Episode 6: Annette Richardson On Humanity, World Leadership and Gender Equality

Annette Richardson is no stranger to the world stage. As a Senior Advisor to the United Nations (and the current Managing Partner at Decade Citizen), Annette has worked alongside revolutionary world leaders including Nelson Mandela and Princess Haya of Dubai. In today’s episode, she shares her thoughts on the Medici Effect, and how it’s paving the way for more enlightened forms of leadership. She also talks about unearthing the humanity behind powerful leaders, explores the tension between policies and attitudes, and reveals how her newest venture – Planet 50-50 – is fighting to achieve gender equality by 2030.


Annette Richardson is a versatile strategic advisor and producer with a unique blend of corporate strategy and public affairs expertise. Adept at positioning senior leadership for building long-lasting partnerships within complex social and sustainability issues, she is an experienced “execution expert” who successfully conceptualizes the big picture. She revels in assimilating ideas, writing plans, developing programs, creating cohesive messages, framing issues, building partnerships, devising outreach campaigns and materials that raise awareness, realize brand/reputation benefit and promote a position to key stakeholders. She is a former Special Advisor to the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General on Sustainable Energy for All and the Executive Office of the Under Secretary-General for UN Women.

She has launched, curated and produced many high-level international humanitarian campaigns and conferences such as the United Nations Millennium Campaign’s Stand UP Against Poverty, the World Health Organization’s Deliver Now for Women and Children, the UN Partnership Forum, the UN Climate Summit, the World Innovation Summit, NEXUS Global, the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Social Innovation Summit, the Media Summit for Impact, the Forbes Philanthropy Summit at the UN, the Sustainable Energy for All Forum, UN Women’s Public Commemoration of Beijing+20, and many more.

Annette is an Honorary Ambassador of the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She was awarded the 2010 Global Citizen Award and the 2010 Professional Woman of the Year Award by the National Association of Professional Women, the 2014 Ideagen 100 Global Collective Impact Award, the 2015 Ideagen Empowering Women Award and the HIF’s 2015 Humanitarian Innovation Award for Global Partnerships and Women’s Empowerment. She was selected as one of 200 “Most Powerful Minds” by Forbes Woman in 2013 and 2014, and is a Fellow of the Tribeca Film Festival Disruptor Foundation.

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