Megan Clark Torrey is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the World Affairs Council of CT. Megan became the Executive Director 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 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.
Nicole is the Education and Special Projects Director working to manage and expand CTWAC’s education related programs such as the annual Model UN. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Western Connecticut State University, teaching a course on world governments, economies, and cultures. Nicole completed a dual graduate degree program, receiving an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Masters of Development Studies from the International Institute of Social Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Prior to her studies, Nicole served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Washington State assisting with the management of a college preparedness program for underserved high school students. Nicole has extensive travel experience that includes living abroad in Germany and The Netherlands.
Abby Noyes is the Programs and Outreach Associate of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut. She oversees our communications, creates content and programs that bring global developments to our audiences, and works to expand our network. Abby joined us in July 2022 a year after graduating from Elon University with a B.A. in Spanish and International/Global Studies with a regional concentration in Europe, as well as an Economics minor. As part of her education, she studied abroad at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain, where she focused on government institutions and international trade and finance. Her senior thesis focused on migrant labor opportunism under the Spanish Protectorate in Morocco. Her research interests include global security regarding trade and security alliances, and economic policies and conditions related to geopolitical developments. She enjoys hiking, swimming, and learning new languages.
Paige is currently the Education Assistant Intern at the World Affairs Council of Connecticut. As a former Model UN delegate, she credits the program for inspiring her interest in pursuing global affairs. She is a fourth year at the University of Toronto, where she is majoring in History with minors in Philosophy and Material Culture Studies. Paige is currently pursuing a career in international law and will be applying to law school in the fall. She is excited to be a part of the World Affairs Council and assist in preparations for their Model UN conference this year. Her favorite area of study within global affairs is the study of the interaction of law and history on the global stage to create change within our global environment.
Jonah is a senior at Southern Connecticut State University majoring in Political Science and Anthropology and minoring in Philosophy. A member of the Southern chapters of Alpha Beta Kappa, Anthropology Society, vice president and secretary of Phi Sigma Tau, president of Omicron Delta Kappa and an on-campus tutor, Jonah cherishes taking part in organizing campus engagement and informed discussion on a range of critical issues. Jonah developed a love of global affairs through travel to his mother’s home country of Germany and informative discussion with fellow community members with roots across the globe. Jonah hopes to pursue a career in public policy upon graduation and will be applying to law school in the fall.