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Our Advisory Council act as ambassadors for GIWL, providing strategic guidance and supporting the institute’s funding and philanthropic goals.



Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen has been CEO of Plan International since September 2015. Prior to this she was United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for Management at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

A renowned leader in development and gender equality, Anne-Birgitte has worked for over 25 years in international development, human rights, change management and diplomacy and has been listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Equality by Apolitical.



Iris Bohnet

Iris Bohnet is the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and Academic Dean of Harvard Kennedy School. She is a behavioral economist, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. She is the author of the award-winning book What Works: Gender Equality by Design, and advises organisations on the topic around the world.

Professor Bohnet is the co-director of the Women and Public Policy Program, and the faculty co-chair of the “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” program for the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders. She serves on the boards, advisory boards or as a patron of Credit Suisse Group, Applied, Edge, TaketheLeadWomen, We Shape Tech, Women in Banking and Finance, and the UK Government’s Equalities Office as well as numerous academic journals.

She was named one of Apolitical's Most Influential People in Gender Policy in 2018 and 2019, a Leading Thinker of Victoria, Australia, 2016-2019, and has received an honorary degree from the University of Lucerne.  



Juliet Bourke

Juliet Bourke leads Deloitte Australia's Diversity and Inclusion Consulting practice. She has over 25 years' experience in human capital, management and law. Known for her evidence driven approach to designing D&I strategies and coaching leaders, Juliet works with global executives and organisations to improve workplace performance through cultural change and leadership. 

She is the author of various books, including her latest title: Which two heads are better than one?: How diverse teams create breakthrough ideas and make smarter decisions, now in its third edition.

Juliet is a member of Deloitte Australia’s Diversity Council and sits on a number of boards and award panels, such as Harvard’s Women’s Leadership Board, Macquarie University’s Global MBA Board and the Navy Diversity Council. Juliet has a number of awards including from the Women Lawyers Association, University of New South Wales and the Australian Centre for Leadership for Women. Juliet has also presented at hundreds of global conferences, including TEDx. She holds a BA, LLB, LLM (Hons) and is a PhD candidate at Brunel University London. 


Zamila Bunglawala 

Zamila Bunglawala is Director, International & EU at the UK Department for Education. Formerly Deputy Head of Unit and Deputy Director - Strategy and Insight, Race Disparity Unit at the Cabinet Office where she was the founding architect of the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website. Through her extensive national and international strategic policy and programmes experience in senior roles – including No.10 Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, Open Society Foundation, Young Foundation, Brookings Institution and United Nations – Zamila has led a wide range of pioneering policy and program projects, specialising in education and employment, open data and digital, gender, SGBV, ethnic and faith minority groups, humanitarian conflicts and development. Zamila is an international public policy speaker, is widely published and a JRF Practitioner Fellow at the London School of Economics III and board member at the Royal Society, Concern Worldwide, Heywood Foundation and UK Research & Innovation. 


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Ann Cairns

Ann Cairns is the Executive Vice Chairman of Mastercard, where she plays the role of senior ambassador and executive leader and sits as part of the company’s global management committee. Prior to this, Ann was President of International Markets responsible for the management of all Mastercard customer-related activities in over 200 countries. 

Ann has more than 20 years’ experience working in senior management positions across Europe and the US. She was head of the Financial Services Group with Alvarez & Marsal, CEO of Transaction Banking at ABN-AMRO and held senior positions at Citigroup.  

Ann is currently chair of ICE Clear Europe, owned by the Fortune 500 company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).  She is also global co-chair of the 30% Club, the chair of the Financial Alliance for Women and serves as a member of the UK government’s AI Council and the IBDE advisory board.  

She has a Pure Mathematics degree and honorary doctorate from Sheffield University and an MSc. with research into medical statistics and honorary doctorate from Newcastle University. 


Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic

Professor Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic is an international authority in business psychology, talent management, leadership development, and people analytics. He is the Chief Talent Scientist at ManpowerGroup, Professor of Business Psychology at both University College London, and Columbia University, and co-founder of Deeper Signals and Metaprofiling. He has previously held academic positions at New York University and the London School of Economics, and frequently lectures at Harvard Business School, Stanford Business School, London Business School, Johns Hopkins, IMD, and INSEAD.

Tomas has published 10 books and over 150 scientific papers, making him one of the most prolific social scientists of his generation. He is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business ReviewFast CompanyForbes, and the Guardian, and a keynote speaker for the Institute of Economic Affairs. His latest book, Why do so many incompetent men become leaders (and how to fix it), is published by Harvard Business Review Press. 


Betsy Cohen

Betsy Cohen is the President of Teneo Ventures. She has 20 years’ experience in executive operating roles, financial management, and investment in high-growth companies. Prior to joining Teneo, Betsy was CFO and CAO of Merchantry, which was acquired by Tradeshift.

Previously, Betsy was co-founder and CFO of a marketing intelligence company bought by the Nielsen Company. She also served as EVP of DialogBank Russia, where Betsy launched and ran various divisions of the commercial bank division of Troika Dialog, bought by Sberbank. She also previously worked in the private equity group at Oaktree Capital and the corporate finance division of J.P. Morgan.

Betsy is a former economics fellow and current member at the Council on Foreign Relations. She also serves on the board of Student Sponsor Partners.

Betsy has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard University in Russian language and Slavic studies. 


Fiona Hathorn

Fiona Hathorn is the CEO of Women on Boards UK, a Non-Executive Director of the gender pay gap company Spktral, an advisor to mid-cap stockbroker Peel Hunt, and Chair of the nominations committee for Hanx, a new FMCG sexual health start-up. She is an expert in the areas of governance, regulation and talent management. Fiona is also a Patron of Fight for Sight (a medical research charity) and was formerly a director for Hill Samuel Asset Management, running the Emerging Markets Desk. Additionally Fiona is a Judge for the Non-Executive Director Awards, sponsored by The Sunday Times.


Katja Iversen

Katja Iversen is the President/CEO of Women Deliver – a leading global advocate for investment in gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women, with a specific focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Iversen, an internationally recognised expert on development, advocacy and communications, has more than 25 years of experience working in NGOs, corporates and United Nation agencies. Previously, she held the position as Chief of Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy with UNICEF, a position she came to after almost six years of leading the team responsible for advocacy and communication on reproductive health with UNFPA.

She holds a master’s degree in communications, bachelor's degree in public administration and certificates in management, conflict resolution, and international development. Iversenhas worked in global development for more than 20 years. She has counseled and trained multiple Fortune 500 executives on cross cultural management and cross cultural communication.

She is a member of President Macron’s G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, the Unilever Sustainability Advisory Council, the MIT Women & Technology Solve Leadership Group, and an International Gender Champion. Iversen was recently named 2018 Dane of the Year and included in the top 10 of Apolitical’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy.



Jude Kelly

Jude Kelly is the founder of the WOW Foundation - Women of the World Festival to celebrate the achievements of women and girls and confront gender injustice across the globe. Starting in London in 2010, the Festival now takes place in 25 countries across five continents.

Prior to this, she was the Artistic Director of Southbank Centre for 12 years. She has founded a range of arts institutions, has directed over 100 stage productions and has commissioned and supported the work of hundreds of female artists across all genres. 

In 2019 she co-founded Smart Purse, a financial toolkit to support women to become confident about money and protect themselves from financial vulnerability. Jude is one of the world’s foremost commentators and thought leaders on gender, creativity, diversity and inclusion. Her TED talk, on why women must tell the stories of humanity, has been viewed over 1.5 million times. 


Jennifer Klein

Jennifer Klein is the Chief Strategy and Policy Officer at TIME’S UP. She is an expert on domestic and global women’s policy issues, and also teaches these issues, most recently at Georgetown University Law Center. 

Jennifer was a Senior Advisor on Women’s Issues to the Hillary for America campaign and transition team. Prior to the campaign, she helped Secretary Clinton develop and implement No Ceilings, an initiative at the Clinton Foundation to evaluate progress for women and girls since the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women and to advance gender equality around the world. 

From 2009 to 2012, Jennifer was a Deputy and Senior Advisor in the Office of Global Women's Issues within the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of State. In this capacity, she worked on a range of foreign policy issues related to the advancement of women, including global health, girls' education, and gender integration in U.S. foreign policy. 

From February 1993 through January 1999, she worked at The White House in a dual appointment as First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s senior domestic policy advisor and a staff member for the President on the Domestic Policy Council.


Joni Lovenduski 

Joni Lovenduski is professor emerita at Birkbeck College London. An internationally acclaimed scholar, her research focuses on gender, politics and political institutions.

Her awards include the Gender and Politics Award of the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Gender and Politics (2009), the UK Political Studies Association’s Sir Isaiah Berlin prize for lifetime achievement in political studies (2013) and the European Consortium for Political Research award for outstanding achievement in political science (2017). Her book Political Recruitment: Gender, Race and Class was awarded the American Political Science Association George H. Hallett 2018 prize for a pathbreaking book that is still influential ten years after publication. She received an honorary Doctor of Science in Social Science degree from the University of Edinburgh University in 2017.



Helena Morrissey

Helena Morrissey is Head of Personal Investing, Legal and General Investment Management. She joined the company in 2017, leading a drive to engage the nation to invest more, with a particular focus on improving women’s financial wellbeing. Prior to this she was CEO of Newton Investment Management for fifteen years, taking its assets under management from £20bn to £50bn. 

Helena is well known for her work on gender equality. She founded the 30% Club, a campaign for more gender-balanced boards in 2010. There are now 11 30% Clubs throughout the world and women's representation on FTSE100 boards has risen from 12.5% to 30.9%. 

Helena has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leader, the Financial Times’ 2017 "Person of the Year". She was appointed a Dame in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list.

Her first book A Good Time to be a Girl was named one of Forbes’ five most empowering books for women published in 2018.


Shauna Olney

Shauna Olney is the Chief of the Gender, Equality and Diversity Branch of the International Labour Organization (ILO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. Olney has worked at the ILO since 1991, promoting equality at work from a range of perspectives. She leads the ILO’s Women at Work Centenary Initiative, which has generated an important body of new research and data, supporting a transformative agenda for gender equality.  

She studied law at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and as a postgraduate at the University of Oxford. She began her career as a barrister and solicitor in Canada, specialising in industrial relations, labour law and human rights, and also worked at the Supreme Court of Canada. She was a Deputy member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, and was chosen as one of Apolitical's 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy for 2019. 

She has authored and co-authored a number of publications on equality and non-discrimination, including “Migrant Workers and the Right to Non-discrimination and Equality” in Migrants at Work; “A Better Future for Women at Work” (University of Oxford Human Rights Hub Journal); Equal Pay: An introductory guide (ILO); ‘The ILO, gender equality, and trade unions’ in Making globalization work for women


Carol Schwartz 

Carol Schwartz is a passionate advocate for women in leadership. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her distinguished service to the community as a supporter of women in leadership roles, to social justice advocacy, and to business. 

Carol is the Founding Chair of the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and works closely with this initiative to catalyse and strengthen their work. She is one of the leading agitators for change of women’s representation in Australia and was the driver of the Women for Media initiative which aims to increase female representation in the media. 

Together with her husband Alan and their four children, Carol established the Trawalla Foundation, which invests in exceptional individuals and organisations with a focus on strengthening gender equality, creativity, sustainability and social justice within our society. 


Stacy Smith

Stacy L Smith, PhD is the Founder of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AII), the leading global think tank studying inequality in entertainment. Dr Smith’s groundbreaking research examines inclusion (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, the LGBT community, people with disabilities and mental health) across film, TV and digital platforms, the music industry, and film criticism. 

Beyond research, Dr. Smith crafts compelling and innovative solutions to entertainment inequalityRecently, in partnership with TIME’S UP, Tessa Thompson, and others, she launched the #4percentchallenge. She has authored over 100 articles, book chapters, and reports, and is covered regularly in popular press outlets. 

LA Weekly  named Dr. Smith the most influential person in Los Angeles in 2015. Dr. Smith served on the Recording Academy Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion following the release of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative’s inaugural study on the music industry and is an Executive Committee Member of She Is The Music. She appeared on Billboard’s 2018 Women in Music List and was deemed one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 50 Agents of Change in 2019.