Bonni Curran Memorial Lecture History
Each year the Festival presents a lecture by an internationally acclaimed advocate for women and girls. In 2014, it was named in honor of Bonni Curran, who was tragically killed in an accident in 2013.
Bonni was a physician, loving mother and wife, and not only a prominent local philanthropist, but also deeply committed to working on behalf of women and children around the world. She had been a supporter of the festival from its inception. In honoring her memory each year, we are reminded of the impact she had on our community and how much we miss her presence.
Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director of UNFPA and Under Secretary General of the United Nations UNFPA
Mariarosa Cutillo, Chief of the Strategic Partnerships Branch of UNFPA
Maria Cavalcanti, President and Chief Officer of Pro Mujer
Sarah Costa, Executive Director of the Women’s Refugee Commission
Christy Turlington Burns, Founder, Every Mother Counts.
Jill Sheffield, Founder and President, Women Deliver
Meagan Fallone Carnahan, head of Global Strategy for Barefoot College in India
Kate Gilmore, Deputy-Executive Director of UNFPA; former Director, Amnesty-International
Sherin Saadallah, UNFPA Regional Advisor for Arab States
Robert Engelman, Vice President for Programs The Worldwatch Institute
Dr. Hailegiorgis Aytenfisu, Chief Surgeon of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia
Pamela Delargy, Chief, UNFPA Humanitarian Response Unit
Dr. Amreen Husain, fistula surgeon in Eritrea