Gwen K. Young
Gwen K. Young is the Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project at the Wilson Center. An international development professional with over 20 years of experience in international public service, Ms. Young is an alumna of Smith College, Harvard and the University of California Davis, Martin Luther King Jr School of Law. Her career has encompassed a comprehensive array of international organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Medecins Sans Frontieres, International Rescue Committee, and the Harvard Institute for International Development. Ms. Young spent over ten years working with various nongovernmental organizations in strife-filled countries throughout Africa. As an attorney, Ms. Young has worked as a professional advocate for women and human rights in corporate law settings, with the ICTY and the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. She also provided humanitarian law and advocacy training and developed guidelines to deal with sexual and gender based violence and exploitation in conflict ridden zones.