Amy Maglio is the Founder and Executive Director of Women’s Global Education Project. In 2010 Amy was invited to present WGEP’s model as a “Best Practice” approach to girls’ education at the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative Conference in Dakar, Senegal, and was a drafter of the UN Declaration on Gender Equality. In 2011, she received an Impact Award from the Chicago Foundation For Women. Most recently, Amy was selected as an Emerging Leader with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, class of 2014.
Amy holds a Master’s degree from the School of International Service at the American University in Washington, D.C. and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She began her career with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as a gender research analyst measuring the impact of the agency’s programs on women worldwide. Amy served in the United States Peace Corps in West Africa as an agriculture specialist.
Daniela Bovio has over 15 years of experience in non-profit finances. Before joining WGEP, Daniela was the Associate Director for Fiscal Operations at El Valor Corporation and later a Finance Associate at the Environmental Law and Policy Center. Daniela has performed and supervised most aspects of non-profit financial operations and employee benefits administration with a focus on process improvement. Daniela has an M.B.A from Edgewood College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello.
Kristina is the Director of Development and Communications of Women’s Global Education Project. She brings a background in women and youth-centric nonprofits, resource development and international development.
Prior to working with WGEP, Kristina served as the Executive Director for WildlifeDirect, a conservation organization aimed at educating and empowering local communities in Kenya and as the Director of Development and Communications at Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa, an organization working with marginalized girls and women in rural Malawi through targeted initiatives in education, mentoring and leadership development. She has worked extensively in East and Southern Africa in resource-limited settings and previously lived in Jinja, Uganda implementing microfinance and education programs in the community.
Currently, Kristina serves as a Board Member for 200 Orphanages helping to mobilize resources and aid to orphans around the globe. She received her BS in Sociology and American Studies from Towson University and a Masters of Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University.
Lily Messih is a longtime advocate for women and children, whose career has focused on promoting social justice. Most recently, she served as Catholic Relief Services’ Regional Representative for Middle East Programs, coordinating US-based assistance to projects in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon, the West Bank, and Gaza, as well as representing CRS to the State Department and USAID.
She brings to WGEP her background in law and public policy, including her experience as a Policy Analyst for the Alliance for Children and Families and as a Research and Advocacy Associate for Catholic Relief Services. Lily has served on the City of Toronto Committee on the Status of Women which dealt with diverse women’s issues including childcare and violence against women. She holds Masters degrees in law and international affairs from Columbia University, and a law degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Besides English, she speaks Arabic and French.
Aniceta served as a community delegate to Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO), a prominent national women’s organization in Kenya, and quickly became their Vice-Chairlady for the entire district. In 1996, after conducting research and attending workshops for MYWO on FGM, she started the Ntanira Na Mugambo, or “Circumcision with Words” program as an alternative to FGM, helping girls in the community abandon the harmful practice of FGM. After the success of that first program, she formed the Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program, TWWP to help women and girls in the community on a variety of issues including girl’s education, health and economic development. In recognition of her outstanding services to the development of women, she was given the Presidential Award of the Head of State Commendation (HSC) in 2006 by the president of Kenya. In 2007, TWWP began partnering with Women’s Global Education Project, and is the lead agency responsible for implementing WGEP’s Sisters to School Kenya program. In 2014 Aniceta was recognized for her leadership efforts to eradicate FGM/C with a Kenya Presidential Award from the National Gender and Equality Commission.
After completing high school, Rael went on to Sipet College where she received a certificate in computer studies. She was then elected as Chair of the Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) in Tharaka South. As Chair of MYWO, Rael furthered the organization’s mission of empowering women socially, economically and politically. In 2008, Rael became the Field Assistant for Tharaka Women’s Welfare Program (TWWP). In her role as Field Assistant, Rael assists the Project Director with project implementation, management, evaluation and reporting. Rael was recognized in 2014 as a Girl Child Crusader for Tharaka Nithi County and as a Human Rights Crusader in 2013.
Sarah was a WGEP scholar from grade 5 through her high school graduation. Her ultimate dream is to teach Mass Communication at a university. As Outreach Officer, Sarah heads our literacy initiatives, making regular trips to 29 villages throughout the Tharaka region.
I have been involved of the program since 2004. My lifelong mission has been to educate children. In fact, I am a teacher at the Saint Thèrèse School in Sokone, which hosted the first WGEP scholarship recipient, Khady Ndiaye!
Working with WGEP allows me to fulfill my mission as an educator, especially for girls living in disadvantaged areas. I am delighted to be able to participate in the improvement of their studying conditions, their successes, and their full development as scholars. WGEP’s work on social issues and our positive results are certainly being recognized by the community!
I have been working with the Sisters to School program in the Foundiougne Department since 2009 to give girls in rural areas access to school and to keep them enrolled. I lead WGEP outreach activities to raise awareness among parents, authorities, and education stakeholders to support girls’ education.
I am committed to this organization because it is a noble and meaningful mission to pursue gender equality and a fair society. Thanks to WGEP, I have supported and helped my sisters to overcome obstacles to receiving an education. Working with WGEP has given me the opportunity to serve my community!
Thanks to WGEP, many girls in the targeted areas are now at university!
At age 24, after graduating with my Masters degree in Business Administration, I turned my attention towards training in rural economies to gain field experience. During my second Masters, I took courses on economic development, social and cultural policy of Senegal, as well as modules on project management. This has allowed me to have a global vision on humanitarian action.
At the end of my studies, and after six months of interim work as the Administrative and Financial Manager and Local Development Facilitator, I left for a 2-month mission to be a Local Development Facilitator. It was there I knew that this was my calling.
I found a job that combined professional activity and personal engagement. I could give sense to my life by helping people regain their dignity and by meeting different cultures. This is why I love to work in associations or nongovernmental organizations, for they can transform barriers into rational and organized acts. It is the humanitarian who is against indifference, and it is the nonprofit that acts in place of profitable and capitalist values.