Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women

Ms. Michelle Bachelet is the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, which was established on 2 July 2010 by the United Nations General Assembly. Under Ms. Bachelet’s leadership, UN Women will lead, support and coordinate the work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at global, regional and country levels.


Ms. Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile from 2006 to 2010. A long-time champion of women’s rights, she has advocated for gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout her career. One of her major successes as President was her decision to save billions of dollars in revenues to spend on issues such as pension reform, social protection programmes for women and children, and research and development, despite the financial crisis. Other iniatives included tripling the number of free early child-care centres for low-income families and the completion of some 3,500 child-care centres around the country.


Ms. Bachelet also held ministerial portfolios in the Chilean Government as Minister of Defence and Minister of Health. As Defence Minister, Ms. Bachelet introduced gender policies intended to improve the cnditions of women in the military and police forces. As Minister of Health, she implemented health care reform, improving attention to primary care facilities with the aim of ensuring better and faster health care response for families.


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Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ).

Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. She is a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.


A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010.


Mary Robinson serves as Honorary President of Oxfam International and Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. Mary is the Chancellor of the University of Dublin since 1998.


Tom Arnold, Chief Executive, Concern Worldwide

Tom Arnold was appointed CEO of Concern Worldwide in 2001. He was previously Assistant Secretary General and Chief Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Food in Ireland. Tom has served on a number of high level bodies including the UN Millennium Project’s Hunger Task Force, the Irish Hunger Task Force, the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund’s (CERF) Advisory Group, the European Food Security Group (EFSG) and the Irish Government’s Commission on Taxation.

He serves on the Board of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) charged with leading the reform of the international agriculture research system. He is a member of the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Advisory Board. In April 2012, he was appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon to the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. He is Chairperson of the Irish Times Trust and a Director of the Irish Times, Ireland’s leading newspaper.

Tom has received Honorary Doctorates of Laws from the National University of Ireland and Science from University College Dublin.

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Simon Giles, Director Intelligent Cities Strategy, Accenture, UK

Mr. Giles leads a global Strategy team that is focused on developing strategies for existing and new build cities that have technology at the core. He currently works with city governments and developers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas as well as advising the World Economic Forum on Smart Grids, the future of Urban Development and Green Growth Strategies.


His expertise spans sustainable economic development strategies, governance, financing strategy, citizen engagement and digital master planning. With his team he has pioneered the concept of integrated master planning which places commercial strategy, service model innovation and digital master planning on an equal footing with physical master planning in the development of Smart Cities.


He is currently working on the development of Green Growth strategies and Innovation Clusters in a number of developing economies and is developing case studies for presentation at COP 17 and Rio +20. He is also engaged in the Global Green Growth Forum, OECD and World Bank Green Growth programs.


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Kingsley Aikins, Diaspora Matters

Kingsley Aikins was born and educated in Dublin attending The High School and Trinity College where he graduated with an honours degree in Economics and Politics. For 5 years he was the Sydney, Australia based representative of the Irish Trade Board and IDA Ireland. While there he founded the Lansdowne Club - now one of the largest Irish business networks in the world with over 3000 members. In Australia he also established the Australian Ireland Fund and the Ireland Fund of New Zealand. In 1992 he moved to Boston to take over as Executive Director of The American Ireland Fund. During his time with the Funds over a quarter of a billion dollars was raised and distributed to more than 1200 non profit organisations in Ireland. In 1995 he was appointed President and CEO of the Worldwide Ireland Funds. He produced a Philanthropy and Fundraising Toolkit in 2009.


In January 2010 he left The Ireland Funds and established Diaspora Matters a consultancy company based in Dublin which advises governments, regions, cities, companies and organisations how to develop strategies to connect with their diasporas. In 2010 he wrote a report entitled 'A comparative review of International Diaspora Strategies'. In July 2012 he gave the keynote address at the Hillary Clinton Global Diaspora Forum in Washington and launched a comprehehensive Global Diaspora Strategies Toolkit and Website ( which look at best practice around the world and make recommendations for countries who want to develop strategies in this area. In 2008 he was awarded a CBE for his services to British-Irish relations.

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Patricia Bastard, Yellow Window Design Consultants

Yellow Window Design Consultants is the French branch of Yellow Window and Enthoven Associates, a design and consulting group established in Antwerp, Belgium, for more than 30 years. Yellow Window has a strong experience in designing products and services, notably in the fields of public transportation, health, social services and gender equality. Since the late 2000s, it has put efforts in developing innovative methodologies in service design and training instruments, in order to make its approach to the above mentioned areas more sustainable and socially inclusive.


Graduated in architecture, Patricia Bastard has built her career in design and multidisciplinary projects. Over the past 15 years, she has been mostly active in the mobility sector and in 2007, she joined Yellow Window consultants. In charge of business development in France, she has also become an associate of the group. As such, she is currently a partner of the main actors of the mobility and transportation sectors in France, including operators and manufacturers. Since 2010, she has also developed competences in the field of service design.


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Maxime Forest, Yellow Window Design Consultants

Holding a PhD in policy analysis, Maxime Forest is senior expert on gender and diversity policies. In 2012, he co-edited with Emanuela Lombardo, The Europeanization of Gender Equality Policies: A Discursive-Sociological Approach (Palgrave). He has also published numerous articles and chapters in international peer-reviewed journals and edited books. In 2011, he joined Yellow Window as a project manager on gender equality. Since, he co-developed gender-sensitive design service methodologies in the fields of research & innovation, and mobility. He is also Associate Professor at Sciences Po Paris, and technical advisor to the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research.


Johannes Loh and Taufik Ramadhan Indrakesuma, Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin

Johannes Loh and Taufik Ramadhan Indrakesuma work as researchers for the Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, where they where they are currently doing in-depth research on the future of urban poverty alleviation efforts and innovative development trends in Southeast Asia. In 2012, the Asian Trends Monitoring team conducted field research on urban poverty and gaps in basic service provision in four Southeast Asia cities. The results have been published in a series of research bulletins on each city. To follow their work on a regular basis, please visit the project’s website Asian Trends Monitoring Bulletin.

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