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Join global leaders at our 2022 RELX SDG Inspiration Day: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions – The role for business in advancing SDG 16 taking place virtually on Monday 9 May, 10:00am to 5:00pm (BST)
War; refugees fleeing persecution and conflict; and human rights abuses, including human trafficking, are rife in 2022. Yet the goal of SDG 16 is to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development; provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. What is the role for business in this essential agenda upon which achievement of all other SDGs depend? The RELX SDG Inspiration Day will bring together thought leaders, corporate representatives, investors, government, and NGOs to explore the issues with practical engagement and ideas. Join us.
This virtual event is about connections, knowledge sharing and innovation. It is free to attend.
RELX is a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. We help scientists make new discoveries, lawyers win cases, doctors save lives and insurance companies offer customers lower prices. We save taxpayers and consumers money by preventing fraud and help executives forge commercial relationships with their clients. In short, we enable our customers to make better decisions, get better results and be more productive.
We believe we have the most significant impact when we apply our expertise to areas like universal, sustainable access to information, advance of science and health, protection of society and promotion of the rule of law and access to justice.
The RELX SDG Inspiration Day will be the eighth in a series of engaging, interactive and stimulating events. Previous Inspiration Days have been in London in 2017, to launch the SDG Resource Centre; Silicon Valley in 2018, exploring the themes of disruptive tech; Amsterdam in 2018, exploring the themes of partnerships; Delhi in 2019, exploring SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities; Amsterdam in 2019, exploring the power of data to advance the SDGs; virtually in 2020, exploring topics including what are the opportunities for the Goals post Covid-19? What innovations are accelerating achievement of the goals? What does the ‘new normal’ mean for the Goals? and virtually in 2021, Mobilising Business for a Better World: Accelerating Business Action on the SDGs.
RELX SDG INSPIRATION DAY
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: The role for business in advancing SDG 16
Please note times are all shown in British Summer Time (BST)
|10.00 to 10.45am||
Introduction and host for the day: Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu
Welcome to Inspiration Day: Dr Márcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX
Keynote address: Ban Ki-Moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations
Dr. Heinz Fischer, Former President of the Republic of Austria and Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens
Ian McDougall, EVP and General Counsel, LexisNexis Legal & Professional
|10.45 to 11.30am||
Panel discussion: SDG16 and Defence Moderator: Justin Webb, host of the Today programme on BBC Radio 4
|11.30 to 11.45pm||
|11.45 to 12.15pm||
SDG Customer Awards - Presented by Nick Luff, Chief Financial Officer, RELX and Henry Udow, Chief Legal Officer and Company Secretary, RELX
|12.15 to 1.00pm||
Panel discussion: Operating in a conflict zone - Moderated by Teresa Jennings, Head of Rule of Law Development, LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation
Closing comments: Ylann Schemm, Director, Elsevier Foundation
|1.00 to 1.45pm||
Unique Contributions for SDG16 - Hosted by Ian McDougall, EVP and General Counsel, LexisNexis
|1.45 to 2.30pm||
Comments on the day: YS Chi, Chairman, Elsevier, Director of Corporate Affairs, RELX
Keynote address: Sir Bob Geldof
|2.30 to 3.15pm||
Partner remarks: Feraye Ozfescioglu, CEO, World Humanitarian Forum
Panel discussion: Women and SDG 16 - Moderated by Amanda Ellis, Former UN Ambassador, Executive Director Asia-Pacific, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
3.15 to 4.00pm
Partner remarks: Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK
In conversation with a CEO: Responsible business for peace Moderated by Philippa Scarlett, Head of Government Affairs, RELX
|4.00 to 5.00pm||
Dr Márcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX
Michael Sheldrick, Co-Founder and Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer at Global Citizen
Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO and Board Member of the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens
Michelle Breslauer, Senior Manager, Governance & Peace , UN Global Compact
The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is an independent, non-profit organization in Vienna. It is co-chaired by Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and by Dr. Heinz Fischer, former President of the Republic of Austria. The Centre has affiliated offices in the Republic of Korea and tentatively in Kuwait. The Centre uses its independence, expertise and network to work for peace, poverty eradication, empowerment of youth and women, justice and human rights worldwide. Working both publicly and through informal diplomacy, the Centre engages with leaders, youth, academia, international organizations and civil society at all levels to resolve crisis and conflicts and address root causes hindering the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens works within the framework of the SDGs particularly for women and young people focusing on the following key areas: Leadership and mediation for promoting peace; Advocacy to empower women and the youth; and Education for global citizens.
The United Nations Global Compact is a global platform for business and non-business entities to proactively network and engage in areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Participation in the UN Global Compact is a widely visible commitment to the implementation, disclosure, and promotion of its ten universal principles. The UK Network brings together UN Global Compact Participants and Signatories to advance the UN Global Compact and its principles. Its role is to help organisations engage in the UN Global Compact with respect to implementation of the Ten Principles, and create opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action.
Since 2009, Global Citizen has leveraged the power of governments, artists, corporations, NGO partners, and civil society with one common goal: to end extreme poverty. The organisation focuses their campaigning on the key SDGs that they believe will have the greatest impact on people who are living in extreme poverty. These are Health, Education, Food & Hunger, Water & Sanitation, Environment and Gender Equality.
Through the Global Citizen platform, engaged citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards for their actions — as part of a global community committed to lasting change. To date, Global Citizens have taken over 24 million actions which, when combined with high-level advocacy work, have resulted in commitments made by governments, multilateral institutions and corporations worth over $48 billion. These commitments will impact more than 880 million people by 2030.
Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management and automation operating in more than 100 countries. As a digital partner for sustainability and efficiency, Schneider Electric aims to empower all to make the most of energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. Recognized in 2021 as #1 in Corporate Knight’s Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies, Schneider Electric has accelerated their own sustainability strategy with 6 long-term commitments, as well as being part of the solution of their customers for a more inclusive and sustainable world.
The Responsible Media Forum is a partnership between 25 leading media companies to identify and take action on the social and environmental challenges facing the sector. The Forum provides a platform for participating companies to learn from each other and leading organisations in other sectors, to identify trends and areas for prioritisation based on sound research and robust discussions, to engage with stakeholders, be they campaigners, policy makers, academics or peers and to run collaborative projects and events on key issues.
World Humanitarian Forum (WHF) is the largest and most inclusive nonpartisan forum in humanitarian aid and international development.
WHF brings together decision-makers and opinion-formers in the public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as the next generation of partnership-builders. The annual WHF advances critical global discussions and transforms conversations into action, as well as providing a powerful forum to catalyse collaboration through shared-value approaches and social impact objectives.
WHF is an international knowledge exchange platform at the intersection of government, aid, development and innovation aimed to improve the lives of millions in need.
The Elsevier Foundation contributes over $1 million a year to non-profit organizations and it’s funded by Elsevier, a global information analytics company specializing in science and health. The Elsevier Foundation is part of Elsevier’s corporate responsibility program, which centers on our unique contributions to sustainable development in gender, health, climate and reducing inequalities.
The LexisNexis® history with the rule of law is entwined with our core skills. Our talented employees and our wealth of data and technology has allowed LexisNexis to work every day to help customers increase their productivity and improve decision making. These skills also have significant value to our mission and vision to advance the rule of law around the world. Work done with clients—ranging from governments, lawyers, judges, academics, NGOs and businesses—helps LexisNexis understand the needs locally, nationally, regionally and globally. These skills provide us the tools to identify problems and develop the partnerships and solutions which can target key areas to make fundamental and lasting changes to the rule of law. In this work, LexisNexis has donated time to provide training for lawyers and judges globally. We have worked to advocate for needed changes to allow for laws to be codified and consolidated, publishing laws and case decisions in countries. Our activities are as diverse as our people and the jurisdictions they support.
Ban Ki-moon is a South Korean diplomat who was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) from January 2007 to December 2016. Before becoming UNSG, Mr. Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. As the eighth UNSG, Ban Ki-moon's priorities were to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy, and water. He led the efforts for the landmark Paris Climate Agreement and, under his leadership, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda were created.
Ban Ki-moon currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens which seeks to empower youth and women to become active global citizens in creating a sustainable future for all. In addition, he currently holds over 20 positions, including the Presidency and the Chairmanship of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and Chairmanships of the Global Commission on Adaptation, the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee, and the BOAO Forum in Asia.
Born in 1951, Sir Bob Geldof is one of Ireland’s most successful exports and is known throughout the world for his many talents and passions. Starting his career as a successful musician, actor and songwriter, he has gone on to both inspire a generation and make prolific social changes as a philanthropist and political activist. An inspiring and influential public speaker, he speaks on a range of topics and uses his vast personal experiences to
both provoke and motivate his audience.
Shooting to fame as the lead singer of the Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof was a major player in the 70s punk rock movement and enjoyed over a decade of hits between 1975 and 1986. After leaving the band, he launched a successful solo career, published his best-selling autobiography, “Is That It?” and worked as a radio DJ, journalist and television presenter.
In 1984 Geldof was watching the news one night when he was horrified by a report on the famine in Ethiopia. As we all now know he got on the phone. The result was Live Aid - “the biggest and greatest event in pop history”. $200 million was raised for the starving and the dying in Ethiopia. Geldof established and continues to be the chairman of the Band Aid trust, which operates in eight African countries.
Bob Geldof has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 8 times, more than any living nominee, and was honoured with a knighthood by HM Queen Elizabeth II; received the Nobel Man of Peace award from Mikhail Gorbachev; was awarded The North-South human rights award in Portugal; and awarded the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and received numerous TV and music awards as well as The Royal Society, Peabody and Royal Geographical Society awards.
Having reformed The Boomtown Rats they now have their first studio album since 1984 Citizens of Boomtown; a massive documentary about Bob and the history of the Rats and a new book Tales of Boomtown Glory was published in March 2020 - an anthology of the complete lyrics from Bob Geldof’s Boomtown Rats and solo albums, interwoven with Geldof’s witty, deeply felt and frank commentaries of the background, inspiration and context behind some of his songs.
Bob is internationally recognised as a leading authority on world politics, international and current affairs, music, humanitarian issues, philanthropy, poverty, human rights and Africa.
Of himself, Bob says he is - a musician.
Márcia is founding director of corporate responsibility (CR) at RELX, a FTSE 15 information, analytics and events company with 33,000+ people and operations in 40 countries. Engaging colleagues throughout the business, Márcia works to ensure RELX’s extra-financial performance furthers competitive advantage and stakeholder confidence. She drives practice that ensures recognition for RELX as a CR leader: over the last year, RELX ranked 2nd in the S&P 1200 for environment, social and governance (ESG) as reported in the Financial Times; 1st for ESG in the media and publishing sectors (and 17th overall) among 12,000+ companies assessed by Sustainalytics; held a AAA ESG rating with MSCI; and was one of 36 LEAD companies of the United Nations Global Compact among approximately 10,000 corporate signatories.
She is Chair of the UN Global Compact Network UK; Chair of the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Council of the Conference Board; and a founding member of the Board of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. She is founding director of London museum and educational facility Benjamin Franklin House and previously was special advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce (UK). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a PHD in Economic History from the London School of Economics. She is a Member of the British Empire (MBE), an honour awarded by the Queen, and lives in London with her husband and two boys.
Dr. Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Austria 2004-2016, has had an extensive career as a senior representative and policy maker of the Republic of Austria. As Federal Minister of Science and Research and as speaker of the Austrian National Assembly for more than 12 years, Dr. Fischer was involved extensively in supporting and advancing the country´s scientific, social and cultural development. After spending almost 30 Years as a senior politician in the Austrian National Assembly, Dr. Fischer retired from his office as speaker in 2004, due to being elected Federal President of the Republic of Austria in the same year. He was re-elected in 2010 and retired in July 2016, after more than 40 Years in public office and two terms as Federal President.
In addition to his political career, Dr. Fischer, an acknowledged lawyer, came to be the author of numerous books and other publications pertaining law and political science. After completing two terms as head of state Dr. Fischer was teaching as professor for political science at the University of Innsbruck and was proclaimed Chairman of the Council for the Commemorative Year 2018 by the Federal Government of Austria. Furthermore, in June 2016 Heinz Fischer was named president of the Association of Austrian Adult Education Centers. Since September 2016 he occupies the position as president of the Austrian Society for Chinese Studies. As of January 2017, he is president of the Board of the Institute for Human Science and together with Ban Ki-moon Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.
Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi is an international businessman and a global thought leader in the publishing, education and information solutions industries. As Chairman of Elsevier, he works directly with key stakeholders in government, academia and industry to support over 30 million scientists, students and health information professionals. In his role as Director of Corporate Affairs for RELX, Elsevier’s parent company, he is responsible for government affairs, corporate communications and corporate responsibility across all four of the group’s market segments.
Based in London and New York, Chi travels extensively to engage with scientific research communities, deliver thought leadership on key trends and advise stakeholders, boards and groups across industries. Chi serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Chi is also an independent director of Ingram Industries Inc. (Nashville, USA), CFI Education (Vancouver, Canada) and Educational Testing Service ETS (Princeton, NJ), and is involved in numerous educational, artistic and charitable organizations including Princeton University, the Ban Ki-Moon Foundation and the Korea Society.
Monika Froehler is CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and is a passionate change maker, advocate, founder and speaker. She was entrusted to create the BKMC after working at the UN in Geneva, NY and Vienna, the EU, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and in field missions around the globe. She is passionate about the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. Throughout her career she managed to support hundreds of women, young people and communities all over the globe e.g. working in Africa and Latin America to ban landmines; working to improve hospital care in rural Central Asia and Africa; assisting in eco-friendly city planning in Asia and bettering the living conditions of women in the Middle East and West-Africa.
Steve has managed the Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Network UK since 2008, connecting UK companies and other organisations in a global movement dedicated to driving corporate sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals. He also Chairs the UN Global Compact’s Global Network Council and sits on the UN Global Compact Board.
He was previously a Programme Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) leading projects across a wide range of responsible business issue areas. Prior to joining IBLF, Steve was the founder and Managing Director of a successful retail sports equipment business in Canada.
Nick Luff joined RELX as Chief Financial Officer in September 2014. He has previously been CFO of Centrica and of P&O, having qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG.
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is a political & women’s rights activist, taught intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers; scrutinizes government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion perspective; and co-organises women's marches and social campaigns. She is also a New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial services industry, writer, public speaker and political commentator featured in mainstream and online media. She founded the Women in Leadership publication as a platform to drive positive change on topical issues that impact women globally through inspiring personal leadership journeys; and established She@LawTalks to promote women & BAME leadership in the legal profession through universities and secondary schools. An academic enthusiast, she has an Executive MBA (Cambridge); PhD (Birkbeck); LLM (London School of Economics & Political Science); MA (Westminster) and LLB Hons (Buckingham University).
As Chief Executive of Book Aid International, Alison leads the charity, working closely with the Board of Trustees which is chaired by Lord Boateng. Alison is responsible for the organisation’s strategy and development. She worked for 25 years in publishing materials for developing world markets and has extensive knowledge of the African education sector. Since joining the charity, she has grown its book provision to over one million books and launched a range of new, innovative programmes.
Michael Sheldrick is a Co-Founder and Chief Policy, Impact and Government Relations Officer at Global Citizen. Over the past decade, Global Citizen’s campaigns have led to over $35 billion distributed to anti-poverty efforts around the world.
Michael leads Global Citizen’s campaigns to rally support from governments, businesses and foundations to get the world on track to end extreme poverty. Michael has worked on campaigns globally with artists including Beyoncé, Coldplay, Idris and Sabrina Elba, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Priyanka Chopra, Rihanna, Usher, and world leaders including Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and former Australian Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.
Michael was one of the four Co-Founders who spearheaded the first major Global Citizen advocacy campaign - The End the Polio - in 2011 which raised $118 million with the support of John Legend and then Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Most recently, Michael served as an Executive Producer of Vax Live, co-chaired by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan. The campaign focused on vaccine equity and acceptance, which resulted in 26 million vaccines committed for developing countries.
Michael has written on development issues in Forbes, the Guardian, Huffington Post, The Diplomatic Courier, The Diplomat Magazine, The South China Morning Post, The West Australian, and Fairfax Media. He has been interviewed by ABC, BBC, The New Yorker, Forbes Magazine, VICE Impact and Sky News among others. Michael’s efforts, and those of the team he leads, was profiled in National Geographic’s Activate series aired in 2019. He was named by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth as a finalist for 2017 Young Commonwealth Person of the Year. He is also a board member for the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the Advisory Board of Parliamentarians for the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in law and political science from the University of Western Australia, and was 2013 Young Western Australian of the Year.
Mark has 27 years experience working in the humanitarian and international development sectors, of which sixteen years he has been as a CEO - eight years running War Child and eight years running Hope and Homes for Children. He has also served as a Board Chair for ten years, and was recently appointed to the Board of the UK's largest children's charity, Barnardo's. He received the CBE for services to global child protection in the 2019 UK Honours.
Since Mark joined Hope and Homes for Children in 2012, they have doubled their income, trebled beneficiary reach, taken a leading role in negotiating a cross-government policy statement on the UK’s position on promoting the deinstitutionalisation of child care internationally, and most recently helped to secure the new UN Resolution on Children Without Parental Care.
Mark was appointed to the Board of Barnardo's at the end of 2019, and then also as the Chair of the Barnardo’s Foundation Advisory Board in January 2021.
Kimberly Parker is the Hinari Programme Manager at the World Health Organization where she coordinates the Hinari Access to Research in Health programme. Kimberly worked for 18 years at the Yale University Library on science, medical, and electronic publishing issues of librarianship before moving to the World Health Organization in 2008.
During 2018, Kimberly provided activity leadership to the work of the nascent UN Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries in the Digital Access to Research (DAR) programme. DAR piloted an approach of intensive in-country enabling in twelve of the UN Least Developed Countries. Kimberly is now taking that work forward with a Research4Life Country Connectors project to build that local engagement in many of the Research4Life countries.
The biggest challenge and reward in her Research4Life role is keeping a far-flung partnership dynamic and vibrant at the beginning of its third decade of engagement as the world of scholarly publishing continues evolving at a rapid pace. Kimberly benefits from the many connections in the far-flung Research4Life partnership, making friends in all sectors of the world-wide information community.
Teresa Jennings is the Head of Rule of Law Development for LexisNexis Legal & Professional, a division of RELX Group. In this role, she supports the corporate mission of LexisNexis by advancing the Rule of Law across the globe. With its launch in January 2019, Ms. Jennings also became Vice President & Treasurer of LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation, a non-profit entity working on projects around the world to advance the Rule of Law. Ms. Jennings is responsible for cultivating relationships with diverse groups, including funding and governmental bodies, to create, develop and advance Rule of Law projects around the world. For example, she developed and ran a Rule of Law symposium in conjunction with the Inter-American Bar Association in San Salvador, El Salvador for several high-ranking officials within the government, legal, business and academia sectors. She speaks at venues highlighting the importance of the Rule of Law, including the Wilson Center, the U.S. Institute of Peace, and the CEELI Institute.
Ms. Jennings currently serves as a Steering Committee member of the UN Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. She received an American Bar Association Presidential appointment to serve on the ABA Advisory Council on Vietnam Lawyers Exchange and Training Program. Ms. Jennings was honored as a UN Global Compact 2017 SDG Pioneer for the Rule of Law to highlight how business efforts can enhance achievement of the Rule of Law. Additionally, the LexisNexis Global Legal Team, of which Ms. Jennings is a member, received the inaugural Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Award in 2017 in recognition of the team’s work to advance the Rule of Law and Access to Justice around the world.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Jennings served as Head, Public Policy – US at RELX Group where she was responsible for public policy development and communication on key policy issues at the state and federal levels. In a previous role, she built and ran the state advocacy program for RELX Group and its divisions. Before her roles within RELX Group, Ms. Jennings was Director, State Government Affairs at the American Express Company in New York.
Ms. Jennings has a B.A. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland. She earned her JD from George Washington University School of Law, and her LLM from Loyola University Chicago in Rule of Law for Development. Ms. Jennings is based in Washington, DC.
Geraldine Anup-Willcocks is an Emergency Specialist with UNICEF UK. She has over 14 years experience in the humanitarian and development sector, from managing a grassroots education NGO in India through to managing logistics in emergency responses with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Ethiopia and South Sudan.
Geraldine is now settled in the UK, where she lives with her husband and daughter, and runs infant feeding support groups in the community alongside working for UNICEF UK.
Ambassador Amanda Ellis leads global partnerships for the exciting new ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory and serves as co-chair for the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge. Previously NZ Ambassador & Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva Ms. Ellis also served as NZ’s inaugural Ambassador for Women and Girls, as well as Prime Minister’s Special Envoy playing a key role in New Zealand’s successful UN Security Council bid. She subsequently served as co-chair for the UN Security Council High Level Group on Humanitarian Access into Syria. Prior to that, as Deputy Secretary (International Development) in the New Zealand Foreign Ministry Ms. Ellis was the first woman to lead the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) Programme, managing an annual budget of over $0.6 billion.
Previous roles include Lead Specialist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Group of the World Bank Group where she led the project that created “Women, Business and the Law.” She was Head of the Global Gender Group at the International Finance Corporation, and National Manager Women in Business at Westpac Banking Corporation. The author of two best-selling Random House business books, five research titles on gender and growth in the World Bank Directions in Development series, and the Gender Equality and Governance Index 2020, Ambassador Ellis is a founding member of the Global Banking Alliance for Women and the recipient of the TIAW Lifetime Achievement Award for services to women’s economic empowerment. She serves on a number of boards, including the Global Governance Forum and the Institute for Climate and Peace.
Zoya Lytvyn is a WE Empower Awardee, Ukrainian educator, public activist, reformer and impact entrepreneur. She is the founder of NGO Osvitoria and Ukraine's top innovative Novopecherska School. With her team, Zoya Lytvyn works to improve school education in Ukraine by establishing visionary schools and projects, providing equal access to quality education, training and inspiring teachers, and implementing the world's top educational know-how. During COVID-19 pandemic, Zoya and her team helped Ukraine's government build the first national online education platform for schools. This work continued as the Russian-Ukrainian war struck in 2022.
Tea Trumbic is a WE Empower Lead Partner & Program Manager for the Women, Business and the Law Project at The World Bank. She has more than 12 years of experience helping governments reform laws and regulations to help create jobs and contribute to economic growth. She joined the World Bank in 2006, working on the Doing Business project on tax and credit information regulation
Justin was a roving foreign correspondent for the BBC for many years reporting from wars in the Gulf and Bosnia, the breakup of the Soviet Union and the end of Apartheid in South Africa. He was Europe Correspondent when the Euro was introduced before moving the US where he became the first BBC North America Editor. He was based in Washington DC from 2002 to 2009 before returning to present the Today Programme on Radio Four. He is a regular writer on US affairs for The Times and the Unherd website. He was educated at the LSE, graduating with a BSc (Econ) in 1983.
Isabella is affiliated with Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, where she specializes in global justice and ethical aspects of international economic law. She also holds an endowed post as the Robert L. Long Professor of Ethics at the Bisk College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology, where she teaches globalization and corporate social responsibility.
Isabella has extensive experience as an international legal advisor in the public and private sectors. Her academic background includes a BS in Foreign Service, MA in International Relations, JD cum laude, MPhil in Theology, and PhD in human rights law. Leadership roles include: Chair of the Advisory Council, ABA Center for Human Rights; Council Member, ABA Section of International Law; Associate Director, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture; Board of Directors, Internet Bar Organization; Founding Executive Council, Society of International Economic Law; Steering Group, UN Global Compact framework on business and the rule of law; International Co-Chair, Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
Mark Moody-Stuart has been involved in the UN Global Compact since its inception. He is a member of the Board of the UNGC and Chairman of the Global Compact Foundation. He is Honorary Co-Chairman of the International Tax and Investment Center 2011-present and a Member of the International Council for Integrated Reporting. He was Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services 2009-16 and the Royal Dutch/Shell Group from 1998 to 2001 and Anglo American plc from 2002-2009. A director of Saudi Aramco 2007-2021, Accenture (2001-2015) and HSBC (2001-10), he was also Chair of the Global Business Coalition for HIV/AIDS 2002- 2011, the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (2008-2018), the FTSE ESG Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of Business Action for Sustainable Development, a business initiative organised for the Johannesburg Summit. He was a board member of the Global Reporting Initiative 2002-7 and the International Institute for Sustainable Development 2002-2011. After a doctorate in geology at Cambridge, he worked for Shell and lived in Holland, Spain, Oman, Brunei, Australia, Nigeria, Turkey, Malaysia, and the UK. Author of "Responsible Leadership – Lessons from the front line of sustainability and ethics,” Sir Mark is married to Judy and has four children.
Irina Bokova, born in Sofia, Bulgaria, was the Director-General of UNESCO from 2009 to 2017. Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, she was a Fellow at the University of Maryland, Washington, and followed an executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. As Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova was actively engaged in UN efforts to adopt Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, particularly Goal 4 on “Achieving Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promoting Life-Long Learning for All”, as well as science and new technologies for sustainable development, protection of cultural and natural heritage and biodiversity, and gender equality.
From 2010 - 2017, Irina was vice-chair of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, a platform established by UNESCO and ITU (International Telecommunications Union) for governments, private sector and academia to support and promote connectivity and sustainable development. During this time, Irina chaired the Working Groups on Education and ICTs and Gender and ICTs. From 2014 - 2017, she also chaired the UN Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board on Sustainable Development, with a focus on science-policy interface.
In 2016, Irina was included on the Forbes list of the world's most influential women and she has received academic distinctions from leading universities across the world, including, amongst others, King's College, London, the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Paris Sud Saclay, France, Tongji University, Shanghai, and the Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg. In 2020 she was elected International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the category of Educational, Cultural and Non-profit Leadership.
Currently, Irina is a Board Member for the Ban Ki Moon Centre for Global Citizens, a Member of the Senate of FIA and of the High Panel on Road Safety, a Member of the Concordia Leadership Council, New York, and a visiting lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs /PSIA/, SciencesPo, and at the University of Geneva, among others.
As the Elsevier Foundation’s Director, Ylann Schemm drives technology-enabled partnerships to advance diversity in science, build research capacity and support global health around the world. She has been an integral part of the Foundation’s growth since joining as a Program Officer in 2008. In 2020, Ylann was appointed Chair of the Executive Council of Research4Life, a UN-publisher partnership to bridge access gaps for researchers and doctors in developing countries. In addition, Ylann is Elsevier’s VP of Corporate Responsibility, building on 20 years of corporate relations and responsibility roles and focusing on key technology, gender and sustainability collaborations. Prior to joining Elsevier in 2005, Ylann held various roles in publishing and the non-profit sector, representing the European Platform for Dutch Education at the European Commission. She started her career as a writer and researcher for Time Life Books and holds an MA in Film & Television Studies from the University of Amsterdam and a BA, magna cum laude in English from Amherst College in Massachusetts. Ylann is both American and Dutch and based in Amsterdam.
Neliswa is the Head of Marketing at LexisNexis South Africa, which is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. In her role Nelly is responsible for the prioritisation of customer value through intelligent data and analytics underpinned by a modern and digitised marketing department.
Nelly’s role is anchored by the business’s purpose of enhancing the potential of the African Continent by advancing the Rule of Law. As a true champion of the Rule of Law, Nelly spearheaded the LexisNexis Covid-19 Resource Centre, an online portal providing free to access resources and information covering a variety of general public themes and legislative information forming part of LexisNexis SA’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Nelly was also instrumental in setting up a freely available LexisNexis Rebuilding and The Rule of Law online portal in the aftermath of the July 2021 riots and looting in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, with the purpose of assisting the public and impacted businesses to know their rights. She also led the conceptualisation and launch of the Africa Rule of Law Report, a ground-breaking new report which shines a light on the trends, barriers and aspirations for the rule of law across Africa. It was developed with input from respondents domiciled in 24 separate African jurisdictions via a survey which sourced views from in-house counsel, private practice lawyers, judiciary and government.
Nelly believes in creating equal spaces for all, working closely with LexisNexis South Africa’s current CEO Videsha Proothveerajh. LexisNexis South Africa launched the LexisNexis Women in Tech Conversations, a virtual forum aimed at creating safe spaces for Women in Tech to engage in dialogue, learn from one another, share their challenges and empower a new breed of women in this industry. LNSA was recognised amongst the Top Gender Empowered Companies in the Business Support Services sector of the Standard Bank Top Women Awards programme in 2020 and was a finalist in the 9th Gender Mainstreaming Southern Africa Awards.
Nelly is well respected for combining creative flair with tangible business results through projects that position the organisations purpose and values. As a seasoned marketing and communications professional with experience spanning over 15 years, Nelly understands the importance of business with purpose. Nelly has worked in diverse trades including manufacturing, PR and Marketing Agencies, B2B and B2C. Her previous companies include Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Dunlop); Simeka TWS Communications, Meropa Communications and O’Brian Marketing.
Feraye Ozfescioglu is the Chief Executive Officer of the World Humanitarian Forum. She is the co-founder of the organisation and has been instrumental in the process of its establishment as an impactful initiative and platform with dedication and passion to shape a better future. She is a strategist with cross-sector knowledge, has designed and implemented various initiatives with the power of dialogue as a catalyst for action. Working alongside Ban-Ki Moon, Rt. Hon. Jack Straw and various heads of states, government and multilateral officials, she has contributed to the transition from aid to development built on “one humanity and shared responsibility”.Prior to her appointment as a CEO, she worked as the Events Director of the UN’s first ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, 2016; where she was not only responsible of the management of the Summit, but also advised a number of governments on the structuring and implementation of new models in humanitarian aid and international development. She has been involved in the management of G7 - G20 Summits, EXPO organisations all around the world. She has international expertise and has been a consultant for UN since 2010.
Dr Imogen Parsons is a Senior Research Fellow in the Terrorism and Conflict group, on secondment from the UK civil service. She brings around twenty years of experience of working in and on conflict, including Afghanistan, Libya, DRC and Sahel, and is focussing her current research on international intervention in conflict and fragile states as well as supporting the group’s work on countering violent extremism.
Prior to joining RUSI, she was Head of the Joint Sahel Department, a fully integrated FCO/DFID Department overseeing the UK’s diplomatic and development engagement across Sahel. Previously she led DFID’s humanitarian research and innovation team including establishing new programmes on conflict and protection, protracted displacement, innovation in conflict zones and resilience to natural disasters, working in partnership with the World Bank, Global Challenges Canada, UK Research Councils and others. From 2013-15 she led DFID’s Africa humanitarian and conflict unit, overseeing the UK’s responses to crises across the continent including Mali, the Central African Republic, Burundi and the regional humanitarian response to the South Sudan crisis, as well as setting up the first long-term resilience programmes in Sahel. She also led lessons work on Afghanistan in the UK Stabilisation Unit in 2010, and served in the Ministry of Defence including stints in Kabul in 2006-7 as an adviser to General the Lord Richards of Herstmonceux (then Commander ISAF), and in 2009 in the private office of General the Lord Houghton of Richmond (then Vice Chief of the Defence Staff). She also took a previous career break in 2011-13 to get back into the field, leading emergency responses for Save the Children including in Libya, DRC and the Horn of Africa.
She holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics, focussed on Conflict and State Building in Angola. While researching her PhD she carried out extensive fieldwork and published her findings on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of ex-combatants, return of displaced people and community reintegration and reconciliation in the immediate post-war Angola. She also has a Masters degree in Development Studies from SOAS, and studied modern languages at Cambridge.
Philippa Scarlett is an executive with 20 years of experience developing and implementing solutions for cross-cutting, high-stakes challenges for large, complex organizations. She is a proven, effective strategist, trusted and relied upon for her judgment, and an effective communicator, including in international and cross-cultural settings. She has led or served as a trusted advisor for the leadership of large corporations, the White House, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Supreme Court, and national and international non-profit organizations.
Scarlett is the head of worldwide government affairs and policy at RELX, a U.K.-based public company that provides information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers in more than 180 countries, with offices in about 40 countries, and employing over 33,000 people.
Previously, she served as Principal Counsel at Apple Inc., where she spearheaded Apple’s Environmental, Social and Governance strategy, including engaging with internal and external stakeholders. She also led Apple’s human rights work: developing Apple’s human rights policy; advising business leaders across the company on the policy and its implementation throughout Apple’s operations and supply chain; and engaging with United Nations, investors, nonprofit organizations, and other external groups. Earlier in her career at Apple, she negotiated and managed large figure intellectual property licensing deals on cellular and video technologies.
Before Apple, Scarlett served at the White House as Deputy Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and Senior Counselor during the Obama Administration. In that role, she developed and coordinated intellectual property enforcement policy across the federal government, including policy to combat intellectual property theft and to support the creative and innovative industries such as the film, music, broadcasting, sports, publishing, tech, pharmaceutical, and fashion industries. Her responsibilities included engagement with senior government officials in China, Hong Kong, Colombia, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Cuba on intellectual property policy as well as public speaking in international and domestic fora.
Before her service at the White House, Scarlett served as Deputy Associate Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. As a member of DOJ's senior leadership team, her portfolio included management of policy as well as major civil and criminal enforcement matters of the Civil Rights Division; Antitrust Division; Access to Justice Office; and intellectual property matters from across the agency.
Previously, Scarlett was a Partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Her practice consisted of high-stakes litigation in trial and appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, on a broad range of topics such as product liability, mass torts, constitutional law, antitrust and intellectual property. Her pro bono practice included litigating high-profile matters involving voting rights, affirmative action, and poverty law. She was featured by the National Law Journal as among the "Top Minority 40 Under 40 Attorneys" in the country for her work.
Scarlett clerked for Justice Stephen G. Breyer on the U.S. Supreme Court and for the Hon. Ann C. Williams on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Earlier, she worked in DOJ’s Criminal Division, where she developed and managed U.S. rule of law and criminal justice assistance programs in Colombia, Ecuador, Rwanda, and South Africa.
She received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, her master's from Harvard University, and her law degree from Columbia Law School. She also studied at the Free University of Berlin, Germany as a German Academic Exchange Award (DAAD) recipient. She speaks French and German and is conversant in Spanish. Scarlett grew up around the world, having lived for three months or more in Austria, Brazil, Cameroon, England, France, Germany, the Page 2 of 2 Philippines, and the former Yugoslavia. She has traveled extensively, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. Scarlett currently serves on the Board of Directors of several civil rights organizations, including the Center for Democracy and Technology (based in Washington, DC and Brussels, Belgium) and the National Partnership for Women and Families (based in Washington, DC). She previously served for several years on the Board of Directors for the American Constitution Society and the Marshall Legacy Institute.
Ian McDougall is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the LexisNexis, Legal & Professional division of RELX Group PLC.
Mr. McDougall joined LexisNexis in 2004 as Vice President and Legal Director for LexisNexis International (LNI), where he oversaw the legal function for the group, including Regulatory Compliance, Commercial Agreements, IT, Intellectual Property and Litigation. Mr. McDougall was also involved in business strategy, acquisitions and general business planning. At LexisNexis, Mr. McDougall has stepped into varying roles, including Interim CEO of Asia Pacific. In addition, he led the LexisNexis implementation of the U.K. Bribery Act compliance and created the organization’s first broad regulatory compliance review program.
Before joining LexisNexis, he led Legal, HR and Facilities departments at Telco Global Ltd., previously one of the largest UK independent telecom providers.
Mr. McDougall sits on the United Nations Rule of Law Steering Committee and is a member of the UN General Counsel Advisory Board. Until Mr. McDougall’s move to New York he was a Board Director and Trustee for U.K. charity Peaceful Place, which is dedicated to providing support to sufferers of early-onset dementia. He was also appointed as judge in the Barrister’s Disciplinary Tribunal and is a broadcast cricket commentator in association with the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Mr. McDougall is based in London.
Michelle Breslauer is a Senior Manager at the Governance & Peace, United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative that brings together nearly 13,000 companies in 163 countries and 70 local networks around the world. In this role, Ms. Breslauer manages the development of programs and engagement to advance corporate purpose and the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals in business operations and partnerships. Previously, Ms. Breslauer spent eight years directing strategic partnerships and programs for the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), a global think thank that uses data to understand and communicate the drivers of peace.