Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson leads the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education, and advocacy for the world’s poor. She was the first female president of Ireland and is a founding member and chair of the Elders, an independent group of global leaders formed by Nelson Mandela. Ms. Robinson served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Climate Change. She served as vice president of the Club of Madrid, chair and co-founder of the Council of Women World Leaders, honorary president of Oxfam International, and chair of the GAVI Alliance, which vaccinates children worldwide. Ms. Robinson is chair of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights and chancellor of the University of Dublin (Trinity College). Early in her career, she was a crusading lawyer for women’s and human rights. Ms. Robinson has taught at Trinity College and Columbia University, served in the Irish Senate, and co-founded the Irish Centre for European Law at Trinity College. She holds honorary doctorates from more than 40 elite universities and received the Indira Gandhi and Sydney Peace Prizes. Ms. Robinson is a graduate of Trinity College, King’s Inns, and Harvard Law School.