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New York
United States of America

Irena Zubcevic, Chief of Intergovernmental Policy and Review Branch at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Also presenting is our member Elira Karaja

A Conversation on the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

With close to three decades of professional experience in sustainable development and international relations, Irena Zubcevic has certainly proven herself as an extraordinary professional and expert in the field.
Her most current area of focus is on the United Nations high-level political forum on sustainable development. Ms. Zubcevic is supporting countries as well as stakeholders ranging from the private sector to civil society in preparation for voluntary national reviews on implementation of sustainable global goals. She has put strategies into play for a wide range of sustainable development issues such as climate, oceans, cities, sustainable consumption and production and transport. Ms. Zubcevic’s key areas of expertise include Intergovernmental Processes, Sustainable Development, Rule of Law, Governance, Policy and Strategy Development at National Regional,and International Levels, Advocacy and Outreach. Working alongside many high-level functionaries which include, Heads of States and Governments, Ministers, CEOs in private sector, also many media platforms, foundations, academia and civil society in general. Along with these efforts, she has contributed to various reports and authored publications.


Elira Karaja, Ph.D.  is and Economist, Fellow at Columbia University, and Sustainability Specialist within the United Nation System.  

She has an extensive experience bridging research, policy implementation and stakeholder engagement.  Former economist fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking in New York and a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University. Currently working for the 2030 Agenda implementation within the United Nations System and previously on international development with the World Bank Group. Board Advisor and Associate of the Stakeholder Forum advancing sustainable development and promoting the effective engagement of stakeholders with international policy processes. She has recently co-founded AGORÀ a startup focusing on connecting research policy and innovative technologies for resilience building and is also an affiliate of C-RASC Center for Resilience of George Mason University.

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