2012 Summit: Who's On Stage
From Hillary Clinton to Angelina Jolie, see who appeared at our third annual Women in the World summit.
TINA BROWNEDITOR IN CHIEF, NEWSWEEK & THE DAILY BEAST
Tina Brown quickly rose through the ranks of the magazine industry on both sides of the Atlantic to become editor in chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and Talk. Partnering with Barry Diller in 2008, Brown launched The Daily Beast and in 2011 merged the site with Newsweek. During her time as editor in chief, Brown has increased Newsweek’s newsstand sales by 15 percent. The Daily Beast attracts over 11 million unique visitors and was recently nominated for three prestigious digital ASME awards. Brown introduced the Women in the World Summit in 2010, and, following its global success, recently founded the Women in the World Foundation, which serves as a resource on issues of importance to women and girls.
LAUREN BUSH LAURENCHIEF FEEDER AND COFOUNDER, FEED PROJECTS, LLC
Lauren Bush Lauren is cofounder of FEED Projects, a charitable company with the mission to create products that help feed the world. Each FEED product sold supports organizations such as the U.N. World Food Programme and UNICEF. FEED Projects has partnered with companies including Whole Foods Market, Barnes & Noble, HSN, Disney, and Pottery Barn. Bush is also the chairman of the board and cofounder of the FEED Foundation. Through the sale of eco-friendly products and donations, FEED has provided more than 65 million school meals to children around the world.
LEYMAH GBOWEEFOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, GBOWEE PEACE FOUNDATION AFRICA
2011 Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate. She is founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, head of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative, and cofounder and executive director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa. Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace–which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003–is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She is also Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s Africa columnist and a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning.
NIZAN GUANAESFOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, GRUPO ABC
Nizan Guanaes is chairman and founder of Grupo ABC, a Brazilian enterprise made up of 15 companies in the advertising, marketing, content, and entertainment sectors. Dedicated to social causes, Guanaes has been appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and is a member of the UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention. He is also an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum, Endeavor, and Council of Americas, and president of the Association of Entrepreneurs Friends of UNESCO Brazil. Guanaes helped create Together for Girls, a collaboration between U.N. entities, the U.S. Department of State, the Clinton Foundation, and Grupo ABC to bring attention to sexual violence against girls and women. In 2011, he became a founding sponsor of the Women in the World Foundation.
JANE HARMANDIRECTOR, PRESIDENT, AND CEO, WOODROW WILSON CENTER
During her nine terms in the U.S. Congress, from which she retired in February 2011, Jane Harman served on all the major security committees and traveled to hotspots around the world to assess threats against the U.S. An expert on security and public-policy issues, she has received the Defense Department Medal for Distinguished Service, CIA Seal Medal, CIA Director’s Award, and National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Medal. Prior to serving in Congress, she was a top aide in the U.S. Senate, deputy cabinet secretary to President Jimmy Carter, and special counsel to the Department of Defense. In April 2011, she assumed the seat of her late husband, Harman International Industries founder and Newsweek chairman Sidney Harman, on Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s board of directors.
MAYA L. HARRISVICE PRESIDENT, DEMOCRACY RIGHTS AND JUSTICE, FORD FOUNDATION
As vice president of the Ford Foundation’s Democracy Rights and Justice program, Maya L. Harris leads worldwide efforts to strengthen the rule of law, improve government transparency and accountability, and create opportunities for civil society to thrive and fulfill the promise of human rights. Previously, Harris was executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, where she oversaw litigation, public education, lobbying, and grassroots organizing work on issues ranging from racial and criminal justice to reproductive, immigrant, and LGBT rights. Harris was also dean of Lincoln Law School of San Jose—at the time the nation’s youngest law-school dean—and has been a civil litigator, researcher, and adjunct law professor.
MELLODY HOBSONPRESIDENT, ARIEL INVESTMENTS
As president of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson is responsible for the firm’s management and strategic planning, overseeing all operations outside of research and portfolio management. She also serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Ariel Investment Trust. A nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education, Hobson is a regular contributor to Good Morning America, consumer-finance expert on Tom Joyner’s Money Mondays radio program, and columnist for Black Enterprise. She is a director of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Estée Lauder, Starbucks, and Groupon, and serves on the boards of the Field Museum, Chicago Public Education Fund, and Sundance Institute. Hobson holds an A.B. degree from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and an honorary doctorate from Howard University.
JUDITH RODINPRESIDENT, ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION
Judith Rodin is the president of the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations. Previously, she was the president of the University of Pennsylvania and provost of Yale University. She was the first woman to lead an Ivy League institution and is the first woman to serve as the Rockefeller Foundation’s president. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Rodin has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Rodin is the author of more than 200 academic articles and 12 books, has received more than 16 honorary degrees, and serves on the board of several leading corporations and nonprofits. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Rodin earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Columbia University.
SHERYL SANDBERGCOO, FACEBOOK
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, oversees the firm’s business operations, including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, and communications. Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google and was instrumental in launching Google’s philanthropic arm. Sandberg has also served as chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton, where she helped lead the Treasury’s work on forgiving debt in the developing world; a management consultant with McKinsey & Company; and an economist with the World Bank. A graduate of Harvard University who holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, Sandberg serves on the boards of the Walt Disney Company, Starbucks, Women for Women International, Center for Global Development, and V-Day.
For over 30 years, Meryl Streep has portrayed an astonishing array of characters in a career that has cut its own unique path through American theater, film, and television. She recently won her third Academy Award for The Iron Lady, which was also honored with a Golden Globe and the British Academy Award. Streep is a passionate supporter of women’s rights and the environment, lending her efforts to such advocacy groups as Mothers and Others, Equality Now, Women for Women International, and Partners in Health. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Film Institute, the 2010 National Medal of Arts by President Obama, and a Kennedy Center Honor.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERGCHAIRMAN AND FOUNDER, DIANE VON FURSTENBERG STUDIO L.P.
Diane von Furstenberg first arrived in the fashion world in 1972 with her iconic wrap dress, the seed of what is today a global fashion lifestyle brand. By 1976, von Furstenberg had sold millions of her dresses, coming to represent female power and freedom for an entire generation. In 1997, she re-emerged on the New York fashion scene and began rebuilding her company. In 2005, von Furstenberg was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America and has been president of the CFDA since 2006. Von Furstenberg is also on the board of Vital Voices, and in 2010 established the DVF Awards to honor the courage of female social activists around the world.
NOORJAHAN AKBARCOFOUNDER AND MEMBER, YOUNG WOMEN FOR CHANGE
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1991, Noorjahan Akbar started working at an early age as a writer of children’s programs for Radio Azadi (Radio Free Europe). She later worked for Huma Media Group and Huma Monthly Publication and, in 2005, began writing for Radio Television of Afghanistan. Her employment as a translator for the German Technical Cooperation Agency-Basic Education Program for Afghanistan led to the publication of a book of short stories for children. In 2010, Akbar ran a writing program for children and youth called Voices for Hope, which inspired Stories to Heal, a project that assisted Afghan orphans with creative writing. In 2011, Akbar cofounded Young Women for Change, an organization dedicated to empowering women in Afghanistan. She attends Dickinson College.
Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist based in London, where she contributes to The New York Times, National Geographic, Time, and Newsweek. In 2000, she traveled to Afghanistan to document life and oppression under the Taliban. She has since covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, and the Congo, and shoots features across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. Addario has received numerous awards, including the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for “Veiled Rebellion,” documenting the plight of women in Afghanistan, and the MacArthur Fellowship 2009. She was part of The New York Times team that won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, for her photographs in “Talibanistan.” Addario was named one of 20 women on Oprah Winfrey’s Power List, in 2010.
JILL ABRAMSONEXECUTIVE EDITOR, THE NEW YORK TIMES
In September 2011, Jill Abramson became the first woman to serve as executive editor of The New York Times, the paper’s highest-ranking newsroom position, overseeing the Times’s news reporting in all its forms. From 2003 until 2011, Abramson was the Times’s managing editor, helping to guide the newsroom through a turbulent period. Prior to joining the Times in 1997, Abramson worked at The Wall Street Journal, where she served as deputy bureau chief in Washington, D.C., and as an investigative reporter, covering money and politics. Abramson is coauthor of Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, a nonfiction finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994, and Where They Are Now: The Story of the Women of Harvard Law 1974.
MADELEINE K. ALBRIGHTCHAIR OF ALBRIGHT STONEBRIDGE GROUP, FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE
Madeleine K. Albright is chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisery firm focused on emerging markets. In 1997, she was named U.S. Secretary of State, becoming the first woman to hold that position and, at that time, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Albright served as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and was a member of President Clinton’s Cabinet. She is a professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project, and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation.
CHAZ AKOSHILEJOINT HEAD, FORCED MARRIAGE UNIT
Chaz Akoshile is the joint head of the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), a joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office unit, established in 2005, that is the U.K. government’s delivery arm for tackling all cases of forced marriage. The role of the FMU also extends to working closely with partners across government, statutory agencies, and voluntary organizations in the U.K. to develop effective policy for combating forced marriage. The FMU runs a public helpline providing confidential advice and support to victims and to practitioners handling cases of forced marriage. Akoshile also has extensive experience identifying and disseminating best practices in the community-safety field, having previously been responsible for promoting problem-solving approaches to tackling crime among community safety partnerships across England and Wales.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOURGLOBAL AFFAIRS ANCHOR, ABC NEWS; HOST AND CHIEF INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT, CNN INTERNATIONAL
Christiane Amanpour is the global affairs anchor at ABC News, as well as host of Amanpour and chief international correspondent for CNN International. Her illustrious career in journalism spans three decades. When she became an international correspondent for CNN in 1990, her first major assignment was covering the Gulf War. She has since reported from the world’s major hotspots, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Somalia, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Asia, Rwanda, the Balkans, and the U.S. during Hurricane Katrina, and has interviewed most of the top world leaders. Amanpour has received every major broadcast award, including an inaugural Television Academy Award, nine News and Documentary Emmys, and four George Foster Peabody Awards, as well as nine honorary degrees.
ASENATH ANDREWSFOUNDING PRINCIPAL, CATHERINE FERGUSON SOLUTIONS ACADEMY, DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Asenath Andrews founded and is the principal of Catherine Ferguson Academy, an alternative public high school for teen mothers that also provides early education services for their children. For the last 11 years, every graduate has been accepted into college with financial aid. The school was recognized as a Breakthrough High School by the National Association of Secondary Principals. Andrews was named an Educator of the Year by the Milken Family Foundation. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Michigan and Madonna University, a research assistant at Moore & Associates Market Research, and a board member and trustee of Olivet College, and has served on the boards of Michigan Association for Art Education, Michigan Alternative Education Organization, and Young Audiences of Michigan.
MALÚ GARCIA ANDRADEDIRECTOR GENERAL, LEGAL, NUESTRAS HIJAS DE REGRESO A CASA A.C.
After the murder of her only sister, Lilia, in 2001 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Malú Garcia Andrade and her mother Norma have become dedicated to fighting for justice for the many women in the region who, like Lilia, have died tragically. They founded May Our Daughters Return Home (Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa, NHRC) and Andrade has devoted herself to nationally and internationally publicizing the pattern of murdered women in Ciudad Juarez. Today, Andrade works with the Commission on Human Rights to bring cases of femicide to justice and in 2011 began a campaign to end human trafficking. Because of her tireless work as a human rights defender, Andrade has been the victim of various death threats and harassment. In February 2011, her home was set on fire and she was forced to leave Juarez and now continues her work from Mexico City.
NORMA ANDRADEFOUNDER, NUESTRAS HIJAS DE REGRESO A CASA A.C.
After the murder of her daughter, Lilia, in 2001 in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Norma Andrade and her surviving daughter Malú Garcia Andrade have since become dedicated to fighting for justice for the many women who have died tragically like Lilia in the region. They founded May Our Daughters Return Home (Nuestras Hijas de Regreso a Casa, NHRC) and Norma has devoted herself to nationally and internationally publicizing the pattern of murdered women in Ciudad Juarez and defending the killed and the kidnapped. Because of her tireless work as a human rights defender Norma has been victim to various death threats and harassment. In December 2011, Norma was shot several times and even after going into hiding she was attacked again in February 2012 in Mexico City. She continues her work to bring justice to her daughter’s death and those of many others.
NAMEES ARNOUSCO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BOKRA FOR MEDIA PRODUCTION, MEDIA STUDIES AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Namees Arnous began her career in media as a television reporter at an independent Egyptian television station. She resigned from her position after being asked to inaccurately portray the protesters involved in last year’s revolution in Egypt. Arnous co-founded the NGO Bokra for Media Production, Media Studies and Human Rights, whose focus is to enhance freedom of expression, human rights and democracy, and to train young journalists in professional media.
SONDOS ASEMCO-EDITOR, THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD’S IKHWANWEB.COM; MEDIA RESEARCHER
Sondos Asem is an Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood activist, political commentator, and co-editor of ikhwanweb.com, the Brotherhood’s official English site, and @Ikhwanweb on Twitter. A publisher by profession, she is also a post-graduate student at the American University in Cairo, where she is currently writing a Master’s thesis on the use of social-media by Egyptian youth during the January 25 Revolution. Sondos actively participated in the protests that took place on January 25, 2011, leading to the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak after 30 years of his authoritarian rule.
ZOE BEDELLANALYST, FOROS GROUP
Zoe Bedell, an analyst at the investment bank Foros, joined the United States Marine Corps in 2007 and was assigned as a logistics officer. She was deployed from October 2009 to April 2010 as the current operations officer with Combat Logistics Battalion-1. She then accepted an assignment as the Regional Command (Southwest) Female Engagement Team officer-in-charge and, from June 2010 to April 2011, trained and deployed a group of 47 Marines to provide FET support throughout southwest Afghanistan. Bedell is working on a book about her experiences with the Female Engagement Team. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Politics and minors in Near Eastern Studies and French.
KIM K. AZZARELLIPRESIDENT, WOMEN IN THE WORLD FOUNDATION
Kim K. Azzarelli is Vice President, New Ventures at The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company and President of the Women in the World Foundation. Ms. Azzarelli has held senior legal, public affairs, and philanthropic roles in several companies, including Goldman Sachs, the Hain Celestial Group, and Avon Products, seeking to combine her experience in law, business, and philanthropy with her passion for women’s legal and economic empowerment. She is the cofounder and Chair of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School and serves on the board of the Avon Foundation for Women. Ms. Azzarelli is a graduate of Cornell University and Cornell Law School.
SARAH BROWNCEO, OFFICE OF GORDON AND SARAH BROWN; PRESIDENT, PIGGYBANKKIDS
Sarah Brown is a passionate advocate for global health and education issues. As CEO of the Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown, she works with government, business, and nonprofit leaders to help ensure that every child around the world receives an education, particularly targeting the 67 million who have never had a day at school. As global patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, Brown is a leading voice in the campaign to reduce maternal mortality worldwide. Brown is also president of PiggyBankKids, which supports charitable projects that create opportunities for vulnerable children and young people. An avid and prolific user of social media, Brown is followed by more than 1 million people on Twitter.
BARBARA BUSHCEO AND COFOUNDER, GLOBAL HEALTH CORPS
Barbara Bush is CEO and cofounder of Global Health Corps, an organization that places outstanding young leaders within nonprofit and government health organizations in order to build the movement for health equity. Before joining GHC, Bush worked for two years in educational programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. After graduating from Yale University in 2004, she worked for Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South Africa, and interned for UNICEF in Botswana. Bush is a member of UNICEF’s NextGen and is on the board of Covenant House International, PSI, and Friends of the Global Fight. She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation.
CANDACE BROWNINGHEAD OF GLOBAL RESEARCH, BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH
Candace Browning is head of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research, which has more than 1,000 employees located across 20 countries. Her team provides economic forecasts for nearly 60 countries as well as investment recommendations and analyses on approximately 40 currencies, 19 commodities, 3,300 stocks, and 1,000 credits. The group was recently named Top Global Research Firm of 2011 by Institutional Investor. Browning joined Merrill Lynch in 1990 as a U.S. airline analyst, ranking in Institutional Investor’s all-star analyst survey 17 consecutive years. She is a member of the St. Paul’s School Board of Trustees and has been named for the last three years by American Banker as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance.
JUJU CHANGCORRESPONDENT, ABC NEWS’ NIGHTLINE
Juju Chang is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News’ Nightline and reports regularly for Good Morning America and 20/20. Chang also hosts Moms Get Real, a digital show for ABC News NOW that cracks the facade of perfect mommyhood. Chang has covered breaking news such as the Haiti earthquake and the deadly mine disaster in West Virginia and received an Emmy Award for team coverage of the California wildfires. A former news anchor for Good Morning America, Chang had also anchored the early morning newscasts World News Now and World News This Morning. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a founding board member of the Korean American Community Foundation.
CHELSEA CLINTONBOARD MEMBER, CLINTON FOUNDATION
Chelsea Clinton has worked at McKinsey & Company and Avenue Capital and studied at Stanford, Oxford, and Columbia universities. She is currently pursuing a doctorate at Oxford, working at New York University, and working with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. Her recent professional and academic work has focused on how to improve access to relatively low-cost, high-quality health-care services worldwide, for both acute and chronic health-care needs, as well as empowerment and equal rights, including areas related to health, the arts, and children. Clinton currently serves on the boards of the Clinton Foundation, the School of American Ballet, Common Sense Media, and Weill Cornell Medical College.
AMY CHUAPROFESSOR OF LAW, YALE LAW SCHOOL; AUTHOR, BATTLE HYMN OF THE TIGER MOTHER
Amy Chua’s first book, World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability, was a New York Times bestseller and an Economist Best Book of the Year. Chua’s latest book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a comic memoir about strict parenting, is a runaway international bestseller. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Chua has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, The Colbert Report, and Charlie Rose and has spoken at the World Economic Forum, the World Knowledge Forum, the World Bank, and the CIA. In 2011, Chua was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in the world, an Atlantic Monthly Brave Thinker, and one of Foreign-policy’s Global Thinkers.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTONU.S. SECRETARY OF STATE
Hillary Rodham Clinton became the 67th U.S. Secretary of State after decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, first lady, and senator from New York. As first lady, she led bipartisan efforts on adoption and foster care, teen pregnancy, and health-care for children, and traveled the world as an advocate for human rights and democracy. As senator, she worked to rebuild New York after 9/11, address lasting health concerns of first responders, create economic opportunity, and improve health-care for service members and veterans. Secretary Clinton was born in Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Wellesley College and Yale Law School. She is married to former President Bill Clinton.
DEMBA DIAWARAIMAM, VILLAGE CHIEF OF KEUR SIMBARA, SENEGAL; HUMAN-RIGHTS ACTIVIST, TOSTAN
Demba Diawara is an extraordinary grassroots leader in the movement to promote human rights and women’s health in Senegal. Beginning in 1997, Diawara was instrumental in the development of the NGO Tostan’s approach to changing social norms. As an imam, an Islamic religious authority, and chief of his village of Keur Simbara, Senegal, he dedicated himself to building regional consensus for the abandonment of harmful traditional practices formerly considered taboo to discuss. His patient and persistent effort to raise awareness among interconnected communities led to more than 5,000 communities in West and East Africa to publicly declare abandonment of female genital cutting and child/forced marriage.
ALBERT DAVIDMBE; HEAD OF CONSULAR ASSISTANCE, BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION, ISLAMABAD
As the head of consular assistance at the British High Commission in Islamabad, Albert David helps ensure that British nationals, vulnerable to human-rights abuse, are provided timely and effective services. He has worked extensively on the issue of forced marriage, helping to develop policies and devise strategies to rescue victims that have been adopted as best practice in many areas, including South Asia. David also helped shape the U.K.-Pakistan Protocol on Child Matters. Conferred MBE (Honorary Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II, David has served as an honorary member of Minority Advisery Council Punjab, which seeks interfaith harmony, and is the founding member and chairman of Support Children, an NGO advocating children’s rights in Pakistan.
CHRIS DICKEYPARIS BUREAU CHIEF AND MIDDLE EAST REGIONAL EDITOR, NEWSWEEK & THE DAILY BEAST
Award-winning author Christopher Dickey is the Paris bureau chief and Middle East regional editor for Newsweek & The Daily Beast. He has written many of the magazine’s cover stories, including recent profiles of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. Dickey’s columns online, which draw on decades of experience as a war correspondent, focus on counterinsurgency, espionage, and the Muslim world. His books include Securing the City: Inside America’s Best Counterterror Force—the NYPD; With the Contras: A Reporter in the Wilds of Nicaragua; Expats: Travels from Tripoli to Tehran; Innocent Blood: A Novel; The Sleeper; and the acclaimed Summer of Deliverance: A Memoir of Father and Son, about his father, the late poet and novelist James Dickey.
NIALL FERGUSONLAURENCE A. TISCH PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, HARVARD UNIVERSITY; SENIOR FELLOW, HOOVER INSTITUTION
Niall Ferguson is Laurence A. Tisch professor of history at Harvard University; a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University; and a senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. He is the best-selling author of 12 books, including Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power; Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire; and Civilization: The West and the Rest. A regular contributor to television and radio on both sides of the Atlantic, his award-winning work has prompted Time to name him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Ferguson is a columnist for Newsweek & The Daily Beast and a contributing editor for Bloomberg TV.
SHELLY M. ESQUEVICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE AFFAIRS, INTEL; PRESIDENT, THE INTEL FOUNDATION
Shelly M. Esque is a vice president at Intel Corporation, global director of the company’s Corporate Affairs Group, and president of the Intel Foundation. She oversees professionals in more than 35 countries working to enhance Intel’s reputation as a leading technology brand and corporate citizen. A 15-year Intel veteran, Esque drove the creation of the Corporate Affairs Group, adding Intel’s $100 million annual education effort to her existing portfolio managing Intel’s corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, community, foundation, and government relations efforts worldwide. Esque’s group has won many awards, including the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy Chairman’s Award for Intel® Teach, a program that has trained 10 million teachers around the world. Esque is also an active member of international organizations focused on improving education.
SIR HAROLD EVANS
Harold Evans is Editor at Large of Reuters, the world’s largest international multimedia news provider. Evans is an editor and author of two critically acclaimed best-selling histories of America: The American Century and They Made America. His most recent book is his memoir, My Paper Chase, which covers his early life, his years as a leader in Britain's newspaper industry - editor of the Sunday Times and Times of London - and his "second act" in America. In 2001, British journalists voted him the greatest all time British newspaper editor, and he was honored as one of 50 World Press Heroes on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the International Press Institute.
CHRYSTIA FREELANDEDITOR, THOMSON REUTERS DIGITAL
Chrystia Freeland is the editor of Thomson Reuters Digital. Prior, she was U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times. Before that, Freeland was in London as the deputy editor of the Financial Times, editor of the FT’s Weekend edition, editor of FT.com, U.K. News editor, Moscow bureau chief and Eastern Europe correspondent. From 1999 to 2001, Freeland served for two years as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. Freeland began her career working as a stringer in Ukraine, writing for the FT, The Washington Post and The Economist.
GAEL GARCÍA BERNALACTOR, PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR
Gael García Bernal studied at the Central School for Speech and Drama in London. He has acted in Alejandro Gonzalez´s Amores Perros and Babel, Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También, Carlos Carrera’s The Crime of Father Amaro, Walter Salles´s The Motorcycle Diaries, Pedro Almodóvar’s Bad Education, James Marsh’s The King, Michel Gondry’s The Science of Sleep, Hector Babenco´s El Pasado, Carlos Cuaron’s Rudo y Cursi, Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness, Lukas Moodysson’s Mammoth, Jim Jarmusch’s The Limits of Control, Icíar Bollaín’s Even the Rain, Matt Piedmont’s House of My Father and Julia Loktev’s The Loneliest Planet amongst others. García Bernal made his directorial debut with Deficit. He also directed the short film The Letter for the full-length feature film 8, the short film Lucio for the collective Mexican film Revolucion and the four documentary shortfilms The Invisibles.
SYLVIA GEREDAFOUNDER AND EDITOR IN CHIEF, INFORME ESPECIAL, CHANNEL ANTIGUA AND ZONA DE INVESTIGACION
Sylvia Gereda is the founder and director of Informe Especial, Guatemala’s first investigative journalism TV program, and Zona de Investigación, its first investigative multimedia project. In 1996, she founded the newspaper El Periódico and for 15 years served as its director and head of its investigative journalism team, the only such team in Guatemala. She writes a twice-a-week opinion column in El Periódico and has served as vice president of the newspaper’s board. In 2004, she was recognized as an “honorable citizen” by Guatemalan President Oscar Berger and was called to partake in the National Council Against Corruption and to implement laws in favor of transparency. She currently serves as regional vice president of the Free Press Commission under the Inter-American Press Society.
MASHA GESSENAUTHOR, THE MAN WITHOUT A FACE: THE UNLIKELY RISE OF VLADIMIR PUTIN
Masha Gessen is a journalist and the author of several books, including The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. She has contributed to Vanity Fair, The New Republic, Granta, The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune and Slate, among other publications, and has served as editor of the Russian-language magazine Snob. Gessen lives in Moscow.
KAMALA D. HARRISATTORNEY GENERAL, CALIFORNIA
Kamala D. Harris, elected Attorney General of California in 2010, is the first woman, the first African American, and the first South Asian American to hold that office. She is committed to fighting gang crime, protecting consumers from mortgage fraud and scams, and preserving natural resources. A graduate of Howard University and the University of California, Harris specialized in prosecuting child sexual assault cases in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. As a Deputy District Attorney, she prosecuted homicide and robbery cases. She joined the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office as head of the Career Criminal Unit, and later headed the San Francisco City Attorney’s Division on Families and Children. In 2003, Harris was elected District Attorney of San Francisco, where she served until assuming her current position.
BIBI HOKMINAPROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEMBER, KHOST PROVINCE, EASTERN AFGHANISTAN
Bibi Hokmina, an elected member of the Provincial Council in eastern Afghanistan’s Khost Province, was born in the province’s Tani district and dressed as a boy by her father in order to protect her family during the Soviet war. Today, still comfortable in men’s clothes, she works to assist women and poor people in her community. Hokmina has helped to build schools and health clinics, planted gardens and fruit trees, and fought for paved roads and dams to provide clean drinking water. As a member of the Council’s Disaster Management Committee, Hokmina settles disputes and advocates for justice and education for the poor and oppressed.
TIAN X. HOUFOUNDER AND CEO, SENIOR ANALYST, T. H. CAPITAL, LLC
Tian X. Hou is a top equity analyst on Wall Street who specializes in the fast-growing China market. Hou became fascinated by stocks shortly after emigrating to the United States. A chance call from a recruiter helped her land her first job on Wall Street. In 2011, she founded T.H. Capital LLC, an independent research firm that provides opinion and analysis to U.S. institutional investors. Prior to her business career, Hou organized and led a five-year international campaign to free Chinese political prisoners and advance human rights in the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations. Her effort and sacrifice, which included her own imprisonment, eventually resulted in the release of key leaders and several hundred activists.
JILL ISCOLED. D, PRESIDENT, IF HUMMINGBIRD FOUNDATION; AUTHOR, HEARTS ON FIRE: TWELVE STORIES OF TODAY’S VISIONARIES IGNITING IDEALISM INTO ACTION; EDUCATOR AND ACTIVIST
Jill Iscol, Ed.D., is president of the IF Hummingbird Foundation, a family foundation established in 1989 to support domestic and international efforts to strengthen democracy and reduce the social, economic, and educational inequalities that threaten it. Iscol serves as a trustee of Horizons National, serves on the advisery board of the Center for New American Security in Washington, a member of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service, and is on the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council. Iscol was co-chair for Hillary Rodham Clinton for Senate’s New York Finance Committee and national vice-chair of Hillary Rodham Clinton for President’s 2008 Finance Committee. Iscol’s first book, Hearts on Fire: Twelve Stories of Today’s Visionaries Igniting Idealism into Action, was released in November 2011.
ATIFETE JAHJAGAPRESIDENT, REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO
Atifete Jahjaga was deputy general director of the police of Kosovo from February 2009 until her election as President of the Republic of Kosovo, on April 7, 2011. Following the establishment of the Kosovo police in early 2000, she served as a police officer, progressing at a regional level and then to the general headquarters. She studied law at the University of Prishtina, and attended postgraduate certification programs in police management and penal law at the University of Leicester and in crime science at the University of Virginia. Jahjaga has also attended professional and research programs at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, the FBI National Academy, and the U.S. Department of Justice.
SABATINA JAMESFOUNDER, SABATINA E.V. AND BEST-SELLING AUTHOR
Sabatina James, a young woman from Pakistan, has managed to free herself from the oppression of Muslim girls and women. She is author of the book My fight for Faith and Freedom chronicling her own painful experience, and, through the establishment of the association Sabatina e.V., is helping Muslim women lead a self-determined, free life. The aim of Sabatina e.V. is to help women who are threatened by oppression and violence, to offer them protection and shelter and to assist them in developing their talents, both in Germany and in the home countries of the girls and women. Through her organization, James hopes to increase awareness of the situation of the women and to uncover and combat abuse. James is fighting for tolerance, respect for cultural diversity and a non-violent, peaceful co-existence in this world.
VALERIE B. JARRETTSENIOR ADVISER TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA; CHAIR, THE WHITE HOUSE COUNCIL ON WOMEN AND GIRLS
Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and the chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Prior to joining the Obama administration, she was the chief executive officer of the Habitat Company. She also served as co-chair of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team, and senior adviser to Obama’s presidential campaign. Jarrett has held positions including chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, commissioner of planning and development for the City of Chicago, and deputy chief of staff for Mayor Richard M. Daley. She has also practiced law and served as chairman of the board of the Chicago Stock Exchange, director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees.
ANGELINA JOLIEWRITER, DIRECTOR, ACTOR, AND GOODWILL AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES
Angelina Jolie is a writer, director, and Academy Award-winning actor. She has starred in movies including Girl, Interrupted (1999), Beyond Borders (2003), Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), A Mighty Heart (2007), Changeling (2008), The Tourist (2010), and the Lara Croft films. Jolie has also received wide recognition for her humanitarian work. For the past 10 years she has served as Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. In this capacity, Jolie has undertaken more than 40 trips to countries all over the world to bear witness to and actively support solutions for refugees, vulnerable children, and international law efforts.
DR. OMAIMA KAMELMEMBER, THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD’S FREEDOM AND JUSTICE PARTY; PROFESSOR OF PUBLIC HEALTH, CAIRO UNIVERSITY
Dr. Omaima Kamel is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, and a professor of public health and community medicine at Cairo University. As chairman of the Arab Center for Health Education, she overseas the training of public health educators and organizes campaigns to raise health awareness in Cairo’s communities. She recently ran for parliament in Egypt’s first post-revolution election.
MUHTAR KENTCHAIRMAN AND CEO, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
Muhtar Kent joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1978 and has held marketing and operations leadership roles in markets across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. In 2005, Kent was appointed president of Coca-Cola International, overseeing all operations outside of North America. In 2006, he assumed the role of president and chief operating officer, and in 2008 became president and CEO. He was named chairman of the board of directors in 2009. Active in the global business community, Kent is co-chair of the Consumer Goods Forum, a fellow of the Foreign-policy Association, and a member of the Business Roundtable. He is also chairman of the U.S.-China Business Council and serves on the boards of Special Olympics International, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Emory University.
SHELBY KNOXDIRECTOR, WOMEN’S RIGHTS ORGANIZING, CHANGE.ORG
Shelby Knox is nationally known as the subject of the Sundance award-winning film The Education of Shelby Knox, a 2005 documentary that chronicled her high school activism for comprehensive sex education and the establishment of a gay-straight alliance in her conservative, Southern Baptist hometown. Along with her work at Change.org, Knox writes about, speaks on, and plans to help lead the Fourth Wave of feminism. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, with a degree in Political Science, Knox has appeared on Today, The Daily Show, and Hardball, and has discussed sex education and youth activism with both Dr. Phil and Al Franken.
ANNE KORNBLUTDEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR, THE WASHINGTON POST
Anne Kornblut of The Washington Post is an editor, commentator, and author who has written about national politics for the last 15 years. Kornblut was on the road covering the last three presidential campaigns in their entirety—2000, 2004, and 2008—and after Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid wrote a book on the unique treatment of women in politics. Her work, Notes From the Cracked Ceiling, drew critical acclaim. In 2001, George W. Bush’s first year in office, she won the Aldo Beckman Award for distinguished White House coverage. Currently, Kornblut is a deputy political editor at The Washington Post, overseeing campaign coverage. She previously worked for the Washington bureaus of The New York Times and The Boston Globe.
CHRISTINE LAGARDEMANAGING DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
After being admitted to the Paris Bar, Christine Lagarde joined international law firm Baker & McKenzie as an associate, eventually becoming chair of the Global Executive Committee and chair of the Global Strategic Committee. Lagarde joined the French government as Minister for Foreign Trade, and in June 2007 became the first woman to hold the post of Finance and Economy Minister of a G-7 country. Lagarde was involved in the G-20’s management of the financial crisis, and as chair launched a wide-ranging agenda on the reform of the international monetary system. In 2009, she was ranked the 17th most influential woman in the world by Forbes, fifth best European executive woman by The Wall Street Journal, and one of Time’s top 100 world leaders.
CATHY L. LANIERCHIEF OF POLICE, METROPOLITAN POLICE DEPARTMENT, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
As chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, Cathy L. Lanier is committed to reducing violent crimes by fostering strong relationships with partners in the community and the criminal-justice system. Strengthened police-community ties have opened avenues of communication and played a key role in a significant decrease in the number of homicides in the District of Columbia as well as a dramatically improved homicide case-closure rate. Lanier has spent her entire law-enforcement career with the Metropolitan Police Department, beginning in 1990. Before assuming her current leadership position, she served as the first commanding officer of the MPD’s Office of Homeland Security and Counterterrorism.
TALIA LEMANAUTHOR, CEO AND FOUNDER, RANDOMKID
In her first foray into philanthropy, Talia Leman, 17, rallied youth from 4,000 United States school districts and raised millions of dollars for Katrina/Rita hurricane relief, ranking the giving power of youth with the top U.S. corporations. Leman then founded the nonprofit RandomKid, which brings together youth activists across boundaries of culture, race, creed, ability, and geography to address global causes. Through networking and the RandomKid website, Leman, winner of a National Jefferson Award and International Youth Talent Award, has unified the efforts of 12 million youth from 20 countries, bringing aid to four continents. The United Nations recognized RandomKid in 2010 as a premier model for promoting peace. Leman’s book, Random Book About the Power of ANYone, (Simon & Schuster) will be released in 2012.
GAYLE TZEMACH LEMMONAUTHOR, THE DRESSMAKER OF KHAIR KHANA; CONTRIBUTING EDITOR AT LARGE, NEWSWEEK & THE DAILY BEAST; FELLOW, COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, is a contributing editor at large at Newsweek & The Daily Beast and a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of the March 2011 Newsweek cover story “The Hillary Doctrine.” In 2004 she left ABC News to study for her M.B.A. at Harvard University, where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in war zones for publications including Financial Times and the International Herald Tribune. You can follow her work on entrepreneurs creating change around the world on her website, gaylelemmon.com, and on Twitter @gaylelemmon.
MELINDA LIUBEIJING BUREAU CHIEF, NEWSWEEK & THE DAILY BEAST
Veteran foreign correspondent Melinda Liu is the Beijing bureau chief for Newsweek & The Daily Beast, and has covered China for much of her career. She has reported firsthand not only the Tiananmen Square crackdown, but also the fall of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, Afghan conflicts and the ouster of the Taliban, the Persian Gulf War, and U.S. military interventions in Somalia and Haiti. Liu has received a number of prestigious awards for her work, including the 2006 Shorenstein Journalism Award, which was given in recognition of her body of reporting on Asia.
TZIPI LIVNIHEAD, THE KADIMA PARTY; OPPOSITION LEADER, ISRAEL
Tzipi Livni has been head of Israel’s Kadima Party since September 2008, and leading it in the February 2009 election to become the biggest party in the Knesset. With the establishment of the Netanyahu government in April 2009, she became the leader of the opposition. First elected to the Knesset in 1999, Livni was a member of the Likud Party until the end of 2005, when she, together with others, formed the Kadima Party. She has held numerous ministerial and leadership positions throughout her tenure in the Knesset. In May 2006 Livni was appointed vice prime minister and minister of foreign affairs and served until March 2009. During this time she was also the chief negotiator in the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.
SUSAN LYNECHAIRMAN, GILT GROUPE
Susan Lyne is Chairman of Gilt Groupe, the innovative e-commerce company that pioneered “flash sales” in the U.S. Lyne previously served as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where she was named Publishing Executive of the Year by Advertising Age and received a Matrix Award from New York Women In Communications. Lyne has held various positions at the Walt Disney Company and ABC, including EVP Development and New Business and EVP Movies and Miniseries as well as President of ABC Entertainment. Lyne has also served as Managing Editor of New Times, The Village Voice, and as editor in chief of Premiere Magazine, which she created. Lyne is on the board of AOL, Inc. and a trustee of Rockefeller University and The New School.
ZIN MAR AUNGDEMOCRACY ACTIVIST
Zin Mar Aung has dedicated her life to promoting democracy, women’s empowerment, and conflict resolution in her native Burma. Because of her involvement in the 1996 and 1998 pro-democracy student uprisings, she was imprisoned by the Burmese government for more than a decade. After she was released, she carried on with her work: she created a cultural-impact-studies group focused on spreading the message that democracy is compatible with Asian culture; started a self-help association for women who were political prisoners and a school of political science; and cofounded Rainfall, a women’s-empowerment group.
JESSICA O. MATTHEWSCOFOUNDER AND CEO, UNCHARTED PLAY, INC.
As the cofounder and CEO of Uncharted Play, Inc., Jessica O. Matthews drives the creative vision of an award-winning social enterprise with a mission to breed a generation of socially motivated innovators through dual-functioning play products. Prior to founding Uncharted Play, Matthews worked with an array of start-ups, most recently as the brand equity strategist for Crowdtap, a social-media-marketing platform. Matthews has a degree in psychology and economics from Harvard University, and is slated to begin her M.B.A. studies at Harvard Business School in 2012.
CYNTHIA MCFADDENCO-ANCHOR, ABC NEWS’ NIGHTLINE
Cynthia McFadden has been co-anchor of ABC News’ Nightline since 2005 and of Primetime since 2004. Before joining ABC News as a legal correspondent in 1994, McFadden had been an anchor and senior producer at the Courtroom Television Network. She has reported extensively from Africa and India on the HIV-AIDS pandemic; from China on the environmental costs of rapid economic growth; and from Israel and India on the illegal sale of women and young girls into sexual slavery. Her investigation into horrific human-rights abuses in several Mexican mental hospitals led to a major overhaul of that government’s institutions for the mentally ill. She has won numerous awards—including Emmy, Peabody, and duPont awards—for her work.
MOLLY MELCHINGFOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TOSTAN
Working in Senegal for more than 36 years, Molly Melching is dedicated to empowering communities at the grassroots level. She has created two basic education programs for women, girls, and their communities and has expertise in nonformal education, human-rights training, and social transformation. Her work with Tostan, the NGO she founded in 1991, has resulted in reductions in infant and maternal mortality, school and birth-registration campaigns, the emergence of female leadership, and the abandonment of female genital cutting and child/forced marriage by 6,000 communities. Melching and Tostan have received the University of Illinois Humanitarian Alumni Award, Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service, Anna Lindh Award, Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, and Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.
CHERYL MILLSCOUNSELOR AND CHIEF OF STAFF, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
As counselor and chief of staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Cheryl Mills serves as a special adviser on major foreign-policy challenges and provides guidance to department bureaus. She also manages the Secretary’s staff, helps administer department operations, and is leading the department’s interagency global hunger and food security initiative and diplomacy and development efforts in Haiti. Previously, she has been senior vice president at New York University, senior vice president for corporate policy and public programming at Oxygen Media, and deputy counsel to the president at the White House. Mills has also served as associate counsel to the president, deputy general counsel of the Clinton/Gore Transition Planning Foundation, and an associate at the Washington, D.C., law firm Hogan and Hartson.
ANDREA MITCHELLCHIEF FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT, NBC; HOST, MSNBC’S ANDREA MITCHELL REPORTS
Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s chief foreign-affairs correspondent and the host of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, is covering the 2012 campaign for NBC News and MSNBC. In addition to hosting her political and foreign-policy program daily on MSNBC, Mitchell covers intelligence and national-security issues, traveling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and reporting from hotspots around the world. She is the author of Talking Back: … to Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels, a memoir about her experiences covering five presidents and Congress. Among other awards, Mitchell has received the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism, the National Press Foundation Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, and the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation’s Zeidenberg Award for protecting the First Amendment.
PAT MITCHELLPRESIDENT AND CEO, THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA
From network correspondent and producer to president and CEO of PBS, to her current position as president and CEO of the Paley Center for Media, Pat Mitchell’s career is characterized by her focus on media as a powerful force for social change. Her work has been recognized with 44 Emmy Awards, five Peabody Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. A 2008 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame honoree, Mitchell has received the Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Leadership and the Women in Cable and Telecommunications Woman of the Year Award. She serves on the boards of the Sundance Institute, Acumen Fund, VDAY, and Human Rights Watch. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Women’s Forum, Mitchell is a director of AOL.
RENEE MONTAGNECO-HOST, NPR’S MORNING EDITION
Renee Montagne is co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the United States. She has hosted the news magazine since 2004 and has reported and hosted for NPR since the mid-1980s. She hosted All Things Considered with Robert Siegel in the late 1980s, and previously worked for NPR’s science, national and foreign desks. Over the years, Montagne has done thousands of interviews on a range of topics; chronicled how people are changing Earth’s climate in the yearlong series Climate Connections; and repeatedly traveled to Afghanistan, producing three series: Recreating Afghanistan, Afghanistan Votes, and The War: Five Years On. In 1994, she and an NPR team won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of South Africa’s historic elections.
BRIAN T. MOYNIHANCEO, BANK OF AMERICA
As chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of Bank of America, Brian T. Moynihan leads one of the world’s largest financial institutions. Bank of America serves consumers, businesses of all sizes, and institutional investors with a full range of banking, investing, asset management, and other financial and risk management products and services. In the years prior to becoming chief executive officer on January 1, 2010, Moynihan led several of Bank America businesses: Global Wealth & Investment Management; Global Corporate & Investment Banking; and Global Consumer & Small Business Banking.
JANET NAPOLITANOSECRETARY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Janet Napolitano is the third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and is leading the nation’s collective efforts to secure our country from the threats we face—from terrorism to border security to natural disasters. To counter the threat of terrorism, Napolitano has forged new partnerships with international allies and has expanded information sharing with federal, state, and local law enforcement, building a collaborative effort to detect and disrupt threats early on. Prior to becoming Secretary, Napolitano was in her second term as Governor of Arizona, and was named one of the top five governors in the country by Time.
MOHAMMAD NASIBFOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, WELFARE ASSOCIATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFGHANISTAN (WADAN)
As a country director for the Center for International Private Enterprise Afghanistan, Mohammad Nasib is responsible for the strategic and operational management of CIPE Afghanistan, which promotes democracy through market-oriented reforms. He also serves as chairman of the board for the Welfare Association for the Development of Afghanistan, which focuses on civic education in peace building, democracy, and human rights, and chairman of the Afghan NGOs Coordination Bureau, an umbrella of more than 200 Afghan nongovernmental organizations. A graduate of Slippery Rock University who holds an M.B.A. from Preston University, Nasib has won the National Endowment for Democracy’s Democracy Award, the Honorable Ghazni Mir Masjidi Khan Medal, and Slippery Rock’s Distinguished International Alumni Award.
ALYSE NELSONPRESIDENT AND CEO, VITAL VOICES GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP
Alyse Nelson is president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A cofounder, she has worked with women leaders in 144 countries over the past 15 years. Previously, she served as deputy director of the Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative at the State Department with former First Lady Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Nelson worked with the president’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House and State Department from 1996 to 2000. She attended the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and served as an adviser to the U.S. Delegation to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.
ANNA NETREBKOWORLD-RENOWNED OPERATIC SOPRANO
Anna Netrebko has transcended the boundaries typical of classical music stardom to become one of the world’s most widely recognized and highly regarded opera singers. Regularly headlining productions at the world’s top opera houses—including the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Vienna State Opera, the Paris Opera, the Zurich Opera, the Berlin State Opera, and Munich’s Bavarian State Opera, as well as the Kirov Opera at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg—the Russian soprano has been hailed as “the reigning new diva of the early 21st century” (Associated Press). In 2007, she became the first classical musician to be named to the Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world.
DR. IDA BETTY ODINGA, MGH
Dr. Ida Betty Odinga, a teacher for more than 20 years and the wife of Kenya’s prime minister, Raila Odinga, came to be known as the face of defiance to the injustices and intolerance witnessed during the one-party state regime. She continues to fight for women to end decades of poverty, humiliation, human rights abuses, violence, and economic blackmail and is very passionate about education for all—especially for girls—in Kenya. Through the Ida Odinga Trust, Odinga, a graduate of the University of Nairobi, has educated hundreds of children and served as a mentor to young girls. A recipient of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Global Leadership Award, Odinga also works with many international organizations addressing women’s health and other issues.
CRYSTAL OGARACTIVIST AND BLOGGER, SPARK SUMMIT
Crystal Ogar, 22, is a women’s studies and film student at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD. She is an outspoken and outgoing feminist and womanist as well as a facilitator for an LGBT youth group called Rainbow Youth and Allies, offering adult supervision to a twice-a-month social gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, between the ages of 12 and 22, and their friends and allies. The group offers a safe space for young people to be themselves in an open, caring, and accepting environment. Ogar is an activist who enjoys breaking stereotypes and believes that together we can change the world.
ROSI OROZCOCONGRESSWOMAN, MEXICO; PRESIDENT, SPECIAL COMMISSION AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Rosi Orozco, Federal Deputy and frontrunner to the Senate of Mexico, is deeply committed to helping vulnerable young people and women. Her social leadership has been marked by her work on behalf of human rights and the victims of prostitution, child trafficking, sexual exploitation, and domestic violence. She has promoted an integrated model of care for victims of trafficking for their rescue and reintegration. An active legislator, she has advocated for the creation of organizations that support social welfare and the principles and values that help Mexicans become better citizens. Orozco is also the coauthor, with Evangelina Hernández, of From Heaven to Hell in a Day (Del Cielo al Infierno en un Día).
NANCY PELOSIHOUSE DEMOCRATIC LEADER
Nancy Pelosi is the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress. From 2007 to 2011, she served as the first woman Speaker of the House and is also the first woman in American history to lead a major political party in Congress, having served as House Democratic Leader from 2003 to 2007. Pelosi has represented San Francisco, California’s Eighth District, for 25 years. Pelosi brings to her leadership position a distinguished record of legislative accomplishment. She led the Congress in passing historic health-insurance reform, key investments in college aid, clean energy and innovation, and initiatives to help small businesses and veterans. She has been a powerful voice for civil rights and human rights around the world for decades.
KAMLA PERSAD-BISSESSARPRIME MINISTER, THE REPUBLIC OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Kamla Persad-Bissessar was born in Siparia in 1952. She served as a social worker, lecturer and educator before becoming an Attorney-at-Law. In 1987 Persad-Bissessar entered the political arena and, in 1991, began representing the United National Congress in Opposition in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 1991. Since 1995 she has been the Member of Parliament for Siparia, and served as Attorney General, Minister of Legal Affairs and Minister of Education between 1995 and 2001. In 2006, Persad-Bissessar was appointed Leader of the Opposition, the first woman to ever hold that position in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2010, Persad-Bissessar created history again, becoming the first woman to become Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
MARTHA RADDATZSENIOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT, ABC NEWS
Martha Raddatz has been a correspondent for ABC News since 1999, covering national security, foreign affairs, and the White House. She made more than 20 trips to Iraq during the war, riding out with the last American convoy, and travels frequently to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Raddatz is the only television journalist who was allowed on a combat mission over Afghanistan in an F-15 fighter jet. She is also the author of the bestseller The Long Road Home, which chronicles a battle in Sadr City in Iraq in 2004 and the families waiting back home. Raddatz is the recipient of numerous Emmy awards, including the ABC News award for coverage of the attacks on September 11, 2001.
EMILY-ANNE RIGALFOUNDER AND DIRECTOR, WESTOPHATE.ORG
Emily-Anne Rigal is the 18-year-old founder and director of WeStopHate.org, for which Lady Gaga presented her with a 2011 TeenNick HALO (Helping and Leading Others) Award. WeStopHate strives to build a movement of “Boppers”—teens around the world dedicated to ending bullying by raising “teen-esteem.” Through digital media, WeStopHate has affected the lives of more than 100,000 young people. Rigal’s work has been featured in Seventeen magazine, MTV, E! Online, Just Jared, and Celebuzz. Rigal loves to chat and is easy to spot: you can always find her wearing a pink bow headband!
RICHARD E. ROBBINSDIRECTOR, 10X10 FILM
Richard E. Robbins is an award-winning documentary director, writer, and producer. His most recent documentary, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, about soldiers returning from Iraq, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2008. After several years at ABC News and PBS, Richard joined Peter Jennings’ documentary unit at ABC News, and directed the critically acclaimed ABC series The Century. His documentary work for ABC took him around the country and the globe, from the mountains of Kashmir interviewing Al-Qaeda militants, to the press plane of the 2000 Bush campaign, to the back of an LAPD squad car patrolling Watts. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter and son.
ROBIN ROBERTSCO-ANCHOR, ABC’S GOOD MORNING AMERICA
Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. When not traveling the globe covering breaking news events, Roberts is at GMA’s studio in New York’s Times Square conducting interviews with a diverse group of newsmakers, including President Obama. Roberts also hosts numerous primetime specials for the network, including In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville, for which she interviews some of country music’s biggest stars. For the past three years, she has also co-hosted ABC’s Academy Awards pre-show Oscars Red Carpet Live. In 2007, Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer; her public battle with the disease has been recognized with many awards.
CHARLIE ROSEEXECUTIVE EDITOR AND ANCHOR, CHARLIE ROSE; ANCHOR, CBS THIS MORNING
Charlie Rose is executive editor and anchor of Charlie Rose, the one-hour interview program that engages in one-on-one in-depth conversation and round-table discussions about important issues and ideas of our time. The show airs nightly on PBS and also in prime time on Bloomberg Television in the United States and 100 countries around the world. Since January 2012, Rose has also been co-anchor of the new daily morning program CBS This Morning. In addition, he is a contributing correspondent to the CBS News program 60 Minutes. Rose is the recipient of the Légion d’honneur, numerous awards from the scientific and journalism communities, and many honorary degrees.
CLAIRE RUSSOCOUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS FELLOW, INSTITUTE FOR INCLUSIVE SECURITY
Claire Russo is an International Affairs fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations. She is currently working at the Institute for Inclusive Security in Washington, D.C., studying the tactical employment of women in military operations. Previously, Russo served as the director of the Female Engagement and Networking Group for Orbis Operations, LLC; a cultural adviser to the U.S. Army in Afghanistan; a research associate at the Institute for the Study of War; and a U.S. Marine intelligence officer. She is the cofounder of Stability Horizon, LLC, an agency dedicated to stabilizing hostile or high-risk regions and populations and readying them for international or commercial relationships.
MARITZA SÁENZ RYANCOLONEL, UNITED STATES ARMY; PROFESSOR AND HEAD, DEPARTMENT OF LAW, UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT
Col. Maritza Ryan is professor and head of the Department of Law at the U.S. Military Academy. A 1982 West Point graduate commissioned in the Field Artillery, she was selected for the Judge Advocate General’s Funded Legal Education Program and received her Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt Law School, Order of the Coif, in 1988. Col. Ryan holds a Master of Laws in Military Law from the Army Judge Advocate General’s School and a Master of Arts in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. Her assignments include senior trial counsel, chief of military justice, and deputy staff judge advocate. In 2008, she established the West Point Center for the Rule of Law.
ZAINAB SALBIFOUNDER, WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL; AUTHOR, BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
Zainab Salbi is the founder of Women for Women International, a grassroots organization helping women survivors of wars rebuild their lives. From 1993 to 2011, she served as the organization’s CEO. Since 1993, the organization has helped 316,000 women access social and economic opportunities and distributed more than $103 million in direct aid and micro credit loans. For its work “alleviating human suffering,” Women for Women International was awarded the 2006 Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the first women’s organization to receive this honor. Salbi has received many awards and been honored by former President Bill Clinton for her work. She is the author of two books, Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny and Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam.
ALLISON SAMUELSSENIOR WRITER, NEWSWEEK & THE DAILY BEAST
Allison Samuels is a senior writer for Newsweek & The Daily Beast. She covers entertainment, sports, and politics for the magazine and website and is a frequent contributor to MSNBC and CNN. Her work has appeared in Rolling Stone, O, Essence, and Ebony magazines. Samuels’s third book, What Would Michelle Do?, about the life and style of First Lady Michelle Obama, will be released on April 17 by Penguin/Gotham Books.
JASVINDER SANGHERACEO AND FOUNDER, KARMA NIRVANA
As a survivor of forced marriage, Jasvinder Sanghera was inspired to create Karma Nirvana, a charity that supports those affected by forced marriages and honor-based abuse. She has authored two bestselling books, Shame and Daughters of Shame, which have changed hearts and minds as well as shaped policy. Sanghera is an ambassador for Plan UK’s Because I Am a Girl campaign, which works to provide opportunities to the world’s poorest girls. She has earned awards including the Cosmopolitan Exceptional Award (2010), Pride of Britain Award (2009), Woman of the Year Award (2007), McWhirter Foundation Courage and Good Citizenship Award (2007), Asian Woman Achievement Award (2005), Metropolitan Police GG2 Diversity Award (2005), Ambassador for Peace Award (2008), and a University of Derby honorary doctorate (2009).
SIMON SCHAMAUNIVERSITY PROFESSOR AND AUTHOR
Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. He has also taught at Cambridge, Oxford, and Harvard. His books have been translated into 15 languages and include Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution, which won the 2007 National Book Critics’ Circle Award for nonfiction. Schama has written for The New Yorker since 1994, winning the National Magazine Award in 1996. His television work for the BBC and PBS includes two films on Rembrandt; a series based on his book Landscape and Memory; the award-winning, Emmy-nominated A History of Britain; a film on Tolstoy; an adaptation of Rough Crossings; the eight-part series The Power of Art; and the four-part series The American Future: A History.
ABDOULIE SIDIBEHTOSTAN COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM PARTICIPANT, HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST, TOSTAN
Raised in the village of Bassending in the Upper River Region (URR) of the Gambia, 20-year-old Abdoulie Sidibeh is an active proponent for human rights in his community. While participating in the NGO Tostan’s nonformal education program, the Community Empowerment Program, he built consensus with his fellow community members on the importance of respect for human rights, especially the rights of women and children. Abdoulie, along with other dedicated Gambian youth, organized a five-day awareness-raising event in October 2011 that allowed them to share this message with communities and government officials throughout the URR. Emerging as a leader, Abdoulie works to encourage youth to be key human rights advocates in the Gambia.
JULIA C. SILVERMANCOFOUNDER AND CHIEF SOCIAL OFFICER, UNCHARTED PLAY, INC.
Julia C. Silverman is the cofounder of Uncharted Play, Inc. and the co-inventor of the sOccket, a portable generator in the form of a soccer ball. Her long-term interest is in entrepreneurial approaches to social progress. A graduate of Harvard University with a degree in Social Anthropology and Economics, Silverman has lived and worked all over Africa, with notable field initiatives in Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa. Before founding Uncharted Play, she worked at the World Bank as an analyst for the Africa Sustainable Development department and at Innosight, a consulting firm for innovation strategy. Now, as the Chief Social Officer at Uncharted Play, Silverman oversees the distribution, curricular programming, and monitoring and evaluation of sOccket balls in communities in need around the world.
JACKIE SPEIERU.S. CONGRESSWOMAN; HONORARY CHAIR, PROTECTOURDEFENDERS.COM
Rep. Jackie Speier represents California’s 12th Congressional District, which includes South San Francisco and San Mateo County. She has served the district at the federal level since April 2008. Congresswoman Speier is a fierce advocate for the prevention of rape and sexual assault in the military and has spoken on the floor of the House to raise awareness about the low reporting and prosecution rates of sexual assaults perpetrated by U.S. service members on other U.S. service members. Speier is the author of the STOP Act, which would change how the military handles sexual assault, and is honorary chair of Protect Our Defenders, a national group that supports the women and men in uniform who have been raped or sexually assaulted by fellow service members.
LESLEY STAHLCORRESPONDENT, 60 MINUTES
Lesley Stahl has been a 60 Minutes correspondent since 1991. Prior to joining the program, she served as CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush presidencies. From 1983 to 1991, Stahl also served as moderator of Face the Nation, on which she interviewed such newsmakers as Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Yasir Arafat, and virtually every top U.S. official. Her autobiography Reporting Live recounts her experiences in Washington. She has a collection of Emmy awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Emmy, for her Face the Nation interviews and 60 Minutes reporting. Her provocative “Punishing Saddam” report won Stahl an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Journalism award, and she won a Business and Financial Emmy for her profile of Google.
AMANDA STEINBERGFOUNDER AND CEO, DAILYWORTH
Amanda Steinberg started DailyWorth.com as a way to teach women how to build net worth and self-worth. Since January 2009, DailyWorth has garnered more than 200,000 subscribers and coverage in media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, Inc., and USA Today, as well as a two-page spread in Cosmopolitan. DailyWorth stands out as a go-to source about personal finance for smart, ambitious women. A graduate of Columbia University, Steinberg contributes to Forbes Woman and spends her “free” time empowering women to raise their standards and raise capital. She lives in Philadelphia with her two children and her iPhone.
GLORIA STEINEMFEMINIST WRITER AND COFOUNDER, MS. MAGAZINE
In 1972, Gloria Steinem cofounded Ms. magazine, for which she is now consulting editor. She also helped found New York magazine, the Women’s Action Alliance, the National Women’s Political Caucus, Voters for Choice, Choice USA, the Ms. Foundation for Women, and Take Our Daughters to Work Day. A writer whose best-selling books include Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, and Moving Beyond Words, Steinem has received numerous awards for her writing as well as for her influential work on behalf of women and girls. In 1993, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Steinem is currently working on Road to the Heart: America as if Everyone Mattered, a book about her decades as a feminist organizer.
ANDREW SULLIVANEDITOR, THE DISH AT THE DAILY BEAST; COLUMNIST, NEWSWEEK
Journalist and author Andrew Sullivan, whose blog, The Dish, can be found on The Daily Beast, is a popular source for provocative and astute political and social commentary. Currently a columnist for Newsweek and The Sunday Times of London, Sullivan was one of the first journalists to experiment with blogging more than a decade ago. Formerly the editor of The New Republic, he is also the author of several books, including Virtually Normal, Love Undetectable, and The Conservative Soul.
HOLLAND TAYLORACTOR AND PLAYWRIGHT
Holland Taylor’s New York stage performances include Bess in Breakfast with Les and Bess, the original production of Butley, and A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour. She has worked extensively in film and television, appearing in Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, To Die For, Next Stop Wonderland, One Fine Day, George of the Jungle, The Truman Show, Happy Accidents, Spy Kids (2 & 3), Keeping the Faith, Legally Blonde, and Baby Mama. Taylor has received seven Emmy nominations, winning Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role on The Practice. Other series starring roles: The Powers That Be, Bosom Buddies, and, currently, Two and a Half Men. In 2006, Taylor began research on Ann, which has completed acclaimed runs in several U.S. cities.
SUMA THARUROOM TO READ GIRLS’ EDUCATION PROGRAM SCHOLAR
Suma Tharu comes from rural Nepal, the only girl among four children born to an impoverished mother and father. At age 6, Suma was sold into the Kamlari system, a form of caste-based indentured servitude, by her parents. In this outlawed tradition, Kamlari girls (“servant girls”) are not paid, cannot attend school, and are put to work all day and often beaten while living as captives. After six years, Suma was rescued by a local nonprofit group. In 2008, she received a second chance at an education thanks to the global nonprofit organization Room to Read. Suma is now expected to graduate secondary school in 2014, and she hopes to become a health teacher in order to help educate and empower other young girls.
SANDRA UWIRINGIYIMANAGENOCIDE SURVIVOR; SPOKESPERSON, FOUNDATION OF HOPE MINISTRIES, ROCHESTER, NY; PHOTOGRAPHER
Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sandra Uwiringiyimana was compelled by civil war to move with her family to a United Nations refugee camp in 2004. After an attack on the camp in which more than 166 people were killed, she and her family moved to Rwanda, where they struggled for two years before they were granted refugee status and, in April 2007, allowed to move to Rochester, NY. Uwiringiyimana’s family has cofounded the Foundation of Hope Ministries, a nonprofit organization that performs songs and shares testimonies about the Gatumba genocide to raise money for the orphans and widows left in Africa. Uwiringiyimana is working to pursue higher education and to help other young people to do so as well.
MELANNE VERVEERU.S. AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE, GLOBAL WOMEN’S ISSUES
Melanne Verveer is the first person to hold the position of ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, created by President Obama in 2009. In this State Department role, Verveer coordinates foreign-policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic, and social advancement of women around the world. She mobilizes support for women’s rights and political and economic empowerment through initiatives and programs designed to increase women’s and girls’ access to education and health care, to combat violence against women and girls, and to ensure that women’s rights are integrated with human rights in the development of U.S. foreign-policy. Verveer most recently served as chair and co-CEO of the international nonprofit Vital Voices Global Partnership, and has held positions in the Clinton administration.
KAH WALLACEO, STRATEGIES!; PRESIDENT, CAMEROON PEOPLE’S PARTY
After an impressive entry into national politics in 2007, Kah Walla is today recognized as one of Cameroon’s premier political leaders. This 46-year-old entrepreneur challenged the status quo in Cameroon by running for president in 2011 and creating a movement for change in a country that has known only two leaders in the last 50 years. Walla is internationally recognized for her expertise in management, her understanding of development issues, and her strong stance on Africa and its women and youths. Recognized by the World Bank, New African, and Newsweek & The Daily Beast as one of the continent’s movers and shakers, Kah Walla is a strong advocate for economic development in Africa.
BARBARA WALTERSCORRESPONDENT, ABC NEWS; CREATOR, CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER AND CO-HOST, ABC’S THE VIEW
The first woman to co-host network news, Barbara Walters is a broadcast journalism legend. Since joining ABC News in 1976, she has interviewed every American president and first lady since Richard Nixon’s administration. For 25 years, Walters co-hosted ABC News’ celebrated 20/20, and her Barbara Walters Specials continue to bring in top ratings. Prior to joining ABC, she appeared on NBC’s Today Show for 15 years. In 1997, Walters created and became co-host and co-executive producer of the award-winning daytime ABC talk show The View. Walters has earned many accolades over the years, including lifetime achievement awards from the International Women’s Media Foundation and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is also the author of a memoir, Audition.
ALEX WITTMSNBC ANCHOR WEEKENDS WITH ALEX WITT AND NBC CORRESPONDENT
Alex Witt is the host of MSNBC’s Weekends with Alex Witt and has served as an anchor for the network since 1999. Witt has reported on the presidential election seasons since 2000 and has also covered news on topics ranging from the Middle East, the war on terrorism, and the economy to health, travel, and Hollywood. She reported live from Ground Zero all week following the September 11, 2001, attacks. In April 2005, Witt broadcast from Windsor Castle for the wedding of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker-Bowles, where Tina Brown served as lead royal commentator on set with her. Outside work, the Los Angeles native’s priority is being a devoted mom to her son and daughter.
SHERYL WUDUNNSENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR, MID-MARKET SECURITIES, LLC
Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive, lecturer, and best-selling author. She is currently a senior managing director with Mid-Market Securities. Previously she worked as an executive and journalist at The New York Times; as The Times’ first anchor of an evening news headlines program for the Discovery-Times; and as a foreign correspondent for The Times in Tokyo and Beijing. She is co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a New York Times best-selling book. With her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof, she has co-authored two best-selling books Thunder from the East and China Wakes. With her husband, WuDunn has won a Pulitzer Prize for their China coverage and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Lifetime Achievement.
GABI ZEDLMAYERVICE PRESIDENT, SUSTAINABILITY AND SOCIAL INNOVATION, HP
Gabi Zedlmayer drives sustainability and social innovation programs aligned with HP’s business strategy. She leads a global team of experts focused on solving social issues in collaboration with nonprofit organizations, governments, customers, and partners. She seeks to create sustainable solutions that address societal challenges in education, health-care, and the environment. Zedlmayer also co-leads HP’s Global Citizenship Council and serves on the board of directors of Junior Achievement Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Hewlett-Packard GmbH, Germany, and the EU Commission e-skills leadership board. She is a member of the Executive Diversity Forum for HP in EMEA and the Women’s Council of HypoVereinsbank UNICREDIT. In 2011, Zedlmayer was honored by Newsweek & The Daily Beast as one of 150 Women Who Shake the World.
JULIE ZEILINGERFOUNDER AND EDITOR, THE FBOMB (THEFBOMB.ORG)
Julie Zeilinger, an 18-year-old Barnard College student from Pepper Pike, Ohio, is the founder and editor of The FBomb (thefbomb.org), a feminist blog and community for young adults who care about their rights and want to be heard. The FBomb posts articles by teen and college-aged feminists about issues ranging from pop culture to self-image to politics and social justice. Zeilinger and The FBomb have been featured in media outlets such as More, Women’s Day, Bust, Bitch, and Salon, among others. She recently wrote a book for Seal Press about teenage feminism, entitled A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word, which will be published in early May.
MEI ZHANGFOUNDER AND CHAIRPERSON, WILDCHINA
Mei Zhang, founder and chairperson of WildChina, a premium, sustainable travel company based in Beijing, is a native of Yunnan province in southwest China. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard and worked for McKinsey & Company until she found her true passion in sustainable travel. While serving as a consultant to the Nature Conservancy, Zhang witnessed the push and pull between economic development and conservation of both nature and culture in Yunnan. She strongly believed there was a for-profit solution to this: providing sophisticated interpretation of Chinese culture and nature through experiential travel. This revolutionary concept led to the creation of WildChina in 2000. Together with former WildChina CEO Albert Ng, Zhang has built an award-winning, socially responsible business.
DALIA ZIADAEGYPT DIRECTOR, AMERICAN ISLAMIC CONGRESS
Dalia Ziada, director of the American Islamic Congress Egypt Office, is dedicated to promoting women’s rights, freedom of expression, and nonviolent action in Egypt. She has been honored by Newsweek as one of 150 Women Who Shake the World, by The Daily Beast as one of world’s 17 Bravest Bloggers, and by Time as a women’s rights champion. She is a frequent guest lecturer and has spoken in front of the U.S. Congress, as well as at major universities, on panels all over the world, and in the international media. Ziada has received the Anna Lindh Award for Online Journalism and the Tufts University Presidential Award for Making a Difference in the World. She was an on-the-ground player in the Arab Spring.