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Asha Hagi Elmi Amin is a Somali politician and peace activist. As of August 2012, she became a member of the Federal Parliament of Somalia.is a member of Somalia’s transitional parliament, founder of Save Somali Women and Children (SSWC), and chairperson of the Sixth Clan, a Somali women’s network. When women were excluded from the peace process in Somalia, Amin united them across clan lines under the umbrella of the Sixth Clan to give them a voice in local and national decision-making. Due in large part to Amin’s efforts, 22 Somali women currently serve in the national parliament. In January 2004, Amin was the only woman to co-chair the final phase of the Somali National Reconciliation Conference and the first woman to sign the peace accord. Amin holds a B.A. in Economics from the Somalia National University and an M.B.A. from the US International University in Nairobi, Kenya. During her fellowship at WAPPP, Amin wrote a case study of her experiences in founding the Sixth Clan and contributing to the Somali peace process.
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.
Kessely Hong is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and teaches in the areas of negotiation, decision-making and microeconomics. In her research, she examines how gender and other status differences influence trust, stereotypes, and partisan perceptions in negotiations. As a graduate student, Kessely won the Dean's Award for Excellence in Student Teaching. She has been a fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at HKS, the Program on Negotiation at HLS, and the Harvard University Native American Program. Before coming to the Kennedy School, Kessely worked for the management consulting firm McKinsey and Company and taught English in Ecuador. She earned her PhD in Public Policy and MPA from the Kennedy School, and her BA from Harvard College. During her time at WAPPP, Hong prepared for her dissertation, conducting research on why men are more averse to betrayal than women, why women are more optimistic regarding other people’s trustworthiness, and why (and under what conditions) women are assumed to be more trustworthy than men.
Nora Maonjaa is the Executive Director of the Women’s Leadership Foundation, an organization devoted to empowering Mongolian women and strengthening their role in political decision-making. An attorney by training, Manjaa previously directed the Lawyers Center for Legal Reform, a human rights organization that effectively uses mass media for legal education and public awareness of human rights. Manjaa is also a founder of the “Healthy Society” Citizen Movement, a new democratic citizen movement pursuing an accountable, ethical and corruption-free government. She previously worked in the Supreme Court of Mongolia and served as Program Director and Judicial Training Consultant at the Mongolian Open Society Institute. She serves as an Advisory Board Member of the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia. Manjaa holds a J.D. and Master’s degree in Law from the National University Law Faculty in Irtusk, Russia; a certificate of Management and Administration from the Institute of State Management and Administration in Mongolia; and a Master’s degree in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law.
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.
Laura Sjoberg (BA, University of Chicago; Ph.D., University of Southern California School of International Relations; J.D. Boston College Law School) is Associate Professor of Political Science. Her research interests are in the area of gender-based and feminist approaches to the study of international relations generally, and international security specifically. Her research has addressed gender and just war theory, women’s violence in global politics, and feminist interpretations of the theory and practice of security policy. She has received support for her research from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, from the Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment at Virginia Tech, from the International Studies Association, from the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University, and from the Center for the Study of Sexuality in the Military at the University of California at Santa Barbara. During her fellowship at Harvard, Sjoberg finalized her book, Gender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq. Her research took two directions: a book project on the “peace” after “just wars” and an article on the female sex criminals at Abu Ghraib.