Robredo among speakers at Obama Foundation’s upcoming democracy forum

November 11, 2022 - 10:00 AM
Leni Robredo
Former vice president Leni Robredo in the IBM Naga Signature Event in this photo posted on her Facebook page on Sept. 15, 2022. (Facebook/VPLeniRobredoPH)

Former vice president Leni Robredo has been chosen as one of the speakers for the upcoming democracy forum of the Obama Foundation in the United States.

The Angat Buhay NGO chair will be participating in the global convening of emerging leaders across Obama Foundation programs, leading experts and practitioners reimagining institutions and protecting democratic values.

The forum, in partnership with Columbia University and the University of Chicago, will be held on November 17 in New York City.

“At a time when democracy is under threat around the world, the promise and potential of the next generation of leaders is more important than ever,” the Obama Foundation said on its website.

“The Forum will bring attention to the biggest challenges democratic institutions face today and showcase democracy in action around the world,” it added.

Robredo’s fellow speakers include Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, Brazilian congresswoman Tabata Amaral and foreign policy adviser to the president of Slovakia Jana Kobzova, among others.

“Amid the difficulties, democracy finds anchorage in the hearts of our people—and it is something we must protect for our future,” the former vice president said on Friday as she shared the announcement of the Obama Foundation.

One of her daughters, Tricia, reacted to the announcement.

“The proudest!!!” she tweeted with crying face emojis.

Robredo was recently among the speakers at Asia Society Switzerland‘s “The State of Democracy in Asia” conference in Zurich.