Helen Clark is a respected global leader in sustainable development, gender equality and international cooperation, who served as the former Prime Minister of New Zealand. She led policy debates on a wide range of economic, social, environmental and cultural issues, including sustainability and climate change. She also served as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator for two terms from 2009 to 2017, the first woman to lead the organization. She was Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the Heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues. In 2019 Helen Clark became patron of The Helen Clark Foundation.