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The Board: A Personal Commitment
to Making a Difference

The Board of the Global Humanitarian Forum comprises senior members from the academic, business, government, international and civil society fields, whose presence reflects their personal commitment.
Mary Robinson

President, Realizing Rights; The Ethical Globalization Initiative;
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997–2002); President
of Ireland (1990–1997)

Mary Robinson was the first female President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997. She also served as the second United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002. She is currently President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world, Ms Robinson is a member of the Royal Irish Academy, the American Philosophical Society and, since 2002, has been Honorary President of Oxfam International. A founding member and Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, she serves on a number of boards, including that of the GAVI Fund. Ms Robinson studied law at Trinity College, Dublin and is Chancellor of the University of Ireland.