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AUW Elects Four New Trustees
Chittagong, Bangladesh
5, Oct, 2017

AUW Elects Four New Members to Board of Trustees

Asian University for Women (AUW) is pleased to announce the election of four new University Trustees: Executive Director of Milken Institute Asia Center Laura Deal Lacey, former Indian High Commissioner to the UK Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and President of Sweet Briar College Professor Meredith Woo.

AUW is pleased to introduce the new Trustees:

Laura Deal Lacey, a dual U.S.-Brazilian national, is Executive Director of Milken Institute, Asia Center, an international nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank that is committed to increasing global prosperity. Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Milken Institute produces cutting-edge research and convenes leaders in finance, public policy, and academia to advance collaborative solutions to global poverty and health inequity.

Prior to joining Milken Institute, Lacey was Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, Global Marketing Director and Vice President of Edelman in New York, and Co-Founder of the Women Leaders Programme and Head of Corporate Affairs at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. Lacey currently serves on the boards of Pacific Century Regional Development, FWD Singapore, and the Singapore Institute of Directors. She holds a Bachelor’s of Marketing from Arizona State University and a Master’s of Communications from Columbia University.

“It is with great honor that I’ve accepted to join the AUW Board of Trustees. I deeply believe in the amplifying social and economic impact that comes from empowering and educating women. I am pleased to be able to support the leadership of AUW in their effort to build a university that improves the status of women. I am inspired by their student-focused approach and their practical goal to transform students into motivated and effective professionals.”

Shiv Shankar Mukherjee retired recently from a distinguished career with the Indian Foreign Service. His nearly 40-year career includes service as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador to Egypt, and Ambassador to Nepal. He has also held diplomatic posts in Belgium, Syria, the United States, and Zambia. Mukherjee has served as Spokesperson for the Indian Foreign Ministry and as Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. He received his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Chemistry from Delhi University.

Following retirement Mukherjee is committed to supporting institutions of higher education. He facilitated the active participation of 15 Vice Chancellors of Indian universities to establish the UK-India Higher Education Partnership Programme at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London.

“To save this wounded planet, we need to empower women and prepare them for the leadership roles they must assume. I am privileged to be given the opportunity to be, however humbly, associated with the AUW, whose raison d’etre is just this goal.”

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a Pakistani national, is a filmmaker and journalist whose films address life in the Muslim world, and speak to the experience of women. Women of the Holy Kingdom profiles women of Saudi Arabia, and Afghanistan Unveiled examines the lives of ordinary citizens under U.S. military intervention. Other films, such as Pakistan’s Double Game, Reinventing the Taliban, and Terror’s Children, explore the political, social, and religious climate of Pakistan.

Obaid-Chinoy has won numerous awards for her work. A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, which addresses honor killings in Pakistan, won the Academy Award for Documentary (Short Subject) in 2016. Saving Face, a film about acid attacks on women in Pakistan, won the Academy Award for Documentary (Short Subject) in 2012. Obaid-Chinoy has also received an International Emmy (2011), a One World Media Award for Broadcast Journalist of the Year (2007), and a South Asian Journalist Association Award (2004 and 2006).

In 2007 Obaid-Chinoy founded the Citizens Archive of Pakistan to preserve the cultural and social heritage of Pakistan. She is also an active TED Fellow.

Obaid-Chinoy graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor’s of Economics and Government. She subsequently received a Master’s of International Policy Studies and a Master’s of Communication from Stanford University.

Professor Meredith Woo, a Korean national, is the 13th President of Sweet Briar College. Prior to this appointment, Professor Woo served as Director of the Higher Education Support Program of Open Society Foundations, the Buckner W. Clay Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia, and Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Professor Woo has also taught at Northwestern University and Columbia University. She briefly worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Japan Ministry of Finance.

Professor Woo holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College. Her academic work focuses on comparative international politics with a focus on East Asia. She has produced six books, numerous scholarly articles, and an award-winning film that premiered at the Smithsonian Institution in 2006.

“Beyond making profound impact on life chances of its students, universities are agents of social change. Even so, AUW stands out because of the catalytic impact it has had in transforming the lives of many in societies across Asia. The impact that AUW has made is immediate, profound, and transformative.”