Impact Albright: Addressing Global Inequality

On Sunday, January 31, 2016, the Albright Institute Symposum 2016 will bring together Albright fellows, faculty, alumnae, and leading experts to explore the topic of global inequality.

No registration is required for these public events; seating is first come, first served. All attendees are subject to security check and bag search.

Health for All: Public Health and Health Care in Rwanda

9:30 - 10:45 AM, Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Auditorium

Ophelia Dahl ’94, Co-founder and Chair of the Board, Partners In Health

For nearly thirty years, Ophelia Dahl has worked as an advocate for the health and rights of the poor. In 1983, aged 18, she volunteered for an ophthalmic organization in Haiti’s Central Plateau. It was in Haiti that she met Paul Farmer, and since then they have worked to bring health care to the destitute sick, beginning in the former squatter settlement of Cange. The principle that motivated Ms. Dahl and her colleagues was simple: everyone, whether poor or affluent, deserves to benefit from the same high standard of medical care

Under Ms. Dahl’s leadership, PIH has forged groundbreaking successes in treating the diseases of the poor and promoting health and human rights in areas of the world that have been ravaged by political conflict, poverty, and international neglect. Providing antiretroviral medications to AIDS-afflicted patients in places like Haiti used to be viewed as utopian and unrealistic by international health experts; today, the effectiveness of PIH’s community-based model has been lauded around the world, prompting an explosion in requests to the organization to share its expertise and to play a greater role in global health advocacy.

A graduate of Wellesley College and a writer herself, Ms. Dahl also serves on the board of her family’s foundation to honor the work of her father, the late writer Roald Dahl, and is engaged in philanthropic works in the United States and her native England.

Charlene Galarneau, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Wellesley College

Charlene A. Galarneau is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) and has taught at Wellesley since 2005. Her research focuses on the ethics of health and health care, and in particular, on theories of justice that attend to gender, race, class, and other social relations. Her forthcoming book, Communities of Health Care Justice (Rutgers University Press, 2016), addresses the moral implications of health care as a community good and offers a concept of community justice useful to extant theories of health care justice as well as to health policy. Other research appears in Health and Human Rights, ​t​he Hastings Center Report, ​t​he American Journal of Bioethics, Public Health Ethics, ​the ​Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, and ​t​he Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

At Wellesley, Dr. Galarneau teaches courses in feminist bioethics, gender justice and health policy, women and health, global health, and U.S. public health. She co-directs the WGST Health and Society Minor and has been faculty in the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs (2010-2012). In 2009, Dr. Galarneau was honored with Wellesley’s Anna and Samuel Pinanski Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2007, with the Outstanding Contribution to the Academy Alumni/ae Award from the Iliff School of Theology. ​She​ received a Ph.D. from Harvard University and holds master's degrees from Harvard and the Iliff School of Theology (Denver).

Vanessa Kerry, Physician and Co-founder and CEO, Seed Global Health

Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc, is the co-founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, a non-profit that deploys U.S. health professionals to serve as educators and faculty in resource-limited countries to build a pipeline of future in-country providers and educators, strengthen healthcare delivery capacity and provide a new type of global diplomacy. Dr. Kerry helped Seed Global Health establish the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a public-private partnership amongst Seed Global Health, the Peace Corps, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the countries where the program works to implement this model. Since 2013, GHSP has sent over 100 volunteers to Uganda, Malawi and Tanzania and trained over 7,200 doctors, nurses, midwives and students. Seed Global Health provides technical expertise and much needed loan repayment to allow these volunteers to serve.

Her role in founding Seed stems from her research and professional interests in investing in human resources for health and capacity-building to strengthen public sector health systems and communities in resource poor settings. In addition to Seed Global Health, her work has included looking at novel ways for U.S. foreign assistance to fund health efforts, which improve efficiency of aid delivery, develop capacity, and enhance country ownership. Prominent publications include “An International Service Corps for Health: A New Prescription for Diplomacy” in the New England Journal of Medicine, “…One for Doctors Too,” a New York Times opinion piece published in 2010 and most recently, "Global Health Service Partnership: building health professional leadership as a roadmap to sustainable health systems" in The Lancet. She is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur.

She graduated from Yale University summa cum laude and Harvard Medical School cum laude, completing her Internal Medicine residency and Critical Care Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She earned her Master’s in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London Schools of Economics and of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is currently a physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and serves as the Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at the hospital’s Center for Global Health. Academically, she spearheads the program in Global Public Policy and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School where she has focused on links between security and health.

Neo Tapela ’02, Associate Physician, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Tapela is a global health practitioner with an interest in strengthening health systems and service delivery of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) particularly in resource limited areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. Since September 2011, Dr. Tapela has been based in Rwanda as Director of the NCDs Program at Partners In Health, Rwanda. She also serves as Special Advisor to the Rwanda Director General of Clinical Services on NCDs, and sits on the National NCD Technical Working Group as co-chair of the Cancer Cluster. Her role in these positions includes programmatic management and implementation oversight of NCD (including cancers) services at PIH-supported facilities, as well as contributing to developing national strategy and clinical guidelines to address NCDs.

Dr. Tapela has worked in health facilities in South Africa, Lesotho, Haiti, Rwanda and her home country of Botswana, where she has served as Consultant Clinician, Acting Head of Department of Medicine, and Coordinator of Internal Medicine Post-Graduate Residency Training Program at the University of Botswana School of Medicine.

Dr. Tapela is a graduate of Wellesley College (BA, '02), Harvard Medical School (MD, ’06), Harvard School of Public Health (MD, ’10), and the Hiatt Residency in Internal Medicine and Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women's Hospital. She is an Associate Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.


Can We End Hunger by 2030? Will We?

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM, Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Auditorium

Catherine Bertini, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Catherine Bertini is Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Ms. Bertini is also a distinguished fellow at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. For two years she was a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  She previously served as United Nations Under Secretary-General for Management (2003-2005), as Executive Director of the UN World Food Program (1992-2002), and as Assistant Secretary for Food and Consumer Services at USDA (1989-92).

Ms. Bertini is the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate. She was awarded the Borlaug CAST Communication Award in 2011, the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition in 2007, and 12 honorary doctorates from universities in four countries. She was decorated by the Republic of Italy with its Order of Merit. The Republic of Ireland has honored her with its Certificate of Irish Heritage.

Ms. Bertini was appointed by President Bush and reappointed by President Obama to the Board of International Food and Agricultural Development. She serves as a member of the board of directors of the Tupperware Brands Corporation, she was a member of the Hilton Foundation Humanitarian Prize, a member of the board of the Stuart Family Foundation, and on the board of trustees of the Cortland Regional Medical Center. In 2012, she served as a member of the Accountability Review Board on Benghazi.

With her $250,000 World Food Prize as a base, WFP/USA created the Catherine Bertini Trust Fund for Girls Education which supports initiatives in developing countries to educate girls and women. Currently, the Central New York Living History museum in Cortland displays part of her collection of "Women at Work Around the World.” Bertini plays clarinet in Cortland Old Timers Band and participates in a ministry at St. Margaret's Church in Homer, NY.

Robert Paarlberg, Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Wellesley College

Robert Paarlberg does most of his research and consulting in the area of international food and agricultural policy, especially in Africa and the developing world. This topic connects him both to his own family history (his father grew up on a farm in Indiana) and to an important current issues in international development: How to help farmers in Africa—most of whom are women—increase their productivity to better feed their families and escape poverty. In the past decade he has worked in more than a dozen countries in Africa, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and the United States Agency for International Development. His 2008 book from Harvard University Press (Starved for Science: How Biotechnology is Being Kept Out of Africa) has a foreword by two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Jimmy Carter and Norman Borlaug. His current research examines the impact of international trade on agricultural land use.

Rajul Pandya-Lorch ’85, Chief of Staff, International Food Policy Research Institute

Rajul Pandya-Lorch, a Kenyan citizen of Indian origin, is head of IFPRI's 2020 Vision for Food, Agriculture, and the Environment Initiative, a global initiative that seeks to identify solutions for meeting world food needs while reducing poverty and protecting the environment. She concurrently serves as Chief of Staff in the Director General's Office.

In recognition of her achievements, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) presented Rajul and David Spielman with its 2010 Quality of Communication Award for their work on Millions Fed: Proven Successes in Agricultural Development. She has also received the American Agricultural Economics Association’s 2002 award for Distinguished Policy Contribution, along with Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Mark Rosegrant. Rajul earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Wellesley College and a master's degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University.

Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Graduate School Professor, Cornell University

Per Pinstrup-Andersen is Professor Emeritus, Cornell University. He is past Chairman of the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Past President of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). He has a B.S. from the Danish Agricultural University, a M.S. and Ph.D from Oklahoma State University and honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, and India. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Agricultural Economics Association. He served 10 years as the International Food Policy Research Institute's Director General and seven years as department head; seven years as an economist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia; and six years as a distinguished professor at Wageningen University.

Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen is the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate and the recipient of several awards for his research and communication of research results. His research is focused on economic analyses of food and nutrition policy, with the current emphasis being analyses to seek ways to improve health and nutrition through changes in food systems.

Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen's publications include more than 400 books, refereed journal articles, papers and book chapters.


Followed by reflections by Madeleine K. Albright '59, U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001)


Public Dialogue: Addressing Global Inequality

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium

** Doors open for the Public Dialogue at 1:30 PM; seating is first come, first served. All attendees are subject to security check and bag search, and are encouraged to not bring large bags or backpacks. **

Madeleine K. Albright '59, U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001)

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama on May 29, 2012.

In 1997, Dr. Albright was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. As Secretary of State, Dr. Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated for democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor, and environmental standards abroad. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President’s Cabinet. From 1989 to 1992, she served as President of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Council and White House staff and served as Chief Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie.

Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She serves on the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Board, a group tasked with providing the Secretary of Defense with independent, informed advice and opinion concerning matters of defense policy. Dr. Albright also serves on the Boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress. In 2009, Dr. Albright was asked by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Chair a Group of Experts focused on developing NATO’s New Strategic Concept.

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Managing Director, World Bank Group

As Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Sri Mulyani Indrawati is responsible for the institution’s operations worldwide. She also oversees the global practices and cross-cutting solution areas which bring together the best expertise from across the Bank Group to help tackle the most complex development challenges. In addition, she oversees other administrative vice presidencies and functions, including the Integrity Vice Presidency, Sanctions Board Secretariat and the Office of Evaluation and Suspension.

Ms. Indrawati joined the World Bank in June 2010. Previously she served as Indonesia’s minister of finance in addition to being the coordinating minister of economic affairs. She led the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency prior to her position as Finance Minister. Her earlier positions include Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, faculty member at the University of Indonesia and Visiting Professor at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University. Ms. Indrawati holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in economics from the University of Indonesia

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Born in Paris in 1956, Christine Lagarde completed high school in Le Havre and attended Holton Arms School in Bethesda (Maryland, USA). She then graduated from law school at University Paris X, and obtained a Master’s degree from the Political Science Institute in Aix en Provence.

After being admitted as a lawyer to the Paris Bar, Christine Lagarde joined the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie as an associate, specializing in Labor, Anti-trust, and Mergers & Acquisitions. A member of the Executive Committee of the Firm in 1995, Christine Lagarde became the Chairman of the Global Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie in 1999, and subsequently Chairman of the Global Strategic Committee in 2004.

Christine Lagarde joined the French government in June 2005 as Minister for Foreign Trade. After a brief stint as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, in June 2007 she became the first woman to hold the post of Finance and Economy Minister of a G-7 country. From July to December 2008, she also chaired the ECOFIN Council, which brings together Economics and Finance Ministers of the European Union.

As a member of the G-20, Christine Lagarde was involved in the Group's management of the financial crisis, helping to foster international policies related to financial supervision and regulation and to strengthen global economic governance. As Chairman of the G-20 when France took over its presidency for the year 2011, she launched a wide-ranging work agenda on the reform of the international monetary system.

In July 2011, Christine Lagarde became the eleventh Managing Director of the IMF, and the first woman to hold that position.

Christine Lagarde was named Officier in the Légion d'honneur in April 2012.

Mark Malloch-Brown, Deputy Secretary General and UNDP Administrator (1999-2005)

Mark Malloch-Brown is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He now sits in the House of Lords and is active both in business and in the non-profit world. He also remains deeply involved in international affairs.

He is currently Chairman of SGO and its elections division Smartmatic, a leading elections technology company. He is on the Boards of Investec  and Seplat, which are listed on the London as well as Johannesburg and Lagos stock markets respectively. He is also on the board of Kerogen, an oil and gas private equity fund. He is a  senior adviser to FTI Consulting where he previously led its EMEA practice.

He served as Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff of the UN under Kofi Annan. For six years before that he was Administrator of the UNDP, leading the UN’s development efforts around the world. He was later Minister of State in the Foreign Office, covering Africa and Asia, and was a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet. Other positions have included vice-chairman of George Soros’s Investment Funds, as well as his Open Society Institute, a Vice-President at the World Bank and the lead international partner in a political consulting firm. He also has served as Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. He began his career as a journalist at The Economist.

He chairs or is on the Board of a number of non-profit boards including the International Crisis Group, the Open Society Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the Centre for Global Development. He is a former Chair of the Royal Africa Society.

Mark is also a Distinguished Practitioner of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and was formerly a visiting distinguished fellow at the Yale Centre for the Study of Globalisation. He has a number of honorary degrees. He was knighted in 2007 for his contribution to international affairs.

He is the author of  “The Unfinished Global Revolution” and in 2005 Time Magazine put him on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He continues to write, broadcast and lecture about  international issues.


Moderated by

Heather Long ’04, CNNMoney Senior Economy Writer & Editor

Heather Long is CNNMoney’s markets and investing editor. Prior to joining CNN, she was an assistant editor at The Guardian and a deputy editor at The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., which won a Pulitzer Prize for local reporting.

Heather started her career at investment advisory firm Cambridge Associates and holds a master’s degree in financial economics from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.