14 women leaders in global development


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14 women leaders in global development

  1. 1. 14 women leaders in global development Photo by: Albert González Farran / UN
  2. 2. Paugam is the 10th — and first female — CEO of the French Development Agency, the country’s main development financing institution. Anne Paugam CEO Agence Française de Developpement Photo by: AFD
  3. 3. The Costa Rican-born Figueres has the challenging task of bringing together nearly 200 negotiators to agree on a global accord governing emissions and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Christiana Figueres Executive secretary U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change Photo by: UNFCCC
  4. 4. The former U.S. ambassador to U.N. food agencies in Rome now leads the world’s largest humanitarian agency combating hunger. WFP serves about 90 million people per year in more than 70 countries, including nations that host Syrians displaced by the ongoing civil conflict. Ertharin Cousin Executive director World Food Program Photo by: J.M. Ferre / UNHCR
  5. 5. As UNDP chief, the former New Zealand prime minister is the third-highest-ranking U.N. official, co-chairs the U.N. System Task Team on the Post-2015 U.N. Development Agenda and chairs the U.N. Development Group, which seeks to boost the effectiveness of U.N. development activities at the country level. Helen Clark Administrator United Nations Development Program Photo by: Erick-Christian Ahounou S. / UNDP
  6. 6. Under Rodin, The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the oldest charities focused on global development, has undergone a reinvention, supporting innovative financing tools such as development impact bonds. Judith Rodin President The Rockefeller Foundation Photo by: Ami Torfason / PopTech
  7. 7. Bishop is the first female Australian foreign minister. She also oversees the country’s foreign aid program, following AusAID’s reintegration into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in November 2013. Julie Bishop Minister for Foreign Affairs Australia Photo by: Australian DFAT
  8. 8. The trained accountant was named by BBC Radio 4 as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom in 2013. She’s advancing the Cameron administration’s goals to increase private sector engagement in global development and get better value for money from foreign aid spending. Justine Greening Secretary of state for international development United Kingdom Photo by: Russell Watkins / DfID
  9. 9. For her quick and effective response to the Haiti and Pakistan humanitarian disasters in 2010, the Bulgarian politician and former World Bank vice president was named the EU Commissioner of the Year and European of the Year by the European Voice newspaper. Kristalina Georgieva European commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response Photo by: European Unon
  10. 10. Initially trained as a home economics teacher, the former Hong Kong director of health earned praise for bringing the 1997 avian influenza and 2003 SARS outbreak under control. Margaret Chan Director-general World Health Organization Photo by: Presidencia Peru
  11. 11. Melinda Gates has helped bring global attention to family planning and stunting. Together with her husband, she sets the strategic direction of one of the most influential charities in international development. Melinda Gates Co-chair and trustee Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Photo by: Gates Foundation
  12. 12. Mlambo-Ngcuka is a former member of the South African parliament and was the first woman to hold the position of the country’s deputy president. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Executive director U.N. Women Photo by: Julie Lunde Lillesaeter / PRIO
  13. 13. Queen Rania is a known advocate of education, cross-cultural dialogue and microfinance. Rania Al Abdullah Queen consort Jordan Photo by: John Gillespie / Africa Renewal
  14. 14. The English baroness was the first black female member of the U.K. Cabinet: She served as U.K. secretary of state for international development in 2003, though only for less than six months. Valerie Amos Undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator United Nations Photo by: Nicole Lawrence / UN OCHA
  15. 15. Uganda’s first female aeronautical engineer was a member of the body that drafted the country’s 1995 constitution. She assumed her role as Oxfam International chief in April 2013. Winnie Byanyima Executive director Oxfam International Photo by: European Union
  16. 16. Stay up-to-date on these women’s vision and accomplishments Join Devex and follow us on Facebook Photo by: Albert González Farran / UN