Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation-Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, and as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002. She is a member of The Elders and the Club of Madrid, and the recipient of numerous honours including the Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by US President Barack Obama. In May 2016 Ms Robinson was appointed by the UN Secretary General as Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate.

Ms Robinson currently sits on the advisory board of Sustainable Energy For All (SE4All) and is also a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. Between 2013 and 2015 Ms Robinson served twice as UN Secretary General Special Envoy, first for the Great Lakes region of Africa and subsequently on Climate Change.

Former positions held by Ms Robinson include President of the International Commission of Jurists, Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, Founder and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, and Honorary President of Oxfam International. Ms Robinson serves as Patron of the board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an honorary member of The B Team, and is a board member for several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. She has served as Chancellor of the University of Dublin since 1998. Her memoir Everybody Matters was published in September 2012.