Senior Manager, Peace and Humanitarian Affairs, UN Global Compact | USA Michelle Breslauer leads the governance and peace portfolio at the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative that brings together nearly 13,000 companies in 163 countries and 70 local networks around the world. In this role, Ms. Breslauer manages the development of programs and engagement to advance corporate purpose and the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals in business operations and partnerships. Previously, Ms. Breslauer spent eight years directing strategic partnerships and programs for the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), where she had a leadership role from the initial start-up phase in the operations, development, and public affairs of the organization. Michelle has significant experience managing complex communication strategies on an international scale, including a five-year tenure at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, and with New York City’s bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. She holds a master’s degree in urban studies from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from the American University of Paris.
Former NSW Minister for Education and Training | AUSTRALIA The Hon. Verity Firth is the Executive Director of Social Justice at University of Technology Sydney. She served as NSW Minister for Education and Training and was previously NSW Minister for Women. After leaving office, Hon. Firth was the Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation. Hon. Firth has over fifteen years’ experience at the very highest levels of government and the not-for- profit sector in Australia. Over the last ten years, she has been working in the Australian education sector, first as Minister for Education and Training in New South Wales and then as the Chief Executive of the Public Education Foundation. Hon. Firth was the Member for the state seat of Balmain from 2007 to 2011. Before her parliamentary career, Hon. Firth worked as a lawyer and was Deputy Lord
Mayor of the City of Sydney.
Permanent Representative of Panama to the UN, Permanent Mission of Panama to the United Nations | PANAMA Ambassador Markova Concepción presented her credentials in November 2020, as the Permanent Representative of Panama to the United Nations. Ms. Concepción Jaramillo had been the Minister for Social Development since 2019 and presided over the National Council for Gender Parity. From 2014 to 2019, she served as Director of Social Development of the Business Association Sumarse-Pacto Global Panamá, which promotes corporate social responsibility. She is an Economist with a MA in Gender and Development from the University of Panama. She has two postgraduate degrees in Training in Economic Research and Organization Management and in Virtual Learning Environments. Ambassador Markova Concepción was appointed as National Planning Director in the Ministry of Social Development and the Public Ministry. She served as the Coordinator of Monitoring and Evaluation of the Justice Improvement Program of the European Union in the Judicial Branch. Ambassador Markova Concepción facilitated courses on design of public policies of the Center for Public Policies and Transparency of the University of Panama sponsored by the Development Bank of Latin America and the George Washington University, DC. She was a member of the Advisory Council of the Observatory for the Rights of Children and Adolescents of Panama (ODENA) in 2017 and 2018. She received recognition from the Attorney General’s Office of the Republic of Panama and the United Nations Development Program in the Results-Based Management Course. Sydney.
Head of the Secretary of Social Development of the State of São Paulo | BRAZILH.E. Ms. Celia Parnes is the present head of the Secretary of Social Development of the State of São Paulo, and she is an active member of the FONSEAS (Social Assistance Secretaries National Forum) and of the Regional Development Inter-Secretarial Committee of the Racial Equity Center for the State of São Paulo Social-Economic Development. Her Excellency graduated in Administration by the School of Economy, Administration, Accounts of University of São Paulo. She has been appointed as the Woman of the Year by São Paulo Municipal Chamber and “Mulher Nota 10” (Top Woman) by VEJA magazine. H.E. Ms. Parnes started her career in Social Affairs as a volunteer of the Welfare Israelite Brazilian Union, one of the oldest organizations of the civil society which cares of children, teenagers, older people, and families. H.E. Ms. Parnes has been honored by the State of São Paulo Legislative Assembly Foreign Communities Parliamentary Council with the Military House Medal for her outstanding social services. From February 2019 to August 2020, she was the representative of Southeastern Region in the CIT, recognized as managing innovation in the politics of arrangements, articulations, and expressions from federal, state, and municipal managers requirements at the social assistance area.