Profiles of Eminent Persons

HALONEN.jpgTarja Kaarina HALONEN was the 11th President of Finland, the first female to hold the office.

In addition to her political career she had a long and extensive career in trade unions and different non-governmental organizations. Ms. Halonen is widely known for her interest in human rights and development issues. She is Co-Chair of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, and served as Co-Chair of the United Nations Millennium Summit. She is also a member of the Council of Women World Leaders. In April 2010, she was appointed Co-chair of the High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

BHAGWATI.jpgJagdish BHAGWATI, University Professor at Columbia University and Senior Fellow in International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, is a prominent economist.

He has made pioneering contributions to the study of development, globalization, international trade, foreign aid and immigration. He also writes frequently for leading media worldwide. He has served in many advisory roles, including at the GATT as Economic Policy Adviser to Director General Arthur Dunkel and at the UN to Secretary General Kofi Annan on Globalization and on NEPAD Process in Africa. He works with many NGOs, including Human Rights Watch.



Margarita CEDEÑO DE FERNÁNDEZ is the Vice President of the Dominican Republic.

Prior to the current position, as the First Lady, she coordinated social policies for the administration. She was Associate Member of the law firm of Doctor Abel Rodríguez del Orbe and Fernández y Asociados. She was Director of the Legal and Investment Environment Management in the Office for the Promotion of Foreign Investment. Since 2009, she is Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agricultural Organization.

CHISSANO.jpgJoaquim Alberto CHISSANO served as second President of Mozambique for 19 years (from 1986 to 2005) where he is credited for achieving broad socio-economic reforms.

He is widely regarded for his international leadership and political achievements, serving as special envoy of the UN on numerous occasions and winning the first-ever Prize for Achievement in African Leadership awarded by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. He is chairperson of the Joaquim Chissano Foundation and the Forum of Former African Heads of State. 


Yongtu Long is Secretary-General of the Center for the Study of the G20.

He is former Vice Minister of Commerce and Chief Negotiator for China's accession to the WTO. Between 2003 and 2010 he was Secretary-General of the Bo'ao Forum for Asia.   Mr. Long was also in charge of the multilateral economic and trade affairs between China and the UN’s development agencies, and was actively involved in creating the Regional Economic Development Cooperation Committee of Tumen River Area in Northeast Asia. 

Lord Malloch-Brown
is a former United Nations Deputy Secretary-General and served as Chef de Cabinet to the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. 

He is also a former Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the British government with responsibility for Africa, Asia and the United Nations.

He was also Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) during which time he spear-headed a number of reforms, including following up the creation of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG). 


Mbeki.jpgThabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki is former President of the Republic of South Africa.

As successor to Nelson Mandela, he is credited with leading South Africa’s economy to robust growth in the post-Apartheid era.

He also created the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and oversaw the successful building of economic bridges between South Africa and Brazil, Russia, India and China, with the eventual formation of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Dialogue Forum. He is also founder of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation. . In April 2010, he was appointed Co-chair of the High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.


Benjamin Mkapa
is former President of the United Republic of Tanzania and former Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community.

He is Co-Chair of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa and was a Panelist in the High Level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence on Development, Environment and Humanitarian Assistance. He serves as a Commissioner for the UN High Level Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor and is Chairman of the South Centre.


Mohamed "Mo"Ibrahim is the founder of Celtel, an African mobile communications enterprise which set up the world’s first borderless network across East Africa.

He is creator of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to encourage better governance in Africa, as well as creating the Mo Ibrahim Index, to evaluate nations' performance.

He is a member of the Africa Regional Advisory Board of London Business School. In 2007 he initiated the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

MariElkaPangestu.jpgMari Elka Pangestu is minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, and former Minister of Trade of Indonesia.

She was active in various trade forums such as The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council and has been one of the foremost economics experts in Indonesia. She serves on the Board of External Editors of the Asian Journal of Business (University of Michigan) and Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (Australian National University). She is also the co-coordinator of the Task Force on Poverty and Development for the United Nations Millennium Project.


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