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International Coordinating Team

Mavic Cabrera Balleza (The Philippines)
International Coordinator/ Program Director

Mavic Cabrera-Balleza is the International Coordinator of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), a program partner of the International Civil society Action Network (ICAN).  Mavic has facilitated workshops and discussions on Resolution 1325 and 1820 in a number of countries including Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Japan,  Liberia, Nepal, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Uganda.

Lori Perkovich (USA)
Localization and Peacebuilding Policy Specialist

Lori is a project staff member at GNWP and focuses on the organization's Africa programming. She is an advocate for women, peace and security with a primary focus on peacebuilding. Prior to joining GNWP, she earned a MS in Global Affairs from New York University (NYU) with a concentration in International Relations and a Gender Specialization. She holds a BA in International Studies and Political Science with an Africana Studies minor from UNC Charlotte.

Ms. Patience Ikpeh (Nigeria)
Cora Weiss Fellow

Patience is presently the Cora Weiss Fellow at GNWP. Her core capacities are in the areas of youth, women, gender and peacebuilding.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and International Studies from the University of Uyo, Akwa- Ibom State and a Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.  She has contributed to several publications and researches on Women in Peacebuilding.

Saadia Khan (USA/Pakistan)
NAP costing and peacebuilding specialist

Saadia is a project staff member at GNWP. She works on Global Acceleration Instrument (GAI) and advocacy on UNSCR 1325 with a focus on Asia and Pacific regions.

Kelly Yzique (Peru)
Project Staff

Kelly is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights and Peace and Security from CUNY Brooklyn College.

Erin Quinn (USA)
Research and Advocacy Intern

Erin is currently completing her BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Human Rights at Barnard College in New York, specifically specializing in women's empowerment and LGBTI rights within refugee communities. During the four months prior to joining the GNWP team, she was researching and studying Human Rights in Rabat, Morocco.

Grace Felten (USA)
Research and Advocacy Intern

Grace is currently working towards her master’s degree in social work at the University  of Connecticut (UCONN) School of Social Work with a concentration in Policy Practice. Along with her MSW, she is doing three additional graduate certificates in the areas of International Social Work, Human Rights, and Women, Children and Families.

Shabnam Moallem (USA)
Research and Advocacy Intern

Shabnam is currently completing her Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University, concentrating in Social Policy and Conflict Resolution. She is especially interested in the role of women in post-conflict development and how integrating social policy into post-conflict development can lead to more sustainable peace. She comes to Columbia after a year at SciencesPo in Paris where she did her Masters in International Development.

Katrina Leclerc (Canada)
Research and Advocacy Intern

Originally from the west coast, Katrina has set out to Winnipeg, Canada to finish her BAs in Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. Katrina now works on the Girl Ambassadors for Peace program, translations, online content and research projects for GNWP. As an advocate for women's rights and the implementation of 1325, she is pursuing her MA in Conflict Studies in the fall of 2016.



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