President of Ireland (1997-2002) & President of the Mary Robinson Foundation
Mary Robinson served as the first woman President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is now the President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and a member of the Elders, a group of world leaders (founded by Nelson Mandela, who contribute their wisdom, independent leadership, and integrity to tackling some of the world’s toughest problems with the goal of making the world a better place, and the Club of Madrid, which works to promote democracy worldwide. Mrs. Robinson is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. She is a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. In March 2013, Robinson was appointed the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa.
Broadening her international scope, Mrs. Robinson expands her leadership into other areas, including business enterprise, corporate citizenship, and the broad reform of some of the world’s most prestigious organizations. Mary Robinson now serves as Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business in addition to being a board member of several organizations, including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the European Climate Foundation.