BOARD OF DIRECTORS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Seema Alim, Ph.D., PE

Board Secretary

Honorary Fellow at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London

 

Dr. Alim is a professional consulting engineer.  She has a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and AI from the Imperial College, London where she is also an Honorary Fellow since 2012.   Over the last 25+ years Dr. Alim has held senior positions with international consulting firms responsible for program management, planning and delivery of major infrastructure programs in water, wastewater, transit, highways, ports and energy sectors and smart cities. Her international experience has included working on programs in the US, Canada, UK, UAE, Pakistan, Maldives, S. Arabia and Singapore.  She was a Vice President and Sr. Global Program Manager at CH2M Hill (now Jacobs) for over 13 years and Vice President (Operations-Major Programs), Louis Berger (now WSP); she also worked as the Municipal Practice Lead in Louisiana for Brown & Caldwell and as General Manager (Programs & Contracts), NESPAK Ltd.

 

Dr. Alim served 6 years in the public sector working with the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto during the Prime Minister’s two terms in office. During this period, she participated in national infrastructure planning and policy making and was responsible for expediting, monitoring and implementing infrastructure programs of national significance such as the private-public partnership light rail transit for Karachi.  

 

Throughout her private and public sector career Dr. Alim has maintained on-going engagement with academic and research activities through board memberships, publications, and teaching. She served as a Member, Expert Advisory Board, i-Build, UK between 2013-18. She has been a visiting professor at several institutions including 6 years teaching the graduate Engineering Management program at the University of New Orleans. 

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Alexa Chopivsky

Director, Program on the World Economy, The Aspen Institute

 

Alexa Chopivsky is Director, Program on the World Economy, The Aspen Institute. She also serves as Adviser to the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine; deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ukraine Invest; and Executive Director, Ukraine House Davos. She is Founder, Transnational Education Group.

For over seven years, Ms. Chopivsky was a journalist with NBC News where she covered world events from the New York, Washington, and London bureaus. After a period as Associate Director at an international communication consultancy in London, she moved to Kyiv. There she worked as a consultant, and as a freelance journalist, traveling across Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. She served in Washington as Executive Director, American Center for a European Ukraine.

Ms. Chopivsky received a BA from Yale University with distinction in Political Science and Russian & East European Studies, an MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and an MIPP from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. She is a Council on Foreign Relations Team Member.

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Kent Davis-Packard, Ph.D.

President, Women Forward International

 

Dr. Kent Davis-Packard is Founder and President of Women Forward International, which she launched as an initiative at the Aspen Institute in 2019.  Most recently, she initiated and developed the SAIS Women Lead curricular program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), launching a practicum program that partners students with public and private organizations on research that advances women.

 

Previously she was co-Executive Director of Women's Learning Partnership, and a 2014-2015 Council on Foreign Relations Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Guest Scholar and lecturer at the American University in Cairo. As a Presidential Management Fellow, Dr. Davis-Packard played a key role in launching the State Department’s Women in Public Service Project and managed the Egypt Desk's human rights portfolio. She served as a Political Officer in Syria and Department of Defense Desk Officer for Iraq.

 

Dr. Davis-Packard received her Ph.D. in international relations and Middle East studies and master's degree in conflict management and economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS; a master's degree in French and romance philology from Columbia University; a comparative literature Maitrise, Lettres Modernes, from the Universite of Paris VIII; and a BA in English and comparative literature summa cum laude from Cornell University. As a Fulbright Scholar to Morocco, she studied the influence of returning migrants on local communities and literature. She is a graduate of the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington, DC.

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Janice Koch

Professor Emerita, Hofstra University

 

Janice Koch, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita from Hofstra University in New York where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in education including introduction to education, science education, qualitative research, action research and science and society courses.  She was named the 1995 Distinguished Teacher of the Year at Hofstra and she continues to speak and conduct workshops addressing teaching and learning.

 

Dr. Koch is the past President (2007-2009) of the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) and was named one of the Top Fifty Women on Long Island by Long Island Business News in 2004 and 2005.

 

She is known for tackling challenging problems without obvious solutions. She consults to funded projects in education across the country, is a guest lecturer in science education in the Washington DC area, and recently served on the Committee for precollege engineering education for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

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Maria Helena Maldonado-Villar

Artist and Economist

Maria Helena Maldonado-Villar is a visual artist from Barranquilla, Colombia. Her art stems from her life-long passion for travel and photography. She translates her photographs into a variety of artistic mediums: wood sculpture, intaglio, woodcut, silk screen, and linoleum. Some of her work is printed on her handmade paper from Fabriano, Italy, where she studied at the Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, focusing on paper making, and intaglio with Roberto Stellutin, during her the summer of 2015.

Ms. Maldonado-Villar’s work has been exhibited in curated exhibitions and venues, including Radley College (Oxford UK) Art Gallery, Gallery Via Umbria, Somerset Town Hall, Cosmos Club, and the World Bank. Additionally, her artwork has decorated the showroom at Poltrona Frau in Georgetown, Washington, DC, from October 2016-August 2017, and has sold her work at a charity auction in Boodle’s Club in London, UK.

 

She has worked for more than ten years in financial management, administration, outreach and fundraising efforts of non-profit, public and private sector entities. Prior to this, she has managed educational sector policy reform and investment projects in multilateral organizations, including the World Bank in Washington, DC and the International Institute of Educational Planning of UNESCO in Paris.

 

Ms. Maldonado-Villar has an MA in International Relations and Economics from Johns

Hopkins University (SAIS), a Certificate in Financial Planning from Georgetown University, and a BA in International Studies from The American University. 

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Shamarukh Mohiuddin

Board Treasurer

Principal Associate, Nathan Associates

Shamarukh Mohiuddin is a Principal Associate at Nathan specializing in private sector development and engagement. Her work focuses on harnessing the power of business for international development and trade facilitation. She is currently providing technical and policy support on a project involving the member economies of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Before joining Nathan, Ms. Mohiuddin served as the Director of Economic Empowerment at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation where she provided leadership on the social investment efforts of global Fortune 500 companies and facilitated public private partnerships.

Throughout her 15+ year career, Ms. Mohiuddin has worked on corporate social impact and sustainability, trade policy and market integration, public private partnerships, workforce development, entrepreneurship, women’s economic empowerment, financial inclusion and a range of policy advisory services. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, NGOs and foundations on projects in Asia, Latin America and Africa. She is Co-Chair of the Working Group on the Corporate Role in Development and Founder of Lift Up Asia, a nonprofit focused on economic development in Asia.

 

Ms. Mohiuddin holds an MA in International Economics and South Asian Studies from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS).

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Ambassador Sharon P. Wilkinson

Board Chair

Foreign Service Officer, Retired

Ambassador Wilkinson is a retired Foreign Service Officer, with service in Mexico, Brazil, The Netherlands Antilles, Portugal and Ghana. President Clinton appointed her as Ambassador to Burkina Faso, and later to Mozambique. Following that, she served as Diplomat in Residence then Assistant Dean for Global Engagement at Arizona State University where she developed plans for meaningful international experiences for Global Studies students. While in Arizona she was a docent at the Heard Museum. At Meridian International Center in Washington, DC where she was the Diplomatic Advisor, she examined strategies for engaging the local Washington, DC community to “think global” and participate in activities with a global reach. She has been a speaker on foreign policy issues and greatly enjoys mentoring aspiring young Foreign Service Officers; additionally she tutors individuals preparing for their US citizenship interviews.

 

Ambassador Wilkinson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Black Ambassadors Association, and the American Foreign Service Association. She is a board member of the Senior Living Foundation and Women Forward International and a Lay Leader at Unity of Washington DC where she also sings in the choir.  Ambassador Wilkinson is a Reiki master, docent/mentor at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, voice-over artist, and a volunteer with Washington Volunteer Readers for the Blind.

 

Ambassador Wilkinson has a BA in International Relations from Brown University, and a MAT/Social Science from the University of Chicago.