Advisory Board

Jeanne Ruesch, Advisory Board Chair

Jeanne Ruesch is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, and previously served as a Trustee of the University. She is also Chair of the Ruesch Family Foundation, a charitable organization co-founded with her husband that focuses on medicine, education as a tool for social justice, and the arts. Prior to establishing the foundation, she served as Executive Vice President and COO of Ruesch International, a global financial services company.

Advisory Board Members

Baroness Catherine Ashton is a British Labour politician who served as the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Lady Ashton has been a tireless advocate for education and human rights issues, and worked to establish a dedicated EU policy on women, peace and security. In 2014, Lady Ashton was awarded the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Global Trailblazer Award.

Thomas Banchoff is Vice President for Global Engagement at Georgetown University. He also serves as founding Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and as Professor in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service.

Jamille Bigio is an adjunct Senior Fellow in the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. She previously served as Director for Human Rights and Gender on the National Security Council, and led the interagency launch of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

Cherie Blair serves as Chair of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, committed to empowering and supporting women around the world through economic independence and entrepreneurship. A longtime advocate for equality and human rights, she was awarded Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2013 for her service to women.

Ann Cairns is President of International Markets for MasterCard, and has more than 20 years of experience working in senior management positions for global retail and banking operations. At MasterCard, she has spearheaded the company’s focus on women’s economic empowerment through a number of initiatives, including the Index of Women’s Advancement.

Major General (Ret.) Patrick Cammaert has a distinguished military career in both The Netherlands, where he served in the Royal Netherlands Marine Corps, and the United Nations, where he served in numerous roles in Cambodia, Bosnia, Ethiopia and the DRC. He has been a fierce advocate for preventing and responding to sexual violence in conflict.

Michael Goltzman is the Vice President for International Government Relations and Public Affairs at the Coca-Cola Company. In this capacity, he has been a strong advocate for women’s economic empowerment through programs like the 5by20 initiative, aiming to empower 5 million women entrepreneurs globally by the year 2020.

Baroness Mary Goudie is a senior member of the British House of Lords. She has spent her career advocating for the rights of women and children, fighting against human trafficking and promoting gender equality. Baroness Goudie serves on the board of Vital Voices Global Partnership, and is also the Chair of the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Trafficking at the United Nations.

Patricia Harrison is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Ms. Harrison is also Chairwoman of the Leadership Council of Women and Girls Lead, an innovative public media initiative designed to focus, educate and connect women, girls and their allies across the globe to address the challenges of the 21st century.

Carole Holmes Delouvrier is a graduate of Georgetown University, and has worked in the communications sector throughout her career, including as Morgan Stanley’s Executive Director for International Communications, and as producer and director of a wide range of television shows. She is also an independent philanthropy consultant involved with a number of charitable organizations.

Julie Jalelian is Managing Director in the Technology, Media and Telecom division of the Global Corporate and Investment Banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Prior to her career in finance, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon where she worked with rural women’s collectives, and remains committed to women’s empowerment.

Katherine Kwun McLane is a fundraiser for humanitarian and philanthropic causes in Asia, a member of the International Circle of the Musee Pompidou in Paris, and Advisory Board Chair of Tagore Foundation International. Katherine, a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, began her career with McKinsey, Morgan Stanley, and BofA Merrill Lynch.

April McClain Delaney is the Washington Director of Common Sense Media, Inc., a non-profit focused on the impact of media on children. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, and previously worked as an attorney. She currently serves on a number of boards for organizations dedicated to children’s issues and women’s empowerment.

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is a professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School, and is Co-founder and Associate Director of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster in Belfast. She is a preeminent expert on the intersections of gender with international law and transitional justice, and has served as a consultant to a number of international courts and human rights organizations.

Norah O’Donnell is co-host of CBS This Morning, and frequent contributor to 60 Minutes and CBS Evening News. In her distinguished broadcasting career, she has covered the White House, the Pentagon, Congress and scores of historic events, and has interviewed some of the world’s most notable figures.

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the former Minister of Finance of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, appointed in July 2011. She previously served as a Managing Director of the World Bank, where she had oversight responsibility for the World Bank’s operational portfolio in Africa, South Asia and Europe and Central Asia. Dr. Okonjo-Iweala has expanded efforts to assist low-income countries during times of crisis, and is a champion for women’s economic empowerment.

Mary Robinson is the founder and president of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice and serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. She served as the first female President of Ireland from 1990-1997, and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002 and is a global leader on issues of women’s empowerment and human rights.

Beatriz Sanchez is the Managing Director and Regional Manager of Latin America for Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management. Ms. Sanchez has been a tireless advocate for the participation of women in business and for women’s leadership, especially in the Latin America region. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Forman School; on the Advisory Board of CEFIM, a women's empowerment forum in Mexico; and on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Human Rights for Cuba (FHRC).

Regina K. Scully is a Georgetown graduate and the Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and promoting transformative media. In addition, Ms. Scully is a three-time Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated producer of The Invisible War, the powerful 2012 film about the epidemic rapes of women and men in the military, and is the producer of nearly one hundred documentary films.

Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and serves as Managing Director of POLITICO Europe. She was previously the publisher of European Voice, a leading publication in Brussels, and Co-Founder of Development Institute International.

Mari Skåre is the Ambassador of Norway to Afghanistan. She previously served as the first NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security. Throughout her career in the Norwegian Foreign Service, she has been instrumental in mainstreaming women, peace and security into international policy.

Muhammad Yunus is the founder of Grameen Bank, a microcredit delivery system that provides banking services targeted at the rural poor. In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He has been a constant advocate of the rights of rural women, and has worked tirelessly to advance women’s economic empowerment globally.