Advisory Board

Women's March Global is a project of Tides. Our Advisory Board provides guidance on strategic planning and the fiscal health of the organisation. We strive to make our Advisory Board inclusive and to represent the cultures and regional interests of our Chapters.

Advisory Board members are appointed by the Executive Director. The Advisory Board Chair is elected by a majority vote of the Advisory Board members. All Advisory Board members are required to adhere to Tides ethics and compliance requirements.

Lara Stein, Advisory Board Chair

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Lara Stein is currently the Advisory Board Chair of Women’s March Global. Stein recently acted as the interim Executive Director of MIT ReACT, a new institute-wide organization at MIT dedicated to developing a global educational platform for displaced populations and refugees. Stein also currently sits on the board of Equality Now, dedicated to creating a more just world for women and girls and Lalela, a non-profit dedicated to education through the arts in South Africa. Stein was also recently on the board of The Lung Cancer Research Foundation.

Ms. Stein was the Managing Director of Singularity University’s community and global expansion and implementation strategy.

Prior to her time at SU, Ms. Stein was the founder and director of the TEDx program at the TED Conferences. In 2007, she lead the effort to bring TED to the world by developing a program that granted free licenses to third parties to organize independent TED-like events. In the first five years of TEDx, Ms. Stein grew the program into a global phenomenon with more than 40,000 talks given at more than 8,000 TEDx events in 1,200 cities in 133 countries. By December 2013, eight TEDx events, on average, were being organized every day in one of 133 countries.

Under Stein's leadership, TED expanded to include TEDxWomen, TED-like events dedicated to women empowerment, and the inclusion of youth audience with the creation of the TEDYouth and TEDxYouth. Stein also created the TEDx corporate event platform, TEDx in a Box. While leading TEDx Ms. Stein simultaneously held the position of Director of the TED Prize.

Ms. Stein has consulted to numerous Media and Technology companies, including Pangea Day, Worldwide Biggies, and JVP. Prior to her consulting roles, Ms. Stein founded the web development firm iXL’s New York office. Stein also held senior level positions at Microsoft’s MSN division, where she ran MSN’s New York office, and spearheaded all broadband programming and business development. Prior to Microsoft, Stein founded and served as Director of Licensing and Interactive Publishing at Nelvana and Marvel Comics.

Stein has produced programming for Lifetime Television, Simon and Schuster, WGBH-PBS. Ms. Stein started her career as a documentary filmmaker and has produced and directed numerous documentary films. Ms. Stein’s achievements have earned her recognition in several leading industry trade publications.

Alaa Murabit

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Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, Canadian Meritorious Service Cross recipient, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General, and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth.. In 2016 she founded a global Mentorship Programme for emerging leaders and co-founded The Omnis Institute , an independent non-profit organisation committed to challenging critical global issues through the empowerment of emerging local leaders, and became the Executive Director of Phase Minus 1, which provides thought leadership in conflict resolution and inclusive security. Alaa previously founded and spearheaded The Voice of Libyan Women at the age of 21.

An MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow and International Deliver For Good Influencer, Alaa serves as a board member for The Malala Fund, International Alert, Malaria No More and Women’s March Global.

Her efficacy in security, health policy and sustainable development was most recently recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Women in 2018 by Women of Influence. She also received the 2018 Nelson Mandela International Changemaker Award by The Nelson Mandela Family and PTTOW and the BlogHer 2018 Voice of the Year Award by Sheknows Media.

In 2017 Alaa was named a Forbes 30 Under 30, Aspen Institute Spotlight Scholar, and Bay St. Bull Canada's 30x30. Her leadership in global policy and in elevating the role of women, particularly young, minority women, on global platforms was recognized by Harvard Law who named her the youngest 2017 Woman Inspiring Change.

Julienne Lusenge

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Julienne Lusenge is a native of Eastern Congo and a staunch militant for justice, peace, and human rights and in particular a fervent women rights activist. Since 2001, Ms. Lusenge has been the President of the Board of Directors and co-founder of SOFEPADI (Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integrated Development), an NGO that promotes women’s and girls’ rights in Beni (North-Kivu) and in Bunia (the Eastern province). Since 2003, SOFEPADI has focused more specifically on sexual violence and socio-cultural crimes providing comprehensive, holistic support to women victims of sexual violence as well as promoting their access to justice.

Through its program to fight against impunity and sexual violence in Beni, Bunia, and all Eastern DRC, SOFEPADI is now involved in assisting victims of sexual violence to navigate the judicial system and bring perpetrators of rape and sexual assault to national and international courts. Under her leadership SOFEPADI has built a solid reputation both nationally and internationally. SOFEPADI is an NGO member of CCJT (Congolese Coalition for Transitional Justice) and the lead organization of ESSAIM, a coalition of forty women’s groups set up in 2003 to defend and protect women’s rights in the Eastern provinces of DRC. In addition, SOFEPADI is the focal point of the International Coalition of Women in Situations of Conflict.

Catalina Escobar

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Catalina Escobar graduated in 1993 from Clark University with a degree of Business Administration, studies she combined with other academic programmes in economics in Europe and at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan. She later completed a M.B.A. at the INALDE Business School in Bogota. She began her career in the banking and private fields, when in 2001 she created what would become her passion: The Juanfe Foundation (Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation).

Catalina is a globally recognized social entrepreneur. Granted the National Merit Order Award by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in 2011, she joined the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring Partnership and became a CNN Hero in 2012.

Being the recipient of numerous awards, including 21 Leaders of the 21st Century by Women eNews in New York, Top 10 Best Colombian Leaders 2013, the Poder Business Awards (together with Former President of Brazil, Fernando Cardozo), and the Lewis Institute Award from Babson College, Catalina was recognized as Outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 by the World Economic Forum and Schwab Foundation. In 2015 she won the World of Children Humanitarian Award. In 2016 she was given the Honorary Doctorate Degree from Clark University. She was also selected as Women Leaders in Global Health Fellow 2017 by Stanford University.

Catalina is an international speaker. Some of her interventions have been in the Colombian Senate, Georgetown University, Standard Chartered Bank, TEDWomen, Citibank, Aspen Institute, Fortune Most Powerful Women, UN Women, Nobel Peace Prize Summit, and Babson College, among others.

Betsy Scolnik

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Betsy Scolnik has had the opportunity to work for the world’s leading commercial and philanthropic organizations. She is a communications and content strategist that focuses on measurable change and impact.

Prior to launching her own business, Betsy was the Director of Content and Distribution for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There she was in charge of the foundation’s content and distribution strategies and production efforts, as well as the foundation’s digital presence. Scolnik developed the foundation’s innovative approach to audience targeting and measurement of its cross-platform media efforts. She helped raise awareness of the foundation’s mission and the issues it focuses on.

Prior to the foundation, Scolnik was the President of Digital Media for National Geographic. There she oversaw National Geographic’s digital operations, NationalGeographic.com. She also managed the National Geographic digital film archive and short-form video programming, production, and distribution. Additionally, she led National Geographic’s initiatives in the wireless, gaming, broadband, and education markets.

Scolnik also held a wide range of multi-platform content development, operational, communications and strategy roles, including senior roles at AOL Time Warner and Xerox. At AOL she led their digital entertainment programming and promotion outside of the US and was the lead producer of the Live 8 global concert.

Scolnik was the co-producer of TEDWomen from its beginning in 2010 through 2016.

Betsy’s expertise and experience in the connection of audience targeting, distribution, and measurement has given her the breadth of knowledge and passion required to have impact in a multi-platform world.

Betsy earned her degree in International Relations from the University of California, Berkeley and attended New York University’s graduate school. Betsy is also fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese, French, and Italian.

Emily Bove

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Emily Bove is a women’s rights advocate and feminist leader focused on building stronger movements, institutions and teams working on gender equality and women’s rights. She is currently a Strategy Advisor for the IDB and the Stockholm Philanthropy Symposium, as well as a Senior Fellow at InterAction, where she is focused on feminist leadership in global development. Emily also teaches Leadership, Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Maryland. Emily was previously the Executive Director of Women Thrive Alliance, a global advocacy network of over three hundred grassroots women’s rights and gender equality organizations. Emily has also worked for institutions like the World Bank, the GIZ, and the ILO in Indonesia, Cameroon, and St Lucia. She is the 2018 recipient of the One World Award for Feminist Leadership in International Philanthropy, and a founding member of Cohort 2030.

Emily has worked with communities and grassroots organizations in Indonesia, Cameroon, and the Caribbean. After finishing a Graduate Exchange Program at Georgetown University where she discovered a passion for women’s rights and gender issues, Emily worked in post-tsunami Aceh to develop community-based beneficiary feedback mechanisms and supervise the German Technical Corporation’s Economic Recovery and Microfinance Program's monitoring and evaluation activities. Her work also took her to Cameroon, where she managed and implemented a Gender Transformative Fund from the German Technical Corporation in the field of gender-based violence, with a special focus on rape, HIV, and breast ironing. Emily has also worked on gender and financial adaptation in the Caribbean with disaster risk management teams at the World Bank.

She holds a Bachelor's degree from the Institute of Political Studies of Lyon, France, and a Master's in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, UK.