Network Staff

Dr. Ghada Khan, MPH, DrPH

– Network Coordination

Dr. Khan is an established health program analyst whose career, advocacy, and research has centered on global and domestic issues concerning the health of women and children. Dr. Khan currently serves as the Network Coordinator for the US End FGM/C Network, where she is keen on building connections with Network members and collaborating organizations, works closely with the Network’s Steering Committee to operationalize the Network’s core priorities, and manages the day-to-day operations of the Network.

Prior to this role, she served as project director for the community centered FGM/C prevention project at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and Senior Fellow in the American Public Health Association (APHA), Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Section. Within these roles and within her personal capacity, Dr. Khan is dedicated to raising awareness on FGM/C and protecting women and girls from this harmful practice. In recognition for her work on FGM/C and women’s health,  Dr. Khan has received the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Award from the Global Women’s Institute,  The Nashman Prize for Community Engaged Participatory Research, as well as The Global Health Service Award and the Public Health Award from George Mason University.

Steering Committee

Aissata M.B. Camara, Co-Founder

– There Is No Limit Foundation

Aissata Camara

Aissata M. B. Camara is the Co-Founder of There Is No Limit Foundation (TINLF), an international nonprofit organization empowering individuals, especially women and girls. TINLF works in the areas of entrepreneurship, education, WASH, maternal and child health, and the eradication of harmful practices, such as FGM/C. A leading strategic thinker and influencer on issues such as gender equity, youth empowerment, FGM/C, entrepreneurship, and effective local government engagement, she is devoted to fostering cross-sectional partnerships and sustainable impact through shared best practices and holistic community engagement.

Aissata is featured in Digital Warriors a Deutsche Welle (DW) documentary on women leading change through social media. She is also featured in Face of Defiance exhibit which has been shown worldwide. She also was featured in The Guardian’s United States campaign to end female genital cutting (FGM/C). PBS NewsHour interviewed her in their segment about vacation cutting. She has on numerous occasions represented the voice of African women and youth at the United Nations high-level conferences on harmful practices.

She has received numerous awards and recognition for her commitment to promoting the security and dignity of people worldwide including the New York State Assembly Certificate of Merit, and the Jo Ivey Boufford Award for Innovative Solutions To Public Service Challenges. Previously, she worked at The Rockefeller Foundation and Grameen America. She served as a member of the YWCA Fire Council, a board member of CHAPTERS and the African Hope Committee.

Mariama Diallo

– Program Director, Sanctuary for Families

Mariama Diallo is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in New York. She received her Master of Science in Social Work (MSW) from Columbia University in New York. Mariama has a Bachelor in Public Law from the University of Gamal Abdel Nasser (Conakry-Guinea) and a post graduate degree in Conflicts Resolution from the Catholic University of Paris. Mariama began her career at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Department of Universal Values, in Paris, France. In that capacity, Ms. Diallo designed and proposed educational programs on human rights, with a focus on over 50 African countries that are UNESCO member countries. 

Mariama began her career at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Department of Universal Values, in Paris, France. In that capacity, Ms. Diallo designed and proposed educational programs on human rights, with a focus on over 50 African countries that are UNESCO member countries. 

Currently, Mariama is a Program Director at Sanctuary for families, where she provides trauma-informed individual and group therapy to survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, civil wars/genocide, and other types of gender violence including FGM/C, forced marriage. Ms. Diallo is the Chair of the Coalition for the Empowerment of African Women and Girls; founder and Chair of the New York Coalition to end FGM/C, a member of the UN working group on Girls. Ms. Diallo is an Adjunct Professor at the Metropolitan College of New York and a guest lecturer at Columbia University.

Susan Gibbs

– Director, Women’s Rights & Empowerment Program, Wallace Global Fund

Susan Gibbs directs the Women’s Rights & Empowerment Program at the Wallace Global Fund, where she focuses on FGM/C, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender lens investing, and the links between women’s rights, sustainable energy and climate change.

Previously she has worked with or consulted for the Summit Foundation, the Pew Global Stewardship Initiative, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Garfield Foundation. She holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Brown University. 

Susan Masling

– Senior Trial Attorney, Human Rights & Special Prosecutions (HRSP), U.S. Department of Justice

Susan has been with HRSP since it was created in 2010, where she works on Female Genital Mutilation issues and other human rights matters.

She is one of the leaders of the U.S. government’s inter-agency task force on FGM/C and engages in frequent outreach regarding FGM/C state and federal laws in the U.S. Ms. Masling started work at DOJ in 1990 as a prosecutor with HRSP’s predecessor office, the Office of Special Investigations, investigating and prosecuting persons who aided Nazi persecution during World War II. She is a 1987 Magna Cum Laude Graduate of Georgetown Law School.

Ranit Mishori

MD, MHS, FAAFP, Professor of Family Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine

Dr. Ranit Mishori is a physician and writer whose twin careers in family medicine and international journalism create a unique perspective on the many issues involved in delivering healthcare in the US  and abroad. She has consequently built a multi-dimensional career that includes academia, scholarship and national leadership roles in public health, global health, medical education, clinical medicine, underserved populations, and human rights, and has published  more than two- hundred articles over the past 17 years in the popular press, in addition to her publication of academic papers.

Dr. Mishori’s main areas of interest and expertise are health and human rights and the care of vulnerable populations with a focus on asylum and refugee care, human trafficking, FGM/C, torture and human rights in medical education. Dr. Mishori is currently the director of the Department of Family Medicine’s Global Health Initiatives at the Georgetown University/Providence hospital where she has initiated and leads the Global Health Scholars Track at the residency and various collaborative projects internationally (in Latin America, Haiti, Africa and the Middle East). She also serves as the faculty advisor for Georgetown’s Asylum Program and a consulting medical expert for Physicians for Human Rights as part of their Sexual Violence program and Asylum program.

In June of 2017 she assumed the role of director of the Robert L. Phillips, Jr. Health Policy Fellowship. She is the recipient of several awards, including the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award, John Eisenberg Memorial Career Development Award, the STFM-NE Emerging Leader Award, The Georgetown University School of Medicine International Programs Award, and several Teaching Excellence Awards.

Maryum Saifee

– International Affairs Fellow, The Council on Foreign Relations based at the Human Rights Foundation

Maryum is currently an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations based at the Human Rights Foundation. Human Rights Foundation is a network of dissidents, journalists, and activists promoting democracy in predominantly authoritarian regimes. She is also a 2019 Presidential Leadership Scholar.  Maryum has written about her experience as a survivor of Female Genital Mutilation in her personal capacity. Prior to her fellowship, Maryum served as a U.S. diplomat in the Middle East and South Asia with postings in Cairo, Baghdad, and Lahore. She also served as a senior policy advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs and the Office of Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State. Before joining the Foreign Service, Maryum was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan and also worked as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Seattle. She also consulted for the Ford Foundation, Human Rights Watch, the United Nations Development Program, and Acumen Fund. She has contributed to the Guardian, Al Jazeera, and other media outlets.

Mariya Taher

– Co-Founder, Sahiyo

Mariya Taher

Named one of the six experts to watch by on female genital cutting (FGC), Mariya has worked in the anti-gender violence field for over a decade in research, policy, program development, and direct service. She received her Master of Social Work from San Francisco State University in 2010 where she pursued a qualitative study titled, “Understanding Female Genital Cutting in the United States.” Since then, she has worked on the issue of domestic violence at W.O.M.A.N., Inc., Asian Women’s Shelter, and Saheli, Support and Friendship for South Asian Women and Families, and was part of the Women’s Foundation of California Women’s Policy Institute.

In 2015, she cofounded Sahiyo, an internationally recognized, award-winning organization to empower Asian communities to end female genital cutting. In Massachusetts, Mariya works with the Women’s Bar Association to pass state legislation that would ban FGC and create education and outreach programs for survivors. She also serves as Narrative Liaison at Topos Partnership, a research and communication firm dedicated to understanding the cultural common sense on how to bring about progressive change.

Shelby Quast

– Americas Regional Director, Equality Now

Shelby Quast is the Americas Regional Director for Equality Now, a human rights organization that uses the law to promote and protect the rights of women and girls around the world. Her focus areas are legal equality, ending harmful practices, including FGM/C and child marriage, ending sex trafficking and on-line sexual exploitation, and ending sexual violence, with a focus on adolescent girls.  Shelby works with international organizations, NGOs, activists and governments to advance human rights for women and girls and inform foreign and domestic policy. Equality Now co-organized the first End Sexual Violence against Girls: US Summit on FGM/C. Prior to joining Equality Now, Shelby worked with the International Legal Assistance Consortium, which she co-founded in 2001, on global post-conflict legal reform.

She also co-founded the Partners for Gender Justice, a network of United Nations (UN) agencies, member states, and civil society organizations. She has worked internationally for over three decades in a broad range of disciplines and, earlier in her career, practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. Shelby speaks widely on human rights and has authored numerous reports on Gender Justice for the UN and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

She is a recipient of the Fulbright award and has taught law at the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University of America (CUA), American University, Jagiellonian University in Poland and the Indian Institute of Management in Lucknow. Shelby holds a J.D. from Columbus School of Law at CUA and a B.A. in International Business from the University of Oregon.