• Leslie Sacks

    Board Chair In Memoriam

    It was the vision of Leslie J. Sacks, the founder and seed funder of Women's Voices Now, that sparked our first project, Women's Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival. Leslie was a Los Angeles-based art dealer and an active fundraiser and promoter of charitable organizations and causes, in particular those areas promoting moderate Islam, including the advancement of women’s rights.

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  • Gina Brourman-Sacks

    Successor Board Chair

    Gina was born and raised in South Korea where she attended the prestigious Yewon School of Arts in Seoul. At the age of 15, she and her family emigrated to the United States. After winning a piano competition, Gina won a full scholarship to the University of Illinois, where she earned a degree in Classical Music with a minor in Business. She has worked as a medical administrator/manager, oversees the management of two successful art galleries in West Los Angeles, and is a co-founder of the ALS Research Fund.

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  • Qanta Ahmed

    MD - Director

    Qanta Ahmed is the author of In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom(SourceBooks, Inc., 2008). She is a board-certified sleep disorders specialist at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York, and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (Stony Brook). Dr. Ahmed is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, and fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

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  • Magdalena Wallhoff

    MPH- Director

    Magdalena Lamprecht Wallhoff, MPH, has a background in global public health and now works in rural food production internationally. Her work to raise awareness about the power of the private sector to positively impact rural communities garnered her the recognition of Aquaculture Person of the Year in 2014. She was raised in a Muslim society in Indonesia, and now works in the United States and Central America.

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  • Mark Rosenberg


    Mark is a UC Berkeley-educated political economist specializing in emerging and frontier markets, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa. After completing his PhD, Mark was hired as an Africa Analyst at the political risk firm Eurasia Group. Now a director, his primary focus at Eurasia Group is Southern and sub-Saharan Africa, but his expertise covers the intersection of politics and markets throughout emerging and frontier markets.

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