BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Karina Mirochnik | Chief Executive Officer

Karina Mirochnik is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Women Across Frontiers, Inc. She is an Argentine-born journalist, researcher, and producer based in New York City. She holds an MA in Communication from Universidad de Buenos Aires and an MS in International Relations from New York University. She has worked as a producer and writer at VME Media, Dow Jones of Americas, and MTV News Latino. Previously, she was a reporter and congressional correspondent in Argentina, and also served as a South America analyst for Freedom House. Karina is a founding member of the CGA Women’s Initiative at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs, a forum for discussion on global issues and women’s empowerment: subjects she is passionate about. Her volunteer work included three years at the Clinton Global Initiative as well as internships at CNN, WABC, and NY1 News.

Sylvia Maier | Chief Operating Officer

Sylvia Maier is the Co-founder and Deputy Executive Editor of Women Across Frontiers, Inc. She is on the faculty of the Center for Global Affairs at New York University, where she directs the Global Gender Studies concentration and teaches courses on gender in international relations, women’s rights in the Middle East, Afghanistan, and the politics of immigration. Her life passions are education, women’s empowerment, and the struggle against honor murders and gender-based violence in the Global South, especially in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Sylvia has taught at the American University of Afghanistan, Kabul, and has volunteered, co-run workshops, and conducted field research in Afghanistan and the Untied Arab Emirates over the past several years. She is also the Director of Education Programs at The Peace Project, Inc., a New York–based NGO. An avid traveler and backpacker, Sylvia escapes to the great outdoors and the farthest corners of the world as often as she can. Originally from Vienna, Austria, Sylvia received her PhD in political science in 2001 from the University of Southern California.

Gabriel Szpigiel | Chief Financial Officer

Gabriel Szpigiel is a Partner, Senior Portfolio Manager, and Co-Head of Marathon Asset Management Emerging Markets Group, responsible for asset management of sovereign and corporate credit, local markets, and equities across Latin America, EMEA, and the Middle East and Africa. Gabriel has more than 20 years of experience in Emerging Markets. Prior to joining Marathon, he worked at Deutsche Bank for six years as a Managing Director, first in London and then in New York. He also worked as a senior trader at Chase Manhattan Bank, ING, and Smith Barney, and served as Vice Chairman of the Emerging Markets Trade Association since 2000. He earned his MS in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Board Members

Jennifer Dunham is the Research Director of Freedom in the World and Freedom of the Press at the U.S.-based independent watchdog organization Freedom House. She regularly authors country reports, essays, and blog posts on issues ranging from press freedom to governance in sub-Saharan Africa, and gives briefings to government officials, donors, and the media. Previously, she was the managing editor and Africa writer at Facts On File World News Digest. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history-sociology from Columbia University and a master’s degree in international relations from New York University, where she wrote her thesis on transitional justice for survivors of sexual violence in Rwanda and Sierra Leone.

Gloria Hage holds a master’s degree in international relations from New York University, and an undergraduate degree in business administration. She studied international health policies and prospects in Geneva, Switzerland, at the World Health Organization, and conflict and development in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She has tenure in the biotechnology industry, as well as extensive nonprofit experience. Her articles have appeared in The African Anthropologist, published by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, and the World Policy Institute’s Arts-Policy Nexus publication. She is currently the Executive Director of internationally acclaimed Robin Becker Dance, a New York City dance company, whose mission is to create, perform, and advance movement as a means to explore our shared humanity, inspire dialogue, and enhance mutual understanding.

Legal Advisor

Donna Tobin is a partner at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein and Selz, PC. She has practiced intellectual property law for 30 years and has a broad range of experience in that area. Donna represents individuals, nonprofit organizations, corporations, and businesses of all sizes.

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