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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /var/www/stage/var/www/wlp/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 879.
January 15, 2006

WLP International Liaison Office (Bethesda, Maryland)

Mahnaz AfkhamiMahnaz Afkhami, President and CEO, is former Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran and Minister for Women's Affairs. She is Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies and serves on advisory boards for a number of national and international organizations. She has over three decades of experience working at the government and non-government levels to advance the rights of women, particularly in the Middle East. She has authored numerous publications, among them Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation (1997), Faith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World (1995), Women in Exile (1994), and Women and the Law in Iran (1993). Among the training manuals she has co-authored are Claiming Our Rights: A Manual for Women's Human Rights Education in Muslim Societies (1996), Safe and Secure: Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls in Muslim Societies (1998), Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women (2001),    and Leading to Action: A Political Participation Handbook for Women (2010).

Archana ChidanandanArchana ChidanandanActing Chief Operating Officer, works in close cooperation with WLP’s President and CEO, providing institutional leadership and management of the daily operations of the organization. In this capacity, Archana oversees WLP’s development operations, grant writing and reporting, publications production, and financial and human resources. She also assists the Information Technology division at WLP to develop resources and e-courses for WLP's Learning Portal. Archana received her M.A. in International Affairs at The George Washington University, where she focused on gender and development.  She holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and Bachelor of Engineering from Anna University in India. Her past work includes developing and coordinating a program to assist new African immigrant women in the US, working on programs to alleviate the challenges faced by low-income women entrepreneurs in the US and in India, and evaluating Information and Communication Technology training programs for women in Chile. Prior to her transition to the international development arena, Archana was an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana.


Catherine HarringtonCatherine Harrington, Program & Communications Associate, liaises with WLP partner organizations in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa, helping to coordinate programs in these countries, and facilitates communications and outreach related to WLP's campaigns and programs. Prior to WLP, Catherine worked at the Council on Foreign Relations as an editorial assistant for Foreign Affairs, interned at the Center for International Cooperation, and served as an editor for Watching America. She received her M.Sc. in Global Affairs from New York University, with a concentration in international relations, and a B.A. in History from Tulane University.


Siobhan HayesSiobhan Hayes, Senior Program Officer for Training and Evaluation, liaises with WLP partner organizations in Latin America, South East Asia, and the Middle East and helps coordinate the joint programs in these countries. Siobhan received her MA in International Education at The George Washington University, where her research focused on gender, intercultural conflict, and multicultural education. She received her BA in Philosophy at Fordham University and has taught in Thailand and the U.S. Her past work includes serving with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Los Angeles, providing counseling and aiding homeless women and men to gain employment, and providing research assistance on a project investigating women’s health care in the US prison system at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Krista Jodoin, Program Associate, liaises with WLP partner organizations in Central Asia, the Middle East, and West Africa to coordinate country-based programs and facilitates the creation and publishing of WLP training curricula and materials. Prior to WLP, Krista worked in resource mobilization roles at Ashoka, Pratham, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, and the American University in Cairo. She has served as a gender consultant to Business for Social Responsibility’s HERproject on a women’s workplace health education project in Kenya and to the Public Health Institute on a women’s mHealth project in Belize and Mexico. She received her M.A. in International Development Studies with a concentration in gender from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and her B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.

Abdul Khan, Director of Technology, coordinates all technology related advancements for WLP, and provides internal staff technology support. He works to ensure that WLP continually utilizes technology in the most effective manner, in order to fully leverage best business practice while setting the trend for our partners. Abdul studied at George Mason University in Computer Science and Network Engineering. Before joining WLP, he was an IT manager with the National Minority AIDS council, providing technology support and capacity building in all aspects of the agency’s technology division, while being a technical resource point for community based organizations that work with the agency.

Marion MarquardtMarion Marquardt, Senior Technology Program Consultant, coordinates WLP's ICT empowerment projects. She is responsible for developing training materials and technology tools to facilitate communication and knowledge-building among WLP partners, and to support and strengthen the technology capacity of partner organizations. Marion received her B.Sc and M.Eng. in Computer Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and M.Phil. in Technology Policy at Cambridge University where she focused on gender and ICT. She has worked as Lead Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation for many years, coordinating the deployment of international content management suites as well as managing data warehousing, data mining, and online reporting systems.

Layla Yousefi Moughari, Program Associate, liaises with WLP partner organizations and coordinates joint programs in the Middle East. Previously, Layla was a Policy Analyst with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Senior Government Affairs Assistant at the Mortgage Bankers Association, and a New Leaders fellow at the Center for Progressive Leadership.  She has co-authored topic briefs on the Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa, “Using Research on the Status of Women to Improve Public Policies: Capacity Building Tool Kit for Nongovernmental Organizations,” “2010 Portrait of Women & Girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area,” and "Work-Life Policies for the Twenty-First Century Economy.” Layla has studied Farsi at the Loghatnameh Dehkhoda Institute & International Center for Persian Studies in Tehran and has a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Women’s Studies from the George Washington University. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida.

Kimberly Schor, Administrative Assistant, joined WLP in 2011 and provides support to the President and staff of WLP. She has several years of experience in nonprofit administration including office management, project coordination, program and donor development activities, and foundation and corporate grant writing and reporting. Her background in mission-based environments includes The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship-Greater Washington office, International Internship Programs, and Cable in the Classroom—a commercial-free, K-12 educational initiative of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. She has a B.A. from Hollins College.

Staci Scott, Manager of Finance and Operations, oversees WLP’s financial policies and procedures. She manages administrative and financial functions including human resources and facilities management. Staci has more than 20 years of experience in government, private and non-profit accounting. She has a BA in Business Administration from Otterbein University.


Shohreh ShadmanShohreh Shadman, CPA, Director of Finance, oversees WLP’s financial policies and procedures. She manages administrative and financial functions including human resources and facilities management, and helps evaluate and strengthen the financial capacity of WLP partner organizations. Shohreh has more than twenty years of experience in accounting and finance in private and public accounting firms. For the last eight years she was Controller and Chief Financial Officer at NatureServe, a non-profit organization with an annual budget of over $10 million. She has an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University and an MS in Accounting from George Washington University. She has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1998.

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