Christabel Cruz is the Director of National Education for Women's (NEW) Leadership at the Center for American Women and Politics, a national program that engages college women in political leadership. In her free time, Christabel is a visual artist and writer and coordinates community workshops for young people of color on political expression through the arts.
Elena Valbusa is a project manager at Utrecht University. She talks to WiFP about Incluusion, her grassroots project which enables education for refugee students in The Netherlands.
Fulbright research scholar Sophie Zinser talks to WiFP about her research on gaps in service provisions for female refugees and vulnerable Jordanian populations in the rural parts of the Mafraq Governorate, and her comparative study of the service provisions in Za'atari refugee camp. Sophie furthermore talks about what brought her to Jordan and what she hopes to do after her scholarship comes to an end.
Advocacy & NGOs
Bunmi Akinnusotu is a first-generation American who spent countless hours listening to her Nigerian relatives argue about world politics. The idea of a world outside of America has always been part of her consciousness and is the motivation behind her podcast. “What in the World (WITW)?” makes global issues understandable and relevant to ordinary American people. Explained by expert women and people of color, they break down current and past foreign policy issues by connecting it to everyday life.
Zarina Khan shares her journey as an advocacy professional and the path that led her to working at ActionAid UK.
Head of Policy and Advocacy at Women for Women International, Carron Mann, shares her experiences working in advocacy, the non-linear path that led her there, and her advice for young women hoping to work in the field.
As a regional security and governance coordinator at the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Natasha Leite focuses on dialogue between host communities and displacement affected people or supporting their participation in peace building and decision-making processes.
Fidelis Muia, Director of Programs at RefuSHE, shares her advice for women with an accounting background who want to work in development and foreign policy.
Arifa Nasim, the founder of Educate2Eradicate, speaks to Ashvini Rae about what inspired her to set up her own organisation at the age of 18 and what she’s learned from it.
Assistant Director of International Jewish Affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC) talks about experience combatting Anti-Semitism in Europe and going above and beyond to work in diplomacy
Foreign policy entrepreneur Madeline McSherry talks about how she has navigated the rewards and challenges of self-employment as a freelance writer, researcher, and communications consultant
Founder Sara Minkara shares her experience of setting up her own non-profit while studying at Wellesley College , of attending the Kennedy School and being a bling visible Muslim woman in foreign policy
Rebecca Cobby talks about working for the US-UK Fulbright Commission and about the specific challenges of coming back to work after having children
Quratulain Fatima is one of the first women to have joined the Pakistan Air Force. Today, she is a Project Lead at the Agency for Barani Areas Development and a Gender and Conflict Prevention advocator.
Find out about the skills and knowledge required to work at USAID with Katherine Walsh, program officer for Pakistan. Interview by Lauren Chaplin.
Nirupama Menon Rao is a retired Indian diplomat, Foreign Secretary, and Ambassador. She joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973. During her four-decade-long diplomatic career, she was India’s first woman spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, the first woman High Commissioner from her country to Sri Lanka, and the first Indian woman Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She served as India’s Foreign Secretary from 2009-2011. In 2011, she was appointed India’s Ambassador to the United States and served a two year term.
Irish Diplomat Kate Oliver spoke to Women in Foreign Policy about her decision to join the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and working as a diplomat in Vienna. She is currently on posting to the Irish Embassy in Vienna, Austria.
British diplomat Victoria Grove speaks about changing her career path after an accident stopped her from joining the army and pivoting from Accenture to the FCO Fast Track Stream.
US diplomat Menaka Nayyartalks about her career at the State Department, the challenges of having a family when you often change job and her upcoming fellowship.
Former State Department intern Kaite McKenna shares her experience of pursuing a foreign policy career when diagnosed with a chronic condition.
As part of our women with disabilities series, Frances Wood, diagnosed with dyslexia at 17, discusses working for the Foreign Office & sitting the Civil Service Fast Stream
Find out about the application process and work of a press and communication intern at the French Embassy in London with Lola Tiphagne
Erin Clancy talks about her career as a Foreign Service Officer and her experience as a queer woman at the US Department of State
Baroness Jane Campbell shares her journey as an activist for disability rights, from grassroot activism to the House of Lords
Shannon Thomas is working hard to get an inspiring woman elected to office in Nevada. Here, she shares her experience of studying at Harvard Kennedy school and being a woman in foreign policy.
Lucie Goulet spoke to Congressional Staffer Eliza Ramirez about managing her high-pressure job with Type 1 Diabetes and being a Hispanic woman on the Hill
Journalism & Translation
Kim Ghattas is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She is writing a book about the impact of the rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia on the wider region since 1979. Ghattas was the BBC’s State Department correspondent, traveling regularly with the U.S. Secretary of State between 2008 and 2013. She was part of an Emmy Award-winning BBC team covering the Lebanon-Israel conflict of 2006.
Rebecca Frankel is the author of War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love, a New York Times bestselling book about canines in combat. Frankel lives in Washington, D.C. with her dog Dyngo, a former military working dog who is now happily retired from his bomb-sniffing career in the Air Force.
Amie Ferris-Rotman is the Moscow Correspondent for the Washington Post. She previously reported for Reuters in Afghanistan and Foreign Policy in Russia.
Jurate Guzeviciute, a Programme Lawyer working on Eastern Europe and Central Asia at the International Bar Association, discusses internships at the ICTY, Baltic Pride, and why having fun is important to your career.
Elizabeth Bakibinga-Gaswaga shares her tips for a successful international law career, from UN peacekeeping mission to the Commonwealth Secretariat
Stephanie Ortoleva, Esq.'s organisation Women Enabled International works with the United Nations to advance the rights of women and girls with disabilities
Gabriela Chojkier is a senior communications executive with nearly 20 years of experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. She served as a White House Senior Media Director and spokesperson under President Obama. Chojkier held senior positions with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Open Society Foundations, World Bank, Ruder Finn, and the U.S. Congress.
Mursal Hedayat shares her inspiration for founding Chatterbox, a social enterprise that hires refugees to teach their native language, her experiences working in tech, and her advice to young women hoping to make a social impact.
Rose Lopez Keravuori sat down with Women in Foreign Policy to talk about starting her own business, how she join the military, and lessons learned from working in multiple aspects of international affairs.
Maria Lipman discussed her career from working at one of Russia’s fledgling post-Soviet news publications to editing leading Russian policy journals. She gives a firsthand account of President Putin’s assault on freedom of the press and her views of US-Russia relations.
Elizabeth Tsurkov is a Research Fellow at the Forum for Regional Thinking, a progressive Israeli think-tank. Her research focuses on the Syrian civil war, political violence and movements for social change in the Middle East. Tsurkov talks about her research and experience working for human rights organizations fighting for the rights of refugees, migrants and Palestinians.
Sylvia Mishra is a Herbert Scoville Jr. Fellow 2018, working at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). Her research focuses on nuclear proliferation and strategy, Southern Asian security, India-US foreign and defense relations, US Policy in Indo-Pacific, and disruptive technologies.
United Nations & International Organisations
Laurel Hart spoke to Women in Foreign Policy about how she found her passion in atrocity prevention, global trends in international organisations and the necessity of putting yourself out there to reach your goals.
Olivia Headon works for the UN's agency for migration (the International Organisation for Migration) as their Information Officer for Emergencies.
From USAID to World Bank, Charlotte V. McClain-Nhlapo looks back at her work on disability-inclusive development & shares her advice to apply at World Bank