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ISOBEL COLEMAN is the Chief Operating Officer of the non-profit GiveDirectly. A former diplomat, she served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Management, Reform and Special Political Affairs from 2014-2017. During her tenure, Ambassador Coleman led U.S. negotiations on peacekeeping operations and budgetary matters in the General Assembly.  She also led U.S. efforts to combat sexual exploitation and abuse by UN peacekeepers, and was the administration’s chief spokesperson on these issues. During 2016 and early 2017, Ambassador Coleman represented the United States in the UN Security Council, with responsibility for Africa and Asia. From 2002-2014, Dr. Coleman was a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York where she directed both the Civil Society, Markets, & Democracy program and the Women and Foreign Policy program. During her years at CFR, she wrote extensively about the economic development of the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, and also about women’s rights, civil society and democratization for publications such as The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times and the Washington Post.  She is the author and coauthor of, and contributor to, numerous books including Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East (Random House, 2010). In 2011, Newsweek named her as one of "150 Women Who Shake the World." Prior to CFR, Dr. Coleman was CEO of a healthcare start-up and also a partner with McKinsey & Co. where she worked with major financial institutions in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She has served on multiple non-profit boards including Plan USA, Student Sponsor Partners, American Corporate Partners and the National Outdoor Leadership School. Dr. Coleman holds MPhil and DPhil degrees from Oxford University, and a B.A. from Princeton University.

 
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