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.
Now based in London, Meghann grew up in Melbourne, Australia, and was raised in a family of strong and courageous women. Her mother, who lived through a difficult childhood, inspires her passion for gender equality and women’s rights awareness. Her sister inspires her to be the best woman she can be.
Meghann has led on a number of high-profile campaigns including Mardi Gras, Grand Prix and the Australian Open and on various Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. In her current role, she leads on a bank-wide cultural transformation communications strategy. She has produced an accredited research paper for the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and worked with Melbourne based non-profit, Friends of Kolkata, to advance women’s rights in India. She is excited to be on the IWI team, where she gets to work alongside likeminded professionals.
Sana Khan has over 12 years of experience in the International Humanitarian Development Sector. She earned her Master degrees in Business Administration from Quaid e Azam University in Islamabad Pakistan and Masters degree in Political Science, with a concentration on various international professional courses, trainings and diplomas on human resource management, administration, labour laws and to work in emergencies. Throughout her career, Ms Khan has worked in various challenging contexts and countries, with insecure and under developed context; building HR strategies and implementation approaches in emergencies and regular projects. Sana’s interest in women’s rights is that men in dominating societies have yet to be respectful of the contributions made by women. She joined IWI to ensure correct human resource procedures and protocols are in place, to benefit staff and to enable IWI to further protect women’s human rights and raise awareness worldwide.
Ganjina has 17 years of ongoing professional experience in International Humanitarian and Development Sector, having worked with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD), UN Development Program, UNHCR, World Bank, USAID and many other international organisations and donors in Central Asia and Afghanistan. Throughout her career with the international humanitarian institutions, Ganjina played a key role in capacity building of the local NGOs and communities, conducting trainings on business development, project management, budgeting and financial literacy as a whole.
Being involved in humanitarian development and spending years among various communities Ganjina is convinced that the violence against woman ruins lives, destroys families and communities, and impedes development. Ganjina is excited to be a member of the IWI and says: “we are taking this platform to stand for the right of every woman to live free from discrimination, to have access to education, to high-quality health care, to encourage them to take leadership and peace-making roles and to have the self-determination that we are all entitled to”.
Caitlin has over ten years of experience in global health and nursing. She received her Bachelors of Science in nursing with a concentration in global health from Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus in maternal & child health and global health. Throughout her career, Caitlin has worked in various global health projects, including clinical work in sub-Saharan Africa and published qualitative research evaluating HIV/AIDS-related stigma in South Africa. Caitlin has presented at the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care conference and has also worked to establish a maternal and child health programme for refugees in Rwanda. She is a feminist who is passionate about global health and women’s human rights.
Spardha is an engineering graduate from India, which she followed up with an MBA and a great business experience at Tata Consultancy Services, where she was responsible for event planning and management, internal communications and product campaigns. To further her passion for marketing, she earned a Masters in Marketing Communications from the University of Westminster, followed by a stint at a publishing house looking after their social media and digital marketing efforts.