Politics & Government

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[post_content] => Ms. Figueres is an internationally recognized leader on global climate change. She was Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2010-2016. Assuming responsibility for the international climate change negotiations after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009, she was determined to lead the process to a universally agreed regulatory framework. Building toward that goal, she directed the successful Conferences of the Parties in Cancun 2010, Durban 2011, Doha 2012, Warsaw 2013, and Lima 2014, and culminated her efforts in the historical Paris Agreement of 2015.Throughout her tenure Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the unprecedented climate change agreement. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.She is currently the convener of Mission 2020, a global initiative that seeks to ensure the world bends the curve on greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 in order to protect the most vulnerable from the worst impacts of climate change and usher in an era of stability and prosperity.In the natural world, a newly discovered tropical moth (Struthoscelis christianafigueresae), a wasp (Pseudapanteles christianafigueresae) and an orchid (Vanilla karen-christianae) have been named after her. Costa Rica has recently issued a commemorative postage stamp in her honor.She has a long trajectory in the field of global climate change, having been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team 1995- 2009, and having played a number of key roles in the governance of the UNFCCC before formally joining the Secretariat.She initiated her life of public service as Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Bonn, Germany in 1982. Moving to the USA, she was Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA) which she directed for eight years.She has an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University. Ms. Figueres has received honorary doctorate degrees from University of Massachusetts Boston, Concordia University, Georgetown University, Cranfield University, and Warwick University. She is the mother of two daughters and speaks Spanish, English and German. [post_title] => Christiana Figueres [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => christiana-figueres [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-08-08 12:01:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-08-08 10:01:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.aurumbureau.com/?post_type=team-member&p=13927 [menu_order] => 180 [post_type] => team-member [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )[1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12613 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-11-29 08:14:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-29 08:14:00 [post_content] =>

Ricardo Lagos Speaker Biography

Former President of the Republic of Chile (2000-2006). Ricardo Lagos is a lawyer and PhD in Economics. His professional career starts as professor and officer in different international organizations linked to the United Nations. Between 1973 and 1989 he was a strong opponent to the military dictatorship in Chile, he also founded the Party for Democracy (PPD for its Spanish acronym).In the year 2000 he assumed position as the President of the Republic of Chile. During his time in office, he led changes such as the Constitutional Reform, the improvement of concessions system, and along with it, a substantial improvement of the infrastructure in the country, the creation of a health system which will secure the timely attention known as AUGE. He also made important progress regarding human rights, such as the Valech Report and the compensation to more than 30.000 victims of human right violations during the dictatorship.After the return of democracy in Chile, he was one of the leaders in the transition process being Minister of Education and Minister of Public Works. After his presidential period, he was President of the Club de Madrid, founder of the Consejo de Relaciones Internacionales de América Latina y El Caribe (RIAL) and Professor-At-Large at Brown University in USA, and UN Special Envoy for Climate Change.He currently is part of The Elders Group and President of Fundación Democracia y Desarrollo. 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Both, adults and children, were picking coffee on the big plantations.Menchu-Tum soon became involved in social reform activities through the Catholic Church, and became prominent in the women’s rights movement when still only a teenager. Such reform work aroused considerable opposition in influential circles, especially after a guerilla organization established itself in the area. The Menchu-Tum family was accused of taking part in guerrilla activities and Menchu-Tum’s father, Vicente, was imprisoned and tortured for allegedly having participated in the execution of a local plantation owner. After his release, he joined the recently founded Committee of the Peasant Union (CUC).In 1979, Menchu-Tum too, joined the CUC. That year her brother was arrested, tortured and killed by the army. The following year, her father was killed when security forces in the capital stormed the Spanish Embassy where he and some other peasants were staying. Shortly afterwards, her mother also died after having been arrested, tortured and raped. Menchu-Tum became increasingly active in the CUC, and taught herself Spanish as well as other Mayan languages than her native Quiche. In 1980, she figured prominently in a strike the CUC organized for better conditions for farm workers on the Pacific coast, and on May 1, 1981, she was active in large demonstrations in the capital. She joined the radical 31st of January Popular Front, in which her contribution chiefly consisted of educating the Indian peasant population in resistance to massive military oppression.In 1981, Menchu-Tum had to go into hiding in Guatemala, and then flee to Mexico. That marked the beginning of a new phase in her life: as the organizer abroad of resistance to oppression in Guatemala and the struggle for Indian peasant peoples’ rights. In 1982, she took part in the founding of the joint opposition body, The United Representation of the Guatemalan Opposition (RUOG). In 1983, she told her life story to Elisabeth Burgos Debray. The resulting book, called in English, I, Menchu-Tum, is a gripping human document which attracted considerable international attention. In 1986, Menchu-Tum became a member of the National Coordinating Committee of the CUC, and the following year she performed as the narrator in a powerful film called When the Mountains Tremble, about the struggles and sufferings of the Maya people. On at least three occasions, Menchu-Tum has returned to Guatemala to plead the cause of the Indian peasants, but death threats have forced her to return into exile.Over the years, Menchu-Tum has become widely known as a leading advocate of Indian rights and ethno-cultural reconciliation, not only in Guatemala but in the Western Hemisphere generally, and her work has earned her several international awards. 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Championing such issues as human development, democracy, and demilitarization, he has traveled the globe spreading a message of peace and applying the lessons garnered from the Central American Peace Process to topics of current global debate. The New York Times reported that Oscar Arias’s “positions on Central American issues have become the standards by which many people in Congress and elsewhere have come to judge United States policy.” In a similar way, he has come to take a leading position in international forums and discourse.As president, Dr. Arias drafted the Arias Peace Plan, which was signed by five Central American presidents on August 7, 1987, and established peace in the region. That same year, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and used the monetary award to establish the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, which promoted equal opportunities for women in all sectors of Central American society, fostered change-oriented philanthropy in Latin America, and worked for demilitarization and conflict resolution in the developing world.Dr. Arias was a visible president, frequently venturing out in public on his own to listen to the concerns of the citizenry. He remains “a man of the people” today and carries a sincere message of solidarity and partnership, to counter the growing threats faced by all nations today and to initiate an era of peace and prosperity for all humankind. 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Marín fue alcalde y concejal de Huntington Park, una ciudad de 85.000 habitantes. Fue elegida por primera vez al ayuntamiento en 1994 y fue reelegida abrumadoramente en 1999. Al mismo tiempo que servía a los ciudadanos de Huntington Park, la Sra. Marín trabajó para AT & T como Gerente de Relaciones Públicas para el mercado hispano en la Región Sur de California. Anteriormente se desempeñó como Directora Adjunto de la Oficina del Gobernador de Relaciones con la Comunidad, en Los Ángeles, como parte de la administración del ex gobernador Pete Wilson. Antes de esto, se desempeñó como Directora Adjunta del Departamento de Estado de Servicios Sociales.Rosario Marín es autora de «Una líder entre dos mundos», la historia real de una aventura maravillosa. Rosario Marín narra de forma conmovedora y amena sus más íntimos secretos, así como todo lo que ha sacrificado y ganado dentro del mundo de la política estadounidense. Esta obra es el recuento de vida de una mujer que ha luchado por superarse y derrotar a la depresión. Además, Rosario Marín se desempeñó como Presidente del Consejo de Estado sobre Discapacidades del Desarrollo y anteriormente se desempeñó como Jefe de Asuntos Legislativos del Departamento de Servicios de Desarrollo. Como resultado de tener un hijo con síndrome de Down, Rosario Marín ha ganado numerosos premios incluyendo el distinguido Premio Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy en las Naciones Unidas en junio de 1995, el más alto reconocimiento internacional.Rosario Marín se graduó de la Universidad Estatal de California en Los Ángeles y también obtuvo un graduado de la escuela John F. Universidad de Harvard Kennedy en Programas de Gobierno de Alta Dirección en el Gobierno Estatal y Local.En sus conferencias, Rosario Marín nos relata su increíble historia de vida, donde combina sufrimiento, esfuerzo, tenacidad, esperanza, y éxito. Una conmovedora historia que rompe fronteras y que no deja indiferente a ningún tipo de audiencia. [post_title] => Rosario Marín [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => rosario-marin [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-21 09:32:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-21 09:32:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://aurumbureau.com/?post_type=team-member&p=13333 [menu_order] => 200 [post_type] => team-member [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )[5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12636 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-11-30 09:09:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-30 09:09:58 [post_content] => Francis Fukuyama is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Mosbacher Director of FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL). He is also a professor by courtesy in the Department of Political Science. He was previously at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, where he was the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy and director of SAIS’ International Development program.Dr. Fukuyama has written widely on issues relating to questions concerning democratization and international political economy. His book, The End of History and the Last Man, was published by Free Press in 1992 and has appeared in over twenty foreign editions. His most recent book is Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy.Francis Fukuyama received his B.A. from Cornell University in classics, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Science. He was a member of the Political Science Department of the RAND Corporation, and a twice a member of the Policy Planning Staff of the US Department of State. From 1996-2000 he was Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. He served as a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001-2004.Dr. Fukuyama is chairman of the editorial board of The American Interest, which he helped to found in 2005. He holds honorary doctorates from Connecticut College, Doane College, Doshisha University (Japan), and Kansai University (Japan). He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Pardee Rand Graduate School, and of the Volcker Alliance. He is a member of the American Political Science Association and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is married to Laura Holmgren and has three children. 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Her human rights activism specifically focused on educating women and girls, has spawned an international movement.TIME magazine featured her as one of the world’s most influential people in 2013, 2014, and 2015.Malala began her campaign for education at age 11, anonymously blogging for the BBC about life under the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Under the pen name “Gulmakai,” she wrote about the extremists' ban on girls’ education. Her activism forced Malala’s father Ziauddin, a lifelong educator, to close his school for fear of retaliation by the Taliban. The Yousafzai family fled their home for other parts of Pakistan, living as refugees in their own country.At age 15, while returning home on the school bus, Malala was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for speaking out for girls’ rights. The incident sparked international outrage and an investigation by the United Nations. After multiple surgeries and rehabilitation, Malala made a miraculous recovery and went on to finish secondary school in the United Kingdom. Based out of Birmingham, she founded the Malala Fund, a non-profit organization fighting for girls’ education around the world, and in 2013 she co-authored international bestseller I Am Malala.In 2014, Malala was announced as the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her struggle against the oppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.In 2015, Malala became the subject of the documentary "He Named Me Malala," which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In 2017, Malala was accepted to Oxford University, where she is currently studying for her degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Malala's book, "We Are Displaced: True Stories of Refugee Lives," has been published in September 2018. [post_title] => Malala Yousafzai [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => malala-yousafzai [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-04 13:42:13 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-04 13:42:13 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.aurumbureau.com/?post_type=team-member&p=13481 [menu_order] => 100 [post_type] => team-member [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )[7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 12650 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2018-11-30 09:28:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2018-11-30 09:28:19 [post_content] => Haley Van Dyck is the co-founder of the United States Digital Service, a new “start-up” inside the White House building services for the American people that work better and cost less. Launched following the successful rescue effort of healthcare.gov, USDS is bringing the country’s top technology talent into government to fix the highest impact services and reform how our government operates in the digital era.Haley has a passion and track record of using technology to disrupt “business as usual” and democratize problem solving. She has been a key thought leader on President Obama’s technology team since the 2008 campaign, where she helped develop the mobile strategy for the first Presidential campaign in history to use mobile and text messaging to connect with voters. Four days after the election she moved to Washington, D.C. to serve on the Presidential Transition Team with a small group of individuals who set the course for the Administration’s technology strategy, including writing the Open Government Directive and creating the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer position.At the White House, Haley built many of the President’s major technology initiatives including the U.S. Open Data Policy and Executive Order, the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program, the Digital Government Strategy, and the United States Digital Service. She is also responsible for the first-ever government policy being developed in the open and online through Github—an effort that WIRED magazine called “remarkable” for giving geeks a seat at the policy table.In 2011 as Director of Digital Strategy at USAID, Haley used innovative technology to engage Americans at home to fight famine in the Horn of Africa through the award-winning FWD campaign. At the Federal Communications Commission in 2009 she worked to disrupt the archaic rulemaking processes, and as part of the landmark Net Neutrality proceedings comments from citizens via social media and other online channels were accepted with the same legal standing as those filed by large corporations such as AT&T and Verizon for the first time.Van Dyck is a native of San Francisco and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 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The four-party alliance won two successive elections and Reinfeldt, as Prime Minister, presided over two coalition governments (2006-14) – the longest non-socialist government period in modern Sweden.During his time as Prime Minister, Reinfeldt reformed the Swedish economy and labour market, making Sweden one of the most competitive countries in Europe.  More than 300,000 new jobs were created despite the financial crisis. The Swedish economy had higher growth rates and sounder public finances than many other European countries during his time in office.  Sweden was also the only country in the EU that lowered its national debt during the financial crisis.Reinfeldt was elected as chair to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in 2016. The EITI is a coalition of stakeholders from government, civil society, oil, gas and mining companies and investors, working together to promote open and accountable management of natural resources. Over the past decade, they developed the EITI Standard, which is now implemented by 49 countries around the world.In 2016 Fredrik Reinfeldt was also appointed as a senior adviser at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 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In 2011, he launched Efecto Naím, an innovative weekly television program highlighting surprising world trends with visually-striking videos, graphics and interviews with world leaders which is widely watched in Latin America today. Dr. Naím gained international recognition with the successful re-launch of the prominent journal Foreign Policy and, over his fourteen years (1996-2010) as editor, turned the magazine into a modern, award-winning publication on global politics and economics.His prize-winning work is highly influential in the world of international politics, economics and business. In 2005, Illicit was selected by the Washington Post as one of the best nonfiction books of the year; it was published in 18 languages and is the basis of an Emmy award-winning National Geographic documentary. Of his recent book, The End of Power, former US president Bill Clinton said it “will change the way you read the news, the way you think about politics, and the way you look at the world.” Arianna Huffington, president of the Huffington Post, said it is, “a compelling and original perspective on the surprising new ways power is acquired, used and lost – and how these changes affect our daily lives.”Dr. Naím’s columns and media commentary have a worldwide audience. He is the chief international columnist and “Global Observer” for El Pais and La Repubblica, the largest daily newspapers in Spain and Italy and an associate editor at The Atlantic. His columns are also carried by all leading newspapers in Latin America, and have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg Business Week, Newsweek, Time, Le Monde and Berliner Zeitung. In 2011, he was honored to receive the Ortega y Gasset prize, the most prestigious award for journalism in the Spanish language. In 2013, Naim was named one of the world’s leading thinkers by the British magazine Prospect and for the past three years, Dr. Naím has been ranked among the top 100 most influential global thought leaders by GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.Dr. Naím is a Distinguished Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, DC. He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of the Group of Fifty (G50), which brings together top-flight progressive Latin American business leaders, and a member of the board of directors of the Open Society Foundations as well as several global companies.In the early 1990s, Dr. Naím served as Venezuela’s Minister of Trade and Industry, as director of Venezuela’s Central Bank, and as executive director of the World Bank. He was previously professor of business and economics and dean of IESA, Venezuela’s leading business school. Dr. Naím holds MSc and PhD degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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He defended his title five times, including a legendary series of matches against arch-rival Anatoly Karpov. Kasparov broke Bobby Fischer’s rating record in 1990 and his own peak rating record remained unbroken until 2013. His famous matches against the IBM super-computer Deep Blue in 1996-97 were key to bringing artificial intelligence, and chess, into the mainstream.Kasparov’s was one of the first prominent Soviets to call for democratic and market reforms and was an early supporter of Boris Yeltsin’s push to break up the Soviet Union. In 1990, he and his family escaped ethnic violence in his native Baku as the USSR collapsed. In 2005, Kasparov, in his 20th year as the world’s top-rated player, retired from professional chess to join the vanguard of the Russian pro-democracy movement. In 2012, Kasparov was named chairman of the New York-based Human Rights Foundation, succeeding Vaclav Havel. HRF promotes individual liberty worldwide and organizes the Oslo Freedom Forum. Facing imminent arrest during Putin’s crackdown, Garry Kasparov moved from Moscow to New York City in 2013.The US-based Kasparov Chess Foundation non-profit promotes the teaching of chess in education systems around the world. Its program already in use in schools across the United States, KCF also has centers in Brussels, Johannesburg, Singapore, and Mexico City. Garry and his wife Daria travel frequently to promote the proven benefits of chess in education and have toured Africa extensively.Kasparov has been a contributing editor to The Wall Street Journal since 1991 and is a regular commentator on politics and human rights. He speaks frequently to business and political audiences around the world on technology, strategy, politics, and achieving peak mental performance. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Oxford-Martin School with a focus on human-machine collaboration. He’s a member of the executive advisory board of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics and a Security Ambassador for Avast Software, where he discusses cyber security and the digital future. Kasparov’s book How Life Imitates Chess on strategy and decision-making is available in over 20 languages. He is the author of two acclaimed series of chess books, My Great Predecessors and Modern Chess. Kasparov’s 2015 book, Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped is a blend of history, memoire, and current events analysis.Garry Kasparov’s last book is Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins. (May 2017) It details his matches against Deep Blue, his years of research and lectures on human and machine competition and collaboration, and his cooperation with the Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford. 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Weiss holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Princeton University and a B.A. from Harvard University. Between 1998, when he first came to the Graduate Center, and 2014, he served as director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies. 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellow and the International Studies Association’s 2016 Distinguished IO Scholar, Weiss is a leading expert on the United Nations and on humanitarian intervention. He has written extensively about international organizations, conflict management, humanitarian action, the Responsibility to Protect doctrine, North-South relations, and U.S. foreign policy. He is sole author of ten books, is coauthor or editor of more than forty other books, and has published more than 250 articles and book chapters. His latest authored books are What’s Wrong with the United Nations and How to Fix It (2016); Humanitarian Intervention (2016); Governing the World? Addressing Problems without Passports (2014) and Humanitarian Business (2013). He currently directs two research projects, Wartime History and the Future United Nations, and the Future United Nations Development System.Weiss has held leadership positions and professional posts in academic research institutes and in prominent nongovernmental organizations and think tanks, among them Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, the Academic Council on the UN System, the International Peace Academy, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty. Weiss served as president of the International Studies Association (ISA) (2009–10), editor of Global Governance (2000–05), and director of the UN Intellectual History Project (1999–2010). A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and ISA, he currently is editor of the book series Global Institutions (Routledge) and serves on eight editorial boards. [post_title] => THOMAS G. 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Assuming responsibility for the international climate change negotiations after the failed Copenhagen conference of 2009, she was determined to lead the process to a universally agreed regulatory framework. Building toward that goal, she directed the successful Conferences of the Parties in Cancun 2010, Durban 2011, Doha 2012, Warsaw 2013, and Lima 2014, and culminated her efforts in the historical Paris Agreement of 2015.Throughout her tenure Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and communities of faith, think tanks and technology providers, NGOs and parliamentarians, to jointly deliver the unprecedented climate change agreement. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy.She is currently the convener of Mission 2020, a global initiative that seeks to ensure the world bends the curve on greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 in order to protect the most vulnerable from the worst impacts of climate change and usher in an era of stability and prosperity.In the natural world, a newly discovered tropical moth (Struthoscelis christianafigueresae), a wasp (Pseudapanteles christianafigueresae) and an orchid (Vanilla karen-christianae) have been named after her. Costa Rica has recently issued a commemorative postage stamp in her honor.She has a long trajectory in the field of global climate change, having been a member of the Costa Rican negotiating team 1995- 2009, and having played a number of key roles in the governance of the UNFCCC before formally joining the Secretariat.She initiated her life of public service as Minister Counselor at the Embassy of Costa Rica in Bonn, Germany in 1982. Moving to the USA, she was Director of Renewable Energy in the Americas (REIA) and in 1995 founded the non-profit Center for Sustainable Development of the Americas (CSDA) which she directed for eight years.She has an undergraduate degree from Swarthmore College, a Masters Degree in Anthropology from the London School of Economics, and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown University. Ms. Figueres has received honorary doctorate degrees from University of Massachusetts Boston, Concordia University, Georgetown University, Cranfield University, and Warwick University. She is the mother of two daughters and speaks Spanish, English and German. 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Christiana Figueres

Executive Secretary UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2010-16

Ricardo Lagos

Former President of Chile and Special Envoy on Climate Change for the United Nations

RIGOBERTA MENCHU-TUM

Human Rights Activist and Nobel Laureate

OSCAR ARIAS

Former President of Costa Rica, Nobel Laureate

Rosario Marín

Primera Mexicana en ser Tesorera de los Estados Unidos

FRANCIS FUKUYAMA

Political Scientist, Economist

Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Human rights advocate

HALEY VAN DYCK

Co-Founder, United States Digital Service (USDS), E-Government guru and disruptor

Fredrik Reinfeldt

Former Swedish Prime Minister

MOISÉS NAÍM

Internationally-Syndicated Columnist and Bestselling Author, Senior Associate in the International Economics Program

GARRY KASPAROV

World Chess Champion, Author, Master of Strategy

THOMAS G. WEISS

Presidenial Professor at CUNY, Distinguished Scholar of International Organizations

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