Meet the Authors

Megan Clark Torrey,
Executive Director,

Megan Clark Torrey became the Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of CT in March 2014, after having served as Program Director since 2003. She oversees the development and delivery of world class programming that educates the community on global affairs. Recently, Megan implemented a nation-wide World Affairs Council series focused on global women’s health, helped pilot a leadership mission to Brazil and produced a mini-documentary on Henry Kissinger that featured several former Secretaries of State. Megan has facilitated the visits of several world leaders to the Council in Hartford. During her time at the CTWAC, the Council has expanded the scope and reach of its programming by implementing new technology and communications initiatives. Ms. Torrey has two degrees in international relations and diplomacy. Her research interests include inclusive security and the role of women in post-conflict situations and citizen participation in foreign policy. Before joining the World Affairs Council in 2003, she worked with UNESCO’s International Year for the Culture of Peace at the headquarters in Paris and at the United Nations International Training Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. A member of several professional organizations, Megan has traveled extensively all over the world.

Eve Pech,
Education Director,

Eve Pech is responsible for educational outreach to Connecticut school districts. Previously, she served as Program Director for Moderate Voices for Progress, a month-long conflict transformation and dialogue program in the United States for young adult Jews, Muslims, and Christians who currently reside in the Israel/Palestine area. For three decades she taught social studies at Granby Memorial High School, where she was nominated for “Teacher of the Year”; served on U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Johnson’s “Excellence in Education” Committee; and was a member of the steering committee for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges re-accreditation process. During her tenure, she involved her students in a seven-year foreign exchange with Kiev, Ukraine, and served as faculty advisor for several other international initiatives, such as the UCONN online international forum and the Capitol Forum on America’s Future.

Amanda Jolly,
Program and Membership Manager,

Amanda joined the World Affairs Council of CT in October, 2015 as Program and Membership Manager. Amanda’s interest in global affairs and development economics was first sparked by her participation in the CTWAC’s Model UN program her sophomore year of high school. She then joined the CTWAC community as a Programs intern, and returned again while in college to be an Educational Programs intern. Amanda has since earned her BA in International Service with a focus on U.S. Foreign Policy, graduating magna cum laude with Honors from American University in Washington, DC. Amanda has worked with several non-profits around the globe, from Ghana to the Philippines, and in the U.S., from San Francisco to D.C. She has boundless enthusiasm for sustainable development, environmental initiatives, and earnest debating.

Alden Leader
Global Fellow

Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, Alden graduated with a degree in political science and international studies from Northwestern University in 2017. Her studies culminated with her honors thesis on al-Qaeda and its affiliated groups. She studied abroad in London in 2015, and traveled to many cities in Europe during that time. Alden is currently the fellow for the World Affairs Council. She plans to pursue a Master’s in security studies in the near future. Alden is interested in counterterrorism, nuclear security, and the role non-state actors play in global security. She is currently working on learning Arabic.