An all male panel at the Global Summit for Women

The Pledge – I will not be part of male-only panels

The pledge

“At a public conference I won’t serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one woman on the panel, not including the Chair.”

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At a public conference I won’t serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one woman on the panel, not including the Chair

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Frequently asked questions

What happens if we have tried to find women but there is nobody available?

Try harder. I’ll be happy to suggest some women who would be much better than me. You may need to organise your conference a little earlier to be sure of getting women on your panels.

What happens if a woman drops out and we end up with a men-only panel?

There are many brilliant women – please find someone else to take her place.

What if a woman drops out at very short notice?

I get it: shit happens. You could cover yourself by planning to have two women on the panel (gosh!). But if I’ve agreed to be on a panel I won’t let you down if something genuinely unforseen happens. (But if this means a male-only panel, you’ll have to forgive me in advance for the fact that I am going to tease you about this in the meeting.)

Organising conferences is hard enough already?

The Gendered Conference Campaign has some great advice for conference organisers.

What else can we do?

  • Keep drawing attention to the issue. If you are at a conference with male-only panels, call it out.
  • Audit your events and keep track of the trends
  • Be mindful about promoting women through social media

Who has taken the pledge?

1,445 Benjamin Siegel ConsenSys
1,444 Tanya Suarez
1,443 David Smith
1,442 E Daniel Kinnear Senior Executive Associate, Africa Insights Think Tank
1,441 Alex Bazin Fujitsu
1,440 David Kasparek
1,439 Caio Maximino Universidade Federal do Sul e Sudeste do Pará
1,438 Jon Swords Northumbria University
1,437 steven paul arzu I will only be part of co/ multi gendered panels
1,436 Marisela García Greenpeace Mexico
1,435 Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
1,434 Diego Escobar Jalisco Ministry of Culture
1,433 Jorge Silva Latino Victory Project
1,432 Michael Bird British Council
1,431 Brian Ross Great Plains Institute
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1,363 Kevin Chuah London Business School
1,362 Jonathan Phillips
1,361 Shelley Hope
1,360 Andy Williams British Council
1,359 Graham Wood CEO Aga Khan Foundation East Africa
1,358 Duncan Murray Cranfield University
1,357 Nathanial Matthews Global Resilience Partnership
1,355 Nigar Baimova British Council
1,354 Cindy Zeiher University of Canterbury
1,353 Heidi Rottbøll Andersen
1,352 Matthew Hopken Colorado State University
1,351 Morgan Pfeiffer
1,350 Tarun Vij Director Country Programs, GAIN
1,349 Anya Cherneff Empower Generation
1,348 Arevik Saribekyan
1,347 Alaa Al Khourdajie University of Edinburgh
1,346 CJ Fonzi Dalberg Group
1,345 Simon Williams British Council
1,344 Timothy Teng
1,343 Lui Sing Yi
1,342 Rhys Lindmark Creating a Humanist Blockchain Future
1,340 Patrick Chong Jin Hua
1,339 Rachel Loh
1,338 Florencia Alvarez Pacheco
1,337 John Perkins
1,336 J. Royden Saah GBIRd and Island Conservation
1,335 Ben Greet University of Reading
1,334 Stuart McKie
1,333 Christopher Jones Washburn University
1,332 Jonathan Pettitt University of Aberdeen
1,331 Nathan Kaiser Eiger
1,330 Nadine Cuenca-Alca
1,329 Eduard de Bruin University of Amsterdam
1,328 Sheetal Ghelani CHAI
1,327 Paul Domanico Clinton Health Access Initiative
1,326 Mary Ahearn
1,325 Giulio Coppi Fordham University
1,324 Jonathan van Geuns
1,323 Joanna Widenka
1,322 David Lofts
1,321 Tawanda Mutasah
1,320 yara hijazi
1,319 Khadija Maalej
1,318 Samar Roushdy
1,317 Tariq Al-Olaimy 3BL Associates
1,316 Colm Ó Cuanacháin Amnesty International
1,315 mary william bain
1,314 Lucie Pagé Angamma Trust
1,313 Minar Pimple Amnesty International
1,312 Daniel Tyre Cambridge
1,311 Thomas Schultz-Jagow Amnesty International
1,310 Raoul Encinas PhosLabs
1,309 John Martin University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1,308 Stephen Buhler University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1,307 Jeffrey Wishnie Digital Impact Alliance, UN Foundation
1,306 Paul Clarke
1,305 Tim Aldrich
1,304 Josh Spero FT
1,303 Andrew Hill Financial Times
1,302 Ronald Torrance University of Strathclyde
1,301 Yan Ting Choong STEMBEA
1,300 Richard Eastmond
1,299 Jonathon Colman Facebook
1,298 Steve Letsike Access Chapter 2
1,297 Daniel Carin Montreal
1,296 Julie Verhaar
1,295 Daniel Stander RMS
1,294 Jose Alonso World Wide Web Foundation
1,293 Jason Caplin Barnardo's
1,292 kay marshall lawyer
1,291 Paul Nunn SCOR
1,290 Andres Valenciano Central American Healthcare Initiative
1,289 Andrie Santis GT
1,288 Rutie Adar Director Biz Dev
1,287 Sally Meecham Barnardos
1,286 paul quigley UNHCR
1,285 Wanda Barquin Magnificat Partnerships
1,284 Romain Garcier École normale supérieure de Lyon
1,283 Bjorn Gillsater World Bank Group
1,282 Stuart McKenna Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
1,281 Max Elliott
1,280 Lillian Rigling Western University
1,279 Emma Colenbrander Practical Action
1,278 Theodore Reese
1,277 Peggy Mischke EconergyPM - Clean Energy Expertise
1,276 alex benay
1,275 Sadman Sadek Digital Green
1,274 Elisa Cappelletti IRC
1,273 Greg Chan Kwantlen Polytechnic University
1,272 Anali Perry Arizona State University
1,271 Jeff Hayward Rainforest Alliance
1,270 Thom Dennis Serenity in Leadership
1,269 David Jackson
1,268 Todd Slind SpatialDev
1,267 Rupert Dunbar-Rees Dr
1,266 Christian Friedrich
1,265 Michael Crusoe Common Workflow Language project
1,264 Andreas von Richthofen
1,263 Todd Mundle Kwantlen Polytechnic University
1,262 Justin Baumann UNC Chapel Hill
1,261 Kelvin Bentley
1,260 Jonathan Tennant ScienceOpen
1,259 Manojkumar Selvaraju
1,258 Kyle Johnson Chaminade University of Honolulu
1,257 Rajiv Jhangiani Kwantlen Polytechnic University
1,256 Roger Sanee Deloitte Digital
1,255 Bastian Greshake openSNP
1,254 Andrew Hilts Citizen Lab
1,253 Graham Steel
1,252 Nick Shockey SPARC
1,251 Jessica Hartog
1,250 Ken Bluestone Age International
1,249 Richard Hewitt PLOS
1,248 Mark Phillips
1,247 Sander Steffann
1,246 Bernardo Roschke
1,245 Charles Severance University of Michigan
1,244 Joe Provo
1,243 Matthew Tersigni University of Western Ontario
1,242 Rajesh Daniel SEI Asia Centre
1,241 Jason Kennedy IBM
1,240 John Garrity
1,239 Ben Kepes Diversity Analysis
1,238 Desiree Lwambo UN
1,237 Serge Allou Cities Alliance
1,236 Rene Peter Hohmann Cities Alliance/UNOPS
1,235 Nina Baker
1,234 Scott Robison #PDX
1,233 Suchith Anand Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition
1,232 Hong Chuang Loo UTAR
1,231 Mark Deuze University of Amsterdam
1,230 Luca Motta Slave Free Trade
1,229 Annabelle Sreberny SOAS University of London
1,228 Caleb Foale Slavefreetrade
1,227 Roberto Fragale Filho slavefreetrade
1,226 Helio De Paiva Araujo Slave Free Trade
1,225 Gabriel Ash slavefreetrade
1,224 Frederick Glaser Slavefreetrade
1,223 Aleksandr Sidorec
1,222 Zohra Sooliman Gift of the Givers Careline
1,221 Melchiory Mgata IRC Tanzania
1,220 Grzegorz Borys Komitet Obrony Demokracji
1,219 Jonathan Casey Practical Action
1,218 David Vicary INCEIF
1,217 Christopher Ritchey
1,216 Brad Grissom
1,215 Joe Morris RIBA
1,214 Martin Hearson LSE
1,213 Kim Voynar WonderTek Labs, LLC
1,212 Brian Iselin
1,211 Chris Powers Young European Movement UK
1,210 Viraj Patel Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1,209 Koen Berden World Trade Institute
1,208 Stuart Ray Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1,207 Pia Nava
1,206 Sereh Mandias De Dépendance
1,205 Andy Platt Coombe Girls' School
1,204 dinka pavelic
1,203 Stephen Manson
1,202 Andreas Ruby Swiss Architecture Museum
1,201 ARKALGUD NARASIMHA PRAKASH A N PRAKASH construction project management consultants
1,200 Andrew Mackenzie Uro Publications / Foreground
1,199 Lina Stergiou 4LifeStrategies
1,198 Martyn Evans
1,197 Prem Chandavarkar CnT Architects
1,196 Fabrizio Gallanti FIG Projects
1,195 Mike Kininmonth
1,194 Joe Kerr
1,193 Rochus Hinkel Konstfack Stockholm
1,192 Wouter Vanstiphout Crimson Architectural Historians
1,191 Patrick Rossol-Allison Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
1,190 Paul DONOWITZ Global Witness
1,189 Connor Tyrrell Slalom Consulting
1,188 Elke Hottentot
1,187 Tessy Maritim CARE International
1,186 Kathleen O'Brien INGO - CARE International
1,185 Hilde Van Der Molen CARE International
1,184 Quinn Comendant
1,183 Liz Fraley Single-Sourcing Solutions
1,182 Maximiliaan Winkelhuis
1,181 Susan Angoy
1,180 Osbert Lancaster
1,179 Tomas Pavlas Open society NGO, FHS UK Praha, GEK ČR
1,178 Phil Walden Independent Philosopher
1,177 Petr Pavlik Prague
1,176 Velid Beganovic Masaryk University
1,175 Amanda Adams NC4P
1,174 Richard Harvey
1,173 Josef Ehrenmüller
1,172 Alexandra Wörn Tübingen University
1,171 Tom Steinberg
1,170 Smallus Dickuss Green Party
1,169 Roger Wilson Worcester
1,168 Male Feminist Just think about all the hilarious jokes women could bring to panel discussions!
1,167 Fuck You Definitely not with you
1,166 Julian Field Crown Office Chambers
1,165 Thomas Piwtorak Northrop grumman
1,164 Alex Gillett macquarie university
1,163 Clint Le Bruyns University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
1,162 Joanna Colwell
1,161 Daniel Vázquez Touriño Masaryk University
1,160 Martin Guest
1,159 Catherine Kendig Michigan State University
1,158 Al Baker University of Leeds
1,157 Steve Torrance Univ, UKersity of Sussex
1,156 Shelley Park Orlando
1,155 Tomáš Profant Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences, Bratislava, Institute of International Relations, Prague
1,154 Martin Bernátek Palacký University Olomouc
1,153 Milo Farragher-Hanks University of Saint Andrews
1,152 Joe Slater St Andrews
1,151 Jonathan Duncan CRMEP (Kingston)
1,150 Lukáš Likavčan Masaryk University
1,149 Bernd Buldt Indiana U-Purdue U Fort Wayne (IPFW)
1,148 Pablo Domenech University of Murcia
1,147 Paul Giladi University of Sheffield
1,146 Leida Rijnhout Friends of the Earth Europe
1,145 Lenny Naar Helix Centre
1,144 Iliana Stoicheva
1,143 Daniel Hutchison Green Party
1,142 David Hudson University of Birmingham
1,141 Graham MacKay
1,140 Matt Edgar
1,139 James Sumner
1,138 Matt Grey
1,137 Shanta Devarajan World Bank
1,136 Kevin Bonavia
1,135 Mark Brough
1,134 Sean Mulkerne Palladium
1,133 Tom Ayerst
1,132 Ceri Edwards
1,131 Bruno Aracaty
1,130 David Hagendyk
1,129 Peter Lewis Institute of Fundraising
1,128 Corey White FHI 360
1,127 Matt Gordon DFID
1,126 Joe Powell Open Government Partnership
1,125 ALAN Beattie Financial Times
1,124 James Court London
1,123 Brendan Paddy Ramblers Scotland
1,122 Edward Rees
1,121 John Park
1,120 Clifford Singer Social Spark
1,119 Tom Miller Open Labour
1,118 Tom Flynn
1,117 Alex Sobel Open Labour/Leeds City Council
1,116 Mark Rowney
1,115 Will Straw
1,114 Gavin Starks dgen
1,113 Craig Valters Overseas Development Institute
1,112 Paul Wafer Crown Agents
1,111 Ben Lunn independant composer, conductor, and musicologist
1,110 Nicola Branch
1,109 Mark Furness German Development Institute
1,108 Jake Basson NIH
1,107 Philip Mudge Independent consultant
1,106 Ed Whiting Wellcome Trust
1,105 Felix Reimer GIZ
1,104 Lawrence MacDonald World Resources Institute
1,103 Michael Rogers Briar Project
1,102 Michael J. NAUGHTON Boston College
1,101 Ken Duncan Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
1,100 Andrei Trubceac PATRIR - Romanian Institute for Peace
1,099 Tim Turner 2040 Training
1,098 Ray Georgeson Resource Association
1,097 John Chodacki California Digital Library
1,096 Martin Fenner DataCite
1,095 Nana Aba Williams ISGlobal
1,094 Jean Claude Mugunga Partners In Health
1,093 alison romano, m p h
1,092 Joan Tallada
1,091 Dan Poenaru McGill university
1,090 Yasmine Yousef University of Montreal
1,089 Jamie Kim Georgetown University
1,088 David Wofford Meridian Group International, Inc.
1,087 Ron Waldman George Washington University
1,086 Carmen Sant Fruchtman Swiss TPH
1,085 Rachel Levine Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
1,084 Steven Kern Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
1,083 Enric Jané Independent Consultant
1,082 David Sarley BMGF
1,081 Ankur Vora Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
1,080 Michael Chang
1,079 Paulin Basinga Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
1,078 Bruno Moonen Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
1,077 Ash Shah Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
1,076 Orin Levine Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
1,075 James Lovatt Amnesty International UK
1,074 Ned Richardson-Little University of Exeter
1,073 Nitin Mohan
1,072 Justin Gest George Mason University
1,071 Andrew Butti
1,070 Akshay Varghese Western University
1,069 Aria Zand
1,068 John Rosinbum Arizona State University
1,067 zeeshan mahmud Johns Hopkins University
1,066 Christian Brickhouse
1,065 María Cecilia VILLEGAS
1,064 Sergio Cooper Teixeira Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
1,063 Luis Miguel Hadzich Lima
1,062 Joshua Raclaw
1,061 Francois Gerard Columbia University
1,060 Milton Achelpohl Teacher
1,059 Wiliam Tarpeh University of California, Berkeley
1,057 Dora Abdelghani Kot IRC
1,056 Jason Spicer MIT
1,055 Robert McClure UNC School of Medicine
1,054 Paul Peters University of New Brunswick
1,053 Daniel Bergstresser Brandeis University
1,052 James Morrison LSE
1,051 Jeff Offutt George Mason University
1,050 Alexis Leon University of Washington
1,049 Falko Sniehotta Newcastle University
1,048 Gabriel-Philip Santos Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology
1,047 sean parson nau
1,046 Brian Lovato Augustana College
1,045 Richard Morgan Emory University
1,044 Dan Edge Oregon State University
1,043 Dan Slater University of Chicago
1,042 Brian Ogilvie University of Massachusetts Amherst
1,041 Jon Whittle Lancaster University
1,040 Adam Summers UW
1,039 Lawrence Walters
1,038 Susan Norman Hobart and William Smith Colleges
1,037 levinson loretta
1,036 Raymond Cormier
1,035 Scott Pett
1,034 Vicky Conway Dublin City University
1,033 Stephen Politzer-Ahles The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
1,032 Gail Woodside Oregon State University
1,031 Olivier Fraysse
1,030 loes veldpaus Newcastle University (UK)
1,029 Guy Paikowsky University of Edinburgh
1,028 Judith Collard University of Otago
1,027 Jim Vernon
1,026 Jessie Vroom
1,025 Erin Darling
1,024 Darren Byler University of Washington
1,023 Christian DiCanio SUNY Buffalo
1,022 Steven Greenstein Montclair State University
1,021 Jay Cassano Freelance journalist
1,020 Simon Gewoelb UC Berkeley
1,019 Sarah Rimmington Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto
1,018 Conor Hughes University of Minnesota
1,017 Klarizze Puzon
1,016 blanca Caldas Chumbes university of minnesota
1,015 Kyle Holloway Innovations for Poverty Action
1,014 TJ Briggs
1,013 Liliana Popescu SNSPA
1,012 Caroline Bowah
1,011 Adrian Pereira North South Initiative
1,010 Duncan Barker Donor
1,009 Aled Williams U4-CMI
1,008 Chris Mukasa Nairobi
1,007 Simon Bland New York
1,006 Yeilyn Serrano NA
1,005 Sadaffe Abid CIRCLE
1,004 Chris Blattman University of Chicago
1,003 Frazer Goodwin Save the Children
1,002 Cynan Houghton Save the Children
1,001 Mihály Kökény University of Debrecen, Hungary; The Graduate Institute, GHC,Switzerland
1,000 Paul Marsden Pact (South Africa)
999 Ivan Martinez Wikimedia Mexico
998 Philip Reed University Of Manchester
997 Francis Borchardt Lutheran Theological Seminary Hong Kong
996 Jesus Gomez Martinez International Rescue Committee (IRC)
995 Richard Price
994 yang li Brevard
993 JOSEPH ELIAS New Tripoli
992 Justin Howell The International Rescue Committee in Atlanta
991 Shenna Sanchez
990 Donatella Della Porta scuola normale superiore
989 santinodeng akot P@ssw0rd2019
988 Martin Omukuba IRC South Sudan
987 Martin Hadley University of Oxford
986 Peter Yak Mawien IRC, Malualkon-South Sudan
985 Getasew Belete International Rescue Committee
984 Jeannot Wabulakombe IRC South Sudan
983 Peter Yak Yak Panel
982 Pasquale Ongwen Oyet International Rescue Committee
981 Barack Kinanga International Rescue Committee
979 Patrick Vuonze Juba
978 Ronald-Paul Veilleux IRC
977 David Creech Concordia College, Moorhead
976 Some Academic I'm not taking another opportunity to virtual signal to the Internet for my own self-promotion. I'll find other ways to quietly and effectively promote equity in my field, thanks.
975 John Mitchell UCL
974 Angela Maas Radboud university Medical center
973 Marjolein Keltjens
972 Aafke Romeijn independent
971 Jennifer Colville UNDP
970 Alfredo González-Reyes Oxfam México
969 Mark Harris University of Utah
968 Christine Norton
967 Ben Berriman
966 Ingrid Skirka Moss Vale
965 Cameron Reynolds
964 Ben Binder
963 Tonia Gray Western Sydney University
962 Barbara Crowther Fairtrade
961 Agi Veres UNDP
960 Benjamin Kumpf UNDP
958 Pranav Sethaputra
957 Asghar Khan International Rescue Committee
956 Himat Ullah International Rescue Committee
955 wajahat ali
954 Kristin Kim Bart International Rescue Committee
953 Natalia Strigin
952 Sarah Maddock International Rescue Committee
951 Laura Merritt attorney in private practice
950 Yoann Tuzzolino IRC
949 Bernard Soubry Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
948 Banafsheh Madaninejad Austin
947 Alice Hawkes IRC
946 Felix Gnehm SOLIDAR SUISSE
945 Victor Odero International Rescue Committee
944 Joseph D'Cruz UNDP
943 Rachel Kiddell-monroe UAEM
942 David Murphy International Rescue Committee San Diego
941 Zuzana Hirst
940 Ludo Bok UNDP
939 Adam Lewis Gradian Health Systems
938 Andrew Meaux International Rescue Committee (IRC)
937 bernardo cocco UNDP
936 Ruth Blackshaw UNAIDS
935 Nick Sore UN
934 Asif Ilyas International Rescue Committee
933 Nana-Jo N'dow-Richter
932 Jessica Wells International Rescue Committee
931 Marie-Joséphine Nsengiyumva Natural Resource Governance Insitute
930 Khusbu Patel International Rescue Committee
929 Timothy Mwebe IRC
928 Sergio Daniel Kristensen Copenhagen
927 Zarina Khan International Rescue Committee
926 Jelson Garcia NRGI
925 Rach Haffar not 4 trade ngo
924 Sophie Jewell
923 Anne-Laure Radas
922 Julie Taft International Rescue Committee
921 Ellen Pettersson The International Rescue Committee
920 Catherine Whicher International Rescue Committee
919 Stefan Lehmeier International Rescue Committee
918 Richard Crothers International Rescue Committee
917 Lisa Nichols Abt Associates Inc
916 Jill Jaeger Independent
915 Michelle Gayer International Rescue Committee
914 Laura Hoemeke
913 Samer Saliba International Rescue Committee
912 Vicky Stott
911 Colin Scott UCD
910 Thomas Hartley Imperial College London
909 Kuziwa Makamanzi IRC
908 Kane Smego Independent Artist and Educator
907 Joanna Henderson London
906 Farhat Warriach
905 Rui da Silva UMinho / CEAUP
904 Mark Charmer
903 Farhat Abbas IRC
902 Kathryn Striffolino The International Rescue Committee
901 Milica Mancic Stojkovic Belgrade
900 edmore mahlupeka IRC
899 Atifa Safi
898 Jay Scouten International Rescue Committee
897 Zeleste vela Tactica 3.0
896 Kate Little International Rescue Committee (IRC)
895 Charisse White
894 Wendy Ngoma
893 Robert Pitman Baltimore
892 Wiem Melki Global Shaper/Natural Resource Governance Institute
891 Fran Penfold International Rescue Committee
890 Nick Bannister International Rescue Committee
889 gonzalo pizarro UNDP
888 Jennica Henderson International Rescue Committee
887 Vince Blaser IntraHealth International / Frontline Health Workers Coalition
886 Louise Brennan IRC
885 Brandice Bruce IRC
884 Sophie Cubbins
883 Justin Kufakweimba International Rescue Committee
882 Emily Parker
881 Alex Haas International Rescue Committee (USP)
880 Leo Murray 10:10
879 Griffin Carpenter New Economics Foundation
878 Jes Weigelt IASS, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies
877 Ernest Ostro International Rescue Committee
876 Judson Flanagan IRC
875 John Hendra United Nations Development Group
874 Patrick Poulin International Rescue Committee
873 Rusty Stahl Fund the People
872 Anders Pedersen Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI)
871 Rick Bartoldus International Rescue Committee
870 Petra Mast Stichting Vluchteling
869 Azim Noorani International Rescue Committee
868 Bryce Perry IRC
867 Tilaye Nigussie Kibew The IRC
866 Nyunt Naing Thein International Rescue Committee
865 loes hekkens
864 Conor Phillips International Rescue Committee
863 Sanj Srikanthan International Rescue Committee
862 Ciaran Donnelly International Rescue Committee
861 Paolo Cernuschi International Rescue Committee (IRC)
860 Kurt Tjossem International Rescue Committee
859 Simon Fuchs IRC
858 yves nommay IRC
857 Jason Phillips International Rescue Committee (IRC)
856 James Lenton International Rescue Committee
855 Hans Van de Weerd Vice President US Programs International Rescue Committee
854 Wale Osofisan International Rescue Committee
853 Alyoscia D'Onofrio International Rescue Committee (IRC)
852 Emmanuel d'Harcourt International Rescue Committee
851 Uroš Jauševec Društvo Progresiva
850 ElsaMarie DSilva
849 milena tomanovic
848 Mija Javornik CEE Network for Gender Issues, SD Slovenia
847 kate doyle irish animal welfare party
846 Liudmyla Chernyavska
845 Alexandra Devine Nossal Institute for Global Health
844 Brigitte Tenni University of Melbourne
843 Ken Hansen
842 Katherine Gilbert Nossal Institute
841 Naomi Francis Nossal Institute for Global Health
840 Tanya Caulfield Nossal Institute for Global Health
839 Jamie Whyte Propolis
838 Ivan Zverzhanovski UNDP
837 Ferry Grijpink McKinsey
836 Charles Larson McGill University
835 Christos Tsaprounis
834 Steve Williams Marist Youth Care
833 Emma-Kate Rose
832 Nathan Wiedenman Draper
831 Gilles Goedhart Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
830 Philip Klinkner Hamilton College
829 Martin Parr CABI
828 Matthew Sherrington Charity Consultant
827 Kevin Ashley Digital Curation Centre, University of Edinburgh
826 Rosa Allegue EJE&CON
825 Luc Dockendorf
824 Aly Elshafei student
823 Will Jones Royal Holloway. University of London
822 Valentin Kuník Lausanne
821 Joey Ayoub Global Voices
820 Mohamad Najem Director
819 Ciel Wright Makeup Artist
818 Allan Cavanagh Artist
817 Emma-Kate Rose e
816 Lizzi Hollis
815 Louis Hansen
814 Martin Settle USC Canada
813 Tom Haughton ONE
812 Howard Lake Fundraising UK Ltd
811 Brendan Rigby WhyDev
810 Richard Sved
809 Mike Wright Bond
808 Simon Scriver ChangeFundraising
807 Luke Stewart Bond
806 Christian Hansen None
805 Elisabeth Rasmussen Lyngby
804 Andrew Gardner UCL
803 Litten Hansen København
802 Cecil Pallesen AArhus university
801 Lorna Richardson Umeå University
800 Timothy Cole
799 Matthew Collins London
798 Paul de Gregorio
797 martin gerup music and music education
796 Stefan Germann World Vision International
795 Ludibeth Aalborg
794 Recep Deniz Aksoy CS Student
793 Mads Tudvad Alternativet
792 Troels Christian Jakobsen Alternativet
791 Daniel Rosenlund
790 René Gade Alternativet
789 Gwilym Williams RIO Göteborg Natur och kulturkooperativ
788 Mary McAuliffe University College Dublin
787 Anya Peterson Royce Indiana University--Bloomington
786 Erwin Bennett Jackson Hospital
785 Liv Nilsson Stutz Emory University, Atlanta USA
784 Joshua Frost Thames Discovery Programme, Museum of London Archaeology
783 Gordon Ingram Universidad de los Andes
782 James Dixon University of Bristol
781 Thomas Dowson Independent scholar
779 Roberta Gogos Consultant
778 Michael Waas
777 Uzi Baram New College of Florida
776 Randall McGuire Binghamton University
775 karen smith University College Dublin
774 Marguerite Helmers Milwaukee, WI USA
773 Olwen Dawe NA
772 Zelie Asava academic
771 Rob Parker Saferworld
770 Barbara Scully
769 Peter Fremlin Consultant
768 christina gens brussels
767 Paul Herman HIP Investor Inc.
766 Georg Andrén Swedish ambassador to Central America
765 Marta Nieto Journalist
764 Stephen Wicken Humanity United
763 Philip Goodwin VSO
762 Jukka Sarkijarvi
761 Gonzalo Martinez de Vedia The Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking
760 Gérard Chenais Retired official statistician
759 Liz Carolan Advisor
758 Fiona Kearney The Glucksman, University College Cork
757 Tom Higham
756 Rien Achterberg Greenpeace
755 Thor Svensen
754 Mike Townsley Greenpeace International
753 Hope Johnson Brisbane
752 Rodrigo Isasi Insitum
751 Andy Bellatti
750 Catherine Harper Hove
749 John Lupinacci Washington State University
748 Linda Connolly Maynooth University
747 John Ridpath Decoded
746 Jonathan Downing
745 Rebecca Davis Charleston
744 Elizabeth Loder The BMJ and Harvard Medical School
743 Don Mackie Health Research Council of New Zealand
742 Michael Reuter The Nature Conservancy
741 Norma Franklin University of Haifa
740 Francisco Yermo ActinAid UK
739 Paua Charbonneau
738 Wesley Copas San Antonio College
737 Marc Kissel Notre Dame
736 D. Alex Walthall University of Texas, Austin
735 Sarah Byford King's College London
734 Greg Downey Macquarie University, Australia
733 Thomas Fischer ehs Dresden
732 Ricky Bobby NASCAR
731 Meryl Altman DePauw University
730 Thomas Bolin St. Norbert College
729 Yong-jun Choi Hallym University
728 Orion Pozo North Carolina State University
727 Elisabeth Culley Arizona State University
726 Samuel Huskey University of Oklahoma
725 Tarcizio Silva Brazilian Institute of Research and Data Analysis (IBPAD)
724 T. H. M. Gellar-Goad Wake Forest University
723 James Flexner University of Sydney
722 Jon Powell William Peace University
721 Charles Jones The Pennsylvania State University
720 Aaron Chandler Stevenson University
719 Jim West Ming Hua Theological College
718 Alfred Hartemink UW Madison
717 Steven Seggie Ozyegin University, Istanbul, Turkey
716 Sue Johnson Greater London Authority
715 Jamie Ratcliff Greater London Authority
714 Adrian Lovett ONE Campaign
713 Mwambu Wanendeya ONE Campaign
712 Luis Guardia ONE Campaign
711 Willemijn de Iongh Oxfam
710 Gemma Cameron Tech Events NW, HackManchester
709 Bregtje Visser GenderTalent
708 Rena Wolf
707 Pieter Brokx
706 Koen van Dijk
705 Jennifer Britton
704 Juri Mykkänen
703 Mark de la Vergne Sam Schwartz Consulting
702 Upaasna Kaul
701 Don Carruthers Den Hoed University of Calgary
700 Nic Jackson
699 Asmelash Haile Tsegay
698 Grant Cameron
697 Talip Kilic The World Bank
696 Matthias Lein Victoria University of Wellington
695 Mike Dickison
694 Gerry McGovern Customer Carewords
693 Derek Myers Change agent
692 Bruce Haefele Healthdirect Australia
691 James Abley
690 Phil Beardmore
689 Mike Bracken The Co-op.
688 Jesse Griffiths Eurodad
687 Ben Terrett The Co-op
686 Tom Loosemore The Co-op
685 Jon Gresham Writer
684 Julia Wagemann European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
683 hajnalka petrics FAO
682 Manuela Ravina da Silva FAO
681 Mike Bracken Co-op
680 Gail Lyon Co-op
679 christopher fabian UNICEF
678 Matt Anderson BROWZ
677 Mark Teh Five Arts Centre
676 Iain Webb
675 Daryl Qilin Yam Writer
674 KENNY LECK BooksActually
673 Terence Eden
672 Nick Hudson
671 Ichiro Fujinaga McGill University
670 Rakesh Rajani Ford Foundation
669 Antje Watermann UN
668 Joel TAN Checkpoint Theatre
667 Michael Toth UCL & RB Toth Associates
666 Andy Williams Cardiff University
665 Boukje Kistemaker UN
664 David Colquhoun UCL
663 Stephen Curry Imperial College
662 Pernille Bussone
661 Gilad Isaacs University of the Witwatersrand
660 Giovanni Cozzi university of greenwich
659 Tony Pearson
658 Jane Briginshaw LONDON
657 Stella Gray University of Tasmania
656 Simon Soon University of Malaya
655 Jeremy Tiang
654 Heman Chong
653 Joshua Ip Sing Lit Station (Director)
652 Robert Zhao
651 Dan Koh Freelance writer, Singapore
650 Noor Effendy Ibrahim Singapore
649 Huzir Sulaiman Checkpoint Theatre, Singapore
648 Shahram Zarrabian Family Health Association of Iran
647 Thushara Agus IPPF - CEO of the MA Sri Lanka
646 yangchi pema RENEW, IPPF
645 Elisa Novoa CIVICUS
644 Lana West BNZ
643 nishita dewan LONDON
642 Caroline Hickson International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)
641 Marie-Clare Fenech
640 Giancarlo de Picciotto Swiss federal department of Foreign Affairs
639 Cathal Gilbert CIVICUS
638 David Pay Artistic Director, Music on Main
637 Lisa Carlson Chef Shack
636 Michal Pollard
635 Daniel Rivas
634 Valeria Silva
633 Annette Pritchard Professor Cardiff Met University
632 Nigel Morgan Professor at Surrey, Sunderland, Tromso
631 Zeynep Gogus Journalist
630 Margreet Zwarteveen UNESCO-IHE and University of Amsterdam
629 Florian Bailey UCS
628 Joe Seth Starling Volskaya industries
627 Noel Bush Ableton AG
626 Michelle O'Brien Ableton
625 Christopher Schwartz United Auto Workers
624 Caroline Burle
623 Renata Aquino Ribeiro MAG IGF2016 - Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
622 Lindiwe Khoza OMINIRA GROUP
621 Suparno Banerjee Board, Talentnomics
620 Wim Vandevelde
619 Caroline Sargent Freelance Conference Producer
618 Mmamoloko Kubayi
617 Aakar Patel Amnesty International India
616 Isabella Muthoni I AM GOAL 5
615 Shekeshe Mokgosi The Other Foundation
614 Nothando Ndebele Banking
613 Babalwa Ngonyama
612 Pumla Bolani
611 Khetiwe McClain
610 Pulane Kingston
609 Sinegugu Duma UCT
608 Brenda Madumise Business
607 Chiara Capraro Christian Aid
606 Matti Kohonen
605 Alison Doig Christian Aid
604 Mary Farrell Dublin institute of technology,,Dublin, Ireland
603 Adam Sparks Centre for Crop Health, University of Southern Queensland
602 Brett Matthews My Oral Village, Inc.
601 martin conroy
600 Lilia Giugni University of Cambridge
599 Jaime Guitart Vilches Mr
598 Andrea Jimenez Royal Holloway University of London
597 Afton Halloran University of Copenhagen
596 Dan Baum The Redwoods Group Foundation
595 Neil Levine USAID
594 Isabelle Prosser Prosser Communication Consulting SCS
593 Jesse Muchai
592 Niall Barr University of Glasgow
591 julien bettler NORLHA
590 Martin Sokol Trinity College Dublin
589 Dick Rooduyn
588 Rebekah Chew United Nations
587 Ewald Engelen Herr
586 Kirit Patel United Nations
585 Simone Sala FAO
584 Gareth Price-Jones CARE
583 Joel Harding DFID
582 Mary Black Head of Strategy, Digital, Public Health England
581 Jacqueline Morris UTT
580 Victoria Minetta City of Los Angeles Workforce Development Board
579 Felipe Estefan
578 Camille Bouissou The Francis Crick Institute, UK
577 Arto Kiviniemi University of Liverpool
576 Ricardo Codinhoto
575 Kenneth Andejeski
574 Narnia Bohler HSRC
573 Dick Prudence Munyeshuli
572 Steven Wagenseil Council for a Community of Democracies
571 Rick Scobey World Cocoa Organization
570 Emily Baughman
569 Yoke-Lian Lee Keele University
568 Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos
567 Peter Robinson Defence Counsel for Radovan Karadzic
566 Kaitlin Ball University of Cambridge
565 Mark Robinson Thinking Practice
564 Tom Shakespeare UEA
563 Gerjon Ikink
562 David Nowell Smith University of East Anglia
561 Kris balderston General manager
560 Ben Mellor DFID
558 Greg Martin University of British Columbia
557 Iain Simpson Omidyar Network
556 Peter Rabley Omidyar Network
555 Brian Ballantyne Amazon
554 Martin Lukac University of Reading
553 Roberto Arias Alegria Metaluxo IT Security
552 Aria Ilyad BSIA, WHO
551 maga eseberg a
550 Samir Beharic University of Sarajevo, Department for Journalism
549 Brian Ulrich` Artist
548 Will Dayble Fitzroy Academy
547 Richard Parncutt
546 Simon Davies
545 Aaron Genest Solido Design Automation
544 PerMagnus Lindborg Nanyang Technological University
543 Lori Watson RCS
542 John Snijders Durham University
541 Jascha Narveson
540 Rodrigo Tascon University of Kent
539 Duncan Lyall
538 Lauren Bernofsky Musical Arts Youth Organization (MAYO)
537 Laura Zattra musicologist
536 Tim Rutherford-Johnson
535 Sandy Watson
534 Amit Gilutz
533 Georgia Spiropoulos ALL
532 Teresa Connors The University of Waikato Conservatorium of Music
531 Check Yourfacts
530 Laura Ahearn USAID
529 Emily Webber Tacit /
528 Josiah Oberholtzer
527 Patricia Alessandrini composer/sound artist, Goldsmiths, University of London
526 Emrah Rexhepi Peace Worker
525 Sanja Bogatinovska
524 Borjan Gjuzelov
523 Masha Cemma Hospital for Sick Children
522 Hamza T University of Toronto
521 Sam Li
520 abtin parnia University of Toronto
519 Deji Ologbenla
518 David Knox British Council
517 Frank Green Catch & Release Films
516 Michael Jacobs Mercy Corps
515 Malcolm Ryan Dept of Computing, Macquarie University
514 Meghan Werft Global Citizen
513 Lujain Alqodmani
512 Cristina Legido-Quigley King's College London
511 Nicole Hahn Private
510 Josh Martin ideas42
509 Christina Bache Fidan University of Warwick
508 Haritha Malladi NC State University
507 Marco Deseriis Northeastern University
506 Jenny Cooke ICE
505 María Leticia Cazeneuve IAPTI
504 Lara Fleischer OECD
503 Mark Van Ness Real Leaders
502 Heather Johnson Educational Policy, Higher Education, & Law
501 PJ Manney writer, speaker, futurist
500 David Zyngier Monash university
499 adriana pereira N/A
498 Hanna Gunnarsson
497 Ray Hernández-Durán University of New Mexico
496 Jeff Shaw Sierra Club
495 John Rompon McNally Capital, LLC
494 Mariam Parwaiz Women in Global Health
493 Madeleine Liljegren Karolinska University Hospital/Lund University, Sweden
492 Enrique Mendizabal On Think Tanks
491 Chandra Briggman Wide Angle Media
490 LeAnn Blackert The United Church of Canada
489 Alejandro Posadas Lawyer and Legal Consultant (Mexico)
488 Richard Bott The United Church of Canada
487 Marise Stuart NZMSA
486 Joao Lebre
485 Yves Hanoulle
484 Andrew Foreshew-Cain Church of England
483 Daniel Swislow National Democratic Institute
482 Nick Deakin EurOUT & Out In Business Club - London Business School
481 Susana Reina
480 Doug Griffiths Navy
479 George Tucker AVNationTV
478 Malcolm Silvanus United Nations
477 Joyce Morin American Baptist Churches, U.S.A.
476 Michael Gidney CEO, Fairtrade Foundation
475 David Lancefield PwC, Strategy&
474 Lauren Connolly
473 Andrew Hargreaves UCAS
472 Andy Woodfield PwC
470 Pablo Rodriguez-Bilella CONICET
469 Sarika Bhattacharyya Biz Divas
468 Ryan Sirmons United Church of Christ of Annapolis
467 Marcus Belben
466 Hein Goemans University of Rochester
465 Tom Wingfield DFID
464 Stephen Foreshew-Cain Cabinet Office
463 Andy Toft DFID
462 Pete Vowles DFID
461 Marcello Sartarelli U. Alicante
460 Clayton Lane CEO, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP)
459 Lesley Cowley Non Exec Director
458 Mark Braggins
457 Gavin Crowden World Vision UK
456 Matt Wright
455 Elena Cárdenes Alonso ULPGC
454 Ángel Solano Garcia Universidad de Granada
453 María Cárdenes
452 Antonio Cárdenes Alonso Film-maker
451 Santiago Sanchez-Pages University of Barcelona
450 Peter Holmes à Court
449 Gary Stacey Industrial Workers of the World Dorset branch
448 Mark Lees University of Cardiff
447 Paul Simpson Lecturer/researcher
446 Steve Eastty University of Sussex

Another list of people who have made the same commitment:

 Coverage and Inspiration

Last year, six leading Washington think tanks presented more than 150 events on the Middle East that included not a single woman speaker. Fewer than one-quarter of all the speakers at the 232 events at those think tanks recorded in our newly compiled data-set were women.

The mysterious absence of women from Middle East policy debates – Tamara Cofman Wittes and Marc Lynch, Washington Post Money Cage, January 20th 2015

Because I believe you cannot conduct constructive discourse on international issues without the participation of women, I recently decided not to speak on any panels that did not include women. I’m not writing this to seek a pat on the back. But because any discussion that does not include women’s perspectives or that reflexively excludes or fails to seek out the women who are leaders in their fields in virtually any and every subject on this agenda will be deeply inadequate and will only compound distortions of gender bias that exist because of our long history of systematic exclusion of women’s views. I’d much rather participate in discussions where the organizers actually demonstrate that they are committed to producing the best possible work product.

“Still waiting for Davos Woman”
 by David Rothkopf, FP Magazine, January 22nd, 2015

I often attend panels or discussions dominated by men, especially in technology. This is problematic since it sends the signal that only men have the expertise in their given field. To their credit, some men are initiating change.

Three Ways To Change The Ratio of Women Receiving VC – Leah Eichler, Inc Website, November 10th 2014

There is no topic that cannot be discussed by women. There is no circumstance that would prevent one from inviting women. There is simply no rational excuse for excluding women. And, if you are invited to join a panel with no women, you must conclude it is being organized by fools.

Why I will no longer speak on all-male panels – Scott Gilmore, Macleans, October 4th, 2014

136 comments on “The Pledge – I will not be part of male-only panels”

  1. So many rumblings surrounding this issue, must become loud and must have awareness-raising at the heart of their goals. Attempts at gender conscious programming are weak at best, as are efforts which consider other diversity issues on panels, etc.

    This is a solid pledge. Thank you.

  2. This is a fantastic pledge, and I hope it generates real change in the way conference organizers (and all kinds of organizers!) think and plan their events. Credit to those who already do — thank you!

  3. Leah Eichler stated in Nvember 2014 that he ” often attend panels or discussions dominated by men, especially in technology. This is problematic since it sends the signal that only men have the expertise in their given field. To their credit, some men are initiating change.”

    And it is correc that gender is the balanced and equitable sharing of responsibilities between me n and women and one still don’t see how his could happe n still today without some sort of affirmative action and positive discrimination today in favor of women in many sectors where they are yet left behind .

    The Pledge advocating for more balanced meetings/panel discussions etc is certainly a good initiative to support

    With kind regards


  4. Just a simple idea that may change our global behaviour in the near future. It should be easy to find women for panel as they are more numerous on earth than we are …
    Thank you for the initiative.

  5. Using our power to address the biases that have given us that power in the first place. I like it.

    Would you pledge to require that there be at least one female candidate for the next top job you get recruited for?

  6. I think it’s a great idea to encourage diversity in all public discourse, but I’m surprised and disappointed in the exclusionary language of this pledge. The posts on this site go out of their way to say that there is no subject about which women cannot speak…that is certainly very true…and that there should never be a public panel discussion without a healthy ratio of females…but when it actually declares the pledge, it says nothing about all woman panels. In the interest of true equality, shouldn’t it encourage that people abstain from any panel that excludes either gender? It is true that there is no subject that could not benefit from a woman’s perspective, but is the opposite not also true?

    1. @@ Because there are so very many all-women panels that are not about how to succeed in business despite discrimination against women. If you actually bother to look, and I don’t think you have, you’ll find that academic panels discussing women’s-studies/gender issues generally do have men on them.

      Because the women are already conscious of this issue and take it seriously.

  7. Well… that’s a good start, but you’ve set us up now for tokenism. I’d suggest bumping it to two women, Bechdel-like. You know, where the question’s whether a movie’s got two women, with names, who at any point in the  movie have a conversation without a man around, about something other than a man.

  8. I’m in

    Andy Jones

    Radio Film


    and if you haven’t watched this already, powerful story from Theo Sowa

  9. Good stuff. Practical. And certain to lead to better conferences.

    I’m in.

    Ian Shapiro

    Head of Private Sector Department

    Department for International Development


  10. I am in support of this – and please do sign me up – but note that an end to all-male panels doesn’t just mean proper representation of women, it means proper representation for trans people too. So I’d prefer to see this pledge worded as “At a public conference I won’t serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one non-male panel member, not including the Chair.” Also, “We believe that public discourse would be improved by better representation of all genders.”

    Any chance of changing the wording in that way? It would keep the same meaning for the pledge without excluding a large swathe of people who are even more disproportionately under-represented than women at these kinds of events.

    Danny Chivers

    Author of the No-Nonsense Guide to Climate Change and the No-Nonsense Guide to Renewable Energy

  11. How is this pledge being enforced? I’m at a conference not only attended, but ORGANIZED by one of the individuals on this pledge list. Opening panel – all white European men.

  12. It seems frightening to me, abandoning the meritocratic approach to debates. Shouldn’t we find the best people for the job, regardless of gender? Rather than arbitrarily deciding, that having both sexes on every panel automatically makes it better?

    1. Morty – I don’t regard this as abandoning the meritocratic approach to debates. I regard it as considering the qualities needed for the panel as a whole, rather than considering each panel member separately. Just as management teams are better when they are diverse, debates and ideas are better when they are exposed to diverse viewpoints. We will have more and better ideas when we open our debates to more diversity.

  13. Inclusion and gender balance, are the beginning, not the end of addressing gender inequality.

    I believe that public discourse would be improved by better representation of all genders. At a public conference I won’t serve on a panel of two people or more unless there is at least one non-male panel member, not including the Chair.

    Shane Bartlett
    Country Director
    Educat Rwanda

  14. This is a superb idea, and I would like to sign the pledge.  Please do add my name.

    Gavin Yamey

    Professor of the Practice of Global Health & Public Policy

    Associate Director for Policy

    Duke Global Health Institute


  15. thanks Owen – i’m definitely in, but would also like to encourage broader diversity in all panels, discussions, workshops – everything. pale male panels need to make way for the inclusion of all voices, but particularly those who can best represent the topic at hand; and in our work, that means more voices from the global south, male and female.

    1. Peter


      Thanks. I agree with all of this apart from one small word: “but”.  You mean “and”, right? I can’t see any implied contradiction between what you say here and the pledge above.



  16. I think we should add that the moderator, when opening the floor for questions, gives the opportunity to woman, man, woman, man,  as too often men are asking the floor first. And also too often they don’t have a question, but they just give their own speech..

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