UN Foundation

Date: January 12, 2018

Time:  1:30 – 2:45 pm

Student Capacity: 55

Location:   801 2nd Ave (between 42nd and 43rd street) on the 9th floor

Fletcher Facilitator:

Additional meeting instructions:  Meet at the front desk.


  • Minh-Thu Pham | Executive Director of Policy | United Nations Foundation| LinkedIn Profile|
  • Ilze Melngailis| Senior Director, Global Partnerships| United Nations Foundation | LinkedIn Profile

Additional Information:

BIO:  Minh-Thu, Executive Director for Policy, United Nations Foundation

Minh-Thu develops and leads strategic initiatives to strengthen the UN’s ability to solve global problems and brings together governments, civil society and other leaders to help broker global agreements. Over the last four years, she has led UNF’s highly regarded effort to support the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals. She recently taught international policymaking at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and has over 15 years of experience in foreign policy, international diplomacy, and fieldwork.

She served in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General for Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon as policy adviser in the Strategic Planning Unit, leading initiatives to strengthen the UN and improve relations between the U.S. and the UN. Minh-Thu has high-level experience delivering the MDGs, implementing the peace accord in Bosnia and advancing refugee and humanitarian issues in Ethiopia, Vietnam and Washington, DC. She has a background in documentary work and was once a crew photographer for the BBC series Planet Earth.

Minh-Thu is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project; was selected a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations in 2007; and serves on the Board of the Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families. She holds an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a BA in History from Duke University. She was born in Vietnam and lives in New York City.


BIO:  Ilze Melngailis, Senior Director, Global Partnerships, Senior Director, Business Council for the UN

Ilze Melngailis’ career has focused on applying business approaches to international development – accelerating gains in health, gender equality and poverty alleviation. She is Senior Director, Global Partnerships and the Business Council for the UN, where she leads private sector engagement with the UN and in particular companies’ participation in the UN’s historic Sustainable Development Goals.  She also designs and develops innovative corporate partnerships to help achieve the goals.  Previously, Ilze has contributed thought leadership and created impactful initiatives and programs in over 30 countries through leadership positions at GBC Health where she was Vice President, Partnerships and Impact Initiatives, and prior roles at the USAID-funded ACQUIRE Project at EngenderHealth, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and consulting roles.  She is an experienced speaker and moderator. She has expertise in corporate ‘shared value’ strategies, partnering effectively with the private sector to reach global development goals, and social marketing/behavior change communications.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree at McGill University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Yale University School of Management.  She is a founding board member of Operation Fistula, and at the start of her career, founded and ran Latvia’s national Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health.

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