Brianna Cebello rejoins IESC as a New Business Associate in 2020. Prior to rejoining IESC, Brianna was a Peace Corps volunteer in the education sector in the Dominican Republic. Brianna holds a B.A. in International Affairs concentrated in International Development and a minor in Spanish Language and Literature from the George Washington University. At GWU, Brianna worked for IESC as the New Business Intern and served as the Academic Chair for Sigma Iota Rho, the GWU International Affairs Honor Society.
Judit is a senior international and business development executive with over 20 years of experience. At IESC, she is responsible for IESC’s business strategy, leads IESC’s new business development activities and manages a team of talented new business professionals. She is passionate about economic development and job creation, municipal management, and sustainable urban development. She is a perceptive trainer and facilitator with experience in association and institutional capacity building. Previously, she served as chief of party, designed and implemented multimillion-dollar development programs in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, and held new business director positions. She was instrumental in the establishment of the ICMA China Center in Beijing. After hours, you may spot her on the ballroom dance floor. More about Judit.
Julie joined the new business team in 2016 and also serves as the gender focal point at IESC. She has over 10 years of experience in project management and business development in economic growth and governance with a variety of U.S. government donors, including USAID, USDA, State Department, and FEMA. She thrives on private sector development, program design, program budgets, gender analysis, and attention to detail. Julie has a dual M.A. in sustainable international development and women’s and gender studies from the Heller School at Brandeis University. She got her start in international development working on a community development program in Uganda and has had a passion for East Africa ever since.
Gulbahar is an experienced business development specialist and strategist with nearly nine years of experience managing and collaborating with teams to develop proposals and design technical solutions to address development challenges across a variety of industries, including financial services, technology, and product development. Most recently at the World Council of Credit Unions, she led business development teams to win new projects in the Philippines, Ukraine, Guatemala, Kenya, Mali, and Haiti with funding from USAID, World Bank, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also managed digital finance and research projects in Haiti and the Philippines. Previously, Gulbahar worked as a program development officer at Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture focusing on agriculture support and development, and as a project and proposal coordinator at the International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. She holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi and a bachelor's in international affairs from the George Washington University.
Marissa is a detail-oriented project management specialist and environmental researcher, with nearly seven years of experience in the non-profit field. She holds a B.S. in Zoology with minors in French and International Studies from North Carolina State University and recently completed a dual M.A. in Sustainable International Development and an MBA in Social Impact degree program at the Heller School at Brandeis University. Before joining IESC, she led market research for the Food Security and Agricultural team at RTI International and developed a knowledge management system for corporate capability statements, past performance references, & technical proposals. Her passion for international development grew from an opportunity to study wildlife conservation and management in the tiger parks of Northern India during her undergraduate career. Marissa has an affinity for interdisciplinary work and enjoys travel and group fitness in her free time.
Erin joined IESC in 2017 and supports communications and new business. Prior to joining IESC, she taught English overseas and high school science in the U.S. She holds a B.A. in Biology and a Masters in Secondary Education from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Sustainability with a concentration in environmental policy and international development from Harvard. Her professional interests include sustainable economic development, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and international tourism development. More about Erin.