Keynote Speaker


Nahla Valji

Nahla Valji works in the United Nations’ Executive Office of the Secretary-General, serving as the Senior Gender Advisor. She oversees the new UN-EU  Spotlight  Initiative to Eliminate Violence against Women and  Girls, a 500 million Euro fund in support of the Sustainable Development Goals and gender equality as well as many other efforts focused on eliminating the gender divide.  She began her work in South Africa, leading the transitional justice work of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. She has also served as the Acting Chief of the Peace and Security branch of UN Women, working with the Security Council on peacekeeping, transitional justice, and other initiatives. . In 2016, she became a member of the transition team of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Since then, she has continued her fight for gender equality and her transitional justice initiatives, attempting to create a world in which all women are safe and feel heard.