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rangita speaker 220x220 - Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis

Dr. Rangita de Silva de Alwis

Director, Global Women's Leadership Initiative and the Women in Public Service Project, The Woodrow Wilson Center

Bio Current as of June 17, 2015

Rangita de Silva de Alwis directs the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) launched by Secretary Clinton and now institutionalized at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The WPSP has now grown to affiliate with over 70 government entities and academic institutes around the world. Prior to her position at the Wilson Center, Rangita was the Director of International Human Rights Policy at the Wellesley Centers for Women, Faculty at the Madeleine Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College, the inaugural Susan McBee Bailey Scholar, and the leader of the Women’s Leadership Network in Muslim Communities at Wellesley College. In the summer of 2012, she was a Fulbright Specialist at the Asian University for Women. She has advised various organizations across the globe, including UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, and the Vietnam’s Ministry of Justice and National Assembly. She has published with the United Nations, the World Bank, and in various law review journals. Rangita has a Doctorate in Law (S.J.D.) from Harvard Law School.