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.

Claire Fehrenbach


Oxfam France

Claire Fehrenbach is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse and holds two Masters related to international solidarity on the one hand, and sustainable development and social responsibility of companies on the other. She has been working for 15 years in the field of development and international solidarity in France and abroad.

Since 2000, she has held positions of director, operational coordinator and country director with Atlas Logistique and Handicap International in Albania, Gabon and Angola on emergency and reconstruction issues. Alternating between headquarters and field positions, she has been involved in public funding for Médecins du Monde in Paris and, ran a few years ago Handicap International Canada.

As part of a research on the impact of multinationals in the South, she conducted a study relating in particular to the analysis of societal performance of a large French company. She teaches courses for several years with Master level students on topics relating to these professional experiences. Claire became head of Oxfam France in 2014. In addition to the campaign and advocacy activities in France on topics such as the transformation of the food system, the fight against inequality, rights in crisis, it bears the Oxfam confederation all the values. This year, because of the COP 21 to be held in Paris, Claire Fehrenbach and the whole structure Oxfam France, largely focused its activities against climate change, both in terms of mitigation and adaptation.

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