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Senior Advisory Council Member

Lovesun is a transformational global leader specializing in gender, social inclusion, and organizational capacity development. Ms. Parent’s experience spans over a decade of designing & implementing programs, providing strategic guidance & technical support across sectors, coordinating & delivering specialized services to women, girls, youth, and persons with disabilities. Additionally, she has extensive international fieldwork experience, working in humanitarian contexts (crisis/post-conflict). Ms. Parent has worked in Afghanistan, Egypt, Haiti, Liberia, and Canada for various donors, including USAID, UN, EU, and GIZ. Ms. Parent holds a distinguished graduate degree in International Affairs from The New School in New York City. She is currently attending the top-ranked University of Southern California, Rossier School of Education, pursuing a Doctorate in Education (EdD) in Organizational Change and Leadership.

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Senior Advisory Council Member

Dionne Whitby is a change agent and transformative leader with more than ten years of experience growing and improving organizations and supporting national security and international programs as a program manager. Ms. Whitby has supported over 700 senior international military and civilian leaders from 70+ countries throughout her career while managing Department of Defense security assistance and cooperation programs. She is a first-generation college graduate from Philadelphia, PA, and received her B.A. in International Politics from Penn State University and M.A. in Strategic Security Studies from the National Defense University as a South and Central Asia Program scholar. As a Boren Scholar, Ms. Whitby spent a year studying Arabic in Jordan, and she is also a recipient of the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal recipient.