Keynote Speakers

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35 World Conference

We are very grateful to have such wonderful and inspiring women as our Keynote speakers for the 35th World Confernce. 

Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos, PC,

Valerie Amos is the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator (appointed by Ban Ki-Moon in July 2010).

Baroness Valerie Amos is long time campaigner and advocate on human rights, social justice and equality issues. She is a former Secretary of State for International Development in the British Government and was also President of the Privy Council and Leader of the House of Lords. She has more than 25 years of experience and spent the last decade in various high-level positions, including as Cabinet minister with responsibility for international development.


Linda Scott

Linda Scott is DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Linda is best known for her creation of the concept of the Double X Economy – a perspective which describes the global economy of women in both the developed and developing world, and the roles of women not only as consumers, but as investors, donors and workers.

Linda’s Double X Economy research was recognized by Thinkers 50, which shortlisted her for its annual Breakthrough Thinker award. In addition, Linda was recently appointed to the U.S. Department of State’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership (ICWBL) Subcommittee on Access to Markets.


Marita Cheng

Marita is the 2012 Young Australian of the Year. She received the award for demonstrating vision and leadership well beyond her years as the Founder and Executive Director of Robogals Global. Noticing the low number of girls in her engineering classes at the University of Melbourne, Marita began going into schools to teach girls robotics, as a way to encourage girls into engineering.

In just 5 years, Robogals has grown to 18 chapters in 4 countries around the world, and taught over 16,000 girls robotics. Robogals was internationally recognised in 2011 as a leading youth social initiative through the International Youth Foundation YouthActionNet Fellowship and as a leading programme for encouraging young women into engineering and technology careers through an Anita Borg Institute Change Agent Award.


Ana Maria Chávez

Ana Maria Chávez is a lifetime member and current national CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. As CEO, she leads the work of GSUSA in over 90 countries. 

An award-winning community leader, she has held various senior positions under former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano when the former Secretary was Governor of Arizona – including Deputy Chief Of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development, and previously, as the Governor’s Director Of Intergovernmental Affairs. Anna returned to the Girl Scout Movement in 2009, serving as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas where she had the opportunity to represent GSUSA at the 34th World Conference in Scotland, UK. 

She holds a Juris doctorate from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and a bachelor's degree in American history from Yale University. Bar admissions include the Arizona Supreme Court, and U.S. Supreme Court.


Mabel van Oranje

A global advocate for freedom, justice and development for two decades, Mabel van Oranje is the initiator and chair of ‘Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage’.

She is also co-founder and the executive chair of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

She is a member of the (advisory) boards of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, Crisis Action, Global Witness, the Open Society Foundations and The Elders.


For a full detailed programme, including when Keynote speeches will take place, see the Programme Agenda.