Ban Ki-moon

Former Secretary-General
of the United Nations

Heinz Fischer

Former President
of the Republic of Austria

Ahmad Alhendawi

Secretary-General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement

As Secretary-General of the World Organizations of the Scout Movement, Mr. Alhendawi works with a vast network of young change-makers globally. Before becoming Secretary- General of the Scout Movement, he was the first-ever United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on January 17, 2013 as the youngest senior official in the history of the United Nations. He supported UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in addressing his thematic priority of working with and for young people as part of his Five-Year Action Agenda. Hailing from Jordan, Alhendawi has extensive experience working on youth issues at the local, regional and international level having previously worked in various international organizations as well as starting his own initiatives.

Márcia Balisciano

Director of Corporate Responsibility of RELX

Dr. Márcia Balisciano leads corporate responsibility at RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics focused on science and health, risk and business, legal and exhibitions, with more than 30,000 employees and offices in 40 countries. Chair of the United Nations Global Compact UK and the UK National Crime Agency’s Child Rescue Alert Development Board, she is founding director of London museum and educational facility Benjamin Franklin House and previously was special advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce (UK). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she holds an International Relations MA from the University of Chicago, and an Economics PhD from the London School of Economics. She was named Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours.

Daniele D. Bodini

President of the Alexander Bodini Foundation

Daniele D. Bodini is the President of the Alexander Bodini Foundation and also serves as Chairman Emeritus of American Continental Properties Group and Member of Board of Overseers at Columbia Business School and former Ambassador of the Republic of San Marino to the United Nations.

Irina Bokova

Former Director General of UNESCO

Irina Georgieva Bokova is a Bulgarian politician and the Former Director-General of UNESCO. During her political and diplomatic career in Bulgaria, she served, among others, two terms as a member of the National parliament, and deputy minister of foreign affairs and minister of foreign affairs ad interim under Prime Minister Zhan Videnov. She also served as Bulgaria’s ambassador to France and to Monaco, and was Bulgaria’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO. Bokova was also the personal representative of Bulgaria’s President to the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (2005–2009).

Sofia Borges

Senior Vice-President of UN Foundation

Sofia Borges serves as the UN Foundation’s Senior Vice President and Head of the New York Office. In this role, Ms. Borges serves as the Foundation’s chief liaison with UN leadership and the diplomatic community. Prior to joining the UN Foundation, she held the position of Deputy Chef de Cabinet to the President of the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly and served in the Cabinet of the President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly as Special Adviser on Strategic Engagement and Transparency. From 2002-2016, Ms. Borges held various positions at the Permanent Mission of Timor-Leste to the UN, including six years as Ambassador and Permanent Representative. Ms. Borges also previously worked as an anthropologist at the Central Land Council in Australia and at the Asian Development Bank on issues surrounding post-conflict reconstruction in Timor-Leste.

Dimitri de Vreeze

Co-CEO of Royal DSM

Mr. Dimitri de Vreeze joined DSM in 1990 in Finance in DSM Fine Chemicals. In 2002 he became Business Director Composite Resins Europe, based in Switzerland and built his career further in the DSM Resins & Functional Materials business group. Mr. Vreeze was Business Unit Director Coating Resins between 2005 and 2007 and Business Unit Director NeoResins between 2007 and 2010. In 2010, he became Business Group Director DSM Resins, building a strong team and delivering excellent performance in this business group. He became a member of the Managing Board in September 2013.

Monika Froehler

Chief Executive Officer of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Monika Froehler is CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and is a passionate change maker, advocate, founder and speaker. She was entrusted to create the BKMC after working at the UN in Geneva, NY and Vienna, the EU, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and in field missions around the globe. She is passionate about the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. Throughout her career she managed to support hundreds of women, young people and communities all over the globe e.g. working in Africa and Latin America to ban landmines; working to improve hospital care in rural Central Asia and Africa; assisting in eco-friendly city planning in Asia and bettering the living conditions of women in the Middle East and West-Africa.

Ed Futa

Former General-Secretary of Rotary International

Ed Futa, past General Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation, managed operations for one of the world’s largest global humanitarian service organization with 33,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic regions. With annual revenues of US$ 240 million and expenses of US$210 million, Rotary and its Foundation support 1.2 volunteers in their efforts to serve their local and global communities.

Kevin Hin

Secretary General of the Junior Chamber International

Kevin Hin serves as JCI Secretary General and comes to this position after 17 years as an active member of the organization. He has occupied various leadership positions at a national and international level, including that of National President of JCI Monaco in 2010, JCI Vice President for Europe in 2016 and Executive Vice President for Europe in 2018. Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a non-profit international non-governmental organization of young leaders between 18 and 40 years old with 200,000 + members. JCI has members in about 124 countries, and regional or national organizations in many of them. It has consultative status with the Council of Europe, with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and with UNESCO and aims to empower its members with leadership skills in the fields of business, personal development, international understanding and community involvement in order to achieve positive change.

Kim Won-soo

Former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs

H.E. Ambassador Kim is a Korean diplomat and Former UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. Ambassador Kim has served as Assistant-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon starting in January 2007. He also served as Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, leading the transition team for the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His diplomatic career has included many overseas postings at the Republic of Korea embassies in Washington D.C., USA and New Delhi, India as well as headquarter positions such as Deputy Director of the North America Division, Chief of Human Resource Management and Director of the Treaties Division in the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Korea.

Ambassador Sadiq Marafi

Permanent Representative of Kuwait to the United Nations in Vienna, (ex officio)

H.E. Ambassador Marafi was appointed to the Permanent Mission of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations office in Geneva, from July 1996 until August 2012. In September 2013, he was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the State of Kuwait to the Federal Republic of Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations International Organizations in Vienna where he was promoted to rank of Minister Plenipotentiary in January 2015. He has served as the President of the Arab League Council in Vienna and Vice President of the 42nd session of the UNIDO Industrial Development Board in Vienna as well as participated in United Nations General Assemblies, chaired the Troikas of Angola at the Universal Periodic Review 2011, Kuwaiti delegation in the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2012, and the Kuwait delegation at the Committee Against Torture 2011.

Andrea Pfanzelter

Senior Advisor of the KAICIID International Dialogue Centre

Andrea Pfanzelter is currently Senior Advisor to the KAICIID International Dialogue Centre, headquartered in Vienna. Since 2017, her major areas of responsibility at the organization have been stakeholder relations and resource mobilization. Previously, from 2010 to 2016 Andrea acted as Senior Director of the International Peace Institute. After opening the Vienna office of IPI in June 2010, she was the Senior Director of Resource Development for both the Vienna and New York offices. Based in New York from 1999 to 2008, Andrea held various board and director positions, notably at the United Nations Delegates Association (UNDA), the Women’s International Forum (WIF), the Off-the-Record Lecture Series (OTR) of the Foreign Policy Association, Network 20/20, and the United Women of All Nations (UWAN).

Jeffrey Sachs

Director of SDSN and Special Advisor to the UNSG on SDGs

Jeffrey D. Sachs is a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries. He is the co-recipient of the 2015 Blue Planet Prize, the leading global prize for environmental leadership. He has twice been named among Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders. Professor Sachs currently serves as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and is a Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the Sustainable Development Goals. He previously advised UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on both the Sustainable Development Goals and Millennium Development Goals and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on the Millennium Development Goals. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria.

Michael Sheldrick

Co-founder, Global Policy and Government Affairs at Global Citizen

is part of the Executive team of the international advocacy group Global Citizen. The group provides a platform for people to hold governments accountable on delivering the SDGs. Sheldrick is the co-founder of Global Poverty Project. Starting as a manager, he oversaw The End of Polio in the lead up to CHOGM 2011, which resulted in $118 million being pledged towards global polio eradication efforts. Then he headed up the Global Policy & Advocacy at the Project, focusing on achieving significant policy breakthroughs for the world’s poor and working to streamline communication around the objectives and enhance the advocacy capacity of the organization.

Ambassador Shin Chae-hyun

Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in Vienna, (ex officio)

H.E. Ambassador Shin has served as Secretary to the President Moon Jae-in for Foreign Policy in the Office of National Security, Korean Consulate General in San Francisco, USA, Director-General for North American Affairs, Director-General for North Korean Nuclear Affairs, and Director-General for Human Resources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as other positions.

Jean Todt

President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety

Jean Todt is a French motor sport executive. After a career as a rally co-driver he worked in motor sport management, first with Peugeot Talbot Sport, then with Scuderia Ferrari, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari from 2006 to 2008. Since 23 October 2009 he has been President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). On 29 April 2015, Todt was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as his Special Envoy for Road Safety.