Melanne Verveer

Ambassador at Large for Global Women's Issues, United States Department of State, Washington, DC (invited)

Melanne Verveer is chairperson of the Board and co-founder of Vital Voices Global Partnership, Washington, DC, an international NGO dedicated to supporting emerging women leaders, building democracies and strong economies, and expanding women's roles in politics and civil society. Ms. Verveer served as assistant to the President and chief of staff to the First Lady of the USA in the Clinton Administration. In that role, her responsibilities included overseeing First Lady Hillary Clinton's global initiatives on women's rights as human rights, democracy building, micro-enterprise development, and the education of women and girls. She also spearheaded the establishment of the President's Interagency Council on Women, which served as a model for governments to address issues of concern to women. Previously, Ms. Verveer served as executive vice president of People for the American Way, a constitutional liberties organization. She is a frequent speaker and consultant on public policy issues. She received B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

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