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Penny Abeywardena is New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs, a life-long advocate for women’s & human rights and a champion for sustainability. Since her appointment as Commissioner to the City of New York in September 2014, the administration has successfully implemented a series of initiatives and programs with the international community, which include youth empowerment and the leadership of cities and local governments on global issues like climate change and managing/rebuilding post the COVID-19 pandemic.

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