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Daniela Kaisth

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  • The Power of Women's Education

    By: Daniela Kaisth on Wednesday, March 19, 2014

    Last week, I had the great privilege to participate in the panel “From Higher Education to Women’s Leadership” convened by the Open a Door Foundation during the 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations. Before an attentive, vocal, and positive audience, I joined Barbara Bylenga from Open a Door and Leo Motiuk from the Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund to discuss the impact of higher education for women on solving problems such as poverty and disease and the need to integrate higher education into the next round of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Our moderator was Ruthie Taylor from the Orchid Project, a London-based NGO that is pioneering a highly effective, community-based approach to ending the practice of female genital cutting.


  • An Education Crisis in Syria: How You Can Help

    By: Daniela Kaisth on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

    On Friday night here in NYC, I attended the first Gala dinner of a group called Jusoor. Arabic for “bridges,” Jusoor aims to build a more peaceful and prosperous Syria by connecting the 20 million people in Syria with the 20 million people in the Syrian diaspora throughout the world. Like IIE, their focus is education.


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Daniela Z. Kaisth is Vice President for Strategic Development at the Institute of International Education (IIE). With more than 15 years experience in international non-profit management, she oversees fundraising, donor relations, program development, and IIE emergency assistance to students and scholars, including the Scholar Rescue Fund.


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