WIIS Former Staff and Fellows

WIIS Former Fellows

FullSizeRenderNehal Ali

Visiting Fellow
nehalaly@sabanciuniv.edu

Nehal Ali is a visiting fellow at Women in International Security (WIIS). Ali is from Cairo, Egypt and she works for the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights (ECWR) as a researcher and international relations officer. At the ECWR Ali monitors and evaluates Women’s Voices, an initiative supported by the Fund for Gender Equality which aims to promote the political participation of women, both as voters and political candidates in the 2016 Local Council elections. Ali is also a co-founder of the Gender and Legal Expert House (GELEH), a Cairo-based consultancy which provides a bridge between local politicians and civil society members to promote policies that contain a gender perspective. Ali has a Master of Arts in Public Policy from Sabanci University in Istanbul and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the American University in Cairo.

Nehal Ali is a 2015 Fall participant of the Legacy International Professional Fellows Program (PFP). This program links community leaders in an exchange program designed to promote capacity-building and professional development with the aim of supporting civil society development in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. Ali is dedicated to the promotion of women’s rights and gender mainstreaming as a strategy for pursing gender equality. She believes the first step to gender mainstreaming is to allow women to be part on the policy-making process. As visiting fellow with WIIS, Ali will develop advocacy tools to raise awareness of women in the Greater Cairo area on the importance of political participation.

 

Bushra AL-HuthiBushra AL-Huthi

Visiting Fellow
bushra_alhuthi@hotmail.com

Bushra AL-Huthi is a visiting Fellow at Women in International Security (WIIS). AL-Huthi was a fellow in MEPI’s Leaders for Democracy Fellowship (LDF), which focused on the concepts of leadership, democracy, communication, and conflict resolution. Prior to her participation in the program, AL-Huthi was involved in Civil Society where she worked as a Senior Project Officer in a local Yemeni NGO called SOUL for Development where she focused on Child Protection and Education. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from University Utara Malaysia but her passion for social and developmental work has led her to a different career path. AL-Huthi is interested in women and child rights, women leadership and empowerment. As a visiting fellow, she will focus on raising awareness on violations against women and children and promoting women’s participation and role in peace and security during and post conflict in Yemen.

 

fullsizerenderSamira Mohsen

Visiting Fellow
smohsen@wiisglobal.org

Samira Mohsen was one of the first case managers to join the child protection unit in UNHCR’s Cairo operation and assisted in the establishment of a framework for the Child Protection Unit. She trains the newly recruited interns and briefs them about the unit and the whole UNHCR system. Samira is a member of Euro-Med Women network and a trainer in soft skills and human development at Learn E-academy. She also volunteers for an initiative with the ministry of solidarity and at National Association for Youth Development (NYAD) African network. Samira taught at the 6th of October University for nearly two years before leaving to work in the field with refugees as a UNHC representative. She is currently starting her own NGO focused on children's education and is partnering with the North-South Center on a project which seeks to empower youth and promote women's rights. Samira is certified as a Trainer of Trainers for the democratic participation of women and has trained more than 500 students on empowerment and capacity building workshops. Her last training was for 150 students at the US embassy.

 

MoniaMonia Zgarni

Visiting Fellow
monia.zgarni@gmail.com

Monia Zgarni is a visiting fellow at Women in International Security (WIIS). Zgarni is from Bizerte, Tunisia and is currently completing a PhD on women’s rights in transitional settings. She works for the Tunisian Association for Political Studies (ATEP) where she conducts research, collecting and analyzing data related to the Tunisian National Dialogue. Funded by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Tunisian National Dialogue is a project which studies the process of the national dialogue and provides an overview of the varying perspectives between national political parties and civil society organizations. Prior to working for ATEP, Zgarni worked as a paralegal focusing on intellectual property. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts in Law and a Master of Laws in Common Law from Carthage University.

Monia Zgarni is a 2015 Spring participant of the Legacy International Professional Fellows Program (PFP). The PFP links community leaders in an exchange program designed to promote capacity-building and professional development with the aim of supporting civil society development in Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Zgarni is interested in women empowerment and peacebuilding, and will present a Tunisian women’s leadership project as part of her training with the PFP. As a visiting fellow with WIIS, she will develop a proposal related to the increasing awareness of young Tunisian women, focusing on the rights recognized and guaranteed under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325. Zgarni will also build expertise on issues related to gender equality as they relate to peace and security.

 

 WIIS Former Staff

rebeccaandryushchenkoRebecca Andryushchenko

CII Research Program Assistant
randryushchenko@wiisglobal.org

Rebecca Andryushchenko is a Master’s candidate in the School of International Service at American University studying United States Foreign Policy and National Security. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in International Relations, focusing on the Middle East, Russia and Eurasia. While pursuing her BS, she worked for U.S. Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ) as a campaign finance intern while simultaneously assisting in the district office. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Rebecca worked for a small non-profit in Southern California. She is excited to explore the role of gender issues as it relates to global security and foreign policy at WIIS.

 

Rose pictureRose Blanchard

Gender Research Program Assistant 
rblanchard@wiisglobal.org

Rose Blanchard is a graduate student at GW’s Elliot School of International Affairs studying Peace and Conflict Resolution.  Her areas of interest include the former Soviet Union, US foreign policy, and security studies.  She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Russian studies from Vassar College, where she studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia.  Prior to coming to WIIS she worked in Intellectual Property law, and she is interning this semester at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  She looks forward to the working with WIIS members on The 1325 Scorecard and the Mentor and Professional Development Program.

 

ShelbyBourgaultShelby Bourgault

Gender Research Program Assistant
sbourgault@wiisglobal.org

Shelby Bourgault is a recent graduate of Connecticut College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and East Asian Studies. In order to gain a more global perspective as an undergraduate student, Shelby completed two semesters abroad in Beijing and achieved advanced proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. Upon returning to the US, her studies focused primarily on Chinese women's labor migration, human trafficking, and gender ideologies in the military. As a senior, Shelby was invited to co-author an article with her advising professor on theoretical approaches to UN preventative diplomacy, which they hope to publish later this year. Shelby is excited to join WIIS this summer and continue researching the gendered aspects of the US military, specifically the integration of women in combat roles and the impact of military presence on civilians.

 

StephanieStephanie Breitsman

Gender Research Program Assistant 
sbreitsman@wiisglobal.org

Stephanie Breitsman is a recent graduate of the Elliott School of International Affairs with a master's in Middle East Studies and a professional specialization in conflict and conflict resolution. In March 2015 she traveled to Birzeit University in the West Bank to interview students, faculty, administration, and local researchers about changing political attitudes and the importance of university politics to the national scene. Stephanie also spent summer 2014 in the West Bank on a grant from the Aramex Student Fund studying Arabic at Birzeit University and translating children's books and organizational reports for the Tamer Institute for Community Education in Ramallah. Prior to her travels and joining WIIS she was a research assistant for Dr. Peleg at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. She also holds a BA in Middle East Studies from Ursinus College, where she completed her thesis work on Moroccan Islamist Politics.

 

teresa headshotTeresa Cal

Communications & Strategic Development Program Assistant  tcal@wiisglobal.org   

Teresa Cal is the Communications and Strategic Development Program Assistant at Women in International Security where she provides website maintenance and notifies members of the organization's many exciting events and opportunities. Prior to joining WIIS she worked as a policy and intake intern with Protect Our Defenders. Teresa Cal is a bachelor's candidate in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at The George Washington University studying Human Services and Persian. Her undergraduate thesis examines sexual violence in the military. She is excited to be able to pursue her interests in the intersection of gender and combat at WIIS.

 

fullsizerender Morgan Cornelison

Gender and Global Security Program Assistant mcornelison@wiisglobal.org

Morgan Cornelison is an American University Master’s candidate studying Comparative and Regional Studies of Europe examining migration, identity, and security. Prior to AU, she studied at Cornell College in Iowa, where she got her Bachelor of Arts Degree in European History and International Relations. Morgan has previously worked for Godwin Law firm in Houston, Texas and The National Council for US-Arab Relations here in Washington, DC as an intern. She is interested in studying the security issues women face while migrating and the interaction between migration and identities.

 

Gabe Bio PictureGabriel Dayley

Gender Research Program Assistant
gdayley@wiisglobal.org

Gabriel Dayley is currently completing a master’s in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service, American University. Gabe graduated from Pomona College with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, where he completed a thesis on social-psychological empathic processes and methods for improving empathy and compassion among groups in intractable conflict. His academic and professional interests include the construction of identity in conflict, methods of empowering women in conflict environments, dialogue as a tool for shifting intergroup attitudes, and the role that mindfulness techniques can play in conflict resolution. He is thrilled to be working at Women in International Security, deepening his interest in and understanding of the experience of women and gender dynamics in peace and security.

Gabe is also the Washington Project Coordinator for Mediators Foundation, where he supports the development of collaborative projects among organizations seeking to transform hyper-partisanship in the American political system. His previous work includes dialogue facilitation at American University’s Intergroup Dialogue program and at Building Bridges, a Colorado-based organization that runs leadership and communication programs for young women from Israel, Palestine, and the United States. Additionally, Gabe is co-founder and editor of The Arrow: A Journal of Wakeful Society, Culture & Politics, a scholarly publication that explores the connection between cultural transformation and political and economic change.

 

Denecke Professional PhotoJulienne Denecke

CII Program Associate
jdenecke@wiisglobal.org

Julienne Denecke is an Army veteran who spent 5 years on active duty. Julienne served stateside and internationally. She has participated in joint operations with the South Korean, Japanese, and Singaporean Armies and she successfully deployed for 13 months to the Middle East. Julienne has demonstrated expertise in directing tactical level supply movements and in coordinating complex supply chain global logistics. Julienne completed airborne school and is a qualified aerial delivery and material management specialist. Prior to the military, she completed internships at the Department of State in the Political-Military Bureau and at the U.S. Senate where she interned for Senator Mark R. Warner (D-VA). Julienne holds a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University.

 

Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 15.24.08Mallory Dudra

Gender and Global Security Program Assistant 

mdudra@wiisglobal.org

Mallory Dudra is an undergraduate at the George Washington University, pursuing a degree in International relations with a focus on security policy and the Middle East. Previously, Mallory worked at the Middle East Policy Council, where she compiled stories on Middle Eastern politics and created timelines and backgrounders for educators to use in classrooms. Before joining the Middle East Policy Council, she worked at the National Council on US-Arab Relations. In this capacity, she worked on the the Model Arab League outreach program and assisted nationwide recruitment efforts for new student competitors and tournament hosts. Mallory’s research interests include women’s roles in the 2011 Arab Uprisings.

Ellen Galdava for handbooks_journals, etc.Ellen Galdava

Gender and Global Security Program Assistant

Ellen Galdava graduated with her MS from School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University in May 2015. Her master thesis explored generational gap in understanding Georgian national identity and the perception of the Other. She has regional expertise in Europe, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Caucasus. Currently, she works at IREX in Education Program Division. At IREX her primary goal is to empower and assist youth from the conflicting regions to acquire education, professional skills, and to become leaders of their regions. For Ellen working at WIIS was a great experience, where she was able to learn from distinguished scholars  in the field and to contribute to WIIS’s various projects.

 

eringreenwaltErin Greenwalt

Gender Research Program Assistant
egreenwalt@wiisglobal.org

Erin Greenwalt is currently completing the last semester of her Master’s in Global Governance, Politics, and Security at the School of International Service, American University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Ethnic Conflict from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. Erin became interested in international relations through her focus on Native American Studies with Dr. Anne Flaherty. Her senior capstone encompassed ‘the politics of hurt’ in African ethnic conflict. At American University, she now studies women’s security, economic development, and female empowerment. Specifically, she analyzes how women’s grassroots movements in Africa combat corruption and bring about customary land tenure reform. Give that a section of her graduate research is heavily influenced by the Liberian Second Civil War and the impact of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, she is extremely excited to start doing work on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, as well as combatant disarmament.

 

meAshley Holmes

Web Development and Strategic Communication Program Assistant

Ashley Holmes is a native of Richmond, Virginia and alumna of the University of Florida. In 2005 she graduated with a degree in public relations and a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Signal Corps. She spent more than eight years on active duty and currently is a major and public affairs officer in the US Army Reserve. Before joining WIIS, Ashley substitute taught in the District of Columbia Public Schools system, and interned at the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. Ashley is pursuing a M.A. in Global Communication (Information and Communication Technology in International Affairs and Development) from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Her areas of interest include ICT4D, ICT for disaster relief/emergency response, and media for conflict resolution. She is also a communications and policy intern at TechFreedom.

 

Sung-gyu-Bio-Picture-150x150Sung-gyu (Mark) Hong

Strategic Communications and Web Development Program Assistant

Sung-gyu (Mark) Hong recently graduated from Washington State University with a Master of Arts in Communication, specializing in political communication and media effect. Sung-gyu also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Communication from Han-yang University in South Korea. His academic interests include topics related to political polarization, focusing specifically on the role of mass media in political polarization in political parties and the general public. Sung-gyu has also conducted research on the use of social media and media framing in political communication. Before joining WIIS, he worked as a research associate at AudioNow LLC in Washington, DC. In this capacity Sung-gyu specialized in conducting market research and developed marketing strategies for prospective domestic and international clients through various social media platforms. Moving forward, Sung-gyu will continue his doctoral studies in political communication and build on his existing knowledge of marketing and communication systems.

 

catherine_howell (3)Catherine (Cathy) Howell

Communications and Marketing Program Assistant
chowell@wiisglobal.org

Catherine (Cathy) Howell is originally from Los Angeles, CA. where she earned a B.A. in Global Studies and a B.A. in Communications. She is interested in the nexus of human rights initiatives and best communication practices among various cultural communities internationally. Her interests lead her to become involved in a human trafficking seminar in Thailand, where she worked with various anti-trafficking nonprofit organizations. Some of her relevant previous work experience involved drafting and editing research materials, websites, and print publications; as well as conducting interviews with the purpose of gathering stories of human interest for establishing policy recommendations.  Immediately before working at WIIS, Cathy worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies within the External Relations department.  Presently, she is working on her second year capstone research project for her master’s degree in Global Communications with emphasis in Public Diplomacy and Global Gender Policy from the Elliott School of International Affairs at GWU.

 

deblandauDeb Landau

Gender and Global Security Program Assistant
dlandau@wiisglobal.org

Deb Landau was a Gender and Global Security Program Assistant at Women in International Security where she helped support the research and programmatic operations. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Deborah worked for U.S. Senator Bob Casey (PA) as a foreign policy intern, and subsequently a Staff Assistant. Deb is a Master’s candidate in the School of International Service at American University studying Global Governance, Politics, and Security. Deb graduated from Allegheny College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus on international politics. Her senior thesis examined sexual and gender based violence as a weapon of war in civil wars, specifically the conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is excited to be able to pursue her interests in gender and global security at WIIS.

 

julianalawJuliana Law 

Outreach and Development Program Assistant                    jlaw@wiisglobal.org

Juliana Law is the Outreach and Development Program Assistant at Women in International Security where she supports fundraising activities to support the organization's many programs. She gained most of her internship experiences from the corporate business sector, specifically in finance and accounting. Juliana is a rising senior at Boston University Questrom School of Business studying finance. At WIIS, she is excited to explore topics about women, security, and global economic equality for women.

 

LilaLila O'Brien-Milne

Gender and Global Security Program Associate
lobrienmilne@wiisglobal.org

Lila O'Brien-Milne was a Gender and Global Security Program Assistant at Women in International Security where she supported the research and programmatic operations. Prior to coming to WIIS, Lila was a Women, Peace, and Security Fellow at Women's Action for New Directions, a Program Assistant with the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women, and an Institutional Learning Team Intern with Search for Common Ground. Lila graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a focus on gender and peacebuilding. Her senior thesis examined gaps between rhetoric and reality around women's inclusion in peacebuilding and security in Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is excited to be able to pursue her interests in gender and peacebuilding at WIIS.

 

Shannon Travis

CII Program Associate
stravis@wiisglobal.org

Shannon Travis is a current undergraduate at McDaniel College, majoring in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations. Her background includes serving four years active duty in the US Army, including a 14 month deployment to Iraq as a Petroleum Supply Specialist and most recently, an eight month deployment to Afghanistan as an Army Reservist. In this capacity, her daily duties comprised key leader engagements with local Afghan leaders and government officials such as Afghan National Army officers and Afghan National Police chiefs within the greater Kabul area. Her other duties included liaising with NATO and ISAF force protection officials as a subject matter expert on insider threats. Shannon redeployed December 2014.

Prior to enlistment in the military, Shannon interned for PeaceBridge International in Kabul, Afghanistan. She taught English as a second language at Kabul University and participated in women’s development and empowerment programs. One such program included distributing loans to local women to for the creation of small businesses.