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After earning her B.A. from the University of Tokyo, Professor Bando embarked on her distinguished 34-year career as a civil servant. She has served in the Prime Minister’s Office in Japan, as Vice-Governor of Saitama Prefecture, and as Consul General of Japan in Brisbane, Australia. A prolific author of numerous books, her most recent publication is Toward a Gender Equal Society. During the 2004-2005 academic year, Professor Bando was a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s Women and Public Policy Program. Currently, she is Vice President of Showa Women’s University in Tokyo. As a WAPPP fellow on U.S.-Japan relations during academic 2006-07, Professor Bando conducted a comparative study of women executives in Japan and the United States. Her research was used to assist Japanese women in overcoming the specific cultural barriers with which they are faced in ascending to leadership positions.
Thanks to the gracious support of Sidney Topol, the Women and Public Policy Program is pleased to announce Galit Desheh as the 2005 Topol Fellow. The fellowship will be awarded annually to an Israeli or Palestinian woman involved in stopping conflict in the Middle East. Ms. Desheh is a political scientist who has been studying gender and nationalism in the Palestinian Authority for the past ten years. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Hebrew University, and her dissertation focused on gender and nationalism in transition, specifically in Northern Ireland and the Palestinian Authority. With appointments at several universities in Israel, Desheh has taught courses on gender and public policy, gender and nationalism, and cultural organization. In addition, she has served as the coordinator of the Gender Studies Program at the Hebrew University and as an adviser to the gender equality commissioner at the Ministry of Education. At WAPPP, Ms. Desheh created a dialogue group composed of local municipal politicians, both elected and appointed, “Local Politics, Gender and Women as Facilitators of Peace and Stability.” This group conducted an initial series of meetings on improving the conduct of the local authority, dealing with issues critical to civil life, with gender rights and feminism promoted by the municipal authority. In addition, Ms. Desheh conducted an academic study to conduct research on the connection between supporting the peace process and local political activity.
Alice Hogan is the director of the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program, an initiative designed to address the underrepresentation of women in academic science and engineering, particularly at the senior ranks. Prior to this position, Hogan was a senior program manager with NSF's Division of International Programs with responsibility for strategic planning, oversight, and management of bilateral science and engineering programs with countries in the Asia Pacific region from 1986 to 1999. Hogan also held several positions at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 1978 to 1986, including acting director of international affairs for the National Ocean Service. During her fellowship with WAPPP, Hogan worked with WAPPP to organize a seminar on the intersection of science and technology policy and gender. Hogan holds an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Asian Studies from Cornell University.
Eti Livni is a practicing attorney specializing in business and intellectual property law, and a mediator and strategic counselor. She lectures and participates in international conferences and Jewish organizations and is a board member of some of Israel’s largest industrial companies as well as governmental organizations. Ms. Livni is a member of the managing team of a Jewish nongovernmental organization in peace, negotiations, women, and culture. While in the Knesset, Ms. Livni served as the deputy speaker and chair of the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women. She was a member of the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee, as well as a member of the Committee on the Status of Women, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, and the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of the Child. During the summer of 2005, Ms. Livni was instrumental in passing the legislation that mandates women’s inclusion in peace negotiations and foreign and security policymaking in Israel. Following her career as a public servant, she has actively promoted a non-violent solution to the Middle East conflict through many NGOs and as a member of the International Women’s Commission for a just and sustainable Palestinian-Israeli peace. She holds a bachelor of law degree from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. At WAPPP, Livni examined women’s political involvement in several countries throughout the world, specifically focusing on various methods of implementing affirmative action and other legislation to encourage women’s participation in politics.
Stephan Meier is an Associate Professor at Columbia Business School. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich, was previously a senior economist at the Center for Behavioral Economics and Decision-Making at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and taught courses on strategic interactions and economic policy at Harvard University and the University of Zurich. His research interest is in behavioral strategy. He investigates the impact of psychology and economics on human decision-making and its implications for public policy and firms' strategy. Current research topics include how non-selfish behavior affect organizations or the effect of borrower's decision-making on financial institutions' strategy. His work has been published in the leading academic journals including the American Economic Review and Management Science, and has been profiled by the press such as The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Neue Zuercher Zeitung. During his time at WAPPP, Meier examined the conditions under which men and women differ in their pro-social behavior. In particular, he investigated how results from laboratory experiments could be translated to a naturally occurring setting.
Lucy Nusseibeh is founder and director of Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND), a non-governmental organization that educates grassroots political leaders, Palestinian youth, their teachers and their families about nonviolence and democracy through innovating media techniques as well as establishing resource centers. In addition to educational activities and training programs in active nonviolence, MEND has conducted two women-specific projects: one in coordination with UNIFEM (the UN Development Fund for Women) and the other a cross-community project bringing together Palestinian and Israeli women, in coordination with Search for a Common Ground USA and the Truman Institute. Some of MEND’s cross-community work includes the organization of two year-long projects with the Truman Institute on co-facilitation between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as the organization of an international conference on leadership innovation and transformation that also included Israelis. Ms. Nusseibeh taught in the Philosophy and Cultural Studies Department in Bir Zeit University for ten years. She also headed the Palestinian Centre for the Study of Nonviolence for three years and produced an underground news analysis jointly with her husband during the first Intifada. Ms. Nusseibeh is a graduate of Oxford University and Harvard University. As a WAPPP fellow, Nusseibeh examined the connections between resilience and nonviolent actions and women’s empowerment.
Si Yeon Won, from South Korea, graduated with a doctoral degree in political science at Seoul National University. Her research focused on the national policies for women in South Korea and their institutional performance. In 2004, Won was preparing her dissertation, tentatively titled “A Study on the Process of Institutional Transition of the Korean Women’s Policy Machineries and their Institutional Performance: Focusing on the Ministry of Political Affairs II (1988-1998).” Won holds an M.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Human Ecology, both from Seoul National University. At WAPPP, Won conducted research on the process of institutional transition of the national policies for women in Korea (1946-2002).