Goodwill Ambassadors

Outstanding public figures, business leaders and industrialists from various regions of the world are selected to improve UNIDO's visibility, profile and global reach, both with governments and the private sector. The Goodwill Ambassadors champion UNIDO's core theme: the role of manufacturing and sustainable industrial development in the overall development process.

Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca served as the ninth President of the Republic of Malta from 2014 to 2019. While President, she established a number of entities to nurture dialogue and foster unity as well as a culture of positive peace among people, including the “President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society”, “Corporate Citizenship for Responsible Enterprises” (CORE) and “Empower”, a platform of women's organizations coming together under one umbrella to secure a stronger voice in the debate for equality and to inspire women and girls to take on leadership roles.... Read More

Helen Hai is the CEO of the Made in Africa Initiative which advises African governments on industrialization and investment promotion. She is also co-Founder of C&H Garments, a pioneering Pan-African export-oriented garments manufacturer. Hai was trained as an actuary in the United Kingdom and has some 20 years of international experience in FTSE100 companies. She has a BA in actuarial science and MSc in actuarial management from CASS Business School in London and EMBA from INSEAD and Tsinghua University.... Read More

Veronika Peshkova is a prominent gender activist with a long-standing experience in supporting women empowerment and women entrepreneurship initiatives. She was officially appointed as international UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador on the margins of the Second Eurasian Women's Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, which took place from 19-22 September 2018.... Read More

In 2006, Marcos Pontes became the first South American astronaut to go into space. Coming from poor living conditions in the suburbs of Sao Paulo, he reached his dreams through basic education and professional skills training which enabled him to commence subsequent studies in aeronautical technology and engineering.... Read More

Janne Vangen Solheim, Chief Executive Officer of the Norwegian garment manufacturing company, Janusfabrikken AS. She was appointed as UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador for Manufacturing. Based on her extensive and successful experience as an entrepreneur in the manufacturing sector, Solheim champions UNIDO’s mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and in particular supports the Organization’s work to promote women’s entrepreneurship.... Read More

Professor Marc Van Montagu is a pioneer of plant molecular biology who made critical discoveries over the years that continue to help scientists tackle global food security challenges. His achievements in founding, developing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology have contributed significantly to growing crops with improved yields, resistance to insects and disease, and the ability to tolerate extreme climate variations.... Read More

Elisabetta Illy is a photographer and journalist. She founded a photo agency - Picture of Change - to share stories of positive change from all over the world and to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals. She has made it her mission to document the reality of different cultures and showcase the beauty our planet withholds.... Read More