Fauziya Abdi
President, WIIS Kenya and Chair, Sisters without Borders
Fauziya Abdi

President, WIIS Kenya and Chair, Sisters without Borders

Ms. Fauziya Abdi Abdi is the founder and President of WIIS Kenya and chair of Sisters without Borders a network of Kenyan organizations devoted to the prevention of violent extremism. Fauziya is a devoted advocate for women engagement in peace and security. Her passion for socioeconomic and political empowerment of women has given her a deep understanding on the effects of violent extremism on women, their children and families, and consequently informed her interventions in prevention of violent extremism. She has achieved significant successes in development projects encompassing peace building, women and youth programming and conflict resolution. Fauziya developed and implemented one of the first projects on countering violent extremism (CVE) in East Africa a decade ago. Since then, she has become a regional expert on violent extremism, advising Governments and non-governmental organizations. Her work in Preventing violent extremism has enabled her be termed as amongst “leading woman” in Preventing Violent Extremism by News Deeply, a Women and Girls independent news and information platform covering issues of females in the developing world.

Prior to working diligently on PVE, Fauziya worked with several organisations on areas relevant to PVE such as governance, peace building, and conflict transformation such as Governments, intergovernmental, regional bodies and United Nation agencies in countries within Eastern and Horn of Africa, including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Somalia. She is now supporting Tanzania and Uganda to finalise their National strategies and Action Plans on Preventing Extremism, after supporting the Kenya National Strategy on Countering Violent Extremism in 2016. Fauziya was accorded an excellence award for effective leadership while serving as Senior Project Development Officer for the USAID /Kenya Transition Initiative (KTI) Programme. In this role, Fauziya successfully advocated and supported development of an accountability and advocacy charter on countering violent extremism, which was endorsed by 40 state and non-state actors, the first of its kind in Africa.

Fauziya is a frequent speaker and has written many articles on counter terrorism and the prevention of violent extremism. She has also spoken at various key events including, UNDP Norway annual PVE forum, Global Counter Terrorism Forum (GCTF) amongst others. She focuses on peace building, conflict transformation and good governance in conflict settings.  She holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics.

 

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
President
Chantal de Jonge Oudraat

President

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat is President of Women in International Security (WIIS) since February 2013.

She was the founding and executive director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) North America (2012-2014).  Previous positions include: senior advisor to the U.S. Institute of Peace Center for Gender and Peacebuilding; associate vice president and director of the 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: Promoting Equality and Peace in the 21st Century (forthcoming 2019); 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: “ 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.

Catherine McArdle Kelleher
President emerita and Secretary, Women In International Security; Professor, University of Maryland; Professor emeritus, Naval War College
Catherine McArdle Kelleher

President emerita and Secretary, Women In International Security; Professor, University of Maryland; Professor emeritus, Naval War College

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 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.

Ana Laura Velasco Ugalde
First Place Winner

UNSCR 1325 and the WPS agenda: A Feminist Response to Authoritarianism
Ana Laura Velasco Ugalde

First Place Winner

UNSCR 1325 and the WPS agenda: A Feminist Response to Authoritarianism

Ana Laura Velasco Ugalde (Mexico) is a feminist security analyst and journalist currently studying for a Masters in Gender, Violence and Conflict at the University of Sussex. She also has worked as a researcher for a Mexican NGO focused on security, justice and the rule of law and has previously worked for the Mexican Secretariat of Economy with a posting in Germany. She holds a MA in International Law by the Universidad de Granada and did her undergraduate studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

 

Min Kyriannis
Co-President
Min Kyriannis

Co-President

Min Kyriannis has 25+ years in converged, global, information technology, cybersecurity and physical security, as well as risk management across the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia. With her ability to speak multiple languages and love of learning, she loves meeting and listening to new people to gain their perspective. Ms. Kyriannis is passionate about empowering women and the less represented groups to have a platform to speak and develop.

Ms. Kyriannis is serving as the cybersecurity and technology business development lead at JB&B. She is focused on promoting cybersecurity, security and technology as an integral part of all building technology systems as well as collaborating and developing relationships with key members of their organizations to ensure systems are designed with security in mind.

She also serves as Chair of SIA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board and Vice-Chair of SIA’s New Product Showcase and sits on the Advisory Board for SecuritySpecifiers. In 2019, she received the Platinum Award for “Excellence in Cybersecurity” by the Astors Homeland Security Awards.

Vanessa Newby
President
Vanessa Newby

President

Vanessa Newby is an Assistant Professor at Leiden University based in The Hague. She has a PhD in
international relations and her research interests include women peace and security, peacekeeping,
peacebuilding, humanitarian aid and disaster response and the international relations of the Middle
East. Vanessa is an Arabic speaker with thirteen years’ experience of researching the Middle East.
She is the author of Peacekeeping in South Lebanon: Credibility and Local Cooperation with
Syracuse University Press (2018) and has published in international peer-reviewed journals such as
International Peacekeeping, Contemporary Politics, the Australian Journal of International Affairs,
and Third World Quarterly.

Itodo Samuel Anthony
Dismantling Structural Prejudices That Promote Gender Inequality: Overturning a Culture of Violence against Women in Nigeria
Itodo Samuel Anthony

Dismantling Structural Prejudices That Promote Gender Inequality: Overturning a Culture of Violence against Women in Nigeria

Itodo Samuel Anthony (Nigeria) teaches Chemistry and Physics at Gateway Excel College Otukpa in Benue State of Nigeria. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of the New Frontiers Youth Forum – a community-based leadership organization for young people. with the mandate of raising an army of volunteers providing positive change within their communities. In the Fall of 2020 he will start the MA program in Sustainable International Development at the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, at Brandeis University, Mass. In recognition of his contributions to the development of education in Nigeria, Itodo Anthony was nominated as a Top 50 finalist of the Global Teacher Prize in 2018. He is also the winner of The Future Awards Africa Prize in Education 2018.

Julia Hofstetter
Co-President
Julia Hofstetter

Co-President

Julia Hofstetter is Co-Head of the Peace & Security Program at foraus – Swiss Forum on Foreign Policy. She currently also works for the Center for Security Studies (CSS) ETH Zurich and previously gained experience at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). She holds an MA in International Relations and Political Science from the Graduate Institute Geneva and a post-graduate certificate in International Conflict Management from the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI) and the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna. Besides Swiss security policy, Julia’s areas of interest include innovation in peacebuilding and mediation, the WPS agenda, and the implications of emerging technologies for peace and security.

Michelle Shevin-Coetzee
President of WIIS DC
Michelle Shevin-Coetzee

President of WIIS DC

For general inquiries about the chapter, please contact mshevin-coetzee@wiisglobal.org

Michelle Shevin-Coetzee joined WIIS-DC in May 2015 as Vice President, having previously served as the Founder and President of WIIS-GWU, the chapter at the George Washington University.

Outside of WIIS-DC, Michelle is an MA candidate in Security Studies at Georgetown University. She previously was a 2018-2019 Fulbright Schuman Fellow based at Chatham House in London and the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin. Michelle also worked in Washington’s think tank community, serving as a Research Assistant at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) and as a Researcher at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her work focuses on European defense policy.

She graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs with a B.A. in International Affairs and a minor in Arabic. She has also studied at the University of Cambridge.

Ana Gomes
President, WIIS Portugal
Ana Gomes

President, WIIS Portugal

Ana Gomes is a long-time member of WIIS and a Portuguese diplomat who served as ambassador in Jakarta (1999-2004) and have been a Member of the European Parliament for the last 15 years, serving in the Foreign Affairs Committees, Security and Defense Subcommittee, Delegation for the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and also in the Delegation for the Relations with the USA.

Felicia Dede Addy
Political Officer, Embassy of Japan
Felicia Dede Addy

Political Officer, Embassy of Japan

MA in International Affairs

The Legon Center for International Affairs and

Diplomacy, University of Ghana, Ghana

BA in Politics 

Felicia Dede Addy is the Political Officer of the Embassy of Japan in Ghana, where she liaises with civil society groups such as the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Center to coordinate the Embassy’s support for security and peacebuilding in the West African sub-region. She is a member of the African Youth Panel (AYP), a network of young persons on the continent working to influence youth policy through advocacy, empowerment, and leadership. She is the coordinator for the AYP Ghana Chapter. Prior to joining the Embassy of Japan, Felicia was the Programmes Coordinator for Women, Media and Change (WOMEC), an organization committed to building the capacity of journalists in gender reporting. She also helped in the rehabilitation and reintegration of freed ‘Trokosi’ slave girls in Ghana in her previous role as the Programmes Officer for the Baptist Relief and Development Agency.

Irene Fellin
President of WIIS Italy
Irene Fellin

President of WIIS Italy

International Expert in Gender, Peace and Security Policies Irene Fellin has worked for several international organizations for women's rights and gender issues.

Dr. Fellin lived in Ankara, where she collaborated with the local offices of UNICEF and UNPD. Her job in Turkey was to train and assist local staff on gender issues by analyzing issues such as domestic violence, honor killings and early marriages.

She worked from 2013 to 2014 as Policy Advisor to the "NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security", with the task of training the organization's staff on WPS-related issues, and assisting NATO in the implementation of the Plan National for United Nations Resolution 1325.

Since 2014, Dr. Fellin has been working as a Trainer at CoESPU - Center of Excellence for Police Stability, on gender issues, peace and security and sexual violence in armed conflicts and since 2015 she has been a research consultant on gender issues for the Institute of International Affairs (IAI).

Alice Billon-Galland
Alice Billon-Galland

Alice Billon-Galland is a Research Associate in the Europe programme at Chatham House, covering security and defence issues. Prior to this she led the European defence programme at the European Leadership Network (ELN) in London. Her current work focuses on transatlantic burden-sharing, EU defence initiatives, EU-NATO relations, and French foreign and defence policy. Alice regularly comments on defence issues for international media from Deutsche Welle to the Wall Street Journal.

Alice can be followed on Twitter at @AliceBillon.

Eléonore Charrié
Treasurer
Eléonore Charrié

Treasurer

A graduate of political science, Eléonore Charrié turned to the defense industry after her studies. After having worked as a project manager in the naval industry, she joined the COGES team, organizer of Eurosatory, since March 2018. 

Chantel Cole
Executive Director
Chantel Cole

Executive Director

Chantel Cole previously served as the founding executive director of WIIS-Toronto since 2017. She completed a Masters of Arts in Political Studies at Queen’s University and was awarded the G. G. Baron van der Feltz prize for her thesis which focuses on the experiences of women who have had sexual relations with United Nations peacekeepers deployed in Haiti. She graduated with High Distinction from the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelors of Arts specialist honours degree in International Development and Political Science. Chantel has extensive experience working in the non-profit and community development sector, most notably as a Program Assistant for an Indigenous community development organization in Guatemala called Maya-Mam Association for Research and Development (AMMID). During her time with AMMID, Chantel assisted in the development of programming that centered on women and political participation. While in Guatemala, Chantel conducted extensive research and engaged with community members, academics, health professionals, and NGO personnel, producing an undergraduate thesis that examined women’s access to reproductive health services. Chantel was awarded the 2017 Best Thesis Award by the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough for her work. In addition to Guatemala, Chantel also has field experience in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, and in her hometown of Toronto where she worked as the International Youth Coordinator for OneChild, an organization dedicated to combatting the commercial sexual exploitation of children globally.

Chantel will begin her doctoral studies with the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto in September 2020. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international relations, comparative politics, and development studies. In particular, she is interested in understanding the causes and dynamics of organized criminal violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. She hopes to coalesce her research training and expertise in politics, development, gender, violence, and conflict to work in academia, a research institute, government or in an international organization to develop tangible solutions towards the goal of combating organized violence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Chantel can be contacted at executivedirector@wiiscanada.org.

Lieutenant Colonel Ella van den Heuvel
Advisory Council Member
Lieutenant Colonel Ella van den Heuvel

Advisory Council Member

Ella van den Heuvel is a military gender expert in the Dutch Armed Forces with whom she has served
since 1998. In her work she focuses on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace &
Security. Ella has been deployed as a military gender advisor for NATO in Afghanistan in 2009 and
in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 2017 and 2019. She has also worked as
a part-time gender adviser for NATO to the Jordanian Armed Forces (2018-2020). She currently is
the gender adviser of the Dutch Chief of Defence.

Dr. Armgard von Reden
Chair
Dr. Armgard von Reden

Chair

Dr. Armgard von Reden teaches international, data protection and security management at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Leibniz University in Hanover. She also advises companies on diversity and data protection issues. From 2002 to 2011 she was director of IBM, responsible for the liaison office for Germany and the CIS states, corporate social responsibility, data protection for EMEA, university relations and the IBM German Womens Leadership Council. Before that, she held various international management positions at IBM in Paris and Brussels, among others. In the 1990s, she was the editor-in-chief of the communications department of the President of the Bundestag, Süßmuth, for three years. Before that she worked as a legislative assistant at the US Congress (House and Senate), including on defense issues

Marian Caracuel
Director of SWIIS
Marian Caracuel

Director of SWIIS

María Angustias Caracuel Raya holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Complutense University (Madrid), a Master degree from El Salvador University (Argentina) and a Bachelor´s degree in Political Science. She earned several Diplomas at NATO School in Oberammergau and graduated from the European Security and Defence College (ESDC) and the Inter-American Defence College in Washington, D.C. She has also participated in the Erasmus Program at Newcastle Upon Tyne’s University (United Kingdom) and the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the US Department of State.

Currently, she works at the Counsellor Area of the Cabinet of the General Secretariat for Defence Policy (Ministry of Defence) and is the founder of the Association of Spanish Graduates in Security and Defence Issues (ADESyD) and Spanish Women in International Security (SWIIS), created under its auspices. She was appointed by an absolute majority of the Senate as a member of the Observatory of Military Life, which is ascribed to the Parliament.

She is the author of “Changes in NATO after the end of the Cold War”, with a foreword by Mr. Javier Solana (2 editions), and has published many articles on Euro-Atlantic and Mediterranean security, hemispheric security and UNSCR 1325. She is also the editor of ADESyD’s newsletter and other documents, available at   www.adesyd.es

Ash Layton
President
Ash Layton

President

Ash holds a double MA in International Relations/Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Her areas of interest are security, foreign policy, gender studies, conflict resolution, mediation, negotiation and peacebuilding initiatives with a focus on local empowerment and collaboration. She is fluent in English and has proficient language skills in Italian and Spanish.

Ash is also a research intern at the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect in Brisbane, Australia. Her research focuses on the ways in which the increased economic participation of women in Syria can both constrain and enable them, as well as how this affects their overall position in local and global contexts.

From December 2018 to March 2019, Ash completed a Programming Internship at Concordia in New York City. Concordia is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation based in New York City that builds partnerships for social change. Concordia works to foster cross-sector collaboration to create a more prosperous and sustainable future.

In July of 2018, Ash participated in EUROPEUM’s Summer Program entitled ‘Europe in Transition: Exploring EU’s Futures’. The program centred on European integration in the wake of Brexit, the refugee crisis, European security and defence, and cybersecurity challenges.

Joanna Barelkowska
Project Officer International Politics Division, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin
Joanna Barelkowska

Project Officer International Politics Division, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin

Joanna Barelkowska, who holds a master’s degree in German philology, has worked for over 20 years in international civic education and for 10 years in gender responsive peacebuilding. From 2006 to 2009 she was co-project manager of the project “Mobile Peace-Academy OMNIBUS Line 1325” in the North and South Caucasus for the German women’s organization OWEN e.V. This was a capacity building project focusing on the gender dimensions of civilian peacebuilding and targeted women and men from all regions of the North and South Caucasus. In March 2010 she organized and conceptualized the international conference “Gender counts: 10 years of UN Resolution 1325.” Since October 2010 Joanna has worked as a project manager with the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s International Division in Berlin, where she has been responsible e.g. for internal capacity building, knowledge management, and networking in connection with the division’s gender-sensitive work. From 2012 to 2019 she co-facilitated several gender workshops at the hbs foreign offices (e.g. in Kiev, Warsaw, Prague, and Tbilisi) and international workshops in Berlin. In 2013 she was the co-publisher on behalf of the hbs of Good news! How women and men stop violence and save the planet, a book that contains lots of good examples of how one can pursue gender responsive peacebuilding and sustainable development. 2014-2019 Joanna was member of the German Women’s Security Council on a voluntary basis. The council has lobbied for the adoption of the National Action Plan (NAP) 1325 in Germany. As a member of the Women’s Security Council, Joanna provided comments on the draft of the second NAP and the implementation report of the first NAP. She took part in the consultation meetings between representatives of German civil society and government on implementation of the NAP 1325.

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
President, Women In International Security; Executive Director
Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat

President, Women In International Security; Executive Director

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat is President of Women In International Security (WIIS) since February 2013. She was the founding Executive Director and CEO of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s North America office. She has also held senior positions at the U.S. Institute of Peace; the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Paris II (Pantheon).

Dr. de Jonge Oudraat is co-editor with Kathleen Kuehnast and Helga Hernes of Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century nundrums and Opportunities, International Interactions, 2013; ”Play it Again, Uncle Sam: Transatlantic Relations, NATO and the European Union” in: Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall, Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011, USIP Press; “Sanctions in Support of International Peace and Security, ” in Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall, eds., Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World (Washington, D.C.: USIP Press, 2007), pp. 335-352; “The Role of the Security Council, ” in Jane Boulden and Thomas Weiss, eds., Terrorism and the UN: Before and After September 11th (Indiana: Indiana University Press,2004), pp. 151-172; “The Future of U.S.-European Relations, ” in Margaret Crahan, John Goering and Thomas G. Weiss, eds., Wars on Terrorism and Iraq: Human Rights, Unilateralism and U.S. Foreign Policy (New York and London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 174-187; “Combating Terrorism, ” Washington Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 4, Autumn 2003, pp. 163-176: “Humanitarian Intervention: The Lessons Learned, ” Current History, Vol.99, No.641, December 2000, pp. 419-429.

Ellen Haring
Senior Fellow
Ellen Haring

Senior Fellow

Dr. Ellen Haring is a senior fellow at Women in International Security where she directs the Combat Integration Initiative. Haring’s research and work focus on women and gender in the military. She is a West Point graduate and a retired U.S. Army colonel. She holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and she has taught at the US Army Command and General Staff College, the US Army War College, and Georgetown University. Haring has published numerous articles and papers on a wide array of military and security related topics. She has been a guest speaker on foreign and domestic news shows. She guest lectures and has testified before Congress.

Haring’s publications include:

“Make Women Register for the Draft” US News and World Report (June 22, 2016)
“Integration of Women Depends on Male Leaders” Army Times (May 2, 2016)
“Our Military Shouldn’t Turn Its Back on Servicewomen Who Need an Abortion” Huffington Post (April 30, 2016)
“Give Women All of the Rights of Citizenship, Including Selective Service” Task and Purpose (February 26, 2016)
“That Valor Isn’t Yours to Defend” Task and Purpose (March 18, 2015)
“Is the Marine Corps Setting Women Up to Fail in Combat Roles?” Cicero Magazine (February 18, 2015)
“Civilian leaders need to lead on women in combat,” The Hill Congress Blog, (February 5, 2015)
“A Snapshot: Two Years in to Combat Integration,” Women in International Security, (January 30, 2015)
“Dear Berkeley women: It’s time to lead the next revolution,” The Daily Californian, (August 26, 2014)
“The Sea of Sameness in PME” Joint Forces Quarterly (July 2014)
“Deck Stacked Against Women in Experimental Task Force” Marine Corps Times (July 6, 2014)
“Can Women Be Infantry Marines” War on the Rocks (May 29, 2014)
“Do Military Women Want Combat Jobs” Foreign Policy (April 24, 2014)
“Combat Integration: Good but not good enough” The Army Times (January 2014)
“Rangers are NOT Leading the Way” Foreign Policy (January 2014)
“A Col’s View of Commander’s Authority” Foreign Policy (September 2013)
“Women and the Audie Murphy Model,” Armed Forces Journal (August 2013)
“What Women Bring to the Fight,” Parameters, US Army War College (Summer 2013)
“To Stop Sexual Assault in the Military Add More Women,” Christian Science Monitor (June 24, 2013)
“The Army’s Disservice to Women,” The Washington Post (June 21, 2013)
“Insights from the Women in Combat Symposium,” Joint Forces Quarterly (June 2013)

Agathe Christien
Second Place Winner

Enhancing WPS in the 2020s: Lessons Learned and Strategies for Transformative Change

Agathe Christien

Second Place Winner

Enhancing WPS in the 2020s: Lessons Learned and Strategies for Transformative Change

Agathe Christien (France) is the 2019-2020 Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She previously worked with the Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Project, a food business incubator program for refugees and host communities in Turkey. She graduated in 2018 with an M.A in Arab studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Lyon, France.

Elisa M. Mula
Co-President
Elisa M. Mula

Co-President

Elisa Mula formed EM Designs, LLC in 2004 to achieve her vision of creating a consulting business and to pioneer efforts that would challenge existing paradigms in business management. Focused on an industry in which she had extensive education and years of experience – Mula was able to leverage her expertise for the benefit of EMD specifically and her overall professional goals.

Physical Security is one to which Mula has dedicated more than a decade of her life, developed an unparalleled network of professional colleagues, and demonstrated an unrelenting work ethic.  During her immersion in the Physical Security industry, Mula worked on the manufacturing, integration, and consulting aspects of the industry, while simultaneously securing her Masters’ Degree in Protection Management from John Jay College.  During this time, Mula expanded her knowledge in the area of video surveillance, access control, biometrics and artificial intelligence; and more specifically, how these technologies play a larger role in developing best practices within a variety of security programs.

Her depth of experience allowed her to develop her practice with both public and private sector security professionals. These partnerships have imparted a distinctively fresh and inimitable perspective that allows Mula and EMD to offer a new means of recognizing, evaluating, and remediating threats and vulnerabilities.

Chelsea Cohen
The Third Awakening: The decade of SHE politics
Chelsea Cohen

The Third Awakening: The decade of SHE politics

Chelsea Cohen (Zimbabwe) graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Masters in Criminology, Law and Society which focused on Transnational crimes and Security Governance. She is currently pursuing a PhD in International Security, Peace and Conflict in Africa through the University of South Africa.

Carla Güntert
Co-President
Carla Güntert

Co-President

Carla Güntert has a passion for International Relations, specially the convergence of communications
and security policy. Growing up in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, she obtained an MA Double
Degree in International Security from the University of Warwick (GBR) and the American University in
Washington D.C. (USA) as well as a BA Degree in Media and Communication from the University of
Fribourg (CHE). She began her career in politics as the General Secretary for Young Liberals
Switzerland, then conducted a fellowship with the Swiss Foreign Ministry after her graduate studies.
Currently she is an Impact Analysis Lead within the Communications Team at the Center for Security
Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich. After work, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and cross country skiing.

Shikshya Adhikari
PhD Student, Rockefeller College
Shikshya Adhikari

PhD Student, Rockefeller College

PhD Student in International Relations

University of Albany, USA

MA in Sociology

Illinois State University, USA

BA in Liberal Arts

St. John’s College, USA

Shikshya Adhikari is a PhD student at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. She is an International Relations major, focusing on international security and state sponsorship of terrorism. Her Masters degree focused on rural development. She has worked as a research supervisor for Rockefeller College’s Project on violent conflict and has experience working in the field of international development, including earthquake emergency response in Nepal. She also has five years of teaching experience as an elementary school teacher and teaching assistant.

Saskia Schaper
Vice-President
Saskia Schaper

Vice-President

Saskia has a background in public affairs and public policy with an interest in foreign relations and
international security. She has an MA in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam with a
major in European Law and a minor in Spanish. Saskia has lived and worked in Europe, the US and
Lebanon. Her career includes interning at the Dutch mission to the United Nations in New York, and
at PA-Europe in Brussels. She also worked for three years as a policy assistant to a Dutch Member of
Parliament. In her role as Vice-President she aims to contribute to a better understanding of the
important role of women in international peace and security, and raise awareness of this important
topic.

Brenda Estefania Ortiz Calva
Event Coordinator
Brenda Estefania Ortiz Calva

Event Coordinator

Estefania is an Analyst in the Congressional Affairs Office at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, DC. She has contributed in the organization of a wide variety of events, including briefings to Congressional staffers, a discussion on consular protection to LGBTI communities, and a mentoring talk between Mexican diplomats and college women interested in foreign policy. Estefania obtained a master’s degree in Security Policy Studies from the George Washington University, where she belonged to the first generation of Carlos Slim Scholars.

As a graduate student, Estefania interned at the Inter-American Dialogue and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime liaison office in New York. She is interested in the intersection between security and development, particularly in the Western Hemisphere. She enjoys working on topics like migration, transnational crime, and regional cooperation. Estefania was born and raised in Hidalgo, Mexico. She received her bachelor's degree in International Relations from ITAM. As a research assistant, Estefania participated in the organization of roundtable events to discuss the state of the energy sector in Mexico. Her thesis about security cooperation between Mexico and Central America allowed her to graduate with distinction.

Nicoletta Pirozzi
Vice President of WIIS Italy
Nicoletta Pirozzi

Vice President of WIIS Italy

Nicoletta Pirozzi is responsible for the "EU, politics and institutions" program and responsible for institutional relations of the Institute for International Affairs (IAI), contract professor at the Department of Political Sciences of the "Roma Tre" University.

She mainly deals with EU governance, political and institutional aspects of the Union's foreign and security policy, civilian crisis management, EU-United Nations relations and EU-Africa relations.

In 2012 she was seconded national expert to the European External Action Service (SEA) in Brussels. Previously she was Visiting Fellow at the EU Institute for Security Studies (EU-ISS) in Paris and Research Fellow within the European Foreign and Security Policy Studies Program. She holds a Masters in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges and a PhD in Institutions and Policies from the Catholic University of Milan.

Ulrike Franke
Ulrike Franke

Ulrike Franke is a Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), working on German and European security and defence, the future of warfare, and the impact of new technologies such as drones and AI. She has published widely on these and other topics, among others in Die ZEIT, FAZ, RUSI Whitehall Papers, Comparative Strategy, War on the Rocks, and regularly appears as commentator in the media. She hosts the German podcast 'Sicherheitshalber'.

Ulrike can be followed on Twitter as @RikeFranke.

Johanna Möhring
President
Johanna Möhring

President

Johanna Möhring is an associate researcher at the Thucydide Center, Paris II Panthéon Assas where she conducts research on the nature of power in the 21st century, particularly in the field of defense and security.

Dr. Aisha Ahmad
Chair
Dr. Aisha Ahmad

Chair

Aisha Ahmad is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, the Director of the Islam and Global Affairs Initiative and a Senior Researcher of the Global Justice Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the CEO of Women in International Security-Toronto. She is currently a Senior Fellow at Massey College and a Fellow at Trinity College, and was formerly an International Security Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the author of Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamist Power(Oxford University Press, 2017), which awarded both the distinguished 2017 Mershon Center Furniss Award for the best new book in international and national security, and the 2018 Best Book in Comparative Politics Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association. Her article, “The Security Bazaar,” published in the flagship journal International Security,won the 2017 Best Security Article Award from the International Studies Association.She has conducted fieldwork in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Mali, Iraq, and Lebanon, and has advised both government and international organizations on global security policies. Her research uncovers the economic drivers of conflict in war zones across the modern Muslim world.

Dr. Ahmad is also the 2018 winner of the Northrop Frye Award of Excellence for outstanding contributions to co-curricular learning and pedagogical innovation; this prize is awarded to one faculty member per year, across all three campuses, all disciplines, and academic ranks at the University of Toronto. She also won the 2018 University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus (UTSC) Assistant Professor Award for outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching at the Scarborough campus. In 2017, she was named one of Toronto’s “most inspiring women” of 2017 in Post City Magazine. In 2018, she was named the 2018 “Muslim Woman of the Year” at the Muslim Awards of Excellence MAX gala, which celebrates outstanding achievements by a Muslim Canadian in their field. Dr. Ahmad is also the CEO of the Women in International Security Toronto chapter, which she co-founded with Dr. Leah Sarson. She is especially committed to expanding the national reach and influence of WIIS-Canada, as well as welcoming and mentoring women from underrepresented communities in the field of security.

Willamijn Aerdts
Advisory Council Member
Willamijn Aerdts

Advisory Council Member

Willemijn Aerdts LL.M. MA is an intelligence specialist at Leiden University. She is a member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs ( Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken ) and a former researcher at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is the owner of the security consultancy Bureau Aerdts and a frequent media commentator on Dutch intelligence matters.

Rachel Tausendfreund
Vice-Chairman
Rachel Tausendfreund

Vice-Chairman

Since 2006, she has been working and living in Berlin as a foreign affairs editor and expert with a focus on transatlantic relations, trade policy and American politics and culture. Previously, Rachel served as Editorial Director at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and at the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) as an editor for the journal Internationale Politik

Ana Belén Perianes Bermúdez
SWISS Coordinator
Ana Belén Perianes Bermúdez

SWISS Coordinator

SWISS Coordinator since May 2016 and member of the  Spanish Association of Graduates in Security and Defence (ADESyD) Steering Committee since March 2016.

-International Security Ph.D. General Gutiérrez Mellado University Institute on Peace, Security and Defense. (Spanish National Distance Education University-Spanish Ministry of Defence).

-Diploma of Advanced Studies on International, Public Laws, and International Relations. University of the Basque Country.

-Mediterranean, Near and Middle Eastern Security University specialized degree. General Gutiérrez Mellado University Institute on Peace, Security and Defense. (Spanish National Distance Education University-Spanish Ministry of Defence).

-Masters degree in Human Resources and Personnel Administration. Political Sciences   and Sociology Official Spanish Association

-Degree in Political and Administration Sciences. University of the Basque Country.

-Main fields of knowledge and research: European Union; US Foreign Affairs; International Security; European Security; International Security; Cybersecurity; Cyberterrorism; Cyberdefense; Mediterranean, Near East, and Middle Eastern Security; Sahel; Jihadism and Energy Security.

-Conferences, papers and publications in her academic discipline.

-She has professional experience as a researcher in several universities and she has participated in several technical assistances in the Public Administration.

Chantel Cole
Executive Director, WIIS Canada
Chantel Cole

Executive Director, WIIS Canada

Chantel Cole previously served as the founding executive director of WIIS-Toronto since 2017. She completed a Masters of Arts in Political Studies at Queen’s University and was awarded the G. G. Baron van der Feltz prize for her thesis which focuses on the experiences of women who have had sexual relations with United Nations peacekeepers deployed in Haiti. She graduated with High Distinction from the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelors of Arts specialist honours degree in International Development and Political Science. Chantel has extensive experience working in the non-profit and community development sector, most notably as a Program Assistant for an Indigenous community development organization in Guatemala called Maya-Mam Association for Research and Development (AMMID). During her time with AMMID, Chantel assisted in the development of programming that centered on women and political participation. While in Guatemala, Chantel conducted extensive research and engaged with community members, academics, health professionals, and NGO personnel, producing an undergraduate thesis that examined women’s access to reproductive health services. Chantel was awarded the 2017 Best Thesis Award by the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough for her work. In addition to Guatemala, Chantel also has field experience in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, and in her hometown of Toronto where she worked as the International Youth Coordinator for OneChild, an organization dedicated to combatting the commercial sexual exploitation of children globally.

Chantel will begin her doctoral studies with the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto in September 2020. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international relations, comparative politics, and development studies. In particular, she is interested in understanding the causes and dynamics of organized criminal violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. She hopes to coalesce her research training and expertise in politics, development, gender, violence, and conflict to work in academia, a research institute, government or in an international organization to develop tangible solutions towards the goal of combating organized violence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Pamela Aall
Treasurer, Women In International Security Advisory Board; Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Senior Advisor, United States Institute of Peace
Pamela Aall

Treasurer, Women In International Security Advisory Board; Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Senior Advisor, United States Institute of Peace

Pamela Aall is a senior advisor for conflict prevention and management at nance Innovation (CIGI). 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 a board member 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.

Antonieta Rico
WIIS Fellow
Antonieta Rico

WIIS Fellow

Antonieta Rico is a fellow at Women in International Security. She holds a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. Rico served for more than six years in the U.S. Army as a public affairs specialist/military journalist. She deployed to Iraq twice and embedded with infantry units during combat operations and day-to-day missions. She has worked as Deputy News Editor of Army Times and Navy Times reporting on training, deployment cycles, combat integration and quality of life issues. Her academic and professional focus is on the intersection of gender, security and the military.

Annina Claesson
Second Place Winner

Mobilizing a Forgotten Sector: A Case for a New Media Code of Ethics on Gender and Conflict

Annina Claesson

Second Place Winner

Mobilizing a Forgotten Sector: A Case for a New Media Code of Ethics on Gender and Conflict

Annina Claesson (Sweden) is a graduate student in the Master of Human Rights and Humanitarian Action program at the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs in France. She is specializing in press freedom issues and digital rights and has a background as a freelance journalist.

Maxinne Rhea Leighton
Assoc. AIA, Vice-President
Maxinne Rhea Leighton

Assoc. AIA, Vice-President

Maxinne Rhea Leighton, Assoc. AIA, Vice-President

 

Maxinne Rhea Leighton, Assoc. AIA has held leadership roles in design firms for the past twenty years. She is pioneering research on the impact of climate change on design and planning professionals in completion of her PhD. A senior-level strategist in business development, marketing and communications for Jaros, Baum & Bolles, she has facilitated panels on building infrastructure and climate change at the United Nations and the NYC AIA.

 

Ms. Leighton’s passionate commitment to advancing peace and security in the built environment was intensified post-9/11. As a member of the initial ground zero planning team, Leighton served as a liaison between the design/planning professionals and the victims’ families. Post-Hurricane (Superstorm) Sandy she was part of a number of recovery efforts. It was there that the nexus between communities segregated by class and culture in the post-disaster recovery and the role of security was further underscored.

An Honorary Council Member for the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization Global, she is a member of the New York AIA’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction, Advisory Council Member for Save Ellis Island and an advisory board member for A Movement in Water, an interactive multimedia public art installation on the reverence and reciprocity of water.

Leighton is co-author of Educating for Social Justice, A Dangerous Game: Matilda Joslyn Gage Center (Journal of Museum Studies), a suffrage’s fight for social justice and co-editor for The Future of Cities: An Integrated Approach to Urban Challenges (2016), based on the February 2015 conference at UN Headquarters in New York City; co-author of Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives (recipient of Chartered Builders of the United Kingdom Silver Literary Awards) and author of An Ellis Island Christmas, a book for children about immigration.

Leighton earned a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Binghamton and a Master of Arts in Urban Studies at New York University. In 2018 she was recognized with WBC’s “Outstanding Women in the Building Industry” award as well as being honored as one of New York’s Power Women.

Karla Drpić
How the Private Sector Can Advance UNSCR 1325 in the 2020s
Karla Drpić

How the Private Sector Can Advance UNSCR 1325 in the 2020s

Karla Drpić (Croatia) is a student of MA War Studies at King's College London and is a project manager at the UN Global Compact Network UK. She holds a BA in International Relations and Modern Languages from the University of Essex. She is fluent in Croatian, English, and Spanish, and has good knowledge of Italian and Portuguese.

Rahaf Aldoughli
Lecturer, Lancaster University
Rahaf Aldoughli

Lecturer, Lancaster University

PhD in Politics and International Relations

Lancaster University, England

MA in Contemporary Literature Studies

Lancaster University, England

BA in English Language and Literature

Damascus University, Syria

Dr. Rahaf Aldoughli teaches comparative politics and international relations of the Middle East and is a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre. Her research focuses on the association between the rise of nation-states in the Middle East and the perpetuation of militarism, despotism and fundamentalism, analyzing militarism in the Arab context not only as an institution used by the state, but also as an ideology that perpetuates masculinity and gender bias. Rahaf is a Lecturer at Lancaster University teaching Modern Middle Eastern History, based at the Centre for Cultural History of War. She is currently working on a book: Constructing the Syrian Nation: Politics, Ideology and Gender.

Syria and UK
Jordan Hibbs
Event Coordinator
Jordan Hibbs

Event Coordinator

Jordan Hibbs is a civil servant at the U.S. Department of the Navy (DON) working in nuclear deterrence and hypersonic weapons development/policy. Jordan previously served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of International Affairs (IA) and Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Jordan is currently a member of the National Defense University’s (NDU) Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction Program for Emerging Leaders (PEL) and a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Pacific Forum. Jordan is a former Mosaic Taiwan Fellow and former Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) Nuclear Scholar. Jordan serves on the Board of Directors for the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. Jordan holds a Master’s in Science and Technology Policy and a Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University. She also holds an Executive Leadership Certificate from American University.
Loredana Teodorescu
Secretary General and Treasurer
Loredana Teodorescu

Secretary General and Treasurer

An expert in European and immigration policies, and always passionate about gender issues, Dr. Loredana Teodorescu is the head of European and international affairs of the Luigi Sturzo Institute and associate researcher at the Wilfried Martens Center for European Studies in Brussels.

She mainly deals with immigration policy of the European Union; EU governance, foreign and neighborhood policy; security and borders; gender issues.

After her master's degree in International Relations, she obtained a doctorate in Political Science-European and International Studies from the University of Rome Tre focusing her research on the link between internal security and external action of the European Union in the field of immigration .

She collaborates with the chair of EU law and institutions and the Altiero Spinelli Center of Excellence (CeAS) of the Roma Tre University, worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the Union and has collaborated with several think tanks and foundations in Europe.

She was born in Italy to Romanian parents, she loves to travel and learn about new cultures.

Ashlee Godwin
Ashlee Godwin

Ashlee Godwin is a Senior Committee Specialist working for the British Parliament, where she leads a team of international affairs specialists. She also provides policy analysis and manages inquiries for the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy and the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. Ashlee is a Fulbright Scholar in national security policy-making and a Millennium Fellow with the Atlantic Council.

Ashlee can be followed on Twitter at @ashleegodwin.

Jessica Pennetier
Secretary General
Jessica Pennetier

Secretary General

Jessica Pennetier is a linguist, expert in international communications. She spent 5 years in the Army and then joined the Paris office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She now heads the international communication of the Paris Region. Her areas of expertise include Gender & Middle Eastern Affairs.

Dr. Gaëlle Rivard Piché
Vice Chair of the Board
Dr. Gaëlle Rivard Piché

Vice Chair of the Board

Gaëlle Rivard Piché is a strategic analyst for Defence Research and Development Canada. She works closely with the Canadian Armed Forces, providing direct decision-making support through evidence-based research on a wide range of topics. She is currently a fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University), where she completed her Ph.D. in International Affairs in 2017. She is also a guest lecturer at the Canadian Forces College and works as a consultant for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on security sector reform and peace operations. In 2014-2015, Dr. Rivard Piché was a Fulbright research fellow in the International Security Program at the Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. As a Ph.D. candidate, she conducted extensive field research in Haiti and El Salvador between 2012 and 2015, looking at the consequences of security sector reform on public order and violence. To that end, she also did an internship at the United Nations’ Department of Peace Keeping Operations in New York in 2013.

Dr. Rivard Piché is a founding member of WIIS-Canada. As a student, she benefited immensely from the network, the annual workshop, and the safe environment it provides. She now hopes to contribute to the organisation’s next development stages as a member of the board and a mentor. As a woman who works and conducts research in challenging, male-dominated environments, she considers it is crucial for professional and personal growth to support and exchange with other women in the field.

Maria Manolescu
Board Member, Secretary
Maria Manolescu

Board Member, Secretary

Maria is a PhD researcher in International Institutional Law with Leiden University. She is currently
supporting the Independent Expert Review of the International Criminal Court and Rome Statute
system as (research) assistant to the Experts. She has 4 years’ work experience for the Defense at the
ICC and 15 years of NGO governance and strategic development involvement. She has an LL.M in
International Law from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and an Adv.LL.M in Public
International Law from Leiden University.

Alanna O’Malley
Advisory Council Member
Alanna O’Malley

Advisory Council Member

Professor Alanna O'Malley is Chair of United Nations Studies in Peace and Justice at Leiden University. She has a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence and her first book, The Diplomacy of Decolonisation, America, Britain and the United Nations during the Congo crisis 1960- 64 was published in 2018. In 2019 she was awarded a Starting Grant from the European Research Council for her new project, 'Challenging the Liberal World order from Within, The Invisible History of the United Nations and the Global South' (INVISIHIST).

Dr. Anna Kuchenbecker
Vice-Chairman
Dr. Anna Kuchenbecker

Vice-Chairman

Dr. Anna Kuchenbecker is deputy director of the Aspen Institute Germany. Her priorities include transatlantic relations, Russia and the Aspen Leadership Seminar. Previously, Anna worked for various nonprofit organizations and think tanks in Washington DC for more than 13 years. She was a Senior Partnership Adviser at the Institute for Inclusive Security, which promotes women's participation in peace and conflict resolution processes. She has also worked for the Brookings Institution, George Washington and American University. Anna studied Eastern European history and Slavic studies in Hamburg and did her doctorate at the TU Berlin at the Center for Anti-Semitism on Soviet nationality politics. 

Karma Ekmekji
Founder, Diplowomen
Karma Ekmekji

Founder, Diplowomen

Melanie Greenberg
President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding
Melanie Greenberg

President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Melanie Cohen Greenberg is President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Before joining the AfP, she was the President and Founder of the CypPeace and Security, a foundation making grants in the areas of peacebuilding and 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 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.

In her work on international conflict resolution, Melanie has helped design and facilitate public peace processes in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the Caucasus. She has taught advanced courses in international conflict resolution, multi-party conflict resolution, and negotiation at Stanford Law School and Georgetown University Law Center and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Elliott School of George Washington University. She was lead editor and chapter author of the volume Words over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).

Melanie is a frequent writer, lecturer, teacher, and trainer in a broad range of areas related to international law, international security, and peacebuilding. In her training, she has led courses for Congressional staff, scientists at the National Institutes of Health, international lawyers, business executives, and graduate students from around the world. Recently, she helped facilitate government discussions on international legal protections for minorities in Tanzania and developed a set of training materials for government groups working on reconciliation in Kenya (both with the Public International Law and Policy Group).

Before beginning her work in international peacebuilding, Melanie practiced as a bankruptcy lawyer at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Houston. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the United States Institute of Peace and is on the board of the Institute of World Affairs. She served as board chair of Women in International Security and the Alliance for Peacebuilding and has sat on the boards of Dispute Resolution Magazine, Partners for Democratic Change, and the Lawyers Alliance for World Security. Melanie holds an AB from Harvard and a JD from Stanford Law School. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two teenagers.

Jeannette Gaudry Haynie
Senior Fellow
Jeannette Gaudry Haynie

Senior Fellow

Jeannette Gaudry Haynie is a Senior Fellow at Women in International Security (WIIS). She is a 1998 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. She currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserves, assigned to the Headquarters Marine Corps Strategic Initiatives Group, and is also a PhD candidate at the George Washington University writing her dissertation. An AH-1W Cobra attack helicopter pilot by trade who served through multiple overseas deployments in a variety of billets, she earned her MA in Political Science in 2011 from the University of New Orleans. She writes regular blog posts for the United States Naval Institute, the professional journal of the sea services, and has been published in Proceedings as well as quoted and interviewed in a variety of media due to her writing. Her research interests include gender inequality and resulting outcomes in the security sphere, and her dissertation work involves the role of gender inequality as an enabling condition of terrorism.

Bethan Saunders
Director of Outreach
Bethan Saunders

Director of Outreach

Bethan Saunders is an analyst for Morgan Stanley’s Senior Relationship Management team, where she focuses on client strategy and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) impact investing.  Bethan graduated cum laude from Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she majored in International Politics and Security. As an undergraduate, Bethan was a research fellow for the Mortara Center for International Studies and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Her research focused on gender, post-conflict reconstruction, and UNSCR 1325 National Action Plans. While in DC, Bethan interned for the Obama White House Council on Women and Girls, the U.S. State Department Office of Global Women’s Issues, and the Office of Religion & Global Affairs. Now living in New York City, Bethan is a United State of Women Ambassador and volunteers with the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, which galvanizes private sector funding for women peacebuilders in conflict zones. Bethan also serves on the junior board for Restore NYC’s Young Supporters Network, which empowers female survivors of sex trafficking in New York City.

Paula Drumond
Third Place Winner (Co-Author with Tamya Rebelo)

1325 and Beyond: Moving Forward the WPS Agenda in Latin America

Paula Drumond

Third Place Winner (Co-Author with Tamya Rebelo)

1325 and Beyond: Moving Forward the WPS Agenda in Latin America

Paula Drumond (Brazil) is Assistant Professor at the Institute of International Relations at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio) and researchers of the Global South Unit of Mediation (GSUM). She also serves as member of the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom Academic Network. She received her PhD in International Relations/Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID, Geneva); and her M.A. degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro (IRI/PUC-Rio).

Tabitha Wangui Mwangi
UNSCR1325 and Beyond: Engagement of Women in Dialogue with Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups
Tabitha Wangui Mwangi

UNSCR1325 and Beyond: Engagement of Women in Dialogue with Terrorist and Violent Extremist Groups

Tabitha Wangui Mwangi (Kenya) is an early career fellow at the African Leadership Centre, at King’s College London. She is a researcher and consultant on Counter-Terrorism and Security issues and heads the Security Program at the Center for International and Security Affairs (CISA) directing the organization’s Security and Counter-Terrorism programs. She holds a master’s degree in Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security Studies with a cluster in Cyber Terrorism from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (Israel), and an undergraduate degree in International Relations: Foreign Policy and Diplomacy with a minor in Japanese Language and Culture from United States International University - Africa (Kenya).

Amy Blessing
Treasurer
Amy Blessing

Treasurer

Amy currently works as a study coordinator for the Advanced MSc International Relations and Diplomacy at Leiden University. Before joining Leiden University she completed the Robert Schuman traineeship at the European Parliament and interned for the European Law Institute. She is an alumna of the University of Glasgow where she gained an LL.M. in International Law and Security and then a second LL.M. at the University of Copenhagen focusing on EU External Relations.

Nazifa Alizada
Operations and Outreach Manager, The V-Dem Institute
Nazifa Alizada

Operations and Outreach Manager, The V-Dem Institute

MSc in Global Studies

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

Minors: Gender Studies & Asian Studies

Asian University for Women, Bangladesh

Nazifa Alizada has taken various leadership, management and administrative roles in the public and private sectors in Sweden, South Korea, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh. In all these roles, she used her knowledge, experiences, and skills as effective tools to fulfil her long-standing vision of making the world a more egalitarian and inclusive place for all and wishes to continue doing so in the future. Nazifa has an analytical mind and enjoys writing and research.

Afghanistan
Pambi Nzunga
Event Coordinator
Pambi Nzunga

Event Coordinator

Pambi is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she fled civil unrest in 1993. She was first introduced to international affairs through fieldwork in Haiti. There, she partnered with organizations addressing public health and economic reform. She championed for and implemented a community-led model of teaching that is still in use today. Pambi also worked in the Dominican Republic, focusing on the women of the sugarcane plantation immigrant workers and rural communities. This interest in social issues led to an internship in Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick’s Congressional Office while she completed her undergraduate studies. In 2016, Pambi moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue her Master's degree in foreign policy and international economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS. She served on the board of Johns Hopkins Global Women in Leadership for two years, advocating for an intersectional approach to advancing the cause of women in international relations.  
Chiara Libiseller
Chiara Libiseller

Chiara Libiseller is a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the War Studies Department at King’s College London. Her research is situated within the field of Strategic Studies and looks at changes and continuities in discourses on and concepts of war and warfare in the US and UK since the end of the Cold War.

Chiara can be followed on Twitter at @CLibiseller.

Camille Trotoux
General Delegate
Camille Trotoux

General Delegate

Camille Trotoux is a doctoral researcher at the École de l'énergie research center, where she teaches defense policy. His work focuses on decision making and the identity of the airman.

 

Ani Mamikon
Treasurer
Ani Mamikon

Treasurer

Ani Mamikon is a litigation lawyer at the Department of Justice in Toronto. She practices in the areas of extradition, international and national security law. She holds a BA Hons and MA in Political Science, specializing in international relations and security studies. Ms. Mamikon has clerked at the Federal Court of Canada, practiced as a criminal defence lawyer and has held various positions in the federal government.

Irene Thiede
Treasurer
Irene Thiede

Treasurer

Irene Thiede works as a commercial manager at CSSP - Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation and is responsible for financial management, fundraising, auditing, team leadership and office organization. In addition, she worked as an auditor at the Neukölln district office and managed finance and taxes in various other companies. Irene also has experience from her time as a consultant for economic development and social security with a specialist focus on policy and strategy advice as well as cost-benefit analyzes. She has a master's degree in economics from the University of Cape Town and a diploma in business administration from the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University. She teaches at the Berlin School of Economics and Law.

Jessie Evans
Africa Program Lead, Institute for Security Governance
Jessie Evans

Africa Program Lead, Institute for Security Governance

Jessie Evans is the Africa Program Lead for the Institute of Security Governance at the U.S. Department of Defense. She works closely with foreign security sector partners across Africa on institutional capacity building. Prior, Jessie served as a security sector reform advisor to the United States Mission to Somalia in Mogadishu, Somalia, and Nairobi, Kenya. Her team managed over $115 million dollars in US- security assistance to Somali forces and other African partners serving in Somalia. She pushed for tougher conditionality and as a result, the US Ambassador paused and realigned millions of dollars of assistance to address issues of waste, corruption, and poor alignment to policy goals.

Previously, she served six years as a Conflict Specialist in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations supporting US embassies in Burma, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.  Before the State Department, Jessie worked at the Harvard School of Public Health on international health and human rights.  Jessie received her master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. While at Fletcher, Jessie was a Rosenthal Fellow in the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Office of African Affairs.  She received her BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and originally hails from Bend, OR.

Virginia Haufler
Director, Global Communities; Director, Graduate Placement; Associate Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland
Virginia Haufler

Director, Global Communities; Director, Graduate Placement; Associate Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

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. She 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.

Dania Risheg
Director of Strategic Alliances
Dania Risheg

Director of Strategic Alliances

In her role as a Business Development Manager, Dania engages in a variety of tasks, including threat assessment, system design, sales, project management, coordination, strategic planning, relationship management, negotiation, project budgeting, leadership and innovative development of opportunities. She has been in the Enterprise Security Industry for 16+ years.

Dania is passionate about sharing the latest trends and technological developments as well as discussing the most recent life-safety concerns and how the security industry is tackling them. Some of her professional goals include but not limited to educating the space occupants and those who are responsible for providing protection and arm them with best practices to ensure everyone's safety in the workplace.

Dania is an Associate AIA member and a LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty Credentials BD+C. Her experience in the field extensively encompasses Security Systems Engineering and Integration, Green Design, and Commercial Construction and Design.

 

Dania is a strong advocate of Women’s rights in the workplace and supports women’s accessibility to leadership positions and equal pay.

Tamya Rebelo
Third Place Winner (Co-Author with Paula Drumond)

1325 and Beyond: Moving Forward the WPS Agenda in Latin America

Tamya Rebelo

Third Place Winner (Co-Author with Paula Drumond)

1325 and Beyond: Moving Forward the WPS Agenda in Latin America

Tamya Rebelo (Brazil) is Assistant Professor at the Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM) and the Centro Universitario Belas Artes de São Paulo. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the Institute of International Relations of the University of São Paulo. She is a former fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Loredana Teodorescu
Senior Fellow
Loredana Teodorescu

Senior Fellow

Expert in EU policies and migration, actively involved in gender-related issues, Loredana Teodorescu is the Head of European and International Affairs at Istituto Luigi Sturzo, a foundation based in Rome, and Research Associate of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies in Brussels. Since February 2020 she is the Secretary General of WIIS Italy.
After graduating in International Relations, she obtained a PhD in Political Science-European and International Studies at the University of Roma Tre, focusing her research on the link between internal security and external action of the EU in the migration field.
Her areas of interest include migration and asylum policy, link between internal security and external relations, EU's foreign and neighbourhood policy, security and borders, women's rights and gender issues. On these topics she develops and coordinates research projects, holds university lectures and participates in working groups and debates, writes articles and analysis.
She collaborates with the chair of EU law and institutions and the Altiero Spinelli Center of excellence (CeAS) of Roma Tre University, and with numerous international think tanks and organizations. In 2014 she worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the Italian EU Presidency.
Dr. Irene Fellin
Senior Fellow
Dr. Irene Fellin

Senior Fellow

International Expert in Gender, Peace and Security Policies Irene Fellin has worked for several international organizations for women's rights and gender issues. Dr. Fellin lived in Ankara, where she collaborated with the local offices of UNICEF and UNPD. Her job in Turkey was to train and assist local staff on gender issues by analyzing issues such as domestic violence, honor killings and early marriages. She worked from 2013 to 2014 as Policy Advisor to the "NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security", with the task of training the organization's staff on WPS-related issues, and assisting NATO in the implementation of the Plan National for United Nations Resolution 1325. Since 2014, Dr. Fellin has been working as a Trainer at CoESPU - Center of Excellence for Police Stability, on gender issues, peace and security and sexual violence in armed conflicts and since 2015 she has been a research consultant on gender issues for the Institute of International Affairs (IAI).

Fleur de Braaf
Events Officer
Fleur de Braaf

Events Officer

Fleur de Braaf is an Advanced Master’s student at the University of Leiden completing her degree in International Relations and Diplomacy in June 2020. She is currently also a facilitating member of the Women Ambassadors Group in the Netherlands and an Associate at a political risk consultancy called Libya Desk. In 2019 she was an intern at the Department of Crisis Management Peace Operations at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs focusing on the Dutch contribution to peace operations in the Middle East. Prior to her MSc, she finished her BA in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. During her time there she was President of the University branch of 180 Degrees Consulting, a consultancy for NGOs. Fleur is interested in particular in the role of women in the context of peace operations and counter(terrorism).

Mutti Anggitta
Fulbright PhD Student, SUNY Albany
Mutti Anggitta

Fulbright PhD Student, SUNY Albany

PhD Student in Political Science, International

Relations & Comparative Politics

SUNY Albany, USA

MS in Science and Security

King’s College, England

BA in International Relations

University of Indonesia, Indonesia

Mutti Anggitta is currently a Fulbright PhD student in Political Science. Previously, she worked as a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations in BINUS University. Her research interests include nuclear non-proliferation, the Korean Peninsula crises, the Iran nuclear deal, and CBRN terrorism. She is also a Certified Nuclear Security Professional with a specialization in Science and Engineering for Nuclear Security.

Heather Ashby
Partnerships Coordinator
Heather Ashby

Partnerships Coordinator

I am a foreign policy and national security expert with over six years of experience working at the intersection of homeland security and international affairs. I received my Ph.D. in Russian and Global History from the University of Southern California with a focus on the relationship between the Soviet Union and people from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Since 2014, I have worked in the homeland security field focused on advising senior Department of Homeland Security officials and other government leaders on Russia, India, and Southeast Asia as well as other security issues.
Armida van Rij
Armida van Rij

Armida van Rij is a Research Associate at the Policy Institute at King's College London, working across security, defence and foreign policy. In addition to carrying out research in these areas, she has conducted projects looking at mitigating the threat of landmines and IEDs, and has examined attitudes to social cohesion and counter-terrorism policy. Armida is a regular contributor to British and international media, appearing on or providing comment to Channel 4, the BBC, CNN, the Atlantic and others.

Armida can be followed on Twitter at @armida_lm.

Tara Varma
International Affairs Officer
Tara Varma

International Affairs Officer

Tara Varma is Director of the ECFR Paris Bureau & Policy Fellow. Before arriving in the Paris office, Tara worked for the French MFA in their Shanghai consulate (2012-2014). Previously, she worked at CEIS, a consultancy firm in Paris, specializing in strategic and defense matters. She graduated from Sciences Po Lille and SOAS in London in International Relations, with a focus on Asian Politics and Indian and Chinese foreign policies.

Karin Johnston
Senior Fellow
Karin Johnston

Senior Fellow

Dr. Karin L. Johnston is a Senior Fellow at WIIS and an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Studies at American University in Washington, D.C.  Her research interests include foreign and security policy analysis, U.S.-European relations, migration policy, conflict analysis, and security sector stabilization.  From 2017-2019, Dr. Johnston served as a Franklin Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), focusing on conflict in fragile states, security sector development, and stabilization strategies.  She has worked in policy research institutes in Washington, D.C and has written on German policy decision-making on out-of-area operations, German public opinion during the Bosnian crisis and the Iraq war, and security sector reforms and Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) planning. Her current research includes projects on the securitization of Europe’s migration policy, democratic governance and use of military force, and cooperation between military and civilian components in multilateral peace and stability operations.  Fluent in German, Dr. Johnston was a Mercator Fellow at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2014 and a former fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.

Dr. Leah Sarson
Director of Operations
Dr. Leah Sarson

Director of Operations

Leah Sarson is an assistant professor of International Relations at Dalhousie University, where her work explores Indigenous global politics in the extractive resource sector. Her broader research interests focus on Canadian foreign policy, International Relations, gender, and the Arctic. Prior to joining Dalhousie, she was a Fulbright researcher and SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where she remains a fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding and a visiting Arctic fellow at the Institute of Arctic Studies. She completed her PhD in Political Studies in December 2016 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she is also a fellow at the Centre for International and Defence Policy. Dr. Sarson holds additional positions at Dalhousie’s Centre for the Study of Security and Development, the Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto and the Canadian International Council. She has also held professional positions at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and Global Affairs Canada, among others.

Dr. Sarson has been an active member of WIIS-Canada since 2014 and is president of the Toronto chapter of WIIS-Canada, which she co-founded with Dr. Aisha Ahmad. Her publications include a 2017 article in Études internationalesthat draws on her experiences organizing the 2015 WIIS-Canada annual workshop, a co-authored chapter in a forthcoming book celebrating ten years of WIIS-Canada, and several other publications exploring Canadian foreign policy. She is particularly committed to building the community of WIIS-Canada scholars, students, and practitioners and expanding the WIIS-Canada mentorship program.

Gudlaug Olafsdottir
Promoting Women’s Rights: Creating Conditions for Post-Conflict Peace?
Gudlaug Olafsdottir

Promoting Women’s Rights: Creating Conditions for Post-Conflict Peace?

Gudlaug Olafsdottir (Sweden) is a PhD candidate at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in Sweden. Her focus is primarily on election-related violence and how it influences democratization trajectories. She holds an MSSc in Peace and Conflict Studies and a BSSc in Political Science and Economics. She has conducted two months of field research on the promotion of women’s rights in the aftermath of conflict in northern Uganda, and has participated in a graduate-level course on Gender, Peace and Security at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). Gudlaug has previously worked at the headquarters of International IDEA.

Isabelle Duyvesteyn
Advisory Council Member
Isabelle Duyvesteyn

Advisory Council Member

Isabelle Duyvesteyn is Professor of International Studies/Global History at the Institute of History at Leiden University. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Netherlands Defence Academy. She completed her PhD at the Department of War Studies at King’s College in London. Previously she has worked at the Netherlands Institute for International Relations ‘Clingendael’, the Royal Military Academy in the Netherlands and the Department of History of International Relations at Utrecht University. She is an Aspasia and VIDI laureate. She is a former member of the National Advisory Council for International Affairs (AIV), which advises the government on issues of peace and security (2008-2020). From 2012 to 2017 she held the Special Chair in Strategic Studies at the Political Science Institute of Leiden University. She is a member of several publisher, book series and journal editorial boards.

Karlijn Jans
Advisory Council Member
Karlijn Jans

Advisory Council Member

Karlijn Jans is the defence policy advisor at the British Embassy in The Hague. She holds a Master’s degree in European Studies from King’s College London and a Master’s degree in European and International Law from Maastricht University. Ms. Jans further specialized in defence matters while studying at the Netherlands Defence Academy. She has advised military representatives and NATO commanders on several occasions. Prior to her position at the British Embassy Ms. Jans was strategic analyst at the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS). Her areas of expertise include NATO, Dutch and European security and defence policies, strategic foresight and the impact of new technologies on defence policy and military affairs. In 2017-2018 she was a member of the youth-think tank The West Wing of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, advising the department on European defence cooperation. From 2013 to 2016 she worked as a policy advisor at the TNO’s EU office in Brussels. Ms. Jans presided over the Jonge Atlantici, the Dutch chapter of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association from 2015-2017. Over the past few years, she spoke frequently at NATO and international think tank conferences and published widely on transatlantic security issues, NATO, and European defence policies in the media.

Anna Von Gall
Legal Advisor, the Heinrich Boell Foundation Gunda Werner Institute
Anna Von Gall

Legal Advisor, the Heinrich Boell Foundation Gunda Werner Institute

Anna v. Gall is a lawyer and has expertise on Women, Peace & Security (UNSRC 1325) She is a lawyer by trainee and worked before at ZIF, the German Association of Counselling Services on Child Abuse, at the German Association of Women’s Shelters and for five years at the ECCHR, where she coordinated the work on gender and human rights. She has litigated cases of sexual and gender-based violence and worked on situations of sexual and gender-based violence in Colombia, Sri Lanka and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She gives workshops on WPS, the rule of law and gender, and published on WPS, and the use of law regarding sexual and gender-based violence. She is also a member of the German Women's Security Council.

 

Laurie Hoes
CEO, Strategy, Governance, and Operations, the LcHoesGroup
Laurie Hoes

CEO, Strategy, Governance, and Operations, the LcHoesGroup

Leveraging over 25-years of private and public sector experience in strategy development, program management, policy and governance, business tran sformation and change, ethics and corporate responsibility, branding and marketing... I have worked in support of Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial startups, government and military agencies, university programs and non-profits. A prolific mentor, coach, and speaker my message of equity, diversity and inclusion, especially of women's empowerment resonates strongly with thought leaders.

In early 2014, I founded the LcHoesGroup to provide our clients with comprehensive strategic advice to empower organizations and individuals to more successful outcomes. As CEO, I lead a diverse group of innovative thought leaders and management consultants to customize our recommendations to satisfy client needs. Our expertise has been developed over decades of work in both private and public sectors with an emphasis on risk management, equity, and leadership.

Ana Laura Velasco Ugalde
Fellow
Ana Laura Velasco Ugalde

Fellow

Ana Laura Velasco Ugalde (Mexico) is a feminist security analyst and journalist currently studying for a Masters in Gender, Violence and Conflict at the University of Sussex. She also has worked as a researcher for a Mexican NGO focused on security, justice and the rule of law and has previously worked for the Mexican Secretariat of Economy with a posting in Germany. She holds a MA in International Law by the Universidad de Granada and did her undergraduate studies at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

Brette Brier
Social Media Coordinator
Brette Brier

Social Media Coordinator

Brette grew up in Summit, NJ and attended the Morristown-Beard School. For undergrad, she attended Connecticut College and graduated as a triple major in Government, History, and American Studies. After graduation, Brette entered the security industry as an Intelligence/GSOC Analyst with Gavin de Becker & Associates in San Francisco, CA. She then worked for Pinkerton as a Protective Intelligence Analyst in the Bay Area. Brette returned to New York, NY in November 2018 and currently works for Facebook as a Protective Intelligence Analyst.

Muhammad Ammar Hidayahtulloh
Third Place Winner

WPS in Asean: Progress, Gaps and Way Forward

Muhammad Ammar Hidayahtulloh

Third Place Winner

WPS in Asean: Progress, Gaps and Way Forward

Muhammad Ammar Hidayahtulloh (Indonesia) is a researcher at the ASEAN Studies Center of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. He holds a bachelors degree in international relations studies from Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. He is currently pursuing his masters degree in development practice at the University of Queensland. His research interests are ASEAN studies, disability rights, and gender and politics focusing on the underrepresentation of women in politics. He has done research on increasing women’s representation in Myanmar’s and Timor- Leste Parliaments.

Anne Peterscheck
Social Media Officer
Anne Peterscheck

Social Media Officer

Anne is currently working as a tutor for the BSc. Security Studies programme at the Leiden University where she teaches on a variety of subjects including interdisciplinary approaches to safety and security, terrorism and counter-terrorism, and scientific research methods. Anne holds a MA in International Relations with a focus on peace, security, and conflict from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, as well as a MSc. in Crisis and Security Management from the Leiden University. Her expertise lies in matters relating to gender and extremism. Prior to her current role in academia, Anne worked in the digital team of a public relations and public affairs consultancy in Brussels. A native French speaker, she is multilingual, speaking English, Dutch, and German as well.

Mustafa Aryan
Director General of Policy and Strategy, OCE Afghanistan
Mustafa Aryan

Director General of Policy and Strategy, OCE Afghanistan

MA in International Security Studies

University of Reading, UK

MA in International Relations

University of Afghanistan in Kabul, Afghanistan

Diploma in Politics and Diplomacy

Institute of Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan

BA in Social Science

Kabul University, Afghanistan

Mustafa Aryan has around 10 years of work experience in governmental and non-governmental organizations in Afghanistan and in the UK. At present, he’s working as Director of Policy and Strategy at the Office of the Chief Executive of Afghanistan (OCE). During his academic and professional careers, Mustafa has attended several workshops and conferences such as Disaster Management in Beijing, China (May, 2015); conference on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Development Planning Process in Afghanistan in Dubai, UAE (April, 2016); Conflict, Rule of Law and Local Security in The Hague Academy for Local Governance, in The Netherlands (Oct, 2019) and so forth. Also, in July 2018, Mustafa attended the 56th United Nations Graduate Study Programme in UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. During his master’s studies in the UK, he was a Masters Ambassador and also received the Red Award. He also received several appreciation letters from different organizations for his achievements. Mustafa is interested in peace, security, great power politics, and intelligence studies.

Carly Millenson
Partnerships Coordinator
Carly Millenson

Partnerships Coordinator

Carly Millenson’s focus is the international peace and security field, particularly as it pertains to the Eurasian sphere. She completed a graduate certificate in international affairs in 2019 from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She received her BA from Princeton University with a self-designed major in International Security with Historical Studies, which used the lens of modern history to understand current security challenges facing the US, and a minor in East Asian Studies. Her senior thesis examined how best to characterize the US-China-Russia strategic dynamic. Other research interests include the South China Sea dispute and the Far Right. While at Princeton she served as a fellow at the Center for International Security Studies, where she helped run inter-institutional crisis simulations and the Center’s speaker series. She also represented Princeton at the 2018 McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character at United States Military Academy at West Point.

 

Carly first began working with WIIS while in high school, when she served as Program Manager at WIIS-NY. She speaks Mandarin, Spanish, and German and has spent time living in the People's Republic of China, as well as Taiwan, where she attended National Taiwan University for a semester. Carly has interned at the Center on National Security at the Fordham University School of Law, the American Enterprise Institute’s Asian Studies Group, and Washington’s Laogai Research Foundation. She was accepted into the MA program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies but is currently taking a leave of absence to serve as Director of Marketing & Global Partnerships at a public benefit company that is working to develop a home test for SARS-CoV-2.

Monica den Boer
Advisory Council Member
Monica den Boer

Advisory Council Member

On 1 June 2020, Monica den Boer started as full Professor of Military Policing Operations at the Netherlands Defence Academy. Prior to that, she held a Parliamentary seat for the social-liberal party D66, with portfolio’s in Justice and Security as well as in Interior Affairs. Other positions include Director of Research and Knowledge Development at the Police Academy in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands (2003-2016), in combination with a Chair of Comparative Public Administration, in particular the international police function, at the VU University Amsterdam. Her academic career started with a PhD in 1990 from the European University Institute (EUI, Florence), after which she successively held research and teaching positions at Edinburgh University, the Netherlands Study Centre for Crime and Law Enforcement, the European Institute of Public Administration, Tilburg University, and the European Institute of Law Enforcement Co-operation.

Meanwhile, she occupied several co-positions, including the vice-chairmanship of the Clingendael Institute of International Affairs (2006-2009), as well as membership of the Dutch Iraq Investigation Committee (2009-2010), of the Defence Future Survey Group (2009-2010), and of the Committee on European Integration of the Advisory Council on International Affairs (2002-2016). She worked as Director of SeQure Research and Consultancy (2015-2017) and as Visiting Professor at the Department of Security &; Criminology at Macquarie University, Sydney.

She has published widely on European home affairs and police co-operation and has strongly engaged in research, teaching, coaching as well as supervision. One of her most recent publications includes an edited collection, entitled “Comparative Policing from a Legal Perspective”, published by Edward Elgar.

Dr. Nadège Compaoré
Interim Director of Operations
Dr. Nadège Compaoré

Interim Director of Operations

Dr. W. R. Nadège Compaoré is a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where she is also affiliated with the Munk School of Global Affair’s Environmental Governance Lab. She received her PhD in Political Studies from Queen’s University, where her research was informed by extensive, comparative fieldwork in the oil sectors of Gabon, Ghana, and South Africa, and was funded by SSHRC, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the Canadian International Development Agency. Her work lies at the intersection of International Relations, African Politics, Natural Resource Politics, Global Environmental Politics (including Environmental Security), as well as Gender & Race in Global Politics. She is co-editor of New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (Palgrave, 2015), and her work has also been published in peer-reviewed journals such as International Studies ReviewEtudes InternationalesMillennium: Journal of International Studies, and Contemporary Politics. Dr. Compaoré is a Fellow at the Centre for International Defence and Policy, and a board member of the Canadian Association of African Studies, where she is an elected Member-at-Large.

Dr Compaoré participated in her very first WIIS event when she was completing her Master’s degree in May 2010. She was in search of a community that would provide a stimulating platform not only for rigorous academic exchange, but for mentorship and career development especially geared towards young female scholars International Security. Almost a decade later, she is grateful and proud of the community that she has built through WIIS throughout her doctoral and now my postdoctoral work, and is keen to give back to this fantastic network. She is particularly interested in initiatives that will further diversify the WIIS representation, and believes in the organization’s vision and capacity to advance the leadership skills of women of all backgrounds, who are working on diverse aspects of International Security.

Andrea Tuemmler
Escaping the Closet: Women, Peace, and Security was Already Queer
Andrea Tuemmler

Escaping the Closet: Women, Peace, and Security was Already Queer

Andrea Tuemmler (United States) graduated from the London School of Economics with an MSc in International Relations in 2019. After studying the WPS Agenda in Colombia and in New York, they moved to Washington D.C., where they work as a research analyst on Latin American affairs.

United States
Jesssieca Grun
President, WIIS Austria
Jesssieca Grun

President, WIIS Austria

Jessica Grün is Austrian-Canadian and currently enrolled in the “Master of Advanced International Studies” at the Diplomatic Academy. During her undergraduate, she developed a strong interest in security studies and women’s roles in conflict resolution and settlement. Since then she has dedicated much time to the advancement of research on this topic and was keen to take on the role of president to help advance gender equality in international security and build an active network in Vienna.

Gale Mattox
Professor of Political Science, US Naval Academy
Gale Mattox

Professor of Political Science, US Naval Academy

Dr. Gale A. Mattox is professor and a former chair (2003-2007), Political Science Department , US Naval Academy. She received the 2011 USNA Superintendent’s Civilian Faculty Service Excellence Award. Her teaching responsibilities include National Security Policy, Comparative European Politics and the Transatlantic Relations Capstone, as well as American Government and International Relations. She is Chair (2011-2013), International Security and Arms Control Section, American Political Science Association and an elected board member of the International Security Studies Section, International Studies Association. She is the Visiting Senior Scholar, Foreign and Domestic Policies Section, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Johns Hopkins U. In 2009 she held the Distinguished Fulbright-Dow Research Chair, RooseveltCenter, the Netherlands.

Basak Kalkavan
Membership Officer
Basak Kalkavan

Membership Officer

Basak is currently a Tutor for BSc Security Studies at Leiden University. She previously worked as a researcher for the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), where she collected and analyzed reported data on political violence and protest events across Turkey. Basak holds an Advanced MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy from Leiden University, as well as a BA in International Studies, with a specialization on International Security and Conflict Resolution from Simon Fraser University. Her expertise focuses on the climate-conflict nexus, as well as the relationship between the environment and peace-building.

Esther Luigi
Fourth Place Winner

1325 and Beyond: Ways Forward for the United Nations

Esther Luigi

Fourth Place Winner

1325 and Beyond: Ways Forward for the United Nations

Esther Luigi (France) is a 2020 International Parliamentary Scholar at the German Parliament. Previously, she worked with a London-based charity supporting parents’ return to work and combating gender-based discrimination in the workplace. She is a member of the Gender and International Politics Program of Polis180, a grassroots think tank for foreign and European politics. She studied politics, intellectual history and international law in Cambridge and Berlin.

Çağlayan Başer
Instructor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Çağlayan Başer

Instructor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

PhD Candidate in Political Science

Loyola University Chicago, USA

MA in Cultural Management

Bigli University, Turkey

BSc in International Relations

Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Çağlayan Başer is an instructor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago. Her research focuses on questions related to political violence and gender and combines insights from both interpretive and positivist literature in Political Science. Her dissertation examines how the operation of rebel groups is shaped by gendered dynamics and uses statistical analyses of observational and experimental data as well as qualitative case studies based on primary sources. Her research is published in World Politics. She has been teaching courses on gender and security, social justice, race and ethnicity, and international relations.

 

 

Luca DiDomenico
Social Media Coordinator
Luca DiDomenico

Social Media Coordinator

Luca DiDomenico is a passionate scholar, advocate and ally of issues related to gender in the sphere of International Affairs. A dual-national of the United States and France, he has used his background to work in multinational institutions and expand on research topics related to his academic specialization, Global Gender Policy.

During his Hillary For America internship in 2016, he completed quantitative data analysis, social media management, and language translations for the campaign website. As a Press and Communications intern at the French Embassy, he drafted and edited articles for the Embassy newsletter which touched on a number of gender issues in France and francophone countries around the globe. As an undergraduate at The George Washington University, he co-founded March On the Campus, the first collegiate affiliate of March On. More recently, he worked closely with the Elliott School’s Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs on organizing and managing the social media for a Women Peace and Security Conference in March 2020.

After earning his BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University, Luca started his Master’s in International Affairs at GWU. His thesis is a policy paper assessing the effectiveness of gender-segregated transportation.

Luca speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian, and his hobbies include playing and watching soccer and recreating his family’s French recipes in the kitchen.

 

 

Dr. Yolande Bouka
Member of the Board
Dr. Yolande Bouka

Member of the Board

Yolande Bouka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. Her research and teaching focus on African politics, security, and gender. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University.  She is also Co-Director of Studies of the Rift Valley Institute Great Lakes Region’s annual course. Prior to joining Queen’s University, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver.  She’s conducted fieldwork in conflict-affected countries, including Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, and Namibia. She has received several grants for her research, including from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Fulbright Scholar Program and the American Association of University Women.

In addition to her academic work, Dr. Bouka has extensive experience with development and security research agencies.  She has worked with and offered support to USAID, the United States Africa Command, the UK Department for International Development, the United Nations, the African Union, the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the United States Institute of Peace. Between 2014 and 2016 she was a researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in the Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis Division in Nairobi, Kenya, where she led research on peace and security Africa’s Great Lakes Region. She currently serves on the Research Advisory Council the RESOLVE Network, a global consortium of researchers, research organizations, policymakers and practitioners committed to empirically driven, locally-defined research on the drivers of violent extremism and sources of community resilience.

Dr. Bouka is keen to contribute to the expansion of WIIS-Canada’s reach and impact. She is particularly committed to the promotion of inclusive security through mentorship, education, and the consolidation of interdisciplinary connections.

Diorella Islas Limiñana
Fellow
Diorella Islas Limiñana

Fellow

Dr Diorella Islas is an independent security and intelligence analyst and an adjunct faculty member in the Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) program at the Marshall Center since 2018.  She was instructor of mafia and organised crime culture at the Bader International Study Center of Queens University and member of the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on Organised Crime of the European Consortium for Political Research. She holds a PhD in Politics Languages and International Studies from the University of Bath.

For ten years, her area of expertise has been focused on understanding the expansive process of transnational organize crime and to the design and implementation of related national security policies. She did her Masters Degree in International Studies and her undergraduate degree in International Relations at the Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City.

Some of her recent publications include

The chapter “Guatemala: Organised Crime, fraud and politics” in the Handbook on Organised Crime and Politics. (2019) and the article “Coca leaf boom in Colombia: How it concerns us all” Per Concordiam v.9n.4.  (2019)

Layla Hashemi
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Layla Hashemi

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Layla M. Hashemi is a PhD Candidate at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and a graduate research assistant at the George Mason University’s Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC). Ms. Hashemi received her M.A. from New York University in International Relations with a concentration in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Ms. Hashemi has worked for various governmental and non-governmental organizations including Forum 2000 (Prague, Czech Republic) and The Journal of Civil Society. She is currently an adjunct professor of Political Science at Montgomery College where she teaches a variety of courses including Comparative Politics, International Conflict Resolution and a course she helped develop on Global Human Rights. Her current research focuses on illicit trade, human trafficking and corruption in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Dorian Ramos
Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia and Russia Country Director, Department of Defense
Dorian Ramos

Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia and Russia Country Director, Department of Defense

Professionally Dorian's expertise lies in WMD nonproliferation, CBRN and study abroad expeRussia. She received her B.A. in Political Science from St. Olaf College, MN and a M.A. in International Affairs focusing on national security from Georgetown University.

Kayla McGill
Program Manager and Fellow
Kayla McGill

Program Manager and Fellow

Kayla graduated with her Masters of International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M in 2018 where she focused on Women, Peace & Security, Diplomacy, and Intelligence. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Civic Engagement from Brigham Young University. Kayla is a trained Analytical Researcher focusing on gender and national security, culture and narrative studies, Eastern European tribalism, and U.S.-China relations. She has presented her research to The U.S. State Department and The U.S. Institute of Peace and at numerous conferences. Kayla previously worked for the WomanStats Project contributing to publications, working with qualitative and quantitative data, and representing the Project at events such as Beijing+20/CSW59 at the United Nations. Kayla strongly believes in the importance of public service and cultural understanding. She speaks French, has lived in China, Germany, the UK, and France, and has traveled abroad extensively.

Zoya Belmesova
National Policy and Planning Officer, OSCE
Zoya Belmesova

National Policy and Planning Officer, OSCE

MA in Comparative Local Development

Consortium of Universities, Hungary, Germany,

Italy, Slovenia

BA in International and Comparative Politics

American University Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

Zoya Belmesova works for the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) mission in Kyrgyzstan focusing on political-military and human dimensions of security. Her professional and research interests include the role of international organizations in shaping regional security, the New Great Game, nuclear power politics, human development, and women’s and youth empowerment. Zoya is a member of EvalYouth ECA, a regional chapter of a global network of young and emerging evaluators, where she helps run a mentorship program for young professionals from Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and South Caucasus.

Jessie Evans
Advisor
Jessie Evans

Advisor

For requests to join the listerv and questions about partnerships, please contact jevans@wiisglobal.org

Jessie Evans is the Africa Program Lead for the Institute of Security Governance at the U.S. Department of Defense. She works closely with foreign security sector partners across Africa on institutional capacity building. Prior, Jessie served as a security sector reform advisor to the United States Mission to Somalia in Mogadishu, Somalia, and Nairobi, Kenya. Her team managed over $115 million dollars in US- security assistance to Somali forces and other African partners serving in Somalia. She pushed for tougher conditionality and as a result, the US Ambassador paused and realigned millions of dollars of assistance to address issues of waste, corruption, and poor alignment to policy goals.

Previously, she served six years as a Conflict Specialist in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations supporting US embassies in Burma, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.  Before the State Department, Jessie worked at the Harvard School of Public Health on international health and human rights.  Jessie received her master’s degree from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. While at Fletcher, Jessie was a Rosenthal Fellow in the Department of Defense, Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Office of African Affairs.  She received her BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College and originally hails from Bend, OR.

Bibi Imre-Millei
Assistant to the Executive Director
Bibi Imre-Millei

Assistant to the Executive Director

Bibi Imre-Millei is a Masters student at Queen's University in Political Studies where she is researching the intersection of war, emerging technology, and gender. Bibi also works at the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP) where she is part of the team running the CIDP's blog: Contact Report. Her involvement with with WIIS began in 2017, when she was first the Funding and Sponsorship Coordinator, and later the Vice President for the Queen's Chapter of WIIS-Canada. In her spare time, she likes to read sci-fi and answer emails.

As the Assistant to the Executive Director, Bibi will work in collaboration with the Executive Director to ensure that the overall management and operations of WIIS-Canada provides high value to its members.

Joana Cook
Research Stream Coordinator
Joana Cook

Research Stream Coordinator

Dr. Joana Cook is an Assistant Professor of Terrorism and Political Violence in the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, Leiden University. She is also a Senior Project Manager at ICCT, and Editor-in-Chief of the ICCT journal. Her research more broadly focuses on women and gender in violent extremism, countering violent extremism, and counter-terrorism practices. More recent scholarly interests include non-state actor governance, and factors and pathways to radicalization.

Joana is also a Research Affiliate at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London and an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization; an adjunct lecturer at Johns Hopkins University; a non-resident Fellow at the Program on Extremism at George Washington University; a Research Affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS); and a Digital Fellow at the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS), Concordia University. She is a graduate of King’s College London where she completed her MA and PhD in the Department of War Studies (BA University of Regina).

Karin Johnston
Senior Fellow,WIIS & Adjunct Professor, the School of International Studies at American University in Washington, D.C
Karin Johnston

Senior Fellow,WIIS & Adjunct Professor, the School of International Studies at American University in Washington, D.C

Dr. Karin L. Johnston is a Senior Fellow at WIIS and an Adjunct Professor at the School of International Studies at American University in Washington, D.C.  Her research interests include foreign and security policy analysis, U.S.-European relations, migration policy, conflict analysis, and security sector stabilization.  From 2017-2019, Dr. Johnston served as a Franklin Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), focusing on conflict in fragile states, security sector development, and stabilization strategies.  She has worked in policy research institutes in Washington, D.C and has written on German policy decision-making on out-of-area operations, German public opinion during the Bosnian crisis and the Iraq war, and security sector reforms and Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) planning. Her current research includes projects on the securitization of Europe’s migration policy, democratic governance and use of military force, and cooperation between military and civilian components in multilateral peace and stability operations.  Fluent in German, Dr. Johnston was a Mercator Fellow at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2014 and a former fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.

 

Roksana Verahrami
Communications Manager and Research Assistant
Roksana Verahrami

Communications Manager and Research Assistant

Roksana Verahrami graduated with a B.A. in Economics and International Affairs, with a concentration in international development from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in May 2020. She has previously worked with the Save Darfur movement, studying genocide and the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. She also worked on some the issues surrounding the ensuing refugee crisis from Sudan into neighbouring countries and abroad and helped organize an annual symposium designed to bring awareness to the situation in Darfur and its impact on women. Her interests also include studying the gendered dimensions of climate change, especially the intersectionality of race and class on these gendered dimensions, analysing the subversion or exploitation of traditional gender roles during times of violence, rebellion and war, and looking at how religious norms shape gender roles cross-culturally. She has also spent a semester studying at Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland studying international politics, economics and religion.

Linda Staheli
Founding Director, Global Co Lab Network
Linda Staheli

Founding Director, Global Co Lab Network

Linda Staheli is the founder of the Global Co Lab Network globalcolab.net which focuses on curating diverse stakeholders in informal on incubating action and engaging the next generation. Inspiration for the Co Lab came after working for thirty years building global science and technology engagements to address global challenges including those in the security, diplomacy and economic competitiveness arenas. Ms. Staheli directed government affairs at CRDF Global and founded the US-North Korea Science Consortium with AAAS, Syracuse University, and the Korea Society. She managed global health issues as the Director of the Division of International Relations at the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health. Other government experience includes managing U.S global science relations working at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, negotiating and implementing science and technology (S&T) agreements with Japan and Korea and managing the Central and East European Joint S&T Funds at the U.S. Department of State. Other employers include RAND, Pacific Sierra Research Corporation, and Council for a Livable World. Ms. Staheli has served in various volunteer capacities including Vice President and co-President of Women in International Security (WIIS). She holds an M.A. in Public Management with a focus on national security studies from the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, and a B.A. in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies, the University of Washington in Seattle.

Chantel Cole
Research Assistant, Queen's University
Chantel Cole

Research Assistant, Queen's University

MA in Political Studies

Queen’s University, Canada

BA in International Development Studies &

Political Science

University of Toronto, Canada

Chantel Cole is the Executive Director of the WIIS-Canada Toronto Chapter and a Research Assistant at Queen’s University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international relations, comparative politics, and development studies. In particular, she is interested in understanding the causes and dynamics of organized criminal violence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chantel has field experience in Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. She will begin her doctoral studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto in September 2020. She hopes to combine her research training and expertise in politics, development, gender, violence, and conflict with her academic work in a research institute, government, or an international organization to develop tangible solutions towards the goal of combating organized violence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Pam Simpson
Strategic Communication Advisor
Pam Simpson

Strategic Communication Advisor

Pam Simpson is a recent Master's graduate from Queen's University where she specialized in International Relations. Her research interests lie in democratization studies of East Africa, and transnational money laundering and terrorist financing. She is the co-author of the article titled “Tracking Transnational Terrorist Resourcing Nodes and Networks” which will appear in the Florida State University Law Review, and is hoping to pursue anti-money laundering and terrorist financing in the future, as she will be contributing to a book on the subject over the coming year.

Pam is the Strategic Communication Advisor for WIIS-Canada and is responsible for our communication campaigns and social media platforms.

Chantal de Jonge Oudraat
President, Women in International Security
Chantal de Jonge Oudraat

President, Women in International Security

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat has been President of Women in International Security (WIIS) since February 2013.

She was the founding and executive director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) North America (2012-2014).  Previous positions include: senior advisor to the U.S. Institute of Peace Center for Gender and Peacebuilding; associate vice president and director of the 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: Promoting Equality and Peace in the 21st Century (forthcoming 2019); Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century (USIP Press, 2011); and Managing Global Issues: Lessons Learned (Carnegie Endowment, 2001).

Carola Weil
Dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies, American University
Carola Weil

Dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies, American University

Dr. Carola Weil joined American University (AU) September 2012 as the inaugural dean of the newly established School of Professional and Extended Studies, the new tional Gateway as well as other experiential learning, professional studies, and continuing education programs at AU. She brings to AU over 20 years of management, research and teaching experience in higher education, not-for-profit, and international settings. Prior to joining AU, Dr. Weil held multiple appointments with the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, most recently as the School’s Director of International and Strategic Partnerships and Associate Dean for Planning & Strategic Initiatives. In that capacity, Dr. Weil led the development of collaborative, applied research, and public service projects with partners in the academic, non-profit, government, international, military, and private sectors. While at USC Annenberg, she oversaw the School’s operations and helped launch the school’s first online MA in Communication Management, a new innovation and design laboratory, and several interdisciplinary programs. A scholar of international affairs, armed conflict, and human security, she held teaching and research appointments in international relations and public diplomacy at USC, George Washington University, and the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was senior program officer in the US Institute of Peace’s grants and fellowship program and the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation’s Washington DC office. Weil served as executive director of the University of Maryland College Park Center for International Development and Conflict Management, and the not-for-profit, Women in International Security. A German and US dual national, Carola Weil has lived or travelled on virtually every continent and experienced the benefits of a global, experiential education first hand. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, frequently serves as reviewer for noted journals and awards in international affairs and public service.

Merve Erdilmen
PhD Student, McGill University
Merve Erdilmen

PhD Student, McGill University

PhD Student in Political Science

McGill University, Canada

MA in Political Science

McGill University, Canada

BS in Sociology

Middle East Technical University, Turkey

BA in Philosophy

Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Merve Erdilmen is a PhD Student whose research interests include localization of humanitarianism, peacebuilding, gender and forced migration, international practices of the refugee regime, and humanitarian development initiatives in the Middle East. Merve’s research is supported by Mitacs Globalink (2016-2018), Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (2016-2018), McGill Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Awards (2017-2018), and the Local Engagement Refugee Research Network (2019).

Zi Xue
Program Assistant and Fellow
Zi Xue

Program Assistant and Fellow

Zi Xue is the Program Assistant and Research Fellow at Women In International Security (WIIS). She received a M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, with a concentration in International Law and Organizations, and a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Gender Women Sexuality Studies and Studies in Cinema and Media Culture from the University of Minnesota. Zi’s research focuses on the role that international organizations play in international security; the relationship between gender equality and global security; and Foreign policies. She has previous experience in working at Cairo, Egypt; Cebu, Philippines; and Tbilisi, Georgia.

Ursala Knudsen-Latta
Legislative Representative for Peacebuilding, Friends Committee on National Legislation
Ursala Knudsen-Latta

Legislative Representative for Peacebuilding, Friends Committee on National Legislation

Ursala is the Legislative Representative for Peacebuilding. Ursala lobbies Congress to change U.S. foreign policy from an overly militarized and security-driven approach to one that prevents, mitigates, and transforms violent conflict and builds sustainable peace.

Ursala received her B.A. in religions and theology from the University of Manchester (U.K.), where her research focused on religion and conflict in south Asia. She worked with the Anchorage Interfaith Council, and the North American Interfaith Network before graduating with a M.A. in international peace and conflict resolution from American University.

Prior to joining FCNL, Ursala was the policy and advocacy coordinator for Saferworld’s Washington, D.C. office, where she advocated for U.S. foreign policy driven by the needs and interests of conflict-affected communities. She has facilitated advocacy strategy development workshops in Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, and Somalia with Saferworld’s country teams and partners. Ursala chaired the U.S. Civil Society Working Group for Women, Peace and Security for two terms and has previously worked at the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) and Women in International Security.

Ursala is also a volunteer and troop leader with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital.

Nancy Walker
Former Director, Atlantic Council’s Ansari Africa Center
Nancy Walker

Former Director, Atlantic Council’s Ansari Africa Center

Dr. Nancy Walker, is the former Director of the Atlantic Council's Ansari Africa Center and the 1st director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Dr. Walker’s diverse career speaks for itself. Her experience ranges from working as a political producer for German television, to defense analysis for an investment bank, to directing the Office of African Affairs and United Nations Branch Chief in the Office of Peacekeeping Policy. Dr. Walker is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Women in International Security, American Political Science Association, Turkish-American-International Women’s Cultural and Charitable Society, among others.

Farnush Ghadery
Visiting Lecturer, King’s College
Farnush Ghadery

Visiting Lecturer, King’s College

PhD Candidate in Law

Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, UK

LLM in Transnational Law

Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College, UK

LLB in German Law

University of Birmingham, UK

 

Farnush Ghadery is a Visiting Lecturer and PhD Candidate at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. She was a recipient of the Yeoh Tiong Lay LLM Scholarship and is currently the recipient of the Dickson Poon Postgraduate Research Scholarship. Farnush’s PhD project examines women’s rights and women’s participation in the context of the United Nations 'Women, Peace and Security’ agenda in post-conflict states and analyses the international framework set up for these purposes. Her research focuses on the relationship of the United Nations with local women’s civil society groups in post-conflict states, focusing on the case study of Afghanistan.

Susan McLoughlin
Project Coordinator
Susan McLoughlin

Project Coordinator

Susan is a Gender and Global Security Program Assistant at Women in International Security. She is currently an undergraduate student studying International Relations at American University with concentrations in Identity, Race, Gender and Culture and International Development with a minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her geographical area of focus within her International Relations studies is South Asia, and last spring Susan got the opportunity to study abroad in India. While there, she attended the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, further studying gendered violence and women’s advocacy in India. In addition, Susan interned at a local women’s liberation organization, Stree Mukti Sanghatana (SMS). Here she was able to pursue her own research regarding domestic violence and the importance of being able to identify domestic abuse. Furthermore, while at SMS, she worked on a sexual education program that was implemented within regional secondary schools.

Miriam Laux
Transatlantic Dialogue Intern, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Washington DC
Miriam Laux

Transatlantic Dialogue Intern, Heinrich Boell Foundation, Washington DC

Miriam is a graduate student at the University of Gothenburg where she is pursuing her degree in European Studies. Prior to moving to Gothenburg, Miriam studied political science and communication studies at the Technical University of Dresden where she also worked as a scientific assistant at a research network focusing on migration and democracy in the EU. Her research interests include international migration, particularly migration policies in the EU, foreign affairs, populism and the radical right.

Melodie Ha
Research Assistant, NDU
Melodie Ha

Research Assistant, NDU

MA in Security Studies

Georgetown University, USA

BA in Political Science

Wellesley College, USA

BA in Chinese Language and Culture

Wellesley College, USA

Melodie Ha was a research assistant for the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs at the U.S. National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies. Her research areas include the People’s Liberation Army, U.S.-China relations, and cybersecurity and emerging technologies. Prior to this, she worked at the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and the Center for a New American Security. Melodie served as a David L. Boren Fellow to China in 2016 at Beijing Foreign Studies University.

United States
Maeve Murphy
Research Assistant
Maeve Murphy

Research Assistant

Maeve Murphy is an undergraduate in the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in International Affairs, with a concentration in Security Policy. Maeve's research interests include conflict prevention and resolution, gender dynamics and inclusivity in peace processes, and combating human trafficking, particularly child soldiering. She recently spent a month on a cultural exchange to Amman, Jordan, as well as an academic semester abroad at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, England and has travelled extensively.
Maxinne Leighton
Assoc. AIA, Vice-President
Maxinne Leighton

Assoc. AIA, Vice-President

Maxinne Rhea Leighton, Assoc. AIA has held leadership roles in design firms for the past twenty years. She is pioneering research on the impact of climate change on design and planning professionals in completion of her PhD. A senior-level strategist in business development, marketing and communications for Jaros, Baum & Bolles, she has facilitated panels on building infrastructure and climate change at the United Nations and the NYC AIA.

Ms. Leighton’s passionate commitment to advancing peace and security in the built environment was intensified post-9/11. As a member of the initial ground zero planning team, Leighton served as a liaison between the design/planning professionals and the victims’ families. Post-Hurricane (Superstorm) Sandy she was part of a number of recovery efforts. It was there that the nexus between communities segregated by class and culture in the post-disaster recovery and the role of security was further underscored.

An Honorary Council Member for the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization Global, she is a member of the New York AIA’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction, Advisory Council Member for Save Ellis Island and an advisory board member for A Movement in Water™, an interactive multimedia public art installation on the reverence and reciprocity of water.

Leighton is co-author of Educating for Social Justice, A Dangerous Game: Matilda Joslyn Gage Center (Journal of Museum Studies), a suffrage’s fight for social justice and co-editor for The Future of Cities: An Integrated Approach to Urban Challenges (2016), based on the February 2015 conference at UN Headquarters in New York City; co-author of Grand Central: Gateway to a Million Lives (recipient of Chartered Builders of the United Kingdom Silver Literary Awards) and author of An Ellis Island Christmas, a book for children about immigration.

Leighton earned a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Binghamton and a Master of Arts in Urban Studies at New York University. In 2018 she was recognized with WBC’s “Outstanding Women in the Building Industry” award as well as being honored as one of New York’s Power Women.

Allyn Anderson
Program Assistant
Allyn Anderson

Program Assistant

Allyn Anderson is a gender and global security program assistant with WIIS. She is currently pursuing two bachelor's degrees at the University of Maryland, one in international relations and the other in sociocultural and linguistic anthropology with a focus on studies of religion, French, Japanese, and Arabic.

Her interest in global and cultural studies began with a children’s book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.

“Everyone is just waiting.

NO!

That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape

all that waiting and staying

You'll find the bright places

where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,

once more you'll ride high!

Ready for anything under the sky.

Ready because you're that kind of a guy!”

Since she was a child, she’s always wanted to find those “bright places,” and even when the reality of finances made global travel difficult, she always turned to learning about the world through books, documentaries, and the people in her community who had been lucky enough to travel. She hopes to fill her 40-page passport in more ways than one, and learn how the world is now, has been, and can be.

Her interests in international security stemmed from a recent project in which she, and some friends from her school’s model UN team, hosted a mock congressional session to develop new approaches to law enforcement policies in the United States. During that project, she recognized that there were some incredibly deep-rooted flaws in the culture behind various law enforcement organizations that can, and should, be remedied to the benefit of both the public and those law enforcement organizations themselves.

In her free time, she loves to go on little adventures with her dog, Hugo, to local parks, restaurants, and dog-friendly bookstores.  She also enjoys reading declassified intelligence reports (yes, for fun) and hopes to one day see her name in the credits of a major intelligence report. After she graduates, she plans to work within the federal government, preferably within the intelligence community.

Layla Hashemi
PhD Candidate, Schar School of Policy and Government George Mason University
Layla Hashemi

PhD Candidate, Schar School of Policy and Government George Mason University

PhD Candidate in Public Policy

Schar School of Policy and Government

George Mason University, USA

MA in  International Relations with a concentration in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies

New York University, USA

BA in International Affairs & Comparative Politics

New York University, USA

 

Layla M. Hashemi is a PhD Candidate at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and a graduate research assistant at the George Mason University’s Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC). Ms. Hashemi received her M.A. from New York University in International Relations with a concentration in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Ms. Hashemi has worked for various governmental and non-governmental organizations including Forum 2000 (Prague, Czech Republic) and The Journal of Civil Society. She is currently an adjunct professor of Political Science at Montgomery College where she teaches a variety of courses including Comparative Politics, International Conflict Resolution and a course she helped develop on Global Human Rights. Her current research focuses on illicit trade, human trafficking and corruption in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Iran and United States
Kayla McGill
Program Manager, WIIS Global
Kayla McGill

Program Manager, WIIS Global

Kayla graduated with her Masters of International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M in 2018 where she focused on Women, Peace & Security, Diplomacy, and Intelligence. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Civic Engagement from Brigham Young University. Kayla is a trained Analytical Researcher focusing on gender and national security, culture and narrative studies, Eastern European tribalism, and U.S.-China relations. She has presented her research to The U.S. State Department and The U.S. Institute of Peace and at numerous conferences. Kayla previously worked for the WomanStats Project contributing to publications, working with qualitative and quantitative data, and representing the Project at events such as Beijing+20/CSW59 at the United Nations. Kayla strongly believes in the importance of public service and cultural understanding. She speaks French, has lived in China, Germany, the UK, and France, and has traveled abroad extensively.

Ibrahim Abdulmajeed
Regulatory Engineer
Ibrahim Abdulmajeed

Regulatory Engineer

PhD in Safety Engineering and Disaster Control

        Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria

BA in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) 

        Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria

MA of Science Engineering  

        Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria 

Ibrahim Abdulmajeed is a Regulatory Engineer with The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority at the Department of Nuclear Safety Security and Safeguards, he is charged with the responsibility of protecting life and the environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, he has a keen interest in issues of Nuclear Safety, Security and Non Proliferation of WMD and to ensure the safe operation of Nuclear Technology, Security of Nuclear facilities and materials. He desires to see that the World is free from the threat of weapons of Mass destruction, which also includes biological and chemical weapons. He was also a visiting fellow at the James Martin Centre for Non-Proliferation Studies Monterey USA.

Hannah Proctor
Research Fellow, WIIS Global
Hannah Proctor

Research Fellow, WIIS Global

Hannah Proctor is a Gender and Global Security program assistant. Hannah is a recent graduate from the inaugural MSc in Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics. Her dissertation focused on the role of girls' right to education in conflict prevention. Previously, she studied Women's Studies and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Hannah's research interests include militarized masculinity's connection to sexual violence; the Women, Peace and Security Agenda; and bringing feminist perspectives to sustainable peace. She has experience planning the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, working with a Croatian soccer club developing the Girl's Empowerment Program, and working with low income families in Los Angeles.

Elinor McNamee
Women, Peace and Security Specialist, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canada
Elinor McNamee

Women, Peace and Security Specialist, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Canada

MSc in Women, Peace and Security

London School of Economics, UK

BA in International Studies

Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

Elinor McNamee is a Women, Peace and Security Specialist at the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Elinor has previously worked in trade, humanitarian, and non-profit sectors, always centering human security and gender equality in her work. Elinor co-founded Young Gen for Inclusive Peace, a research and advocacy platform dedicated to promoting the inclusion of young voices in advancing the WPS agenda. Elinor is also a contributor at the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy and a regular guest lecturer at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Elinor served as an elected student representative during both her graduate and undergraduate studies, has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian International Council (Vancouver Branch) and Leave Out Violence Society BC, and was a member of the International Humanitarian Law Steering Committee for the Canadian Red Cross in BC & Yukon.

Mónica Mendez Caballero
Security & Defense Policy Advisor
Mónica Mendez Caballero

Security & Defense Policy Advisor

MAS in International and European Security

University of Geneva and the GCSP, Switzerland

Leadership in International Security Course

GCSP, Switzerland

MBA in Top Management 

IPADE Business School, Mexico

BA in Political Science 

ITAM, Mexico

Mónica Mendez Caballero is a political scientist specialized in policy design for security, defense, and rule of law sector. Her work focuses on analyzing the Security Sector Reform in Mexico. While at public service, her work designing and implementing a Strategic Management Model for public security agencies was awarded with the 3rd place of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) 2017 Contest on Management for Development Results (MfDR). Mónica has technically assisted the Guatemalan Ministry of Government and the National Civil Police in planning methodologies to strengthen public security institutions. And she had taught the subject "Strategic planning tools for police operation" in the Program for Police Command presented by the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) and the National Commission of Security. She has served in the Federal Government of Mexico, as Deputy General Director at the National Commission of Security; as Director at the Secretariat of the National Security Council; as advisor to Undersecretaries at the Secretary of Interior and at the Secretary of Civil Service. 

Hannah Neumann
Member of the European Parliament (The Greens/EFA)
Hannah Neumann

Member of the European Parliament (The Greens/EFA)

Hannah Neumann is the Peace and Human Rights Coordinator for the Greens / EFA Group, Vice-Chair of the Human Rights Committee (DROI), Member the committees of the Foreign Affairs (AFET), Security and Defense Policy (SEDE) and Chair of the Delegation for Relations to the Arabian Peninsula (DARP).

Hannah Neumann studied and received her PhD in media sciences and peace and conflict research in Ilmenau, Berlin, Manila and Monrovia. Before joining the European Parliament, she was a self-employed consultant and consultant for peace projects, ia. in projects for the United Nations, the Society for International Cooperation, the European Commission, the DGAP, GPPi and aid organizations. She advised ministries and non-governmental organizations on campaigns on anti-discrimination, democracy promotion, local climate change and human rights. From 2013 until 2016, she worked as policy advisor in the German Bundestag.

Dismas Ndayikengurukiye
Coordinator, Greenland Alliance
Dismas Ndayikengurukiye

Coordinator, Greenland Alliance

MPhil in International Peace Studies

           Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

BA in English Language and Literature

  University of Burundi, Burundi

Dismas Ndayikengurukiye works as a Coordinator at Greenland Alliance. He recently graduated with Distinction in Master of Philosophy in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Being part of the Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI), he is very passionate about leadership and peace with focus on gender issues in post-conflict contexts. He volunteered with different local youth organisations in conducting trainings on leadership, non-violence and conflict resolution, and gender topics.

Chiedo Nwankwor
Lecturer and Director, SAIS Women Lead
Chiedo Nwankwor

Lecturer and Director, SAIS Women Lead

Dr. Nwankwor oversees SAIS Women Lead (SWL) and serves as a Visiting Research Associate and Lecturer. Her primary areas of specialization are Comparative Politics with a focus on African politics, and Women and Gender Studies. Within women and gender studies, her research and teaching interests include women’s political participation with an emphasis on ministerial level politics in Africa, women’s health and health policy, feminist international relations, and the political economy of gender in Africa. As director of SAIS Women Lead, Dr. Nwankwor develops and teaches SWL’s practicum courses; facilitates collaboration with SAIS Women’s Alumni Network (SWAN), SWL’s Women Who Inspire Lecture Series, and Global Women in Leadership to co-sponsor programming; strengthens alumni mentoring activities affiliated with SWL; and advises students.

Amanda Trea Phua
Senior Analyst, RSIS
Amanda Trea Phua

Senior Analyst, RSIS

MSc in International Relations

RSIS, Singapore

BA in English Literature

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Amanda Trea Phua is Senior Analyst at the United States Programme at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Singapore. Amanda previously worked as an international news producer and editor-in-chief of an interdisciplinary arts publication. Her research interests lie at the intersection of international relations theory, gender studies, and critical social thought.

Liane Schalatek
Associate Director, the Heinrich Böll Foundation Washington, DC
Liane Schalatek

Associate Director, the Heinrich Böll Foundation Washington, DC

Liane Schalatek is the Associate Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America. In this capacity, she supports the Director in his representational duties and overall program management. Liane brings 10 years of experience in global governance, specifically international trade and finance, as well as the promotion of gender equality and women's empowerment in the international program work to our team. A particular interest of her work has been awareness and capacity building work on the need to engender macroeconomic policy. Currently, her work focuses on international climate finance, with an emphasis on public climate finance flows and on equitable access to climate funding.  A special consideration of her current work is addressing the gender dimensions of climate change (adaptation and mitigation), including with respect to climate finance.

Before joining HBF in 1999, Liane served as Program Officer for Transatlantic Economic Relations at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Washington. She is a formally trained newspaper editor and also worked as a free-lance journalist for several years. She researches and publishes on international development, climate and gender issues.

Liane holds a M.A. in Political Science and Political Economy from the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and a M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Emily Sample
Executive Director, Genocide Prevention Program
Emily Sample

Executive Director, Genocide Prevention Program

George Mason University, USA

MA in Human Rights and Genocide Studies

Kingston University, England

BA in History, Russian & Post-Soviet Studies

The College of William and Mary, USA

Emily Sample is the Executive Director of the Genocide Prevention Program at the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and is in the process of earning her PhD. Previously, she worked as Associate Director of Education at the Holocaust Museum Houston, for the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Ugandan National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, as well as for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC. Her research interests include sexual and gender-based violence, climate change mitigation, and mass atrocity prevention.

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Don Steinberg
Fellow, Our Secure Future
Don Steinberg

Fellow, Our Secure Future

Donald Steinberg recently stepped down as president and CEO of World Learning, an international nonprofit organization that provides education, exchange, and development programs in more than 60 countries. For more than 80 years, World Learning programs have helped empower new generations of global leaders to create a more peaceful, democratic and prosperous world. Steinberg currently serves as a senior fellow at the NGO umbrella organization, InterAction, supporting the CEO’s of its members in expanding the diversity and inclusion of their institutions.  He is also a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and serves on the boards and advisory councils for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Women’s Refugee Commission, Trickle Up, and USA for UN Women (SF).

Steinberg has more than 40 years of experience in government and nongovernmental organizations, and expertise in the fields of international relations and development; Women, Peace and Security; and atrocity prevention.  Prior to World Learning, Steinberg served as deputy administrator at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where he focused on the Middle East and Africa; organizational reforms under the USAID Forward agenda; the inclusion of women, people with disabilities, LGBT persons, and other marginalized groups into the development arena; and expanded dialogue with development partners.

In his previous work with the United States government, Steinberg served as director of the US Department of State’s Joint Policy Council, White House deputy press secretary, National Security Council senior director for African Affairs, special Haiti coordinator, US Ambassador to Angola, and the president’s special representative for Humanitarian Demining. He was also deputy president for policy at the International Crisis Group, a Randolph Jennings senior fellow at the US Institute of Peace, and has advised the Women's Refugee Commission, the UN Development Fund for Women, the UN Civil Society Advisory Group for Women, Peace and Security, and the Institute for Inclusive Security.

Ana Sanchez Cobaleda
Researcher, University of Leiden
Ana Sanchez Cobaleda

Researcher, University of Leiden

PhD in International Public Law

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

MA in International Law (LLM)

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

MA in International Organizations & Cooperation

Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

BA in Law

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Ana Sanchez Cobaleda is currently a visiting researcher at the University of Leiden and holds a post-doc position at ESADEGeo, where her research focuses on international peace and security as a global public good. Ana's PhD thesis at the University of Barcelona focused on the international legal regime of dual-use goods and how it relates to the non-proliferation of WMD. She is an alumnus of the OECD’s NEA International School of Nuclear Law and a member of the Chaudfontaine Group on strategic trade control. Ana has been a visiting researcher at the KU Leuven, the University of Geneva, the University of Amsterdam, and the Council of Europe. Previously she worked as a lawyer in a private sector law firm and at the UN Development Program’s Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dominik Tolksdorf
Program Director for Foreign and Security Policy, the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America
Dominik Tolksdorf

Program Director for Foreign and Security Policy, the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America

Dominik Tolksdorf is Program Director for Foreign and Security Policy at the Heinrich Boell Foundation North America, focusing on transatlantic cooperation in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Prior to joining the foundation, Dominik worked for think tanks in Munich, Brussels, Paris, and Washington, focusing in his research on Eastern Europe, EU foreign policy, and international conflict resolution efforts (see publications here). He also worked as adjunct professor at Vesalius College Brussels and as consultant. Dominik holds a PhD in Political Science from Ludwig Maximilian University Munich and a MSc in European Politics, Economics and Law from the University of Turku (Finland). In 2012, he published a book on the European Union’s support for reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Nomos).

Sophie Schor
PhD Student, Korbel School
Sophie Schor

PhD Student, Korbel School

PhD Student in International Studies

Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, USA

MA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Rothberg International School at

Hebrew University, Jerusalem

BA in Government and Middle Eastern Studies

Smith College, USA

Sophie Schor’s work focuses on the intersection of nonviolent civil resistance and feminist movements in Israel/Palestine. Her research interests include spatial politics, critical political theory, language, and community-based research approaches. Her previous work includes a historical ethnography of feminist peace movements in Israel, focusing on Women Wage Peace; a critical reading of Hebrew language textbooks; and an analysis of bus-routes and borders in Jerusalem. She was a member of the first ever women’s group of Combatants for Peace, and served on the steering committee of Sumud Freedom Camp in the South Hebron Hills in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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Roksana Verahrami
Program Assistant, WIIS Global
Roksana Verahrami

Program Assistant, WIIS Global

Roksana Verahrami is currently a B.A. candidate in Economic and International Affairs, with a concentration on international development at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She has previously worked with the Save Darfur movement, studying genocide and the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war. She also worked on some the issues surrounding the ensuing refugee crisis from Sudan into neighbouring countries and abroad and helped organize an annual symposium designed to bring awareness to the situation in Darfur and its impact on women. Her interests also include studying the gendered dimensions of climate change, especially the intersectionality of race and class on these gendered dimensions, analysing the subversion or exploitation of traditional gender roles during times of violence, rebellion and war, and looking at the how religious norms shape gender roles cross-culturally. She has also spent a semester studying at Trinity College Dublin in Dublin, Ireland studying international politics, economics and religion.

Madison Schramm
Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame
Madison Schramm

Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Notre Dame

PhD in International Relations

Georgetown University, USA

MA in Government

Georgetown University, USA

BA in Political Science

Sarah Lawrence College, USA 

Dr. Madison Schramm is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Innovative Approaches to Grand Strategy at the University of Notre Dame. Her research focuses on international security, the domestic politics of foreign policy, political psychology, and gender and foreign policy. Madison has previously worked with the Council on Foreign Relations, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Yale University's Political Violence FieldLab, and the RAND Corporation.

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Karin Warner
Captain, Nurse Corps, USN (Ret.) & Professor School of Nursing, Department of Nurse Anesthesia Graduate School of Public and International Affairs University of Pittsburgh
Karin Warner

Captain, Nurse Corps, USN (Ret.) & Professor School of Nursing, Department of Nurse Anesthesia Graduate School of Public and International Affairs University of Pittsburgh

A member of WIIS since her graduate studies at the University of Maryland in the late 1990’s - Dr. Karin Warner is a full professor of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh, with a secondary appointment at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA).

Dr. Warner served over 30 years in the United States Navy in numerous clinical and leadership positions in stations in the United States, Sardinia, Italy, and the Asian Western Pacific.

Her broad clinical experience includes work in cardiac step-down, neonatal intensive care and pediatric outpatient settings, emergency room, education and training. Leadership roles included Senior Nurse and Director of Wellness Programs, Primary Care and Head of Quality Management, Regional Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belt for the Western Pacific Medical Alliance (U.S. Naval Hospitals Guam, Okinawa, and Yokosuka), Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Navy Medicine Enterprise, and Chief Operating Officer for a health clinic which operated 4 separate clinics in two states. She has extensive experience in emergency management and disaster preparedness. Dr. Warner served on Capitol Hill as a legislative fellow working on national and veteran’s health policy and is the past Navy Director of the Federal Nurses Association 2007-2011.

Dr. Warner earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Duke University (2014), a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National War College; with a concentration in weapons of mass destruction (WMD) (2015), a Master a Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College (2012), dual Master of Science Degrees in Medical-Surgical Nursing and Nursing Health Policy from the University of Maryland (1996) as well as her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Maryland (1990).

A Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), she is also a certified LSS Black Belt, LSS Green Belt instructor, and expert facilitator. She is a Board Member of the non-profit Pan Africa Children’s Advocacy Watch (PACAW, Inc.), and her active research is focused on how security affects population health in the Niger Delta.

Dr. Warner, along with Julia Santucci and Sandra Monteverde (co-PI’s) received a $50,000 SEED Grant from the University of Pittsburgh to support the establishment of the University of Pittsburgh Chapter of WIIS Global.

Smita Singh
Assistant Committee Officer, Parliament of India
Smita Singh

Assistant Committee Officer, Parliament of India

PhD Candidate in Diplomacy & Disarmament Division

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

MPhil in Disarmament & Diplomacy Division

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

MA in Politics

Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

BA in Political Science

St. Xavier’s College, University of Calcutta, India

Smita Singh is currently working as an Assistant Committee Officer in the India Parliamentary Committee on External Affairs. Previously, she held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science in Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi. She has been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship in both International Relations and Political Science from the University Grants Commission, India. Her research interest lies in the areas of foreign policy analysis, comparative government, strategic and nuclear policy, and gender politics.

Dallin Van Leuven
Program Manager, Search for Common Ground
Dallin Van Leuven

Program Manager, Search for Common Ground

MA in Law and Diplomacy

Tufts University, USA

BS in Justice Studies

Westminster College, USA

Dallin Van Leuven is a Program Manager for Search for Common Ground (Search), where he has worked for the past four years. He has researched the drivers of radicalization across the Middle East, led the creation of Search’s CVE guide and training curriculum, and advised on the UN Women-funded research project “Women and Violent Radicalization in Jordan.” Van Leuven has co-authored a number of research studies, including Search’s “Youth and Contentious Politics in Lebanon: Drivers of Marginalization and Radicalization in Tripoli,” and the United Nations Development Programme’s “Kosovo-Wide Assessment of Perceptions of Radicalisation at the Community Level.” He also authored a book chapter on ISIL’s unprecedented use of gendered strategies to recruit foreign men and women, which was published in Foreign Fighters under International Law and Beyond. Van Leuven is a native of the state of Idaho in the United States and currently resides in Rome, Italy.

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Jana Wattenberg
Deputy Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies
Jana Wattenberg

Deputy Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies

PhD Candidate in International Politics

Aberystwyth University, UK

MA in International Studies/ Peace & Conflict Studies

Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany

BA in Sociological European Studies

University of Bremen, Germany

Jana Wattenberg is a PhD Candidate in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, and the Deputy Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies. She holds a BA from the University of Bremen in Sociological European Studies and a MA in International Studies/Peace and Conflict Studies from Goethe University Frankfurt. She is currently working on research projects on ideas about nuclear weapons and disarmament, nuclear stigmatization and women in nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.