2014 Speakers

  • Aromar Revi

    Aromar Revi is a global expert on Sustainable Urban Development, and has helped mobilize a successful international campaign for an urban Sustainable Development Goal as part of the UN’s post-2015 development agenda.

  • Beatrice Ayuru

    Beatrice Ayuru founded the Lira Integrated School located in the Northern Region of Uganda in 2000. The first female University graduate from her region, she began with a vision of building a school to combat illiteracy, eradicate poverty, and fight for girl child rights.

  • Bruce Aylward

    Dr Bruce Aylward is the Assistant Director-General of a cluster which brings together WHO's work in polio eradication and humanitarian response. Since 2011, Dr Aylward has led WHO’s work in preparedness, readiness and response to humanitarian emergencies as the lead agency of the Global Health Cluster.

  • Fawzia Koofi

    Fawzia Koofi, an Afghan politician and women's rights activist has made her leadership journey in a country of harsh topography, internal conflict, intermittent wars and a militant government. She is currently the only woman Chairperson int the Lower House of Afghan Parliament.

  • Javier Serrano

    Javier Serrano is a Physicist and Electronics Engineer working in the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). He specializes in the design and development of electronics for controlling the particle accelerators that probe the most minute constituents of matter, and is co-author of CERN's Open Hardware License.

  • Mahlet Afework

    Mahlet Afework, a fashion designer based in Addis Ababa, has gained critical acclaim for her cutting-edge designs.
    Mafi works exclusively with hand-woven fabrics made by women, working with traditional fabrics and weavers to express the rich cultural history of Ethiopia and creating sustainable small businesses at the same time.

  • Maryanne Diamond

    Maryanne Diamond is immediate Past President of the World Blind Union (WBU) and a tireless advocate for the rights of persons who are blind and live with print disabilities. She led the WBU’s delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization negotiations which resulted in the ground breaking Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

  • Miguel Luengo-Oroz

    Miguel Luego-Oroz is Chief Scientist at UN Global Pulse, an innovation initiative at the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, harnessing Big Data for global development and humanitarian action.

  • Omobola Johnson

    Dr Omobola Johnson is Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of Communication Technology, and founding Chairpersonof Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ) a non-governmental organisation that seeks to improve the success rate of female entrepreneurs and increase the proportion of women in senior positions in corporate organisations.

  • Vincent Cochetel

    Vincent Cochetel is the Director of the Bureau for Europe at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. He will explore why humanitarians continue working in the face of danger and reflect on his own experiences in captivity, having been kidnapped near Chechnya in 1998.

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