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Carol Bellamy

Carol Bellamy delivers the Peterson Lecture, 23 April 2009

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Carol Bellamy is chair of the IB Board of Governors.

The former executive director of UNICEF took over from Monique Seefried, who had served in the position since 2003, in April 2009. After two five year terms as executive director of UNICEF, from 1995–2004, Carol was appointed president and CEO of non-profit organization World Learning, a developer of community-driven development programmes in more than 75 countries. Since 2007, she has been chair of the Board of Directors of the Fair Labor Association, which promotes workers’ rights internationally.

“I am extremely pleased to be serving as chair of the IB Board of Governors,” says Carol. “We have important work ahead of us at IB, at a time when students need more than ever to have access to high quality education to prepare them to understand and effectively respond to today’s complex and challenging world.”

Born and raised in New York, USA, Carol was elected the first female president of New York City Council in 1978. She went on to work in leading roles in financial services at Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley, and at law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore, before another ‘first’ in 1993 when she became the first director of the US Peace Corps to have also been a Peace Corps volunteer.