Goodwill Ambassadors

Outstanding public figures, business leaders and industrialists from various regions of the world are selected to improve UNIDO's visibility, profile and global reach, both with governments and the private sector. The Goodwill Ambassadors champion UNIDO's core theme – the role of manufacturing and sustainable industrial development in the overall development process.


Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is the ninth President of the Republic of Malta. President Coleiro Preca established a number of entities to nurture dialogue and to foster unity and a culture of positive peace among people, including the “President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society”, “Corporate Citizenship for Responsible Enterprises” (CORE) and “Empower”, a platform of organizations for women in which seventeen women’s organizations come together under one umbrella to secure a stronger voice in the debate for equality that will resonate among women and girls to inspire them to take on leadership roles.

The President has continuously supported UNIDO to emphasize the importance of gender equality and to advocate for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. She will increase these efforts as UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador for women empowerment.

In September 2018, the President has also been announced as Champion of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa (IDDA III) and will support UNIDO in enhancing the Decade's visibility.


Helen Hai is the CEO of the Made in Africa Initiative which advises African governments on industrialization and investment promotion. She is also co-Founder of C&H Garments, a pioneer Pan-Africa export-oriented garments manufacturer.

Ambassador Hai was trained as an actuary in the United Kingdom and has some 20 years of international experience in FTSE100 companies. She has a BA in actuarial science and MSc in actuarial management from CASS Business School in London and EMBA from INSEAD and Tsinghua University.

In 2015, Hai was named Global Young Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF). She is co-chair of the WEF Global Future Council on the Future of Consumption. She also received the 2015 African Business Icon Award.

In 2016, Hai was awarded the prestigious National Order of Lion of Senegal. She is on the committee of the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development. As UNIDO's Goodwill Ambassador HAI Helen focuses on Africa’s industrialization.

Watch the video of Hai's appointment as UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador here.


Veronika Peshkova is a prominent gender activist with a long-standing experience in supporting women empowerment and women entrepreneurship initiatives. She has officially been appointed as international UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador on the margins of the Second Eurasian Women's Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, which took place from 19-22 September 2018.

Peshkova is an Executive Board Member and Expert Council Member of the Committee on Women Entrepreneurship Development of the Russian non-governmental organization for small and medium business “OPORA RUSSIA”. Furthermore she is President of the Public Diplomacy Foundation “Women’ View” and Executive Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Center.

She has already significantly contributed to UNIDO’s efforts in promoting inclusive and sustainable industrial development and women entrepreneurship development during previous years and will strengthen these efforts in her new role as international UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador.

Further information on Veronika Peshkova can be found here.


Janne Vangen Solheim, Chief Executive Officer of the Norwegian garment manufacturing company, Janusfabrikken AS. She was appointed as UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador for Manufacturing.

Based on her extensive and successful experience as an entrepreneur in the manufacturing sector, Solheim will champion UNIDO’s mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, and in particular will support the Organization’s work to promote women’s entrepreneurship.

Vangen Solheim has served on her company board since 1992. Having worked as a teacher and a journalist, she began her career at Janusfabrikken AS in 2000 as a junior sales consultant, and worked her way up as public relations manager, and deputy managing director, taking over as CEO in 2010. Janusfabrikken AS is one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of underwear. The Janus brand is sold to large chains and individual retailers selling textiles, sports and industrial products on both the domestic and international markets.

Vangen Solheim has also served as a member of the board of directors of the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise (NHO), the Federation of Norwegian Industries (Norsk Industri), Young Entrepreneurs of West Norway (Ungt Entreprenørskap Hordaland), and Bergen Red Cross.