Briar Blount

Briar is currently completing her final year of studying a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Criminology and International Relations, from Bond University, Australia. She grew up in Launceston, Tasmania, until she began her tertiary studies in 2013. Outside of university, Briar is the President of the Bond University Gender Generation Society. In this role, she coordinates female leadership empowerment events and workshops. Briar joined Women on the Map because she is passionate about promoting leadership gender balance in Australia and the wider Pacific Island region.

Shalina Chatlani 

Shalina is a senior from Jackson, MS in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. Inspired by her upbringing in the South, she aspires to become a journalist on issues of race and socioeconomics, as well as literature. She served as an editor for the Georgetown Voice and completed internships with Mississippi Public Broadcasting, The Rio Times, and Industry Dive. As the daughter of an Indian immigrant family, she is excited to be participating in a larger conversation on the role of women in politics and broader society. She will be heading the editorial side of Women on the Map.

Zoe Dauth

Zoe is a candidate for the Masters of Latin American Studies Program and the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy at Georgetown University.  She has experience serving on not-for-profit boards, including, President of the Latin American Graduate Organization, Co-President of Georgetown Women in International Affairs, Director of the Australia Brazil Chamber of Commerce and Councilor for the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

Zoe’s professional experience has been in cross-sector engagement across Australia and Latin America. She co-ordinated bilateral and multilateral dialogues with leaders from Australia, Latin America and the US. As Latin America Strategy Advisor to the Vice-President of Global Engagement at the University of Melbourne from 2011 to 2014, she led the design and implementation of the inaugural Australia – Brazil Dialogue and the Melbourne Latin American Dialogue.

She is passionate about promoting women’s leadership and participation in international relations.

Rasheed Hamdan 

Rasheed served five years in the United States Army as an Arabic linguist and Intelligence Analyst. After 15 years in the fields of defense and counterterrorism, Rasheed is transitioning to the private sector, specializing in the financial and consulting sectors. Rasheed is also an avid photographer, specializing in professional and casual portraits, with extensive experience in both wildlife and underwater videography.

Rasheed received his B.A. degree from American Military University, and interned this past summer at Exiger Due Diligence. Upon graduating this May, Rasheed will be moving to Manhattan in order to pursue opportunities in the Banking Compliance sector and his passion for photography.

Madeline Sposato

Madeline is a rising senior at Georgetown University, specializing in a Regional Study of politics and social thought in Latin America. She is thrilled to be working with the Women on the Map team to provide a platform dedicated to the important roles of women in International Politics, share the stories and information from those who have experience in the field, and to help inspire the next generation of leaders. She has previously worked with the One World Youth Project as a Project Ambassador and Project Manager Fellow, The Caravel as a staff researcher and Chile correspondent, and with the World Affairs Councils of America as a Program Intern. She is also currently spending the year in Santiago, Chile and studied the differing definitions of human rights according to different opposition parties during the Chilean military dictatorship.

Elena Volkava 

Elena is pursuing MA in European Studies at Georgetown University with regional expertise in Eastern Europe, research focus on peace and conflict resolution and human rights. Elena is passionate about women's empowerment and currently is researching the role of private sector in developing gender equality.

She has been a research assistant at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) writing about civil resistance in Eastern Europe. Prior to ICNC she worked at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and conducted research on regionalism in Ukraine, human trafficking, and gender-based violence. Elena holds a B.A. in Political and Governmental Affairs with a minor in Business Administration, Management from Centenary College.

She is an alumna of the Washington Semester Program at American University. Elena studied abroad in Northern Ireland, UK, where she investigated several forms of organized crime through political economy analyses, also focused on corruption and terrorism cases.

Elena is also passionate about youth and community development and social entrepreneurship.