Meet the Georgetown Ambassadors


Meet the current Georgetown Ambassadors for Women, Peace and Security.

Photo of Halé Behzadi Halé Behzadi is the Head of North America private banking at Citi Private Bank. From 2014-2021, she was Managing Director and Global Market Manager of the Western Region at Citi. Halé Co-Chairs Citi’s California Leadership Council and is the Executive Sponsor of Citi’s North America Diversity Committee. Most recently, Halé chaired the Mentoring Committee at Citi Private Bank and served as the Business Sponsor of Citi’s Pride Network for Southern California and the Women’s Network for Northern California. Prior to joining Citigroup and establishing the Private Bank office in Beverly Hills in 2003, Halé was a Senior Vice President at Bank of America. Halé is a graduate of Georgetown University with a BA in Economics where she is an active member of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.

Photo of Michelle BhatiaMichelle Bhatia currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the Dean of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. Michelle’s dynamic career has given her the opportunity to explore the business world across a wide-range of sectors with upper-level experience as the Director of Strategic Programmes at Dyson and Vice-President of Business Operations of Juniper Networks. She has also worked in product management and business strategy at an IOT startup, Sun Microsystems, Motorola and Textron. Michelle has served on the boards of Girls’ Middle School and Child Advocates and led a portfolio of projects with the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team (ACT). She is an alumna of Georgetown University, MIT Sloan School of Business and Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program. She has served as a member of Georgetown University’s Northern California Advisory Committee and Alumni Admission Program. She currently resides in Singapore.

Lynn Waunford-Brown’s early education took place in Brazil, France, and the US, where she graduated from Georgetown University (SFS’84). Following 6 years in business, Lynn received my International MBA from Thunderbird with a focus in marketing and fundraising (AC Nielsen in Chicago; Pillsbury in Minneapolis; Novartis in New Jersey; UNICEF in New York; and Sadler’s Wells in London). Lynn has always been an active participant in numerous volunteer capacities: at Georgetown, her children’s schools, and the Stephen Cyrus Freidheim Foundation. As a full-time mother to three teenage children, Lynn’s goal is to continue to expand her efforts ‘to open doors through education’ for the rest of her life.

Sherry Buchanan was features editor of the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal and a columnist with the International Herald Tribune (The New York Times International Edition). She was posted to Brussels, Paris, London and Hong Kong. After discovering a collection of war drawings in Vietnam, she created her imprint Asia Ink, a client press of the University of Chicago Press. In addition to being a publisher, editor and guest curator of the British Museum, she is the author of several books on the Vietnam War including Vietnam Zippos: Engravings and Stories of American Soldiers (2007) and On The Ho Chi Minh Trail: The Blood Road, The Women Who Defended It, The Legacy (2021). She is active in charities that promote the education of women and girls mainly in non-western countries. She lives in London. Sherry has a B.A. in Political Science, Smith College and an M.A. in International Relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

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Amy Christiansen is the founder of the socially conscious, luxury fragrance house Sana Jardin. Sana Jardin is built on the principles of a circular economy; their alternative business model enables women in the supply chain to become micro-entrepreneurs by upcycling the waste products from perfume production and contributes to three of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Sana Jardin perfume is sold in 100 luxury retailers around the world including Net-A-Porter and Harrods and has been featured widely in the New York Times, Vogue and The Wall Street Journal. Amy’s background is in the non-profit sector and after earning her Bachelors and Master’s degree in Social Work, she became a direct practice social worker before spending almost 20 years partnering with various foundations to address economic inequality including President Clinton’s Foundation, the Cherie Blair Foundation to support Women and the Robin Hood Foundation. Amy is involved in a number of non-profit organizations including being a Georgetown Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security, Board member of the Elisa Sednaoui Foundation and Advisory Board member of Nest.

Ipek Cruz has had an extensive career in the financial markets, with 25+ years of experience focusing on Equities. After beginning her career in Equity Research and Strategy at Société General and then at Deutsche Bank, she spent more than 16 years as Director of Equity Sales at Deutsche Bank, and more recently as Head of the European Office of Auerbach Grayson. She currently specializes in financial and corporate advisory and engages in high-level government and stakeholder affairs in EMEA countries, as well as strategic relationships with prominent families and Institutions globally. Ipek holds a BA and a MBA degree from Oxford University and Westminster Business School, respectively. She has been a Governor and Trustee to several charities and has also held non-executive director roles.

Photo of Victoria Cruz y JohnerVictoria Johner y Cruz is Director of JC Consulting in Geneva, Switzerland, where she has been engaged since 2001 in the practice of Commodity Trade Finance. She previously worked with Women’s World Banking as Latin American Manager, and prior to that worked as a lawyer with Shearman & Sterling and Mayer, Brown & Plat in New York city. She is a member of the New York Bar and holds an LLM from Boston University School of Law and a JD from Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Senora del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia. She is a proud Georgetown parent and supporter of Georgetown’s Global Scholarship Fund, as well as GIWPS.

Photo of Theresa Miller DeGioiaTheresa Miller DeGioia received a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University and earned her MSW from Catholic University. She worked in the Office of National Service at the White House during President George H. W. Bush’s administration. In Georgetown’s development office she worked on events and fundraising with young alumni. She has served as a clinical social worker in an elementary school and a juvenile detention facility. She has also been on the Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Charities board as well as the Washington Jesuit Academy board.

Patricia Farman-Farmaian is a licensed real estate salesperson at Compass. She has extensive experience in private banking where she worked with JP Morgan and in the luxury goods sector. Patricia is a native New Yorker, having attended The Brearley School, Barnard College, and Columbia Business School from which she holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in finance. She is the third generation in her family to be in the real estate business. She is a Georgetown parent.

Photo of Samia FaroukiSamia Farouki is the Founder and CEO of Hii-Finance, Corp., a global investment company. Mrs. Farouki has also dedicated herself to causes focused on education, the arts, and women’s empowerment. She is currently a member of the board of governors of the Middle East Institute, serves on the boards of the Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, King Hussein Foundation, the King Hussein Cancer Center, the Kennedy Center International Committee for the Arts, Bridges for Understanding, and Tomorrow’s Youth. Mrs. Farouki has also been a member of the boards of the Lab School of Washington, Folger Shakespeare Library, Vital Voices, Corcoran Gallery, D.C. region Teach for America, Arab American Cultural Foundation, and Washington Opera Company, and she was the co-chair of the Aspen Institute Middle East programs.

Julia Farr a sixth-generation Washingtonian and third generation Hoya, is the first female executive director of the Georgetown alumni association. Farr is an attorney, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. She has 17 years of experience as a corporate securities attorney and executive, beginning her legal career at K&L Gates as an associate and later serving as vice president and chief compliance officer for Sotherly Hotels, a public real estate investment trust. In 2010, Farr left the practice of law to build a business in fashion. She opened her eponymous boutique in Washington, D.C. In 2012, she launched the Julia Farr Collection, a U.S.-based women’s apparel design, manufacturing, and sales company focused on the sartorial needs of the professional woman, with a portion of sales donated to women’s and children’s charities. Since graduating from Georgetown in 1988, Farr has had an extensive history of volunteerism with the university. In addition to serving on the GUAA Board of Governors and as a class ambassador for many years, she served as president of the Georgetown University Alumni Association from 2010 to 2012.

 Suzanne Freind Suzanne Freind graduated from Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Science, and received her MBA from Columbia Business School. She worked for many years in sales and brand management at leading consumer retail companies Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb and Lance, Paris, with responsibility for developing and launching new products, as well as building existing ones. Suzanne has been a leading volunteer at The Allen-Stevenson School, The Chapin School and Riverdale Country School. An ardent supporter of the arts, Suzanne serves on The Musical Theater Council of The Public Theater and is a member of the Board of The Atlantic Theater Company.

Anisya Fritz has lead organizations in both the private and nonprofit sectors and has published articles in the fields of strategy, humanitarian relief and the wine business. Anisya is currently the Proprietor and Director of Marketing and Consumer Sales at Lynmar Estate, a producer of highest quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley. She is also cofounder of Fritz Institute a not-for-profit organization focused on producing impactful research, training, metrics and technology to improve humanitarian logistics worldwide. Previously, she was an Associate Professor of Management at Florida International University and a Visiting Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics. Anisya holds a BA from Loyola College in Maryland and an MS and PhD in Management from Virginia Tech. Anisya now shares her love of learning by teaching Wine Entrepreneurship to winery and vineyard owners at Sonoma State University. She currently serves on the Boards of the Fritz Institute, LynnCo Supply Chain Solutions and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

Alys Garman is a lawyer, mother, and Georgetown University graduate. Her legal career included a focus on international project finance and human rights law, including work with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. She is now a mother of three. Her philanthropic work involves a focus on microfinance in Africa and investments in women and children. She graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and holds degrees from the London School of Economics and New York University School of Law.

Lisa Christiansen Gentil enjoyed a 17-year career in international banking as one of the first female officers of Chase in Latin America, and later the first female senior vice president (Latin America) of American Express Bank. Gentil chaired the first capital campaign for Escola Graduada de São Paulo. She has been a member of a private sector board, school boards, and philanthropic boards. Most recently, she serves as a trustee of Empowers Africa, which funds projects for health, education, and welfare, as well as conservation efforts in several African countries. Gentil has been a member of the Georgetown University Library Board, AAP Advisory Board, and the Board of Regents. She currently serves as an emerita member of the Parents Leadership Council; an AAP chair; and a fundraising chair and member of the Advisory Board of the Georgetown Scholars Program, for which she was the first co-chair. Gentil also continues to serve as a GSP mentor, one of her favorite Hoya volunteer activities. Gentil and her husband, Fernando, have been married for 35 years, and have lived in New York, Greenwich, Connecticut, and São Paulo, Brazil. She is a passionate advocate for educational access, the arts, and conservation. Gentil contributes to organizations in her community, including Reach Prep, Greenwich Green and Clean, and Meals on Wheels. She and her husband are the proud parents of two Hoyas, Fernando (SFS’09) and Gabriella (C’12).

A photo of Baroness Mary GoudieMary Goudie is a member of the British House of Lords and a global advocate for the rights of women and children. She works globally to promote gender equality, women’s rights and peace building. She is an advisor to the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and is also on the advisory board for the London School of Economics – Centre for Women, Peace and Security and a member of the advisory board of Women’s Forum, a leading platform dedicated to highlighting women’s voices and perspectives on global issues. At present, Baroness Goudie is a member of the Adult Social Care Committee and the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland Sub-Committee. Baroness Goudie is also a member of the Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) management board of advisors. She is a trustee of the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation, which fosters interfaith dialogue and establishes a common ground and solutions to global challenges affecting mankind. Baroness Goudie is an active ambassador for the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), a global research institute whose mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty. As well as a founding member of the 30% Club steering committee, which aims to influence chairman into bringing more women on to corporate boards across the world. 

Raana Hasnat is a global executive focusing on banking and management consulting. She has worked in high level management positions with US and global reputable institutions such as Salomon Smith Barney at Citigroup, Wells Fargo Bank, Washington Mutual, Dubai World, Digital Daya LLC. As a specialty, she has developed the women’s market in the Middle East and North African region as well as the US and has demonstrated strong success in unlocking this $580 billion empowerment market. Raana was very successful as a Founding Member in setting up and running Forsa, the first Women’s Investment Bank in the Middle East & North African Region, an initiative of His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minster of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai. She had the honor of being invited by her majesty Queen Rania of Jordan to speak and represent her organization at a high-profile public, private partnership forum in Amman, Jordan. Raana has served on many boards in positions of Vice Chair, Commission on the Status of Women, Dignity Health, Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Educational Foundation among others. She received her BS degree with high honors in Political Science from Illinois State University and MBA degree in Finance from California State University, San Diego.

Tricia Hoefling is a professor at Georgetown Law School. She is an outspoken advocate for reproductive rights. Most recently, she worked for the national nonprofit reproductive rights organization, Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, where, in addition to lecturing, advocacy work and legal research, she served as the project manager for the opening of two nonprofit reproductive health clinics, in Charlottesville, Virginia and South Bend, Indiana. Prior to her work at Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, Professor Hoefling taught as an Adjunct Professor at Washington and Lee School of Law, and practiced law for many years at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLC. Professor Hoefling currently serves on the boards of many organizations, including Whole Woman’s Health Alliance, The Board of Regents at Georgetown University, The Miller Center at The University of Virginia, the Emily Couric Leadership Foundation and the Village School of Charlottesville. She received her B.S. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.

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Fan Hu is the founder of UP Education Consulting, which provides educational consulting services to foreign students and focuses on bridging the gap between the education systems in China and the US. Originally from China, Fan earned her advanced degrees in the U.S. universities and devotes her passion to narrowing the gender gap in education and employment opportunities. Prior to starting her own business, Fan had over two decades of working experiences in the financial sector, including Loomis Sales & Co., Columbia Management Group and The Colonial Mutual Fund Group. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University and had numerous publications in the top peer-reviewed journals.

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Julie Jalelian is a Managing Director in the Global Technology, Media & Telecom Corporate and Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Securities, Inc. Julie has over 30 years of banking experience, delivering BofA’s global corporate and investment banking platform to large corporate clients in the media, technology, business services and ecommerce sectors. Julie holds an A.B. in Economics from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. in Economic Policy from Boston University. Prior to her banking career, Julie was a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Cameroon, West Africa where she focused on teaching small enterprise development to local women’s agricultural cooperatives. Julie was a member of the Georgetown Parent Leadership Council prior to her involvement as an Advisory Board Member with the Georgetown Institute of Women, Peace and Security in 2014. She previously served in various capacities at Belmont Day School and Buckingham Browne & Nichols School. Julie enjoys biking, skiing and hiking, having summited Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru in Tanzania. Julie and her husband have traveled extensively across Africa and continue to support girls’ education directly and through philanthropic organizations. They are proud parents of Sarah Jolley (C’17, Tuck School of Business, ‘23) and Liam Jolley (Dartmouth, ’20).


Photo of Delia JampelDelia Jampel is a PhD clinical psychologist. As a longtime member of the board of trustees of Jewish Family Service of Seattle, she chaired the strategic planning committee focusing on ways to provide the most effective and comprehensive services to clients. While living in Brussels from 2016-2020, Delia conducted a U.S. Department of State funded community-based study in the Molenbeek neighborhood looking at strategies to counter terrorist narrative directed at youth. Delia is a graduate of Princeton University and earned a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She completed her doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology where she focused on care and treatment of the elderly and family caregivers.


Carolina Garcia Jayaram is the Founding Executive Director of The Elevate Prize Foundation, a global purpose-driven nonprofit that serves to amplify social impact and empower passionate problem solvers, leaders, and innovators. Carolina has over two decades of experience in leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to enriching and shaping social impact, philanthropic, and cultural communities. She most recently served as CEO & president of the National YoungArts Foundation and, prior to that, as president & CEO of United States Artists, where she managed $25M in unrestricted awards to the country’s most accomplished artists.

Janet Little is a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati where she has taught both pre- and in-service teachers for over twenty years. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Kansas, and a TESOL certificate from the University of Cincinnati. Early in her career she became interested in gender equity in education, focusing her research on gender equity awareness and interventions of early childhood educators. As a field-service supervisor and professor, she helped coach aspiring teachers to be aware of unconscious biases, inequities and ways to mitigate these in the classroom. While living abroad with her family in Switzerland, she taught at the International School of Geneva, providing support services to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students, while maintaining her college teaching, learning, and research workloads. Her philanthropic work includes serving as a key scholarship committee chair for P.E.O., an organization whose mission is the global advancement of women’s education and achievement, and as co-chair of the Georgetown Parent Leadership Council. Janet’s proudest accomplishment is raising two high-achieving, motivated and fearless daughters who are also Hoyas.

Suzanne Sinegal McGill is the Co-Founder and President of Rwanda Girls Initiative, a non-profit organization founded in 2008 focused on educating girls in Rwanda. She led the founding and continues oversight of operations of a university prep STEM secondary school for 280 girls in Rwanda, the Gashora Girls Academy, one of the top-performing girls’ schools in Eastern Africa. Suzanne also managed the development of the adjacent model farm through partnerships with the Rwandan Government, Washington State University, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. She has served on many educational and non-profit boards and serves on the Georgetown College Board of Advisors to the Dean. She is the proud parent of two Hoyas. Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Washington and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Antioch University. She passionately believes education, particularly the education of women and girls, is one of the most powerful tools we have to break the cycle of poverty globally.

Katherine Kwun McLane is an advocate for humanitarian causes with over 20 years of experience at the management, committee, and board levels. Katherine is a member of the President’s Council for International Affairs at Yale University and she previously served as Director of Membership for The Clinton Global Initiative in Asia and Vice Chair of the Fundraising committee for the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children. She also served as a member of the Advisory Board Member of the Chinese International School in Hong Kong. She has been a supporter of numerous charities and philanthropic organizations in Asia and been a member of the Pompidou Museum’s Asian art acquisition committee since its inception in 2015. Katherine began her career in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Morgan Stanley and as a founding member of McKinsey & Co.’s Corporate Finance & Strategy Practice in Asia. Katherine was a Harriman Fellow at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (MA, Economics & Finance) and a recipient of the Lannan Literary Grant for Poetics and Social Practice at Georgetown (BSFS). She is also a graduate of Stanford’s Senior Executive Leadership Program and l’Institut d’Etudes Politques, Paris. Educated in Washington D.C., New York, and Paris, Katherine is fluent in Korean, French, and Mandarin Chinese. She is currently writing a work of historical fiction set in the 19th century of Korea and China.

Kaia Miller is founder of Aslan Global, Inc., a Boston-based consulting firm advising private and public sector organizations in developing economies on competitiveness and economic development, and on the role of diasporas in building homeland competitiveness.  She worked with the consulting firm Monitor Group as a leader in its Country Competitiveness Practice and co-founded the spin-out on the FRONTIER (now The OTF Group) in 2000 before founding Aslan Global, Inc. in 2001. Kaia currently serves on President Kagame’s Advisory Council, supporting the implementation of Rwanda’s long-term vision, and is an Associate at Harvard’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. She chairs the New England Board for the US Fund for UNICEF. Kaia received her B.A. in International Relations from Brown University and her M.Sc. in International Relations from Georgetown University.

Adelaida (Addie) Delgado Palm, obtained her BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in 1980. She began her career in banking at Chase Manhattan Bank in their International Credit Audit Group and later joined Citibank’s International Private Bank covering Brazil, Spain and Portugal. Next she transitioned to servicing her International high net worth network in real estate joining Corcoran Group in New York where she ranked amongst Corcoran’s top four producers. In 1995, Adelaida moved to London where she focused on Georgetown University initiatives. Adelaida served as the Co-Chair of Georgetown Alumni Club of the UK during most of her 25 years in London. In 2013 she Co-Chaired Georgetown’s John Carroll Weekend celebrated in London with 1,400 attendees and received the John Carroll Award in Seattle in 2018. Adelaida served six years on Georgetown’s Board of Regents and currently serves as a Regent Emeritus. Adelaida resides in Miami and Stockholm, Sweden.

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Kara Ross is a renowned entrepreneur and award-winning fine jewelry designer. She collaborated with the Obama White House on numerous commissions, and her one-of-a-kind fine jewelry pieces can be found in art museums across the country. She sits on the board of Georgetown University, the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), the Accessories Council, and is a member of the Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy. After achieving top recognition for jewelry design (the GEM Award) and successfully running a global accessories business, she formed her vision for UNLEASHED. She now dedicates 100% of her time towards supporting female artisans and entrepreneurs through story-focused media ventures, including the documentary film series Connecting Thread.

Jeanne Ruesch chairs the Ruesch Family Foundation which focuses on medical research, education and the arts.  The Foundation funded the Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers at Georgetown/Medstar Hospital in honor of her late husband, Otto Ruesch. Ms. Ruesch is the previous chair of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the National Symphony Orchestra.  She has served on the boards of Georgetown University, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Gonzaga College High School, Washington Performing Arts, Washington Jesuit Academy and Catholic Charities.  She is a member of the Committee of 200, a worldwide organization for entrepreneurial business women. Prior to establishing the family foundation, Ms. Ruesch and her husband founded an international financial services company.

Photo of Mary SchammelMary Schammel is Co-Founder and CEO of M&A Advisory firm Venture Investors Business Group. She also acts as a Strategic Consultant with Greenwich Associates providing market structure, intelligence and advisory services to the buy and sell-sides. She previously served as Head/SVP for Standard Chartered Bank. Mary is exceptionally committed to community involvement, serving as the US State Department representative for the International Women of Courage, board member of Georgetown University Board of Governors, The Ann Peppers Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Association California Southland and Founder of Georgetown’s Wall Street Alliance West. She is also Chair of Pasadena’s City Code Commission.  Mary has a B.A from Georgetown University and a recent MBA from Georgetown University’s Business and Foreign Service Schools, and ESADE University.

Photo of Sarah von Thun-HohensteinSarah von Thun-Hohenstein (SFS’82, P’15) is chair of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service Board of Advisors. She graduated cum laude from the SFS and helped launch the International Trailblazers Awards in Europe for the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She worked in finance for Chase Manhattan Corporation in New York City before moving to Chase Investment Bank, London, in 1984, to become the youngest female director in currency swaps and derivatives. Subsequently, she earned a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics in International Political Economy. Sarah serves as trustee for the City of London Sinfonia and is an active volunteer in her local community and children’s schools. She served as a member of the Georgetown Board of Regents for six years as well as the John Carroll Weekend London Planning Committee. Sarah’s husband, Christian, SFS’81 and eldest son, Natango, SFS’15, are also proud Hoyas.

Maria Clara Tucci is chair of a European family foundation focused on women’s rights and climate change mitigation. Clara oversees the grant giving strategy and corporate governance body. She worked more than three decades in finance (partner at a Wall Street firm and subsequently founder of a successful UK hedge fund capital introduction business) and has been engaged for decades in charitable fundraising and active volunteering. Clara is a graduate of Università di Firenze (Political Science, International Law) and received her MBA (Finance) at UC Berkeley Haas Business School. She became Georgetown Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security after being a member of the GU Parents Leadership Council for four years. Her son Luca Perper is a proud Hoya graduate.

Ariadne Velissaropoulos has studied, lived and worked in Paris, Washington, DC, New York, London, and Athens, her birthplace and current home. She spends the bulk of her time looking for angel investment opportunities in fintech and impact, with a special emphasis on female founders. Ms. Velissaropoulos started her career on Madison Avenue at Young & Rubicam Advertising, eventually moving on to PR subsidiary Burson-Marsteller. She subsequently earned an MBA and worked at Goldman Sachs and then Morgan Stanley. Following her time at the large investment banks, Ms Velissaropoulos forged a career in the distribution of asset management products, with a focus on raising money for European value investors. In this respect, she raised in excess of $4.5 billion for three mid-sized asset managers over the course of 15 years. Ms. Velissaropoulos serves on the board of Petros Petropoulos, a publicly listed automotive company. She is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee and leads the company’s efforts in ESG, including its recent success in joining the Athens Stock Exchange ESG Index. She holds a BSLA from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the weekly newspaper and Chair of the Class Gift Committee.

Emilie Fritz Veloso is a serial entrepreneur, social impact investor and mother. She is the Founder and CEO of One Tribe, a wellness and educational center + web platform for new and expecting women. Emilie began her career as a Communications Consultant in the Beauty and Healthcare Industries in New York and London.  In 2006 she launched her first venture as Co-founder/President of O.N.E. Coconut Water, which was sold to PepsiCo in late 2012. Most recently, Emilie served as the CEO of The Sacred Space Miami. Emilie earned a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University (C’1998) and an MBA from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business. She is a Founding Member of the Georgetown Ambassadors for Women, Peace & Security and also an active Board Member of two local Miami nonprofits: Miami Waterkeeper and Genesis Hopeful Haven, an organization committed to helping foster youth age out successfully.

Margaret Woodhull is the Director of the Master of Humanities Program at University of Colorado Denver. Woodhull studies women and gender in the classical Mediterranean. Trained as an art historian and archaeologist, she considers women’s efforts to create public monuments in an era when women’s rights were relatively limited. Her work takes into account issues of space, art and architectural design, urbanism, and personal agency as it related to the creation of public art and architecture in ancient Rome. She recently published a chapter in the book Motherhood and Mothering in Ancient Greece and Rome, entitled, “Imperial Mothers and Monuments in Rome,” and is working on a book-length study on a related topic.

Known as ‘the eye doctor’, Dr Maryam Zamani is an Oculoplastic Surgeon and leading facial Aesthetics Doctor with an international reputation. She founded the multi-award-winning MZ Skin brand in 2016 and continues to attract substantial recognition across media and within the industry for her pioneering direction in scientific skincare, influence in aesthetics and as an inspirational female entrepreneur.