June 10, 2021
10:00 AM EST

The Vanguard

On June 10th, join The Vanguard, where the bridging of international affairs and the transformative power of Art is no longer an anomaly, but a norm, and a new humanity is no longer a dream but an awakening reality. Presenting our 2020-2021 projects, The Vanguard is a meeting of our global scholarly teams’ and clients’ minds, hearts, and the power of art to heal. In partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), the event will feature internationally recognized artists and leading women from around the globe.

The Participants

Patrick Holden


Patrick Holden is founder and chief executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, an organization working internationally to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable food systems.  Between 1995 and 2010 he was director of the Soil Association, during which time he pioneered the development of UK and international organic standards, policy incentives for organic production and the organic market.


His policy advocacy is underpinned by his practical experience in agriculture on his 100 hectare holding, now the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales, where he produces a raw milk cheddar style cheese from his 80 native Ayrshire cows.


Mr. Holden is a frequent broadcaster and speaker, was awarded the CBE for services to organic farming in 2005 and an Ashoka Fellowship in 2016.

Wingee Sampaio




Wingee Sampaio serves as the Global Program Director of the Cartier Women’s Initiative. Founded in 2006, it is a program that supports women social impact entrepreneurs globally. She currently also serves on the investment committee of Next Wave Ventures, a social impact venture capital fund investing in social impact early stage businesses. 


She co-authored “Impact with Wings: Stories to Inspire and Mobilize Women Angel Investors and Entrepreneurs.” Her chapter, “Angel Investing as Self Empowerment,” aims to inspire women to use their wealth to create an impact.


Ms. Sampaio has had a distinguished career in the capital markets for 15 years at State Street Global Advisor, Barclays Global Investors, and Goldman Sachs & Co.

Ambassador Marco Suazo



Ambassador Marco Suazo is a career diplomat of the Foreign Service of Honduras who served in various positions at the Permanent Mission of Honduras to the United Nations since 1990. He represented Honduras in the Security Council 1995-1996 and served as Deputy Permanent Representative until August 2015.


Ambassador Suazo presided over the work of the First and Second Committee of the General Assembly besides being an Adviser at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) at the United Nations. He has written two publications, one for the 60th anniversary of the Organization in honor of the founder of Honduras under the title “Nuestra Historia” (Our History); in 2013 he published "We the People" in which through photography, promotes the values and richness of Honduras and also examines the participation of that country in the Organization.


On the occasion of the 70th anniversary, Ambassador Suazo is preparing his third publication dedicated to the history and documentation of Honduras in the Security Council of the United Nations. It is devoted to the history of Honduras when served to that important body under the title "Diplomacy Written."


In 2015 he was appointed Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the UNITAR New York Office. In this role, he currently serves as Head of UNITAR’s office at the United Nations in New York where he leads the main office of training with capacity building activities and knowledge sharing events whose partners include Columbia Law School, Yale University, Rey Juan Carlos I University of Spain, NGOs as well as multiple United Nations departments and specialized agencies.


Shilpa Yarlagadda



Shilpa Yarlagadda is an American Entrepreneur, best known as the founder of fine jewelry company Shiffon.  Ms. Yarlagadda attended Harvard University, concentrating in Computer Science with a secondary in Film/Visual Environmental Studies. She also was a Robotics Academy Intern at NASA, as well as a Research Intern at Microsoft before launching her own company.


Ms. Yarlagadda created her jewelry in her dorm room at Harvard, and wanted to start a fine jewelry brand that built social good into the fabric of the company.  Shiffon donates 50% of the profits from their Duet Pinky Ring collection and 10% of profits from all other sales to fund seed grants for female entrepreneurs and startups that support female empowerment.  Shiffon has experienced tremendous success with the Duet Pinky Ring as the ring has been worn by notable women including Michelle Obama, Serena Williams, and Emma Watson. 

Dunya Mikhail



Dunya Mikhail is an Iraqi American poet who was born in Baghdad and moved to the United States in 1996. After graduating from the University of Baghdad, she worked as a journalist and translator for The Baghdad Observer. Facing censorship and interrogation, she left Iraq, first to Jordan and then to America, settling in Detroit. She earned an MA at Wayne State University, and she currently teaches Arabic at Oakland University in Michigan.


Ms. Mikhail addresses themes of war, exile, and loss, using forms such as reportage, fable, and lyric. 


Ms. Mikhail has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, a Knights Foundation grant, a Kresge Fellowship, and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing. Her writing has garnered attention from The PBS News Hour, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, and Poetry, among others. 

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