Global Advisory board

Outstanding political leaders and influential personalities from civil society, the private sector, intergovernmental organizations and academia have endorsed the WPL Mission Statement by becoming Members of the Advisory Board. They oversee and provide guidance for all the WPL initiatives.

 

Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri

Director General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) since 1991.  He also serves as Secretary General of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World

 

Ana Palacio

Former Foreign Affairs Minister of Spain; member of the Council of State. Former Vice-President and General Counsel of the World Bank, former Secretary General of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Benita Ferrero-Waldner

President of the EU-LAC Foundation. Former Foreign Minister of Austria from 2000 to 2004. Former European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy from 2004 to 2009.

Denis Mukwege

Founder and director of the Panzi Hospital, specialized in treating victims of sexual violence, honoured with the UN Human Rights Award 2008 and the Right Livelihood Award 2013.
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Ertharin Cousin

Executive Director of the World Food Programme, former US Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture and former head of the US Mission to UN Agencies in Rome, Italy.
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Irina Bokova

Bokova has been the Director-General of UNESCO since 15 November 2009, and reelected for a second term in 2013. She is the first woman to lead the Organization.

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Jane Goodall

Ethologist, Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute,  UN Messenger of Peace and founder of Roots & Shoots, a global programme for young people of all ages.

Jeni Klugman

Harvard Fellow and Senior Adviser at the World Bank. Previously, she was director of Gender & Development at the World Bank Group.

Jody Williams

Chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for her work as founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).

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José Manuel Barroso

President of the European Commission (2004 – 2014). He served as Prime Minister of Portugal (2002 – 2004).

Kathy Calvin

President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. Former President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation, with a diverse career in politics, journalism, public relations, and business.
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Lakshmi Puri

Deputy Executive Director UN Women and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, former Ambassador of India to Hungary.

Laura Liswood

Laura Liswood is the Secretary General of the Council of Women World Leaders. Laura Liswood also held the title of the commissioner of the City of Seattle Women’s Commission, and was the owner/publisher of Seattle Woman.

Laura Tyson

Professor of Business Administration and Economics, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkley.

Mo Ibrahim

Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and philanthropist. Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Creator of the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership and the Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance.
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Muhammad Yunus

Bangladeshi philanthropist, economist and founder of the Grameen Bank. 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for his efforts through microcredit to create economic and social development.
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Olli Rehn

Vice-President of the European Parliament. Former Vice-President of the European Commission and Former European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro. Variety of senior political positions in European institutions as well as in Finland.

Pascal Lamy

Former Director General of the World Trade Organisation. Former European Commissioner for Trade; Honorary President of the “Paris & Berlin based Think tank Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute”, former chief of cabinet to the President of the European Commission.

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Peter Sutherland

Peter Sutherland is the United Nations Special Representative for Migration and Development since January 2006. He advises the Secretary-General on international migration and development related issues.

Rebeca Grynspan

Head of the Ibero-American Secretariat, former Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Program and United Nations Undersecretary-General, former Vice-President of Costa Rica.

Saadia Zahidi

Senior Director, Head of Gender Parity and Human Capital, World Economic Forum, Founder and Co-Author of the Global Gender Gap Report series.

Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa

Pioneer female lawyer and distinguished diplomat from Bahrain. Elected President of the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly. Active participant in the movement to elevate the position of women in Bahrain.

Tarja Halonen

Former President of Finland and Finland’s first female Head of State, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights, Co-Chair of the UN High-level Panel on Global Sustainability as well as Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders.
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Viviane Reding

Member of the European Parliament. Former Vice-President of the European Commission and Former European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. In this function, she strengthened the EU’s commitment to equality between women and men.

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Zainab Bangura

Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Health and Sanitation for the Government of Sierra Leone.
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