2023 COIR Speakers & Panelists

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Director of Policy and Advocacy Alliance for Peacebuilding Megan Corrado is an international lawyer and gender expert working to promote human rights, peacebuilding, atrocities prevention, gender mainstreaming, and post-conflict legal and governance reform. She has extensive experience in international development, grant implementation, advocacy, and political campaign management. Megan has worked …

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Inaugural Chair, Department of Foreign Policy and Global Security, American University, School of International Service Ambassador (ret.) Piper Campbell is a professor of practice at American University’s School of International Service (SIS). A former diplomat who left the State Department in 2019 with the rank of Minister Counselor, her areas …

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Retired Attorney First Vice President, AWIU Nancy Annick is a retired trust and estates attorney whose practice focused on estate planning, gift and estate tax, and probate and trust administration. She also taught Estate and Gift Tax Law at Loyola Law School-Los Angeles. Nancy started her career practicing corporate and …

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Patricia Scroggs currently oversees Howard University’s implementation of five diplomatic fellowship programs for three U.S. government agencies.  She has been managing the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program for the U.S. Department of State since 2006.  She also oversees the State Department’s Thomas R. Pickering Program, USAID’s Donald M. Payne …

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Dineo Brinson manages outreach to higher education institutions and students, diversity, equity, inclusivity, accessibility, and alumni engagement for the Fulbright Program in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Over the course of her career, she has lived in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and Latin America. For …

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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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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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Senior Women, Peace, and Security Advisor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)   Senior Women, Peace, and Security Advisor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Dr. Jennifer Hawkins is a global strategist and leading public policy expert on marginalized persons and vulnerable populations around the world. She is …

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