By any measure, Helen Clark is an exceptional woman. Her journey from being one of four children on a remote New Zealand farm to becoming New Zealand’s first elected female prime minister is an inspirational life story. My Year with Helen follows her in 2016 as she adds a new, ever more ambitious goal: to become the first female secretary-general of the United Nations.
Q&A session to follow with director Gaylene Preston and subject Helen Clark, moderated by Kavita Ramdas.
Kavita Ramdas is an Athena Distinguished Fellow. Currently a strategy advisor with Madre and public speaker, she recently completed her tenure at the Ford Foundation where she served as the Senior Advisor on Global Strategy and the Ford Foundation’s Representative for India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. From 1996 to 2010 Kavita served as President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women.
Helen Clark served as the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1999 to 2008, and was New Zealand’s fifth longest-serving Prime Minister, and the second woman to hold that office. She was the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 2009 to 2017.
Gaylene Preston is a producer and director, known for Perfect Strangers (2003), Home by Christmas (2010) and Mr. Wrong (1984).