Every year, GIMUN and their delegates, have the chance to meet different Guest Speakers during the Annual Conference. For the 2021 Edition, we are honored to welcome Paloma Baena Olabe and Bruno Pozzi.
Paloma Baena Olabe
Paloma Baena Olabe is a governance, policy and sustainability expert with over 18 years of experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She has worked with heads of governments and leaders of the private sector in over 20 countries, leading complex multi-party negotiations and delivering transformational projects to drive growth, investment, trust and better public services in developing and OECD countries alike.
As Global Director for Governance at Save the Children International she led the global transformation of the largest organisation for children in the world, reaching over 155 million children in 120 countries each year. Between 2012 and 2017 Mrs. Baena Olabe worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where she was Deputy Head of the Integrity Division and Senior Counsellor for Policy and Strategy. Prior to the OECD, Mrs. Baena Olabe worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she established the Transparency Area leading to large financial operations and transformative projects with governments across Latin America; she has also worked at the World Bank, advising investors and governments on political risks and public-private partnerships.
Mrs. Baena Olabe has published on sustainability, the governance of the digital economy, public management, development, growth and inequality.
Bruno Pozzi is the Director of the Europe Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). He brings 20 years of experience in high-level diplomacy and politics across three different continents and in various political and economic roles. He is a strong advocate of multilateralism and of the need to put environment at the center of political action.
Prior to joining UNEP, Mr. Pozzi was appointed in 2015 as the Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Kenya, one of the largest diplomatic representations of the European Union abroad. Coming from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, he joined the newly created European External Action Service in 2011 and served as the Head of the Political Section of the European Union Delegation to Ivory Coast until 2015. He started his career at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations of the Free University of Brussels before joining the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in October 1999. He has served in Belgian Embassies to Japan, China and South Africa.