We are delighted to announce that Council has elected Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland 1990-97, as an Honorary Fellow.
Mrs Robinson served as President of Ireland for seven years and has been credited with transforming the role.
SAI President, Sheelagh Malin, said: ‘Mrs Robinson has a long and distinguished track record of public service in Ireland and elsewhere. She is a prominent and highly regarded figure internationally who has made a huge contribution to human rights and world peace, always highlighting the concerns of ordinary people. An area that is of significant relevance and importance to the actuarial profession is her tireless campaigning on climate change and sustainability.’
She also noted the importance of Mary Robinson’s work as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), where she integrated human rights into the United Nations system and became renowned as an outspoken voice dedicated to investigating and exposing human rights abuses across the world.
In 2018, Mrs Robinson was appointed as the Chair of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working together for peace, justice and human rights.
Sheelagh Malin added that ‘Mary's work with the United Nations, Oxfam International, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the GAVI Alliance, The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, and others, also gives a voice for the vulnerable in our world’.
Mrs Robinson will be presented with her Honorary Fellowship at a future Society event.