Gender Expert Instructors

Christina Fink, Professor of Practice of International Affairs

Professor Fink joined the Elliott School in 2011. She is a cultural anthropologist who has combined teaching, research, and development work throughout her career. Her areas of expertise include Burma/Myanmar in particular and Southeast Asia more broadly, equitable development, gender and development, and civil society in ethnically diverse states.

Amy HepburnGender Expert Lecturer, Elliott School of International Affairs and Executive Director at WomenOne

Amy is an expert on children in adversity and has spent two decades driving social change in the non-profit, academic and public sectors. She has researched, published, and programmed extensively on the protection and care of vulnerable children and families. Her portfolio includes partnerships with community and international NGOs, the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Geneva, the United States Department of State, and the United States Agency for International Development, Office of HIV/AIDS and the entertainment industry as a film Impact Producer.

Andrea Bertone, Professorial Lecturer & Gender Expert Instructor, Elliott School of International Affairs, and Director of Gender at FHI3260

Dr. Andrea M. Bertone is a political scientist with over a decade of experience practicing international development. She has been working on issues of gender equity, child protection, international  development, human rights, and human trafficking. Since 2003, she has been the Director of, the first comprehensive, publicly available, Internet-based information resource on human trafficking in Asia and the United States and selected global hotspots. Most recently, she managed a portfolio of girls’ education projects at the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jane Henrici, Professorial Lecturer & Gender Expert Instructor, Elliott School of International Affairs and Anthropology, Elliott School of International Affairs

Jane Henrici is an independent research and gender consultant with over 15 years of experience in U.S. and international research and development. Her work focuses on gender, diversity, and socioeconomic policy and programming; she has conducted projects on these topics in the Americas and Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Eurasia. She is a specialist in participatory and transformative research and training and has in-depth knowledge about and experience in skills education and training; livelihoods development; poverty response; displacement and migration; and disaster recovery; in addition, she has conducted research and analyses on health care and coverage; diversity and inclusion in planning and development; and women’s political participation.

Kristin Kim Bart, Gender Expert Instructor, Elliott School of International Affairs and Senior Director of Gender Equality at International Rescue Committee

Kristin Kim Bart is dedicated to addressing inequality and violence in the lives of women and girls in developing and humanitarian contexts around the world. For the past decade, she has worked  for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) both in the field programs and at headquarters. Bart has over 15 years of experience specializing in programming to promote the rights, safety and  empowerment of women and girls in humanitarian and development settings.With the IRC, Kristin has lead programs in Liberia, Pakistan, Thailand and Uganda and provided onsite and remote technical support to a range of others including Iraq, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, Visiting Scholar, Elliott School of International Affairs

Ambassador Mulamula is a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs’ Institute for African Studies. Her area of interest is Women and Leadership in Africa. She has been a career diplomat with 35 years of experience having served in various capacities at the Tanzania Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its Diplomatic missions abroad including  Ambassador to the United States of America and Mexico (July 2013 to May 2015). Ambassador Mulamula is a Recipient of the Order of the United Republic of Tanzania 2015 Award for Distinguished Public Service and a member of various Boards and Women for peace Mediation network.

Lyric Thompson, Gender Expert Instructor, Elliott School of International Affairs and Director of Policy & Advocacy at International Center for Research on Women

Lyric Thompson is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In this capacity she leads the institution’s formulation of evidence-based policy  recommendations and manages ICRW’s advocacy efforts with the US Government and internationally. She brings ten years of experience in global gender and development issues including  women, peace and security; women’s economic empowerment; violence against women; child marriage and adolescent girls’ issues.

Farhana Qazi, Gender Expert Instructor, Elliott School of International Affairs and Executive Director of Global Insights, LLC

Farhana Qazi is an award-winning speaker and scholar on conflicts in the Muslim world. Her research covers political Islam, the origins of violent extremism and women in war. For nearly twenty years, she has traveled throughout the Muslim world to better understand local drivers of extremism and the roots of conflict. She offers training courses to the U.S. Government on various aspects of Islam and radical Islam. She addresses the worldwide threat and offers sound solutions. For her service to the U.S. military, she received the 21st Century Leader Award, presented by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy in New York. She is the author of Secrets of the Kashmir Valley, a human-interest story focused on the protracted conflict between India and Pakistan (2016). Her second book titled Invisible Martyrs: Inside the Secret World of Islamic Female Radicals explores the reasons why Muslim women and girls turn to violent extremism (September 2018).

Christie Arendt, Gender Expert Instructor, Elliott School of International Affairs and Global Affairs Section Lead at U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor

Christie Arendt is a Global Affairs Section Head in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. State Department. She manages a team focused on advancing democracy, governance, LGBTI and disability rights, and the promotion of civic space around the world. Christie joined the State Department as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2006. She has expertise in elections, democracy and governance in Africa, and women’s political participation. While at the State Department, Christie spent ten years working in the Bureau of African Affairs and serving at USAID’s Center of Excellence for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. Before joining the federal government, Christie was a Federal Policy Advisor for former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm. Christie holds an M.A. in International Affairs from the Elliott School and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the George Washington University.  She continues to research, publish, and present her work on women’s political participation and democratic institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa.