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SPEAKERS’ BIOGRAPHIES Kathy Calvin, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Office, United Nations Foundation Kathy Calvin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the United Nations Foundation. The United Nations Foundation was created in 1998 with businessman and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic gift to support UN causes. The UN Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world's most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. The UN Foundation is a public charity. Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Kathy served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation, which she led from its creation in 2001, when AOL and Time Warner merged. Kathy also guided AOL Time Warner's other philanthropic activities and was the chief architect of the company's corporate responsibility initiatives. She joined America Online in 1997 as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer at America Online, following a career in politics, journalism and public relations. Immediately prior to joining AOL, she was a Senior Managing Director at Hill and Knowlton, a global public relations company, where she led the U.S. Media Relations practice. For 12 years before that, she was the Director of Editorial Administration for U.S. News & World Report. From 1976 through 1984, Kathy served as Senator Gary Hart's press secretary in his Senate office and 1984 Presidential campaign. Throughout her career, Kathy Calvin has taken an active role in a range of philanthropic activities. She currently serves on the boards of City Year, the International Women's Media Foundation, Internews, Share Our Strength, the National Women's Law Center, and the United Nations Association of the United States of America. In 1999 she and Art Bushkin founded the Stargazer Foundation, which provides free online tools for nonprofits through the web platform StargazerNET.net. Kathy is a graduate of Purdue University and the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and philanthropy. Julie Louise Gerberding, Director, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Julie Louise Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H., became the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) on July 3, 2002. Before becoming CDC Director and ATSDR Administrator, Dr. Gerberding was Acting Deputy Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), where she played a major role in leading CDC´s response to the anthrax bioterrorism events of 2001. She joined CDC in 1998 as Director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, NCID, where she developed CDC´s patient safety initiatives and other programs to prevent infections, antimicrobial resistance, and
medical errors in healthcare settings. Prior to coming to CDC, Dr. Gerberding was a faculty member at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and directed the Prevention Epicenter, a multidisciplinary research, training, and clinical service program that focused on preventing infections in patients and their healthcare providers. Dr. Gerberding is a Clinical Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at Emory University and an Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at UCSF. She earned a B.A. magna cum laude in chemistry and biology and a M.D. at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Gerberding then completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at UCSF, where she also served as Chief Medical Resident before completing her fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology and Infectious Diseases at UCSF. She earned a M.P.H. degree at the University of California, Berkeley in 1990. Dr. Gerberding is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha (medical honor society), American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), American College of Physicians, Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Epidemiology Society, the National Academy of Public Administration, and the Institute of Medicine. In the past, Dr. Gerberding served as a member of CDC´s National Center for Infectious Diseases´ Board of Scientific Counselors, the CDC HIV Advisory Committee, and the Scientific Program Committee, National Conference on Human Retroviruses. She has also been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health, the American Medical Association, CDC, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National AIDS Commission, the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Gerberding´s editorial activities have included appointment to the Editorial Board of the Annals of Internal Medicine; appointment as an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Medicine; and service as a peer-reviewer for numerous internal medicine, infectious diseases, and epidemiology journals. Her scientific interests encompass patient safety and prevention of infections and antimicrobial resistance among patients and their healthcare providers. She has authored or co-authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and textbook chapters and contributed to numerous guidelines and policies relevant to HIV prevention, post-exposure prophylaxis, management of infected healthcare personnel, and healthcare-associated infection prevention. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross On June 18, 2004, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter was appointed Chairman of the American Red Cross by President George W. Bush, the first woman to be selected as Chairman in the organization’s 126-year history. Bonnie is the Founder and CEO of Pace Communications, the nation’s largest custom publishing company, ranked by Working Woman Magazine as one of the top 175 women-owned businesses, and former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Finland (2001-2003). During her term as U.S. Ambassador to Finland, Bonnie led several successful initiatives, including the Women Business Leaders Summit in Helsinki in 2002 for women from the Baltic
Region and Russia. In 2003, she initiated Stop Child Trafficking: End Modern-Day Slavery and Children of Karelia. The program helped Finnish and Russian charities assist children at risk from drugs, crime, HIV/AIDS and trafficking. For her outstanding services, the President of Finland awarded Bonnie one of Finland’s highest honors — the Commander Grand Cross of the Order of the Lion. Following her work in Helsinki with women business leaders, Bonnie led a second Women’s Business Leaders Summit in 2004 in Riga, Latvia and most recently a third summit in 2007 in Amman, Jordan for women from Iraq, Palestine, Syria and other Middle Eastern nations. These Summits helped to advance entrepreneurship and encourage businesswomen from the Baltic Region to the Middle East to launch or expand business opportunities in their native countries. As a long-time philanthropist and charitable-cause activist, Bonnie has also served as a member of the International Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity, chaired the Alexis de Tocqueville Society and served on the United Way of America Board as a member of its National Leadership Council. She is a founder of the United Way Billion Dollar National Women’s Leadership Initiative. Bonnie McElveen-Hunter is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Dr. Carl-Christian Rosenbröijer Award, "Woman Entrepreneur of the Year" Award from the National Foundation for Women Legislatures, National Athena Award for business and civic contributions from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and "Trailblazer of the Year" Award from the Women Leaders Forum. This past year Bonnie received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from North Carolina State University, and the Appeal of Conscience Public Service Award. She divides her time between Greensboro, North Carolina, and Washington, D.C. She is married to Bynum Merritt Hunter, an attorney with the law firm of Smith Helms. They have a 23-yearold son, Bynum Merritt Hunter, Jr., a 2005 graduate of Williams College. Dr. Luis Gomes Sambo, Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization Dr Luís Gomes Sambo, a medical doctor from Angola, was nominated on 2 September 2004 by the 54th Session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Committee for Africa as WHO Regional Director for Africa. The 115th session of the WHO Executive Board, held from 17 to 25 January 2005 in Geneva, Switzerland, formally appoint him to the position for a five-year term beginning 1 February 2005. Dr Sambo obtained a degree in medicine in 1977 from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Angola, and the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. In 1988, he qualified as a specialist in Public Health at the Colégio de Post-Graduação Médica, University of Angola.
He started his career in 1977 as District Medical Officer at the Municipality of Cacuaco in the Province of Luanda and served as Director of Health Services in the province of Cabinda from 1978 and 1980, and as Director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Health in Luanda from 1981 and 1983. Dr Sambo was called to serve his country in various other capacities before his elevation to the post of Vice Minister of Health in 1983 - a position he held for five years. As Angolan Vice Minister of Health, he was Chair of the National Health Committee; Coordinator of Public Hospitals in Luanda; and Supervisor of the National Programme for Disease Control, Mother and Child Health, and Epidemiological Surveillance. He joined WHO in 1989 as Chief of the Inter-Country Strategic Support Team in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he oversaw technical support to strengthen health systems in the Southern African countries. In 1990, Dr Sambo was assigned to Guinea Bissau as WHO Country Representative where he had extensive and intensive hands-on experience of WHO operations at country level. He was reassigned to the Regional Office in Brazzaville in 1994 as Regional Adviser in charge of coordinating WHO's Health-For-All Strategy. During the two years he spent in this position, Dr Sambo honed his skills in the provision of support to Member States in developing health policies, strategies and plans, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of district health systems. The dawn of 1996 saw him as Director of the Division of Health Services Development at the Regional Office. His brief in this position was to oversee medical technology, the development of human resources for health, and support for strengthening national health systems, with particular focus on improving the organization and management of health service delivery at district level. In 1998, he was appointed Director of Programme Management at the Regional Office, effectively the second in command at the Regional Office, coordinating WHO's programme of technical cooperation with 46 Member States in the African region. As Director of Programme Management, Dr Sambo vigorously applied a participative approach to the planning, monitoring and evaluation of WHO's Programme-Budget. He championed the African component of WHO-wide reform process launched in 1998, and coordinated the development of regional strategy documents which were adopted by meetings of the Regional Committee of WHO for Africa. While at this post, he sought and won nomination in 2004 as WHO Regional Director for Africa. Dr Sambo is fluent in spoken and written Portuguese, French and English - linguistic skills that have stood him in good stead in his interactions with colleagues and experts at all levels of WHO, and with national authorities in the 46 disparate Member States in WHO's African Region.
Having occupied strategic positions both in his country and at WHO, Dr Sambo has accumulated quality experience and developed a broad range of competencies that will enable him to discharge higher leadership responsibilities in making a qualitative contribution to health development in Africa. He has received awards of distinction from the Government of Guinea Bissau for exceptional contribution to the health of the Guinean people, and from the Angolan Government for exceptional work in contributing to the health of the people of Angola. Dr Sambo, who has several publications in international journals, is a member of various associations including the Angolan Medical Association, the Portuguese Medical Association, and the International Society for Health Systems Sciences. He is 52, and married with children. Ann Veneman, Executive Director, UNICEF Ann M. Veneman assumed the leadership of UNICEF on May 1, 2005, becoming the fifth Executive Director to lead UNICEF in its 60-year history. Prior to joining UNICEF, Veneman served as the 27th Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. As the children’s agency of the United Nations, UNICEF works on the ground in 156 developing and transitional countries to help children survive and thrive. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF works to advance the Millennium Development Goals by supporting child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, access to clean water and sanitation, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and AIDS. At UNICEF Veneman directs a global agency of nearly 10,000 staff and annual total resources of about $3 billion, funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of governments, businesses, foundations and individuals. Since assuming the position of Executive Director, she has travelled to more than 30 countries, witnessing firsthand the work of UNICEF, attending meetings and conferences, and visiting heads of state or government and other partners. Veneman’s vision at UNICEF includes instilling a “sense of urgency” about the Millennium Development Goals and their 2015 deadline, as well as ensuring that the agency’s policies and programs are oriented around achieving them. She has stressed an integrated approach that focuses on scaling up a broad array of interventions to support children’s health and development. Veneman has also emphasized the importance of strong, effective partnerships that maximize resources and prevent duplication. The editor of the Lancet medical journal in 2005 praised this vision, writing: “UNICEF … has emerged under new leadership as a crucial protagonist for child survival. This commitment was not always assured. Yet UNICEF's new executive director, Ann Veneman, has pledged the agency to what amounts to a second child survival revolution.” Under her leadership, major, new partnerships have been launched, including the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health; and the global “Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS” campaign. UNICEF is also working with the World Food Programme and other partners on an initiative aimed at ending child hunger and undernutrition.
Veneman currently chairs the United Nations’ Standing Committee on Nutrition and the board of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. Strong, transparent management is a hallmark of Veneman’s career. At UNICEF, she has stressed a “culture of continuous improvement” to help achieve lasting results for children. Veneman has instituted several initiatives to improve business practices, management and partnerships, including a comprehensive, agency-wide organizational review. At the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Veneman managed a department of 111,000 employees; a program level of $113 billion that would rank sixth-largest if it were a U.S. corporation; and one of the most diverse and challenging missions in government. Much of Veneman’s career prior to UNICEF was focused on child nutrition, public health, international trade and development, and alleviating hunger, including major initiatives to help fight undernutrition around the world. Veneman traveled extensively in developing countries before joining UNICEF, meeting with heads of state and visiting field projects in every region of the world. She worked closely with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the World Food Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and numerous charitable groups and community organizations. Veneman previously served in various positions at USDA and in state government. From 1991 to 1993, she was USDA’s Deputy Secretary, the Department’s second-highest position. She also served as Deputy Undersecretary of Agriculture for International Affairs and Commodity Programs from 1989 to 1991. Veneman joined the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service in 1986 and eventually served as Associate Administrator until 1989. From 1995 to 1999, she served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). She began her legal career as a staff attorney with the General Counsel’s office of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District in Oakland, California, in 1976. In 1978, she returned to her hometown of Modesto, where she served as a Deputy Public Defender. In 1980, she joined the Modesto law firm of Damrell, Damrell and Nelson, where she was an associate and later a partner. She practiced law with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Patton Boggs from 1993 to 1995 before returning to California to serve as the state’s Secretary of Food and Agriculture, where she managed agricultural programs and services in the largest and most diverse agricultureproducing U.S. state. Before her appointment as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Veneman was with the California law firm of Nossaman, Guthner, Knox and Elliott. Veneman earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley; and a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. She has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2001); Lincoln University of Missouri (2003); Delaware State University (2004); and Middlebury College (2006).
In a personal capacity, she serves as a board member of the Close Up Foundation, a nonpartisan civic education organization, and has served previously on a number of advisory councils and committees, particularly those involving higher education. Veneman has received numerous awards and distinctions, including: Cal Aggie Alumni Award (1995); Kiwanis National Farm-City Week Award (1995); Outstanding Woman in International Trade Award (2001); UC Davis Outstanding Alumna of the Year Award (2001); Food Research and Action Center Award (2001); National 4-H Alumni Recognition Award (2002); Dutch American Heritage Award (2002); Junior Statesman Foundation Statesman of the Year Award (2002); United Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Distinguished Service Award (2002); California Council for International Trade Golden State Award (2002); Goldman School of Public Policy Alumnus of the Year Award (2003); California Agriculturalist of the Year (2003); Sigma Alpha Sorority Award (2004); The History Channel’s Save Our History Leadership Award (2004); Main Street Partnership John Chafee Award for Distinguished Public Service (2004); American PVO Partners Award for Service to People in Need (2004); Richard E. Lyng Award for Public Service (2005); and Sesame Workshop’s Leadership Award for Children (2006).