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Zohreh Tabatabai Joins Global Fairness Initiative Board


Distinguished diplomat and advocate for women in leadership joins international team of leaders on the GFI Board of Directors

Washington, DC – The Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), an International NGO working to create more equitable, sustainable livelihoods for the working poor, has announced that Zohreh Tabatabai will join the GFI Board of Directors. An admired representative of the UN and ILO, and a resonant voice for women in leadership, Ms. Tabatabai joins a GFI Board comprised of leaders and luminaries representing government, civil society, labor, and private industry from throughout the globe.

"It is a distinct pleasure to welcome my former UN colleague to the Board of this excellent organization,” said Former President of Slovenia and GFI Board Chair Danilo Türk. “Zohreh’s energetic leadership and collaborative spirit will bring great benefit to GFI’s important work.”

Zohreh Tabatabai is a thirty-year veteran of the United Nations and is a familiar face in the diplomatic and global business arenas, having spent many years in high profile positions at the United Nations in various capacities, including three years as the Focal Point for women for the United Nations system. Most recently she served at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva as a senior member of the Director General’s Cabinet as the Director of Communications. Throughout her tenure in the UN System, she pioneered methods for bringing in outside partners to work on extending the UN’s visibility and effectiveness across a broad range of initiatives.

“We are thrilled to have Zohreh join our fantastic Board of Directors,” said Karen Tramontano, founder of the Global Fairness Initiative. “Her work to promote women as leaders and her unique ability to bring disparate groups together around a common purpose is central to our work and ethos at GFI.”

The Global Fairness Initiative is an International NGO that works to create a more equitable, sustainable approach to economic development, and to make our global economy work for those who need it most, the world’s working poor. For over a decade GFI has steadily built a track record of success through innovative programs to reduce poverty, enfranchise informal communities, and advance human rights and livelihoods in all parts of the world.