As Executive Director, CEO and Founder of International Women’s Initiative, Aubrey brings more than twenty years experience in the fight for equal gender rights. As a recognised social change practitioner and expert in women’s human rights with a passion for progressive work, Aubrey has worked tirelessly in the fight for equal rights for women globally. Aubrey leads IWI's combined strategy of community-based partnerships and international women’s human rights advocacy. Previous to IWI Aubrey worked for seven years to ensure that women had continued legal access to abortions. Initially working as a patient escort to ensure that patients were able to enter the abortion facility of Dr George Tiller without harassment from pro-life protesters, Aubrey later became a devoted member of Dr Tiller’s staff.
Coupling her expertise with her extensive activism on global women’s human rights and US foreign policy, Aubrey helps the dedicated staff of IWI to develop strategies to build movements for social justice and human rights as it effects women. Aubrey holds a BGS in Women’s Studies and Criminal Justice, as well as a MLA in International Policy.
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A graduate in Money, Banking and Finance degree and currently studying a Charities Master’s Degree in Grant Making, Philanthropy and Social Investment at Cass Business School. Ikram has over 5 years solid experience as administrator with finance and project management skills working across the public, corporate and private sector. She also sits as a Trustee on a local charity whose aim is to develop educational skills among young people aged between 16-25. Ikram is a feminist who is passionate about women’s rights and actively seeks to engage in constructive conversations as well as participating in events.
Kamini Paul has more than 18 years professional experience in project management as an International Consultant and Adviser for Bi-lateral, multi-lateral and non-government organisations. Clients include the Department for International Development UK Aid (DFID), World Bank, European Commission, UN Agencies (UNHCR, UNWomen, UNICEF, OCHA, UNAMA), USAID, Oxfam. Kamini is currently a Trustee for the Farkhunda Trust, which is a London based charity, providing scholarships to Afghan girls to excel academically and professionally, allowing them to become financially independent and that their success will encourage and inspire other young women to pursue higher education.
Chiara is an experienced researcher with a Master’s Degree in Economics. In 2014-2015 she was part of the Irish Aid Ethiopia Programme under the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Irish Government. Her work focused on the promotion of good governance practices in the provision of public services, capacity building of civil society and facilitation of dialogue with government, protection of human rights and combating violence against women and children. Additionally, she was personally responsible for setting up and managing a new collaboration with the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission with a view to provide free legal aid and other support services to women and girls victims of violence.
Christy currently works for the UK government as a policy advisor, striving to create a more inclusive economy in Britain. Previously she worked for Zurich Insurance as an Underwriter, and played a key leadership role in their national women's network - winning a Rising Stars in the City award for her work. Christy has a Masters degree in Sociology from the LSE and a first-class degree also in Sociology from the University of Nottingham.
Lily is IWI's Director of Events and along with her team is responsible for developing the strategy and production of IWI's events. Lily has a Bachelor's degree in English and Anthropology from the University of Virginia and started her career with Argyle Executive Forum in New York where she led on content development and account management for a suite of executive forums. She also launched the company's first online content hub. She now works at EY where she's a marketing manager for the UK banking & capital markets practice covering everything from marketing strategy to proof-reading materials.