Advisory Board

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat

2021-2022 Fellow, Wilson Center

Dr. Chantal de Jonge Oudraat is a member of the Board of Directors of Women In International Security (WIIS) and was its President from 2013 – July 2021.

Previous positions include: Executive Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) North America; Senior Advisor to the U.S. Institute of Peace Center for Gender and Peacebuilding; Associate Vice President and Director, U.S. Institute of Peace (Jennings Randolph Fellowship Program); Adjunct Associate Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; and Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. She has also held senior positions at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC; and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in Geneva.

De Jonge Oudraat did her undergraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam and received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris II (Panthéon). She is a Dutch and US national.

Her areas of specialization are: women, peace and security (WPS), gender, international organizations, arms control and disarmament, terrorism and countering violent extremism, peacekeeping, use of force, economic sanctions, U.S.-European relations.

Dr. de Jonge Oudraat is co-editor with Kathleen Kuehnast and Helga Hernes of Women and War: Power and Protection in the 21st Century nundrums and Opportunities, International Interactions, 2013; ”Play it Again, Uncle Sam: Transatlantic Relations, NATO and the European Union” in: Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall, Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011, USIP Press; “Sanctions in Support of International Peace and Security, ” in Chester A. Crocker, Fen Osler Hampson and Pamela Aall, eds., Leashing the Dogs of War: Conflict Management in a Divided World (Washington, D.C.: USIP Press, 2007), pp. 335-352; “The Role of the Security Council, ” in Jane Boulden and Thomas Weiss, eds., Terrorism and the UN: Before and After September 11th (Indiana: Indiana University Press,2004), pp. 151-172; “The Future of U.S.-European Relations, ” in Margaret Crahan, John Goering and Thomas G. Weiss, eds., Wars on Terrorism and Iraq: Human Rights, Unilateralism and U.S. Foreign Policy (New York and London: Routledge, 2004), pp. 174-187; “Combating Terrorism, ” Washington Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 4, Autumn 2003, pp. 163-176: “Humanitarian Intervention: The Lessons Learned, ” Current History, Vol.99, No.641, December 2000, pp. 419-429.

Pamela Aall

Treasurer, Women In International Security Advisory Board; Senior
Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation; Senior Advisor,
United States Institute of Peace

Pamela Aall is a senior advisor for conflict prevention and management at nance Innovation (CIGI). She was founding Provost of USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding and headed the Institute’s education and training programs for a number of years. She is currently directing a project for CIGI on Africa’s regional conflict management capacity. Her research interests include mediation and negotiation, non-governmental organizations, civil–military relations, education and training and the role of education in exacerbating conflict or promoting reconciliation. She is chair of the board of the International Peace and Security Institute and a board member of Women in International Security, an organization dedicated to promoting women’s professional advancement in the foreign affairs and security fields. In 2014, she was the Sharkey Scholar at Seton Hall University.

Aall has co-authored and co-edited a number of books, most recently Rewiring Regional Security in a Fragmented World (2011) and Managing Conflict in a World Adrift (2015) with Chester Crocker and Fen Hampson.

Melanie Greenberg

Managing Director & Head of DC Office, Humanity United

Melanie Greenberg is Managing Director at Humanity United, overseeing the Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation portfolio. In this role, Melanie develops, refines, and implements strategies to build peace and counter violent conflict.

Melanie was previously at the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP), where she served as President and CEO. Before joining AfP, Melanie was the President and Founder of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, a foundation making grants in the areas of peacebuilding and nuclear nonproliferation. She has also served as a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, focusing on issues of justice in post-conflict peacebuilding; and as director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Melanie previously served as associate director of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and deputy director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation.

In her work on international conflict resolution, Melanie has helped design and facilitate public peace processes in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the Caucasus. She has taught advanced courses in international conflict resolution, multi-party conflict resolution, and negotiation at Stanford Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and the Elliott School of George Washington University. She was lead editor and chapter author of the volume Words over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), and co-editor and chapter author of Civil Society, Peace and Power (Rowman & Litflefield, 2016). Melanie is a member of the International Advisory Board of the United States Institute of Peace and serves on numerous non-profit boards.

Melanie holds an bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a juris doctor degree from Stanford Law School.




Virginia Haufler

Director, Global Communities; Director, Graduate Placement; Associate
Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

Virginia Haufler earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in Government at Cornell University, and Dual B.A. degrees in Foreign Service and International Affairs, and Russian Language and Literature at Pennsylvania State University. She is an associate professor in the Department of Government and Politics and Director of Graduate Placement, and is Director of the Global Communities Living-Learning Program. She is an associate of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University. Her research and publications focus on the governance of global corporations through standard-setting, transnational business regulation, and corporate social responsibility. She was selected as a ADVANCE Leadership Fellow at the University for 2013-2014. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Irvine; a Visiting Non-Resident Fellow at the Center on Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California; and a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She currently is an advisor to the non-profit OEF Foundation and to Women in International Security (WIIS), and is a member of the Expert Group on the Principles for Responsible Investment. She serves on the editorial board of Global Governance and International Studies Review. She has consulted for think tanks, non-profit organizations, and international organizations. In Summer 2014, she was featured on Up Close, an online, audio talk show of research, opinion and analysis from the University of Melbourne, Australia.nuclear nonproliferation. From 2003 to 2004, she was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, focusing on issues of justice in post-conflict peacebuilding. From 2000 to 2002, Melanie was director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She previously served as associate director of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and deputy director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation.

Laurie Hoes

CEO, Strategy, Governance, and Operations, the LcHoesGroup
Leveraging over 25-years of private and public sector experience in strategy development, program management, policy and governance, business tran
sformation and change, ethics and corporate responsibility, branding and marketing… I have worked in support of Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial startups, government and military agencies, university programs and non-profits. A prolific mentor, coach, and speaker my message of equity, diversity and inclusion, especially of women’s empowerment resonates strongly with thought leaders.

In early 2014, I founded the LcHoesGroup to provide our clients with comprehensive strategic advice to empower organizations and individuals to more successful outcomes. As CEO, I lead a diverse group of innovative thought leaders and management consultants to customize our recommendations to satisfy client needs. Our expertise has been developed over decades of work in both private and public sectors with an emphasis on risk management, equity, and leadership.

Catherine McArdle Kelleher

President emerita and Secretary, Women In International Security; Professor, University of Maryland; Professor emeritus, Naval War CollegeCatherine McArdle Kelleher is professor emeritus of strategic research at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and adjunct professor at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. She has served the US government as President Bill Clinton’s deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia and as the secretary of defense’s representative to NATO in Brussels. She was also on President Carter’s National Security Council staff. She is a former senior fellow of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, and she directed the Aspen Institute, Berlin. She was the first president of Women in International Security.

Kelleher founded the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland University. Kelleher has taught and written extensively on conventional and nuclear arms control as well as on German, Russian, and European security issues. She received a DLitt from Mt. Holyoke College and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Gale Mattox

Professor of Political Science, US Naval Academy
Dr. Gale A. Mattox is professor and a former chair (2003-2007), Political Science Department , US Naval Academy. She received the 2011 USNA Superintendent’s Civilian Faculty Service Excellence Award. Her teaching responsibilities include National Security Policy, Comparative European Politics and the Transatlantic Relations Capstone, as well as American Government and International Relations. She is Chair (2011-2013), International Security and Arms Control Section, American Political Science Association and an elected board member of the International Security Studies Section, International Studies Association. She is the Visiting Senior Scholar, Foreign and Domestic Policies Section, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Johns Hopkins U. In 2009 she held the Distinguished Fulbright-Dow Research Chair, RooseveltCenter, the Netherlands.

Dorian Ramos

Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia and Russia Country Director, Department
of Defense

Professionally Dorian’s expertise lies in WMD nonproliferation, CBRN and study abroad expeRussia. She received her B.A. in Political Science from St. Olaf College, MN and a M.A. in International Affairs focusing on national security from Georgetown University.

Linda Staheli

Founding Director, Global Co Lab Network
Linda Staheli is the founder of the Global Co Lab Network which focuses on curating diverse stakeholders in informal on incubating action and engaging the next generation. Inspiration for the Co Lab came after working for thirty years building global science and technology engagements to address global challenges including those in the security, diplomacy and economic competitiveness arenas. Ms. Staheli directed government affairs at CRDF Global and founded the US-North Korea Science Consortium with AAAS, Syracuse University, and the Korea Society. She managed global health issues as the Director of the Division of International Relations at the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health. Other government experience includes managing U.S global science relations working at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, negotiating and implementing science and technology (S&T) agreements with Japan and Korea and managing the Central and East European Joint S&T Funds at the U.S. Department of State. Other employers include RAND, Pacific Sierra Research Corporation, and Council for a Livable World. Ms. Staheli has served in various volunteer capacities including Vice President and co-President of Women in International Security (WIIS). She holds an M.A. in Public Management with a focus on national security studies from the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, and a B.A. in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington in Seattle.

Carola Weil

Dean of Continuing Studies, McGill University
Dr. Carola Weil was appointed Dean of McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies in Montreal, Canada, and Associate Professor (CAS) on July 1, 2018. She previously served as founding Dean of the School of Professional & Extended Studies at American University in Washington DC and as Sr. Associate Dean for Planning & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Southern California (USC)’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism (2007-2012).A political scientist and policy analyst by training (M.A./Ph.D. in Political Science & Master’s of Policy Management, University of Maryland; B.A. in History from Bryn Mawr College), with a focus on international relations, human security and migration, conflict transformation and public diplomacy, Carola Weil’s career has straddled public policy, non-profit and philanthropic sectors in addition to higher education. Carola Weil was one of several co-founders of Women In International Security (WIIS), an international educational and professional network dedicated to the advancement of women in foreign affairs and defence policy careers, and served as WIIS’ Executive Director in the 1990s. Dr. Weil consults on global strategy, organizational development and conflict transformation, as well as on topics related to diversity and inclusion, technology enhanced and life-long education, and the future of work and lifelong learning. Her doctoral thesis and research focused on Competing International Norms of Protection in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies, with case studies on the Rwandan Genocide and civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She has conducted peace building work in Pakistan, and supported peace building efforts in Afghanistan, Darfur, Colombia and the African Great Lakes region with a special emphasis on gender and journalism.She serves on multiple non-profit boards and committees, and is a member of professional associations across a variety of disciplines. A dual citizen of Germany and the US, she is multi-lingual and has lived, worked or travelled on most continents. When not working or travelling, she is an avid appreciator of music, especially jazz, fine arts, books, food, gardening, and nature.

Nancy Walker

Former Director, Atlantic Council’s Ansari Africa Center
Dr. Nancy Walker, is the former Director of the Atlantic Council’s Ansari Africa Center and the 1st director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Dr. Walker’s diverse career speaks for itself. Her experience ranges from working as a political producer for German television, to defense analysis for an investment bank, to directing the Office of African Affairs and United Nations Branch Chief in the Office of Peacekeeping Policy. Dr. Walker is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Women in International Security, American Political Science Association, Turkish-American-International Women’s Cultural and Charitable Society, among others.

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WIIS defines international security broadly, inclution and human rights, but focuses on the interution and human rights, but focuses on the inter section or nexus of these issues with security.

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WIIS defines international security broadly, inclution and human rights, but focuses on the interution and human rights, but focuses on the inter section or nexus of these issues with security.

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