Director, Strategic Partnerships, Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives | @hramseyIIESF
Heather is Director of E-Mediat, TechWomen and Strategic Partnerships at the Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, based at IIE’s West Coast Center in San Francisco. She is co-founder of Women and Technology for the Middle East and North Africa. Heather has designed, initiated and managed international education and training programs for 17 years with a strong focus on programs benefitting women in the MENA region. Ms. Ramsey led the USAID-funded WIT pilot program, which provided training to women in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Prior to joining IIE, Ms. Ramsey managed outreach programs to Eastern and Central Europe, the former Soviet Union, and MENA regions for schools. She also worked in Bucharest, Romania planning education programs at Casa Deschisa, a shelter for street children. In 1994, Ms. Ramsey earned a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies with a focus on gender and international development, and a Bachelor’s degree in French and Journalism in 1992.
Senior Program Officer | @jhendricksoniie
Julia Hendrickson has over 15 years of program management and evaluation experience, and has focused her work on women’s leadership, health issues, gender equity, and program evaluation. Julia has worked at the Institute of International Education’s (IIE), West Coast Center in San Francisco for over six years. Currently, Julia is a Senior Program Officer on the TechWomen Initiative, an international exchange program that uses technology as a means to empower women and girls in MENA. She also supports evaluation and reporting for the E-Mediat program. In the past, Julia lead the evaluation for IIE’s Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health (LDM) program, and participated in management of country programs, curriculum development and overall strategic planning for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness program. Prior to joining IIE, Julia worked on the Women’s Political Participation programs at The Asia Foundation where she was involved in regional projects to prevent gender-based violence. Julia has spent many years living in South and Southeast Asia. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Asian Studies from Tufts University, and an M.P.H. in International Health from Emory University.
Senior Program Officer | @hmurphyiiesf
Heather joined Global Partnerships in April 2008 and worked on the Women in Technology Program (WIT). As WIT Program Officer, Heather managed the program in Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen providing oversight of in-country program staff and partners, trainings and project implementation. Previously she directed a citizenship program, assisted refugees and asylum seekers from the former U.S.S.R immigrate to the United States and raised awareness on the needs of the underserved in the Bay Area émigré community. Heather also served in the Republic of Kazakhstan with the United States Peace Corps working on non-profit sustainability, capacity building and community development. Heather holds a B.A in International Affairs from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and speaks Russian and German. As Senior Program Officer for Global Partnerships, Heather manages the E-Mediat Program, overseeing its launch in Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen and providing oversight of in-country program staff and partners, trainings and project implementation.
Program Officer | @ramirez_stacey
As a program officer for IIE, Stacey manages the E-Mediat program in Jordan and Lebanon. Prior to joining the E-Mediat team, Stacey was responsible for directing the Global Initiative for Breast Cancer Awareness in Latin America for IIE over the past four years. She has over 12 years of experience managing international programs, including working for the human rights organization Peace Brigades International, where she set up the coordination office in San Francisco and was responsible for a ten-person team working in Mexico. During the 90s, Stacey lived in Mexico City, where she worked as the International Business Development Officer for the women’s rights organization SEMILLAS, a sister organization to the Global Fund for Women. She earned her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, her BA degrees in Journalism and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a professional certificate in photography from the Maine Photographic Workshops. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and soon will study Arabic.
Senior Program Associate| @madi_bhasin
Madhavi is a researcher working on the impact of digital activism and new social media on civil societies in developing countries. She earned her Ph.D. (2008) in International Relations from Jadavpur University in India. Madhavi has worked as program coordinator and project lead for a tribal literacy program run by The Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation in India for 5 years. Currently she is conducting independent research at the Centre for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley on social media interactions among the people of India and Pakistan. Madhavi is active blogger and social media enthusiast.