Josette Sheeran

President and Chief Executive Officer, Asia Society

Former: Executive Director, UN World Food Programme; Chair, UN High-Level Committee on Management; Deputy US Trade Representative, resp. for trade negotiations in Asia and Africa; Undersecretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, US Dept of State, resp. for economic issues incl. development, trade, agriculture, finance, energy, telecoms and transportation; Managing Director, Starpoint Solutions; President and CEO, Empower America. 2006, appointed to the High-level UN Panel on System-wide Coherence in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and environment. Vice-Chairman, World Economic Forum. Member, several boards, incl.: Mars Global Advisors; Center for Strategic and International Studies Development Council; International Council on Women's Business Leadership Committee on access to markets, US State Department. Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Served twice as a Pulitzer Prize Juror. Named among 100 most powerful women, Forbes; among Top 100 most influential "Twitterati", Foreign Policy. Recipient: Commandeur de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole, France, Grand Official of the Order of the Rio Branco, Brazil and Niigata International Food Prize, Japan.

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