Government | Economics
Always interested in other parts of the world, Irena Zubcevic has found the United Nations to be an amazing place to work. She has served the organization as the chief of the Intergovernmental Policy and Review Branch of Office of Intergovernmental Support and Coordination for Sustainable Development since April 2018, preceded by positions as the chief of the Ocean and Climate Branch of the Division for Sustainable Development in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and as a senior sustainable development officer. The sustainable development initiative includes 17 developmental goals that she considers to be the framework for the whole of humanity. Ms. Zubcevic’s branch recently hosted a big conference to find solutions to trash and pollution in the ocean. They are also working on public transportation in remote areas and on women’s safety on public transportation; the hope is that raising awareness of these types of problems will prompt countries to adopt policies to better the lives of their people, and through them, the world.
One of the things Ms. Zubcevic loves most about her job is being able to interact with people from all over the world. She finds it an enriching experience, and feels she has grown because of it. She understands and has a deeper appreciation for different cultures and the issues they face. Over the years, Ms. Zubcevic has come to speak a number of different languages, including English, French, Spanish, and Italian, and to have a working knowledge of German and Russian. She considers a highlight of her career to be participating in a group of countries discussing how they could move forward and form a framework for everybody to be prosperous enough to economically grow and have social responsibility, gender empowerment, and protection for children and youth. They worked for three years to help countries come to an agreement on these goals, and it was really validating to see that come to fruition.
Research | Economics | Math | Education
Renowned for her work in environmental science, economics, and mathematics, Graciela Chichilnisky is proud of the impact of her contributions to the fields. Some of her most notable achievements include proposing and designing the carbon credit emissions trading market underlying the Kyoto Protocol, and being a lead author on the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that won the 2007 Nobel Prize. She also co-founded Global Thermostat, LLC, in 2010, is the company’s CEO and managing director, and is an active scientist who serves as a special adviser to several U.N. organizations and heads of state. Her pioneering work uses innovative market mechanisms to reduce carbon emissions, conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services. She previously founded and headed two successful technology companies in the financial telecommunications area, based on the IP she created, patented, and sold in Japan and in the U.S.
On the academic side of the spectrum, Dr. Chichilnisky currently works as a visiting professor at Stanford University, and was a senior advisor to the president at the University of Arizona, and a Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Professor at Monash University in Australia, as well as a professor of economics and mathematical statistics, the director of the Columbia Center for Risk Management and the Program on Information and Resources, a UNESCO chair, and a university senator at Columbia University. Prior to these positions, she has worked as a lecturer in the Department of Economics and a fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development at Harvard University, a professor missionaire at the University des Antilles et de la Guyane, a distinguished guest professor at the University of Nankai and Beijing Normal University in China, and a visiting scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Austria. She also taught at the University of Essex, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Minnesota, Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina, and the University of Sienna in Italy.
From her first introduction into the world of economics, Dr. Shelley I. White-Means knew she had found something special. The field opened doors for her, and provided her with a tool she could use to better understand the world around her. Now with more than three decades of experience as a health economist, Dr. White-Means has thrived as she worked to both deepen her understanding of her craft and spread the knowledge she gained to others. She has been a professor of economics in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Transnational Sciences at the College of Pharmacy within the University of Tennessee Health Science Center since 2004, and is mostly responsible for working with first year pharmacy students. Her research interests lie in health disparities, the economics of aging, the cost of care giving, minority health, and health care utilization.
Before engaging in her current line of work, Dr. White-Means accrued experience as a professor at the University of Memphis and an assistant professor at Cornell University. From 2004 to 2009, she was a member of Mustard Seed Inc., and from 2002 to 2005, she was the board chair of the Bluff City Christian College. Further, she was the board director and member of the executive committee at the Memphis Health Center from 1994 to 2003.
Born in Cairo, Egypt, Suzan Salwa Saba Habachy has thrived as she worked to reach her goal of helping those in the developing world reach economic sustainability. She credits her success to her education; after attending American University in Cairo from 1951 to 1952, she came to the United States and earned a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College in 1954. She furthered her academic knowledge in 1956, when she earned a Master of Arts from Harvard University.
Degrees in hand, Ms. Habachy proceeded to serve as a teaching fellow at Ohio University from 1957 to 1958 and an economist at Mobil Oil Co. in New York City from 1959 to 1964. Her unique background and firsthand understanding of the field made her quite the asset to Petroleum Intelligence Weekly in New York City between 1964 and 1965 and McGraw Hill News Bureau in London, England, between 1965 and 1968. She served both publications as an editor and reporter. In 1969, Ms. Habachy joined the UN, where she stayed as a program officer until her promotion to section chief in 1975. She served in that position until 1988, when she transferred to office of personnel at the United Nations Focal Point for Women, which is committed to the improvement of the status of women in policy formulation, advocacy for work/life balance, and grievance redress in employment. Her time there concluded in 1993.