United Nations leader to be plenary speaker at October Innovation Conference

Phumzile Innovation Conference

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, will be speaking at Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s inaugural Innovation Conference, Oct. 9-11, 2016. 

Philanthropists, grantmakers and corporate responsibility professionals will come together at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco to explore how emerging technologies are transforming education, health, jobs and the economy, and big data. This one-of-a-kind conference will feature expert speakers from various organizations that are doing groundbreaking work to influence change using new technologies. Register and learn more at innovationconference.org!

Mlambo-Ngcuka will share her global perspective on education and technology during her plenary session at the conference.

Mlambo-Ngcuka has devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice. In this video, for example, Mlambo-Ngcuka speaks about why gender equality matters in our society: 

Mlambo-Ngcuka began her career as a teacher and gained international experience as a coordinator at the World YWCA in Geneva, where she established a global program for young women. She is also the founder of the Umlambo Foundation, which supports leadership and education.

Mlambo-Ngcuka served as deputy president of South Africa for four years, overseeing programs to combat poverty and bring the advantages of a growing economy to women and the poor. She served in South Africa’s first democratic government by serving as a Member of Parliament from 1994 to 1996.

Follow Mlambo-Ngcuka on Twitter at @phumzileunwomen and learn more about her work at UNWomen.org.

Philanthropists, grantmakers and corporate responsibility professionals are invited to register for the conference at innovationconference.org. Contact us at innovation@siliconvalleycf.org with questions!