Margot Wallström

Margot Wallström is a Swedish politician from the Social Democratic Party with a long career at national, European and international level.

She served as Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2014 - 2019.

Margot Wallström was appointed the first United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict from 2010 to 2012.

She worked as Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy from 2004 to 2010 and European Commissioner for the Environment from 1999 to 2004.

From 1988 she held several cabinet posts, first as Deputy Minister of Civil Affairs, Minister of Culture and also Minister of Social Affairs, an assignment she left after the 1998 election.

She was the CEO of a regional TV network in Värmland, Sweden from 1993 to1994. Before taking up her appointment as EU Commissioner she was the executive vice-president of Worldview Global Media in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Mrs Wallström has been awarded several honorary doctorates and international recognition and awards.

Jenny Shipley

The Right Honourable Dame Jenny Shipley is a former Prime Minister of New Zealand and today is a Director, Advisor and Keynote Speaker with a special interest in mega trends in business, economic and social development opportunities globally. She was the 36th Prime Minister of New Zealand from December 1997 to December 1999, the first woman to hold this office and to date the only female leader of the New Zealand National Party. In the preceding 7 years she was a Senior Minister in the New Zealand Government and a driving force in the successful decade of economic and social reforms in NZ.

She retired from NZ politics in 2002 and has since established a very successful new career.

Shipley is chair of Genesis Energy, China Construction Bank NZ Senior Money International, the Advisory Board for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority transitional and an Executive member of the New Zealand China Council.

Jenny chairs Global Women NZ and gives her time to a number of causes including as Vice president of the Club of Madrid, a group of 102 former Presidents and Prime Ministers and a member of the World Women's Leaders Council. Both groups work in many countries, promoting democracy, the advancement of women and every aspect of social and economic improvement and progress. She is Patron of Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and the New Zealand Heart Foundation’s "Go Red for Women". She has also established a Namibian Education Trust that supports a cluster of schools in Northern Namibia.