education in exacerbating conflict or promoting reconciliation. She is chair of the board of the International Peace and Security Institute and chair of Women In International Security, an organization dedicated to promoting women’s professional advancement in the foreign affairs and security fields. In 2014, she was the Sharkey Scholar at Seton Hall University.
Aall has co-authored and co-edited a number of books, most recently Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011) and Managing Conflict in a World Adrift (2015) with Chester Crocker and Fen Hampson.
Anne Witkowsky is a non-resident Senior Democracy Fellow at Freedom House and Co-Director of the Task Force on US Strategy to support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism. From 2014-2016 she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Partnership Strategy & Stability Operations in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Ms. Witkowsky previously served as the Deputy Coordinator for Homeland Security and Multilateral Affairs in the Bureau of Counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State from 2009-2013. In this position she was responsible for homeland security matters related to U.S. foreign and counterterrorism policy, terrorism designations and sanctions, terrorism screening and information sharing programs, and counterterrorism policy and programs pursued through multilateral organizations. From August 2012 through December 2013 she also served as the Bureau's Acting Principal Deputy Coordinator, which included responsibility for the Bureau's plans, programs and resources. Ms. Witkowsky served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from 2000-2007 and a CSIS non-resident Senior Associate from 2007-2009, where she led and participated in projects on homeland and international security issues. She directed the CSIS Embassy of the Future commission, which examined enhancements to the effectiveness of the U.S. overseas diplomatic presence; served on the CSIS Beyond Goldwater-Nichols studies, which included an examination of interagency coordination; directed a domestic terrorist attack simulation exercise; and served as the executive director of the Secretary of Energy-requested CSIS Commission on Science and Security. During her CSIS affiliation, she authored and contributed to a number of publications. From 1993-2000, Ms. Witkowsky served as a Director for Defense Policy and Arms Control on the National Security Council (NSC) staff, where she was principally responsible for European security and conventional arms control treaty negotiations and implementation.
Prior to taking her position on the NSC staff, Ms. Witkowsky served from 1988-2002 in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), U.S. Department of Defense, in the Office of Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasian Affairs and in the Office of European Security Negotiations. She began her career in the federal government as an OSD Presidential Management Intern.
She is a recipient of both Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State, and of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service.
Ms. Witkowsky is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a B.A. in Russian and East European studies from Yale University. She received her M.P.A., with a concentration in international security, from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Virginia Haufler is an associate professor in the Department of Government and Politics and Director of Graduate Placement, and is Director of the Global Communities Living-Learning Program. She is an associate of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University. Her research and publications focus on the governance of global corporations through standard-setting, transnational business regulation, and corporate social responsibility. She was selected as a ADVANCE Leadership Fellow at the University for 2013-2014. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Irvine; a Visiting Non-Resident Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California; and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She currently is an advisor to the non-profit OEF Foundation and to Women in International Security (WIIS), and is a member of the Expert Group on the Principles for Responsible Investment. She serves on the editorial board of Global Governance and International Studies Review. She has consulted for think tanks, non-profit organizations, and international organizations.
In Summer 2014, she was featured on Up Close, an online, audio talk show of research, opinion and analysis from the University of Melbourne, Australia.nuclear nonproliferation. From 2003 to 2004, she was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, focusing on issues of justice in post-conflict peacebuilding. From 2000 to 2002, Melanie was the director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She previously served as associate director of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and deputy director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation. Virginia Haufler earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in Government at Cornell University, and Dual B.A. degrees in Foreign Service and International Affairs, and Russian Language and Literature at Pennsylvania State University
Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat is President of Women in International Security (WIIS) since February 2013.
Previous positions include: founding and executive director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) North America; senior advisor to the U.S. Institute of Peace Center for Gender and Peacebuilding; associate vice president and director, U.S. Institute of Peace (Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program); adjunct associate professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; and senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She has also held senior positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC; and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva.
Her areas of specialization are: women, peace and security, gender, international organizations, arms control and disarmament, terrorism and countering violent extremism, peacekeeping, use of force, economic sanctions, U.S.-European relations.
Dr. de Jonge Oudraat is co-editor of The Gender and Security Agenda: Strategies for the 21st Century (Routledge, 2020); Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century (USIP Press, 2011); and Managing Global Issues: Lessons Learned (Carnegie Endowment, 2001).
Other recent publications include: Enhancing Security: Women’s Participation in the Security Forces in Latin America and the Caribbean (Washington, DC: WIIS, 2020); The WIIS Gender Scorecard: Think Tanks and Journals, Spotlight on the Nuclear Security Community WIIS Policy Brief (September 2020); “The WPS Agenda: A Strategy for the 21st Century,” in Jacqui True and Sara Davies, eds., Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019); The WIIS Gender Scorecard: Washington DC Think Tanks, WIIS Policy Brief (September 2018); “WPS+GPS: Adding Gender to the Peace and Security Equation,” WIIS Policy Brief (November 2017); “Women, Gender and Terrorism: The Missing Links, WIIS Policy Brief (August, 2016); “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: the Role of Women and Women’s Organizations” in A Man’s World (CGCS and Hedayah Center, 2016); “Women In Combat: Learning from Cultural Support Teams,” WIIS Policy Brief, (August, 2015); The 1325 Scorecard-Gender Mainstreaming: Indicators for the Implementation of UNSCR 1325 and its Related Resolutions (NATO/WIIS, 2015); “Peace and Security in the 21st Century: Understanding the Gendered Nature of Power” in Managing Conflict in a World Adrift (USIP Press, 2015); UNSCR 1325: “Conundrums and Opportunities,” International Interactions, (No.4, 2013);“Mostly Sunny, Partly Cloudy-The transatlantic forecast for the next four years,” Atlantisch Perspectief, (No. 8, 2012); ”Play it Again, Uncle Sam: Transatlantic Relations, NATO and the European Union” in Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (USIP Press, 2011).
De Jonge Oudraat did her undergraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam and received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris II (Panthéon).
She is a Dutch and US national
Deepa Ollapally is a political scientist specializing in Indian foreign policy, India-China relations, and Asian regional and maritime security. She is Research Professor of International Affairs and the Associate Director of the Sigur Center. She also directs the Rising Powers Initiative, a major research program that tracks and analyzes foreign policy debates in aspiring powers of Asia and Eurasia. Dr. Ollapally is currently working on a funded book, Big Power Competition for Influence in the Indian Ocean Region, which assesses the shifting patterns of geopolitical influence by major powers in the region since 2005 and the drivers of these changes. She is the author of five books including W orldviews of Aspiring Power (Oxford, 2012) and The Politics of Extremism in South Asia (Cambridge, 2008). Her most recent books are two edited volumes, Energy Security in Asia and Eurasia (Routledge, 2017), and Nuclear Debates in Asia: The Role of Geopolitics and Domestic Processes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016).
Dr. Ollapally has received grants from the Carnegie Corporation, MacArthur Foundation, Smith Richardson Foundation, Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Asia Foundation for projects related to India and Asia. Previously, she was Associate Professor at Swarthmore College and has been a Visiting Professor at Kings College, London and at Columbia University. Dr. Ollapally also held senior positions in the policy world including the US Institute of Peace, Washington DC and the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore, India. She is a frequent commentator in the media, including appearances on CNN, BBC, CBS, Reuters TV, and the Diane Rehm Show. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Honorary Board Member and Founder of WIIS
Catherine McArdle Kelleher is professor emeritus of strategic research at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and adjunct professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. She has served the US government as President Bill Clinton's deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia and as the secretary of defense's representative to NATO in Brussels. She was also on President Carter's National Security Council staff. She is a former senior fellow of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, and she directed the Aspen Institute, Berlin. She was the first president of Women in International Security.
Kelleher founded Women In International Security (WIIS). She also founded the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland University. Kelleher has taught and written extensively on conventional and nuclear arms control as well as on German, Russian, and European security issues. She received a DLitt from Mt. Holyoke College and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Valerie Gilpin is Chief of the Africa Programs Branch in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She manages the Fulbright Program with Sub-Saharan Africa, including scholar and student educational exchanges, regional program policies and budgets, and relations with U.S. embassies. She has administered an extensive range of international academic and professional programs for over 30 years, including Fulbright, International Visitor Leadership Programs, and Eisenhower Fellowships. Prior to joining the Department of State in 2005, she was Executive Director of Women In International Security (WIIS). In that capacity, she directed leadership development programs for women professionals, policy forums and research projects on gender and international security, and the expansion of global WIIS affiliates. Valerie previously served as Assistant Director of International Affairs at the University of Maryland, where she developed and managed international exchange agreements with universities around the world. At Meridian International Center and Eisenhower Fellowships, she administered professional development programs for current and emerging global leaders. Valerie holds an M.A. with honors in history and international relations from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and a Master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
WIIS is grateful for the contributions of our members who have donated $500 or more towards our efforts to advance women in the field of international peace and security.
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Elliott Millenson and Wendy Strongin
Former Founder and Chief Executive of the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that developed the first home test for H.I.V.
Principal Research Scientist, Resource Analysis / Marine Corps Manpower Team, CNA Resource Analysis
Meredith Reid Sarkees
Scholar in Residence at the Women & Politics Institute at American University; President, Global Women's Leadership in International Security