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Mondo.NYC Speaker

Lorena Sander

Lorena Sander

Legal Innovation Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Lorena Sander is passionate about creating shared value between the private and public sectors in pursuit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focusing on innovation and development finance.

As a lawyer specialized in international public procurement, she has worked for NGOs, local governments, firms and International Organizations in Mexico, New York, Istanbul, Rome and Washington DC. She has drafted bills, policies and regulatory frameworks that modernized and improved procurement systems, strengthened the fight against corruption, and created enabling environments for growth and investment. She is one of the co-authors of the Model Policy Framework on Vendor Sanctions for the UN system, and set up sanctions boards at FAO and UNDP, where she was the first Secretary of the Vendor Review Committee. An avid problem solver, Lorena has re-negotiated multi-million dollar contracts and has found ways for UNDP to work with non-traditional donors, including the European Investment Bank and the World Bank in projects spanning from Tajikistan to Mexico.

Shain Shapiro Book Launch & In Conversation with UNDP Leader Lorena Sander

10/13/23, 3:00 PM

Join Shain Shapiro as he launches his debut, critically acclaimed book "This Must Be the Place: How Music Can Make Your City Better" at a special presentation at Mondo.NYC. "This Must Be the Place" (out 9/12 via Repeater/Random House) introduces and examines music’s relationship to cities -- not the influence cities have on music, but the powerful impact music can have on how cities are developed, built, managed and governed. Told in an accessible way through personal stories from cities around the world — including London, Melbourne, Nashville, Austin and Zurich — "This Must Be the Place" takes a truly global perspective on the ways music is integral to everyday life but neglected in public policy.

Shain will introduce the book and then share an example of how music can change global policy, if thought of differently. He will be joined by Lorena Sander (Senior Legal Advisor, United Nations Development Programme "UNDP") to discuss how the UNDP is using music to change how it invests in supporting developing countries.

This unique conversation where the UN and music converge will demonstrate why music can be a far more powerful tool influencing global policies than conventional wisdom suggests, and it will showcase the book as a potential blueprint to help guide us through this process.

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