Mary Robinson

7th President of Ireland 1990-1997
Before she became the first female President of Ireland, Mary Robinson studied law under South African veteran politician, Kader Asmal, and joined the anti-Apartheid movement that he founded in Ireland. After her Presidency ended in 1997, she served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights until 2002.
During her first year as High Commissioner, she travelled to South Africa. She also sits on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, an organization which supports good governance and great leadership in Africa. In 2004, she received Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award for her work in promoting human rights.
As a member of the Sir Richard Branson backed Mandela initiative, The Elders, Robinson visited London in 2012 for Mandela Day. This day encourages people around the world to give just 67 minutes of their time serving their communities in recognition of the 67 years that Mandela gave fighting for justice. But she’s very much a realist and has questioned whether South Africa was living up to the high expectations and has even questioned the ‘moral authority’ of the ANC.