Speak Truth to Power and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center speaker series

Join the Speak Truth to Power (STTP) team at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Nizami Ganjavi International Center for an exclusive series where we'll discuss with world leaders the need for international dialogue, understanding, learning, and human rights advocacy.

During the sessions, you will:

  • Hear from world leaders about how to advocate for human rights, justice, and international diplomacy.
  • Engage in dialogue with world leaders.
  • Connect with the STTP team and other students
Session 2: President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Republic of Mauritius (Feb 25, 2021 10:00 AM)

The second speaker in the series is President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, Republic of Mauritius.

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was sworn in as the sixth president of the Republic of Mauritius on June 5, 2015, the first woman elected to that position, and she served in that capacity until March 2018.

She was included on the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world in 2016, and she was first on the Forbes top 100 women in Africa list in 2017 and 2019. She was named as one of Foreign Policy’s 2015 Global Thinkers.

From 2011 to 2013, Gurib-Fakim chaired the International Council of Scientific Unions’ regional office for Africa, and she served as an independent director on the board of Barclays Bank of Mauritius Ltd. from 2012 to 2015. She holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the University of Surrey and a Ph.D. from the University of Exeter.

Session 3: President Boris Tadić, Serbia (Mar 25, 2021 10:00 AM)

The third speaker in the series is President Boris Tadić, Serbia.

Boris Tadić served as president of Serbia from 2004 to 2012. He was elected to his first term on June 27, 2004, when Serbia was part of Serbia and Montenegro, and he was re-elected on February 3, 2008, this time as president of an independent Serbia.

While in office, Tadić worked toward reconciliation of the former Yugoslav countries, to heal the fallout from the wars of the 1990s.

Prior to his presidency, Tadić, a psychologist, served as the last minister of telecommunications of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and as the first minister of defense of Serbia and Montenegro.