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Mariama Williams, Ph.D.

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Mariama Williams, Ph. D. is a feminist economist working on economic development, macroeconomics, trade external debt, and finance issues, with a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment, social equity, sustainable climate finance & development, and climate change issues. Her most recent publications include Financing the Blue Economy: Impacts and Implications for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Global South January 2023 DAWN Discussion Paper #48; Investment and finance, In IPCC, 2022: Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Kreibiehl et al., 2022)*;  'Shaping the Future of Multilateralism Just and sustainable finance to address multiple global crises demands a focus on gender equality' Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, June 2021; 'International Financial Institutions and Using Country Systems: Implications for Gender Equality', Programme on Women’s Economic Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR), BRICS Feminist Watch, the South Centre, Heinrich Boll Stiftung, March 2021; ‘Africa’s Trade and Environment Policy, in Encyclopedia on Trade and Environment, Panos Delimatsis and Leonie Reins (eds.), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2021; ‘Three decades of climate mitigation: why haven't we bent the global emissions curve?’ Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Volume 46. (Stoddard I, and Anderson K. et al. (2021); and ‘Gender and energy poverty: the view from the North’, in Engendering the Energy Transition: Policy and Practice. (Feenstra, Clancy and Daskalova (editors), Palgrave Macmillan, 2021); An Assessment of the impact of climate change, trade and sustainable development nexus on gender equity. Commonwealth Secretariat and South Centre (forthcoming); Gender, Tax Reform and Taxation Cooperation Issues: Navigating Equity and Efficiency under Policy Constraints, South Centre, 2019.

Her books include Gender and Climate Finance: Coming out of the margins (Routledge 2015), Gender Issues in the Multilateral Trading System (Commonwealth Secretariat, 2003). Trading Stories: Experiences with Gender and Trade (co-edited with Marilyn Carr), Commonwealth Secretariat, 2010) and co-author Gender and Trade Action Guide: A Training Resource (Commonwealth Secretariat, London, 2007) and An Initial Exploration of the Trade-Gender- Climate Change Nexus and Its Interlinkages to Sustainable Development (with contributions from Yinka Bandele) Commonwealth Secretariat, Unpublished May 2019.

Williams is also a board director of the Institute of Law and Economics (ILE, Jamaica), a member of the Caribbean Feminist Action Network, the Gender and Trade Coalition, and Principal Consultant the Integrated Policy Research Institute (IPRI - Syntropy) Williams other relevant associations include: Senior Associate, the Political Ecology and Sustainability Programme, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Coordinator, Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Gender (SDCCG) Programme, the South Centre, an inter-governmental think-tank of developing countries; a member of the Advisory Group of the SG’s High-Level Task Force on Financing for Gender Equality (2019-2020); member, UN Women's  Expert Advisory Group--the SDG Monitoring Report; member of the International Working Group on Gender and Macroeconomics & International Trade (IWGEM) and founding Coordinator/Research Adviser, the International Gender and Trade Network(IGTN).

Previous Board and Committee Representations include:

  •  Member, Board, the Center of Concern, (Washington, D.C.) 2003-2006

  • Member, Board, The Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation (Sweden) 2010-2015

  • Member, Board, Association for Women’s Rights and Development (AWID, Canada)

  • Member of the Planning Committee for the Bi-annual Forum, the Association for Women

  • UNIFEM’s International Advisory Committee of Progress of the World’s Women for Development (AWID);

  • Member of the Director General’s Advisory Council at the World Trade Organization. (under the leadership of Supachai Panitchpakdi, WTO Director-General, 2002-2005)


Mariama is also a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Association of YogaTherapists and an experienced registered yoga teacher (RYT500) with the Yoga Alliance. A graduate of the Inner MBA program (Mindful New York University, LinkedIn, Sounds True and Wisdom 2.0) and holds certificates in both Collective Trauma and Polyvagal Theory. She is the President and CEO, FromtheInside2theOutside LLC which supports improvements in personal growth and effectiveness, building and enhancing resilience and improving vitality, performance, constructive communications, and decision-making both with individuals, organizations, and in the workplace.

- Kreibiehl, S., T. Yong Jung, S. Battiston, P. E. Carvajal, C. Clapp, D. Dasgupta, N. Dube, R. Jachnik, K. Morita, N. Samargandi, M. Williams, 2022: Investment and finance. In IPCC, 2022: Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [P.R. Shukla, J. Skea, R. Slade, A. Al Khourdajie, R. van Diemen, D. McCollum, M. Pathak, S. Some, P. Vyas, R. Fradera, M. Belkacemi, A. Hasija, G. Lisboa, S. Luz, J. Malley, (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA. doi: 10.1017/9781009157926.017

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