The Rt Hon Helen Clark

President, Chatham House

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Helen Clark was prime minister of New Zealand from 1999-2008. She then became the 8th and first female administrator of the UN Development Programme, completing two terms from 2009-2017.  

She currently chairs the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response with former president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, which was convened by the World Health Organization in 2020. Her expertise extends to sustainable development, tackling climate change and developments in the Asia-Pacific.

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