Confirmed Speakers for Plenaries, Symposium Panels, and Mini Plenaries

Featured Speakers

  • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Kathleen Sebelius, US Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, US
  • Melanne Verveer, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
  • Joyce Banda, Vice President of Malawi
  • Michelle Bachelet, former President of Chile
  • Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative
  • Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA
  • Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS
  • Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization
  • Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Arianna Huffington, co-founder of The Huffington Post
  • Melinda Gates, co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute, and Director of the Gapminder Foundation
  • Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE USA
  • Christy Turlington Burns, Model, CARE Advocate for Maternal Health, Documentary Filmmaker
  • Ashley Judd, actress and board member, Population Services International
  • Annie Lennox, actress, activist, and campaigner, International UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador
  • Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN
  • Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health
  • Gill Greer, Director-General, International Planned Parenthood Federation
  • Geeta Rao Gupta, Senior Fellow, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Nancy Gibbs, senior editor, TIME magazine
  • Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  • Lisa McCallum, Managing Director, NIKE Foundation
  • Anne Mulcahy,  Chair of the Board of Trustees, Save the Children
  • Bert Koenders, Former Minister for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands
  • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director, World Bank
  • Akin Bankole, Director of International Research, Guttmacher Institute
  • Timothy Wirth, President, United Nations Foundation
  • Carmen Barroso, Director, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region
  • Harshad Sanghvi, Vice President & Medical Director, JHPIEGO
  • Nathalie Broutet, Medical Officer, Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Ward Cates, President of Research, Family Health International
  • Joy Phumaphi, Independent Consultant
  • Maureen Cronin, Head of Global Medical Affairs for Women's Health Care,Bayer Schering
  • Nils Daulaire, Director, Office of Global Health Affairs, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Chris Elias, President and CEO of PATH
  • Purnima Mane, Deputy Executive Director (Programme), UNFPA
  • Sarah Hawkes, Reader in Global Health, University College London
  • Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet
  • Jose Jeronimo, Project Director for the Screening Technologies to Advance Rapid Testing for Cervical Cancer Prevention—Utility and Program Planning (START-UP) project, PATH 
  • Imane Khachani, Physician, Youth Coalition
  • Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria
  • Narges Nemat, Youth Advisor, Women's Refugee Commission
  • Oying Rimon, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Zeda Rosenberg, CEO, International Partnership for Microbicides
  • Nafis Sadik, Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General
  • Fred Sai, Ghanian physician, Chair of the Board of Family Care International
  • Gamal Serour, Director, International Islamic Center For Population Studies and Research and President, International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO)
  • Steven Sinding,  Senior Fellow, Guttmacher Institute
  • Jeff Spieler, Senior Technical Advisor for Science and Technology in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, USAID
  • Gloria Quansah Asare, Acting Director of Family Health, Ghana Health Service
  • Régine Sitruk-Ware, Executive Director of Research and Development, Population Council
  • Lynette Denny, Principal Specialist and Full Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Cape Town

Featured Attendees:

Rachel Leigh Cook:
Rachel Leigh Cook, best known for her role in the romantic comedy She's All That, now stars on the hit series "Psych." She also holds a leading role in the upcoming film "Vampire." Rachael supports the Revlon Walk for Women and Step Up Women's Network, a national nonprofit dedicated to connecting and advancing women and girls.

Jennifer Beals:
Jennifer Beals starred in Showtimes' ground-breaking series, the The L Word. Jennifer stars as the lead role in FOX's upcoming series, Ride Along. After visiting Ethiopia, she joined in supporting The Afghan Women's Writing Project, which sheds light on the plight of women in Afghanistan. A mother herself, Jennifer also supports the Pablove Foundation, which is an organization fighting pediatric cancer.

Ali Larter:
Ali Larter is best known for her role in NBC's "Heroes."  She is a supporter of many women's health causes, including V-Day, which is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls.


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