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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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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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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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AWIU President Maggie Sabbag joined AWIU in 2015 and was elected to the position of president of the AWIU Board of Directors in January, 2022. Her work has encompassed emerging markets investment banking focusing on the former Soviet Union, including serving as an advisor for the Central Asian Investment Company, …

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Trudie Thompson Longtime member Diane Mitchell Henry might be surprised to learn that she is responsible for Trudie Thompson joining AWIU. “I read an article about AWIU in the November 2020 Foreign Service Journal titled “The Ability to Connect,” says Trudie. “That article was by Diane Henry. I went straight to …

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Jasmine Regala headshot Jasmine Regala is the Associate Director of Programs for the Pacific Council on International Policy, where she works to build a more diverse future in international affairs. Jasmine joins AWIU at the invitation of Nancy Annick, due to her passion for being “part of a women-led organization that supports …

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CharlotteMilner Barry headshot Charlotte Milner-Barry attended the 2023 IWOC Celebration at the invitation of new AWIU member Annette Flanigan, was “incredibly impressed by the energy of AWIU,” and joined forthwith. Charlotte is the co-CEO of Makers Strategies, an all-female political fundraising consultancy she founded three years ago. She is a dual national …

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KhairulKhanHotaki 0086 Khairul (Carol) Hotaki has joined the Los Angeles Chapter of AWIU through sponsor Margaret Huebner. As Director of Private Banking at Ascent Private Capital Management of U.S. Bank, located in Newport Beach, California, Khairul is responsible for developing, managing, and retaining the relationships of ultra-high net-worth clients. She also …

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AFlanagin headshot In 2019, at the invitation of long-time AWIU member Onma Lwin DuMont, Annette Flanagin joined the honorary committee for that year’s IWOC Celebration. She subsequently attended several more, and arranged for her employer, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to become an IWOC sponsor. And now she’s a …

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