Leadership Council

Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University, Co-Chair

Charlotte Bunch has been an activist, writer and organizer in feminist, LGBT, and human rights movements for over four decades.  A Distinguished Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies, Bunch was previously a Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in DC, a founder of Washington DC Women’s Liberation, and of Quest: A Feminist Quarterly. She has served on the Board of Directors of many organizations and currently on the Board of AWID, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights and the Advisory Committee for the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Charlotte has long worked to bring women, gender based violence, and sexual rights onto national and global agendas.  Her contributions to conceptualizing and organizing for women's rights as human rights have been recognized by many, including the National Women's Hall of Fame, the White House Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, the “1000 Women Peace Makers” nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Connecticut. She has written numerous influential essays, edited nine anthologies and authored numerous books.   

Lauren Fite, George Washington University Parent and Philanthropist, Co-Chair

While Lauren Fite’s professional passion was healthcare, particularly serving inner city Los Angeles seniors as a physician’s assistant in a coordinated care medical practice, her volunteer experience has been largely in the educational realm, either through board positions or, in earlier years, as a parent volunteer. She is currently serving as an alumnae parent on the board of The Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles. She also volunteers as a health advisor at PSI Elementary School and GALS (The Girls Athletic Leadership School), a girls’ charter school. Additionally, she is on an Advisory Board for the Simms Mann Center for Integrative Oncology at UCLA, and for griefHaven, and organization that lends support to parents and families who have experienced death of a child. She has a passion for educational institutions that are committed to keeping their students engaged and their programs current. With the establishment of her family foundation in 2015, she has found it gratifying to be able to contribute to such programs such as the Knowledge in Action Fund at GWU, making it possible for students to work in summer internships to further their job experience. 

Diana Arango, Senior Gender-based Violence and Development Specialist, World Bank

Diana J. Arango is the Sr. Gender-Based Violence and Development Specialist in the Gender Cross-Cutting Solutions Area at the World Bank Group. She has more than 10 years of experience working on development issues including gender-based violence, specifically within the context of humanitarian settings. Before joining the World Bank Group she was a Research Scientist at George Washington University's Global Women's Institute leading research on violence against women and girls in conflict settings. Prior to that she served as the Global Coordinator for the development and implementation of the Gender-Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS), an innovative inter-agency initiative that aids humanitarian workers in collecting timely data on GBV incidents that can then be used to inform programmatic work. She has an MSc from the London School of Economics in Anthropology and Development, and has on the ground experience in several countries, including Colombia, Haiti, Chad, Somalia, Uganda, and South Sudan.

Reuben Brigety, Dean, Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University

Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety II most recently served as the appointed Representative of the United States of America to the African Union and Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN Economic Commission for Africa on September 3, 2013. Prior to this appointment, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of African Affairs from 2011 until 2013 with responsibility for Southern African and Regional Security Affairs. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, he previously served as Director of the Sustainable Security Program at the Center for American Progress and as a Special Assistant in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development. He is a 1995 distinguished midshipman graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a B.S. in political science (with merit), served as the Brigade Commander and received the Thomas G. Pownall Scholarship. He also holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Cambridge, England. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a recipient of the Council’s International Affairs Fellowship.

Rea Chiongson, Senior Gender Advisor, International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

Rea Abada Chiongson is a lawyer with more than 20 years of experience on gender, law, justice and development issues. As Senior Gender Advisor for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), she leads the organization’s work on gender and the rule of law. Previously, Rea was the Gender and Justice Advisor at the World Bank’s Justice Reform Practice Group. She also provided technical support to the World Bank Institute's gender, conflict and fragility program.  Rea also worked as a gender and law specialist with the Asian Development Bank, UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. She earned her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines and her LL.M. from Columbia University in New York, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She has published extensively and has led the development of IDLO’s most recent publication: Women, Food, Law: Exploring Rule of Law Linkages (2016).

Brisa De Angulo, CEO, A Breeze of Hope

Brisa De Angulo is founder and CEO of A Breeze of Hope Foundation. A Breeze of Hope operates the only center in Bolivia specialized solely in trans-disciplinary services for child survivors of sexual violence as well as an innovative early childhood development program. Brisa holds a Juris Doctorate, a Master of Arts in Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Brisa currently uses neuropsychological research to help police, prosecutors, and judges provide better services and advocacy to child survivors. Brisa has co-authored several works on sexual violence, human rights, and early childhood development. Brisa also authored a landmark study on the prevalence and dynamics of sexual violence in Bolivia. Additionally, Brisa recently published a book with UNICEF on governmental and investment policy for the promotion of early childhood development as a platform for sexual violence prevention. 

Kirsten Dimovitz, Student Representative, George Washington University

Kirsten Dimovitz is currently a senior at the George Washington University where she is majoring in International Affairs with focuses in conflict, gender and health. Since coming to GW, Kirsten has worked with and led the student group, Students Against Sexual Assault. As president, she pushed for the founding of the first Committee on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, organized the first “It’s On Us” campaign in collaboration with the White House and Generation Progress, and successfully petitioned for mandatory sexual assault prevention training for all incoming students. After graduation, Kirsten hopes to take her skills and lessons learned from working with the United Nations Population Fund, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee, and RAINN to aid gender-based violence survivors through direct service, community education and the creation of more effective national and international programs.

Lynn Goldman, Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University

Lynn R. Goldman is the Michael and Lori Milken Dean at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington. Before joining Milken Institute SPH in 2010, she was a professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to that, Goldman served as assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. She also worked at the California Department of Public Health, where she headed the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control. Dr. Goldman is a pediatrician and environmental epidemiologist who has had a distinguished career in environmental public health and academia.  A member of the National Academy of Medicine, she has chaired or served on numerous committees and forums including National Academy of Medicine Governing Council and the Governing Board of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a member of the FDA Science Board and the Advisory Committee to the Director of the CDC.

Emma Fulu, Director, The Equality Institute

Dr Emma Fulu is the Founder and Director of The Equality Institute, which works to advance all forms of equality and prevent violence against women through scientific research, innovation and creative communications. Winner of the 2016 InStyle and Audi Women of Style Scholarship, Emma is a global expert on gender issues who has worked in government, the United Nations and civil society. Previously, Emma was based in South Africa managing the £25 million global program What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls. Before that she led the ground-breaking United Nations Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific. Emma presents widely on the issue of violence against women, and has published in a number of high-level journals including Lancet Global Health. She is the author of Domestic Violence in Asia: Globalization, gender and Islam in the Maldives and blogs for the Huffington Post UK.

Anne Marie Goetz, Professor, Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York USA)

Dr. Goetz joined NYU’s Center for Global Affairs in January 2014, where she teaches International Relations and Comparative Politics. She is both an academic and a policy-maker. She was a Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex between 1991 and 2005, and she has also held a number of positions at the United Nations, most recently as UN Women’s Chief Advisor on Peace and Security. In this role she spearheaded initiatives to promote women’s empowerment in the UN’s peacebuilding work, women’s participation in peace talks and post conflict elections, and protection of women from violence. Dr. Goetz was instrumental in supporting negotiations for important Security Council resolutions on women’s participation in peacebuilding (resolution 1889), conflict-related sexual violence (resolution 1820) and women’s leadership in conflict resolution (resolution 2122).  She is the author of seven books on women’s rights, democratization, and accountability institutions. She holds a BA from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario); an MSc from the London School of Economics; a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Claudia Garcia Moreno, Team Leader, Violence against Women, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization

Dr García-Moreno currently leads the team working on violence against women at the World Health Organization (WHO), which includes work on measurement and epidemiology, interventions research and development of guidelines and tools for the health sector. She has led the WHO’s work on gender and women’s health and on violence against women and until 2013 was coordinator of the Gender, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health and Adolescence team in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research. She coordinated the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence against Women, and is a founder and coordinating group member of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative. She is currently co-chair of the FIGO Working Group on Gender-based Violence and chair of the Independent Advisory Board of the What works to prevent violence against women and girls initiative. She is a physician  from Mexico with an MSC in Community Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Sarah Hendriks, Director, Gender Equality, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sarah Hendriks leads the foundation’s efforts to achieve substantive and sustainable results in promoting gender equality and unlocking the empowerment of women and girls. She works across the foundation and with partners to develop and drive a strategic vision on gender equality, build organizational commitment, and establish technical processes that shape the foundation’s current and future work in the area. Prior to Foundation, Sarah worked as the Director of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion for Plan International where she provided global strategic leadership of cross-cutting work on gender equality and inclusion, served as the chair of the editorial board and as the lead gender advisor for a report entitled ‘Because I am a Girl:  the State of the World’s Girls’ and led the ‘Global Girls Innovation Program’. Sarah has also worked with Women and the Law in Southern Africa Malawi and has worked extensively as a gender consultant.

Raul Herrera, Partner, Arnold & Porter LLP

Raul R. Herrera concentrates on international matters, with particular emphasis in international corporate and financing transactions in Latin America and the Caribbean. For more than 25 years, Mr. Herrera has been involved in transactions in every country of Latin America and many of the Caribbean on behalf of a wide variety of clients, including private, public, and multilateral entities. Raul represents lenders (including multilateral and bilateral agencies, as well as commercial banks), host governments, and sponsors with the development and financing of projects and private equity funds across a wide range of industry sectors. Previously he served as the general counsel of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the private sector multilateral financial institution affiliated with the Inter-American Development Bank. He speaks Spanish and is conversant in Portuguese. Mr. Herrera is a frequent speaker on such topics as project finance, international arbitration, and the economic development of and investment opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Mr. Herrera received his JD from The George Washington University Law School and a BA from The George Washington University.

Neil Irvin, Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape

Neil Irvin recently served as Senior Director of Programs, a position he held since 2008, following five years as Director of Community Education. Neil Irvin is a highly committed and collaborative professional with over 25 years of youth development and leadership experience. Neil is the Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR), which seeks to mobilize men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women. Well known throughout the country in the field of gender-based violence prevention, Neil currently serves on the Department of Justice’s National Advisory Committee and is a member of the NoVo Foundation’s prestigious Move to End Violence initiative. He has also served as a consultant to The White House Commission on Violence Against Women and Girls, Boys and Girls Club, Ford Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Liz Claiborne Foundation. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health and has been a regular lecturer at American University, George Washington University, and Howard University.

Steven Knapp, President, George Washington University

Steven Knapp became the 16th president of the George Washington University in August 2007. His priorities include enhancing the university’s partnerships with neighboring institutions, expanding the scope of its research, strengthening its worldwide community of alumni, enlarging its students’ opportunities for public service, and leading its transformation into a model of urban sustainability. A specialist in Romanticism, literary theory, and the relation of literature to philosophy and religion, Dr. Knapp taught English literature at the University of California, Berkeley before serving as dean of arts and sciences and then provost of the Johns Hopkins University.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Modern Language Association.  The author of three books and numerous articles, he earned his Doctorate and Masters degrees from Cornell University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University.

Shiva Kumar, Co-Chair, Know Violence in Childhood Global Learning Initiative

A. K. Shiva Kumar (Shiv) is a development economist who works on issues related to human development, poverty, health, nutrition, basic education, and the rights of women and children.  He serves as senior consultant and policy advisor to UNICEF India and was until recently the Director of the International Centre for Human Development in New Delhi, India.  He is Co-Chair of the Know Violence in Childhood – a global learning initiative that is synthesizing evidence to advocate for ending violence.  Shiv has also been active in the field of development evaluation.  He is a Visiting Professor at the Ashoka University and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where he teaches economics and public policy.  Shiv did his Masters in Economics from Bangalore University and his Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He also completed a Masters in Public Administration and his Ph.D in Political Economy and Government, both from Harvard University.

Daniela Ligiero, Executive Director and CEO, Together for Girls

Daniela Ligiero is the Chief Executive Officer of Together for Girls, a global, public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, especially sexual violence against girls. Before she joined Together for Girls, she served as the Vice President of Girls and Women’s Strategy at the UN Foundation and developed the foundation’s gender integration strategy. In addition, she worked at the U.S. Department of State where she led the integration of gender issues across all of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). She has worked on gender issues at the World Bank and US Senate. She earned her doctorate in counseling and community psychology from the University of Maryland where she also held the honor of a distinguished lecturer in the Department of Psychology. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Forrest Maltzman, Provost, George Washington University

Forrest Maltzman was appointed Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs in June 2016. He has spent most of his career at the George Washington University, most recently serving as Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Planning and as a Professor of Political Science. Forrest became a member of the political science faculty at GW in 1993. In 2006, he served as chair of the university’s reaccreditation steering committee, and just two years later, he was elected as chair of the Department of Political Science, the largest academic department in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. A prolific author, Forrest has authored or co-authored four books and written more than 30 articles on political science, many of which focus on the factors that shape decision-making within Congress and the Supreme Court. Forrest earned a bachelor’s degree in government and history from Wesleyan University and his doctoral degree in political science from the University of Minnesota.

Lori Michau, Co-Director, Raising Voices

Lori Michau is the co-founder and co-director of Raising Voices, a feminist non-profit organization based in Kampala, Uganda, working to prevent violence against women and children. Lori also spearheaded the creation of the GBV Prevention Network, now coordinated by Raising Voices, with over 800 members in the Horn, East and Southern Africa. She has extensive experience in community mobilization, has written numerous articles on violence prevention, and leads a team dedicated to infusing global VAW prevention work with the transformational potential of solidarity, activism and technical rigor. Lori also developed SASA!, a comprehensive methodology currently used in more than 25 countries across Africa and beyond, that is among the few approaches with proven, community-level impact on preventing intimate partner violence against women and HIV risk. Lori received her Masters in Human Rights from Makerere University in Uganda.

Tina Musuya, Executive Director, Center for Domestic Violence Prevention

Tina is the Executive Director at CEDOVIP. She holds an MA in Sociology from Makerere University in Uganda. Under her guidance, CEDOVIP won the 2010 UNAIDS Red Ribbon Award for innovative work in preventing violence against women and HIV and also successfully piloted the SASA! Programing in Kampala that was the site of the ground breaking SASA! study that brought to light evidence that preventing violence against women through social norm change is possible. Tina has more than 11 years of experience working with communities, police, civil society and policy makers to prevent VAW. Tina helped draft and successfully campaigned for passage of the Domestic Violence Act. Her work and expertise has exposed her to networks of VAW prevention programming work in the East and Central African Region, and connection to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Tina is a Member of the Independent Advisory Board for ‘What Works to Prevent Violence’, the UK Department for International Development’s flagship research and innovation program.

Dubravka Simonovich, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

Ms. Dubravka Šimonovic was appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences in June 2015 by the UN Human Rights Council for an initial three years' tenure (maximum tenure of six years). She started her tenure on 1 August 2015. She was a member of the CEDAW Committee between 2002 and 2014, and served as its Chairperson in 2007 and 2008, its follow-up Rapporteur from 2009 to 2011 and as the Chairperson of the Optional Protocol Working Group in 2011. For a number of years she headed the Human Rights Department at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and attended the Fourth world women's conference in Beijing in 1995.  Later she was posted as the Minister Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Croatia to the United Nations in New York where she was the Chairperson of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (2001 and 2002) and also member of the UNIFEM Consultative Committee. She was also the Ambassador to the OSCE and United Nations in Vienna, Austria.  She holds a PhD in family law from the University of Zagreb.

Esta Soler, Founder and President, Futures Without Violence

An expert on violence against women and children, Esta Soler founded Futures Without Violence over 30 years ago and transformed it into one of the world’s leading violence prevention agencies. Futures Without Violence has set the pace for innovative educational programs, public education campaigns, policy development, and leadership training designed to prevent and end violence against women and children worldwide. Under her direction, Futures Without Violence, then Family Violence Prevention Fund, was a driving force behind passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994—the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that plagues families and communities. Now, she is committed to passage of the International Violence Against Women Act to prevent gender-based violence on a global scale. Soler’s work to prevent violence against women has been featured on MAKERS, an innovative video and documentary project launched by AOL and PBS to showcase stories from trailblazing women. Recently, Soler delivered a TEDTalk charting 30 years of tactics and technologies—from the Polaroid camera to social media—that have shaped the movement to end domestic violence. Soler holds an honorary doctorate from Simmons College in Boston.

Natasha Stott Despoja, Former Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls

Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM was appointed Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls on 16 December 2013. She is also the founding Chairperson of Our Watch (the Foundation to Prevent Violence Against Women and their Children). As Ambassador for Women and Girls, Ms Stott Despoja travelled extensively throughout the Indo-Pacific region to promote women’s leadership, economic empowerment and an end to violence against women and girls.  She has represented Australia at international meetings such as the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the APEC Women and the Economy Forum, the UN Security Council Open Debate on Women Peace and Security, the Global Summit on Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict, the G(irls) 20 Summit and the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children. In recognition of her service to the Australian Parliament, to education and as a role model for women, in 2011, Ms Stott Despoja was made a Member of the Order of Australia. She is a member of the World Bank Advisory Group on gender.

Yeganeh Salehi-Rezaian, Journalist and Knapp Global Women’s Fellow

Yeganeh Rezaian is a journalist who covered Iranian political, social and economic news from 2009 until she and her husband, Jason Rezaian, were detained on July 22nd 2014. Rezaian was finally released on bail in early October having spent a total 72 nights in Tehran's Evin prison - 69 of them in solitary confinement - while her husband remained incarcerated. She was released on several conditions and banned from working as a journalist. In 2011- 2013 Rezaian was Bloomberg News’ Iran correspondent and covered Iran's 2013 presidential election. In 2013 Rezaian took a position at The National, Abu Dhabi's English language newspaper, writing a range of features on aspects of life in Iran that are rarely covered in the international press. In 2014 she received a GlobalPost Ground Truth fellowship for reporting on youth unemployment in Iran. Currently, she is a 2016 fall fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, researching the challenges female journalists face in order to fulfill their jobs and keep their voices strong in suppressive, patriarchal countries such as Iran and the rest of the Middle East.

Charlotte Watts, Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Originally trained as a mathematician, with further training in epidemiology, economics and social science methods, Charlotte is a global research expert in violence and HIV research. She has more than twenty years experience in international HIV and violence research, bringing a strong multi-disciplinary perspective to the complex challenge of addressing violence against women and girls, and HIV in low and middle-income countries. Charlotte has recently been seconded to the Department of International Development (DfID), UK, as their Chief Scientific Advisor.  She has developed and led multi-disciplinary research teams and grants. Senior positions include acting as a core research team member for the WHO multi-country study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence, and senior advisor to the IMAGE micro-finance and participatory gender training intervention in rural South Africa. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and foreign associate member of the US National Academy of Medical Sciences, in recognition of her contribution to global research on violence against women and girls.

Ziauddin Yousafzai, Co-Founder and Board member of the Malala Fund

Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founder and board member of Malala Fund is Malala’s father. He is world renowned for his outspoken support for girls’ rights to education, equality and human rights. In Pakistan, he was an educator, founder and administrator of several schools. Ziauddin is U.N. Special Adviser on Global Education and Education Attaché at Pakistan’s Consulate in Birmingham, UK.