Meet Women's eNews Board of Directors

Ambassador Alice DearAmbassador Alice Dear
Africanist, businesswoman and former banker, Ambassador Alice Dear is President of A.M. Dear and Associates, a business advisory boutique promoting private sector investment and public-private partnerships in Africa. She also lends her voice and talents to advocate on behalf of women's empowerment and gender equity as critical components to economic development. She relies on Women's eNews articles to keep her abreast of issues impacting women's lives at home and across the globe.

In 1994 President William J. Clinton appointed Ms. Dear, with unanimous Senate confirmation, as U.S. Executive Director (USED) of the African Development Bank, Africa's premier financial institution, with ambassador-level rank. From 1994-2000 she represented the U.S. Government on the Boards of Directors at Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa, with responsibility for oversight of the Bank's financial, operational and administrative management, including its US$3 billion annual lending portfolio.

A frequent lecturer, panelist and moderator at conferences on international development, finance and gender issues, Ambassador Dear chairs the Global Initiatives Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), an international service organization established in 1908. She also represents AKA as Non-Governmental Organization affiliate at the United Nations in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. Ambassador Dear is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Planning Committee of Global Summit of Women. She holds a M.B.A. from Pace University, and a B.A. from Howard University.

Gordon Gray
Gray received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and two graduate degrees from Columbia University, one in Middle Eastern languages and cultures and one in journalism, class of 1977.

Gray was a newspaper reporter for four years and entered the family business in the area of media, cable, radio and most recently magazines. His interest in Women's eNews is a natural outgrowth of his studies and experience. He sees Women's eNews as an enormous opportunity to empower women globally. Gray was the force behind creating the Arabic version of the site to help increase awareness of Arabic culture and language, as well as give Arabic-speaking women in the world a valuable source of reliable information.

As a philanthropist, he's been a lifetime supporter of education and the arts.

Karen Oliver MooreKaren Oliver Moore
Karen Oliver Moore is a vice president, Communications in the Global Communications Department at Prudential, responsible for public relations, media relations and other external and internal communications services for various corporate departments at Prudential including Corporate Resources, Law Compliance External Affairs and Business Ethics, and Global Business and Technology Solutions. Moore is responsible for generating publicity about the achievements and activities of these units and the executives who head them.

Moore joined Prudential in 1990 as editor of the corporate newspaper, Leader. In 1991, she transferred to the Public Relations department, which was later renamed Global Communications. She assumed her current position in 2001.

Previously, Moore was editor of employee, retiree and shareholder newspapers at Bankers Trust Company, Texaco, and AT&T Long Lines. Before that, she was a reporter with United Press International.

Moore has a BA degree from Howard University and an MA degree from Rutgers University. She is a board member of Women's e-News, Warden at Grace Episcopal Church in Plainfield, NJ; and former Board president for Homefirst: Interfaith Housing and Family Services.

Margarita QuihuisMargarita Quihuis
Margarita Quihuis is the founder of Indigo Financiera and a 2004-2005 Reuters Fellow, Stanford University. Currently a social entrepreneur Margarita Quihuis' career has ranged from developing high-end aerospace systems to gender-focused design to leading the pioneering Women's Technology Cluster business incubator and most recently as a venture capitalist and Reuters Fellow at Stanford.

Her current efforts include financial innovation for the unbanked both in the United States and in developing countries and encouraging technological innovation on behalf of humanitarian needs. In 2004, she was recognized by Women's eNews as a 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for her efforts in increasing access to capital for female entrepreneurs and was named as one of WITI's women to watch in 2003.



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