Geraldine is a trustee of The Listen Charity and has 24 year of high level experience in government and international affairs. Geraldine is a South African politician who has most recently served as the Special Envoy on Gender of the African Development Bank. Previous to this she occupied the position of the Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group, overseeing the organisation’s related strategic and policy work in 197 countries and territories around the globe. She serves on the MISTRA Advisory Council and formerly was appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations as a board member of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Before joining the UNDP, Geraldine was a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) until 2007 and a Member of Parliament in South Africa between 1994 and 2008. During that time, she served successive terms as Minister for Public Service and Administration, and previously as Minister for Welfare and Population Development. She also served as National Deputy Elections Coordinator for the African National Congress from 1993/1994 in the lead up to South Africa’s first democratic elections of April 1994. Geraldine is also a fellow of the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.