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Melanne Verveer

Melanne Verveer is the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She joined the Georgetown faculty in 2011.

International activities include:

  • Serves as the Special Representative for Gender Issues for the Chairmanship of the OSCE
  • Co-author of FAST FORWARD, which describes how women globally are using their positions, particularly in private sector, to advance progress for women and girls
  • Served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues; the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the status of women; Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady; and Chair, Co-CEO, and co-founder of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO invested in emerging women leaders
  • Played a key role in the establishment of the President’s Interagency Council on Women and the adoption of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000
  • Acted as the 2013 Humanitas Visiting professor at Cambridge University, a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and as a member of the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development
  • Received the U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service

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