Melissa Powell_headshot 200 x 200Melissa Powell
Head of Strategy & Partnerships and Business for Peace
United Nations Global Compact Office 
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Episode Summary

In Episode 38 of the Current Issues podcast series, Melissa Powell, Head of the UN Global Compact’s Business for Peace Platform, sits down with ACUNS co-host Andrew Koltun for a discussion on the UN Global Compact and its Business for Peace (B4P) platform. What is the UN Global Compact’s Business Engagement Architecture and how does it relate to the Post-2015 Development Agenda? How does B4P engage the private sector to advance peace and stability? What are practical actions that businesses can take to address conflict? How does B4P account for the varied local contexts of peace and conflict? In addition to addressing these questions, Powell discusses why businesses are flocking to join Business for Peace and the future growth of the platform.

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About Melissa Powell

Melissa Powell is Head of Strategy & Partnerships and Business for Peace, with the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest global corporate citizenship initiative.  Ms. Powell joined the Compact shortly after its operational launch and since then has been involved in virtually every aspect of the programme. In this area she works closely with the private sector, NGOs, labour, governments, and the UN to explore the ways and means by which the private sector can contribute to peace and development. Ms. Powell also manages a variety of projects related to UN-business partnerships enhancing the capacity of the UN to effectively partner with business.

Prior to joining the Global Compact Office, Ms. Powell worked as a Junior Professional Consultant in the Speechwriting Unit of the Executive Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan where she composed messages and articles on behalf of the Secretary-General.

A graduate of the London School of Economics, where she earned a Masters degree in International Relations, Ms. Powell also holds an honours Bachelors degree in Political Science from Queen’s University, Canada.

Recorded February 2014
Feature Photo Credit: UN Global Compact