Harvard GlobalWE 



A Panel Discussion On


                                    Saturday, March 16th, 2024 at 11 a.m. EST via Zoom




We are thrilled to announce our upcoming panel discussion on "Women in Leadership and Governance." This event will explore the myriad challenges and opportunities women face as they stride towards leadership roles and in governance arenas. Our commitment has always been to ensure that these conversations are enriched with diverse and exceptional perspectives.


Harvard GlobalWE remains steadfast in its mission: advancing the empowerment of women worldwide through education, dialogues, and networking opportunities. As part of the greater Harvard Alumni Association, we are resolute in promoting collaboration among those dedicated to championing women's rights and freedoms globally.




Sparsha Saha is a Lecturer and researcher in the Department of Government at Harvard University focusing on American Politics with interests in Environmental Policy, Gender, Political Psychology, Race and Ethnicity, and Voter Behavior. She is the only empirical political scientist and experimentalist who studies meat politics. She uses experiments to understand public opinion and attitudes toward food, animal rights, gender, and race. Her peer-reviewed research has been published in Political Behavior, Journal of Social and Political Psychology, and Frontiers in Psychology. Her work has also been covered by Vox, New Statesman, New York Times, Fortune, and others. She was honored as Harvard’s South Asian Woman of the Year in 2022.

Asha Castleberry-Hernandez is a distinctive U.S. National Security & Foreign Affairs Expert. Asha served as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and a member of the Senior Executive Service. Her portfolio includes strategy, China, and the Middle East Region. She is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves and currently serves with the Biden-Harris Administration. In addition to her work in government, she is a founder of Diversity in National Security Network, and Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and 2022 Forbes the Culture Member.


Gaia van der Esch is a Dutch-Italian executive, policy expert & author, driving change & impact
in the public and non-profit sectors through her strategic & thought leadership.
Gaia has been recently appointed as the Managing Director of the 3Zero Foundation,
comprising 8000 staff in over 45 countries - working to achieve a world with zero carbon, zero
exclusion & zero poverty. Prior to this appointment, she served as the G20 EMPOWER Sherpa
under the G20 Italian Presidency – leading the G20 private-public Alliance for the advancement
of women’s leadership. Before this, Gaia spent 10 years working in Africa, the Middle East,
Europe and the U.S. – holding executive roles with international NGOs and think tanks. Thanks
to her accomplishments she was nominated by Forbes in its Europe 30 under 30 list (2017) as
well as Supernova of the Year for Italy by Nova Talent (2022).

Event Details 

DateSaturday, March 16th 2024
Time: 11 a.m. EST

Location: Virtual 
Cost: FREE for Harvard College students, Harvard graduate students, alumni, affiliates, staff & guests

Other Details 

Questions: If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us at [email protected]
Views: Harvard Alumni For Global Women's Empowerment Harvard GlobalWE is a shared interest group of the Harvard Alumni Association. We are dedicated to the empowerment of women through education, dialogue and connection among individuals working for women's rights and freedoms worldwide. Harvard GlobalWE does not advocate a specific ideology or political or cultural agenda. We are an inclusive organization with membership open to and comprising all genders.
While membership is free, Harvard GlobalWE accepts donations from members to support its programs and initiatives. To become a member of Harvard GlobalWE, please JoinWE. To learn more, please visit our website and our Facebook group.
The views expressed during our events are solely those of the speaker(s) and participating audience and do not imply endorsement by Harvard GlobalWE and/or Harvard University.