Tami LongabergerTami Longaberger
Chair, United States

Tami Longaberger is the Chief Executive Officer of The Longaberger Company, the premier U.S. manufacturer of handcrafted baskets and home products. She has led the Ohio-based company for more than a decade and has been part of the company for more than 30 years.

In addition to her business leadership at Longaberger, Tami is an active participant in a variety of international, national, and statewide public affairs.

Longaberger has also serves on the board of directors of the International Republican Institute and CVSL Inc.  In 2012, Governor John R. Kasich appointed Tami to the Ohio Historical Society’s Board of Trustees.

In 2004, Longaberger participated as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights held in Geneva, Switzerland. She has also participated in election observation missions in Tunisia, Jordan, and Georgia.

Longaberger was appointed to the board of the Woodrow Wilson Center, the National Women’s Business Council, and previously chaired the U.S. Executive Committee for the 2002 Helsinki Women Leaders Summit, a conference bringing together women from Finland, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

Tami received her degree in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, where she has served as the chair of the Board of Trustees. In 2011, she received Ohio State’s “Distinguished Service Award.”

Sundus AbbasDr. Sundus Abbas
Iraq

Dr. Sundus Abass is currently the executive director of the Women’s Leadership Institute in Baghdad, an organization that builds the capacity of Iraqi women to become involved in the political process.  She is also a senior gender specialist with the United Nations Development Programme and general secretary of the Nuhudh Women’s Nework.   Abass regularly contributes to Iraq’s daily newspapers and other media outlets, pressing to further women’s rights throughout the country.  Previously, Abass held principal positions at Oxfam International, the United Nations Development Fund for Women, and the U.S.-based Freedom House.  She has past experience training women, youth, electoral candidates and elected officials and has represented Iraq at various international conferences on women’s issues.  Additionally, Abbas has worked to the build the capacity of Iraqi civil society organizations to take part in national reconciliation efforts.  She has received multiple international awards for her achievements as an Iraqi woman leader.  Abass obtained her bachelor’s degree in political science and her master’s and doctorate degrees in international relations from Baghdad University.

Wajeeha Sadiq Al BaharnaDr. Wajeeha Sadiq Al Baharna
Bahrain

Dr. Wajeeha Al Baharna is the founder and president of the Bahrain Women Association for Human Development, which expands the role of women in the public sphere.  She is a renowned women’s rights activist who has launched discussions on cultural, political, social and judicial discriminations against women throughout the Arab and Islamic world.  She currently leads the “Nationality Campaign,” which is an advocacy campaign supported by a coalition of 13 civil society organizations working to gain Bahraini citizenship rights for children of Bahraini women who marry foreigners in Bahrain.  She is a member of the Advisory Board of Innovation in Cultural Society (Al- Tajdeed), focusing on innovation of Islamic thoughts; a member of the board of trustees at the Arab Thought Forum in Jordan; and the Arab Network of Nongovernmental Organizations in Cairo.

Lily FeidyDr. Lily Feidy
West Bank

Feidy is the secretary general of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy.  From 2002-2006, she served as the deputy secretary general for program design and management for the Initiative.  Prior to that, she was director general for International and Cultural Relations at the Ministry of Higher Education in Palestine from 1996-2002.  She is a board member of several international organizations, including the Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace and the American-Palestinian Peace Organization.

Feidy has a doctorate in applied linguistics from the University of Delaware and a masters from the University of Michigan.  She received her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Birziet University.

Eman Al HusseinDr. Eman Al Hussein
Jordan

Dr. Eman Al Hussein is a successful women’s empowerment and human rights consultant.  She is an active member of her community, serving as chair of the Political Arab Organization for Empowerment, the Jordanian Coalition for Education and as vice chair of the Jordan University Alumni Club.  From 1998-2004, Al Hussein served as the head of the Amman branch of the Jordanian National Forum for Women.  Drawing on her service as councilor for the Greater Salt Municipality from 2003-2007, Al Hussein continues to encourage other women to run for elected office throughout Jordan.  Currently, she lectures as an associate professor at Al-Balqa’ Applied University.  She is a member of the Economic and Social Council and is Vice Chair of  Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA).  Al Hussein was chosen as an Ambassador of peace in 2013.  She is the head of IRI’s Women’s Democracy Network country chapter in Jordan.

Dr-Najat-Pic-_webDr. Najat Zarrouk
Morocco

Dr. Najat Zarrouk from Morocco is a lifetime public servant in the Moroccan government.  She has more than 30 years of experience working for the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) where she is currently the director of training for administrative and technical staff.  Prior to this, Zarrouk served for 17 years as the MOI secretariat general.  She has also served as MOI’s division chief for organization and connections and director of legal affairs.  Zarrouk was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to the U.N. Committee of Experts on Public Administration.

Myriam Kairouz AucarMs. Myriam Kairouz Aucar
Lebanon

Ms. Aucar is a practicing lawyer and former member of the Committee on Women’s Affairs and the Committee of Foreign Relations at the Beirut Bar Association.  She is an active member of IRI’s Women’s Democracy Network, for which she conducts regional outreach.  She has been involved in initiatives and organizations to promote political, judicial, social and economic reforms in Lebanon.  Aucar has managed electoral campaigns for independent, reformist candidates to the Lebanese Parliament and has conducted legal analysis on labor laws in Arab countries in order to promote greater reforms in this field.  She continues to assist wide range of nongovernmental organizations and think tanks in reform advocacy activities.

Wafas-picMs. Wafa’a Abedalqader Al Jasem
Kuwait

Ms. Wafa Al Jasem serves as the director of training and development at the Kuwait Stock Exchange, and has previously held several positions within Kuwait’s banking sector.  In addition to her position with the stock exchange, Al Jasem is a member of Kuwait’s Women’s Cultural Society and has served as a board member chairing their Public Relations Committee from 2007 to 2011.  Al Jasem has organized and participated in numerous conferences and workshops related to women’s rights in Kuwait and abroad.  Al Jasem also works with the Khair Al Kuwait Orphanage, helping to organize events that raise community awareness for orphan children in Kuwait.  She holds a master’s of business administration from the University of Glamorgan in Whales and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Al Kuwait University.

Dr. Nafisa Hamoud Al-Jaifi
Yemen

Dr. Nafisa Al-Jaifi is a practicing pediatrician and professor of pediatric medicine at Sana’a University and is an advocate for women and children’s health, leading efforts to develop new laws and regulations to protect and improve their health.  Jaifi is currently a manager for the Maternal and Newborn Voucher program.  Jaifi has also previously served as the Secretary-General for Yemen’s Higher Council for Motherhood and Childhood and is a board member of the National Safe Motherhood Alliance and vice chairperson of the Yemeni Pediatric Society.

Rabia Omar 1Ms. Rabia Omar
Libya

Rabia Omar is an active civil society leader and founder of the All Together Association to Support Women with Disabilities.   As a dedicated advocate for persons with disabilities, she is determined to incorporate persons with disabilities into all aspects of life and social development.  In 2013, Omar successfully lobbied the Libyan government to build a fully accessible city street, serving as a model for the country.  Omar holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering and telecommunications and is currently an engineer at the General Electric Company “GECOL.”