2023 COIR Speakers & Panelists

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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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Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) Linda Robinson is a distinguished author, analyst, and prize-winning former foreign correspondent with forty years of experience in international affairs and national security. Her research and journalism have taken her around the world, and she frequently lectures at …

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Jill Dougherty is an expert on Russia. She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. and a member of the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute Advisory Council. She has …

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Director Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Hadeil Ali is director of the Diversity and Leadership in International Affairs Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The program is dedicated to elevating diverse voices and perspectives to lead to …

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Journalist, 2015 International Woman of Courage Arbana Xharra is an investigative journalist with international recognition. An expert on religious radicalization, she has authored a series of investigative reports on religious extremists and Turkey’s Islamic agenda operating in the Balkans and the European Union. Her articles were published in numerous world …

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(Dr. JNY) Assistant Professor of Political Science, Coordinator, Global Studies Concentration, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Dr. JNY’s expertise is in the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and democratic theory. Her research aims to extend the idea …

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Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, School of International Service (SIS), American University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Sherry Lee Mueller teaches a graduate practicum entitled Cultural Diplomacy and International Exchange at American University, where she is also a member of the SIS Dean’s Council. After serving as president of Global Ties U.S. (formerly …

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