Late last month, I had the opportunity to sit down with alumna Maria Kristensen (F02), winner of the 2017 Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award (FWLA), to hear more about what she has been working on since graduating.

Kristensen’s remarkable post-Fletcher career began at the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2005, she left for the field, where she has remained for most of the last decade. Working in Sudan, Sri Lanka, Western Sahara, Algeria, Chechnya, South Sudan and Afghanistan, Maria has shown exemplary leadership in the humanitarian world. Beyond her many professional accomplishments, she has brought help and hope to thousands of her fellow human beings and is therefore well-deserving of the 2017 Women’s Leadership Award.

Established in 2014, FWLA honors outstanding female graduates who are making a meaningful impact in the private, public and NGO sectors. Maria was nominated by 14 of her former classmates, who noted Maria’s many career accomplishments as well as her “extraordinary grace, kindness and humility.”

To learn about Maria and her work, please watch our conversation below:


If you want to here more about Maria’s story and see the FWLA ceremony, which took place in March, click here.

As always, thanks for reading.

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