Mary Robinson Keynote Speaker
- President of Ireland (1990-97)
- Chair of the Council of Elders
- Pioneering campaigner on global economic justice, human rights and environmental issues
Mary Robinson's Biography
Mary Robinson was President of Ireland in the 1990s, the first woman to hold his role. She was known for elevating the country to a new level of international status by fighting for controversial changes and bridging religious, social, and economic groups. Mary Robinson is now a sought after keynote speaker on climate change as well as on inequality and human rights.
President Robinson’s campaign for worldwide democracy continued with her work as president of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education, and advocacy on the struggle for global justice. She believes strongly that there is a seat at the table for businesses when it comes to solving human rights, justice, and environmental issues. President Robinson is also a member of the Club of Madrid.
A passionate defender of fundamental respect for human life, President Robinson was the first woman to chair the United Nations Commission for Human Rights and is the founder of The Ethical Globalization Initiative. For most of her career, she advocated for the integration of human rights, gender sensitivity, and enhanced accountability in politics.
She is currently the Chair of the Council of Elders, whose members include Ban Ki-Moon, President Jimmy Carter, and Gro Harlem Brundtland. She is the honorary president of Oxfam International, and Chair of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business.
In 2012 she published her memoir, “Everybody Matters: My Life Giving Voice“, which chronicles her remarkable career, beginning with her work as a young lawyer in Ireland crusading for the rights of women. In 2018, she published ‘Climate Justice – A man made problem with a feminist solution‘