Mary Robinson, Chair of the Elders and Hina Jilani, Member of the Elders

How are you going to change the world? In conversation with the Elders and British Council’s Future Leaders

Join us for an inspirational panel discussion between The Elders - Mary Robinson and Hina Jilani, and our Future Leaders Connect members on policy and leadership.

Together they will discuss what makes a good leader and the role of young people in shaping a better world.

This event will be broadcast on British Council Facebook from 10:00AM (UK time) on 18 November 2021.

Ahead of the event, we want to hear your views on our shared global challenges and leadership. Take our poll. 

About the Elders

The Elders are an independent group of global leaders working together for peace and human rights brought together by Nelson Mandela in 2007. Working both publicly and through private diplomacy, there mission is to engage with global leaders and civil society at all levels to resolve conflict and address its root causes, to challenge injustice, and to promote ethical leadership and good governance.

Who are The Elders? 

  • Lakhdar Brahimi, former Foreign Minister of Algeria and United Nations envoy
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and former Director-General of the World Health Organization
  • Hina Jilani, international human rights defender from Pakistan
  • Graça Machel (Co-Deputy Chair), former Education Minister of Mozambique, President of the Foundation for Community Development, widow of Samora Machel and widow of Nelson Mandela
  • Mary Robinson (Chair), former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico
  • Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile
  • Ban Ki-moon (Co-Deputy Chair), former Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • Juan Manuel Santos, former President of Colombia, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
  • Zeid Raad Al Hussein, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

About Mary Robinson and Hina Jilani

Mary Robinson was the first woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is currently the Chair of The Elders;  passionate advocate for gender equality, women’s participation in peace-building, human dignity and climate justice.

Hina Jilani, is a pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner and a leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement and international champion of human rights.

About our Future Leaders Connect members

Taking part in this discussion are 2021 Future Leaders Connect members - Shah Muhammad, Farihah Fahmy and Hoang Ngoc An.

  • Shah (Pakistan) is associated with Islamabad Policy Research Institute in its youth-oriented programme on national security. He writes for International Policy Digest, pursuing his postgrad studies in NUST. His policy vision focuses on human rights. 
  • Farihah (Malaysia), is the Capacity Building Officer on the Better Health Programme Malaysia, a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office programme. Her policy vision focuses on youth policy.
  • Ngoc An (Vietnam) is an LGBTQI+ advocate and lead researcher at It’s T Time, a community-based organisation promoting the rights of transgender people in Vietnam. Her policy vision focuses on equality and inclusion.

Moderating the event is Future Leaders Connect alum Angga Dwi Martha from Indonesia, who currently works as a Social Policy Specialist at UNICEF Indonesia. 

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