Dr Sonia Palmieri is a consultant in gender and political leadership, and was formerly the Policy Specialist on Political Participation at UN Women in New York. Prior to this, she established and managed the Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships project to support the capacity of women parliamentarians in the Pacific.
Sonja Lokar is a sociologist and a specialist in political party development, social welfare state issues and gender issues. She has published more than 300 articles in Slovene, Croat, English, French and German languages. She was active as a researcher and political analyst. Lokar was also a Member of Parliament, elected in the first multiparty national election in Slovenia in 1990-1992.