The International Center for Research on Women Announces New Vice President of Gender Centers of Excellence

Press Release Subtitle

Felicia Appenteng brings over 15 years of experience in external relations, management, and advisory services to the newly-created role

Press Release Date

01 September 2022

Press Release Author

Joe Shaffner, Director, Global Communications: [email protected]


WASHINGTON, DC — Today, The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) announced the appointment of Felicia Appenteng to the newly created position of Vice President of ICRW Gender Centers of Excellence.

As one of three key pillars of ICRW’s new vision, ICRW is transforming the organization’s Asia and Africa offices into independent and sustainable Gender Centers of Excellence within the global ICRW affiliate network. Ms. Appenteng will spearhead these efforts.

“Welcoming Felicia to The International Center for Research on Women is an honor and an important next step in transforming how we work on the most pressing issues facing women today,” said Peggy Clark, Chief Executive Officer and President of ICRW. “Often, efforts to localize resources and invest in talent in the global south have been short-lived or insufficient. At ICRW, we are establishing world-class Gender Centers of Excellence, which will be enduring, sustainable institutions for years to come, making expert contributions to gender research and action and nurturing a pipeline of emerging gender scholars, advisors, and advocates in Asia and Africa.”

Ms. Appenteng, who is Ghanaian-American, brings over 15 years of experience in strategy, management, and operations, having worked for IE University (formerly Instituto de Empresa) of Madrid as the founding Chair of the IE Africa Center and Managing Director of The IE Fund. Ms. Appenteng serves as trustee of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and was previously a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

“I am honored to be joining ICRW to lead the implementation of our vision of a network of Gender Centers of Excellence,” said Ms. Appenteng. “True global progress requires the insights and innovations of women and girls from the global south. ICRW’s offices in Asia and in Africa have long educated the world around the urgency of gender equity. I cannot wait to work with these talented individuals.”

Ms. Appenteng studied at Wesleyan University’s College of Letters program as an honors student, and her graduate work is at the City College of New York.

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The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a global research institute with offices located in Washington, D.C.; New Delhi, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Kampala, Uganda. Our research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive.

Mission Statement:

ICRW is the premier applied research institute focused on women and girls. In 2016, ICRW merged with the U.S. research organization Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women) to create a global research platform.Headquartered in Washington, DC, with regional offices in India and Uganda, ICRW provides research and analysis to inform programs and policies that promote gender equality and help alleviate poverty.