Our Leadership Council
The Global Women's Institute's (GWI) Leadership Council is made up of leading experts on gender issues from across the country and around the world. Their passion for the rights of women and girls paired with diverse expertise provides the GWI with guidance and leadership to effectively bring about positive change.
Diana Arango, Co-Chair
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 ten 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 gender-based violence incidents that can then be used to inform programmatic work. She has a master's degree 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.
Lauren Fite, Co-Chair
George Washington University Parent and Philanthropist
Lauren Geisler Fite is a retired physician’s assistant, living in Los Angeles, California. She attended the University of California, Berkeley for her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Duke University for her Physician’s Associate Degree. She has 2 children, Lexi, a GWU alumnus and Aidan. She has served as Co-Chair of the Leadership Council at GWI since 2017. She is also serving as a trustee of The Acher School for Girls and on the Advisory Board of the Simms Mann Center for Integrative Oncology at UCLA. She volunteers her time as the Health Advisor for PS1 Elementary School, an independent elementary school in Santa Monica, CA and The Girls Athletic Leadership School, a public charter school in Los Angeles. Lauren’s passions are education and women’s health, and doing her part to bring access and equity in these areas.
Executive Director, Sexual Violence Research Initiative
Elizabeth Dartnall (Liz) is Executive Director of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, the world’s largest global network for research on violence against women and violence against children in low- and middle-income countries. Liz is a health specialist with over 25 years’ research and policy-making experience on health systems, mental health, violence against women and violence against children. Liz has a deep understanding of the policy process and use of research to inform policy and practice. In South Africa, Liz worked for the Department of Health, both nationally and provincially, in epidemiology and health information systems. In Australia she worked in public health on mental health. In addition to government, Liz has worked in both academia and non-government organisations in Africa. Since 2006, Liz has managed the SVRI and, with support of multiple partners, recently launched the SVRI as an independent NGO. Liz is committed to research and policy-making that is feminist, ethical, equitable, collaborative and improves the lives of women and children.
Founder and Executive Director, the Equality Institute
Dr. Emma Fulu is a feminist activist, social entrepreneur and one of the world’s leading experts on violence against women. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Equality Institute, a global feminist agency working to advance gender equality and end violence against women and girls. She is also the co-founder of VOICE, a non-profit organisation that partners with women and girls in conflict and disaster settings to amplify their solutions to violence in their own communities. Before that she worked at the United Nations and led the ground-breaking UN Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence, the findings of which have been featured on BBC, Al Jazeera, and CNN. Emma is Co-Chair of the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel of the World Health Organization, and a member of the Global Women’s Institute Leadership Council. She has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, is the author of Domestic Violence in Asia, and publishes widely on gender, violence, masculinities and feminist leadership. The mother of three young children, Emma lives in Melbourne Australia and is currently writing a memoir.
Team Leader, Violence Against Women, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization
Dr. Garcia-Moreno currently heads the unit on Addressing vulnerable populations in the Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research of the World Health Organization. She has over 30 years' of experience in public health and global health policy, with a focus on women's health, sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS. She joined WHO in 1985, following 8 years with Oxfam UK&I and has led WHO’s work on gender and women’s health and violence against women, including coordinating the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence and co-leading the first global and regional estimates on intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women. Under her leadership, WHO has produced numerous guidelines and tools on integrating gender equality and human rights in health, strengthening prevention and the health response to violence against women and the global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health sector in addressing violence, in particular against women and girls and against children endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2016. Her team also does research and provides support to countries to address violence against women. She is involved in several initiatives on violence, including as founder and past chair of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative and Chair of the Independent Advisory Board of DFID’s research initiative, ‘What Works to prevent violence against women and girls?'. She is a physician from Mexico with an MSc in Community Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
Michael and Lori Milken Dean, 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 University. 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. She holds a B.S. in conservation of natural resources and an M.S. in health and medical science from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University; and an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco.
Anne Marie Goetz
Professor, Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University
Dr. Anne Marie 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 UN, 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 bachelor's degree from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario); a master's degree from the London School of Economics; a doctorate from the University of Cambridge.
Gender and development manager, UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti
Alessandra has dedicated 20 years of her professional life to promoting children’s and women’s rights and health, including working intensively to end violence against children and against women. She joined Innocenti in 2019 to lead the development and implementation of a research programme to address key issues and constraints to achieving gender equity within child protection, with a particular focus on addressing the interlinkages between violence against children and violence against women. Prior to joining UNICEF, Alessandra served as the World Health Organization’s Regional Advisor for the Americas on family violence prevention (2009-2019) and as the co-chair of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s Coordinating Group, a role she continues to occupy. Alessandra holds a Master of Science in Public Health for Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters of Arts in Art Therapy from the George Washington University.
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, he has been involved in transactions in every country of the region on behalf of a wide variety of clients, including private, public, and multilateral entities.
Mr. Herrera 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. He is knowledgeable of deal structures, procedural requirements and policy directives of agency lenders. With the depth of his regional experience, Mr. Herrera is often called to resolve client disputes throughout Latin America. Previously he served as the general counsel of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IDB Invest), the private sector multilateral financial institution affiliated with the Inter-American Development Bank. In addition, Mr. Herrera has experience in international arbitration matters. He speaks Spanish and is conversant in Portuguese.
Executive Director, Men Can Stop Rape
Neil Irvin brings over 30 years of youth development and leadership experience to his position as Executive Director of Men Can Stop Rape. Over the past 20 years Neil’s grown MCSR’s curriculum-based youth program from one school in Washington, DC to over 200 school systems and youth serving institutions in urban rural and suburban communities in 25 states throughout the country, He’s also plays an instrumental role in our partnerships with local and national organizations doing this work.
As Executive Director, Neil is responsible for continuing Men Can Stop Rape’s 20 plus years of national work in the field of primary prevention of men’s violence against women, as well as cultivating strategic partnerships with state and federal agencies and private and corporate foundations.
In 2007, he led MCSR’s Strong Moves initiative to place the Men of Strength Club in every public high school in the District of Columbia, the largest city-wide effort of its kind in the country. In 2012 he created The Healthy Masculinity Action Project an national initiative promoting the benefits of healthy masculinity which has served over 60 million people to date with its programs and activities mobilizing men as allies to prevent men’s violence against women.
Irvin is the Co-Creator of Men Can Stop Rape smart phone app ASKDC and UASK the first comprehensive Identified by the Centers for Disease Control as a “promising practice,” the Men of Strength Club, or MOST Club, provides male teens with a structured space to build individualized definitions of masculinity that promote healthy relationships. Now in its 12th year, Men Can Stop Rape’s middle school and high school curriculum is currently in 20 states with over 200 locations and are taught in schools and youth serving institutions.
Well known throughout the country in the field of youth development and gender-based violence prevention, Mr. Irvin has served as a consultant to The White House Commission on Violence Against Women and Girls, the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, United States Department of Defense, The United States Department of State, Department of Justice National Advisory Committee member a member of the US Delegation at the 25th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, Inaugural member of the Move to End Violence cohort, The Campaign for Black Male Achievement through the Open Society Institute, NFL,NBA,MLB, MLS and their player associations Boys and Girls Club of America, Ford Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Verizon Corporation and Foundation, Liz Claiborne Foundation. He’s served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health and has been a regular lecturer at American, George Washington, Howard and Georgetown University’s. In addition to The King Center, The National Council of Negro Women and The Congressional Black Caucus.
Prior to joining MCSR, he worked for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at the John Gildner Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents. He is trained in group dynamics and facilitation, along with crisis intervention and one-to-one counseling. He is a state certified sex educator as well as a certified S.H.A.R.P. (sexual health and responsibility program) trainer. His experience covers all ages and genders, though the majority of his training and work has focused on middle and high school boys.
Former President, the George Washington University
Steven Knapp became the 16th president of the George Washington University in August 2007. His priorities included 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 master's degrees from Cornell University and his bachelor's degree from Yale University.
Co-chair, Know Violence in Childhood Global Learning Initiative
A. K. Shiva Kumar 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 Know Violence in Childhood, a global learning initiative that is synthesizing evidence to advocate for ending violence. Mr. Kumar 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. Mr. Kumar has is master's degree from Bangalore University and his post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He also completed a Master's of Public Administration and a Doctorate of Political Economy and Government from Harvard University.