San Francisco Team
Julia Hendrickson, Program Director
Julia spent her childhood growing up in South Asia, where she developed a deep commitment to the advancement of women and girls. With over 17 years of international program management and evaluation experience, Julia has focused her work on women’s leadership, entrepreneurship, reproductive health, gender-based violence, and program evaluation. Since 2012, Julia has managed the Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) program, in close collaboration with partners and the WES team in Tunisia. Previously at IIE, Julia developed curriculum and contributed to overall strategic planning and program management for a global breast cancer awareness program. Julia has designed and led evaluations for several IIE programs, including Leadership Development for Mobilizing Reproductive Health (LDM), Emediat,Techwomen, and Toyota Education Initiatives in STEAM Innovation. Prior to joining IIE, Julia coordinated women’s political participation programs and regional projects to prevent gender-based violence at The Asia Foundation. Julia has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa and Europe. She has a B.A. in International Relations and Asian Studies from Tufts University, and an M.P.H. in International Health from Emory University. Julia speaks Swedish, Thai and basic Japanese and French.
Angela Makowski, Program Officer
Angela believes the advancement of girls and women leads to more equal, secure and sustainable communities and economies around the world. Angela studied at Gonzaga University, where she focused on sustainable development in Africa. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and in French. Angela joined WES in February 2016 as Program Coordinator. Prior to joining IIE, Angela supported the volunteer chapter network at Room to Read, raising awareness and funds to support youth literacy and girls’ education in Africa and Asia. Angela is Vice President of Bay Masters of Toastmasters International and is an environmentalist who enjoys yoga, gardening and hiking. Angela speaks English, French and elementary Spanish.
Chema Gargouri, Country Director, Tunisia
Chéma is the CEO for the Center for Applied Training (CAT), a consulting services firm specializing in international programs and projects and meeting planning and management for non-profit organizations, and founder and President of the Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (TAMSS) a community development nonprofit based in Tunis. Chéma has extensive experience and expertise in project/program design and management, and capacity building within NGOs and professional organizations. Over the last 16 years, she managed international development programs worth over $15 million aimed at enhancing youth entrepreneurship, women’s economic participation, sustainable tourism, and government decentralization. Since 2011, Chéma has worked closely with the Institute of International Education (IIE) on programs implemented in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, including in her current role as Country Director for the Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) program. Chéma began her career as a Project Officer at the International Executive Service Corps. She was a 2009 Summer Fellow at the Center on Democracy Development and Rule of Law at Stanford University and recently awarded the Outstanding Woman in Leadership Achievement Award by the World Women Leadership Congress & Award (WWLCA).
Houssem Eddine Bahi, Program Manager, Tunisia
Houssem is WES Tunisia Program Coordinator and founder and CEO of El Béhi & Co. Houssem is an activist in Tunisian civil society, a member of Rotaract, Boy Scouts of Tunisia and the Vice President of the Tunisian Association for Common Lawyers (TACL). Furthermore, Houssem is an artist and founder of ARABIKANA, a music group that plays traditional Arabic music. Before joining WES, Houssem was the Project Coordinator at the Arab Institute for Business Leaders (IACE) at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development. He also served as a Program Coordinator at the Natural Resources Governance Institute. Houssem has represented Tunisia in various international competitions, such as the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Arbitration Competition in South Africa in 2013, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) meeting in Milan in 2015, and the Creative Business Cup in Denmark in 2015. Houssem holds a Masters in Common Law, specializing in the American banking system. Houssem speaks fluent English, French and Arabic, is proficient in written and spoken Chinese, and is currently studying Hebrew.
Ahmed Moslah, Knowledge Manager, Tunisia
Ahmed is a field engineer, consultant and trainer specializing in entrepreneurship, home-based business and financial education. Ahmed began his professional career as a Program Coordinator at the local WES Center at the Association for the Continuity of Generations (ACG) in Sfax and was responsible for all tasks relevant to the operations of the Center. Due to his performance and skills, he was promoted to Program Manager and oversaw several projects at ACG that focused on youth capacity building, environmental governance and human rights, and managed the administrative and financial operations of the organization. This diverse experience gave him a cultural awareness and strong understanding of program planning and implementation, and the monitoring and evaluation process.
Montassar Mrassi, Program Assistant, Tunisia
Montassar joined the WES team in March 2018. Montassar is a huge believer in the importance of women’s participation in business, having been raised by a single mother running a small business. Before joining WES, Montassar worked as a manager for his family’s business, where he was responsible for all tasks relevant to procurement, accounting and operations. He also worked with AMIDEAST’s EducationUSA program. Before that, Montassar worked as a direct translator on behalf of the criminal court in Domodossola, Italy. Montassar graduated with his license degree in Business Administration and Management from the Mediterranean School of Business. Additionally, Montassar is a guitarist and member of FUSIC, a jazz band that plays a fusion of jazz and other genres. Montassar speaks English, French, Arabic and Italian.