Harvard Kennedy School
Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment, a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He currently serves as Faculty Chair of The Practice of Trade Policy executive program at Harvard Kennedy School.
Lawrence has also been a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Lawrence has served on the advisory boards of the Congressional Budget Office, the Overseas Development Council, and the Presidential Commission on United States-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy. Lawrence served as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers for President Clinton.
9/28 @ 11:00AM
Moderator: Laura Alfaro, Harvard Business School
Professor Alfaro is the Warren Alpert Professor at Harvard Business School. She is also a Faculty Research Associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research's International Macroeconomics and Finance Program, Member of the Latin-American Financial Regulatory Committee (CLAAF), Faculty Associate at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and member of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies’ (DRCLAS) policy committee. In 2008, she was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She served as Minister of National Planning and Economic Policy in Costa Rica from 2010-2012.
Special Panel with the UN highlighting the 15th Anniversary of the Millennium Development Goals:
“Culture, Development, and Countering Violent Extremism”
as a Pathway to Prosperity
Culture is on the front lines in the battle against violent extremism. Daesh is systematically destroying our civilization’s heritage in Syria and Iraq. In Mali, occupying jihadists attacked shrines, burnt manuscripts, and attempted the unthinkable- to ban music, the country’s lifeblood.
Each of the three panelists brings a wealth of experience and leadership to the challenge of protecting and preserving culture, and countering violent extremism. As Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova has led efforts to restore shrines in Timbuktu, to preserve and document sites in Iraq and Syria, among many other initiatives. From her position of managing the UN’s humanitarian, peace building, and development operations, Grete Faremo will be able to speak to the critical link between countering violent extremism and providing economic opportunity. Minister Diallo has spearheaded the Timbuktu Renaissance in Mali, a movement to promote peace, unity, and economic development through a focus on culture.
Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO
N’Diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, Minister of Culture, Cultural Heritage, and Tourism, Mali
Grete Faremo, Under Secretary General of the UN, and Executive Director of UNOPS
Cynthia Schneider - Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University
Cynthia Schneider is a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University where she teaches, publishes, and organizes initiatives in the field of cultural diplomacy, with a focus on relations with the Muslim world. Ambassador Schneider co-directs the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown, as well as the Los Angeles-based MOST Resource (Muslims on Screen and Television). Additionally, she co-directs the Timbuktu Renaissance, an innovative strategy and platform for countering extremism and promoting peace and development, which grew out of her work leading the Arts and Culture Dialogue Initiative within Brookings’ Center for Middle East Policy.. Schneider regularly publishes and speaks on arts, culture, media, cultural diplomacy, and international affairs. From 1998-2001, Schneider served as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands. She received her B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.
Gretel Faremo - Under Secretary General of the UN, and Executive Director of UNOPS
Gretel Faremo is the Executive Director of UNOPS. Before this appointment, Ms. Faremo held various senior-level positions for the Government of Norway. Most recently, she was Minister of Justice and Public Security; a role she held for two years. She was Minister of Defence(2009-2011), Minister of Oil and Energy (1996), Minister of Justice (1992-1996), and Minister of Development Cooperation (1990-1992) for the Norwegian Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was elected member of Parliament from 1993 to 1997.
Ms. Faremo’s private sector work includes Executive Vice President for the Norwegian insurance group, Storebrand, from 1997 to 2003. From 2003 to 2008, she held the position of Director of Law and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Corporation’s Western European Office, where she developed the legal and public affairs division responsible for corporate compliance in the region.
Ms. Faremo has sat on various advisory boards and associations throughout her career, including Norwegians Peoples’ Aid, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, the Competence Development Fund of Southern Norway, Norsk Hydro ASA, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and the University of Bergen.
Ms. Faremo graduated from the University of Oslo in 1978, with a degree in Law, specializing in International law. She entered the public service in 1979, as an executive officer in the Norwegian Government’s Ministry of Finance, later moving to NORAD in 1980, and the then newly established Ministry of Development Cooperation, where she worked for six years.
Irina Bokova - Director General of UNESCO
Irina Bokova has been the Director-General of UNESCO since 15 November 2009, and was successfully reelected for a second term in 2013. She is the first woman and the first Eastern European to lead the Organization.
As Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova is actively engaged in international efforts to advance gender equality, quality education for all, and combat terrorist financing by preventing the illicit traffic of cultural goods. A leading champion in the fight against racism and anti-Semitism, Bokova has spearheaded UNESCO’s activities on Holocaust remembrance and awareness and is the first Director-General of the Organization to appoint a Special Envoy for Holocaust Education.
She is a leading advocate for ensuring quality education for all and has championed gender equality, making this her own personal priority for the Organization. Other fields of action include enabling scientific cooperation for sustainable development, such as early warning systems for tsunamis or trans-boundary water management agreements and global advocacy for the safety of journalists and freedom of expression.
Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and studied at the University of Maryland (Washington) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University), Irina Bokova joined the United Nations Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria in 1977. In charge of political and legal affairs at the Permanent Mission of Bulgaria to the United Nations in New York, she was also member of the Bulgarian Delegation at the United Nations conferences on the equality of women in Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985) and Beijing (1995). As Member of Parliament (1990-1991 and 2001-2005), she advocated for Bulgaria’s membership in EU and NATO and participated in the drafting of Bulgaria’s new Constitution.
Irina Bokova was Minister for Foreign Affairs, Coordinator of Bulgaria-European Union relations and Ambassador of Bulgaria to France, Monaco and UNESCO and Personal Representative of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria to the “Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie”(OIF). As Secretary of State for European integration and as Foreign Minister, Irina Bokova has always advocated for European integration. She is a founding member and Chairman of the European Policy Forum, an NGO created to promote European identity and encourage dialogueto overcome divisions in Europe. This is an example of her work to endorse the values of dialogue, diversity, human dignity and human rights. Irina Bokova is Executive Secretary of the Steering Committee of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) and co-Vice-Chair of the Broadband Commission.
Irina Bokova has received state distinctions from countries across the world and is Doctor Honoris causa of leading universities. In addition to her mother tongue, she speaks English, French, Spanish and Russian. She is married with two grown children who live and work in the United States.
N’Diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, Minister of Culture, Artisan Crafts and Tourism, Republic of Mali
The Hon. N'Diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo is the acting Minister of Culture, Artisan Crafts and Tourism for the Republic of Mali. Hon. N'Diayeholds a double major degree in Political Science and Communication from Barry University of Florida and a Bachelor in Marketing and Advertising from the University of Columbus. Before her Ministerial appointment, Hon. N'Diaye, worked in the private sector. She founded one of the most important communications and public relations firms in Mali.
Hon. N'Diaye holds a post master degree in strategic management and competitive intelligence from the French Military school (Ecole de Guerre Économique) of Paris, which led her to conduct a study on the "Geo-economic Issues Strategic in the Sahel-Saharan Strip," and a stronger involvement for a more aware and powerful civil society. As a Coordinator of the World Bank's project "Development Marketplace", Hon. N'Diaye helped establish a competitive grant program that identifies and innovative funds and early-stage projects with high potential for development impact in the West Africa Region. Lastly, parallel to these activities, she teaches Communication, Marketing, and Competitive Intelligence in some private Universities of Mali.