Meet the Team


Hillary Rodham Clinton - Honorary Founding Chair

Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Honorary Founding Chair of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. From January 2009 to February 2013, she served as Secretary of State of the United States. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Clinton launched the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University on December 19, 2011, at which time she also announced the creation of the Institute. A lifelong advocate of women and girls’ empowerment, Secretary Clinton has dedicated some four decades to public service.

Melanne Verveer - Executive Director

Ambassador Verveer served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly sixty countries and developing the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Amb. Verveer currently serves as the Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairmanship.

Jeni Klugman - Managing Director

Dr. Klugman recently became a leader of the Lancet Commission on Gender and Global Health. Dr. Klugman is also VicHealth’s second leading thinker, together with Professor Iris Bohnet, under an initiative that aims to make behavioral insights practical and accessible for Victorian government, industry and not-for-profit organizations. Previous positions include Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank, and director and lead author of three global Human Development Reports published by the UNDP.

Carla Koppell - Distinguished GIWPS Fellow

Carla Koppell recently served as a vice president with the United States Institute for Peace. Prior to that she served as chief strategy officer in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and was appointed USAID’s inaugural senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Koppell also directed the Institute for Inclusive Security, served as deputy assistant secretary for international affairs with the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development, and worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Jessica Smith - Research & Policy Manager

Dr. Jessica Smith works with Ambassador Verveer and Dr. Klugman to envision and execute research projects, supervise research fellows, and disseminate research findings through academic, policy, and practitioner communities. She brings nearly a decade of research experience working on gender-related issues with women in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Indonesia, Jordan and the United States. Dr. Smith completed her PhD at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She has worked in various capacities for the International Rescue Committee, Catholic Charities, the United Nations, USAID and the US Institute of Peace.

Robert Nagel - Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Robert Ulrich Nagel’s research at GIWPS focuses on women’s impact on peacekeeping missions’ effectiveness. He earned his PhD in International Conflict Analysis at the University of Kent. His prior research explores the conflict dynamics that contribute and result from sexual violence, their consequences for international security, conflict resolution, and post-conflict stability. He won the 2019 Cedric Smith Prize for the best peace and conflict studies paper by a UK or ROI-based PhD student and the International Studies Association 2020 Dina Zinnes Award.

Agathe Christien - Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellow 2019-2020

Agathe's research interests and expertise include women’s involvement in peace processes and peacekeeping, countering violent extremism, and international migration. She previously worked with the Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Project, which is a food business incubator program for refugees and host communities in Turkey. She holds an M.A in Arab studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Sciences Po Lyon, France.

Turkan Mukhtarova - Bank of America Research Fellow 2019-2020

Turkan Mukhtarova’s primary research focus at Georgetown is the intersection of gender and development – specifically strategies to increase gender-based violence reporting rates. Previously, she worked at the World Bank for over a year, supporting its Global Governance Practice Unit and Development Research Group for the Europe and Central Asia region. She worked on the “Justice Gender Strategy and Action Plan” for Azerbaijan and “Access to Justice for Vulnerable Groups in the Context of Domestic Violence” in Moldova. Turkan holds a B.A. in International Relations from Caucasus University in Azerbaijan, and is a recipient of the Open Society Foundation-Civil Society Leadership Awards. She recently graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters of Science in Foreign Service and concentration in international development.

Molly Kellogg - Gender, Climate, and Security Fellow

Molly’s research at GIWPS explores the intersection between climate change and security using a gender lens. In addition to her research agenda at GIWPS, Molly supports the implementation of the UN Joint Programme on Women, Natural Resources, Climate and Peace at UN Environment in Geneva. Previously, Molly worked as a researcher at the Inclusive Peace and Transition Initiative (IPTI) in Geneva, where her research focused on how different actors – particularly women – participate in or are excluded from formal peace negotiations. She has several years of experience working on women’s empowerment in conflict and post-conflict contexts, including in South Sudan, Uganda, and Ethiopia. Molly holds a master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in International and Global Affairs from the Harvard Kennedy School and a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Michigan.

Sarah Rutherford - Director of Communications and External Affairs

Sarah is the director of the Georgetown Ambassadors for Women, Peace and Security. She also helps to promote the Institute’s original research on gender and conflict through the Institute’s podcast, oral history project, media relations, and student advocacy. She previously worked for Georgetown's Vice President for Global Engagement, and as special assistant to the Dean of Admissions at the Georgetown University Law Center. Sarah received a B.A. in political science from Brown University, where she graduated magna cum laude, and a graduate degree in public relations and communications from Georgetown University.

Allie Smith - Program Manager

Allie previously worked at the global strategic advisory firm, the Albright Stonebridge Group, where she focused on conflict in Myanmar and greater Southeast Asia. Prior to that, she served as a program associate for the Kofi Annan-chaired Advisory Commission on Rakhine State in Myanmar, supporting the development of policy solutions for resolving the Rohingya refugee crisis. She has also worked with CARE International in Myanmar on gender based violence program design, as well as with the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a BA with honors in Politics from Whitman College, and authored a senior thesis on implementation of the women, peace, and security agenda in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She is currently a Masters in Security Studies candidate at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, with a concentration in sub-state violence. 

Evelyn Garrity - Program and Communications Associate

Evelyn is a writing and communications specialist and former Fulbright scholar with five years of experience working toward women’s economic and political inclusion. She served as an Adjunct Professor of Research and Writing Skills at IE University in Madrid, Spain between 2017-2019. Evelyn previously worked with the nonprofit organizations 2020 Women on Boards and the Fundación WomanForward. She holds a Master’s in English from Boston College and a Bachelor’s in English and International Political Economy from Boston College.

Jess Keller - Program Coordinator

Jess is a recent graduate of Georgetown University. Prior to her role as a Program Assistant with GIWPS, she held positions with West End Strategy Team, J Street U, and in the U.S. Senate, where she supported the development and promotion of gender-sensitive legislation and international human rights. She has also worked with refugee non-profit organizations in Greece and Denmark to provide training and educational services to women and girls. Jess holds a B.A. in Government and International Relations from Georgetown University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Luis Mancilla - Assistant Director of Finance and Administration

Prior to joining the GIWPS team, Luis Mancilla was involved in designing and implementing capacity building activities in resource-poor settings while working at an international public health non-profit. He also brings business development expertise to the Institute through his previous experience working for a for-profit international development company. Luis is passionate about development and holds a Masters degree in Public and International Affairs, as well as a B.S. in Computer Engineering, both from Virginia Tech.

S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana - Affiliate GIWPS Researcher

Dr. S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana previously served as Associate Director and Assistant Professor of the Practice at Georgetown University’s MA Program in Conflict Resolution. Before coming to Georgetown University she served as a consultant for the Religion and Peacebuilding Program at United States Institute of Peace, and as an Assistant Professor in the field of Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service at American University, Washington D.C. Her research focuses on Muslim women’s peacebuilding initiatives, mediation and peace building, religion and conflict resolution, interfaith dialogue, Islamic approaches to war and peace, and Islam and nonviolence.

Nagwan Soliman - Affiliate Scholar

Nagwan Soliman is a PhD researcher at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence and an affiliate scholar at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington, DC. Previously, she worked as a researcher and trainer at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) at EUI. She was co-training focusing on peace building and atrocity prevention, as part of the Local Voices for Peace work project, at Peace Direct Organization, London. She has also previously held a visiting fellowship at University of California at Berkeley and a PhD fellowship at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin.