Biography: Josette SHEERAN

Vice Chairman, World Economic Forum, Geneva

Josette Sheeran is Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum. She previously served as Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (2007) and Chair of the UN High-Level Committee on Management. She serves on several boards including Mars Global Advisors, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Development Council and the US State Department's International Council on Women's Business Leadership Committee on access to markets. She was Under-Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs at the US Department of State responsible for economic issues including development, trade, agriculture, finance, energy, telecommunications and transportation. In 2006 she was appointed to the High-level UN Panel on System-wide Coherence in the areas of development, humanitarian assistance and the environment. Ms Sheeran also served as Deputy US Trade Representative responsible for trade negotiations in Asia and Africa. She was Managing Director of Starpoint Solutions and was also President and CEO or Empower America. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was on its Washington advisory board and has served on a number of other boards, including the Washington board of the Urban League and the United Negro College Fund. Ms Sheeran has a BA from the University of Colorado.