April 20, 2017
NYU Washington, DC welcomed the Rt. Hon. Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and NYU's first Distinguished Global Leader-in-Residence, who addressed the current state of Globalisation and its Future.
Diane C. Yu, Executive Director of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program, facilitated the dialogue following the keynote presentation.
Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007 to 2010, Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1997 to 2007 and as a Member of Parliament in his home county of Fife, Scotland, from 1983 to 2015. He is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and is a passionate advocate for the rights of children. He believes every girl and boy deserves the opportunity of a future through schooling. Mr Brown has also been appointed Chair of the new Global Commission on Financing Global Education and serves as New York University’s inaugural Distinguished Global Leader in Residence.
Diane C. Yu is the Counselor to Leadership at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and Executive Director of the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Community Programs at NYUAD, which currently consist of the NYUAD Summer Academy - a college preparatory program for Emirati high school students - and the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program (SMSP) for top UAE university students. She teaches leadership classes at NYU New York and in the Summer Academy and SMSP, and public speaking classes for SMSP and NYU Shanghai. Previously she was the Deputy President of New York University, Managing Counsel at a Fortune 500 company, State Bar of California General Counsel (for whom she won a case in the U.S. Supreme Court), a White House Fellow, and a California Superior Court Commissioner. She attended Oberlin College (B.A.) and U.C. Berkeley School of Law (J.D.). She sits on a number of boards, including Oberlin College, American Management Association, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Association of Governing Boards. She served as the White House Fellows Association President and chaired the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession and the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Among her numerous awards are Ten Outstanding Young Women of America, Women’s Leadership Award from the Asian American Bar Association of New York, and an honorary doctorate from City University of New York.