World Affairs Council Meeting


We had a powerful and captivating meeting with women leaders from all around the world.

The International Visitors Leadership Program through the World Affairs Council and the State Department, hosts these visitors who travel around our country and view our Best Practices.

This particular group is called, “The Role of NGos in Promoting Women’s Issues” and there are 24 individuals from various educational, legal, and economic NGOs worldwide.  


I want to thank our support team who helped make this such a special event, Thank you to Elizabeth Dewar, IGNITE Program Manager, and Alex Kegal, Program Coordinator, International Visitors Program. And our special guest from Microsoft, Ana Nicacio.

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IGNITE Worldwide is chosen as a national best Practice program for engaging girls in STEM classes and careers. I have hosted close to 100 of these workshops since 2005. It is always a thrill to have them thrive in different parts of the world, and some of these places have not ever had a girls program before.


It is always a great honor to host these workshops with these inspiring and talented groups of women. They come to learn about IGNITE. We then donate the programs to any of these International Visitors from developing countries who wish to take the program home and become an IGNITE chapter.


Here are the list of visitors from this delegation. Every one of these women are leaders in their communities. I want to thank the World Affairs Council for supporting these events and working tirelessly to host these international visitors.



Albania Ms. Gertjana HASALLA

Project Coordinator

Woman Forum Elbasan


Egypt Ms. Marwa Ibrahim Sayed ADAM

Self-Employed Senior Translator, Interpreter and Editor  


Haiti Ms. Carene DESIR

Senior Technician

Ministry of Education


Haiti Ms. Sandra JEAN-GILLES

Program Coordinator

World Bank


Hong Kong SAR Ms. Sau Yong WONG

Executive Director

RainLily Rape Crisis Center


India Ms. Bharathi KODE

Associate Program Manager

GMR Varalakshmi Foundation


Israel Ms. Orna SADGAT EREZ

Head, Women’s Administration

Municipality of Herzliya


Israel Ms. Tal PALEVSKY

Founder and Facilitator

Empowerment Program for Jewish and Arab High School Girls

Hanisui Argentina Elementary School


Liberia Ms. Malinda Bendu JOSS

Executive Director

Women and Children Development Association of Liberia


Moldova Ms. Eleonora GROSU


Women’s Law Center NGO


Morocco Mr. Youssef GHERRADI

Assistant Project Manager

Benzekri Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy


Nepal Ms. Shubhechchya KHADKA

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Informal Sector Service Center


Nigeria Ms. Oyenike ADELODUN

Gender Officer

New Initiative for Social Development


Palestinian Territories Ms. Beesan SHEHADA

Training Coordinator

Filastiniyat Media Organization for Women and Youth


People’s Republic of China Ms. Tingting LI


Rainbow Lawyers


Romania Ms. Iulia PASCU

Founding Member and Projects Coordinator

Equality and Human Rights Action Centre


South Sudan Ms. Kiden Lillian Benson LOKULI

Programs Coordinator

Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network


Sri Lanka Ms. Sinthuka VIVEKANANTHAN

Senior Project Officer

Jaffna Social Action Center


Swaziland Ms. Makhosazana Mbali MKHONTA

Volunteer Programs Officer

Swaziland Young Women’s Network


Taiwan Ms. Hsing Hung LIN

Board Director

Taiwan Women’s Film Association


Thailand Ms. Matcha PHORN IN


Sangsan Anakot Yaowachon


Trinidad and Tobago Ms. Khadija Ayanna SINANAN

Attorney-at-Law and Co-Director


Mr. Hedi BCHIR

Project Coordinator

Center of Arab Women for Training and Research


Ukraine Ms. Olesia BONDAR


Ukrainian Women’s Fund


Accompanied by: Mr. Jonathan CHRIST

U.S. Department of State Contract Liaison



U.S. Department of State Contract Liaison


Ms. Jennifer STRAUSS

U.S. Department of State Contract Liaison


Mr. Voytek STREMEL

U.S. Department of State Contract Liaison