• Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman

    Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the USA

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman is the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Representative to the United States of America. Prior to her appointment to Washington in 2015, she served as the KRG High Representative to the United Kingdom for ten years

  • Nicholas Alipui

    former Director & Senior Adviser, Post-2015 Development Agenda; Director of Programmes, UNICEF

Nicholas Alipui is former (retired) Director & Senior Adviser on the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Director of Programmes for UNICEF. He has over 30 years of experience in strategic leadership, representation, government relations and partnership. He also has extensive experience in intergovernmental negotiations, child rights advocacy and inter-sectoral programming

  • Leisha Beardmore

    Chair, UNA-Westminster Young Professionals

Leisha Beardmore has 11 years’ experience advocating the global protection of human rights, social inclusion and gender equity. She currently works as Chair of UNA-Westminster Young Professionals, Chief Negotiator for Seychelles to the UN on Climate Change and part-time on the UK implementation of the SDGs

  • Ela Bhatt

    Founder, Self-Employed Women’s Association, India; member, The Elders

Known as the ‘gentle revolutionary’, Ela Bhatt is a pioneer in women’s empowerment and grassroots development. Founder of the more than 1 million-strong Self-Employed Women’s Association in India, she was also founder of India’s first women’s bank, the Cooperative Bank of SEWA. She is a member of The Elders

  • Rafia Bhulai

    Programs Officer, Global Center on Cooperative Security

Rafia Bhulai is a Programs Officer for the Global Center on Cooperative Security. She conducts research and contributes to the development and implementation of the Global Center’s programs on countering violent extremism and multilateral security policy. Previously, she worked for the Caribbean Community Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations and the International Institute of New Jersey

  • Jennifer Blanke

    Chief Economist, World Economic Forum

Jennifer Blanke is Chief Economist at the World Economic Forum. Her expertise is on national competitiveness and economic development. Previously, she was a management consultant with Eurogroup in Paris, France, specialising in banking and financial markets

  • Stephen Browne

    Co-director, Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS) Project

Stephen Browne is Co-director of the Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS) Project and Senior Fellow of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York and former Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre, Geneva

  • Richard Burdett

    Director, Urban Age Programme, LSE Cities, London School of Economics

Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies and Director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme, which carries out research on the interactions between urban form and society. This includes advising the United Nations on the 2016 Habitat III conference on sustainable urbanism and curating an exhibition at the 2016 Architecture Biennale in Venice

  • Sharan Burrow

    General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

Sharan Burrow was selected General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) at its Second World Congress in Vancouver in June 2010. The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and represents 181 million workers in 162 countries and territories and has 340 national affiliates

  • Alexandra Buskie

    Policy & Advocacy Manager, United Nations Association – UK

Alexandra Buskie is Policy and Advocacy Manager at United Nations Association – UK, where she leads policy programmes on the Responsibility to Protect and UN peace operations. She has a Masters in International Relations from King’s College London

  • Naureen Chowdhury Fink

    Head of Research and Analysis, Global Center on Cooperative Security

Naureen Chowdhury Fink is Head of Research and Analysis for the Global Center on Cooperative Security. She also focuses on the international and multilateral response to terrorism and related challenges, such as violent extremism, armed conflict, and political instability, and the role of the United Nations. She came to the Global Center after five years at the International Peace Institute, where she developed the counter-terrorism portfolio

  • Helen Clark

    Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Helen Clark became the Administrator of the UNDP in 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organisation. She previously served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999-2008

  • Michael Clarke

    former Director General, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

Michael Clarke is the former Director General of the Royal United Services Institute. He was Professor of Defence Studies at King's College London, where he remains a Visiting Professor, and he is a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Defence Committee and also to the Parliamentary committee on the National Security Strategy

  • Gemma Corrigan

    Economist, World Economic Forum

Gemma Corrigan is an Economist at the World Economic Forum. She is responsible for the development of a new benchmarking tool, which measures how well countries deliver inclusive outcomes from growth, and is a lead author of the Inclusive Growth Report 2015

  • Naiara Costa

    Advocacy Director, Beyond 2015

Naiara Costa is Advocacy Director of Beyond 2015 and Director of the International Secretariat of Together 2030. An international relations analyst, she has worked for the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom in New York, DFID in Brazil, the Brazilian government and served at the United Nations for more than a decade

  • Ben Dickinson

    Head, Tax and Development Division, OECD

As Head of the OECD’s Tax and Development Division, Ben Dickinson delivers the OECD’s objectives for supporting developing countries to mobilise domestic resources, a key pillar of the OECD’s Strategy on Development. He has 20 years of experience in international development, particularly public sector reform, public financial management and anti-corruption work. Prior to joining the OECD he served the UK government in Russia, Ukraine Indonesia, Pakistan and Kenya

  • Jamie Drummond

    Co-founder, ONE

Jamie Drummond is a factivist who cofounded ONE, a global campaigning and advocacy organisation of over 7 million members, taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. He was formerly Global Strategist for Drop the Debt and cofounder of DATA.org

  • Jonathan Glennie

    Director, Sustainable Development Research Centre, Ipsos

Jonathan Glennie is Director of the Ipsos Sustainable Development Research Centre. He is a writer and researcher on effective development cooperation in a new era, from economic and development finance issues, to human rights, inequality, conflict and land use.

  • Mark Goldring

    CEO, Oxfam GB

Mark Goldring is Chief Executive of Oxfam GB. He previously worked as chief executive of VSO and Mencap. He has worked in the field for the United Nations Development Programme, the UK’s Department for International Development and was Bangladesh country director for Oxfam in the 1990s

  • José Graziano da Silva

    Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

José Graziano da Silva is Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). An agronomist and academic, in 2001 he led the team that designed Brazil’s 'Zero Hunger' (Fome Zero) programme. In 2003, he was charged with its implementation by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva who named him Special Minister of Food Security and the Fight against Hunger

  • Jeremy Greenstock

    Chairman, United Nations Association – UK

Jeremy Greenstock is Chairman of the United Nations Association – UK. A career diplomat from 1969 to 2004, he developed specialisations in the Middle East, Transatlantic Relations and the United Nations. He served as UK Ambassador to the UN in New York from 1998 to 2003 and as UK Special Envoy for Iraq, based in Baghdad, from 2003 to 2004

  • Nina Hall

    Post-doctoral Fellow, Hertie School of Governance

Nina Hall is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance. Her research and forthcoming book, Displacement, Development and Climate Change: International Organizations Moving Beyond Their Mandates, explores how international organisations evolve. She was co-author of the World Economic Forum-Blavatnik Report on effective leadership

  • Bronwyn Hayward

    Associate Professor and Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Bronwyn Hayward is Associate Professor and Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She is also a Co-Investigator of the ESRC-funded Centre for Sustainable Prosperity CUSP, University of Surrey, UK and Voices of the Future, University of Oslo, Norway

  • Leo Horn-Phathanothai

    Director for International Cooperation, World Resources Institute (WRI)

Leo Horn-Phathanothai is an environmental economist, author and Director for International Cooperation at the World Resources Institute. Previously he served at the United Nations and as an adviser to the British and Chinese governments and the World Bank, focusing on the nexus of climate and development

  • Emine Isciel

    Adviser, Multilateral Environmental Affairs, Government of Norway

Emine Isciel has been an adviser on multilateral environmental affairs in the Norwegian Government since 2008. Previously, she was responsible for intergovernmental negotiations on Post-2015 at UNICEF. She is a political scientist specialised in social movement capacity and political change

  • Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman

    CEO, Sedex

Jonathan Ivelaw-Chapman is CEO of Sedex. An expert in corporate technology, large-scale data analytics and operational general management, he has worked across a number of industries and vertical markets in his varied career in supply chain management

  • Richard Jolly

    Honorary Professor and Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

Richard Jolly is Honorary Professor and Research Associate of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He is Co-Director of the UN Intellectual History Project and sits on the Council of the Overseas Development Institute. From 2001-6 was a Trustee of OXFAM and Chairman of the United Nations Association – UK

  • Ban Ki-moon

    Secretary-General, United Nations

Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilise world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He took office on 1 January 2007. On 21 June 2011, he was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly and will continue to serve until 31 December 2016

  • Mukhisa Kituyi

    Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Mukhisa Kituyi, of Kenya, is Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). He has an extensive background as an elected official, academic and holder of high government office. He was Kenya's Minister of Trade and Industry from 2002 to 2007. Immediately prior to becoming Secretary-General, he was Chief Executive of the think tank and advocacy organisation Kenya Institute of Governance, based in Nairobi

  • Mark Lattimer

    Executive Director, Minority Rights Group International

Mark Lattimer is the Executive Director of Minority Rights Group International, an NGO in consultative status with the UN that works with 150 partner organisations in over 60 countries worldwide. He has provided technical consultancy on human rights to UN agencies, including UNDP, UNICEF and UNOHCHR

  • Jessica Mackenzie

    Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Jessica Mackenzie is Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute's Research and Policy in Development (RAPID) programme. She specialises in research uptake and improving the role of evidence in policy-making globally

  • Olawale Maiyegun

    Director, Department of Social Affairs, African Union Commission

Olawale Maiyegun is the Director of the Department of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission. As Director of the Department with responsibility for health, he designed and coordinated the continent’s response to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa

  • Claire Melamed

    Director, Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Claire Melamed is the Director of the Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme at ODI. She was previously the Head of Policy at ActionAid UK. She has also worked for Christian Aid, the United Nations in Mozambique and taught at the University of London and the Open University. She heads ODI's work on the post-2015 agenda, looking at sectoral and cross-cutting issues, tracking the political negotiations, co-leading the 'MY World' survey with UNDP and working on the 'data revolution'

  • Arthur Mellors

    Practice Lead, Organisational Change and Governance, Aktis Strategy Ltd

Arthur Mellors is Practice Lead, Organisational Change and Governance at Aktis Strategy Ltd. He specialises in reforming security sector institutions in fragile and conflict-affected environments. Before joining Aktis, he worked for Coffey International and Atos Consulting.

  • Gary Milante

    Director, Security and Development Programme, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)

Gary Milante is Director of the Security and Development Programme at Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). His research focuses on the intersection of security and socio-economic development

  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

    Under-Secretary-General, United Nations; Executive Director, UN Women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, sworn into office on 19 August 2013. She has worked in government, private sector and civil society and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa

  • Matshidiso Moeti

    Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO)

Matshidiso Moeti, from Botswana, is the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa. She has more than 35 years of national and international experience in public health and had previously served in senior positions in Botswana’s Ministry of Health, UNICEF, UNAIDS and WHO. At the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, she led WHO's ‘3 by 5’ initiative to scale up access to treatment in the Region

  • Mahmoud Mohieldin

    Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations and Partnerships, World Bank

Mahmoud Mohieldin is the World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, UN Relations and Partnerships. He previously held numerous senior positions in the Government of Egypt, including Minister of Investment. He also served on several Boards of Directors including the Central Bank of Egypt and the banking, corporate, and academic sectors

  • Sanusha Naidu

    Senior Research Associate, Institute for Global Dialogue

Sanusha Naidu is a Senior Research Associate based with the Institute for Global Dialogue. She is also a Research Associate in the Department of Political Science at University of Pretoria and at the Centre for Chinese Studies based at Stellenbosch University

  • Andrew Rathmell

    Managing Director, Aktis Strategy Ltd; Honorary Visiting Professor, Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter

Andrew Rathmell is Managing Director of Aktis Strategy Ltd and Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Exeter's Strategy and Security Institute. An experienced public policy practitioner and scholar, he has led strategic analysis and planning for the UK Foreign Office, US Department of Defense, coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and to leading private sector organisations

  • Alina Rocha Menocal

    Senior Research Fellow, Developmental Leadership Program, University of Birmingham

Alina Rocha Menocal is a Senior Research Fellow at the Developmental Leadership Program at the University of Birmingham, where she leads a stream of work on Political Settlements and the Politics of Inclusion. She is on secondment from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

  • Natalie Samarasinghe

    Executive Director, United Nations Association – UK

Natalie Samarasinghe is Executive Director of the United Nations Association – UK and the first woman to hold this role. She is a trustee of the Association for Citizenship Teaching, a member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of UNAs, a member of the Steering Committee for the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and an advisor to the Board of the Sri Lanka Campaign. In 2013, she co-founded the 1 for 7 Billion campaign, which sought a fair, open and inclusive process to select the UN Secretary-General

  • David Satterthwaite

    Senior Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

David Satterthwaite is a Senior Fellow at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and a visiting professor at University College London. He also contributed to the 3rd, 4th and 5th assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

  • Jo Scheuer

    Director of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

Jo Scheuer is the Director of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. He has worked in Cambodia, India, Nepal, Niger and Papua New Guinea, and has a Master’s degree in Applied Physical Geography from the University of Trier

  • Guido Schmidt-Traub

    Executive Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Guido Schmidt-Traub is Executive Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Previously he was CEO of Paris-based CDC Climat Asset Management, and Partner at South Pole Carbon Asset Management in Zurich. He led the UNDP MDG Support Team and was Associate Director of the UN Millennium Project in New York

  • Thomas G. Weiss

    Co-director, Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS) Project

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science and Director Emeritus of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at The City University of New York’s Graduate Center. He also is Co-director of the Future of the UN Development System (FUNDS) Project

  • Leo Williams

    Director, Beyond 2015

Leo Williams is the Director of Beyond 2015. He previously worked at Bond and at the Scotland Malawi Partnership. He has worked extensively on issues of peace and justice in the Middle East, notably focusing on the relationship between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel during his role as Manager of the UK Friends of the Abraham Fund Initiatives

  • Ngaire Woods

    Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Ngaire Woods is the inaugural Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance. Her research focuses on global economic governance, the challenges of globalisation, global development, and the role of international institutions

  • Isabelle Younane

    Campaigns & Communications Officer, United Nations Association – UK

Isabelle Younane is Campaigns & Communications Officer at the United Nations Association – UK. An English graduate from the University of Exeter, she holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights from University College London and is the founder of UCL’s first human rights-oriented blog, the Human Rights Journal