• Adriana Erthal Abdenur

    Coordinator, Peace and Security Division, Igarapé Institute

Adriana Erthal Abdenur (Ph.D. Princeton, BA Harvard) is a Brazilian policy expert and Coordinator of the Peace & Security Division at Instituto Igarapé, a think tank based in Rio de Janeiro. She serves on the Committee for Development Policy (CDP) of the United Nations ECOSOC for the 2019-2021 term.

  • 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

  • Sabina Alkire

    Director, Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford

Sabina Alkire directs the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), a research centre within the Department of International Development, University of Oxford. Her research interests and publications include multidimensional poverty measurement and analysis, welfare economics, Amartya Sen’s capability approach, the measurement of freedoms, and human development. She holds a DPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford

  • Ala Alwan

    Regional Director Emeritus, World Health Organization (WHO)

Ala Alwan is Regional Director Emeritus, World Health Organization (WHO) and Visiting Professor, Global Health at the University of Washington. At WHO, he was Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases, Representative of the Director for Health Action in Crises and Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region from 2005 to 2017. He coordinated the development of the global strategy for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, endorsed by the World Health Assembly in 2000 and was leading the preparations and global events that culminated in the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases

  • Azita Berar Awad

    Former Director of the Employment Policy Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO)

Former Director of the Employment Policy Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Azita Berar Awad has been leading ILO’s action for promoting full, productive, decent and freely chosen employment. She is a member of the WEF's Global Council on the Future of Education, Gender and Work

  • Michelle Bachelet

    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Michelle Bachelet took up her post in September 2018 and is the seventh United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She was previously elected President of Chile on two occasions (2006–2010 and 2014–2018) and was the first female president of the country. Since the early 1990s, Bachelet has worked closely with many international organisations. In 2011, she was named the first Director of UN Women.

  • Edward B. Barbier

    Professor, Department of Economics, and Senior Scholar, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University

Edward B. Barbier is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Economics, Colorado State University and a Senior Scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. His main expertise is natural resource and development economics as well as the interface between economics and ecology. He has consulted for a variety of national, international and non-governmental agencies, including many UN organisations, the World Bank and the OECD.

  • 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

  • David Beasley

    Executive Director, World Food Programme

In a public service and business career that spans more than four decades, David Beasley has worked across political, religious and ethnic lines to champion economic development, humanitarian assistance, education and intercultural and interfaith cooperation for the most vulnerable people across the globe

  • Kjell E. Berg

    Director, Formcell AB, Bioren Systems

Kjell E. Berg is Director of Formcell AB - Bioren Systems. He invented and developed the BIORENSYSTEM, comprising the Living Filter and other components which effectively removes contaminants from wastewater, storm drainage and other effluents, without the addition of any chemicals, being utilised successfully in the US and Europe. He consults and advises on the use of environmentally sound systems for the purification of wastewater from residential/industrial sources, and their application in phytoremediation.

  • 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

  • Costanza Biavaschi

    Associate Professor of Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Costanza Biavaschi is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her research focuses on the economics of migration, emphasizing topics such as cultural and political integration, as well as the importance of immigrant self-selection for addressing costs and benefits of labour mobility.​

  • 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

  • Phil Bloomer

    Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Phil Bloomer has more than 25 years' experience in social justice advocacy and campaigning. Phil joined the Resource Centre after 18 years at Oxfam, including eight as Campaigns and Policy Director and 11 years in Latin America

  • Summer Brown

    Director, Peacebuilding Advisory Unit, International Alert

Summer Brown is the Director of the Peacebuilding Advisory Unit at International Alert where she oversees thematic teams which explore and advocate for specific issues in and on peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity. Before joining Alert, she managed programmes across the globe focusing on issues including governance, transparency, inclusion, economics, environment, youth, civil society and the media

  • 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

  • Fred Carver

    Head of Policy, United Nations Association – UK

Fred Carver is the Head of Policy for UNA-UK. 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.

  • Valerie Cerra

    Assistant Director, Institute for Capacity Development, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Valerie Cerra is an Assistant Director in the Institute for Capacity Development of the International Monetary Fund. She has provided policy advice, lending support, and training to countries around the world since 1996. Her research publications focus on international macroeconomics, inclusive growth, exchange rates, and financial crises.

  • Louis Charbonneau

    United Nations Director, Human Rights Watch

Louis Charbonneau is the United Nations director at Human Rights Watch. Prior to joining HRW in 2016, he was a journalist for more than two decades in the US, Europe and Asia. His last post was as UN bureau chief for Reuters. He won several awards for his reporting on the UN. He is also working on a PhD in political science at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

  • 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

  • Pedro Conceição

    Director of the Human Development Report Office, UNDP

Pedro Conceição is the Director of the Human Development Report Office at UNDP. He has published widely on financing for development, global public goods, inequality, the economics of innovation, technological change, and development. Pedro has a degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in Public Policy.

  • 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

  • Walter Cotte

    Regional Director, Americas, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Over the past 10 years, Walter Cotte has been deeply involved in the formulation of policies, processes, programs and national and international projects for disaster risk management, climate change, water and sanitation, livelihoods and settlements, shelter and income generation, and has led more than 50 international missions as an expert in global disaster management

  • Ara Darzi

    Director, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

Ara Darzi holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London, the Royal Marsden Hospital and the Institute of Cancer Research. He is Director of the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and an Honorary Consultant Surgeon at Imperial College Hospital NHS Trust

  • Séverine Deneulin

    Associate Professor of International Development, University of Bath UK

Séverine Deneulin is Associate Professor of International Development at the University of Bath UK, and currently Visiting Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Her research focuses on social ethics applied to questions of global development

  • 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

  • Christen Dobson

    Senior Project Lead & Researcher, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Christen Dobson covers climate justice, North America and the SDGs at the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. From 2009-2016, Christen led the Human Rights Funders Network’s Research and Policy programme, where she managed a global research initiative to map and analyse the landscape of human rights funding and supported donor efforts to address closing space for civil society.

  • 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

  • Robert G. Eccles

    Founding Chairman, Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and Visiting Professor of Management Practice, Säid Business School, University of Oxford

Robert G. Eccles is a Visiting Professor of Management Practice at the Säid Business School, Oxford University. He was the founding Chairman of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. One of his current areas of research is the relationship between investor materiality and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • María Fernanda Espinosa

    President, 73rd session, United Nations General Assembly

The President of the 73rd session of the General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés has more than 20 years of multilateral experience in international negotiations, peace, security, defence, disarmament, human rights, indigenous peoples, gender equality, sustainable development, environment, biodiversity, climate change and multilateral cooperation. She has served Ecuador as Minister of Foreign Affairs (twice), Minister of National Defence, and Coordinating Minister of Natural and Cultural Heritage.

  • Vanessa Fajans-Turner

    Managing Director for SDG Financing, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

Vanessa Fajans-Turner is the Managing Director for SDG Financing for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an entity that mobilises global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development. She is also an advisor to the Avatar Alliance Foundation, a climate and energy grant-making organisation established by filmmaker James Cameron. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked for UNDP in both New York and Nigeria.

  • Henrietta Fore

    Executive Director, UNICEF

Henrietta Fore became UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director in January 2018. She has worked to champion economic development, education, health, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in a public service, private sector and non-profit leadership career that spans more than four decades. From 2007 to 2009, she served as the Administrator of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Director of United States Foreign Assistance – the first woman to serve in these roles.

  • Marta Foresti

    Managing Director, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

As a member of the ODI Senior Management team, Marta Foresti contributes to setting the institute's strategic agenda, priorities and goals. She leads ODI’s portfolio on governance, security, climate and migration. She has over 20 years of research, policy formulation and delivery, as well as management experience and has an interest in applied social research methodologies and policy evaluation

  • Jonathan Glennie

    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.

  • Jonathan Glennie

    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.

  • 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

  • Jessica Hagen-Zanker

    Migration Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Jessica Hagen-Zanker's research has focused on understanding how migration and other policies affect migrant decision-making, impacts of migration on migrants and their families, the interlinkages between migration and social protection, and remittances, covering a diverse range of countries, including Albania, Ethiopia and Nepal

  • 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

  • Louise Heaps

    Marine Chief Adviser, WWF-UK

Louise Heaps is the Marine Chief Adviser for WWF-UK. She has worked on ocean conservation around the globe for over 25 years, spending five years in the Pacific Islands region. She is now taking a leading role globally on WWF’s sustainable blue economy programme

  • Martin Hearson

    Research Fellow, International Centre for Tax and Development

Martin Hearson is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, where he works with the International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD). His research focuses on the politics of international business taxation, and in particular the relationship between developed and developing countries. Before joining ICTD, Martin was a fellow in international political economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, teaching courses on political economy and global financial governance.

  • 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

  • Yuan Qiong Hu

    Legal and Policy Advisor, Access Campaign, Médecins Sans Frontières

Yuan Qiong Hu is a Senior Legal and Policy Advisor for the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Access Campaign and a legal researcher at the Law, Environment and Development Centre (LEDC) at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (SOAS) and Durham University Law School in the UK.

  • 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

  • Lysa John

    Secretary-General, CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Lysa John is Secretary-General of the CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation. She has worked on issues of governance accountability and social justice since 1998. She most recently worked with Save the Children International as their Global Campaign Director, and previously served as Head of Outreach for the UN High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda. Born in India, Lysa John spent the early part of her career working on grassroots-led advocacy and large-scale campaigns, including at Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA); ‘Wada Na Todo Abhiyan’ (Don’t Break the Promise Campaign, India) and the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP).

  • 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

  • Natalia Kanem

    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

  • 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

  • Viktoria Kis

    Policy Analyst, Centre for Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Viktoria Kis is a policy analyst with extensive experience of vocational education and training (VET) policy. She is the lead author of 'Seven Questions about Apprenticeships: Answers from International Experience' and the co-author of two earlier comparative studies, which draw on VET reviews conducted around the world: 'Learning for Jobs' and 'Skills beyond School'.

  • 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.

  • Hayley Lashmar

    Administrative Assistant, United Nations Association – UK

Hayley is the Administrative Assistant for UNA-UK and provides support across the organisation. She completed her Honours Bachelors degree in International Relations at Western University in London, Canada. Before joining UNA-UK, she completed her Master's in Gender Studies at University College London where she focused on post-conflict justice mechanisms and their ability to comprehend gendered violence

  • 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

  • Max Lawson

    Head of Inequality Policy, Oxfam International

Max Lawson is Head of Inequality Policy at Oxfam International, based in Nairobi. Max has worked for Oxfam since 2002, leading advocacy work on issues including macro economics, tax, aid and climate. He studied at the University of Sussex, and has lived and worked in South Africa and Malawi 

  • Sang-Hyop Lee

    Professor of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Sang-Hyop Lee is Professor of Economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Non-resident Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. He is currently chairing the Executive Committee of the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) network (www.ntaccounts.org).

  • Christa Liedtke

    Director, Sustainable Production and Consumption, Wuppertal Institute/Folkwang University of Arts, Industrial Design

Christa Liedtke has 25 years of experience in resource-light and circular economy strategies, sustainable and eco-design, changing behavior patterns in production and consumption. From 2012 to 2016 she was a Visiting Professor and since 2016 she has been Professor for Sustainability Research in Design at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen

  • Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong

    Director, Programme Implementation and Coordination Directorate, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency

Estherine Lisinge-Fotabong is Director of the Programme Implementation and Coordination Directorate at the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, which is the technical body of the African Union. She has over 25 years of experience in environmental law, policy design and project implementation across Africa

  • Mark Lowcock

    UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

As Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock oversees all emergencies requiring United Nations (UN) humanitarian assistance. He is also the focal point for governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental relief activities and leads the Inter-Agency Standing Committee, a unique coordination, policy development and decision-making forum involving key UN and non-UN humanitarian partners.

  • Ellen MacArthur

    Founder, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ellen MacArthur made yachting history in 2005, when she became the fastest solo sailor to circumnavigate the globe. She remains the UK’s most successful offshore racer ever, having won the Ostar, the Route du Rhum, and finished second in the Vendée Globe. She received the French Legion of Honour from President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008, three years after having been knighted by HM Queen Elizabeth II.

  • 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

  • Andrew Mason

    Senior Fellow, East-West Center

Andrew Mason is Senior Fellow at the East-West Center. He is co-founder of the NTA, which now covers more than 70 countries in Asia, North and South America, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific.

  • Adam Matthews

    Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative

Adam is the Director of Ethics and Engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board, Co-Chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) and a Board Member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC). He also led the negotiations with Royal Dutch Shell resulting in the Joint Investor-Shell climate statement.

  • Lauren McGivern

    Lauren McGivern, Student Researcher, Global Health Governance Programme, University of Edinburgh

Lauren McGivern is a third year medical student at The University of Edinburgh. She is currently undertaking her intercalated BMedSci degree in Global Health Policy. Her research is on gender based projects at The World Bank.

  • Fiona McRaith

    Research Analyst to the President and CEO, World Resources Institute

Fiona McRaith is the Research Analyst to the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute. In this role, she helps to curate and communicate the research from across the institute to contribute to the real-world impact of the programs. She formerly interned with the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Prior to working at WRI, Fiona was a student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

  • Claire Melamed

    CEO, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Claire Melamed is CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. She was previously Director of the Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme at ODI. She has also worked for ActionAid UK, Christian Aid, the United Nations in Mozambique and taught at the University of London and the Open University.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Florencia Montagnini

    Senior Research Scientist, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Florencia Montagnini is a Senior Research Scientist at Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (F&ES), and she is also Director of the Program in Tropical Forestry and Agroforestry at Yale. She has written ten books and some 200 scientific articles. She teaches courses in tropical forest ecology and management, soil science, agroforestry, and landscape restoration. She also works as a consultant advising projects related to her expertise in tropical forestry, agroforestry and rural development worldwide.

  • Patricia Moreira

    Managing Director, Transparency International

Patricia Moreira is Managing Director of Transparency International. Before joining Transparency International in 2017, she spent 13 years at Ayuda en Acción, a Spanish aid organisation, where she was CEO from 2009. Patricia has also worked as an international management consultant, specialising in technology, innovation and impact. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, France and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

  • 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

  • Ambar Narayan

    Lead Economist, Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank

Ambar Narayan is a lead economist at the World Bank where he advises teams conducting policy analysis, evaluations and research in development from a microeconomic perspective. Topics that he works on include inequality of opportunity, economic mobility, policy evaluation, structural and spatial transformation, and the welfare impacts of economic shocks.

  • Romain Poivet

    Climate Program Officer, Climate Department, French Environmental and Energy Management Agency (ADEME)

Romain Poivet is Climate Program Officer at the French Environmental and Energy Management Agency (ADEME). He specialises in climate mitigation strategies for organisations. He initiated and he coordinates for ADEME the ACT (Assessing low Carbon Transition) Initiative in partnership with the CDP

  • 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

  • Cécile Riallant

    Head, Migration and Sustainable Development Unit, International Organization for Migration

Cécile Riallant is a senior migration and development expert with 22 years of experience having worked across diverse contexts and countries. She currently leads the Migration and Sustainable Development Unit at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) after having led a UN global programme on migration and development for UNDP. She was trained as a political scientist and holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics.

  • 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)

  • Pallavi Roy

    Lecturer in International Economics, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London

Pallavi Roy is a lecturer in International Economics at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS. She is Co-Research Director for DFID’s Anti-Corruption Evidence research partnership consortium. Her research interests include the political economy of inclusive growth in developing countries, governance and corruption, Institutional Economics and modern South Asian History.

  • Luis Miguel Castilla Rubio

    General Manager, Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness, Inter-American Development Bank

Luis Miguel Castilla has been General Manager of the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since 2017. Previously, he was Peru’s ambassador to the United States and Minister of Economy and Finance, as well as chief economist for CAF-Latin America Development Bank

  • 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

  • William Scott

    Professor Emeritus of Education, University of Bath

William Scott's research focuses on the role of learning in sustainable development and he blogs about this at blogs.bath.ac.uk/edswahs. He is Chair of Trustees of the UK National Association for Environmental Education and Associate Editor of Environmental Education Research. His new book (with Paul Vare) is: The World We’ll Leave behind: grasping the sustainability challenge

  • Maria Helena Semedo

    Deputy Director-General, Climate and Natural Resources, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Currently Deputy Director-General for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Maria Helena Semedo is an economist and politician from Cape Verde. A strong advocate on the importance of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture to tackle hunger and poverty, Semedo gives voice to the most vulnerable communities around the world, especially the rural poor and women.

  • Erik Solheim

    Executive Director, UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

Prior to joining UNEP, Solheim was the chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As head of the DAC, which is the main body of the world’s development donors, Solheim emphasised the role of private sector and tax in development finance, spearheading the Sustainable Development Investment Partnership and the Addis Tax Initiative

  • Devi Sridhar

    Director, Global Health Governance Programme, University of Edinburgh

Devi Sridhar is a Professor at the University of Edinburgh Medical School and holds a Personal Chair in Global Public Health. She is the founding Director of the Global Health Governance Programme and holds a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award. She was previously Associate Professor in Global Health Politics and a Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford University.

  • Andrew Steer

    President and CEO, World Resources Institute

Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, a global research organisation whose 950+ experts work in more than 80 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He joined WRI from the World Bank, where he served as Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010-2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development in London.

  • Achim Steiner

    Administrator, United Nations Development Programme

Achim Steiner became UNDP Administrator in June 2017. He also chairs the UN Development Group, which unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, specialised agencies and other bodies that work to support sustainable development. Steiner has served across the United Nations system and led the United Nations Environment Programme from 2006 to 2016

  • Paola Subacchi

    Senior Research Fellow, Global Economy and Finance, Chatham House

Paola Subacchi is an economist, writer and commentator on the functioning and governance of the international and monetary system. She is a senior fellow at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London, a visiting professor at the University of Bologna, and a director of a number of public companies. Her latest book, The People’s Money: How China is building a global currency, was published by Columbia University Press

  • Rory Sullivan

    Co-Founder and Director, Chronos Sustainability

Rory Sullivan is Co-Founder and Director, Chronos Sustainability, Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics (LSE) and Chief Technical Advisor to the Transition Pathway Initiative. He is an internationally recognised expert on climate finance and responsible investment. He is the author/editor of eight books and of many papers and reports on these and related issues.

  • Dirk Willem te Velde

    Principal Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute

Dirk Willem te Velde is a Principal Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, specialising in trade, investment and economic transformation. His work has featured in the media, including the BBC, Economist and the Financial Times. He has advised bilateral and multilateral agencies, government ministers and parliaments. He holds a PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London.

  • Paul Toyne

    Commissioner, London Sustainable Development Commission

Paul Toyne is an independent adviser to business and government. He has a diverse background, having worked all over the world as an environmental campaigner, conservationist and sustainable built environment specialist. He is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner, chairing its Quality of Life work since 2010

  • Katherine Trebeck

    Knowledge and Policy Lead, the Wellbeing Economy Alliance

Katherine Trebeck is Policy and Knowledge Lead for the Wellbeing Economy Alliance. She is a political economist with over eight years’ experience with Oxfam GB (including developing their Humankind Index). She sits on a range of advisory boards and holds several academic affiliations. Katherine instigated the Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership and her book The Economics of Arrival (with Jeremy Williams: Policy Press) was published in 2019.

  • Eric Usher

    Head, UNEP Finance Initiative

Eric Usher has 25 years of experience in the sustainable energy and finance sectors. Prior to heading the UNEP FI Secretariat in Geneva, he was responsible for a programme portfolio advancing new public/private instruments for financing cleaner energy infrastructure and improving energy access

  • Roy van der Weide

    Senior Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank

Roy van der Weide is a Senior Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He recently assumed the responsibility of leading the poverty and inequality mapping research within the department. His other research is concerned with inequality of opportunity and poverty reduction. His work has been published in a range of academic journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, and the World Bank Economic Review.

  • 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

  • Maggie White

    Manager, International Policy, Stockholm International Water Institute

Maggie White is also co-chair of AGWA (Alliance for Global Water and Adaptation). White is a senior water policy expert who has worked for over 16 years in the sector, specialising in WASH, IWRM and climate change issues at global, local and national implementation level. She has actively contributed to developing an influence framework to support The Rockefeller Foundation’s efforts in the global water sector and is responsible for the high level plenary sessions at World Water Week

  • 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

  • Susan L. Woodward

    Professor, PhD Program in Political Science, The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Susan L. Woodward is professor of political science at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. Author of The Ideology of Failed States: Why Intervention Fails (Cambridge 2017), Balkan Tragedy: Chaos and Dissolution after the Cold War (Brookings Press, 1995), and Socialist Unemployment: The Political Economy of Yugoslavia, 1945-1990 (Princeton University Press, 1995), she is a specialist on the Balkans and on UN peacekeeping.

  • Sarah Wykes

    Lead Analyst, Climate & Energy, CAFOD

Sarah Wykes leads CAFOD’s policy work on climate change and energy, with a focus on energy access. With partners, she is developing an innovative methodology for planning pro-poor energy services, the Energy Delivery Models (EDM) approach. She has  over 15 years of experience in international development and human rights

  • 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

  • Liu Zhenmin

    UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Liu Zhenmin has more than 30 years of experience in the diplomatic service, with a strong focus on the promotion of bilateral, regional and global issues. He was deeply involved for ten years in climate change negotiations including the conclusion of the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.