Dr Noeleen Heyzer
Dr Noeleen Heyzer, a social scientist, was Under-Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2015). Under her leadership, the Commission focused on regional cooperation for a more resilient Asia-Pacific, founded on shared prosperity, social equity, and sustainable development. Dr Heyzer has served on numerous boards and advisory committees of international organisations, including the UNDP Human Development Report, the High-level Commonwealth Commission on Respect and Understanding, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Innovation Award for Women’s and Girl’s Empowerment, 2010 and National University of Singapore (NUS).
She has received numerous awards for leadership, including the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal in 2004, for her work on Women, Peace and Security. The First International Recipient of the Aletta Jacobs Prize (2014), University of Groningen, Netherlands, The Woman of Distinction Award (2003) from the UN-NGO Committee on the Status of Women, USA. She was the first woman to receive the Eminent Alumni Award from NUS and was inducted into the Hall of Fame, Singapore, 2014.