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Miriam González Durántez

Lawyer/Founder, Inspiring Girls

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Miriam González Durántez is an international trade lawyer, board member, public speaker and advocate of women’s rights and the education of girls. Miriam currently leads the trade practice of US law firm, Cohen &Gresser, splitting her time between California, Washington and London. Prior to focused legal practice, Miriam was seconded to the UK Foreign Office as Adviser to the UK Presidency of the European Council, and before that served seven years as a Senior Cabinet Member for two EU External Relations Commissioners. Miriam is the founder of Inspiring Girls

International, a global charity dedicated to raising the aspirations of young girls around the world by connecting schoolgirls with women role models.



Active in politics from a young age, Ylva Anna Maria Lindh was one of the most influential figures in modern Swedish politics. Winning a seat in Parliament in 1982. Her first Cabinet post came 12 years later as Minister for the Environment. She later achieved international recognition as Sweden’s Foreign minister. Staunchly pro-Europe, Lindh rose to wider prominence during Sweden’s Presidency of the European Union in 2001. She led the Swedish government’s ‘Yes’ campaign in the referendum to join the Euro in 2003 but was murdered just days before the vote took place. The Swedish public decided against the Euro by 55.9%

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