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.
DIRECTOR OF THE HUMAN PROJECT
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. 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”.
DIRECTOR OF SAFE BIRTHING PROGRAMME
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.
DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS
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.
HEAD OF PRODUCTIONS
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.
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
Mazeda Hossain is a social epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, who specialises in the evaluation of violence prevention and response interventions in conflict-affected and fragile state settings. Her expertise is in developing and conducting evaluations using epidemiological approaches appropriate for research in humanitarian settings and among vulnerable populations. Her research utilises a variety of methods including cluster randomised controlled trials, controlled trials, cohort studies, realist evaluations and cross-sectional studies with qualitative research.