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Kent Bio

OUR TEAM

Kent Davis-Packard

Founder & President 

 

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.

She taught Johns Hopkins SAIS's first courses on global women's issues: "Transcending Culture: Women as Agents of Change in the International Order” and "Women, Peace, and Security: Moving Beyond the Myth" as well as U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East. She is Features Editor for the Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism journal based at the London School of Economics and a member of the Advisory Board of Kallion, an organization that elevates leadership through the humanities.
 

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. She also holds a Certificate in Management Essentials from Harvard Business School Online. 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.

 

Dr. Davis-Packard has reported on such topics as family law reform, sectarianism and extremism, the women’s movement, labor, and language politics for the Christian Science Monitor and other publications including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. A term and International Affairs Fellowship Committee Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Cosmos Club's International Affairs Committee, she is fluent in French and able in Arabic and Spanish. She has studied or worked in Bangladesh, Bosnia, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, India, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Qatar, Senegal, Syria, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Dr. Davis-Packard's book on contemporary Islamic thought is forthcoming.

 

Contact: Kent@WomenForwardInternational.Org

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Dr. Julia Nesheiwat

Executive Director

Dr. Julia Nesheiwat is a recognized expert in national security, energy, and sustainability as a public servant, academic, former military officer, and U.S. diplomat.  She is a Distinguished Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a Commissioner on the U.S. Arctic Research Commission having worked with indigenous communities.

 

Dr. Nesheiwat brings unique experiences having served over 20 years in public service, spanning the Bush, Obama, Trump, & Biden Administrations.  In 2019-2020 she was appointed as Florida’s first Chief Resilience Officer, launching a new office dedicated to addressing the environmental and economic impacts of climate change for the state.

A former U.S. Army combat veteran, she served multiple consecutive tours in Afghanistan & Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal; As Deputy Assistant Secretary of State she helped build the first Energy Resources Bureau, and later was appointed in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Homeland Security & Resilience.

 

She also served on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Advisory Council, is a life member with the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and visiting professor at the Naval Post Graduate School, and has lectured at Stanford University & University of California San Diego.  She earned a BA from Stetson University, an MA from Georgetown University, and a PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology. Dr. Nesheiwat speaks Arabic and Japanese.​

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Marta Chicano

Director of Strategic Development & Arts Partnerships

For a decade, Marta Chicano has worked as an executive coach and systemic/organisational dynamics consultant. She has extensive experience in co-designing and facilitating leadership, partnership and organisational development interventions, and providing top level executive coaching with highly regarded clients across sectors globally such as in social media, marketing and PR, strategy management consulting, construction, engineering and heavy engineering, oil and gas, aerospace and the food industry. Prior to that, Ms. Chicano was a managing director at an automotive company. 

In addition, Ms. Chicano has an MSc in Marketing Management and Finance, is a certified Executive Coach and Systemic Coach, holds an MSc in Human Resources from the London School of Economics, and is a qualified systems psychodynamic practitioner with the Tavistock institute.

Lindsay Wozniak

Creative Director

Lindsay Wozniak is also Senior Vice President, Client Development, at Radancy, LLC and works closely with clients to lead the development and creation of innovative and groundbreaking initiatives and to ensure their success. With 40+ years of experience and over 200 industry awards for creativity and effectiveness, she provides consulting to help clients stay on the forefront of new marketing solutions and trends.

 

Lindsay began her career as an Art Director and then Creative Director for ABC TV, GE and Stackig Advertising and PR prior to TMP. As a “Hall of Fame” advertising design graduate of The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, she thrives in TMP’s innovative and progressive culture.

 

Lindsay also founded Red Fish Studios, LLC in 2005. Red Fish Studios is all about creative expression and giving back. Film. Photography. Music. Design. Whatever.

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Adriana Fotino

Global Programs Consultant

Adriana Fotino has worked in political risk analysis as well as in the New York and Nairobi offices of the International Crisis Group, a think tank devoted to identifying practical solutions for the prevention and resolution of armed conflict. Her personal experience as the daughter of refugees and with chronic illness has impressed on her the persistent effects of unseeable factors such as unresolved trauma, and the healing potential of the world's varied cultural traditions. She draws on these traditions to develop and promote programs that foster mutual understanding and dynamic communities.

 

Ms. Fotino holds a master's degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with a concentration in International Economics and Strategic Studies, and graduated magna cum laude in History from Amherst College. With a longstanding interest in foreign languages, she speaks or has studied Romanian, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Latin and ancient Greek.

WFI BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Amb. Sharon Wilkinson

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. 

Alexa Chopivsky

Executive Director, Women's Foreign Policy Group; Director, Program on the World Economy, The Aspen Institute

 

Alexa Chopivsky is Executive Director of the Women's Foreign Policy Group and Director, Program on the World Economy at 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.

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.

 

Janice Koch, Ph.D.

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.

Nathan Pastor, Esq.

Owner at Pastor Law Group, PC

Nathan has a Masters of Law in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law and is certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law. He is an active member of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers, and the Robert G. McGrath American Inns of Court.  Nathan was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Trust and Estate litigation in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022, an exclusive award given only to the top 2% of attorneys in Northern California.

As a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, Nathan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in English. He went on to earn his J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. After law school Nathan earned an LL.M. in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate law at Golden Gate University School of Law. During law school Nathan worked for the Contra Costa County Probate Court, developing an in-depth knowledge of the probate court system and Judges.  Prior to opening Pastor Law Group, PC, Nathan gained extensive experience as a top litigator in one of Contra Costa’s largest Trust and Estate law firms.

Nathan is a member of the Contra Costa County Criminal Conflict Program and is routinely appointed by the court as counsel for proposed conservatees. He represents clients throughout the litigation process beginning with pre-litigation planning and discovery through trial, appeal, or settlement. He has experience in all areas of alternative dispute resolution and has successfully tried cases and prosecuted appeals. Nathan handles matters both big and small.

Roberto Salinas-Leon, Ph.D.

Economist, Director of the Atlas Network 

Dr. Roberto Salinas-Leon is Director of the Atlas Network and is an expert in economic development, exchange and monetary policy, international trade, and property rights. He is an associate researcher at the Cato Institute in Washington DC; Director of Economic Analysis at The Economist Conferences in Latin America and President of the Mexico Business Forum in Mexico City, where he carries out activities in economics and finance, and advises on public policies. Salinas-Leon holds a BA in Political Economy, History, and Philosophy from Hillsdale College; he also holds an MA and Ph. D. in Philosophy from Purdue University.

 

A Professor in the Department of Economics of the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), Dr. Salinas-Leon has published more than 1,500 opinion pieces in national and international media and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times , The Journal of Commerce , The Dallas Morning News, El Economista, Investor's Business Daily, Expansión, Nexos, International Economy, Barrons , Regulation, among others. He has also been an economic analyst for TV Azteca's “Hechos” newscasts, as well as for Radio Red and Radio Fórmula de México. He is an occasional commentator on CNN Latin America, Reuters, BBC, and is currently a weekly commentator on Carlos Mota's program, Es Negocio, on ADN40.

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.


WFI ADVISORY COMMITTEE

GINA ABERCROMBIE-WINSTANLEY
Ambassador (ret.), Consultant

MAAME AFON YELBERT-SAI
Founder | Chief Steward, MILT
Relationship Architect & Impact Coach

STEPHANIE AHERN, Ph.D. 
Colonel, U.S. Army; Director for Strategic Planning, National Security Council Staff

ALYSSA AHRABARE 

Project Officer, European Network of Migrant Women

JOYCE ANTONE IBRAHIM 

Private Sector Development Specialist (Subnational Doing Business Unit), The World Bank

 

NEYLA ARNAS
Senior Research Fellow and Director for Women, Peace, and Security Initiatives at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies

FEDERIGA BINDI, Ph.D.

Jean Monnet Chair and Professor of Political Science, University of Rome Tor Vergata; Senior Fellow and Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative, Institute for Women Policy Research

SALAH BRAHIMI

President and CEO, Grey Matter LLC 

KATRINA CARTER-TELLISON, PhD

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lynn University

MARTA CHICANO CATALAN

Global Practitioner, The Exetor Group 

ALEXA CHOPIVSKY

Executive Director of the Women's Foreign Policy Group (WFPG); Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Education Group; Executive Director of the American Center for a European Ukraine; Director, Program on the World Economy, The Aspen Institute

ALLAN COHEN, Ph.D. 
Founder of Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation

BARBARA SHAW COHEN
Persuasive Communication Specialist,Washington Post (ret.); Professional Artist

COURTNEY COOPER 
Former International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Director for Afghanistan on the National Security Council staff

BENJAMIN CROCKETT
Colonel, U.S. Army (ret.); Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Africa Center for Strategic Studies, National Defense University

KENT DAVIS-PACKARD, Ph.D. 
President and Executive Director, Women Forward International

THERESA ALFARO DAYTNER

CEO, Daytner Construction Group

VASIA DELIYIANNI

Art Instructor, The Art Institute of Washington, George Mason University, Independent Curator, Museum Exhibitions

AMANDA DORY
Associate Dean for Outreach and Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Chair, National War College; Former Deputy Assistant of Defense for Strategy, OSD

PATRICIA ELLIS

President Emeritus, Women’s Foreign Policy Group

President, Ellis Global Issues Forums LLC

FADI ELSALAMEEN

Managing Partner of a Private Equity Advisory Group, Adjunct Senior Fellow, American Security Project

KATE FRANKO

Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Google

DIANE FROLOV

Television Writer and Producer

DAVID FURCHGOTT

Founder and Interim CEO, International Arts & Artists

 

ELLIOT GERSON

Executive Vice President, The Aspen Institute

NISHA GHOSH

President, Soroptimists India

JANE HORTON

Congressional and Military Advisor

PHILIPPA HUGHES 

Social Sculptor, Chief Creative Strategist

MASIH KHYBARI

Counselor, Friends of the American University of Afghanistan

CARLA KOPPELL

Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace, and Security

SARAH KOUHLANI-NOLLA

Private Sector Development Analyst, The World Bank

LYDIA LA FERLA

Principal, La Ferla Associates, LLC

MARIA ZOIE LAFIS

Executive Director of the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University

ELIZABETH LEGRAIN

Domestic Abuse Prevention Coordinator, The World Bank

KAMALA LOPEZ
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist, and President of Heroica Films

PEDRO LOPEZ SELA

Innovation Expert Empowering Leaders to Thrive for a Better World

MARIA HELENA MALDONADO-VILLAR

Artist, Economist, World Traveler

TODD MCALLISTER, Ph.D. 

Director, Global Supply Chain & Logistics, National Defense University

 

CAITLIN MILLER

Director, Global Alliance Advisors

SHAMARUKH MOHIUDDIN 

Principal Associate, Nathan Associates

 

CLARA MONTANEZ

Deputy Financial Advisor, Executive Director-Investments, Oppenheimer 

SUSAN MOROZ

Consultant, Moroz Consulting

DEBI MOSEL

International Development Expert

LISA J. MENDES

Principal, Mendes Law PC

 

LISA MURPHY

Member, The Artist Workshop​

ZANDER NELSON

Solutions Architect, IBM

LAILA NELSON

Independent Advisor

 

ASRA NOMANI 

Journalist and Communications Consultant

ANGELA O'BYRNE

President, Perez APC

 

KAYLEE OTTERBACHER
Associate, Mercury

 

ELLIS PINES
Vice President, Brand Strategy, Radancy Global Brand Practice

 

SABAHAT QAMAR
Founder and CEO, SixtyW 

MARY RAUM, Ph.D.

Professor, Founder and Past Swanee Hunt Named Chair Women Peace and Security, United States Naval War College

REBECCA RAYMOND

Director, The Foundation of Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE)

NORMAN B. SANDRIDGE
Associate Professor of Classics, Howard University; Fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies

ANDY SCHNEIDER

Screenwriter & Television Producer

CHRISTINA SEVILLA, Ph.D. 
Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Small Business

EILEEN ST. GEORGE, Ph.D. 
Vice President, Education for Development, Creative Associates International

DOAA TAHA, PH.D.

Managing Director at Grey Matter International LTD, Chair of Women's Empowerment Forum and National Board Director, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee

KATHRYN TAKIS

Executive Producer; Filmmaker

VIRGINIE VISCARDY
NATO C&I Representative to North American Organizations and Agencies

RODERICK VON LIPSEY

Managing Director, UBS Financial Services

BONNIE H. WEINSTEIN
Attorney, Managing Director, BHW Global

CONSTANCE WHITESIDE, MD

Senior Outreach Officer, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

SANDRA BELL WILKINS

Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Fashion (ret.), Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar

LINDSAY WOZNIAK

Senior Vice President, Digital and Creative, TMP Worldwide, LLC. President, Red Fish Studios, LLC

RANDALL YIM

Consultant, National Security and Infrastructure

WFI ASSOCIATE CONSULTANTS

Qin Miao

Associate Consultant

 

Qin Miao holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Society from Sciences Po, Paris, and is currently pursuring his master's degree from Sciences Po.  

 

Mr. Miao is interested in the economic empowerment for refugee and migrant women through the power of public policy and private organizations. He understands the complexity of issues in international development, and values pragmatic and applicable solutions to improve the situation. 

Mr. Miao has a multi-disciplinary academic background with knowledge in political sciences, sociology, economics, international relations, and finance. His education in various academic domains helps him understand an issue with different perspectives. He is an internationalist who believes in the possibility of cross-culture communication, and is interested in contributing to international development projects all over the world. 

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Isabella Brandes

Associate Consultant

Isabella Brandes is a health and gender policy professional. Her career experience spans gender equity, access to healthcare, and improving nonprofits’ operational efficiency. She currently works with the OECD Development Centre’s Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) program in Paris, France. 

 

Previously, as a consultant at Deloitte, Ms. Brandes supported the launch of a national social purpose growth strategy, conducted research on gender equity, and led pro-bono consulting projects for health-oriented nonprofits. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer; while serving in Ecuador she collaborated with local and indigenous leaders on program development in a cross-cultural context. In her spare time, Isabella enjoys watercolor painting and linocut block printing. Ms. Brandes holds bachelor’s degrees from UC Berkeley in Business Administration and Public Health.

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Komal Kumar

Associate Consultant

After partnering with Women Forward International to conduct health equity research while in graduate school, Komal Kumar is excited to continue working with WFI to further health and wellbeing for women around the world. She holds a B.S in Human Biology and an M.S. in Community Health and Prevention Research, both from Stanford University. 

 

Ms. Kumar is passionate about improving access to and the quality of healthcare, particularly for marginalized communities, and currently works to improve mental healthcare for young adults across the United States. She is particularly interested in using research to further health outcomes on the population level, and increasing access to mental health support in low-income communities.

Carolina Medina

Associate Consultant

 

Carolina Medina Zárate holds a master’s degree in International Development, with a specialization in Human Rights and The Americas, from Sciences Po Paris and a cum laude BA in Political Sciences and Euro-Latin American studies from the same university. She is passionate about defending human rights, promoting gender equality, and peacebuilding from different fronts. 

 

Ms. Medina has worked in the fields of research, public policy, international relations, political affairs, and programming in the public sector, think tanks, foundations and non-governmental and international organizations. As a contributor to various media and digital platforms, she has published articles and created multimedia content on topics including  women's rights, social movements, grassroots initiatives, and sustainable development. 

 

Ms. Medina has assisted the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General with the preparation and organization of high-level meetings and conferences aiming to promote strategic thinking, interdepartmental coordination, and contribute to the international peacebuilding and conflict prevention agenda. 

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Jillian Montilla

Associate Consultant

 

Jillian Montilla is a human rights researcher, activist, and part-time poet. Ms. Montilla received her M.A. in human rights and humanitarian action with concentrations in methodology and Asian studies from Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs

(PSIA). She holds an Advanced Certification in Gender Studies from Sciences Po’s Research and Educational Programme on Gender Studies (PRESAGE).

In 2019-2020, she partnered with WFI, PRESAGE, and the European Network of Migrant Women to investigate the barriers to political participation of young migrant women in Europe. She co-designed a workshop with 20+ young migrant women, employing spoken word poetry and meditation to release internalized stereotypes and to develop a better understanding of their rights enshrined in international human rights treaties.

Most recently, Ms. Montilla worked as a policy researcher at Fòs Feminista, an alliance of

135+ sexual and reproductive health and rights organizations throughout the Global South. Ms. Montilla is interested in poetry, intersectionality, human rights, and reproductive justice. A licensed yoga teacher, Ms. Montilla is led by the principles of commitment, service, and unity forged on—rather than in spite of—difference.

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Sreya Nath

Associate Consultant 

Sreya Nath's interests lie in international affairs such as refugee and migration related research especially through a gendered lens. She is also proficient in computational social sciences and qualitative research. Additionally, she is the recipient of the prestigious French Government Scholarship (Charpak AME) which is helping her to pursue her Masters in International Development at Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po, Paris. Her concentrations are Migrations and Research Methods with a specialisation on Advanced Gender Studies. 

 

Previously Ms. Nath worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at Sciences Po Medialab where she analysed the gendered perception and racialized hierarchies on the migration related Tweets churned by the French press and corresponding twitter accounts of French Organizations, Politicians, etc. respectively. As an Intersectional feminist, she is very curious about the media's perception of the marginalized and wrote her masters thesis on the representation of the margins on discourses around Islam on Twitter. 

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Robin Schmid

Associate Consultant 

Robin Schmid is a Senior Manager at Corus International where she guides communications strategies and technical content to advance business development goals and strategic partnerships with governments, multilateral agencies, foundations, and corporations. 

 

Ms. Schmid earned her master’s degree from Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs where she explored issues of gender equity and human rights in international development and public policy. She worked for several years in the nonprofit sector in Guatemala, championing women’s rights and supporting sustainable community development. She led the development and communications strategy of the Women’s Justice Initiative and managed partnerships and grants at Pueblo a Pueblo after being awarded a Princeton in Latin America Fellowship. She has also worked on projects in Panama, Peru, and Ecuador, as well as supported the Government and External Affairs Office of the Inter-American Foundation in Washington, DC. Ms. Schmid earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. 

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Martina Sole

Associate Consultant

Martina Sole is a young professional holding a First Class Honours BA in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick and currently pursuing a Dual Master Degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po and the London School of Economics. She is a resilient and enthusiastic individual who is keen to have a positive impact on the world by conducting research on political, economic and societal issues and by searching for innovative solutions to the complex problems which characterise modern society. 

 

Ms. Dole has had the opportunity to gain professional experience in various fields. In 2018, she worked as an Intern for the Iraqi-Kurdistan Regional Government in Rome, gaining professional experience in the field of International Relations and Diplomacy. In 2019, she worked as a Research Intern for Seeds&Chips, a Milan-based company which promotes sustainability and food security. Moreover, she currently works as a Young Policy Leaders Intern at Whiteshield Partners, a Dubai-based global strategy & public policy advisory firm. Ms. Sole regularly takes part in volunteering activities and she has founded a youth non-profit association in her hometown in Southern Italy. 

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Alexandra Zenoff

Associate Consultant

With a background in public health and international development, Alexandra Zenoff has supported project implementation in the Caucasus, Central and Southeast Asia, North America, Southeast Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Zenoff is skilled in project and partnership management, project and curriculum design, as well as training facilitation. She is especially passionate about improving health equity. Ms. Zenoff has spent several years working in Laos and also served as a Community Health Education Peace Corps Volunteer in Cambodia.

 

Ms. Zenoff holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, with a certificate in Health Promotion Research and Practice. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in International Studies and East Asian Studies. She has studied French, Mandarin, Khmer, and Lao.

The Counsel of Leopards is Women Forward International's (WFI) convening of visionary and intrepid "leopards" quietly transforming the world through unity, collaboration, and service.

 

The Counsel is composed of inspired intellectuals, public servants, diplomats, and artists who have regularly put these principles into practice and can demonstrate and share their wisdom with the next generation, including all those who have participated in WFI's research projects to advance women to advance humanity. 

Intimate "fireside" chats allow our circle of new leopards to explore fresh ideas and collaborate with seasoned leaders to ignite real and positive change in the world. 

 

The name "Counsel of Leopards" comes from an ancient tradition of the Egyptians, who saw the leopard as a sacred being. Whenever a leopard passed in front of a human, the person was considered blessed. Leaders would consult the "Counsel of Leopards" to connect to the inherent wisdom of this spirit animal.

 

The Counsel of Leopards

Embodies Seven Principles: 

 

Strength

Love

Dignity

Grace

Unity 

Collaboration

Service

 

Women Forward International welcomes all who participate in its affiliated university research partnerships to join our Counsel of Leopards

WFI FILM TEAM

Walker Lambert

Film Advisor

Walker has been designing, producing, writing and directing media productions for 17 years. He specializes in using storytelling to communicate complex messages and ideas in persuasive and captivating ways. 

 

He has worked and studied closely with some of the world’s leading experts and organizations on social impact media production and won awards for excellence in filmmaking and production. His ongoing work with Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center led the university to present him their Distinguished Lifetime Achievement and Service award in 2019 for the communications and media programs he has built for them. In addition, he has over a decade of experience designing and developing online multimedia programs focused around training innovation for national organizations. 

 

After earning a degree in English from the University of Chicago, he earned an MBA and a Masters in social change entertainment from Johns Hopkins University. 

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Rocio Aguilar

WFI Student Team Coordinator in Mexico

Rocio has been a volunteer for the White Pony Express and other food rescue projects in the United States based on the principle of shared abundance and "love gives its best." She is excited to work with WFI's student teams and volunteers in Mexico as we launch a new paradigm of philanthropy in Latin America.

HR and Accounting

HR and Accounting Team: Elaine Parsons and Lisa Alcid of Parsons & Associates

CPAsBecky Phillips and Mountjoy Chilton Medley

Pine Tree
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