Regions20 Women's Tribune

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Reta Jo Lewis

Ambassador for Women


Ms. Lewis is a Senior Resident Fellow at GMF, where she focuses on U.S. Leadership and Transatlantic Subnational Diplomacy initiatives. Ms. Lewis also specializes in leadership development curriculum, outreach, convening, and thought pieces on strategies to strengthen the next generation of transatlantic leaders.
She has been a global business affairs adviser since leaving government in April 2013, and specializes in working with U.S. governors, mayors, legislators as well as provincial leaders across the Atlantic.
She most recently served in the Obama Administration as the State Department’s first-ever Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, where she led the office charged with building strategic peer-to-peer relationships between the U.S. Department of State, U.S. state and local officials, and their foreign counterparts. In her post, she served as the State Department’s lead interlocutor in negotiating and executing the first historic agreements to solidify subnational cooperation and engagement efforts with BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) countries and with targeted countries in the European Union.

She was the principal architect that led the global engagement of U.S. state and local government leaders’ integration into and strategy regarding sustainability and climate change to RIO+20, COP-16, COP-17 and COP-18.
In 2013, she was awarded the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award by Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Prior to the State Department, Lewis served in senior positions in the public and private sectors, including political appointments in the Clinton Administration, and served as the Director for Business Outreach for the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team.
She served as the Vice President and Counselor to the President and CEO at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation and director of the Chamber’s effort focused on small business and outreach to women and minority-owned businesses.
Ms. Lewis was the Special Assistant to the President for Political Affairs in the Clinton White House from 1993 to 1995 and the Director of the Northeast and Southern Regions. She was Of Counsel at Edward Widman Palmer LLP prior to joining the Obama Administration and a 2014 Mayoral candidate in Washington, D.C.
Lewis holds a BA in political science from University of Georgia, a MSAJ from American University, and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law. Lewis is a member of the D.C. and the State of Georgia Bars.

Dr Robert Sebbag

Vice President Access to Medicines


Dr Robert Sebbag is currently Vice President Access to Medicines at Sanofi. In his role, Dr Sebbag participates in the company’s access to medicines strategy development for the Southern Hemisphere. Prior to joining Sanofi, Dr. Sebbag worked in Brussels for the European pharmaceutical industry association (EFPIA) on creating a communications platform for the pharmaceutical companies operating in Europe. In his prior role, he was Senior Vice President of Communications for the vaccine company, Aventis Pasteur (today known as sanofi pasteur). In addition to his activities within the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Sebbag is also teaching public health courses within the Paris hospital system, focusing on tropical parasitic diseases. Dr. Sebbag is active within the French Red Cross and has participated in numerous health missions in the Southern Hemisphere. Dr. Sebbag is a Doctor in Medicine with specialty in tropical parasitic diseases and training in psychiatry.

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