Meet the team.

Start-Up 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
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Thao Nguyen Secretary
Christina Gordon Treasurer
Saira Zuberi
Saira Zuberi Communications Lead
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Kelly Grace Circles Lead

Standing Committee Chairs

Gretchen Bloom Solidarity Program and Partnerships
Kamanda Bosco Diversity and Inclusion
Awuor Ponge Events and Professional Development
Jurgita Sereikate Membership and Nominations

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


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)

Kenneth Boyenah Nimley

Vice President, Technology

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

Vice President, Committees

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 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

Vice President, Circles

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

Vice President, Finance

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

Vice President, Communications

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.

Gretchen Bloom

Solidarity Program and Partnerships

Gretchen has more than 40 years of experience in international development and humanitarian assistance. She has worked, lived, and traveled in 100 countries, focusing on gender issues. She launched her gender career as the coordinator of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) Forum in 1985. Gretchen worked in the 1990s as the Gender Adviser in Asia/Near East Bureau of USAID before joining the UN World Food Program as Sr. Gender Advisor, retiring in 2003 after 15 months in Kabul, Afghanistan. Since then, she has consulted as a Gender Expert for DFID, USAID, WFP, and the World Bank, recently in Haiti and Mozambique.

Kamanda Bosco

Diversity and Inclusion

Kamanda, also known as Amanda, is a transgender youth advocate, feminist, and human rights defender advocating for LGBTI rights and sexual and reproductive health rights. She works in grassroots communities reaching out to young populations through the African Queer Youth Initiative (AQYI). Amanda is a civic graduate of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) and part of the Commonwealth Youth Council, representing special interest groups. She has also worked with the youth coalition for sexual and reproductive rights (YCSRR) as co-chair of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression working group and the UN Women informal reference group on LGBTI issues.

Awuor Ponge

Events and Professional Development

Awuor has more than 20 years of experience in international development. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya and has traveled to more than 20 countries working on issues of gender and governance, monitoring and evaluation. As a gender consultant, he has worked with CARE International, Oxfam, Islamic Relief Worldwide, UN Women, USAID, and many other organizations. Ponge is the founding President of the African Policy Centre, where he serves as Associate Fellow in charge of research, policy and evaluation. 

Jurgita Sereikate

Membership and Nominations

Jurgita is a gender and protection expert with more than 12 years of experience working in the South East Asia and Pacific regions. She has extensive experience in gender-based violence prevention and child protection, providint technical support to all levels of government and civil society organizations.


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