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.
Gemma Arregui has over 9 years of experience in consultancies within regulated industries (Finance; Pharmaceutical & Insurance). She has a solid track record of delivering successful results through multiple (transformational) projects across back and front office with immediate and sustainable results. Gemma, made the conscious decision to develop her career within the business environment. The aim was to develop resilience and creative thinking encompassed by a dominating bottom-line environment. This was the objective, to develop high-quality leadership and transformational skills that could best be used in the third sector.
Gemma was raised in an environment that embrace young women to develop and think for themselves within a culture that has a close history and highly values human rights. Her motivation to become a leader was to mentor teams and keep developing her understanding and experience of providing a work environment that could offer a healthier and balanced work force.
Gemma, has learnt through leadership and change management that the essential ingredient is collaboration. She states “Even though change is the only constant in life and history, it is disruptive to the comfort we seem to seek so strongly, hence it is important that if we wish to change a concept, symbol, a story, to understand the language, environment and influence we can impact on. Throughout mentoring and leading teams, it has been crucial to collaborate with all stakeholders. It is by challenging with persistence and compassion the ‘status quo’ and empowering both female and male human beings that we will achieve great projects.”
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.
Ashley is IWI's Director of Advocacy. He received his degree in law, obtaining a first class honours from Kingston University and has further obtained his Masters degree in law - with a specific focus on international human rights law. Ashley has previously worked with legal charities focusing on human rights issues in the U.K. In addition, Ashley is an avid cyclist and fitness enthusiast.
Jana joined the International Women’s Initiative team as the Director of Partnerships in May, 2017. Previously, Jana worked and volunteered for various non-profits, including Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, which brought together grant-makers dedicated to enhancing democratic participation in all aspects of civic life; and American Gateways, a non-profit providing legal and educational services to impoverished and vulnerable immigrant communities in central Texas.
Jana earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Queen Mary, University of London. She has dedicated her academic, professional and personal life to international development and human rights.
Larisa started her career twenty plus years ago in the United States in Owens-Illinois (OI), the largest manufacturer of glass packaging containers in the world, after receiving a master’s of business administration degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. Having worked in various roles across the globe for OI and Gallo Winery, currently she resides in Switzerland and pursuing her Doctorate of Business Administration in Sustainability with the research focus on true cost accounting in conjunction with the triple- bottom line concept of profit, planet, and most importantly people.
Having worked in finance, accounting, pricing and general management, I have come to realisation that I want to seek opportunities to integrate my work and life experience with development of a thoughtful and well-developed vision for creating a sustainable future. When I discovered IWI and learned about its emphasis on women’s rights and diversity, it was clear to me that becoming part of this organisation would support my dream to make a difference in everything I do.
Florine Clomegah is a driven and focused Senior Manager, who has acquired experience in delivering key business solutions within leading organisations, and the overseeing of complex projects and programmes, business, key operations, events management, and units leadership, utilising management and strategic expertise. Florine has excellent leadership skills and is adept at building and managing key relationships including stakeholders’ engagement, customers and employees, effectively translating operational requirements and overseeing all issues through to completion. She has managed multiple events and delivered plenaries, conferences, seminars, workshops for world leading organisations such as ECOWAS, with the participation of World bank, OECD, various cabinet ministers, and Heads of States or Government. As an International Public Servant, Florine was a board member of GIABA, an ECOWAS Agency. Further she has worked for the British Civil service: as a former Civil Servant, she organised numerous training and learning seminars, workshops, for HM Land Registry. Florine is committed to women’s rights, and believes that every woman should be the master of her life, the master of her fate.
Cristina is a highly experienced editor and managing editor. Her career as a writer and sub-editor started on the news and features desks of both local and national newspapers, and progressed to the roles of editor and managing editor for glossy print and online magazines. She has created, commissioned and managed multi-platform content for a number of publications and websites at Condé Nast, BBC Worldwide and John Brown Media. She grew up surrounded by very strong women, who became her role models and encouraged her to be aware of, speak up and act against any injustice and rights abuse, especially those directed at women. She firmly believes that we can all do something every day to effect a change.