Mary Robinson is currently a member of the ‘Elders’, a group of independent global leaders, which includes former UN Secretaries-General Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon, convened by Nelson Mandela in 2007 in order to tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. Mrs. Robinson was the first female President of Ireland, serving between 1990 and 1997. She has led a distinguished career, which has included serving as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is also a recipient of the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience award, given in recognition of her work promoting human rights.
David Miliband is president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a New York-based organization that since its formation in 1933 has provided emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and people displaced by war, persecution or natural disaster. IRC currently operates in more than 40 countries. Immediately prior to joining IRC in 2013, Miliband was a member of the British parliament, taking on the role of Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010. He will bring to WISH 2018 extensive experience both as a government representative and as the head of a major international nongovernmental organization. His speech is expected to focus on the health impact of conflicts around the world.