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 HumanTrafficking.org, 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.


Ambassador Liberata Mulamula, Visiting Scholar & Associate Director, Institute for African Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs

Ambassador Mulamula is a Visiting Scholar and Associate Director 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 the 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.


Kayla Brochu, Gender Expert Instructor, Elliott School of International Affairs and Managing Director at Social Justice and Enterprise

Kayla Brochu (MBA/JD 1999) deployed business and legal strategies to combat some of the world’s worst crimes as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Expert on Technology-Facilitated Child Abuse, Exploitation, and Trafficking. Brochu came to the position in 2011 after working at the U.S. Department of Justice for more than eight years, prosecuting child exploitation and human-trafficking crimes. She is now the Managing Director at Social Justice and Enterprise, and teaches Human Trafficking at the Elliott School of International Affairs, GW. Kayla is an experienced human rights/civil liberties attorney & executive level social justice leader with a demonstrated success in international human rights, women’s rights and child protection sectors.


Yolande Bouka, Gender Expert Instructor & Visiting Assistant Professor of International Affairs and African Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs

Yolande Bouka is a Visiting Assistant Professor of International Affairs and African Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, and a Liu Institute Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia. As a scholar-practitioner, her research and teaching bridge International Relations (IR) and Comparative Politics with specific interests in contentious politics, dynamics of war, gender and security, and field research ethics in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University (2013), and is currently researching a new project on women’s agency in warfare. The project is a case study of female combatants in Namibia’s war of independence.


Liz Pender, Gender Expert Instructor, Elliott School of International Affairs and Senior Gender-Based Violence/Protection Advisor at OFDA/USAID

Elizabeth (Liz) Pender is the Senior Gender-based Violence/Humanitarian Protection Advisor with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance. Since starting with OFDA, Liz has provided technical support to OFDA-funded programs in Nigeria, Ukraine, Iraq and Syria, while also managing OFDA’s global engagement on the GBV Call to Action and Safe from the Start initiatives. Before coming to OFDA, Liz was the Senior GBV Coordinator with UNFPA in Myanmar (Burma), managing and coordinating UNFPA’s GBV Programs in Kachin and Rakhine States, and leading the GBV Sub-cluster for the overall humanitarian response at the regional and national levels. From 2010 to 2013, Liz was the Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Senior Coordinator for the International Rescue Committee’s Emergency Response Team. While with IRC, Liz was deployed to several conflict and natural disaster responses in Pakistan, Libya, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya (Dada’ab), Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Lebanon (Syrian refugee response), to design and support WPE emergency responses in each location.


Leora Ward, Gender Expert Instructor, Elliott School of International Affairs and Former Program Officer, Gender Equality at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

After working for many years in the social justice, women’s empowerment, and humanitarian fields, Leora Ward created Healing in Service to support women like herself who struggle with self-love and balance. She offers tailored coaching and weekend retreats that bring participants into a deep sense of power and freedom. Her services are uniquely crafted based on one’s needs and use a variety of compassionate communication as well as coaching techniques to bring more calm, stability, and flow into daily life. Leora co-teaches Violence and Humanitarian Assistance along with Liz Pender at the Elliott School of International Affairs, GW.