Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

Jane Wales

President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Northern California and the Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, The Aspen Institute


Jane Wales is President and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Northern California and the Global Philanthropy Forum, as well as Vice President of the Aspen Institute. She hosts the syndicated National Public Radio show "It's Your World." From 2007 to 2008, she served as acting CEO of The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In 2008, Wales also chaired the Poverty Alleviation Track for the Clinton Global Initiative. Previously, she served in the Clinton administration as special assistant to the president, senior director of the National Security Council and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corp. of New York and the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. She was national executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility when its international arm received the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.


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