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Momentum for Change Advisory Panel
Ms. Lila Karbassi-Zadeh


Lila Karbassi is the General Manager and Environment Leader at the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world's largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative with over 8,000 participants in 135 countries.

Ms. Karbassi started her position at the UNGC in New York in 2005. She is currently responsible for the general management of the Global Compact Office as well as the initiative’s work on environment and Rio+20. In recent years, Ms. Karbassi has facilitated the launch and development of the Caring for Climate initiative. Endorsed by nearly 400 companies from 65 countries, the initiative assists companies in the development of climate change policies while also providing a channel for business to contribute inputs to governmental deliberations. Prior to her position at the Global Compact, Ms. Karbassi worked for several years in the field of international affairs in the pharmaceutical industry in Paris.

Ms. Karbassi holds a Masters and Doctorate in Biology from the Universities of Grenoble and Paris as well as a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy.

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