Director, Breakthrough Summit
Breakthrough Steering Committee
Earlier this year, InterAction, the peak body for the international development aid sector in the
United States, together with its partners in the Women, Faith, and Development Alliance,
convened a major summit in Washington DC. 'Breakthrough — The Women, Faith, and
Development Summit to End Global Poverty', brought together two thousand people to
witness over 100 organisations (Non-Government Organisations, United Nations agencies,
and Governments) make commitments totalling more than US$1.4 billion for new programs
and advocacy initiatives to support women and girls and help achieve the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs).
This groundbreaking event was co-chaired by the Hon. Madeleine Albright, former US
Secretary of State, the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada, the Rev.
Dr. Ishmnael Noko, General Secretary Lutheran World Federation and Her Excellency Mary
Robinson, former President, Republic of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights. Other key participants and supporters included Dr Muhammed Yunnus,
founder of the Grameen Bank, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, chair of the King Hussein
Foundation, His Grace Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Anglican Archbishop Emeritus, South
Africa, and Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of the Republic of Liberia.
Funding for a secretariat has been secured from the Federal Government to organise a
similar event be held in Australia, in December 2009, for the Asia and Pacific region.
Following the success in Washington, this summit will call on NGOs, Government and UN
agencies in Australia, Asia and the Pacific to commit to funding new programs to support
women and girls, with a focus on MDG 3: Prompting Gender Equality and Empower Women
The Director appointed to lead and manage this event will play a pivotal role in securing the