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2021 AARP UN Briefing - Speakers

Erica DharErica Dhar is Director of Global Alliances with AARP’s Office of International Affairs. She has expertise working with the United Nations; advocating on issues of global aging, including the human rights of older persons; and on the sustainable development goals 2030 agenda.  Erica manages the AARP Office of International Affairs in New York City, where she is responsible for relationships with international nonprofits, UN agencies and organizations dealing with aging, as well as international visitors. She spent 18 years in the broadcast and financial services industry. Erica received her bachelor’s degree with honors from Delhi University in India, a master’s degree in corporate political communication from Fairfield University in Connecticut, and a master’s degree from the New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study.   Erica’s thesis on transnational caregiving was published and picked up by the NY Times


Peter Rundlet

Peter Rundlet is AARP’s Vice President of International, where he develops and executes AARP's international strategy to position AARP as the global thought leader on aging. An accomplished strategic thinker and visionary leader, Rundlet leads the enterprise-wide strategic direction for international engagements, including programmatic, policy, and operational activities.

Before joining AARP, Rundlet served as the Director of International Strategy for the Obama Foundation, where he spearheaded the design and development of all of the organization's international programs. Prior to that post, Rundlet served as Managing Director and Head of the Washington, DC office of the human rights foundation Humanity United. Rundlet also served as President Barack Obama's Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Staff Secretary, where he helped oversee the offices of Presidential Correspondence, the Office of the Executive Clerk, and the Office of Records Management.

Before that, Rundlet was the Vice President and Managing Director for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress and served as Counsel for the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, better known as the 9/11 Commission.

Rundlet also served in President Clinton's White House, first as a White House Fellow, working in the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President, and later as Associate Counsel to the President. Rundlet also has worked as an associate attorney in the political law department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and was an Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, Rundlet holds a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University.

Elliott Harris, Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has over 25 years of international experience in the field of international economics and development policy analysis, coupled with knowledge of the United Nations system, multilateral and inter-agency coordination processes. 

Furthermore, he has extensive experience in the design of macroeconomic policies and its application as a central instrument for the reduction of poverty and for resilient and sustained economic development. His work in the field of economics also focuses on the macroeconomic linkages with global social and environmental policies.

Claudia Mahler

Dr. Claudia Mahler (Austria) was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council as Independent Expert on the human rights of older persons in May 2020. She is a senior researcher in the field of economic, social and cultural rights at the German Institute for Human Rights since 2010. She is also a visiting professor at the Alice Salomon Hochschule. From 2001 to 2009, Ms. Mahler conducted research at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Potsdam with the main focus on human rights education, minority rights and the law of asylum. In 2000, she was appointed as Vice President of the Human Rights Commission for Tyrol and Vorarlberg. She has also worked as a lecturer in the field of human rights law and as a consultant to OHCHR in Geneva.


Ambassador Juan Sandoval-Mendiolea is a career diplomat. He joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1992, and was promoted to the rank of Ambassador in 2014. Since 2015 he is the Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations in New York.

He holds a Law degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City (1984-1989), the Diplomatic Academy Program by the Matias Romero Institute (1992-1993) and has undertaken postgraduate courses in France, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Brazil.

In the Ministry of Foreign Relations, he was Director-General for United Nations Affairs (2013-2015), Director of Cabinet of the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights (2007-2013) and Assistant Director General for Inter-American Organizations and Mechanisms (2006-2007).

He was posted as Deputy Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. (2001-2006). He was the Mexican expert to the Multilateral Evaluation Mechanism on narcotic drugs (MEM), and in the Follow-up Mechanism of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC). He was Chairman of the Special Committee on Transnational Organized Crime of the OAS.

He was posted as Legal and Human Rights Affairs Counselor to the Mexican Embassy in France (1994-2001). He has been representative of Mexico in numerous meetings of the United Nations, OECD, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe.

He led the negotiations for the admission of Mexico to the international export control regimes (2011-2013) (Wassenaar Arrangement, Australia Group and Nuclear Suppliers Group). Likewise, he had one of the leading roles in the National Interagency Task Team for the returning of Mexico as troop contributor to the UN Peace Keeping Operations (2013-2015).

He co-chaired with Japan the 3rd United Nations Science, Technology and Innovation Forum (STI Forum). He is President of the Working Group on Amendments of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and he also chairs the Group of Friends on Voluntary National Reports and on the Follow-up of Agenda 2030. He was elected Vice-President of ECOSOC 2019-2020 and presided over the Operational Activities for development Segment.

In the academic field he has been lecturer at the Ibero-American University and the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City. He has given numerous conferences in institutions as: Toulouse University, the Superior School of War, Center for Superior Naval Studies, UNAM, Olmeca University, Colegio de México, Instituto Matias Romero, Georgetown University, University of Southern California, among others. He is member of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI).

He has been decorated by Spain with the Order of Isabella the Catholic.

He is fluent in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian. Ambassador Sandoval is married and father of two children.

Alison Bryant

Dr. Alison Bryant leads the Research Center and heads up the Technology impact area for AARP.  In these roles, she is focused on helping the organization, consumers, and external stakeholders understand, engage with, and innovate for the 50+ consumer and their families.  She is a renowned expert on the impact of media, technology, and play on consumers. She earned her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California and has three edited books and over 30 research articles and chapters.



Timea Suto

Timea Suto serves as part of the Digital Economy policy team at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC where she works with global business experts to bring private sector views into activities and decisions of ICC’s Business Action to Support the Information Society (BASIS) initiative. Among her different responsibilities, she leads policy input and project work on the Internet governance forum and enhanced cooperation, having served on the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (2016-2018).


ICC is the largest, most-representative global business organization and only private sector body to have official Observer status to the United Nations General Assembly. During the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), ICC convened and facilitated business input and through ICC BASIS, it has continued to bring input and support engagement from business into the post-WSIS activities, whether at the UN and its various agencies or via multistakeholder activities such as the Internet governance forum (IGF). BASIS facilitates business participation and input into these activities while also bringing in views from the wider membership of ICC companies and associations from 120 different countries.

A national of Romania and Hungary, Ms Suto has policy and academic experience from Budapest and Paris. Prior to her role at ICC she has served as policy analyst for various social policy and open governance projects in the Visegrad countries and in evolving research and teaching roles.

Ms Suto has a degree in International Relations and masters degrees in Minority Policy and European Public Policy. She speaks fluent Hungarian, Romanian, English and French.

Raj Kumar

Raj Kumar is the Founding President and Editor-in-Chief at Devex, the media platform for the global development community. He is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has led him to more than 50 countries, where he has had the honor to meet many of the aid workers and development professionals who make up the Devex community. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.



Malcolm Johnson

Malcolm Johnson was re-elected ITU Deputy Secretary-General on 1 November 2018 for a second four-year term starting on 1 January 2019. During his first term as Deputy Secretary-General, he implemented many efficiency measures releasing more resources to key ITU activities.

He led the ITU’s new headquarters building project from initiation to selection of architect and concept design. He has modernized ITU’s physical security, improved internal coordination and streamlined and digitized many internal processes.

From 2007 to 2014 he served as Director of ITU's Telecommunication Standardization Bureau where he spearheaded activities in cybersecurity, climate change and accessibility, considerably increasing the involvement of developing countries and academia in ITU’s standards activities.

Between 2003 and 2006, Mr. Johnson was International Coordinator at the United Kingdom’s Office of Communications (Ofcom), where he had lead responsibility for the United Kingdom in ITU and in CEPT. From 1992 to 2003, he was Director of the United Kingdom’s Radiocommunications Agency and between 1988 and 1992, he worked in the European Commission’s Telecommunication Regulations Division, where he represented the Commission in the Council of the European Union, EU Parliament, CEPT and ITU.

For more information, please contact: Erica Dhar, Director for Global Alliances, AARP:
or Amal Abou Rafeh, Chief, Programme on Ageing, DESA:

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