Welcome Remarks from Summit Sponsors and Partners of the Summit to End Human Trafficking hosted by Vital Voices.
Speakers include: Ms. Melanne Verveer, Co-Founder and Chair, Vital Voices Global Partnership; Mr. James Cunningham, U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong; Professor Richard Welford, Director, CSR-Asia; Dr. Aleya Hammad, Member of the Board; Suzanne Mubarak Women's International Peace Movement; and a Video Message from H.E. Suzanne Mubarak, First Lady of Egypt and Founder of the End Human Trafficking Now Campaign.
Ambassador James B. Cunningham is an American diplomat. Having served as the acting United States Ambassador to the United Nations (January to September 2001), and Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2001 to 2005, with the rank of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary), Cunningham is currently the Consul General of the United States of America in Hong Kong and Macau (since August 4, 2005).
Dr. Aleya El Bindari Hammad is a Visiting Scholar at NYU Wagner and Chair of its Global Public Service Advisory Board. She is also a Visiting Professor at George Washington University, Centre for International Health and was an Assistant Professor of Public Health at University of Alexandria, Egypt. She has been instrumental in the establishment of the international academic program at NYU Wagner and is a Founder of the Hammad International Fund.
Prior to joining NYU, Dr. Hammad was the Executive Director/Assistant Director General, World Health Organization in Geneva, responsible for Health in Development policy. She spent more than three decades in the WHO, initiating its human rights programme, its Commission on Women, and in furthering its work on health improvement as an integral part of socio-economic and political development. She is the author of many books and scientific papers, articles and editorials, some of the most recent being Muslim Women Are the First Victims of Islamic Extremists (The International Herald Tribune, December 2001), Policy Responses to Public Health issues Relating to Global Environmental Change (Encyclopaedia of Global Environmental Change, Wiley, UK 2001), Health the Courage to Care (World Health Organization, 1997). She is particularly interested in the Islamic movement and its effect on women. Concerned with the increase in the level of violence, conflicts and wars world wide, and its harmful effect on women and children, she is dedicating much of her efforts in peace building initiatives and fostering a culture of peace. As a means to intensify efforts in this area Dr. Hammad is a founding member of the Suzanne Mubarak Women's International Peace Movement and a member of its Board. She is also a member of several boards, especially those whose main area of focus is improving the quality of life of disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.
In 2008, President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer to be the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the US Department of State. Ambassador Verveer spent the past four years working on behalf of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to coordinate foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women,
traveling to almost 60 countries. In such capacity, she worked to mobilize concrete support for women’s political and economic empowerment through a variety of public-private partnerships as
well as worked to fully integrate women’s participation and rights into U.S. foreign policy.
Today, she is the Director of Georgetown University’s newly-established Institute for Women, Peace and Security. The Institute seeks to enhance US national and global security by documenting and elevating the role of women in ending conflict and building national security. The Institute is housed at the Walsh School of Foreign Service. Ambassador Verveer is also a founding partner of Seneca Point Global, the global women
strategy firm. SPG partners with leading companies and institutions to design, implement and measure integrated strategies that focus on women and girls and drive sustainable results – whether social, economic or both.
Prior to her role at the US State Department, Ambassador Verveer served as Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO she co-founded to invest in emerging women
leaders. Prior to her work with Vital Voices, she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration. She was chief assistant to Hillary Clinton in her wide-ranging international activities to advance women’s rights and further social development, democracy and peace-building initiatives. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women. Prior to her time in the White House, Ambassador Verveer served in a number of leadership roles in public policy organizations and as congressional staff.
Ambassador Verveer has a B.A. and M.A. from Georgetown University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as the 2013 Humanitas Visiting Professor at Cambridge University. She holds several honorary degrees and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the US Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service.
Professor Richard Welford
Richard Welford is Deputy Director of the Corporate Environmental Governance Programme and Visiting Professor of Sustainable Management at the Norwegian School of Management. He is the author of twelve books and over 60 refereed papers on environmental management and related issues. His recent books include The Earthscan Reader in Business and Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 2000), Corporate Environmental Management 3: Towards Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 1998), and Hijacking Environmentalism: Corporate Responses to Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 1997).
Richard is an economist by background with a PhD from the University of Warwick, UK. As well as being an academic he has business and consultancy experience. He has worked closely with a number of firms including Joseph Dawson Ltd., TXU Europe, The Samsung Corporation, British Telecom, the MTR Corporation and the Swire Group of Companies. He is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK and has acted as an advisor to the United Nations.