Leadership Team


Ilana Gelb (NGO CSW/NY Coordinator and Training Supervisor)

Ilana graduated from the City University of New York with a duel degree in Violence, Conflict, and Human Rights and Sustainability.  Prior to joining NGO CSW/NY, Ilana worked with various organizations to support survivors of mass violence, including refugees, survivors of human trafficking, and survivors of domestic violence. These organizations include the International Rescue Committee in New York, where Ilana  supported resettled refugees in achieving food security; Guria in Varanasi, India, where Ilana conducted research on the effectiveness of an art therapy program as a means to reduce the trauma of children living in the red light area; and La Cometa in San Jose, Costa Rica, where Ilana served as an ESL teacher in a local slum. Ilana also founded Avasara: Students Against Human Trafficking, which organizes students, organizations, and communities to join in the fight against modern day slavery. Her areas of expertise include: gender based violence, intersections between human and environmental violence, refugees and forced migration, and a specialization in South Asia. Ilana speaks conversational Hindi, Urdu, and Spanish, as well as basic French. Ilana is extremely passionate about human rights, gender equality, and sustainability.

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Tanitra Partivit (Electronic Media Manager)

Tanitra has ten years of experience working with various non-profits, implementing online marketing campaigns, as well as managing social media and website content. Her professional experience includes working with various non-profits including Friends of UNFPA, Advancing Human Rights, and HIAS. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations with a concentration in Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, and Security of East Asia. She is a native Queens New Yorker with a lot of pride in her community.  She still lives on the same block she grew up on. Additionally, Tanitra is a classically trained chef and a graduate of the International Culinary Institute.


2016/2017 Interns     

PilarPilar Gallardo

Pilar joined the NGO CSW/NY in 2016. She has a background in business administration and has worked for several financial institutions. Before joining the NGO CSW/NY she worked at Instituto Cervantes in New York, one of the most renowned Spanish cultural organizations devoted to the promotion and expansion of the Spanish cultural heritage. There, Pilar was involved with topics related to culture development and women empowerment in Hispanic countries as well as overseeing the overall functioning of the Institute. She is fluent in Spanish and loves hiking and watercolor.

Griffin Stevens

Griffin got his Bachelor’s from Haverford College, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Political Science, with a concentration in Middle East Studies.  He aims to become an educator.  He has worked in several educational roles, including the Education Department at the Met, as well as the Office of Admission at Haverford.  Further, influenced by Haverford’s focus on social activism, Griffin cultivated his academic interest in studying humanitarian and social justice issues, as well as his personal commitment to effecting positive change with respect to these.  He hopes to meaningfully bring together his dedication to academics, education, and social activism by working in the public sector.  In researching professional opportunities after graduating from college, this naturally led Griffin towards CSW: he is very excited for the opportunity to contribute positively to such a meaningful set of issues while learning about the professional world of NGO’s.


Olivia Lin

Olivia is originally from China, she lived in both Beijing and Hong Kong. She studied abroad in the United States since age 16 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development from the College of Community and Public Affair at Binghamton University. As an undergraduate, she worked at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, New York. They assist with helping immigrants and refugees start a new life in local community while preserving their cultural and ethnic diversity. In addition, Olivia was the Vice President of an Asian-American cultural organization at Binghamton University. They focus a lot on providing community service and promoting cultural diversity on campus. Olivia is fluent in Chinese, both Mandarin and Cantonese. With her passion for feminism, gender equality, social justice, young women’s leadership, fashion and sustainability. Olivia is extremely excited to be working with the NGO CSW/NY to make sure women’s voices are heard, and actions are taken.


 Nikki Trutter

Nikki is a senior majoring in Film and Television at Tisch School of the Arts, at NYU. She is a Politics and Creative Writing Minor, with a focus in Political Documentary. She has interned at the Weinstein Company, and Magnolia Pictures. As a feminist, her real passion is women’s rights, and social justice issues. Nikki understands the power of media in a globalized society, and is looking forward to working at NGO CSW/NY in order to blend politics and the arts in the continual struggle for women’s rights. She also enjoys long walks on the beach, bleak French films, and other useless pastimes.


 Christian Porter

Christian graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from the College of Business and Public Management. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Public Administration from Kean University with an expected graduation date of May 2017.  For the last three years, Christian has fulfilled various positions in the public sector.  Most recently he served as the Administrative Assistant to the Department of Public Works Director in his hometown of Seaside Park, NJ.  In this role, he worked with senior management to provide effective, efficient, and responsible public services to the borough and gained personal experiences that allowed him to realize he was passionate about helping others.  Prior to working in municipal government Christian held a position as a Resource Interpretive Specialist for the state’s Division of Parks and Forestry in Island Beach State Park. His interests within the field of Public Administration include public & environmental policy, human rights, and sustainability. Christian also has a passion for volunteer work and civic engagement, in the past, he has worked with Parents of Autistic Children (POAC) and Clean Ocean Action.  While enrolled in his graduate program, Christian learned of the opportunity at the NGO CSW and is excited to combine his personal interests with his professional/academic skill set.


Aleksandra Aultman (Sasha)

Aleksandra has entered her last semester at The City College of New York. She is a full time student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies with two minors in Anthropology and Public Policy. Aleksandra moved to the United States from Russia in 2007. The experience of starting over in a new country has instilled confidence in her along with the importance of hard work and responsibility. She is interested in global events, human rights, gender equality and culture. Aleksandra is native Russian speaker and have a basic knowledge of the French language. She loves traveling and experiencing other cultures. Aleksandra believes that promoting reproductive rights, securing women’s economic empowerment and ending discrimination and violence against women are areas that need to have more attention directed towards them. With NGO CSW/NY, she is hoping to learn more about the tools and resources available for women who want to stand up and make a difference, and prove that they are strong and competitive.


Alvaro Galassi

Alvaro graduated in International Relations from the University of Roma Tre, Italy.  During his time at university he studied for six months in Belgium, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His interest in languages and in different communities led him to travel and meet new people. Since March, he has been working at the Institute of Higher Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences for the Africa and Latin America Programme. As a collaborator, Alvaro has to write articles about human rights in some of the African countries. This issue has driven most of his studies and his efforts. He speaks Italian, English and basic French. He is looking forward to starting his internship with NGO CSW/NY and thanks them for giving him the possibility to carry on his project “Working For a More Equal World”.


Beata Samel

Beata Samel is a senior at Hunter College studying Religion and Public Policy. Interested in international affairs and women’s rights, getting the chance to intern at NGO CSW was the perfect opportunity for her. As an undergraduate student she became interested in studying religion as backdoor to understanding global politics, history and the way people think. Beata plans on obtaining a J.D./Masters in International Relations duel degree and wants to work in the field of immigration law. Beata has interned and volunteered with various non-profits and legal service providers including the Anti-Defamation League, Women for Afghan Women and immigration law firms. She is excited to get to work on the NGO CSW61 Forum and take part in this annual event. Beata speaks Slovak, Polish, Russian and some Spanish.

img_1946Juliana Emmanuelli (Jules)

Jules is in her final semester at Baruch College in the Macaulay Honors Program. She majors in Computer Information Systems with minors in English, Spanish, International Business, and New York City Studies. Holding strong beliefs in interdisciplinary studies, she hopes to integrate her knowledge of technology with her passion for human rights into promoting and advocating for sustainable development and innovation within the developing world. Jules is also a proponent for equal education and is has held certifications as an ESL tutor. She has worked at her university teaching English, as well as volunteered with organizations such as Sanctuary for Families and Let’s Get Ready Manhattan. In her volunteer positions, she has worked in promoting educational equality along with women’s rights. In learning about educational inequality, she has traveled as a volunteer and worked in an educational program in Cusco, Peru. Jules hopes to continue learning about opportunities promoting educational equality for girls, as well sustainable development, while at NGO CSW. She plans to attend law school in the future, and wants to advocate for the use of technology in driving forward progress. For fun, Jules is an avid traveler and writer. She has visited over twenty countries in the pst three years, is an editor of a literary magazine at her university, and publishes and performs poetry.

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Vanesa, originally from Colombia, has worked in London for the Latin American Women’s Rights Service empowering Latin American women living in the UK and the St Michael’s Fellowship writing reports of families with children at risk.  Vanesa is pursuing a MS degree in Development Management from the Open University in the UK and also holds a graduate diploma in Psychology from Kingston University, London. In 2015, as the Sustainable Development Post-2015 Fellow NY, Vanesa supported the Women’s Environment and Development Organization’s role in the Women’s Major Group during the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda process. Most recently, Vanesa has worked at the Open Society Foundation on grant administration supporting social justice.  Her fields of interest are women’s human rights, gender equality and sustainable development. Vanesa is fluent in Spanish and English.

2015/2016 Interns

IMG_1362Rahima Sajid

Rahima graduated from the College of Staten Island with a double major in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Political Science, she also minored in International Studies. As an undergraduate she interned at the Bertha Harris Women Center. Rahima hosted and spoke at the Women in Islam event held on the CSI campus. Currently Rahima is enrolled at the Baruch School of Public Affairs where she is working on her masters in public administration. She joined the 2014 Baruch Women’s History Month Committee, and worked for the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication. Rahima identifies as a Muslim Feminist, and is looking to build a career targeted towards women empowerment. Rahima is a classically trained poet.

Nicole pictureNicole Moriarty

Nicole is a graduate student at New York University’s School of Public Service. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education with a concentration on Emotional Disabilities from Arizona State University. She formally served as a Mental Health Worker at New York Presbyterian hospital where she worked with adolescents in an inpatient acute setting. She also taught abroad in both Thailand and South Africa. Additionally Nicole worked for in operations for the Institute for Compassionate leadership, which is a leadership training a job placement program rooted in Western philosophy. Currently she is working with the NGO Comminute on the Status of Women NY to help promote women’s rights.

Ermira photoErmira Bashllari

Ermira is a graduate student at The New School of Public Engagement pursuing a master’s degree in “International Relations and Affairs”. She holds an LLM from University of New York, Tirana in “International Commercial Law” and a Certificate in “Emerging Leaders” from Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her undergraduate studies were focused in Criminal Justice. Prior to this internship she has served as an Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and a student advisor in her home country. She has experience in government administration, as she has worked for the Legal Department of the Ministry of Interior of Albania, where she was part of several task forces drafting international agreements protecting Human Rights and Woman Trafficking. Coming from an Eastern European country, Ermira has developed a strong interest in human rights, particularly promoting woman and children rights.

Lwantale pictureLwantale Kalemera

Lwantale join the NGO Committee on the Status of Women this January as a intern while she completes her Bachelor’s  of Arts in Global Studies/International Relations at Long Island University Brooklyn’s Global College. At age 23, she aspires to continue to work in Eastern Uganda in understanding the support and facilities needed for victims of Female Genital Mutilation in this region. This interest was peaked during her 6 month stay in the country while collecting data for her Senior Thesis on the topic. Originally from the Bay Area California, Lwantale takes pride in her native country of Uganda as she continues to write her thesis during her final semester. Lwantale has had the opportunity to live, study and work in four continents and has acquired a decent understanding of various languages. She strives to help change the livelihoods of women and girls worldwide and hopes to encourage the importance of sexual education and awareness as she strives to work with UN Women or her affiliates to accomplish this goal. She is extremely excited to be working with the NGO CSW/NY family and is looking forward in helping out and learning from the various organizations attending CSW60.

Rachel pictureRachel Katz

Rachel is a second-year student at Columbia School of Social Work focusing in clinical practice and currently works in a psychiatric emergency room in the North Bronx. She has worked in hospital, supportive housing, and crisis settings. At Hour Children in Queens, Rachel facilitated individual and group therapy with recently incarcerated women and their children. She provided accompaniment for sexual assault exams at Columbia-Greene Hospital in Hudson, New York and hotline support for survivors of domestic violence in San Francisco at La Casa de las Madres. Formerly, Rachel was a club promoter, union mediator, public relations assistant, and worked in the film industry. She has developed interests in social justice for sex workers, narrative therapy, and transgressive pedagogy for which she contributes to the Huffington Post blog.