The Halifax Peace With Women Fellowship brings together a group of diverse and accomplished women from NATO member and partner countries. All Fellows are senior ranking active-duty officers and represent varying branches of the military with a broad spectrum of responsibilities. Halifax International Security Forum is proud to have a distinguished network of Fellowship alumnae.

Air Commodore Jules Adams

Commandant, Australian Defence Force Academy, Australian Defence Force, 2018

Colonel Dr. Lale Bartoschek

Chief of Branch Recruitment, Federal Ministry of Defence, German Armed Forces, 2019

Colonel Biljana Blazheska

Military Adjutant to the President, Armed Forces of the Republic of North Macedonia

Colonel Krista Bouckaert

Director of Canadian Forces Grievance Authority, Department of National Defence

Brigadier General Catherine Bourdès

Deputy Director of French Higher Military Education, Directorate for Higher Military Studies

Colonel Jennifer de Poorter

G3 of the Operational Headquarters, Royal Marechaussee, Netherlands

Group Captain Louise desJardins

Director Joint Effects/J3E, Royal Australian Air Force

Commodore Rachel Durbin

Director, General Engineering, Royal Australian Navy, 2019

Colonel Erinç Evren Elmas

Colonel, Cost Analysis Commission Leader, Air Logistics Command, Turkish Air Force, Turkey, 2021

Brigadier General Lisa Ferris

Director, Defence Legal Services, New Zealand Defence Forces, 2019

Brigadier General Ingrid Gjerde

Spokesperson for the Chief of Defence, Ministry of Defence, Norway, 2018

Colonel (Ret.) Katherine Graef

Logistics Director, Special Operations Command Africa, United States Special Operations Command, 2018

Brigadier General Rose King

Director, Strategic Commitments, New Zealand Defence Forces, 2018

Commodore Solveig Krey

Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Operations Section, Defence Staff Norway, Norwegian Armed Forces, 2019

Colonel Vehbije Qazim Kuti

Section Head/Deputy Director, Albania General Staff, Albanian Armed Forces, 2018

Colonel Katherine Lee

Assistant Chief of Army (Delivery), New Zealand Defence Force

Colonel Solène Le Floch

Staff Officer, Peformance Control, Joint Headquarters, French Armed Forces, 2019

Brigadier General Debra Lovette

Director, Integrated Resilience, HQ, United States Air Force, 2019

Captain Jill Marrack

CAF Special Advisor to Sexual Misconduct Response Centre, Canadian Armed Forces, 2018

Colonel Lysane Martel

Director, RCAF Professional Development, 2nd Canadian Air Division, Royal Canadian Air Force, 2019

Lieutenant Colonel Monika Mertinaitė

Senior Advisor, Defense Policy Group, Ministry of National Defense, Lithuania

Lieutenant Colonel Diana Morais

Senior Advisor to the Minister of National Defense, Ministry of National Defense, Portugal

Colonel (Ret.) Tracy Onufer

Chief of Staff, Special Operations Command South, United States Air Force, 2019

Air Commodore Elanor Boekholt-O’Sullivan

Commander, Cyber Defence Force, Netherlands Armed Forces, 2019

Lieutenant Colonel Joana Polekauskienė

Senior Instructor, General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, Lithuanian Armed Forces, 2019

Major General Dr. Nicole Schilling

Vice President, Federal Office of Bundeswehr Personnel Management, German Armed Forces, 2018

Commodore Fiona Shepherd

Assistant Chief of Staff J1/J4, Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ), British Royal Navy, 2019

Colonel Anna Siverstig

Commanding Officer, Swedish Air Warfare Center, Swedish Air Force

Rear Admiral (Sel) Judith Terry

Deputy Director People, British Royal Navy

Colonel Danielle Willis

Commander 93 Air Ground Operations Wing, United States Air Force

Gina Bennett

Adjunct Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 2020, 2021

Charlotte Lindsey Curtet

Director of Digital Transformation and Data, International Committee of the Red Cross, 2019

Randi Davis

Director, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, United Nations Development Programme, 2018

Lieutenant General (Ret.) D. Michael Day

Canadian Armed Forces, 2020, 2021, 2022

Colonel (Ret.) Katherine Graef

United States Army, Peace With Women Fellowship Alumnae, 2020, 2021, 2022

Clare Hutchinson

Special Representative for Women, Peace, and Security, NATO, 2018

Dr. Mara Karlin

Director, Strategic Studies Program, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 2018, 2019

Iain Paterson

Managing Director, Cycura, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2o22`

Ben Renda

Chief Operating Officer, Google Fi, 2019

Dr. Jacquelyn Schneider

Hoover Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 2020, 2021, 2022

Dr. Grace Scoppio

Dean of Continuing Studies and Professor in the Department of Defence Studies, Royal Military College of Canada, 2018

Dr. Cassandra Steer

Board Member, WIIS Canada, 2018

General (Ret.) Janet Wolfenbarger

United States Air Force, Committee Chair, 2018, 2019, 2o2o, 2021

The Halifax Peace With Women Fellowship begins in Washington DC and travels to Silicon Valley, Ottawa, and Toronto. The program concludes at the annual Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia.

The program draws from diverse sectors, including defense, science and technology, media, academia, and civil society. In keeping with the organization’s goal of advancing a modern vision of security, the Fellowship aims to extend beyond the traditional definitions of domestic and international security. Fellows engage in discussion with over 50 meeting hosts. Some highlights over the years include meetings with:

In the United States

Former Secretary of State of the United States, Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State of the United States, General Colin Powell

Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Heather Wilson

Secretary of the United States Navy, Richard V. Spencer

Center for Justice and Accountability

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS)

Defense Innovation Unit

Electronic Frontier Foundation



Hoover Institution, Stanford University


Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory


United States Institute of Peace

In Canada

Her Excellency The Right Honorable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada

Minister of National Defence of Canada, Harjit Sajjan

Deputy Minister of National Defence of Canada, Jody Thomas

Chief of the Defence Staff of Canada, General Jonathan Vance

Global Affairs Canada

Canadian Forces College

Citizen Lab

Defence Research Development Canada

Council of Canadian Innovators

Defence and Security Foresight Group

NATO Association Canada

Stakeholders, observers, and the Fellows themselves have declared the program a tremendous success. Learn more about some of the impact the program has had by reading the Program Reports.


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