Experts

  • Beth Cunningham is the Deputy Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. Prior to joining the Wilson Center in November 2013, she lived in Haiti, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan where she worked for the consulting firm DAI on USAID programs focused on strengthening local and national government institutions and civil society. She received her M.A. from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a B.A. fr...
  • Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Professor, University of California Santa Barbara
    Alison Brysk is the Mellichamp Professor of Global Governance at UCSB. She is the author or editor of 10 books on human rights movements, globalization, transitional justice, women's rights, indigenous rights, symbolic politics, and human rights foreign policy. Brysk has been a Fulbright Scholar in Canada and India, and a Visiting Scholar at universities in Argentina, Ecuador, France, Japan, t...
  • Senior Scholar Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College
    Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis directs the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Seven Sisters Colleges at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Rangita is a women’s human rights scholar and practitioner with over 25 years of experience working globally in over 25 countries with a vast n...
  • Additional Solicitor General, India; Former member, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
  • Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP; Treasurer and Executive Committee Member, The Global Fund for Women; 2014 Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow
    Marissa Wesely is a partner at the global law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Marissa has been recognized for many years as a leading lawyer in banking and finance and, in 2013, was honored as the Finance Lawyer of the Year at Chambers’ Women in Law Awards. Marissa will spend 2014 as a Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow, as a transition to full time work in the area of internatio...

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