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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.