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International Career Panel

International Career Panel

The UCLA Burkle Center sponsored the 2015 International Career Panel to provide students insight into various fields and professions in the international arena and guidance on how to best prepare for international careers. The panel hosted Keely Badger, Gayle Northrop, Cristina Tirado, and Richard Walden.

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Duration: 02:10:53


KEELY BADGER is Director of Neda Nobari Foundation, Keely Badger serves as the principal programs and communications manager of the organization’s $15M wealth assets, implementing and managing all major philanthropic grant-making, including planned giving, grantee prospecting, and innovative one or multi-year fundraising campaigns designed to maximize social impact for the organizations NNF supports at the state, national, and international levels. Keely works with over 50 nonprofit groups each year, pioneering durable solutions at the intersection of human rights and international development, in alignment with NNF’s core focus areas: Universal Human Rights, Earth Advocacy, Feminomics, Holistic Education, Transparent Media, and Social Impact Cinema. Keely also serves as Director of Global Partnerships for Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA), a nonprofit documentary film organization based in Los Angeles, CA, with a mission to advance global awareness, social justice, human rights, and humanitarian development by democratizing access to creative works of visual storytelling that inspires activism, compassion, and social transformation. Previously, Keely worked at internationally acclaimed nonprofit Human Rights Watch (HRW) as Associate of Development and Global Initiatives, documenting and exposing human rights abuses in over 90 countries around the world.


GAYLE NORTHROP is on faculty and an alum of the UCLA Anderson School of Management and the President of Northrop Nonprofit Consulting, a firm specializing in strategic planning and organization development for nonprofits/NGOs worldwide. Since launching her consulting business in 2001, Gayle has helped NGOs and social enterprises in the US and Africa develop strategy, strengthen internal systems, improve service delivery, and more effectively identify and communicate the impact of their work. At Anderson, Gayle teaches social entrepreneurship and is faculty advisor for the field study programs, focusing on international nonprofit projects. Gayle’s teaching and consulting roles converge as Associate Director of SPARK HEALTH, a health systems strengthening program working with African governments to improve maternal and child health outcomes. Prior to starting her consulting business, Gayle was a strategy and consultant with the Warner Group before joining ViewSonic Corporation where she was responsible for global strategic planning, corporate development, and human resources/organizational development. Gayle is also Adjunct Faculty at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, but resides with her husband and two teenage boys in Los Angeles.


DR. CRISTINA TIRADO has been working on climate and environmental change, sustainable development, food and health issues with WHO, FAO, governmental and nongovernmental organizations and universities worldwide for 20 years. As director of the Center for Public Health and Climate Change at the Public Health Institute, Dr. Tirado has mainstreamed climate change and health at the UN Conference on Non Communicable Diseases at the UN General Assembly, she has contributed to UNFCCC work and she has been a partnerships driver at the UN Conference Rio+20.  Currently she serves as adviser for the Pan American Health Organization and is adjunct professor at the School of Public Health of the University of California at Los Angeles. Her research focuses on health and climate change as well as sustainable production, consumption and waste reduction in agriculture. Dr. Tirado has co-authored numerous research and policy publications and books and has assisted more than 70 countries in the development of  food safety and nutrition programs, emergency preparedness and response plans, and the establishment of institutional and legal frameworks for Biosecurity. 


RICHARD WALDEN is president, CEO and founder of Operation USA, also known as Operation California, a Los Angeles-based nongovernmental organization specializing in disaster relief as well as international and domestic health care and economic development projects. Operation USA is privately funded, and has worked in 100 countries since 1979 to provide over $425 million in aid and development assistance; it shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize as a key member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Mr. Walden has served on the boards of InterAction, a consortium of 175 international nongovernmental organizations which he co-founded in 1984, and of the Institute for International Mediation & Conflict Resolution (IIMCR) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Walden is also an active California-licensed attorney who specializes in international law, civil rights and health care issues and served as Commissioner of the California Health Facilities Commission for the State of California. Prior to that, Mr. Walden was Deputy General Counsel of the New York City Health Services Administration and has been a private consultant on both health care and international development.



ALEXANDRA LIEBEN holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy with a specialization in international conflict resolution from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a certified mediator. Lieben teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in international conflict resolution and international development as well as alternative dispute resolution at UCLA. From 2006-2009, Lieben served as Executive Director of the Concord Project at the UCLA School of Public Affairs where she co-designed a graduate concentration and an undergraduate minor to expand conflict resolution and coexistence education in public policy schools. In the past, she worked with the UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education on developing economic and community development initiatives in the larger Los Angeles area. Lieben's background lies in the film and music industry in the United States and in Europe.