Global Ambassadors Program: South Africa is Here

By Ashley Chandler

In February, five Global Ambassadors travelled to Haiti and to help Vital Voices’ Haiti Affiliate, Femmes en Démocratie, solidify a reconstruction blueprint for their country. (Track their progress on our blog.)

Today, five new Ambassadors arrived in Cape Town, South Africa: 

Wendy Luhabe, South Africa – Champion of Economic Empowerment for Women and Co-Founder, Women Investment Portfolio Holdings;
Inez McCormack, Northern Ireland – Founder & Advisor, Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR)
Denise Menelly, USA – Managing Director and Operations Executive, Global Wholesale Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Jennifer Taylor, Hong Kong – Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Ann Veneman, USA – former Executive Director, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and former Secretary of Agriculture, U.S. Government

They will mentor six accomplished Vital Voices Global Leadership Network (GLN) members from Israel, Ghana, Argentina, Burma and Afghanistan.

Through a combination of one-on-one sessions and in collaboration with 16 additional leading GLN members, they will foster a strategic dialogue on Translating Presence into Collective Power: A Platform on Women’s Voice and Agency.

Participants will be divided into three groups, with each led by one to three members of the Global Leadership Network who will be supported by their mentors: the Global Ambassadors.

Working Group Leaders:


Yin Myo Su (Misuu): Managing Director of Inle Princess Resort and Founder of Inthar Heritage House

Supported by Denise Menelly

Private Sector

Brigitte Dzogbenuku: Executive Director, Women Mentoring Women Organization

Supported by Wendy Luhabe

Maria Gabriela Hoch: Founder & CEO, International Doorway Women’s Empowerment

Supported by Ann Veneman

Civil Society Organizations (CSO)

Liron Peleg-Hadomi: Community Organizer, Coordinator, Vital Voices Peace and Prosperity; and,
Noha Khatieb: Director of Civic and Multicultural Education, Israeli Ministry of Education

Supported by Inez McCormack

Andeisha Farid, Founder, Afghan Child Education and Care Organization (AFCECO)

Supported by Jennifer Taylor


Follow our blog and @VitalVoices for updates, and the hashtag #GlobalAmbassadors.

Ashley Chandler is the senior manager of the Global Ambassadors Program, a Vital Voices and Bank of America partnership

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