Co-founder and Executive Director of Plataforma CIPÓ
Adriana Erthal Abdenur is a public policy expert and activist based in Rio de Janeiro. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Plataforma CIPÓ. She has led projects on climate and security, migration and refugees, peace operations, and peacebuilding in Latin America and across the Global South. She is a member of the UN Committee on Development Policy (CDP), of the Global Climate Commission, and of the Climate Security Expert Network.
Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Inger Andersen has more than 30 years of experience in international development economics, environmental sustainability and policy-making. Prior to joining UNEP, she was Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Before that, she held various leadership roles at the World Bank and United Nations.
Professor of Strategy, Ivey Business School, Western University and Executive Director, Network for Business Sustainability
Tima Bansal is committed to researching business issues that will facilitate sustainable development and mobilising those ideas to business practice. She founded and continues to direct the Network for Business Sustainability (www.nbs.net) and Chairs the CCA Expert Panel on the Circular Economy.
Raj S. Bhopal
Emeritus Professor of Public Health, University of Edinburgh
Raj S. Bhopal is Emeritus Professor of Public Health at the University of Edinburgh. Previously, he held posts including Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at Newcastle University and Lecturer in Public Health at Glasgow University. He was leader of the 19th World Congress of Epidemiology 2011, and the first World Congress on Migration, Ethnicity, Race and Health in 2018.
UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and Prime Minister's Finance Adviser for COP26
Mark Carney was previously Governor of the Bank of England (from 2013 to 2020), and Governor of the Bank of Canada (from 2008 to 2013). He also served as Chair of the Financial Stability Board (from 2011 to 2018).
Adviser, United Nations Association – UK
Fred Carver is an adviser to UNA-UK and its former Head of Policy. Prior to joining the organisation, he ran the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, a human rights NGO. Before then he worked in local government and as a researcher and writer. He has conducted field research in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Israel and Palestine.
Founder and Executive Director, JustJobs Network
Sabina Dewan is Founder and Executive Director of the JustJobs Network. She is also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Policy Research in India. Dewan works closely with governments, businesses, multilateral, and grassroots organisations providing critical labour market research and insights to help generate more employment, cultivate employability, and promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
Head of Campaigns, United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK)
Ben Donaldson joined UNA-UK in 2011 and is currently Head of Campaigns. Prior to this, he spent a year living in Thailand near the Myanmar border, working for the Karen Hilltribes Trust. He has a Post Graduate Certificate in Global Governance and Public Policy.
Scott F. Dowell
Deputy Director, Vaccine Development and Surveillance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Scott Dowell is a paediatric infectious disease specialist who tracks major infectious causes of death and disability around the world. He has helped lead responses to several major disease outbreaks on behalf of the US CDC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, the 2014-15 West Africa Ebola outbreak, and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
Co-Founder, Plataforma CIPÓ (Brazil)
Maiara Folly is a Brazilian international relations and public policy researcher based in London. She is the Co-founder and Program Director of Plataforma CIPÓ, a think-tank dedicated to climate, governance and peacebuilding in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford.
Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
Stefania Giannini was appointed UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018, becoming the top UN official in the field. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4.
Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance, Global Policy Initiatives, Institute of International Finance
Sonja co-leads IIF policy work on sustainable finance and infrastructure investment, including advocacy and liaison efforts vis-à-vis the G20, the multilaterals and the international regulatory community. Sonja has spent over 20 years in banking and financial markets, most recently with Nomura International in London, where she was Chief Equity Strategist.
Independent writer and researcher on international cooperation
Jonathan Glennie is a writer, researcher, consultant and practitioner on sustainability, poverty and human rights, looking in particular at the changing nature of development cooperation as global paradigms and relationships evolve. He has held senior positions in several international organisations and was, until recently, Director of the Sustainable Development Research Centre at Ipsos.
UN Director, International Crisis Group
Richard Gowan is the New York-based UN Director at the International Crisis Group. He has worked with New York University's Center on International Cooperation, the European Council on Foreign Relations and the UN University's Center for Policy Research, and taught at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
adviser, writer, speaker and co-author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition
Denise Hearn is an adviser, author, and speaker who works with organisations, asset managers, and companies who want to use their resources to support a more equitable future. She is co-author of The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition – named one of the Financial Times’ Best Books of 2018 and endorsed by two Nobel Prize winners. Follow her work: T: @denisehearn_
Senior Economist of Food Security and Nutrition, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN
Cindy Holleman has worked for more than 25 years in the field of food security and nutrition analysis, early warning and information systems, and disaster risk reduction and management. She is currently the Editor of the FAO annual flagship publication, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World Report.
Professor, Earth System Science, Stanford University and Chair, Global Carbon Project
Rob Jackson is the Douglas Provostial Professor of Energy and the Environment at Stanford University. His lab examines the many ways people affect the Earth, including the effects of climate change and droughts on forests and grasslands. His group is also measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the Global Carbon Project (globalcarbonproject.org), which Jackson chairs.
Director, Water and Sanitation, Stockholm International Water Institute
Alejandro currently leads the Water and Sanitation Department at Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The Department provides advice, develops tools and methodologies, and conducts studies, trainings, and workshops on governance issues, to achieve sustainable and resilient water and sanitation services. Alejandro joined SIWI in 2013 and has also served as the Program Director for Content Development on water governance for the organisation.
Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Natalia Kanem is the fifth Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She has more than 30 years of strategic leadership experience in medicine, public and reproductive health, social justice and philanthropy
former Secretary-General, United Nations
Ban Ki-moon was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities were 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 continued to serve until 31 December 2016
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.
Director, Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative, The German Marshall Fund
Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is founding director of the Digital Innovation and Democracy Initiative at the German Marshall Fund of the US and chair of the board of directors of the Open Technology Fund. She served as US Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris during the Obama Administration.
CEO, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Claire Melamed is the CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, heading up a global team based in five countries. She was previously Managing Director of the Overseas Development Institute, and in 2014, she worked in the office of the UN Secretary-General, writing the report of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, A World That Counts. She is based in London, has worked for several international NGOs and taught at the University of London and the Open University.
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
Amina J Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
Amina J. Mohammed was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016. Prior to this, she served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the SDGs
Administrative Assistant, United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK)
Lauren Muir joined UNA-UK as an administrative assistant in January 2020. She has a postgraduate degree in Geopolitics and Security at Royal Holloway. Alongside this, she worked as a research assistant and also gained four years of experience working in the charity sector through various part-time roles.
Communications Assistant, United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK)
Rianna Nayee first joined UNA-UK as a volunteer in 2019, and started working as Communications Assistant in January 2020. Rianna holds a degree in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford, where she was her college’s Charities, Environment and Ethics officer.
CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy
Damilola Ogunbiyi is CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All and Co-Chair of UN-Energy. She is also a Commissioner for the Global Commission to End Energy Poverty. Mrs Ogunbiyi was formerly the Managing Director of the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency and the General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board.
Policy Officer, Social Protection Department, at the International Labour Organization
Ian Orton is a Policy Officer at the International Labour Organization's Social Protection Department. Previously, he worked for UNICEF’s Social Inclusion and Policy Section, for BRAC and the International Social Security Association. His social policy interests have focused on social protection and the financial crisis, universal child benefits and UBI.
Executive Director, UNA-USA
As Executive Director of UNA-USA, Rachel leads a grassroots advocacy movement of more than 20,000 Americans in 225+ chapters who are dedicated to supporting the work of the United Nations in their communities, on campuses, and on Capitol Hill. She guides the UNA-USA’s strategic work and key partnerships, oversees membership expansion, and spearheads important advocacy initiatives to help the United States advance the far-reaching goals of the United Nations.
Director, Social Protection Department, International Labour Organization
Shahra Razavi is the Director of the ILO’s Social Protection Department. Previously she was Chief of the Research and Data Section at UN Women (2013-2020), and Senior Researcher at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, UNRISD (1993-2013). Her work and publications have been on the interface between gender, social policy, social protection and the care economy.
Chief of Strategy, Office of the Special Adviser on the UN’s 75th Anniversary
Natalie Samarasinghe is Chief of Strategy, Office of the Special Adviser on the UN’s 75th Anniversary. She is the former Executive Director of the United Nations Association – UK, 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
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
Senior Researcher and Advocate on Poverty and Inequality, Human Rights Watch
Lena Simet is the Senior Researcher and Advocate on Poverty and Inequality at Human Rights Watch (HRA). Before joining HRW, she worked as a consultant for various international and non-governmental agencies. She also was a researcher and teaching fellow at The New School, where she received her Ph.D. in Public and Urban Policy.
Chief Executive, Oxfam GB
Danny Sriskandarajah became Chief Executive of Oxfam GB in January 2019. Prior to that he led CIVICUS, the global alliance of civil society organisations, and was Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society. He tweets at @dhnnjyn
Associate Professor in education and international development, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Prachi Srivastava is Associate Professor in education and international development, University of Western Ontario, Canada, and Member, Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement, World Bank. She has been working on the global education emergency caused by COVID-19 since March 2020.
Senior Director, Integrated Communications, UN Foundation
Sueann Tannis is Senior Director, Integrated Communications at the UN Foundation. In this role, she leads on content and campaigns for the Foundation’s online community of two million, in support of the UN’s objectives. Most recently, Sueann was Head, Corporate Communications at the Caribbean Development Bank.
Communications Officer, United Nations Association - UK
Enyseh is the Communications Officer at the United Nations Association - UK, responsible for the Organisation’s public communications and supporting its policy and campaign work. Enyseh is a qualified journalist and holds a Masters degree from the University of St Andrews and a first-class degree in Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London.
Research Director, Global Health, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Andrea Thoumi is an experienced research and policy lead with expertise in health policy and health financing focused on global health and health equity. She holds a MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the LSE/LSHTM and a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Associate Professor in Peace and Development Research and a lecturer in Human Ecology at School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Marie Thynell is an interdisciplinary social scientist. She teaches Sustainable and Global Cities, focusing on urbanisation, environmental, transport, social aspects, transition, and inequality. Since 2005 Thynell is an expert at the EST Forum of 25 Asian governments hosted by UNCRD/UNDESA. She has published extensively.
Maryke van Staden
Director, Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Maryke heads ICLEI’s global approach to integrated climate action, leading a team of multi-disciplinary experts who provide ICLEI’s global support package on climate and sustainable energy action to the global network of 2,000+ local and subnational governments in more than 10+ countries.
President and Founder, Global Footprint Network
Mathis Wackernagel, Ph.D. co-created Ecological Footprint accounting and founded Global Footprint Network, a think-tank focused on bringing about an economy in which all can thrive within the means of our one planet. His awards include the 2018 World Sustainability Award, the 2015 IAIA Global Environment Award, and the 2012 Blue Planet Prize.