14 women leaders in global development
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14 women leaders in global development
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Rania Al Abdullah Queen consort
Queen Rania is a known advocate of education, cross-cultural dialogue and microfinance.
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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.
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Winnie Byanyima Executive director
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.
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