*2021 Speakers subject to change.
Rangita de Silva de Alwis
Academic Director, Global Institute for Human Rights; Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Rangita de Silva de Alwis is a globally recognized international women’s rights expert. She serves as the Associate Dean of International Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School where she teaches international women’s rights and has been appointed Leader-in-Residence at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program for 2019-2020 academic year. She serves as an Advisor to the National Security Council on addressing legal barriers that preclude women’s economic participation in developing economies, with an emphasis on Africa. In 2017, she started the Global Women’s Leadership Project under the auspices of UN Women’s Executive Director, Under Secretary-General Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to map the laws that regulate the status of women in the family. Rangita serves as Special Advisor to the President of Wellesley College and as Distinguished Adviser to the Executive Director of UN Women on global women’s rights and women’s leadership. Rangita is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow of Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession where she is co-authoring a Study with Under Secretary General Mlambo- Ngcuka on the transformative impact of business leadership, innovation and inclusion on accelerating the SDGs. She also serves on the UN Women High Level Working Group on Women’s Access to Justice and as Advisor to Gender Equality at UNESCO. In 2017, she was appointed a Global Advisor to the UN Sustainable Development Goal Fund. Most recently, Rangita advised the European Union in directing Foreign Policy and development cooperation in the EU Resolution “Toward an EU external strategy against early and forced marriage” introduced before the European Parliament in 2018. By appointment by the Hon. Julia Gillard, the former Prime Minister of Australia, she serves on the Steering Group for the Global Gender and Leadership Index at King’s College, London. At the appointment of the World Bank’s Legal Vice Presidency, Rangita serves as an Expert to the Access to Justice and Technology Task Force of the World Bank.
Before coming to the Law School, she was the inaugural director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton and the Seven Sisters Colleges at Wellesley College which then moved to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Rangita is a women’s human rights scholar and practitioner with over 25 years of experience working globally in over 25 countries with a vast network of academic institutions, government, and nongovernment entities on women’s human rights law and policy making and institutional reform. She has convened several transnational networks including the Women’s Leadership Network in Muslim Communities, the Asia Cause Lawyer Network in India, and the Gender and Law Expert Group and the Women’s Watch in China. She has worked over 15 years with Chinese gender and law experts and academics and has testified twice before the Congressional Executive Commission on China on the status of women’s rights in China. She has advised UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA, and UNDP on state accountability under the relevant human rights treaties and the intersections of the different treaties and treaty bodies. She has lectured at Yale Law School and spoken around the world on gender-based law reform. She has served as Visiting Faculty at the Hong Kong University School of Law in 2017 and 2018. She has published widely with the United Nations, and in various leading law journals including with Yale Journal of Law and Feminism; NYU Journal of International Law and Politics; Texas Journal of Gender and the Law; University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Journal; Duke Journal of Gender and the Law; UCLA Pacific Rim Journal; UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Relations, Michigan Journal of International Law, University of Washington International Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania International Law Journal, and the Berkeley Journal of International Law.
Most recently, she developed a Gender Supplement to the U.N. Secretary General’s Guidelines on Disability, and a report to the World Bank on Women’s Voice and Agency. Her latest work has been on Gender and Disability Lawmaking for UN DESA.
Fatima Al Qubaisi
Lawyer; First Woman from the United Arab Emirates to Graduate from Harvard Law School
Fatima Al Qubaisi is the first Emirati woman to graduate from Harvard Law School, 2017. She was also the first woman Emirati to study law in French at Paris Sorbonne University.
She began her career at the second largest sovereign wealth fund in the world, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and is currently working for Dubai Tourism, on diversifying the economy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Al Qubaisi is very vocal about women’s rights and an active participant in the global discourse. She is part of the Global Leaders of the UAE Programme, one of 43 participants from 10,000 applications.
Her role model is Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, “Mother of the Nation” who played a big part in Fatima’s love of learning and pursuit of global education.
Deputy Country Representative, UN Women - South Sudan
Chief, Civil Society Section, UN Women
Lopa Banerjee is the Chief of the Civil Society Section at UN Women. She is based in New York and leads UN Women’s work on strengthening civil society contribution, participation and influence in the global, intergovernmental policy discussion and decision processes. A gender and human rights thematic expert with substantive experience in social policy and governance issues across Asia and Africa, she has worked for over 3 decades in international development, policy advocacy, communication and partnership building, across the UN and in the private sector.
Ms. Banerjee has had more than a decade-long career with the United Nations. Prior to the UN she worked with the private sector as well as with civil society, in India. Before joining UN Women, she worked with UNDP and OHCHR in South Africa and UNICEF in Iran (the Islamic Republic of), Bangladesh and New York. In India, she worked for several years in communication, research and advocacy. Ms. Banerjee has worked with civil society in diverse spaces and facilitated UN-civil society engagement in South Africa, Iran, and Bangladesh. In India she worked on gender-based violence and the representation of women in media. With the UN in South Africa, she led the formation of a multi-stakeholder (UN/Government/Civil Society) task team to support the development of the joint gender program for South Africa. She also led a multi stakeholder campaign with civil society, government and the private sector, on the MDGs during the Soccer World Cup in 2010. With UNICEF in Bangladesh, she worked with civil society and the government to develop a community-based advocacy program to prevent early marriage of girls. She worked with the government, community groups and civil society in Iran on child rights issues including juvenile justice and corporal punishment.
Ms. Banerjee’s areas of specialization include policy analysis and advocacy, partnership development and engagement, and human rights-based programming and training.
Antonio M. Cisneros de Alencar
Officer-in-Charge, Equality and Non-Discrimination Section, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Antonio Cisneros de Alencar (Bolivia) is the Gender and Women’s Rights Adviser at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (OHCHR) Office in New York.
Prior to this, Mr. Cisneros was a Human Rights Policy Specialist for the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) advising United Nations Country Teams on integrating human rights into their work, and before that he was the OHCHR’s Programme Coordinator in Guatemala, where he helped establish an innovative strategic litigation program for Indigenous Peoples.
Mr. Cisneros has worked with the United Nations for over sixteen years now; in New York, Geneva and the field; assisting countries in the integration of international human rights norms, including those related to indigenous peoples’ rights, into various national plans and programs; from ensuring an effective police reform in Nicaragua, to defusing the potential of inter-ethnic conflict in Guyana; from aiding the investigation of extrajudicial executions in Jamaica, to defining a human rights-based disarmament policy in Venezuela and increasing engagement with human rights mechanisms in the United States. Mr. Cisneros helped OHCHR establish its Regional Office for Central America based in Panama, and Country Offices in Mexico and Guatemala.
Mr. Cisneros holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Mexico, and Bachelor’s degrees in Communications and in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, in the United States. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.
Pablo Castillo Díaz
Policy Specialist, UN Women
Pablo Castillo Díaz is a Policy Specialist at UN Women, focusing on efforts to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence in conflict, post-conflict, and emergency settings. He also works on mainstreaming gender equality in peacekeeping operations and engaging with the UN Security Council on women, peace and security issues. Before joining the United Nations in 2009, he taught international politics at several universities in the United States of America, including Rutgers, Fordham, Queens and Lehman.
President & Co-Founder, Purple Campaign
Ally Coll is a lawyer and nationally recognized expert, thought leader, writer, and public speaker on the #MeToo movement and gender equality in the workplace. Her writing on legal and workplace issues has been published in The Washington Post, PBS NewsHour, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, The Hill, and Jezebel.
Before law school, Ms. Coll worked for several years in electoral politics and in Congress. From 2007 to 2008, she was an organizer on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Nebraska, and Ohio. In 2010, she was the statewide Field Director for U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s (D-WA) successful re-election campaign. In 2011, she became Senator Murray’s Political Director and U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s (D-WA) statewide Finance Director. In 2012, Ms. Coll was the statewide Field and Voter Protection Director on U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA)’s successful bid for the U.S. Senate. She served as Press Secretary on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee before leaving Capitol Hill to attend law school.
Ms. Coll received her law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2016, where she served on the Board of the Harvard Women’s Law Association and as the Executive Policy Editor of the Harvard Law and Policy Review. She was a 2018 alumni recipient of the Harvard Women’s Law Association’s “Shatter the Ceiling” award. She recently served as a consultant for the 2018 major motion picture On the Basis of Sex, a biopic film about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s early legal career and her efforts to found the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU.
After graduation, Ms. Coll joined the legal department of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in the Brooklyn headquarters. As the campaign’s Deputy Voter Protection Director, she managed the campaign’s volunteer lawyer program, national voter assistance hotline, and oversaw Election Day legal operations in the battleground states. After the election, she worked as Elections Counsel on the U.S. House Administration Committee before joining the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP as a litigation associate in April 2017.
Ms. Coll had been working at Boies Schiller for about six months when The New Yorker revealed that the firm had retained Israeli intelligence operatives to spy on the women coming forward with their stories about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Ms. Coll—who had just shared her own #MeToo story in The Washington Post a week earlier—took on a leadership role internally to advocate for specific steps the firm should take in response. A few months later, she left Boies Schiller to launch the Purple Campaign, writing about her decision in an Op-Ed in The Washington Post on January 25, 2018, titled “Why I left my corporate legal job to work full-time on #MeToo.”
Sr. Counsel and Special Assistant to the Sr. Vice President and Group General Counsel, World Bank
Head, Global Partnerships & Policies Division, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD
Paloma Durán earned a PhD on the Jurisprudence of the European Court on Human Rights and has since written many books and articles on human rights and social rights. She participated in many United Nations and European meetings, as academic, expert, and adviser. She was Counselor for Human Rights and Social Affairs in the Permanent Mission of Spain to the UN during 2001/2004. During that time, she was the main negotiator for many resolutions of the UN on human rights and social issues, and she also was the main negotiator on those themes in UN-New York, during the Spanish Presidency of the European Union (2002).
She was one of the six experts of the Working Group of the Council of Europe on Affirmative Actions and one of the authors of the report approved by the Council. Currently, she is Professor in the Law School of the Complutense University of Madrid.
Before joining the OECD, Paloma Durán served as the Director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Fund (SDGF), a UN mechanism that brings together UN agencies, national governments, academia, civil society and business to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Author and Director, Middle East Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Haleh Esfandiari, the former and founding Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is a Public Policy Fellow at the Wilson Center. She has had a rich and varied career. In her native Iran, she was a journalist, served as deputy secretary general of the Women’s Organization of Iran, and was the deputy director of a cultural foundation where she was responsible for the activities of several museums and art and cultural centers. She taught Persian language at Oxford University and, prior to coming to the Wilson Center, from 1980 to 1994, she taught Persian language, contemporary Persian literature, and courses on the women’s movement in Iran at Princeton University. Esfandiari was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 1995 to 1996.
Ms. Esfandiari is the first recipient of a yearly award established in her name, the Haleh Esfandiari Award; this award was presented to her by a group of businesswomen and activists from countries across the Middle East and North Africa region on the occasion of a conference sponsored by the Wilson Center, held in Amman, Jordan in May 2008. Her other awards include: A John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant (1997); the Special American Red Cross Award (2008); the Women’s Equality Award from the National Council of Women’s Organizations (2008); and Miss Hall’s School Woman of Distinction Award (2009). In December 2008, she became one of three first annual recipients of the Project on Middle East Democracy’s “Leader for Democracy” award.
Her memoir, My Prison, My Home, based on Ms. Esfandiari’s arrest by the Iranian security authorities in 2007, after which she spent 105 days in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin Prison, was published in September 2009 by Ecco Press, an imprint of Harper Collins.
Ms. Esfandiari received her Ph.D. from the University of Vienna. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of the Peace Research Endowment and on the board of advisors for the Project on Middle East Democracy.
Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Shalini Ganendra is Sri Lankan-born, with education in the United Kingdom and United States. She attended National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C. and then Phillips Exeter Academy where she graduated with High Honors and as a National Cum Laude Scholar. Ms. Shalini studied briefly at Stanford University. A fourth generation Cantabrigian, she read law at Trinity Hall, Cambridge where she was awarded the Dr. Cooper’s Law Fellowship. She completed postgraduate legal study at Columbia Law School. She worked with the Wall Street firm Shearman & Sterling.
Shalini is the founder and owner of Malaysia’s leading art gallery, an intersection for discourse between the West and the East. She is an advisor to the Smithsonian and the Tate. She is currently a Fellow at Oxford University, Wolfson College 2019-2020.
Managing Director, Silicon Valley, Southwest region for Microsoft for Startups
Shaloo Garg is currently Managing Director, Silicon Valley, Southwest region for Microsoft for Startups. She brings a combination of strong startup, enterprise, strategic partnership and corporate development experience. Previously, she was at Oracle at Global Oracle Innovation where she led the Global Customer Connect practice of commercializing revenue opportunities for startups into the enterprise client base and partner ecosystem. She has also led go-to-market for Oracle’s cloud business and was part of the M&A team that acquired Peoplesoft, Siebel, Retek etc. Prior to joining Oracle, she was in a couple of early stage startups.
Ms. Garg is passionate about education and serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the U.S. National Committee for UN Women as well as a Global Advisor for Technology & Innovation for UN Women, where she is spinning up virtual innovation labs with universities leveraging emerging technologies to encourage digital literacy in developing countries for young girls who do not have access to education. In addition, she serves on the Board for the Junior Achievement of Northern California and as Board Advisor for HubSV. She is also Director of Strategy and Tech Project Allocation for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Garg strongly believes that technology’s best user case ever is using its power to impact wider social issues like hunger, poverty, STEM education, clean water, energy, sustainable cities, etc. in developing and under-developed countries.
She is an MBA from Delhi University and has done specialization in Innovation and Design Thinking from Stanford d.School.
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Health and Human Rights
Anand Grover is a senior lawyer known for legal activism in Indian law relating to homosexuality and HIV. Along with his wife Indira Jaising, he is a founder-member of the Lawyers Collective. He was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health from August 2008 to July 2014.
Senior Advocate; Founder, India’s Human Rights Organization Lawyers Collective
Indira Jaising started her legal practice in the early 1960s. She was the first woman to be designated a Senior Advocate by the High Court of Bombay. Since the commencement of her career, she has been interested in Woman’s Issues. She represented the Air Hostesses of Air India when they were seeking equality with the male pursers and equal pay for equal work. She fought the legal battle for Mary Roy a Syrian Christian Women who fought for equal inheritance rights. She represented Gita hariharian, a mother who challenged the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, which declared the father as the natural guardian of the children to the exclusion of the mother. The Supreme Court held that the mother was also the guardian of the child.
Linda Manaka Infante Suruta
Liaison Officer, Department of Meta, UN Mission in Colombia
Linda Manaka Infante Suruta, of the Baniva peoples of Venezuela, earned her law degree Summa Cum Laude from the Universidad de Carabobo. She continued her studies in human rights at the Deusto University in Spain, and in criminal law at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Ms. Infante has a particular interest in the rights of indigenous peoples, representing victims of human rights abuses before national courts and international human rights mechanisms, including both the Inter-American and United Nations systems. She has worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland; the United Nations Development Programme in Venezuela as an Adviser in Justice and Human Rights; and the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), where as a legal coordinator, she participated in the investigation and prosecution of complex cases of organized crime. She has taught law at both the Universidad de Carabobo and the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She is also the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2015-2016 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.
Currently, Ms. Infante serves in the UN Mission in Colombia as the Liaison Officer to the Department of Meta, a region with a large and diverse indigenous population, including Arawak peoples like the Banivas. In this role, she is assisting international observers to monitor and verify the implementation of Colombia’s peace accord, which will end a conflict that has caused much hardship for many indigenous people in Colombia.
Global Fellow Asia Program, Wilson Center; Author and former Member, Pakistan Parliament
Farahnaz Ispahani is the author of the recently released book (Harper-Collins, India) Purifying the Land of The Pure: Pakistan’s Religious Minorities.
In 2015, she was a Reagan-Fascell Scholar at the National Endowment for Democracy, in Washington, DC where she worked on Women and Extremist groups with a focus on the women of ISIS. Ispahani was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center from 2013 to 2014.
A Pakistani politician, Ms. Ispahani served as a Member of Parliament and Media Advisor to the President of Pakistan from 2008-2012. She returned to Pakistan with Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007 after opposing the Musharraf dictatorship in the preceding years. In Parliament, she focused on the issues of terrorism, human rights, gender-based violence, minority rights and U.S.-Pakistan relations. The most notable pieces of legislation enacted with her active support include those relating to Women’s Harassment in the Workplace and Acid Crimes and Control, which made disfiguring of women by throwing acid at them a major crime. She was also a member of the Women’s caucus in the 13th National Assembly. The caucus, which straddled political divides, was instrumental in introducing more legislation on women’s issues than has ever been done before during a single parliamentary term.
Ms. Ispahani spent the formative years of her career as a print and television journalist. Her last journalistic position was as Executive Producer and Managing Editor of Voice of America’s Urdu TV. She has also worked at ABC News, CNN and MSNBC.
She has contributed opinion pieces to the The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The National Review, The Hindu, India, The News, Pakistan, and The Huffington Post.
Ms. Ispahani has spoken at many forums in the U.S. and abroad including the Aspen Ideas Festival, The Brussels Forum, The Aspen Congressional Program, The Chautauqua Institute, The University of Pennsylvania, Wellesley College, and Jamia Millia University, Delhi.
President & CEO, Landesa
Chris Jochnick is a global land rights expert and social entrepreneur with decades of experience in international development. Mr. Jochnik joined Landesa as CEO in August 2015, after leading Oxfam America’s work on corporate engagement including shareholder engagement, value chain assessments, and collaborative advocacy initiatives, such as the successful “Behind the Brands” campaign. He is the co-founder and former director of two pioneering non-profit organizations: Center for Economic and Social Rights and the Ecuador-based Centros De Derechos Economicos y Sociales.
Mr. Jochnick spent seven years working in Latin America, devoting much of that time to addressing threats to indigenous peoples’ land rights. Prior to Oxfam, he worked as a corporate attorney with the Wall Street law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, on corporate governance and social responsibility issues.
Mr. Jochnick is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former fellow of the MacArthur Foundation and Echoing Green. He teaches a course on business and human rights at Harvard Law School.
He is Chair of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and on the Steering Committee of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice. He is a member of the advisory council of the International Land and Forest Tenure Facility, and of the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern School of Business. He has published scholarly articles widely and has edited two books.
Former Director, UN-Centre for Women, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA)
Fatima Sbaity Kassem is Former Director, UN-Centre for Women, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) in Baghdad, Amman, and Beirut. She is a freelance consultant on gender and women’s issues in the Arab countries. She is an author and editor of numerous studies, articles and publications on developments in the status of women; feminization of poverty; implementation of CEDAW; and the history of women’s movements in Arab countries. Her main research focus is on the interconnections of religion, women, and political parties. She is a member of numerous professional associations and advisory boards, including the American Political Science Association; Association of Lebanese Women Researchers (Al-Bahithat); Board of Trustees, Centre of Arab Women for Training & Research (CAWTAR); Advisory Board, Arab Human Development Report 2005. She was cited in the 56th edition of Who’s Who in America in 2002.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s in Development Administration from the American University of Beirut. She also holds a master’s in International Economics; an M. Phil. degree in Political Economy; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Her Ph.D. dissertation was on Party Variation in Religiosity & Women’s Leadership: Lebanon in Comparative Perspective.
Amb. Moushira Khattab
Former Diplomat and Minister of State for Family and Population, Arab Republic of Egypt; Executive President, Boutras Gahli Foundation
Ambassador Moushira Khattab is the former Minister of State for Family and Population of Egypt and a career diplomat. Born in Cairo in 1944, she is a seasoned expert in various UN disciplines and a social development orchestrator with a proven track record of success. Ambassador Khattab culminated her diplomatic career as Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Cultural Relations.
She started her ministerial mandate in 1999, as Secretary General of the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood [NCCM]. Moreover, in 2009, she became the Minister of State for Family and Population. She has established a reputation for her ability to build consensus on critical, often culturally sensitive issues as well as her expertise in diplomacy, negotiation, leadership, managerial skills, transparency, and fundraising abilities.
In addition to that she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization and a board member of the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs where she founded and currently chairs the Women in Foreign Policy Group. She chairs ENACTUS; Egypt’s Advisory Board and is a jury member of the Global Inclusion Awards of Child & Youth Finance International and a member of the Advisory Committee of Defense for Children International. Ambassador Khattab received international acclaim as an expert on children’s rights, and she holds a Ph.D. in international Human Rights law.
As a daughter of Egypt’s ancient civilization and the candidate of Africa, Ambassador Khattab is a firm believer that prioritizing women, youth, and children as catalysts for change is the key to the successful implementation of UNESCO’s mandate. Her vision for UNESCO reform is driven by her extensive experience as a career diplomat and a human development orchestrator shuttling between the UN and grassroots, who harbor big aspirations. Khattab’s management style has always been inspired by closely working with people, even if it took her to the remotest villages, where she had closely listened to the concerns of people who were unable to send their kids to schools knowing, with a heavy heart, that they are ill-equipped generation. She strived to give those voiceless millions the platform to enable them to become vehicles for change and to allow their voices to be heard all the way to the top of Egyptian legal system.
Professor and Director, Constitutionalism Research Institute, China University of Political Science and Law
Xiaonan Liu is a professor and the Director of the Constitutionalism Research Institute at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), and currently a visiting scholar at USALI. Ms. Liu holds an LL.M from Yale Law School, as well as an LL.B., Master of Law and Ph.D. from Jilin University School of Law, and she did post-Ph.D. study on gender and education at the Beijing Normal University. She is also a board member at the Chinese Women’s Research Society and China Social Law Society.
Ms. Liu teaches anti-discrimination law, gender and law, and jurisprudence at CUPL. Dr. Liu’s major book publications include authoring Hong Kong and Taiwan Gender Equality and Legislation and Case Studies, 20 Years On: How Far Have We Progressed? - The Development of Chinese Women’s Rights in the last 20 years following the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women; and editing China’s first anti-discrimination law textbook Discrimination Law: Text and Materials; and co-authoring the first textbook at the undergraduate level on gender and law Gender and Law; founding and convening the first scholarly journal on anti-discrimination law Anti-Discrimination Law Review, in addition to more than 70 scholarly publications.
Ms. Liu has conducted research and coordinated on cooperative projects on equality and nondiscrimination with International Labor Organization, Ford Foundation, Yale Law School China Law Center, and other foreign universities. She was also the team leader on a number of research projects that focused on gender equality and the condition of legal education in China. She involved the expert draft of the law on anti-discrimination in employment and is the expert witness of China’s fist transgender case.
Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Monde Muyangwa, the Director of the Wilson Center’s Africa Program, has visited more than 30 African countries and leverages her experience to address the continent’s most critical issues, as well as U.S.-Africa relations. Previously the longtime Academic Dean at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, and a Rhodes Scholar. A widely-cited authority on governance, security, and development issues, Ms. Muyangwa challenges dominant narratives about the continent.
Ms. Muyangwa holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, as well as a B.A. in Public Administration and Economics from the University of Zambia. She was a Rhodes Scholar, a Wingate Scholar, and the University of Zambia Valedictory Speaker for her graduation class.
Senior Vice President & International Counsel, Global Legal, Chubb
Nicola Port is a Senior Vice President and International Counsel at Chubb, a diversified insurer and reinsurer with operations in all 50 U.S. states and 54 countries around the world. She reports to the Chubb General Counsel and provides counsel on international legal matters and regulatory affairs, including cross-border and multi-jurisdictional activities, and serves as the principal legal advisor to the Global Chief Compliance Officer. She is also responsible for providing leadership and advice regarding laws and regulations governing trade sanctions, foreign corrupt practices, and money laundering. Prior to joining Chubb in August 2012, Port spent over a decade as an attorney with the international law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she worked out of several of the firm’s offices both in the U.S. and abroad and her practice focused almost exclusively on cross-border matters in areas of international litigation and arbitration, and global regulatory affairs. She holds law degrees from Columbia University and Zurich Law School, and is admitted to the New York and Zurich bars.
Practice Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
Sarah Paoletti directs the Transnational Legal Clinic, the law school’s international human rights and immigration clinic. Students enrolled in the clinic represent individual and organizational clients in a myriad of cases and projects that require them to grapple with international and comparative legal norms in settings that cut across borders, legal systems, cultures, and languages. Her research focuses on the intersection of human rights, migration, and labor law, and she has presented on this theme before the United Nations and the Organization of American States. She also works closely with advocates seeking application of international human rights norms in the United States. Her recent scholarship includes: “Transnational Approaches to Transnational Exploitation: A Proposal for Bi-National Migrant Rights Clinics,” 30 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law 1171 (Summer 2009), and “Redefining Human Rights Lawyering Through the Lens of Critical Theory: Lessons for Pedagogy and Practice,” 18 Georgetown Journal of Poverty Law & Policy 337 (2011) (co-author).
Programme Specialist, Civil Society Section, United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
Vivek Rai is a Programme Specialist in the Civil Society Section at UN Women, a United Nations entity working for the empowerment of women.
Susan Harris Rimmer
Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy
Susan Harris Rimmer is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University. She is also a Research Associate at the Development Policy Centre in the Crawford School. She joined Griffith Law School as an Associate Professor in July 2015.
Her Future Fellow project is called ‘Trading’ Women’s Rights in Transitions: Designing Diplomatic Interventions in Afghanistan and Myanmar.
Susan is the author of Gender and Transitional Justice: The Women of Timor Leste (Routledge, 2010) and over 30 refereed academic works. Susan was chosen as the winner of the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women for 2006.
She often acts as a policy adviser to government and produces policy papers. Susan was selected as an expert for the official Australian delegation to the 58th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2014. She has provided policy advice on the UNSC, G20, IORA and MIKTA.
Susan is the G20 correspondent for The Conversation site. She is part of the Think20 process for Australia’s host year of the Group of 20 Leaders’ Summit in Brisbane 2014, and attended the St Petersburg Summit in 2013 and the Brisbane Summit in 2014. Sue is one of the two Australian representatives to the W20 Turkey.
Sue was awarded the Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Award in 2002, selected as participant in the 2020 Summit 2008 by then Prime Minister Rudd, and awarded the Future Summit Leadership Award, 2008, by the Australian Davos Connection (part of the World Economic Forum). In 2014 she was named one of the Westpac and Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in the Global category.
Sue was previously the Advocacy lead at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), She has also worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the National Council of Churches and the Parliamentary Library.
Managing Partner, IoTask LLC and Representative to the UN EQUALS Leadership Coalition
Gitanjali Swamy is a Managing Partner at IoTask, an “Innovation of Things” (IoT) company. Ms. Swamy has founded, built and served as a board director in successful entrepreneurial or intra-preneurial enterprises with over a dozen fundraising’s and acquisitions under her tenure. She has also worked on the sourcing, structuring and transaction of many investments ranging in size from seed to over a billion USD. She has held investment or professional roles in global leaders including The Carlyle Group and Booz Allen & Hamilton. She is Founder/Advisor to the U.C. Berkeley’s Witi@UC Women in Technology Initiative, Representative to the United Nations Equals Leadership Coalition, Research Fellow and Director at the Private Capital Research Institute, Harvard Business School, and Board Advisor to several entrepreneurial ventures.
Previously, Ms. Swamy was an investment professional with The Carlyle Group. Prior to Carlyle, she consulted to Matrix Partners on investment strategy/portfolio incubation. She was a management consultant at Booz Allen and Hamilton advising clients on strategy, innovation and new business creation efforts. She has helped clients catalyze global innovative public and private sector entities such as MIT’s Opencourseware, the Auto-ID Consortium and the MIT Engine. Ms. Swamy has held product or line-management roles at Mentor Graphics, The MathWorks and senior management positions, including Chairman & CEO, while she led the companies from inception through fundraising, team recruitment to cross-border market development and acquisitions.
Ms. Swamy received her B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from the IIT Kanpur, where she was awarded Academic Proficiency Prizes, her Ph.D. in EECS at U.C. Berkeley, where she was an NSF Fellow & President of WICSE, and her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she served as CFO of HBS-SA. She has nearly 25 publications and patents in the fields of data, algorithms, technology and policy.
Senior Legal and Gender Specialist, The World Bank
Paula Tavares is a Senior legal and gender specialist at the World Bank with expertise in international development and comparative analysis focusing on gender equality, women’s economic inclusion and private sector development. Her work with the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law currently focuses on promoting gender-informed policy making, improving the legal framework protecting women from discrimination and gender-based violence, and enhancing women’s economic opportunities.