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KEYNOTE ADDRESS - 'LEADING AND LEADERSHIP IN AN ERA OF GRAND CHALLENGES'Close up of former Irish President Mary Robinson speaking at podium, against orange coloured background                                                                                                                                                                                           Image © IOB, a recognised college of University College Dublin

18 June 2021

The virtual launch of the Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation (CLEO) will take place on 23 June 2021 at 4.30pm, when Professor Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland and Adjunct Professor of Climate Justice, Trinity College Dublin will give a keynote address followed by Q&A.

Professor Robinson, who received an honorary LLD from Queen’s in 1995, will speak on 'Leading and Leadership in an era of Grand Challenges’. She will be welcomed by Queen’s President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer, and hosted by Dr Joanne Murphy and Dr Shirley-Ann Hazlett.

Dr Murphy is Reader in Leadership and Organisational Change and Co Director of the Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation, and a Senior Lecturer in Queen's Management School. She is also a Fellow of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and a Senior Fellow of Northern Ireland's policy Think Tank - Pivotal.

Dr Hazlett is a Senior Lecturer in Queen's Management School, Subject Leader in the Management Group and Co Director of CLEO.

Mary Robinson is Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin and Chair of The Elders. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Between 2013 and 2016 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa, then on Climate Change leading up to the Paris Agreement and in 2016 as his Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate. Her Foundation, the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice, established in 2010, came to a planned end in April 2019.

A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as Honorary President of Oxfam International from 2002-2012. She was Chancellor of the University of Dublin from 1998 to 2019.

Professor Robinson serves as Patron of the International Science Council and Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an Ambassador for The B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the Aurora Foundation.

Recently, Professor Robinson became joint Honorary President of the Africa Europe Foundation. Mary’s memoir, Everybody Matters was published in September 2012 and her book, Climate Justice – Hope, Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future was published in September 2018. She is also a co-host of a podcast on the climate crisis, called ‘Mothers of Invention’.

The Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Organisation (CLEO) is an interdisciplinary research centre based at Queen’s Management School, which aims to promote management and organisational studies (MOS) research into issues relating to leadership, ethical management practices including decision making and sustainability, and organisational development / transition.

The Centre seeks to explore these areas within the wider research context of grand challenges, wicked problems and system wide change. Global concerns such as climate change, the recent experience of the pandemic, the impact of AI, international terrorism, mass migration between continents and countries, the injurious behaviour of financial institutions all have implications beyond individual and even groups of organisations and institutions. The Centre will seek to frame its activities and actions in the light of these global, interconnected, system wide problems.

CLEO will bring together academic staff, graduate students, business and not-for-profit leaders and policymakers researching and practising in these areas, from across Queen’s, the public, private and third sectors more widely, and scholarly colleagues elsewhere.

Visit for more on the work and remit of CLEO; to attend the launch event please register here.

For further information on the launch of CLEO, contact Dr Joanne Murphy or Dr Shirley Ann Hazlett, Queen's Management School, on telephone: +44 (0)28 9097 6563.

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