Evermay Visionaries provides resources for early-stage professional women working in Think Tanks and Academic institutions to take the lead in pursuing a research idea. We will select 3 women whose research focuses on innovations in Public Policy, Natural Sciences, Technology, Philosophy, Ethics, or interdisciplinarity in these fields.

Each awardee will be given $50,000 in research funding, and access to office and meeting space at Evermay to conduct this research.

2023 Visionaries

Aude Darnal is a Research Associate in the Stimson Center’s Reimagining U.S. Grand Strategy Program, which seeks to challenge U.S. foreign policy conventional wisdom, question assumptions, and help policymakers manage risks, make informed decisions, and allocate resources wisely. She leads The Global South in the World Order Project, which seeks to elevate perspectives from the Global South on international affairs and global governance. She advocates notably for a wholesale restructuring of the current models for international assistance and responses to crises and for new forms of engagement between Western and Global South countries.

Prior to joining the Stimson Center, Aude served as an associate director at the Atlantic Council’s New American Engagement Initiative. She was also a mobile safety advisor based in the Lake Chad Basin at the International NGO Safety Organisation, where she performed empirical analysis on organized armed groups, and provided support for security related issues and access to humanitarian NGOs. She also worked in Guinea at Search For Common Ground, where she was responsible for peacebuilding program development, advocacy, and external relations with donors and institutional partners.

Aude has experience working a wide range of issues related to preventing conflict, strengthening civil society organizations and good governance, and supporting women and youth empowerment, in particular in West Africa. She also has experience in research, strategic communication, and program management.

She is from Martinique, in the French Caribbean, and she holds a Master of Science in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and International Law from the University of Quebec in Montreal. She is fluent in French, Creole and English.

Aude is a monthly columnist for World Politics Review and she has been featured in publications and media outlets such as Chicago Council on Global Affairs, CNBC Africa, Deep Dish on Global Affairs, Foreign Policy, France 24, Just Security, NHK World, Responsible Statecraft, and VOA News, among others.

Natalie Fiertz is a Research Associate with the Environmental Security Program at the Stimson Center. Her research focuses on climate security, coastal vulnerability to climate risks, and international climate finance. She manages the Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Initiative (CORVI), a decision support tool that integrates ecological, financial, social, and political risks and vulnerabilities to provide a comprehensive picture of the impacts of climate change in coastal communities. CORVI also develops locally-informed recommendations to empower leaders to take action and access finance to strengthen climate resilience.

Prior to joining Stimson, she worked at the Fund for Peace (FFP) where she focused on issues of conflict early warning and response, state fragility and resilience, and mercury use in small-scale and artisanal gold mining in West Africa and beyond. At FFP, her responsibilities included managing the annual Fragile States Index and leading the creation of the Resilience Index for Defining Effective Response. She has also worked for the African Development Bank, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

Natalie holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where she focused on climate policy and subnational security and graduated summa cum laude from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in public policy studies and economics.

Julie_Gregory_HeadshotJulie Gregory is a Research Analyst with the Protecting Civilians and Human Security Program at the Stimson Center. Her areas of expertise include the protection of civilians, peacekeeping reform, mediation of armed conflict, and multilateral promotion of human rights. She is currently engaged in research and thought leadership on host-country consent for peacekeeping and the future of UN peace operations.

Prior to joining the Stimson Center, her experience spanned the Carter Center, Mercy Corps and the Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services. She is a trained civil mediator and has served as both a Small Claims Court and community mediator. She holds a Master’s in International Security from Sciences Po Paris, a M.Sc. in Management of International Organizations from Bocconi University, and a B.A. in International Relations and French from Franklin University Switzerland. She speaks English, French and Italian.


Notable Publications

Host-Country Consent in UN Peacekeeping by Julie Gregory and Lisa Sharland –forthcoming

Sharing the Pen in the UN Security Council: A Win for Inclusive Multilateralism? by Julie Gregory

Tackling Violence Against Women & Girls by Julie Gregory

A New Agenda for Peace: Strengthening the Ability of UN Peace Operations to Protect Civilians by Lisa Sharland, Julie Gregory and Ilhan Dahir

Strengthening Human Rights: Translating Multilateral Commitments into Action by Lisa Sharland, Julie Gregory and Ilhan Dahir

Violence Based on Religion or Belief: Taking Action at the United Nations by Aditi Gorur and Julie Gregory