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.
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 THE IWI LEGAL REVIEW
Katherine has recently relocated back to the UK having graduated from Seoul National University in the Republic of Korea with an LL.M. in Public International Law (Aug 2017, Dist.), as a Royal British Legion and Samsung scholar. She has previously obtained an LL.B. in Law from the University of Warwick (Aug 2015, Upper-Second Class with Honours), with an additional year studying Mandarin at Beijing Language and Culture University in China as a Chinese Government scholar. Katherine’s particular areas of expertise lay in the rights of women and children within the ambit of international human rights and humanitarian law, especially within the context of South-East Asia and East Asia. She believes that only through cultivating stronger networks of women, alongside educating the international community to better understand and empathise with the struggles many women continue to face, that we can collectively strive for gender justice.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & PR
Soledad is deeply committed to human’s rights reform, especially for the most disadvantaged, such as children and women. I strongly believe that fundraising and communications play a valuable role in its defence. Soledad believes in the importance of advocating for women’s rights and works for the empowering women and their communities. Driven by this conviction, she has been chosen by the sports brand New Balance as a “New Woman", a figure they created to give public recognition to passionate Uruguayan women who strongly work for what they believed in. Soledad was one of five women elected, for her commitment to social causes.
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY
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.
Cristina 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.