Christian Wistehuff Executive Director
Christian Wistehuff brings over twenty years of corporate development, management and consulting experience in a diverse range of for-profit and non-profit concerns to his role as Executive Director at The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women.
Trained as a lawyer, Christian began his career as an analyst of gaming legislation and hotel projects in the corporate development department of ITT Sheraton Corporation in Boston, Massachusetts. Within five years he was leading hotel, gaming and entertainment development projects in South America and Europe at ITT Sheraton’s parent, ITT Corporation in New York. In New York, Christian served on the team that successfully defended ITT Corporation against Blackstone (Hilton) Group’s hostile takeover bid and subsequently merged ITT Corporation with Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. Christian spent the next five years identifying and executing strategic initiatives for the President of Church Pension Group, a private investment group with over $6.2 billion in assets under management, including execution of a strategic and operational review of its publishing affiliate, which transformed that concern from a denominational house to a viable religious trade publishing operation. Christian shifted focus over the next five years to the unique regulatory and operational compliance issues emerging among established players in the for-profit education industry, turning those potential risks into competitive advantages for his clients. Christian brings to The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women a highly evolved set of skills accumulated over the course of his diverse career, a deep and abiding gratitude to the teachers in his life as well as a profound belief in the fundamental importance of education and gender equity to long term peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. Christian is a member of the US-Afghan Women’s Council, co-chaired by First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary Hillary Clinton and Her Excellency First Lady Rula Ghani of Afghanistan, where he serves on the congressional and communications committees. He received the 2015 WomenTogether Humanitarian Award at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Christian was an Eckstein Scholar at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, where he studied flute performance with Walfrid Kujala. He attended Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich, Germany and graduated with honors from Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in Evanston, Illinois. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.