34th Annual Plenary Meeting

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The InterAction Council held its 34th Annual Plenary Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, from 30 to 31 May 2017.

This meeting was comprised of the following sessions:

  • Present State of the World
  • Creating an Inclusive World in the Era of President Trump
  • Planetary Health
  • Water, Peace, and Security


InterAction Council Members

H.E. Mr. Bertie Ahern, Co-chairman (former Prime Minister), Ireland
H.E. Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, Co-chairman (former President), Nigeria
The Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien, Honorary Co-chairman (former Prime Minister), Canada
H.E. Dr. Oscar Arias (former President), Costa Rica
The Rt. Hon. James Bolger (former Prime Minister), New Zealand
H.E. Dr. Abdel Salam Majali (former Prime Minister), Jordan
H.E. Mr. Péter Medgyessy (former Prime Minister), Hungary
The Rt. Hon. Sir James Mitchell (former Prime Minister), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
H.E. Mr. Benjamin Mkapa (former President), Tanzania
H.E. Dr. Danilo Türk (former President), Slovenia
H.E. Dr. Viktor Zubkov (former Prime Minister), Russia 


Dr. Thomas Axworthy, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (Canada) 

Associate Members

The Rt. Hon. the Baroness Margaret Jay of Paddington, Former Leader of the House of Lords (UK)

Mr. Bill F. Weld, former Governor of Massachusetts (US)

Special Guests

Prof. Michael Adler, Professor of Genitourinary Medicine/Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Royal Free and University College Medical School (UK)

Prof. Jian Chen, Deputy President of the Academy of Western Region Development, Zhejiang University (China)

Mr. Peter Cosgrove, Cpl Director and Founder of the Future of Work Institute (Ireland)

Mr. Nicholas Fogg, Writer, Journalist, and Lecturer (UK)

Ms. Ilmas Futehally, Co-founder, Executive Director and Vice President, Strategic Foresight Group (India)

Ms. Sophie Gaston, Head of International Projects & External Affairs, Demos (UK)

Prof. Sir Andy Haines, Professor of Public Health and Primary Care, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK)

Mr. Hongning Liu, President, Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (China)

Mr. Guowen Lu, President, Zhejiang University Alumni Association of North America (China)

Prof. Colin McInnes, UNESCO Professor of HIV/AIDS and Health Security in Africa and Director of the Centre for Health and International Relations, Aberystwyth University (UK)

Ms. Sinéad McSweeney, Vice President, Public Policy and Communications, Twitter EMEA; Managing Director, Twitter Ireland (Ireland)

Dr. Joanna Nurse, Director, Sustainable Wellbeing Ltd.; and former Head of Health and Education, the Commonwealth (UK)

H.E. Amb. Francis Martin O’Donnell, Former SMOM Ambassador and UN Resident Coordinator (Ireland)

Dr. John Wyn Owen, Senior Advisor on Global Health, InterAction Council; Former Chair, Health Protection Committee, Wales; Treasurer, Learned Society of Wales (UK)

Mr. Robert Sandford, Senior Advisor on Water Issues, InterAction Council; EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (Canada)

Ms. Marjukka Turunen, Director of Change Management, Kela (Finland)

Mr. Sundeep Waslekar, President, Strategic Foresight Group (India)

Mr. Alan Webber, Senior Advisory on Technology, InterAction Council; Co-founder & Co-Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company magazine (US)

Mr. Henry Danjing Wen, Senior Advisor on Business, InterAction Council; CEO, Foundation of World Leadership (China)

Mrs. Kateryna Yushchenko, Chair, Ukraine 3000 International Foundation (Ukraine)

Mr. Hongguang Zhong, Chairman, Jiangzhong Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd (China)

Dr. Moneef Zou’bi, Science Advisor, InterAction Council; Director General, Islamic World Academy of Sciences (Jordan)

The following leaders intended were unable to complete their travel and participate in the plenary meeting due the closure of Heathrow airport:

H.E. Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (former Prime Minister), Malaysia

H.E. Mr. Constantinos Simitis (former Prime Minister), Greece

H.E. Dr. George Vassiliou (former President), Cyprus