Founder, Women for Women International
Baroness Amos UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs
Co-Chairman, Nuclear Threat Initiative
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WIE Network is a next generation media company that aims to inspire social change through the creation of engaging and inspirational filmed content, large scale forums and innovative social media programs. The company’s properties include the annual women’s conference, The WIE Symposium; WIE Interact, an online social network for women, and a new online reputation service to be announced. Other projects include a feature film about legendary African heroine Yaa Asantewaa; and a documentary that explores the role of forgiveness in conflict resolution around the world.
WIE Network’s principals are television host and political commentator June Sarpong, and branding and entertainment marketing expert, Dee Poku. According to Sarpong and Poku, the WIE Symposium was created as way of uniting women from different backgrounds. The event engages women from the world’s wealthiest nations in the quest to give a voice to those less fortunate than themselves: "As New York based British women of Ghanaian heritage, we consider ourselves to be citizens of world. And as such our mandate is to unite and empower women everywhere. We all share common goals of wanting to be happy and successful, to have strong families and dynamic careers. And that’s what the WIE Symposium is about, setting aside our differences and uniting behind our common aspirations."
Baroness Valerie Amos
Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos, PC is the eighth and current UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Before her appointment to the UN, she had been British High Commissioner to Australia. She was made a Labour life peer in 1997 and served as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. When Amos was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 12 May 2003, following the resignation of Clare Short, she became the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom. She left the Cabinet when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister. She was then nominated to become the European Union Special Representative to the African Union by Gordon Brown. In July 2010 Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon announced Baroness Amos' appointment to the role of Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
Cynthia Garrett is a television host & author.
Zainab Salbi, Founder and CEO of Women for Women International, has written about fleeing from the Iraq of Saddam Hussein in Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam.
Her organization has helped 153,000 survivors of wars and civil strife begin to rebuild their lives and contribute to the political and economic health of their societies. Her second book, The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival & Hope, chronicles the stories of such women.
Salbi is interviewed regularly on U.S. network television, the BBC and Al Jazeera. She has been featured nine times on The Oprah Winfrey Show and interviewed in such national outlets as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Newsweek.
In 2007 Salbi was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Forbes gave her its 2005 Trailblazer Award and in 1995 President Clinton honored Salbi at a White House ceremony for her humanitarian work.
In 2006, Women for Women International received the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world's largest humanitarian award.
A graduate of George Mason University in sociology and womens studies, she earned a master's degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2001.
Josette Sheeran is the eleventh Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). She was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jacques Diouf in November 2006, and began her tenure April 2007. Prior to this post, she served as the United States Under Secretary for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs in the State Department since August 2005.
Ted Turner has received recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen, sharp business skills, leadership qualities, and his unprecedented philanthropy. Turner is co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a charitable organization working to reduce the global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; chairman of the Turner Foundation, Inc., which supports efforts for improving air and water quality, developing a sustainable energy future to protect the earth's climate, safeguarding environmental health, maintaining wildlife habitat protection, and developing practices and policies to curb population growth rates; chairman of the United Nations Foundation, which promotes a more peaceful, prosperous and just world.