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Featured Speakers

Leila Ghandi

Award winning TV host and producer

Leila Ghandi is an award winning TV host journalist, producer, commentator, book author, speaker, photographer and civil society activist. She has become a key figure of the media landscape. She produces and hosts a monthly prime time television show broadcast on the most popular Moroccan TV channel (2MTV and 2M World). Viewed by over 2 million people each month, episodes are filmed internationally with guests that include presidents and women activists and is an inspirational speaker in locations such as the European Parliament and the UNESCO. Her photographic work is exhibited worldwide.

Educated in France with a Masters degree from Sciences Po Paris, an Executive Program from Harvard, a B.A (Hons) in European Management from the University of Portsmouth. Leila is Moroccan-French binational and speaks five languages. Through her expansive media presence she promotes the representation of free Arab muslim women, women’s empowerment, human rights, and aims to build and promote dialogue between cultures. Leila is also committed to working with NGOs, state agencies and international Fondations such as King Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment and the Department of International Cooperation of Monaco.

She has been named opinion leader by the UN organization Search for Common Grounds, she has won media awards including the Anna Lindh Journalist Award, and awards for leadership and career achievement, including the Euro-Mediterranean Woman Success Trophy, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the Republic of France, and the TIZI Leadership Award. She has been chosen to represent North Africa at the exhibition Summit of the African Union in Adis Ababa, and ranked by Jeune Afrique Magazine among the 50 people with most influence in Morocco

Mary Robinson

Special Envoy for climate change

Of the UN Secretary general

Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. She is also a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Between March 2013 and August 2014 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa. In August 2014 she was appointed the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change.

A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as Honorary President of Oxfam International from 2002-2012.

Mary Robinson serves as Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation. Mary is the Chancellor of the University of Dublin since 1998. Mary’s memoir, Everybody Matters was published in September 2012.

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