Alicia Girón was Former President of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE-2014-2015). She has been Editor of Development Problems, Latin American Journal of Economics since 2010; Coordinator of the Asian Studies Seminar (SUEA) from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and Member of the High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment of United Nations. Her main research issues are fiscal and financial economics, as well as gender economics in relation to financial circuits at macroeconomic and microeconomic levels. Prominent researcher of Latin America, she has published several articles in international reviews, chapters in books and more than 30 titles coordinated by herself and 5 books by her own. Nominated by the Executive Board of her University to be the director of the Economic Research Institute (1994-2002). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Faculty of Economics and Postgraduate degree in Latin American Studies from the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences. She is Professor at the Faculty of Economics and tutor of the Economics, Latin American Studies, and Administration Sciences Postgraduate programs from UNAM where she has conducted more than 30 theses in different levels.
Amadou Mahtar Ba is a seasoned professional with wide Africa, Europe & US experience in media, governance, technology and innovation. He is co-Founder and Executive Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media, Inc – owner and operator of http://allafrica.com, the largest content service provider specialized on Africa.
Mr. Ba sits on several boards and participates in a number of international working groups including the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment, the World Economic Forum's Network of Global Councils, the Africa Democratic Institute, the Africa Policy Advisory Board of ONE and serves as a member of the Panel of Judges for the CNN African Journalist Award.
He is a recipient of many distinguished awards and recognitions in Africa, Europe and the USA, including being selected in the "100 Most Influential Africans" for three years in a row by New African Magazine. Forbes Magazine listed him one of "The Top 10 Most Powerful Men in Africa" in February 2014.
Mr. Ba was educated in Senegal, France and Spain. He is fluent in French, English, Spanish, Fulani and Wolof.
On 5 July 2011, Christine Lagarde became the eleventh Managing Director of the IMF, and the first woman to hold that position. On 19 February 2016, the IMF Executive Board selected her to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on 5 July 2016. Born in Paris in 1956, Ms. Lagarde completed high school in Le Havre and attended Holton Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A. She then graduated from law school at University Paris X, and obtained a Master’s degree from the Political Science Institute in Aix-en- Provence, France. After being admitted as a lawyer to the Paris Bar, Christine Lagarde joined the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie as an associate, specializing in Labour, Anti-trust and Mergers & Acquisitions. A member of the Executive Committee of the firm in 1995, she became the Chair of the Global Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie in 1999, and subsequently Chair of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004. Ms. Lagarde joined the French Government in June 2005 as Minister for Foreign Trade. After a brief stint as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, in June 2007 she became the first woman to hold the post of Finance and Economy Minister of a G-7 country. From July to December 2008, she also chaired the ECOFIN Council, which brings together economics and finance ministers of the European Union and has helped to foster international policies related to financial supervision, regulation and the strengthening of global economic governance. As Chair of the G-20 when France took over its presidency for the year 2011, she set in motion a wide-ranging work agenda on the reform of the international monetary system. Ms. Lagarde was named Officier in the Légion d'honneur in April 2012. A former member of the French national team for synchronized swimming, Ms. Lagarde is the mother of two sons.
Fiza Farhan, is a young women entrepreneur, featured in the US Magazine Forbes 30 Under 30 List of Social Entrepreneurs for 2015 and again in Forbes Asia List of 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs in 2016. Furthermore, she represents Pakistan on the United Nation's Secretary General's first ever High Level Panel on Women Economic Empowerment along with global leadership in addition to advising the Government of Punjab, as Chairperson to Chief Minister Punjab’s Task Force on Women Empowerment. Previously, Fiza was the CEO of Buksh Foundation and Director of Buksh Energy Private Limited, both companies pioneering unique and demand based multi-stakeholder solutions in the domains of gender equality, inclusive growth, renewable energy and impact investment. In a short span of time, Fiza not only led both social enterprises to become globally recognized brands of empowerment and sustainable social impact, but has also created a national success story for the youth of Pakistan especially the women with the many international recognitions and acclaims she has won over the years pioneering numerous innovations in the field of renewable energy with a triple bottom line approach. Fiza continues to represent Pakistan on multiple international forums including the UN Foundation, ADB Energy for ALL and the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2015, Fiza was also selected as the 2nd Pakistani to become a Future Energy Leader appointed by the World Energy Council. In July 2016, Fiza has evolved her professional journey as an Independent Adviser / Consultant on a national and international scale in sectors that align with her interest and expertise, broadening her horizon of impact towards multiple sustainable development goals. Currently Fiza is advising the Benzair Income Support Program (BISP) as a Senior Gender and Women Specialist along with advising development institutions like UNDP towards adaptation of SDG’s in the Private Sector & World Bank as a Country Gender Specailist. Furthermore, Fiza is advising the Government of Punjab on the important front of Women Development / Gender. With her plans to work with multiple other partners in the public and private sectors, Fiza continues to pursue her passion towards making the gender equality and economic justice nexus a reality in the years to come. Fiza is a graduate of Lahore University of Management Sciences and Warwick Business School, UK.
Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. She is a serial social entrepreneur and world leader in women’s economic empowerment and global supplier diversity and inclusion. WEConnect International identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women, and then connects them with member buyers. The WEConnect International eNetwork supports and promotes women-owned businesses based in over 100 countries. WEConnect International corporate member buyers represent over US$1 trillion in annual purchasing power. Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, “Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.” She sits on the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, the Board of Trustees of the Eisenhower Fellowships, the W20 and the B20 SME Development Taskforce to advance G20 commitments, and is a member of the International Advisory Council for the Walmart Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative. She was born in Mexico and has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow.
Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization, since October 2012, is focused on assuring the ILO’s authority on world of work issues, remaining true to its social justice mandate, relevant to 21st century realities, and capable of leading action to improve the working lives of people.
He previously served the ILO as Executive Director for labour standards and fundamental principles and rights at work, Director of the Director-General’s Office and Director of the Bureau for Workers’ Activities.
With a strong background in the trade union movement he led its global unification and was elected first General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation in 2006.
Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., became the 12th President of the World Bank Group on July 1, 2012. A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations worldwide. Dr. Kim comes to the Bank after serving as President of Dartmouth College, a pre-eminent centre of higher education that consistently ranks among the top academic institutions in the United States. Dr. Kim is a co-founder of Partners In Health (PIH) and a former director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization (WHO). Dr. Kim’s work has earned him wide recognition. He was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship (2003), named one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report (2005), and was selected as one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” (2006). Born in 1959 in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Kim moved with his family to the United States at the age of five and grew up in Muscatine, Iowa. Dr. Kim graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University in 1982. He earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1991 and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University in 1993.
Justine Greening is a founding member of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. In July 2016, Justine Greening was appointed as the UK Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, with overall responsibility for UK’s policy on women and UK’s equality strategy. Prior to this role, Justine Greening was the UK Secretary of State for International Development where she put improving the lives of women and girls at the heart of the UK’s international development approach. Justine Greening held the first ever Girl Summit in London to mobilise international work to combat Female Genital Mutilation and early and forced marriage, with young people at the centre of this work.
Michael Spence served as the Chair of an Independent Commission on Growth in Developing Countries (2006-2010 – the life of the commission). He is Professor of Economics at the Stern School at NYU, Professor Emeritus of Management in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Mr. Spence received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2001, and the John Bates Clark Medal in 1982, for work on markets with asymmetrical information. He is the author of the book, “The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World,” Ferrar, Straus and Giroux, May 2011. Mr. Spence serves on the board of Mercadolibre and a number of private companies. He is a member of the board of the Stanford Management Company. He is a Senior Advisor to Oak Hill Investment Management and a consultant to PIMCO. He is the Chair of the academic board of the Fung Global Institute, based in Hong Kong. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University.
Mitchell Baker is the Executive Chair of Mozilla Foundation and Mozilla Corporation, a subsidiary of the Mozilla Foundation that coordinates development of the open source Mozilla Internet applications, including the Mozilla Firefox web browser. She coordinates business and policy issues and sits on both the Mozilla Foundation Board of Directors and the Mozilla Corporation Board of Directors. Ms. Baker received a JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley. In 2005, TIME Magazine included her in its annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World under its “Scientists and Thinkers” category and she has been affectionately given the title of “Chief Lizard Wrangler” at the Mozilla Corporation. Ms. Baker was honoured as winner of the Anita Borg Institute’s 2009 Women of Vision Award and in 2010 she was the recipient of the Aenne Burda Award for Creative Leadership. In 2012, Ms. Baker was inducted into the founding group of the Internet Society’s Hall of Fame.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She has devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government and civil society, and with the private sector, and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa. She served as Deputy President of South Africa, Minister of Minerals and Deputy Minister in the Department of Trade and Industry. She was a Member of Parliament as part of South Africa’s first democratic government. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka began her career as a teacher and gained international experience as a coordinator at the World YWCA. A long-time champion of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality. She has completed her Ph.D. on education and technology at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Renana Jhabvala is the Chair of the WIEGO Board. She has been working with the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) since 1977 and is currently SEWA’s National Coordinator as well as the Chair of SEWA Bank and SEWA Bharat. Her most recent publications include The Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work and Poverty with Martha Chen, Joann Vanek, Francie Lund, James Heintz and Christine Bonner; Informal Economy Centrestage: New Structures of Employment, which she co-edited with Ratna M. Sudarshan and Jeemol Unni; and The Unorganised Sector: Work Security and Social Protection, which she co-edited with R.K.A. Subramanya.
Saadia Zahidi is Head of Education, Gender and Work and a Member of the Executive Committee at the World Economic Forum. Under her leadership, the Forum’s System Initiative on Education, Gender and Work seeks to combine insights and action, producing unique analysis and mobilizing leaders to work together to set targets for impact, share best practices, create new public-private partnerships, muster resources and change mind-sets. Saadia founded and co-authors the Forum's Global Gender Gap Report, Human Capital Report and Future of Jobs Report. She advises CEOs and governments on gender equality, jobs, skills education and other talent issues. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and in the media. She was selected as one of BBC's 100 Women in 2013 and 2014 and won the inaugural FT/Mckinsey Bracken Bower Prize. She is writing a book on "Womenomics in the Muslim World". She is from Pakistan.
Samia Hassan Suluhu became Tanzania's first-ever female Vice-President in the 2015 General Elections, alongside John Magufuli, the President. She is a Tanzanian CCM politician, served as the Member of Parliament for Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015, and has been Minister of State in the Vice President's Office for Union Affairs since 2010. Prior to this, Ms. Suluhu served as a Minister in the semiautonomous region of Zanzibar in the administration of President Amani Karume. In 2014, she was elected as the Vice-Chair of the Constituent Assembly, tasked with drafting the country's new constitution. In July 2015, CCM's presidential nominee John Magufuli chose her as his running mate for the 2015 election, making her the first female running mate in the party's history.
Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) at its Second World Congress in Vancouver in June 2010. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) since 1992, she served as inaugural President of the ITUC from its foundation in Vienna in 2006, and of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (a predecessor organization to the ITUC) from 2004. The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and represents 180 million workers in 162 countries and territories, with 333 national affiliates.
Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is the Minister of State for Tolerance of the Government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the first woman in the UAE to hold a cabinet post. Previously, she was Minister for International Cooperation and Development (2013-2016), Minister of Foreign Trade (2008-2013) and Minister of Economy (2004-2008). She headed Dubai’s public sector e-Government initiatives (2004) and was also the CEO of Tejari.com (2000), the Middle East’s first business-to-business e-market. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious, international awards. She topped Arabian Business Magazine’s, “100 Most Powerful Arab Women”, (2011–2015), and has featured in Forbes Magazine’s, “World’s Most Powerful Women” and the Wall Street Journal’s “50 International Women to Watch”. Ms. Lubna was the first Emirati to receive the “Clinton Global Citizen Award” from the Clinton Global Initiative. She is President of Zayed University and holds many honorary degrees.
Tina Fordham is Managing Director and Chief Global Political Analyst at Citi, the first to hold this position. Her work focuses on hard-to-quantify risks such as geopolitics and socioeconomic factors, including "vox populi" risk, the idea that public opinion is a risk factor in the investment environment, as well as the role of women in the global economy. Named in the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Finance and "40 Women to Watch", she joined Citi in 2003, where she advises corporate boards and institutional investors on the implications of macro-political developments. Previously, she served as senior advisor in the UK Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and head of global political risk at Eurasia Group, where she started the firm's financial markets research business. Ms. Fordham earned her Master's degree in international affairs at Columbia University. She is a San Francisco Bay Area native and lives in London with her two daughters.
Ms Byanyima has been a leader on women’s rights, democratic governance and peace building, spanning the diplomatic, multilateral, legislative and civil society arenas.
Born in Uganda, Ms. Byanyima was elected for three terms and served eleven years in the Ugandan Parliament. A world recognized expert on women's rights, she founded the Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE), a leading NGO in Uganda and has served at the African Union Commission and at the United Nations Development Programme as Director of Gender and Development.
Ms. Byanyima is a signatory to her country’s 1985 peace agreement and has helped to broker and support women’s participation in peace processes in several African countries.
As part of her drive to bring women’s perspectives into core development issues, she co-founded the Global Gender and Climate Alliance and chaired UN-wide task forces on gender aspects of the Millennium Development Goals and climate change.
Ms Byanyima has served on numerous global boards and commissions and is currently a member of the Executive Board of the International Centre for Research on Women. She holds a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in Energy Conservation and the Environment (University of Cranfield, UK), and a B.Sc. in Aeronautical Engineering (University of Manchester, UK).
In April 2016, Dr. Margo Thomas was appointed to lead the secretariat of the High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment established by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General.
Dr. Thomas, who holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Private Sector Development from the University of Manchester, England, brings international expertise in private sector development, trade, and competitiveness to this high-level panel of government, business, academic, and civil society leaders. Dr. Thomas has worked extensively on women’s economic empowerment and gender equality issues, including the development and funding of a global program for the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Practice.
Her career in public policy, political, and economic reform spans more than 20 years. During these years, Dr. Thomas has held several senior leadership positions, at the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation – Advisory Services. Dr. Thomas advised and provided implementation support to more than 50 developing, transitioning, and post-conflict governments on the national and subnational levels, while working for the World Bank Group. One of her major initiatives in the Western Balkans established a regional network of policymakers to share knowledge, effect policy change, and promote business environment reforms to enhance regional and national competitiveness.
Dr. Thomas has lived and worked in more than a dozen countries during her career. From her family home base in Maryland, she actively contributes to the diaspora community. She serves on the boards of the Institute of Caribbean Studies and Commonwealth Business Women (CBW) and is an advisor to Mujer, Empresa and Tecnologia (MET) – a non-profit supporting women entrepreneurs in Latin American countries. In addition, Dr. Thomas serves on the Board of ArtImpact USA, a nonprofit committed to the development and support of multicultural and multinational artists.
In June 2013, Luis Solís was elected party candidate of the Citizen Action Party (PCA), and became Costa Rica’s forty-seventh President of the Republic on 6 April 2014. Mr. Solís started his career in 1981 at the University of Costa Rica as a professor of History and Political Science. He was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan at Flint (1983) and Research Associate at the Latin American and Caribbean Centre of Florida International University (2000). He became Deputy Director of the School of Political Science (1992-1994); Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences (2001-2002), and Director of the Central American Graduate Programme in Political Science (2003-2004) at the University of Costa Rica. From 2004 to 2008, he was Regional Research Coordinator of the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). Professor Solís also served as Chief of Staff (1986-1990), Ambassador at Large for Central American Affairs (1994-1996), and Director General for Policy (1996-1998) at the Costa Rican Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He was Secretary General of the National Liberation Party (Social Democrat) in 2002 and 2003. From October 2008 to December 2010, President Solís served as Regional Representative of the Ibero-American General Secretariat for Central America and Haiti, based in Panama. In 2014, Mr. Solís received three honorary degrees from Duquesne University, the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Centre (CATIE), and Renmin University of China, respectively. He currently resides in San José with his wife.
Simona Scarpaleggia has been CEO of IKEA Switzerland since May 2010. She is a passionate campaigner for all issues surrounding women’s empowerment. In 2009, she co-founded «Valore D» in Italy and later «Advance - Women in Swiss Business» in Switzerland. Both organization have a mission to boost gender diversity and to increase the share of mixed-gender management teams for the benefit of our economies. Since January 2016, Scarpaleggia is also co-chairing the UN High Level Panel on Women´s Economic Empowerment. She holds a degree in political science and an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management. Simona Scarpaleggia is an Italian citizen, is married and has 3 children.
Aurel Hosennen is the Country Communication Manager of IKEA in Switzerland. Based near Zurich, Aurel is responsible for the companies’ communication strategy and development of social media, internal communication, media relations and sustainability. He oversees the IKEA sustainability strategy and execution called “people and planet positive” in Switzerland, which is strongly linked to women’s economic empowerment. In January 2016, he joined the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment as a deputy to the Co-Chair Simona Scarpaleggia, CEO of IKEA Switzerland. Before joining IKEA and the UN High-Level Panel he has been working for different companies in the IT, manufacturing and event industry, gaining a wealth of expertise in designing and scaling communication and positioning strategies.
Research Fellow of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Panamerican University, in Mexico City. Her current research focuses on the protection and realisation of political rights, particularly women and indigenous groups. Specifically, her studies are on public policies, political institutional design and the role of the state in securing human rights. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the Department of Politics, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Legal Research at UNAM, where she developed a project entitled "Vulnerable Groups: Indigenous Women in Mexico and the realisation of their rights". She is member of the Mexican National Research System, the Politics Studies Association and the International Political Science Association. She is also affiliate of the Mexican Association of Political Science, and the Midwestern Political Science Association. She has authored several papers on gender studies and democratisation processes, including "Federalism and Gender Quotas in Mexico: Analysing Propietario and Suplente Nominations" (2015); "Understanding Equality in Mexico: Women in Politics" (2014); and her forthcoming book entitled "Women in Mexican Politics: A Study of Representation in a Renewed Federal and Democratic State". She currently teaches Political Institutions, Qualitative Methods, Geopolitics and Latin American Politics.
Nanjira is the Digital Equality Advocacy Manager at the Web Foundation. She was previously the Research Lead at iHub, Nairobi, where she provided strategic guidance for growth of technology research in the East Africa region and supportedthe team to surface information useful for the emerging technology ecosystem in Africa.
With iHub Research, Nanjira developed a framework for assessing the Viability, Verification, and Validity of Crowdsourcing, an online dangerous speech monitoring project, Umati, currently running in Kenya, Nigeria and South Sudan, and a publication on ICT and Governance (Civic Tech Landscape) in East Africa. Nanjira is also the editor of Innovative Africa: The new face of Africa, a series of essays on the emerging African technology landscape. She is an avid writer and commentator on technology and society, writing a column for the Daily Nation newspaper in Kenya and occasionally for international press, as well as publishing papers on a range of issues, from Social Media and Journalism in Kenya, to Cybersecurity and Net Neutrality considerations for the African ICT Policy space.
Nanjira is passionate about understanding the unfolding impacts of ICT adoption and how those impact governance, innovation, entrepreneurship and societal culture, with a keen focus on gender implications.
Anum has a diverse background in project management within the academic and development sectors across the United Kingdom and Pakistan both. With an interest in global health and development; emphasising social models or project initiatives; Anum is involved in challenging positions which focus on contributing to poverty alleviation, women’s economic empowerment, a foundation for social inclusion and the dissemination of information for sustainable long term commitment to a variety of social issues. She has extensive experience working with Chemonics International, a notable USAID subcontractor, implementing an economic growth project and holds specialist expertise in human resource management. Anum graduated as a Master of Science in International Business and Politics from Queen Mary, University of London; with a focus on the global politics of health.
Anum is currently working as a Consultant with the Government of the Punjab, Pakistan in the Planning and Development Department for the Health, Nutrition and Population section where she works closely on research, policy and monitoring frameworks to improve efficiency, regulation and service delivery of the health sector in Punjab. Her personal interests focus on creating favourable enabling environments particularly for vulnerable groups to accelerate development and improve social equality. She strongly believes that the empowerment of women and gender equality is imperative to drive sustainable economic growth and would require public-private sector partnerships across several stakeholders which the UNHLP is advocating.
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Greta Schettler is the Vice President of WEConnect International as well as the Interim Regional Director for Asia and Canada. Based in Washington D.C., Greta heads up global efforts to scale the rapidly growing organization, leads its executive management team and strategic direction, and develops a performance driven culture among its group of diverse talented individuals. Greta, a proven executive and entrepreneur with more than 15-years’ experience, has a wealth of expertise in designing and scaling efforts to advance women’s economic participation and entrepreneurship through development, trade, economic, and international business initiatives. Prior to joining WEConnect International, Greta was Senior Economic Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues for the U.S. Department of State. In that role, Greta was responsible for elevating women’s economic participation as a U.S. foreign policy priority globally.
Shauna Olney is Chief of the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch (GED) of the International Labour Organization. She studied law at the University of British Columbia and as a postgraduate at the University of Oxford, with a focus on industrial relations and human rights. She has been with the ILO since 1991, working in the areas of equality and non-discrimination, industrial relations, international labour standards, labour law and freedom of association. Previously she worked as a barrister and solicitor in Canada, specialising in industrial relations, labour law and human rights. She also worked at the Supreme Court of Canada. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications on gender, equality and non-discrimination, including “Migrant Workers and the Right to Non-discrimination and Equality” in Migrants at Work (OUP); Equal Pay: An introductory guide (ILO); ‘The ILO, gender equality, and trade unions’ in Making globalization work for women (Suny Series, Praxis); Gender equality: A guide to collective bargaining (ILO).
Caren Grown, Senior Director for Gender at the World Bank Group, is recognized internationally as an expert on gender and development. Before joining the Bank Group in 2014, she was Economist-in-Residence and Co-Director of the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics at American University. From 2013-2014, she led the UNU-WIDER program on aid effectiveness and gender equality, and from 2011-2013 she served as Senior Gender Adviser and Acting Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at USAID. Among her previous positions, Dr. Grown has been Senior Scholar and Co-Director of the Gender Equality and Economy Program at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College, Director of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Governance team at the International Center for Research on Women, and Senior Program Officer at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Gwen Hines has worked for the UK Government since 1996 in a range of policy and operational positions. Before taking up the role of DFID International Relations Director, she was the UK Government’s Executive Director to the World Bank Group (2012-2015). She also served as the DFID Head of Office in Bangladesh and in Malawi, and worked on the DFID programme in Pakistan. Throughout her career, Gwen has worked a lot on international relations, including with UN agencies, the World Trade Organisation and the G7 and G8 (specializing in African issues). She was seconded by DFID as a National Expert to the European Commission (DG DevCo). Gwen has also worked for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and for Apple Computers, and completed an internship at the US House of Representatives. Her academic background is in politics, economics and philosophy.
Anar Simpson is the Special Advisor, Office of the Chair, Mozilla, where she leads the Women, Girls and Technology initiative. She is the Global Ambassador for Technovation Challenge and Strategic Partnership Advisor, U.S. State Department TechWomen program. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of Resilient Capital & the Banff Forum. Anar has served as a member of the Organizing Committee of the C100 which connects Canadian technology entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley and has been mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Anar has a BSc. Computer Science & MCS Communications is graduate of Program in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Anar was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Calgary.
Dr. Purna Sen is Director of Policy at UN Women where she is responsible for direction, leadership and management of the Policy Division as well as the UN Women Training Centre. She has over 30 years’ experience in capacity building, service delivery and evaluation review, teaching, advocacy and research publishing.
Her work has included research, publications and activism on violence against women, culture and human rights, trafficking, sexuality and sexual control, human rights, developments, civil society organising against violence, and social development issues and race equality in the UK. She has consulted with organisations including Article 19 and the British Council, and been on the management and advisory groups of NGOs including the Refugee Women's Resource Project and Southall Black Sisters. Purna was previously a board member of the Kaleidoscope Trust (an LGBT rights charity), RISE (a domestic abuse charity) and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative.
Prior to UN Women, Purna was Deputy Director of the Institute of Public Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) where she also taught gender and development. Previously she served as Head of Human Rights for the Commonwealth Secretariat and as Director for the Asia-Pacific Programme at Amnesty International. During the 2015 UK general election, Purna was a parliamentary candidate for the Brighton Pavilion constituency. She also has a PhD from Bristol University on the subject of Violence Against Women.
Martha Chen (Marty) is International Coordinator of WIEGO, Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Affiliated Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. An experienced development practitioner and scholar, her areas of specialization are employment, gender, and poverty with a focus on the working poor in the informal economy. Before joining Harvard in 1987, she had two decades of resident experience in Bangladesh working with BRAC, and in India, where she was field representative of Oxfam America for India and Bangladesh. Marty received a PhD in South Asia Regional Studies from University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of numerous books including Bridging Perspectives: Labour, Informal Employment, and Poverty (co-edited with Namrata Bali and Ravi Kanbur), The Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work and Poverty (co-authored with Joann Vanek, Francie Lund, James Heintz, Renana Jhabvala and Chris Bonner), Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture (co-authored with Joann Vanek) and Perpetual Mourning: Widowhood in Rural India. She was awarded a high civilian award, the Padma Shri, by the Government of India in April 2011; and a Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War award by the Government of Bangladesh in December 2012.
Paulina Padilla Ugarte is a Specialist of the Education, Gender and Work Initiative at the World Economic Forum. She is responsible for overseeing public and private programming on education, gender and employment issues at annual meetings and regional summits. She also supports the production of team insight products such as the Global Gender Gap Report and monitors developments in the areas of gender equality and employment, skills, and education. She holds a Master of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Hon. Siriel Shaidi Mchembe is a District Commissioner at Gairo District, Morogoro Region Tanzania. She is a Deputy to H.E Hon. Samia Suluhu Hassan the Vice President of the United Republic of Tanzania; Secretary General High Level Panel, Women's Economic Empowerment.>
She has Masters Degree of Business Administration (MBA) Corporate Management.
Before June, 2016 she worked as a Lecturer at the Institute of Finance Management. She is a specialist of Social Protection and Women's Entrepreneurship.
Before September 2011, she had held several managerial positions that involved extensive leadership and supervisory skills for more than 8 years at PPF Pensions. She held positions like Contributions Manager, Pensions and Customer Care Manager.
She also worked with the Ministry of Finance - Tanzania, Treasury as Pensions Manager - Government.
She is a consultant in Social Protection and Women's Entrepreneurship. Other technical positions held are Board member Christian Magazine in the name of 'Jibu la Maisha and Board Member City Christian Center, Tanzania Assemblies of God Church.
At different levels she facilitated development of Strategic Plan, Compliance and Benefit Manual, Customer Care Policy, Customer Care Charter and timely and accurately payment of members' benefits through effective use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Other consultancy that she had are East and Central Africa Social Security Association (ECASSA) as a Council Member and Facilitator.
High Level Task Force Member (HLTF) East African Common Market.
Chidi King is the Director of the Equality Department at the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), dealing with issues such as gender equality, migrant labour, youth employment, social protection and the informal economy. The ITUC is based in Brussels and is the umbrella organisation for trade union national centres worldwide, with a membership of 180 million workers in 162 countries and territories.
Chidi has also worked on employment rights and civil liberties issues with UK Trade Union Congress, as the equality and rights officer with the Global Union Federation Public Services International, based in France; and as the senior lawyer with the public interest disclosure charity Public Concern at Work. Chidi graduated in law from the University of Birmingham and from the Inns of Court School of Law. She has a particular interest in equality, human rights and civil liberties law.
Amna Al Muhairy is the Director of the Human Rights Department in the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). The Human Rights Department is responsible for the UAE’s representation in international and regional meetings that deal with human rights while working with domestic stakeholders to ensure that the UAE’s policies are aligned with its international obligations and commitments. She continues to manage the UAE’s engagement within the UN Human Rights Council and the submission of its Universal Periodic Review (UPR). In this role she also represents the UAE in international meetings, conferences, and summits related to human rights and women’s empowerment.
Prior to this, Mrs. Al Muhairy served for 5 years at the Permanent Mission of the UAE to the United Nations in New York. Her primary responsibility during that period was the representation of the UAE in the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee which deals with human rights and related issues, as well as in a number of other bodies including the Social Development Committee and the Commission on the Status of Women.
She holds a Bachelors Degree of Science in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah and a Master's Degree in Global Finance from the New School University in New York. She is married to Mohamed Abushahab who is currently the Director of Policy Planning at the MoFA and also served at the Permanent Mission of the UAE to the UN. They have 3 kids, Hamad, Sultan, and Alya.
A financial PR professional, Susan has worked in the financial services industry for nearly 10 years. Currently, she works for the institutional client group (ICG) at Citigroup and looks after PR and media relations for Citi research, EMEA. This includes providing media strategy to internal clients in equity strategy, fixed income, FX strategy, economics and political strategy; while also liaising with top -tier journalists at financial publications throughout the world. Prior to this Susan was global communications manager at analytics and intelligence firm, Coalition, which provides benchmarking and competitor rankings to leading investment banks. Previously, Susan spent time in Monaco and New York in various PR and research positions. In 2004 Susan graduated in Politics from the University of Sheffield, UK.
Kim has almost 20 years experience in international development with extensive experience working on gender justice and women’s rights with Government, Multilateral and civil society organisations. Prior to joining Oxfam as Gender Justice Lead Kim was Gender Team Leader for UNDP Asia-Pacific, providing managerial, policy, and technical leadership of UNDP’s work on gender equality in the region. This followed on from her time as Global Gender and Crisis Prevention and Recovery Adviser for UNDP, supporting all country offices with policy and advisory services and developing and implementing global programmes, policy and strategy on gender in humanitarian contexts. Kim came to the UN system from the Australian Agency for International Development where she held a number of positions including being posted to Indonesia, where she managed the Australian Government’s Gender and Governance programmes and seconded to the Australian Parliament as an adviser on Development Cooperation. Kim holds a Master of Arts (Development Studies) from Monash University, Australia.
Ms. Verona Collantes-Lebale joined the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) as an Intergovernmental Specialist in 2011 and assumed the post of Deputy Chief of the Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment in February 2017.
Ms. Collantes-Lebale’s professional experience encompass diplomacy, trade and development, investment, migration, sustainable development, gender equality and women’s empowerment, least developed countries and small-island developing countries. At UN Women, she works with governments, UN entities and other non-government partners to ensure that intergovernmental processes and their outcomes promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. Among the intergovernmental processes she led and oversaw for UN Women and whose outcomes integrated strong gender perspectives included the following: Rio+20 Conference, UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Conferences on least developed countries, small island developing states and migration.
Prior to joining UN Women, she worked for the UN Office for the High Representative for LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS in New York, and the United Nations Office in Geneva, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where she carried out research and analytical work, capacity-building and inter-agency and intergovernmental functions.
Before working for international organizations, Ms. Collantes-Lebale was a Philippine Foreign Service Officer and a Senior Foreign Affairs Research Specialist. She also taught courses in Economics and Political Science at the University of the Philippines.
Ms. Collantes has a Master in International Law and Economics degree at the World Trade Institute in Bern, Switzerland and has completed post-graduate courses in International Relations at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands, and in Economic Development at the Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Ms. Collantes is married with a 9-year old son and a 6-year old daughter.