W2W Advisory Board
Christina Bain, Director, Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Babson Social Innovation Lab, Babson College
Christina Bain is currently leading the Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery within the Babson Social Innovation Lab at Babson College. Christina is the former and founding Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery within the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2012, Christina became a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and in 2013, she became a Co Vice-Chair of the newly formed Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime. She is currently co-chairing the Forum’s Human Trafficking Network-Wide Taskforce with Dr. Louise Shelley of George Mason University, a cross-council initiative within the Network of Global Agenda Councils and with industry partners. Since 2006, she has been a member of the Massachusetts Human Trafficking Task Force, one of the 42 statewide anti-trafficking task forces funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to the Harvard Kennedy School, Christina was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the Executive Director of the Governor's Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, a statewide commission of over 340 public and private sector partners. She previously served as the Public Affairs Liaison to Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey where she worked on domestic violence and criminal justice issues, including human trafficking and sex offender management. Christina also served as a Special Assistant to Governor Jane Swift of Massachusetts.
Victoria A. Budson, Executive Director, Women and Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Victoria A. Budson is the founding Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at Harvard Kennedy School. Budson founded and chairs From Harvard Square to the Oval Office: A Political Campaign Practicum (Oval Office), an initiative of WAPPP that provides a select group of Harvard graduate students with the training and support they need to ascend in the electoral process at the local, state and national levels. In addition, she advises the Obama White House Administration on policies to close gender gaps. She serves on the Planning Committee for the Women in Public Service Initiative founded by the U.S. Department of State that focuses on training women leaders for public and electoral service. She was appointed by Governor Patrick in 2010 to serve on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, which she now chairs. She also is an appointee of Boston Mayors Menino and Walsh serving on the Women’s Workforce Council that seeks to close Boston’s wage gap. Budson is a current advisory board member of Womensphere and Global Thinkers Forum. Previously, she has served on the board of directors for the National Council for Research on Women, iVillage Cares, and the National Women's Political Caucus among others. She has held a seat on the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee and has served as the Northeast Regional Development Director for EMILY's List. She is often quoted in news publications, television, and radio programs, including CNN International, Fox News Live, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Boston Globe, New York Times Magazine, New England Cable News, US News and World Report, Talk of the Nation, Radio Boston and The Connection on National Public Radio, among others. Budson holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School
Elizabeth Cafferty, Senior Advocacy Officer, Women’s Refugee Commission
Senior advocacy officer Elizabeth Cafferty joined the Women’s Refugee Commission in September 2011. She directs the organization’s advocacy work at the United Nations in New York City. Elizabeth previously worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as Associate Director at the Division for Global Health and Human Rights, where she directed an international research study on sex trafficking of women and girls and developed and managed a variety of international women’s health initiatives. Prior to that, she spent eight years in London working on international human rights and development issues. She served as founding director of Women for Women International’s U.K. office and deputy executive secretary of the Council for Assisting Refugee Academics. She also supported international human rights programs at Quaker Peace and Social Witness. Elizabeth completed her undergraduate work at the College of the Holy Cross. She received a Master’s of Social Science, Women Studies and International Development from the University of York, U.K.
Diane Caldwell, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Medford, MA
Diane Caldwell has been a leader in the educational community for over twenty years serving dually as an Academic Support Administrator as well as a supervisor of the Title 1 program for Medford Public Schools. She studied elementary education at Boston State College as well as completing the Master’s program at Regis College in Special Education. Ms. Caldwell has an extensive background in education that has aided students from all walks of life in both primary and secondary levels of schooling. Throughout her career, she has striven to improve the learning experience of her students, always going the extra mile whether it was directing a school musical or implementing new reading programs. Her successes have expanded well outside the traditional classroom. Ms. Caldwell has helped shape academic curriculums for large, as well as individual educational plans to meet the specific needs of students in both regular classrooms and special education programs. In addition to helping students, she has worked with institutions of higher learning such as Brown University, Fitchburg State, and Salem State College to help facilitate professional development for faculty and colleagues, to give teachers the best tools available in order to help students read and write more effectively and efficiently. Ms. Caldwell has been a leader in the Commonwealth in helping prepare students for MCAS testing, while simultaneously working to maintain a collaborative relationship with parents. Ms. Caldwell received her Master's in Educational Administration from Lesley University. Outside of education, Diane Caldwell enjoys traveling, reading, and playing golf.
Jane Christo, Edward R. Murrow Center at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Ms. Christo has been affiliated with the Fletcher School’s Edward R. Murrow Center at Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, since 2004, where she conducts journalism symposia. Prior to her association with Fletcher, Jane Christo served as General Manager of WBUR from 1981 to 2004. She developed WBUR into a news station that today is one of the most influential broadcast news institutions in Boston. Through years of innovative and original programming, Jane has been instrumental in catapulting Public Radio from alternative broadcasting to a nationally recognized, respected and influential source of news and information. In addition, Jane designed and developed a program for journalists reporting in fledgling democracies. Jane’s vision for mentoring journalists began as new democracies were forming in Eastern Europe following the fall of the Soviet Union. The financial support of the U.S. Department of State and the United States Information Agency allowed Jane to establish the International Training Project. From 1992 to 2004, she directed twenty programs for nearly 100 media professionals from the Balkans, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. Jane directed workshops, seminars and individual mentoring, both in those countreies and in the US, designed to address the challenges confronted by journalists in their daily work. The programs covered topics such as reporting on human trafficking and reporting in areas of conflict. Jane Christo received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Boston University. Jane lives with her husband, Van, in Brookline, Massachusetts. They have a grown son, Zachary. Jane and Van are proud to have been able to sponsor and financially support seven young people from Eastern Europe to live and become educated in the United States.
Susan Hackley, Managing Director of the Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School
The Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School is a world-renowned interdisciplinary research center dedicated to improving the theory and practice of negotiation and dispute resolution. As Managing Director, Susan Hackley oversees all of PON's activities, which include research projects, conferences, special events, and educational programs. She also manages the publication of a variety of books and teaching materials, including the monthly Negotiation newsletter and the quarterly Negotiation Journal. Susan has taught negotiation seminars in China, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain and Italy. Before joining PON, she worked in politics as a policy analyst and served as communications director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. As a writer/photographer, she has had work published in National Geographic Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and many other publications. She also co-founded an e-philanthropy site dedicated to helping people connect to causes they care about. Susan has a Masters Degree in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School and served three years as chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Peacebuilding.
Dr. Kerry Healey, President, Babson College
Dr. Kerry Murphy Healey is internationally recognized for her nearly three decades of service in academia, government, and humanitarian work both in the United States and overseas. She took office as Babson’s first woman president on July 1, 2013. Serving with distinction as the 70th lieutenant governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, Healey worked to lead, enact, and implement a wide range of policy and legislative initiatives for the Romney-Healey administration. She co-chaired the state’s Regional Competitiveness Councils, which focused on coordinating economic development and increasing business competitiveness throughout Massachusetts. She led successful efforts to expand legal protection and services for victims of domestic violence and child abuse, increase penalties for drunken driving, and create recovery high schools to support education for formerly drug addicted youth. Healey also partnered with Governor Romney to craft Massachusetts’ first-in-the-nation health care-reform legislation.
In 2008, Healey was appointed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a founding member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. State Department’s Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (PJRA), a position to which she was later reappointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As founder and president of the nonprofit that administers the PJRA’s rule-of-law programs, she helped Afghan lawyers attend top U.S. law schools to study human rights issues and commercial law and to establish Afghanistan’s first Law Review. As a trustee of the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), she worked to secure scholarships for Afghan women and, in conjunction with Stanford Law School, to establish a law program at AUAF.
Healey has led numerous philanthropic initiatives, including: efforts to combat child homelessness with the National Center on Family Homelessness; delivering humanitarian aid to children and the elderly in Cuba; the Parity Project, a bipartisan effort to promote the election and appointment of women to high-level government offices; and training female parliamentarians in Afghanistan.
In 2010, Healey created and hosted “Shining City,” a television series showcasing New England’s cutting-edge scientific and social innovation that aired on NESN.
Prior to her public service, Healey worked for more than a decade as a public policy consultant to the United States Department of Justice for Cambridge-based think tank Abt Associates. Her research and published work focused on gang violence, drug abuse, child abuse, and domestic violence. Healey earned her AB in government from Harvard College and her PhD in political science and law from Trinity College, Dublin. She has been a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics and Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.
Karen A. McLaughlin, Human Trafficking and Victim Rights Expert
Karen McLaughlin is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in victim assistance and violence prevention. In the United States, Ms. McLaughlin has pioneered the development of victim service programs within the criminal justice system and community agencies at the state and national level. Ms. McLaughlin served for five years from 2005-2010 as the director of the Massachusetts Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Presently, Ms. McLaughlin continues to serve the interests of crime victims by working to strengthen global efforts to combat human trafficking under a grant funded by the United States Department of State. In her current role, she is a consultant for a groundbreaking national initiative to end demand for human trafficking sponsored by the Hunt Alternatives Fund.
In the international arena, Ms. McLaughlin was elected in 2008 to the International Scientific Professional and Advisory Council (ISPAC) of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme. She currently chairs ISPAC’s Victim Assistance and Victimization Prevention Committee. Ms. McLaughlin has been a long-standing member of the World Society of Victimology’s United Nations Liaison Committee. For nearly a decade, much of Ms. McLaughlin’s work has focused on victims of transnational crime. After the September 11, 2001, terrorist strike, Ms. McLaughlin directed a national terrorism project which addressed the impact of the attack on thousands of victims and their families and evaluated the country’s response, recovery and preparedness in the aftermath of this national tragedy. Additionally, the United Nations Terrorism Prevention Branch sought her expertise as a result of her work in responding to the families of the victims of the Pan Am 103 terrorist attack over Lockerbie, Scotland.
In 1997, in recognition of her accomplishments at the state, national and international levels, she was presented with the National Crime Victim Service Award, the highest federal honor for service to victims. Bestowed by President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Attorney General Janet Reno, this prestigious acknowledgement was a tribute to Ms McLaughlin’s tireless efforts on behalf of underserved victim populations.
From 1989-1991, Ms. McLaughlin was president of the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA). She was instrumental in establishing the first state and national victim assistance crisis response teams to respond in the immediate aftermath of mass catastrophes, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her volunteer service to victims of crime and mass causalities has taken her to numerous countries consulting with governments and non-governmental organizations.
In her former capacity working on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1992-2002, Ms. McLaughlin created several national model curricula and protocols for law enforcement, prosecutors and victim services and educators. For nearly a decade in the 1990s she directed the Justice Department’s National Center for Hate Crime Prevention, where she created the country’s first curriculum to respond to and prevent bias crime. She co-authored, “Healing the Hate,” the first national curriculum that dealt with hate crime prevention. She trained thousands of professionals to address crimes resulting from prejudice. Her groundbreaking work on bystanders, cooperative learning and peer education has won numerous awards from civil rights and human rights groups. Her teaching tools were disseminated to over 15,000 educational institutions in the U.S. as well as thousands of youth programs throughout the nation and internationally.
Margaret A. McKenna, President, Suffolk University; Board Member, Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education; Visiting Professor of the Practice, Heller School, Brandeis University; Former President, Wal-Mart Foundation
Margaret McKenna is an educator and lawyer who has spent her career advocating for social justice. McKenna began her work life as a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. Later in her career, she served as Deputy Counsel in the White House, Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education and led the education transition team for President Clinton. McKenna’s educational achievements include a role as Vice President of Radcliffe College and twenty-two years as president of Lesley University and as a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. During her tenure at Lesley, the college grew from 2,000 to over 10,000 students, from a college to a university and from a small regional college to a nationally recognized leader in teacher education From 2007 - 2011 she led the Walmart Foundation and in that role created a strategy that emphasized hunger relief, education and the economic empowerment of women. During her term, the Foundation provided more than $900 million in grants annually. McKenna is an author, speaker and an expert on issues of educational access, women’s economic empowerment, hunger and social change leadership. She has served on five corporate and dozens of non-profit boards and is the recipient of ten Honorary Degrees. She presently serves as a fellow at the Aspen Institute’s Ascend program, working on two-generation poverty issues.
Sharmila L. Murthy, Professor, Suffolk Law School
Sharmila L. Murthy recently joined the faculty of Suffolk Law as an Assistant Professor, where she will be teaching property and international environmental law. Her research focuses on questions at the intersection of human rights, poverty, and the environment. She is particularly interested in examining legal and policy barriers to equitable water access and sustainable water management. She has written on the meaning of the human right to water and sanitation under international law and the controversy over privatization; on the relationship between land security and water access in the slums of Mumbai, India; on the use of carbon markets to fund clean water projects; on the right to water in the Negev in Israel; on Iraq’s constitutional mandate to ensure the just distribution of water; and more broadly on questions of water governance.
Professor Murthy was previously at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she co-led the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation Program as a Fellow with the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. As a Fellow with the Sustainability Science Program at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, she also served as the Lead Investigator for the Water Sector in an interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral research project on "Innovation and Access to Technologies for Sustainable Development." During the 2013-2014 academic year at Suffolk, she will continue to be engaged in this research. Professor Murthy has also taught at Harvard executive education programs and at the Water Diplomacy Workshop organized by MIT and Tufts.
Professor Murthy received her JD from Harvard Law School, her MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University. She clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in India and the recipient of the New Advocate of the Year award by the Tennessee Alliance of Legal Services. Prior to transitioning to academia, Professor Murthy was a Skadden Fellow with the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands and also litigated complex and class action litigation with Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein. She has also been active with numerous civic organizations and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Constitution Society Boston Lawyer Chapter.
Faisal Mushtaq, CEO, Millenium Schools Pakistan
Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq - Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, is a YPO and Education Chair of the world's leading Young Presidents Organization and is a national student counselor, academician, school practitioner and a social entrepreneur. He is the Founder & CEO of Roots Millennium Schools and is the Executive Director and member of the Board of Roots School System, Pakistan. He is also the founder and CEO of a non-profit organization “Change - in Education” working in support of public-private partnerships across education and thus scaling Millennium Development Goals. He has successfully reformed more than 100 government schools across various districts, provinces and rural communities in Pakistan. He has been conferred with the most prestigious National Civil Award of 'Tamgha-i-Imtiaz, TI' by the President of Pakistan H.E. Asif Ali Zardari on Pakistan Day Ceremony held at the Presidency on 23rd March 2013 in recognition of his outstanding services in the field of education, youth and promotion of Chinese Language across Pakistan as the national academic icon, educational change sponsor and globally recognized School and Education Management Practitioner. Mr. Mushtaq previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers and with IBM Business Consulting Services in the United Kingdom before leading Roots Millennium Schools. Thousands of his students are studying at Oxbridge, Ivy Leagues, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Dartmouth, LSE, Kings College, UCL, IBA, LUMS, GIKI, NUST and Agha Khan Universities. He has founded the backbone of Roots Education System by establishing Pakistan's largest teacher training and development institute, the Roots National Institute of Teacher Training & Education (RNITTE), where more than 10,000 teachers from both public and private sector have been trained on international standards and successfully won placements. Mr. Mushtaq is a graduate from prestigious University of London, United Kingdom and University of Salford United Kingdom where he studied Economics, Accounting & Finance. He is also a graduate of the prestigious National Defense University NDU in Islamabad.
Andaleeb Nadeem, Esteemed Educator, Pakistan
Andaleeb Nadeem is an O and A level English language teacher in Pakistan. Soon after her Master’s Degree in English Literature, Andaleeb started her career as a journalist and a radio and TV newscaster in Islamabad. Always concerned about the improvement of the quality of life of women in Pakistan, she kept striving to facilitate their educational process. This strife eventually led to a career change when she sidelined her love for journalism and news casting to become a teacher, which enabled her to promote the awareness of education among Pakistani girls and young women. As a teacher, Andaleeb continues tirelessly to motivate parents to bring their daughters to schools. She also works unofficially with government schools to improve conditions for female students. In the midst of this struggle, Andaleeb found the Women2Women program to be very gratifying and always considered it to be a great platform for all young women in general, and the young women of the developing world in particular. For the past decade Andaleeb has been working hand in hand with the empowering program as she finds it to be a great support system in her eternal struggle for women's education and awareness. Her love of education becomame evident on a more personal level when her daughter attended graduate school at Columbia University in New York.
Allyce Najimy, CEO, The Foundation To Be Named Later
Her hero, Jackie Robinson, once said that the importance of one’s life is measured “in the impact it has on other lives” and, for the past two decades, Pittsfield native and Assumption College graduate ’86, Allyce Najimy has seen firsthand the positive influence that sports can have in the lives of others. It is fitting, then, that Paul Epstein, a social worker in the Brookline Public School system, and his twin brother, former Red Sox Executive Vice President and General Manager and current President of Chicago Cubs, Theo Epstein named Allyce as the first executive director of The Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL); with the mission of raising funds and awareness for non-profit agencies serving disadvantaged youth and families to improve the world through education, leadership and the healthy development of youth and families.
Upon earning her Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1990, Allyce began teaching high school aged students in South Boston who were taking their General Education Development (GED) exams. Through this work, Allyce witnessed the positive impact sports could make on the lives of others. She began to take closer notice of the way star athletes served as role models; their visits to her classroom not only encouraged her students to study math or history; but also inspired them to keep on going-even when the going got rough.
In 1990, after five years of teaching, Allyce became part of the original staff for the newly formed City Year, a Boston-based non-profit which has since become a National organization founded on the belief that young people can change the world through citizen service, social entrepreneurship and civic engagement. For the next decade, Allyce traveled extensively, helping to establish City Year in locations nationwide. In 2001, Allyce joined the Center for Sport in Society at Northeastern University: the world’s leading social justice organization that uses sports to create social change. As their Chief Operating Officer, Allyce guided the Center in their work locally, nationally, and internationally to promote physical activity, health, violence prevention, and diversity among young people, adults, and college and professional athletes. In 2006, Allyce became a consultant to the office of former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino in addition to being hired as the first Executive Director of The Foundation To Be Named Later. Allyce has run four Boston Marathons and competed in many triathlons and road races throughout the country. She sits on many non-profit boards and enjoys sports, politics, skiing, travelling and volunteering.
Todd Patkin, Author and Philanthropist
After graduating from Tufts University in 1987, Todd entered the family automotive parts business. For over 18 years, he, along with his brother Roger and his father Steve (founder) worked together and grew Foreign Autopart/Autopart International into one of the premiere wholesale automobile parts businesses in the country. The company was sold in September of 2005 to Advance Auto Parts, enabling Todd to leave the company and put all of his time and energy into what he loves most: spending time each day trying to help as many people as he can.
At age 36, Todd Patkin had an experience that completely changed the way he views the world: a debilitating nervous breakdown. On paper, he had everything: a great family, wonderful friends, and financial security—but that didn’t stop him from hitting rock bottom. From breakdown to breakthrough, Todd chronicles his journey out of the murky depths of depression and anxiety and into the light in his book, Finding Happiness: One Man’s Quest to Beat Depression and Anxiety and—Finally—Let the Sunshine In. He is also the author of Twelve Weeks to Finding Happiness: Boot Camp for Building Happier People, and Destination: Happiness: The Travel Guide That Gets You from Here to There, Emotionally and Spiritually. Today, Todd travels the country speaking to various groups, telling his story and teaching people how they too can find their own happiness. Todd also runs the Todd G. Patkin Companies with investments in several different businesses, many of which were started by friends who needed a little bit of help. Todd funded Gary Marino’s Million Calorie March from Florida to Boston, and along with Gary, was the executive producer for Million Calorie March: The Movie. Todd’s charities focus on inner city children, the State of Israel and how to facilitate more open dialogue throughout America concerning the topic of depression. Todd also sits on many not-for-profit boards, including the executive committee boards for the Jewish National Fund (both locally and nationally) and The American Friends Board for Yemin Orde. Todd has been married to and in love with Yadira since October 1991, and they have Joshua, an amazing teenager. To learn more, visit www.toddpatkin.com.
Priti Rao, Former Executive Director, Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus
Priti Rao most recently served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus, a multi-partisan, non-profit organization committed to maximizing the participation of women of all ages in the political process and increasing the number of women appointed and elected to public office and public policy positions. Rao previously served as the organization's Associate Director and most recently as Acting Executive Director. Rao is a cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in Politics and Spanish. She has coordinated field activities for Congressional and City Council races in New York. Here in Massachusetts she worked in the successful campaign of Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, the first woman elected to Congress in 25 years. As Acting Executive Director and Associate Director, Rao worked to design and execute strategic political and field support that helped fuel the successful election of 5 MWPC endorsed women to the MA House of Representatives in 2008 and the 2009 election of Ayanna Pressley to the Boston City Council, the first woman of color ever to serve on the Council in its 100 year history.
Charlie Rose, Senior Vice President and Dean, City Year Inc.
Charlie Rose has been a youth worker, organizer, and entrepreneur in Boston for the past 34 years. He was the Director of Youth Services for the City of Boston’s Community Centers (now B.C.Y.F.) for nine years. Previous to that he was a VISTA volunteer, and a community and union organizer. He is an accomplished trainer, presenter, facilitator, auctioneer, poet and public speaker. He is currently Senior Vice President and Dean of City Year. Over the past 25 years he has helped build City Year into a national and international model for youth community service organizations and has been involved in all aspects of organizational development. He co-founded the City of Boston’s nationally recognized violence and gang prevention program called the Streetworker Program with Mr. Robert Lewis Jr. He founded the Youth Outreach Program (YOP), The City of Boston Peer Leadership Program, The Festival of HOPE and the Citywide Youth Congress, the Boston Youth Olympics and the Youth Worker Alliance (YWA). He is the co-founder and co-owner of a Boston neighborhood restaurant (Bella Luna) and entertainment complex which includes a nightclub and lounge (Milky Way Lounge). The for-profit venture was started as a community economic development project in Jamaica Plain section of Boston 20 years ago. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of LIFT Boston, The Young People’s Project (YPP) and on the Jackson Square LLC for Urban Edge Community Development Corporation and is actively involved with Project 351. In 2011, Charlie was awarded an honorary doctorate from U-Mass Boston. He is also the father of two beautiful children, AJ and Ruby, and the husband of the amazing Carol Downs.
Denis J. Sullivan, Co-Director, Middle East Center for Peace, Culture and Development at Northeastern University
Denis J. Sullivan (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is a Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Middle East Center for Peace, Culture & Development at Northeastern University. Prof. Sullivan served as founding Director of Northeastern’s International Affairs Program from 1995 through 2011. Under his leadership, the program has become the largest major at Northeastern University, which hosts over 750 majors and 200 minors. His first programs leading students abroad were in Egypt in 1994 and he formally established the Dialogue of Civilizations Program in 1998. He now manages the Dialogue Program, which operates in nearly 50 countries and facilitates international experiential learning for over 1,100 students annually, with the Study Abroad office at Northeastern. Prof. Sullivan has led more than 25 programs to the Middle East, enabling students to immerse themselves in and study Arabic language and culture, the history and politics of Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Qatar, the Emirates, and the Arab World. The Dialogue of Civilizations Program received the Institute of International Education’s Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education in 2011. Prof. Sullivan is the author of nearly three dozen journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries and a number of books, including Egypt: Global Security Watch, with Kimberly Jones, (Praeger, 2008); The World Bank and the Palestinian NGO Project: From Service Delivery to Sustainable Development (Jerusalem: PASSIA, 2001); Islam in Contemporary Egypt: Civil Society vs. the State, with Sana Abed-Kotob (Boulder: L. Rienner, 1999); Private Voluntary Organizations in Egypt: Islamic Development, Private Initiative, and State Control (University Press of Florida, 1994); and Privatization & Liberalization in the Middle East, co-edited with Iliya Harik (Indiana University Press, 1992).
Prof. Sullivan has been a consultant to the World Bank, USAID, U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Defense, Council on Foreign Relations, colleges, universities, and human rights organizations, and has provided pro-bono consulting on political asylum cases for many years.
Christopher (Rusty) Tunnard, Professor of International Business, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Christopher (Rusty) Tunnard is a Professor of the Practice of International Business at the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises. He is also a member of the International Business faculty at the Hult International Business School and at HHL - The Leipzig Graduate School of Management. For many years, he was a Principal at Arthur D. Little (ADL) in their Travel and Technology practice in Brussels and London. He is a recognized expert on technology-led change in the international communications, travel, and financial service industries. Prior to joining ADL, he directed world-wide strategy and technology partnerships for the Travel Division of American Express TRS Co. He has also run his own consulting firm and has owned and operated a hotel barge company in southern France. At Fletcher, he teaches courses in management consulting and in social network analysis. His doctoral dissertation focused on the use of technology in the formation of resistance networks that eventually led to peaceful regime change in Serbia in the 1990s. His current research examines the roles that social networks and social media can play in building up institutions and civil society in post-revolutionary countries, and he is developing analytical methods to examine public and private social networks and their impact on organizations. Dr. Tunnard holds MA, MALD and PhD degrees from Fletcher, and he received his AB from Harvard.
Rev. Gloria Elaine White-Hammond, M.D., Co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Boston; Executive Director of My Sister’s Keeper
Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D. is the Co-Pastor of Bethel AME Church, Boston, MA, Executive Director of My Sister’s Keeper, www.mskeeper.org, and a retired pediatrician from the South End Community Health Center. Dr. White-Hammond’s community service spans three decades and two continents. In 1994 she founded the church-based creative writing/mentoring ministry “Do The Write Thing” for high-risk adolescent females. The project has served over 200 young women through small groups in Boston public schools, juvenile detention facilities and on site at Bethel AME Church. From 2001-2003, Dr. White-Hammond traveled to war-torn South Sudan to participate in an elaborate “underground railroad” to facilitate the freedom of more than 10,000 people enslaved in northern Sudan during the civil war. The experience prompted her and five other women to co-found My Sister’s Keeper, a women-led humanitarian and human rights organization that champions social justice for women and girls in the United States and around the world. Since 2001, Dr. White-Hammond has made more than 25 trips into South Sudan, Sudan’s Darfur and Nuba Mountains regions, and Chad. The group is deeply committed to three pathways to sustainable peace. The Sisterhood for Peace Initiative supports a growing network of diverse Sudanese women in Sudan, South Sudan and the Diaspora, who collaborate across traditional boundaries of race, religion, ethnicity and geography to promote peace throughout and among their countries. The Kunyuk School for Girls, a primary school located in Akon, South Sudan began in 2003 with 100 girls. In 2008, MSKeeper completed the construction of the permanent campus for the school, now comprised of 550 students. In 2007, My Sister’s Keeper launched the Women’s Peace School, an adult literacy project also in Akon, which supports 200 women.
In 2006, Rev. White-Hammond served as the National Chairperson of the Million Voices for Darfur campaign. In 2008-2009, she was the national Chairwoman of the Save Darfur Coalition. In 2008, Dr. White-Hammond retired from the South End Community Health Center after serving 27 years as a dedicated pediatrician to families from some of Boston’s most challenged communities. Dr. White-Hammond is a graduate of Boston University (AB, 1972), Tufts University School of Medicine (MD, 1976) and Harvard Divinity School (MDiv, 1997). She is a member of the boards of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Alumni Association, Tufts University and United to End Genocide.
Lisa M. Wong, M.D., Pediatrician, Milton Pediatric Associates; Musician, Author
Dr. Lisa Wong is a pediatrician at Milton Pediatric Associates and Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. Passionate about the convergence of medicine and music, Dr. Wong is a member of the violin section in Boston’s Longwood Symphony Orchestra, where she served as President for 20 years. She is a founding member of Boston Arts Consortium for Health (BACH) and the Committee for Arts&Humanities@Harvard Medical School and on the Board of Massachusetts Cultural Council. She is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying Arts in Education. In April 2012, she published Scales to Scalpels: Doctors who Practice the Healing Arts of Music and Medicine, in collaboration with writer Robert Viagas. Dr. Wong is married to violinist Lynn Chang, and has two grown children.
Dalia Ziada, Executive Director, Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies
Dalia Ziada, one of Egypt's leading human rights activists, is executive director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies, a prominent Cairo-based NGO that advocates for human rights and civil freedoms in Egypt and throughout Arab World. After Egypt’s 2011 revolution, Dalia co-founded a political party and ran for parliament. Negative perceptions of women in Egyptian society prevented her from winning, but also motivated her to fight to improve the status of women in her native country. Previously, as founding director of the American Islamic Congress's Cairo-based Middle East and North Africa Bureau, Dalia focused on implementing grassroots field projects that educate citizens in the Muslim world about human rights, civil freedoms, nonviolent conflict, and religious tolerance.
Before joining AIC, Dalia worked for several local and regional NGOs. Major organizations have recognized Dalia's outstanding advocacy for women’s rights, civil freedoms, and liberal democracy in the Middle East, Dalia. She was named by Newsweek for two years in a row (2011-2012) as one of world’s most influential and most fearless women; named by CNN as one of the Arab World’s eight agents of change (2012); selected by The Daily Beast as one of the world’s bravest bloggers (2011); received the Tufts University Presidential Award for civil work (2011); received the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Journalist Award (2010); and was named by Time Magazine as a women's rights champion (2009). Dalia holds a Master's degree from the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Ilham Zhiri, Founding President, Moroccan Women Mentoring Network
Ilham Zhiri is a leading entrepreneur in Morocco with more than 16 years experience. She is the Founding President of Moroccan Women Mentoring Networking, a national association grouping women leaders from the public and private sectors who support and economically empower other women through an intensive mentoring process. Ms. Zhiri founded Moroccan Women Mentoring Networking in 2010 after benefiting herself from a mentoring process at a US Fortune 500 company under a programme run by the US State Department. Ms Zhiri is Managing Director of Imprimerie El Maarif Al Jadida, one of Morocco’s top five printing and publishing companies. She is a national board member of the National Council of the General Confederation of Moroccan Entrepreneurs (CGEM) and a member of the MENA Regional Advisory Committee of the social entrepreneurship advocacy body, SYNERGOS. She has also promoted female entrepreneurship for the past 10 years through the National Association of Female Entrepreneurs. In 2011, she was appointed General Secretary of the Moroccan chapter of the North Africa Partnership Economic Opportunity (NAPEO). She recently launched EMCC Maroc – representative of EMCC council wordwide. Ms. Zhiri holds a BSBA in Business and an MBA in International Business from the American University in Washington, D.C.