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MEG JONES

UNITED NATIONS

Meg is Chief, Economic Empowerment at UN Women, responsible for a global team advocating for and implementing programs on sustainable development, engendering macro-economic policy and strengthening economic institutions to improve outreach and inclusion of women. It's all about women's economic empowerment! Our flagship programs are in entrepreneurship and investment; decent work and social protection; climate-resilient agriculture; and renewable energy. 2008 - 2015 Meg was Women and Trade Programme Manager at the International Trade Centre (a joint agency of the United Nations and WTO), responsible for the design and implementation of the multi year, multi million dollar programme to increase the economic benefits women derive from trade. Meg works with women owned enterprise to connect them to corporate and government buyers; and with institutions and government to improve the business environment for women exporters. Raising 20m over 5 years, the programme has resulted in USD30m in sales and letters of intent thus far. She is the former Deputy Director of the Evian Group at IMD – a trade think tank. Meg has also worked for the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, prior to which she was on the Australian delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Meg brings with her private sector experience gained from working in the financial markets and in management consulting. Meg has sat on several boards including the Australia-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Organization of Women in International Trade. Meg was awarded 'Woman of the Year' in 2013 by the Organisation of Women in International Trade; and a ‘World of Difference’ award in 2012 by The International Alliance of Women for her contribution to women's economic empowerment. Meg holds a Master of International Studies and a Bachelor of Economics having studied in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Netherlands. She speaks English, French and Japanese.