Helen Clark

Former Prime Minister of New Zealand. Appointed by the WHO to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

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    Helen Clark

    Former Prime Minister of New Zealand. Appointed by the WHO to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Speaker Fee Range: Please inquire for fees

    Travels From: Auckland, New Zealand

    Helen Clark is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Helen Clark Speaker Biography

    Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999–2008. She was the first woman to become Prime Minister following a General Election in New Zealand and the second woman to serve as Prime Minister.

    Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister and as a Member of Parliament over 27 years, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international affairs, economic, social, environmental, and cultural spheres. She advocated strongly for a comprehensive programme on sustainability for New Zealand and for tackling the challenges of climate change. She was an active leader of her country’s foreign relations, engaging in a wide range of international issues.

    In April 2009, Helen Clark became Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. She was the first woman to lead the organisation, and served two terms there. At the same time, she was Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of all UN funds, programmes, agencies, and departments working on development issues. As Administrator, she led UNDP to be ranked the most transparent global development organisation. She completed her tenure in April 2017.

    Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Helen Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland, from which she earlier graduated with her BA and MA (Hons) degrees.

    As a popular keynote speaker, Helen Clark continues to speak widely and be a strong voice on sustainable development, climate action, gender equality and women’s leadership, peace and justice, and action on non-communicable diseases and on HIV. She serves on a number of advisory boards and commissions, including as Chair of the Advisory Board of the Global Education Monitoring Report, Chair of the Board of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, and Chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health.

    In July 2020, Helen Clark was appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as Co-Chair of Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Helen Clark Keynote Topics

    In this keynote speech, former New Zealand's PM, Rt Helen Clark will talk about the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for countries all over the world to set specific targets and a commitment to monitoring and accountability because there is no time left for our planet.

    In this keynote speech, former New Zealand's PM, Rt Helen Clark, will talk about the importance of having women in decision-making positions and of gender equality. Drawing from her experience in New Zealand, where already many glass ceilings where broken in this regard, will inspire audiences about what's possible and the need to have more women in powerful positions.

    Helen Clark Speaking Videos

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