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  • 14 women leaders in global development

    Photo by: Albert Gonzlez Farran / UN

  • Anne Paugam CEO

    Agence Franaise de Developpement

    Paugam is the 10th and first female CEO of the French Development Agency, the countrys main development financing institution.

    Photo by: AFD

  • Christiana Figueres Executive secretary

    U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change

    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.

    Photo by: UNFCCC

  • Ertharin Cousin Executive director World Food Program

    The former U.S. ambassador to U.N. food agencies in Rome now leads the worlds 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.

    Photo by: J.M. Ferre / UNHCR

  • Helen Clark Administrator

    United Nations Development Program

    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.

    Photo by: Erick-Christian Ahounou S. / UNDP

  • Judith Rodin President

    The Rockefeller Foundation

    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.

    Photo by: Ami Torfason / PopTech

  • Julie Bishop Minister for Foreign Affairs


    Bishop is the first female Australian foreign minister. She also oversees the countrys foreign aid program, following AusAIDs reintegration into the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in November 2013.

    Photo by: Australian DFAT

  • Justine Greening Secretary of state for international development United Kingdom

    The trained accountant was named by BBC Radio 4 as one of the 100 most powerful women in the United Kingdom in 2013. Shes advancing the Cameron administrations goals to increase private sector engagement in global development and get better value for money from foreign aid spending.

    Photo by: Russell Watkins / DfID

  • Kristalina Georgieva

    European commissioner for international cooperation,

    humanitarian aid and crisis response

    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.

    Photo by: European Unon

  • Margaret Chan Director-general World Health Organization

    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.

    Photo by: Presidencia Peru

  • Melinda Gates Co-chair and trustee Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    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.

    Photo by: Gates Foundation

  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Executive director U.N. Women

    Mlambo-Ngcuka is a former member of the South African parliament and was the first woman to hold the position of the countrys deputy president.

    Photo by: Julie Lunde Lillesaeter / PRIO

  • Rania Al Abdullah Queen consort


    Queen Rania is a known advocate of education, cross-cultural dialogue and microfinance.

    Photo by: John Gillespie / Africa Renewal

  • Valerie Amos Undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator United Nations

    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.

    Photo by: Nicole Lawrence / UN OCHA

  • Winnie Byanyima Executive director

    Oxfam International

    Ugandas first female aeronautical engineer was a member of the body that drafted the countrys 1995 constitution. She assumed her role as Oxfam International chief in April 2013.

    Photo by: European Union

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