WISAT’s main office is in Ontario, Canada.
Executive Director: Sophia Huyer, PhD
Nancy Hafkin, PhD
Board of Directors
Gloria Bonder, Coordinator, UNESCO Chair on Women in S&T in Latin America, Argentina
Gloria Bonder is Director of the Gender, Society and Policies Department at FLACSO (Latin American Postgraduate Institute of Social Sciences). Within this Department she coordinates two Regional Programs:
- The UNESCO Regional Chair on Women, Science and Technology in Latin America
- The E-learning Master’s Program on Gender, Society and Public Policies (PRIGEPP)
She is also Coordinator of the Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender.
Since 2014, she has coordinated the Latin American and Caribbean focal point of GenderInSITE, a multistakeholder global initiative to create greater awareness about gender dimensions of science, innovation, technology and engineering.
She is a researcher and consultant on women, science and technology for several national, regional and international organizations such as: Minister of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation in Argentina, DAW, United Nations, Women and Development Unit, ECLAC and the Office of Science and Technology, Governments of: Antioquia, Colombia; Montevideo, Uruguay; Dominican Republic, among others, OAS, IDRC/CRDI, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNDP and UNESCO. She has developed several research projects on gender issues and/in technology, science, education, communication, health and youth, and published books and articles both nationally and internationally.
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Marilyn Carr, International Development Consultant, UK
Marilyn Carr is a Development Economist with over 20 years’ experience working in Africa and Asia. She has a B.A. in African and Asian Studies and a D.Phil in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, and an M.Sc in Economics from the London School of Economics. She has been Senior Economist with the Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) in the UK, Senior Economic Adviser for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) based in New York and Harare, and Regional Adviser on Small Enterprise and Appropriate Technology for the Women’s Centre of the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa. Dr. Carr was a founding member of the international network ‘Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)” of which she was also Director, Global Markets Programme. She has held fellowships at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) in London, and has researched and published widely on gender and the informal economy, small business development and rural industrialization, and gender, science and technology. Her most recent publication is an edited volume commissioned by the Commonwealth Secretariat which is entitled Chains of Fortune: Linking Women Producers and Workers with Global Markets.
Maria Hartl is a Senior Technical Specialist, Gender and Social Equity at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD. Since 2005, she has been working on social targeting, gender equality and rural women’s empowerment in operations supported by IFAD loans and grants. Priorities include women’s involvement in community development, agricultural production, livestock, microfinance and value chain development, with a particular focus on economic empowerment, capacity-building and training. She acted as the IFAD coordinator for the WB-FAO-IFAD Sourcebook on Gender in Agriculture (2009) and produced publications on gender and desertification, water, rural finance and labour saving technologies. Prior to IFAD, she worked at the UN Division for the Advancement of Women in Vienna and New York, including on science and technology, education and training. She holds a MA in research methodology from Brighton University, Sussex (Great Britain) and a MA in social science from the University of Munich (Germany).
Prof. Wakhungu is Cabinet Secretary for Envrionment, Water and Energy, Kenya. Previously she was Executive Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) in Nairobi, Kenya. Prof. Wakhungu’s research interests include science, technology, and innovation; agriculture and food security; biodiversity and natural resource management; energy and water security; and gender issues in science and technology. She has published widely in these fields.
She has served on several national and international boards. These include the Advisory Board of the Lemelson Foundation; Technical Advisory Board of the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program; International Advisory Board of the Legatum Centre at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Vice- President of the World Bioenergy Association; the Institute for Security Studies; the African Conservation Centre; the GoDown Arts Centre; Commissioner on the Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change; co-Chair of the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development; Board of Trustees of Biovision Africa; and Founder/Trustee of Development Trust Innovation Africa.
Kate Wild, International Development Consultant, ICT, Canada
Kate Wild is an independent consultant in information and development whose experience spans several generations of technology and development theory and combines program and senior management responsibilities.
From 1995 to 2001 Kate was employed in IDRC’s Regional Office for Southern Africa where she managed the Canadian contribution to the National Telecommunications Policy Project and was instrumental in the design and implementation of IDRC’s Acacia program on the use of new information and communication technologies for community empowerment in Africa. While with IDRC she coordinated the UN Economic Commission for Africa’s inaugural African Development Forum on the challenge to Africa of globalization and the information society Previous work experience includes 15 years with the International Labour Office where she led the development of the International Labour Information System and managed computer systems, statistics and library and documentation programs. Before joining ILO Kate spent a decade with IDRC’s groundbreaking information sciences division formed in 1970.
For the last several years Kate has consulted extensively for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, taking on a number of interim management roles and assisting with preparations for twice-yearly Board meetings.