Closing Session | Stage 1

Host: Women Political Leaders & The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Presidential Center for Women and Development.

The high-level closing panel will reflect on what is needed to achieve a healthy society for people across the globe. This intergenerational conversation will share a clear vision of a people-centred future, with a focus on parity.

While we are reimagining the future of education and work, innovating to bridge the digital divide or to improve health access, and fighting inequalities and injustices, the future of leadership will be the fulcrum of our healthy society. The panelists aim to offer innovative insight and solutions to help increase women’s leadership in every aspect of our society.

The current pandemic has shown us that women are at the frontline in the COVID-19 response and recovery. Now is a pivotal moment to create a permanent shift in attitudes toward women in positions of leadership – in the political spheres, but also in all sectors and aspects of life. To reach a sustainable future, the full potential of half the population needs to be achieved too.


Nadira Hira - Moderator
Master of Ceremony

Nadira Hira is a writer, host, and passionate progressive known for her distinctive voice and the compelling conversations she’s used it to create. Nadira’s spoken everywhere from Google and Disney to the United Nations; appeared on the likes of NPR, HBO, and CNN; and explored the far reaches of modern culture for many print outlets, including Newsweek and Fortune, where she did some of her favorite journalism as a staff writer chronicling the Millennial generation. A would-be poet, professional sports fan, and proud graduate of Stanford University, Nadira’s eternally grateful to call Brooklyn, New York, home.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of Liberia (2006-2017), Founder of The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Presidential Center for Women and Development

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Liberian politician and economist. After spending 12 years in exile, Ms. Johnson Sirleaf became the first ever woman elected President in Africa. She was President of Liberia from 2006-2017. Before her tenure as President, she was an influential economist for the World Bank. In 2011, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts to bring women into the peacekeeping process. In 2016, she was elected Chair of the Economic Community of West African States. She currently serves as Co-chair of the WHO Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.

Emma Theofelus
Deputy Information & Technology Minister, Member of Parliament, Namibia

Emma Inamutila Theofelus was appointed Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Technology in March 2020 and is a Member of the National Council of Higher Education. As Deputy Minister, her first challenge has been assisting in leading public communication on preventive steps against Namibia's COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of her appointment, she was 23 years old and one of Africa's youngest cabinet ministers. Prior to her political appointment, she completed a law degree at the University of Namibia.

September 22, 15:15
15:15 — 15:45EST(GMT-4) (30′)


| Host: Women Political Leaders & The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Presidential Center for Women and Development |, Emma Theofelus (Deputy Minister Information Communication and Technology), Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Former President of Liberia / The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Presidential Center for Women and Development), Nadira Hira (Master of Ceremony)