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GWL Voices establishes base in New York with Penny Abeywardena joining as Senior Advisor

By May 14, 2024No Comments
Penny Abeywardena

GWL Voices is pleased to announce that Penny Abeywardena, Founder and CEO of Soft Power Strategies, will join GWL Voices as Senior Advisor to lead our efforts in the United States. Ms. Abeywardena will be the official liaison with the key stakeholders within the multilateral system from New York.


Penny is the former NYC Commissioner for International Affairs and has held executive roles in philanthropy, non-profit, government, and multilateral institutions for more than 20 years. Her contributions have been recognized and celebrated by the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, and the French American Foundation, among others. She was appointed to the rank of Knight in France’s National Order of Merit by President Macron for her global leadership on diplomacy, human rights, and sustainability.

In addition to her leadership role with GWL Voices, Penny advises global institutions and advocates for soft power strategies domestically and globally.

About GWL Voices

GWL Voices is an organization of more than 70 global women leaders from all regions and backgrounds committed to building a gender-equal international system that effectively responds to today’s challenges of sustainable development, peace, security, and human rights.

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