Jane Wales

President and CEO, World Affairs Council and Global Philanthropy Forum; Vice President, Philanthropy and Society, Aspen Institute

Jane Wales is President and Chief Executive Officer of the World Affairs Council and the Global Philanthropy Forum, as well as the Vice President, Philanthropy and Society, of the Aspen Institute. She hosts of the nationally syndicated weekly National Public Radio interview show It’s Your World. From 2007 to 2008, she served as Acting Chief Executive Officer of The Elders, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In 2008, Jane Wales also chaired the Poverty Alleviation Track for the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).

Previously, she served as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director of the National Security Council and Associate Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, in the Clinton administration. Prior to that, she chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the W. Alton Jones Foundation, and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. During her tenure as National Executive Director of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, the organization’s international arm was recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.