|Meet IWHC's Board of Directors|
The BoardBrian A. Brink, MD, Chair
Debora Diniz, Vice Chair
Ann Unterberg, Vice Chair Catherine A. Gellert, Secretary/Treasurer
Babatunde Ahonsi, PhD
Holly S. Andersen, MD
Stuart C. Burden John E. Craig, Jr., MPA Maja Daruwala Alexander M. Farman-Farmaian Françoise Girard, President Christine Grumm
Marlene Hess Claudia J. Kahn
Mary Mattson Kenworthy
Aryeh Neier Susan Nitze Marnie S. Pillsbury Diana L. Taylor, MBA, MPH Maureen White
Brian A. Brink, MD, Chair
Diniz is one of the founders of Anis: Institute of Bioethics, Human Rights and
Gender, one of the key feminist groups dedicated to bioethics in Latin America.
An anthropologist by training, she is now a professor of bioethics at the
University of Brasilia. As a documentarian, her films received more than 50
prizes and one of the documentaries was the first film to be exhibited at a
Supreme Court public hearing on abortion. She has a strong advocacy experience
in working with the Brazilian Supreme Court on hard cases, such as gay
marriage, abortion and stem cell research. Her research interests are
reproductive and sexual rights, human rights, disability and research ethics.
She has written many academic books and papers on bioethics, feminism and human
rights in several languages. She now lives in
Ann Unterberg, Vice Chair
Catherine A. Gellert, Secretary/Treasurer, is a member of IWHC's President's Council and New Leadership Council,
as well as Co-Chair of the 2009 Gala. Kate serves as a Director at United
Continental Corporation & Windcrest Partners and is President of the Grand
Street Settlement House. She began her career at Cable News Network as an
Associate Producer/Guest Booker and Assignment Editor. Kate received her BA in
Fine Arts from Harvard University and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business
School. Kate is very involved with her alma mater. She serves as Co-Chair of
the Harvard College Fund, Elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association,
Class of 1993 Co-Chair, Co-Chair of the Harvard University Art Museums, and
member of the Board of Managers for the Harvard Club of New York City.
Babatunde Ahonsi has expertise in sexual and reproductive health, focusing on gender and youth-related policy and programming issues. He holds a first-class honors B.Sc. in sociology from the University of Lagos and a Ph.D. in population studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, which he undertook as a Commonwealth Scholar.
Stuart C. Burden has twenty years of experience in private and corporate philanthropy, and works as a senior consultant for Monitor Institute. His passion for justice, equality, and human rights fuels his pursuit of lasting solutions to complex social problems. Stuart works out of Monitor’s San Francisco office, and his work concentrates on advancing best practices and next practices in philanthropy -- in the US and globally. Prior to joining the Monitor Institute, Stuart developed and implemented funding strategies as a senior executive, program director, and senior program officer for Levi Strauss & Co., the Levi Strauss Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. In addition, he has managed both policy- and community-level initiatives at the Ford Foundation and the New York Foundation. Presently, he serves on the boards of the International Women's Health Coalition, the Stanford Alumni Association, and the National Sexuality Resource Center. From April 2000 to January 2003, Stuart was invited to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, crossing both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Stuart earned his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and his master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
John E. Craig, Jr., MPA is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Commonwealth Fund. Mr. Craig is responsible for the management of the foundation's endowment and administration, and serves also as the Fund's treasurer and corporate secretary. He chairs staff program plan and board proposal review meetings and oversees assessments of the performance of programs and completed grants. In addition to being chairman of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York City, Mr. Craig serves on the boards of the Greenwall Foundation, the International Women's Health Coalition, the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, as well as on the investment committee of the Social Sciences Research Council. Earlier he was chairman of the board of The Investment Fund for Foundations and a member of the board of The Picker Institute. Prior to joining the Fund in 1981, he directed the John A. Hartford Foundation's health care reform program, and earlier was a Foreign Service reserve officer of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Mr. Craig writes regularly on foundation endowment investment and management issues; his most recent publication is High Performing Foundations: The Role of Risk Management. A graduate of Davidson College, he received his M.P.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
has for the past ten years been the executive director of the
Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). An international
non-governmental organization, it is headquartered in New Delhi with
offices in London, UK and Accra, Ghana. CHRI promotes the practical
realization of human rights in the Commonwealth's 53 countries and
focuses particularly on issues relating to accountability,
transparency, and participation. Its present areas of specialization
are access to justice and access to information. CHRI promotes police
reform, prison reform, and seeks to ensure citizens are guaranteed the
right to access government held information. Ms. Daruwala sits on
several governing boards and advisory councils, including the Justice
Initiative at the New York-based Open Society Institute and the New
Delhi-based Voluntary Action Network, an umbrella organization aimed at
strengthening civil society in India. From 1992 to 1996 Ms. Daruwala
was a program officer for human rights, women's rights, and social
justice at the Ford Foundation in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. A
barrister by training, Ms. Daruwala has conceptualized and edited
reports targeted at the Commonwealth Heads of Government on poverty and
the status of the right to information, and most recently police
accountability. She continues to produce a body of journalistic work,
including a television documentary on prisoners and rights and
governance issues in the region.
Alexander M. Farman-Farmaian is currently Partner, Vice Chairman and Portfolio Manager at Edgewood Management. Alex joined Edgewood Management in January 2006. Prior to that he was at W.P. Stewart & Co. for 19 years. There he was a senior member of the U.S. and Global equity research and portfolio management teams. He was responsible for managing some 20% of the Firm’s overall assets. He chaired the Investment Oversight Committee and managed the bulk of the firm’s Global account assets since their inception. Alex received a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University in 1987. He was President of the Princeton Club of New York until November 2006 and belongs to the Economics Club of New York. He is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
Chris Grumm grew up as the daughter of a Lutheran missionary with generations of pastors and bishops in her family tree. She has worked both with secular and faith based organizations to build an agenda of social change and justice, concentrating on change within communities on the ground as well as institutions and systems. One of her focuses is the investment in women and girls and through that investment, bringing changing to whole communities.
Marlene Hess is an independent philanthropic consultant. She is the former Managing Director of Global Philanthropic Services at JPMorgan Private Bank (J.P. Morgan Chase). She advises clients worldwide, and designs philanthropic strategies to make their giving more effective; she also counsels donors on foundation succession and governance issues. She has helped create innovative programs for non-profit organizations and advises on their operations, governance, and outreach. Also formerly Director of Not-For-Profit Relations for Chase, she enhanced the bank's philanthropic activities and formed extensive partnerships between the corporate and non-profit sectors. She created a range of campaigns to raise public awareness about community issues, including the award-winning "Child Vaccination Program," which Chase spearheaded in partnership with the Children's Defense Fund and the New York City Department of Health. Marlene serves on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller University, the International Women's Health Coalition, Lincoln Center Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center and New York City Ballet. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and also serves on the Advisory Committee of Harvard University's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. A graduate and former trustee of Mills College, California, she is a former member of the Harvard College Board of Overseers' Committee to Visit the College. She has served on the Capital Commitment Committee Taskforce of the New York City Partnership's Financial Recovery Fund to aid in the rebuilding of lower Manhattan.
Through December 31, 2008, Claudia J. Kahn was Senior Vice
President for Public Affairs & International Program Development for
Merrill Lynch. Ms. Kahn had global responsibility for international
leadership and sponsorship programs aligned with business development
and public policy strategies. A long-time Merrill Lynch veteran, Ms.
Kahn served as Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate
Responsibility from October 2003 to December 2006. Prior to that, she
served as Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications from
December 2001 until October 2003. Over the course of her career, Ms.
Kahn has held a variety of management positions in Corporate
Communications, Finance and Administration, and Human Resources. She
also served as Assistant to the Chairman and President from February
2002 through April 2003. Ms. Kahn is a member of the Financial Women’s
Association, The Women’s Leadership Board at the John F. Kennedy School
of Government at Harvard University, the International Women’s Health
Coalition Leadership Council and the Education Fund of the New York
Women’s Forum. In 1986, Ms. Kahn was named by the New York YMCA to its
Academy of Women Achievers and was also honored by the Girl Scout
Council of Greater New York in 2004. In January 2007, she was honored
by the Women’s Associate Leadership Connection at Merrill Lynch with the
first Annual Recognition Award. Ms. Kahn was born in New York City and
majored in American History at Smith College, graduating in 1973. She
served as Executive Assistant to the President at Smith before joining
Aryeh Neier is president emeritus of the Open Society Foundations. He was president from 1993 to 2012. Before that, he served for 12 years as executive director of Human Rights Watch, of which he was a founder in 1978. He worked 15 years at the American Civil Liberties Union, including eight years as national executive director. He served as an adjunct professor of law at New York University for more than a dozen years, and has also taught at Georgetown University Law School and the University of Siena (Italy). In the fall of 2012, he will serve as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po.
Neier is a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, and has published in periodicals such as the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Foreign Policy. For a dozen years he wrote a column on human rights for The Nation. He has contributed more than 200 op-ed articles in newspapers including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the International Herald Tribune. Author of seven books, including his most recent, The International Human Rights Movement: A History (2012), Neier has also contributed chapters to more than 20 books.
He has lectured at many of the country’s leading universities. He is the recipient of seven honorary degrees and numerous awards from such organizations as the American Bar Association, the Swedish Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
A philanthropist for more than 30 years, Susan Nitze has served in a range of arts, education, and social service organizations. To mention a few, she is a founding member of the Volunteer Council of the New York Philharmonic, co-chair of the IWHC President's Council, and a Trustee of the American Academy in Rome as well as the Groton School in Groton, Massachusetts. She serves on a Women's Advisory Council for U.S. Foreign Policy and Women for the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a committee member on Network 20/20, which helps educate the next generation of U.S. leaders on policies promoting global public security. A graduate of Wellesley College, Ms. Nitze was the president of the board of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York for eight years and continues to serve as its chair.
Marnie S. Pillsbury has been the Executive Director of The David Rockefeller Fund and Philanthropic Advisor to Mr. Rockefeller since 1990. She is a Trustee of The Rockefeller University and serves on the board of the Women's Campaign Fund, the Edward John Noble Foundation, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Advisory Committee for the David Rockefeller Fellows Program at the New York City Partnership, and the International Council for The Museum of Modern Art. Ms. Pillsbury served for many years as a Trustee of World Learning, formerly The Experiment in International Living, which operates in more than 40 countries around the world. She is also an advisor to a small grants program serving HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa. A graduate of Wellesley College (1965), Ms. Pillsbury received an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business in 1987.
Diana L. Taylor, MBA, MPH
Maureen White is the Senior Advisor on Humanitarian Issues in the Office of the Special Representation to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the U.S. Department of State. She was National Finance Co-Chair of the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign. She served as National Finance Chair of the Democratic National Committee from 2001-2006. In the Clinton Administration she represented the U.S. Government at the United Nations Children’s Fund from 1997-2001. Ms. White has been a member of the board International Rescue Committee since 1995, rotating off for her years in government service. She was chairman of the Overseers of the IRC from 2004-2009. She has served on the boards of numerous organizations involved in international humanitarian work including IWHC, Human Rights Watch, and Refugees International. Prior to that she had a career in international economic research in New York, London, and Tokyo, working for First Boston Corporation, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and the Nomura Research Institute. She has a BA from Mt. Holyoke and an M. Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics. She is married to Steven Rattner and they have four children.