Lucia Hanmer is a Lead Economist in Gender and Development at the World Bank Group. She served previously as senior economic adviser for the Economic Empowerment Section at UN Women and senior economic adviser at the UK's Department for International Development, after serving as Country Representative for the World Bank in Guyana. She was a researcher at the UK's Overseas Development Institute and taught economics at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Much of her work has been in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Cindy Dyer is the Vice President of Vital Voices’ Human Rights team and oversees all program and partnerships related to domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and harmful cultural practices. Prior to joining Vital Voices in 2008, Cindy Dyer served as the Director of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. Cindy was nominated to this position by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate. As Director, she served as the liaison between the Department of Justice and Federal, State and International governments on crimes involving violence against women. Cindy has spoken at numerous conferences and professional training sessions before national and international audiences. She was a specialized domestic and sexual violence prosecutor for 13 years and has received numerous awards and recognition for her service to victims. Cindy served for 10 years as a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Texas Council on Family Violence and she was a weekly hotline volunteer for 9 years at a shelter for battered women and their children.
Alys Willman, PhD, is a Senior Social Development Specialist for the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Team at the World Bank. She leads analytical work and project support on urban, youth and gender-based violence, and violent extremism, and is the task team leader of the Trauma-Sensitive Livelihood Projects initiative. She is the co-author of Violence in the City (2010), and Societal Dynamics and Fragility (2013), and has authored numerous articles and reports on violence and illicit economies. Prior to joining the World Bank she worked with NGOs in five Latin American countries and taught at The New School Graduate Program in International Affairs.