Meet the team.


Karine Lepillez
Karine Lepillez Founder and Co-President
Kristy Kelly Co-President
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Hayat Askar Gender Cafe Lead
Kenneth Boÿenah Dubé-Boute Nimley
Kenneth Boyenah Nimley Technology Lead
Nicole Figot Parliamentarian
Leah Goldmann Member Engagement Lead
Christina Gordon Co-President and Treasurer
Saira Zuberi
Saira Zuberi Communications Lead
Kelly Grace
Kelly Grace Circles Lead
Macias-Alonso photo 2020
Inma Macias-Alonso Secretary

Standing Committee Chairs

Alvin Cloyd Dakis
Alvin Cloyd Dakis Solidarity Program and Partnerships
Eddah Kanini #2
Eddah Kanini Diversity and Inclusion
Christina Lacey
Christina Lacey Events and Professional Development
Emilia Eyo Okon
Emilia Eyo Okon Events and Professional Development
Karine Lepillez

Karine Lepillez

Founder and Co-President

Karine Lepillez is the Principal of Inclusive Societies, a social enterprise that provides research, training, and coaching to public and private institutions seeking to increase gender equality and inclusion in their programs and organizations. Karine works with clients such as the World Bank Group, USAID, Save the Children, and Catholic Relief Services to address social inequities in health, nutrition, agriculture, education, livelihoods, and climate change, as well as issues of gender based violence (GBV) such as child marriage, adolescent pregnancy, and intimate partner violence. Karine previously worked as USAID’s Gender Advisor in Pakistan, where she provided guidance to the U.S. Mission on the integration of gender equality and GBV prevention and response across its programming. Karine holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and an M.A. in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

Kristy Kelly


Kristy Kelly is a sociologist specializing in gender and development, policy and politics, transnational feminisms, gender mainstreaming, and social change in Southeast Asia. She is currently assistant clinical professor of global and international education at Drexel University and Associate Research Scholar at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University. Dr. Kelly teaches courses on gender mainstreaming, education diplomacy, gender and development in Southeast Asia and qualitative research methods. She has published on gender and education leadership, gender mainstreaming policy, gender and corruption, and post-socialist transition in Vietnam. She also consults and advises on gender and development issues for multilateral and humanitarian aid organizations such as UNESCO, The Asia Foundation, and Transparency International in Asia and Africa. Dr. Kelly serves as an Expert Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming to the United Nations, and is a Fulbright Core Specialist on Gender Equality. She received her BA from Pennsylvania State University, and MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Hayat Askar

Gender Cafe Lead

Hayat Askar is a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Expert with more than 12 years of experience in the fields of M&E, project management, data visualization, and gender. She has worked with various stakeholders from governments, to the private sector, and with international organizations. Hayat is a board member of the Jordan Development Evaluation Association (EvalJordan). She also previously served as the SGP Secretary.

Kenneth Boyenah Nimley

Technology Lead

Kenneth Nimley is a doctoral student in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University, who works on increasing community collaboration around education and empowering underrepresented youth. His research focuses on promoting diversity and inclusion in education through technological innovation, combining computer science, information science, user experience design and psychology. Mr. Nimley received his BS in Computer Science from Rhode Island College and his MS in Computer Science from Boston University. He also served as a founding administrator of a K-12 charter school in Providence, RI for 15 years. His experiences on the front lines of addressing the needs of underserved youth inspired his doctoral work.

Nicole Figot


Nicole Figot is a gender consultant focused on financial inclusion and economic empowerment. She has worked in public policy and social development for organizations including the Global Center for Gender Equality at Stanford University, UNDP, Fundación IDEA, The Hunger Project, Dalia Empower and USAID. She has a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University focused on gender policy and a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana. Based in Mexico City, she has also  created strategies for organizations looking to promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 

Leah Goldmann

Member Engagement Lead

Leah currently works in Kampala, Uganda with Raising Voices, a non-profit working toward the prevention of violence against women and children.  She works to influence policy and programming to adopt feminist-informed principles. Previously, she worked as a Social Behavior Change Communication Officer for the Ministry of Health through Global Health Corps, focusing on how individuals can adopt and sustain healthy knowledge, attitudes and practices, particularly in the areas of reproductive health and gender-based violence.  She received her Masters of Public Administration in Gender and Human Rights Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has worked internationally and nationally organizations such as Save the Children, UNFPA, the International Center for Research on Women, Covenant House International, and PAI.  She is passionate about feminism, education, and sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as a proud alumna of AmeriCorps. You can usually find her arguing, reading or showing everyone pictures of her cat, Zelda.

Christina Gordon

Co-President, Interim Treasurer

Christina Gordon is a Program Associate for the Women’s Learning Partnership, where she manages the organization’s reporting and evaluation efforts.  Christina previously worked as a Gender Equality Fellow at Save the Children US, where she supported the development and implementation of the organization’s Gender Equality Strategy. She also previously managed education abroad programs in the Middle East and North Africa, specializing in intercultural learning, cross-cultural communication, and issues of identity, diversity and harassment. She has experience researching the gendered effects of education policy in Jordan and Morocco and teaching English as a second language as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Amman, Jordan.  Christina holds a master’s degree in international affairs with a concentration in global gender policy from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and modern languages from Kenyon College.

Saira Zuberi

Communications Lead

Saira is a Gender and Diversity Consultant based in Canada. Previously, she worked to launch and develop AWID’s Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms and Women Human Rights Defenders programs. More recently, she worked with grassroots WHRDs in Asia and Africa with the International Civil Society Action Network and with UN Women/UN Trust Fund to End VAW. She will be leading efforts to expand SGPs international solidarity efforts online.

Kelly Grace

Circles Lead

Kelly is a research consultant focusing on gender in comparative and international education (CIE). She holds a PhD in CIE from Lehigh University and is the owner of Grace Research Consulting. Her primary research interest examines barriers related to gender in early childhood education and primary school programs, though she also works broadly in the area of gender in education programs in K-12 and university settings. Kelly also supports the development of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) systems for education programs, specializes in project data management and analysis, and develops and implements trainings in both gender and M&E in educational settings. Her contextual area of expertise is in the Cambodian education system, though she also works with large international organizations on cross-context projects.

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Inmaculada Macias Alonso


Inmaculada Macias Alonso is a joint postdoctoral fellow with the Center for International Development’s Evidence for Policy Design and the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research looks at the influence of gender on labor market access and outcomes, as well as the impact of gender stereotypes on evaluation processes. Her most recent projects look at how involving men in care work can further gender equality. She holds a PhD in Organizational Behavior from IE Business School, an MA in Area Studies: Asia and the Middle East from Leiden University, a BA in Political Science from UNED, and a BA in Middle Eastern & Arabic Studies from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.


Alvin Cloyd Dakis

Solidarity Program And Partnerships

Alvin Cloyd Dakis is a Gender Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant of various government agencies in the Philippines, the World Health Organization Philippines (WHO), Jhpiego, among others. He is a member of the National Gender and Development Resource Pool of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), and is the Lead Faculty on Gender and Development at the FAME Leaders’ Academy. He holds a master’s degree in Health Social Science, a registered nurse focusing on sexual health, and a certified Six Sigma Professional. At the age of 24, he co-authored the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the landmark Responsible Parenthood & Reproductive Health Act of 2012. He also served as the Chairperson on Health and Gender Committees of the Youth & Students Sectoral Council of the National Anti-Poverty Commission under the Office of the President.
As a gender practitioner, his focus of interests are on mainstreaming gender in the public sector and ensuring gender analysis & gender planning are efficiently implemented; the inclusion and protection of diverse people especially LGBTQIA and People with Disabilities; and the engagement of men in gender equality initiatives. 

Eddah Kanini

Diversity and Inclusion

Eddah is a monitoring & evaluation and gender consultant based in Kenya. Eddah is the group leader of the Gender and Equity Focused Evaluation (GEFE) technical group of International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS). Eddah has worked as a technical advisor for USAID-funded organizations, facilitating trainings, mentorship, and coaching for health systems strengthening. As a consultant, she has spearheaded evaluations for local organizations, international NGOs, and civil societies and human rights organizations. Eddah has contributed to strengthening the demand and use of evidence for policymaking through collaborating with Parliamentary Caucus on Evidence-Informed Oversight and Decision-Making (PC-EIDM) in a project funded by EvalPartners.

Christina Lacey

Events and Professional Development

Christina works with social enterprises, NGOs, and feminist organizations around the world to advance gender equality and women’s rights. Drawing upon her academic background, Christina has designed interactive programs for young women and displaced youth in the United States and Latin America. In her current role, Christina connects social entrepreneurs and women-led organizations to the tools they need to grow. Christina’s passion is to bring people together to create, share, and make meaningful connections. She is excited to bring her enthusiasm and experience to the Society of Gender Professionals as an Events and Professional Development Co-Chair. 

Emilia Eyo Okon

Events And Professional Development

Emilia is an experienced development practitioner with a focus on gender mainstreaming, sexual and reproductive health adn rights, youth participation, and entrepreneurship development. She has more than 10 years of experience in program design and implementation, policy strategy development, international and national volunteer mobilization, training, and management. She has a degree in Computer Science, an Associate degree in Community and Public Health, and certifications in entrepreneurship development and project management for development. She is a Fellow of the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC), New York on social enterprise development and Coady International Institute, Canada on facilitation approaches for social change. 


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