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Principal Deputy Director Office of Global Women’s Issues January 20, 2021 – Present Katrina “Kat” Fotovat is currently the Principal Deputy Director for the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI), where she leads a team of gender experts promoting gender equality efforts including support of women, peace, …

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Varina Winder Keynote speaker 2023

Chief of Staff Office of Global Women’s Issues U.S. Department of State Varina Winder is the Chief of Staff for the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI) at the Department of State, where she leads the office’s policy development, interagency coordination, and strategic operations. Prior to returning …

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Africa Center Senior Advisor United States Institute of Peace Ambassador Makila James formerly served as the deputy assistant secretary for East Africa and the Sudans at the Department of State from 2018-2020. Prior to that, she was on the faculty of the National War College from 2016-2018 and served as …

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Director of Partnerships and Programs, Polytechnic School Ann Diedrich is the director of Partnerships and Programs, the co-director of the Global Initiatives Program and a world languages and history faculty member at Polytechnic School in Pasadena, California. She seeks to establish best practices in empathy-building, language acquisition, perspective-taking and global …

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Global Executive Director, International Coalition of Girls’ Schools   Global Executive Director Megan Murphy has led the International Coalition of Girls’ Schools— the leading advocate for girls’ schools—since 2012. During Murphy’s tenure, the coalition has achieved historic growth in programs, membership, and staffing. Established in the United States as the …

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Organizational Development Consultant   Miranda Cohen focusses on international organizational and intercultural competencies. She brings experience in organizational assessment, strategic planning, intercultural understanding, program development, coalition building, and diversity and inclusion. She has over 10 years of experience in the NGO sector and has lived and worked in the United …

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Eunice Reddick 

Ambassador (retired) Eunice Reddick is an AWIU vice-president, co- chair of the Washington Chapter, and co-chair of COIR 2022. She has been a mentor for students interested in international affairs careers as Diplomat-in-Residence at Howard University, and as an instructor in fellowship programs at Georgetown University and Howard University. During …

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Ambassador Tatiana Gfoeller-Volkoff is the immediate past president of AWIU. She is the former ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic whose foreign postings have included Poland, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the Soviet Union, Belgium, Russia, and Turkmenistan. She served as a Deputy Chief of Mission in Turkmenistan, Acting Consul General in St. …

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Entrepreneur and Humanitarian Pooja Chandra Pama is AWIU’s vice president emeritus, Special Operations, co-chair of the Washington, D.C. Chapter, and COIR.  An Indian-born American entrepreneur, Pama has comprehensive international business experience in finance, healthcare, agriculture and real estate. She empowers women and families globally through entrepreneurship. Pama is also passionate …

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