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Commonwealth People’s Forum 2013 Keynote Lecture

Posted on 11/11/2013
By Martin Petts
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Medical professional and founder of MERCY Malaysia, Dr Jemilah Mahmood, gave the CPF 2013 Keynote Lecture on the role of civil society in post-2015 development, focusing on growth and inclusive development.

Dr Mahmood is a Senior Fellow at Khazanah Nasional Berhad in Malaysia and Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Humanitarian Futures Programme, King’s College, London, focusing on private sector roles in disaster management.

She was the Chief of Humanitarian Response at the United Nations Population Fund in New York from 2009-2011.

Dr Mahmood is an active member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team. She sits on many international boards and is currently on the boards of Humanitarian Accountability Partnership in Geneva, Doctors of the World USA (Medecin du Monde), DARA International, INGO Accountability Charter and Teach for Malaysia. She is a Council member of the Overseas Development Institute UK and Chairs the Humanitarian Innovation Fund grants panel UK.

For her work in humanitarian and peace building, she has been conferred numerous awards including four royal awards in Malaysia, the East Asia Women’s Peace Award from Philippines and the prestigious “Gandhi, King, Ikeda Award” from USA. In May 2013, she was the inaugural winner of the prestigious Isa Award for Services to Humanity from the Kingdom of Bahrain for her contribution in humanitarian, development, disaster risk reduction, education and poverty alleviation.

She is featured in many international studies on leadership both in the business and humanitarian sector.

Photos of the event can be found here