Ms. McCarney is the Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva. She is an award‐winning humanitarian, a business leader, an author, a recognized public speaker and an expert on international economic development. She worked with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, USAID and the Canadian International Development Agency, as well as with foreign governments and UN bodies. Ms. McCarney was first Executive Director of the Canada‐US Law Institute and taught international and constitutional law at Case Western Reserve University and International Business Transactions Law at the University of Toronto. She has practiced law in the US and Canada and has held executive level management positions in the private and not‐for‐profit sector. In 2005, she became the president and chief executive officer of Plan International Canada Inc., one of the oldest and largest charities in Canada, and was most recently the chair of both the Humanitarian Coalition and the Canadian Network on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. She recently served on the advisory boards of the Canada‐United States Law Institute and the Public Policy Committee of Imagine Canada.