Speakers

Amber Whittington - Moderator
YouTuber, Actor and Activist

Amber Whittington is a US-based content creator, actress and activist who gained a following exploring issues of sexuality and race on her YouTube channel, Amber’s Closet. She often uses her platform to speak about social issues and has become a leading voice for the LGBTQ+ community online, with almost 700,000 subscribers.

Cecilia Suárez
UN Global Advocate for Spotlight Initiative, Actress

Ariel Award winner and Emmy International nominated Mexican actress, Ms. Suárez raises awareness on violence against women and girls and other forms of human rights violations to one million people on her social media platforms. Ms. Suárez has been actively engaged in the Spotlight Initiative as a Spotlight Champion since 2018. 

Siya Kolisi​
UN Global Advocate for Spotlight Initiative, South Africa Rugby Team Captain

Siya Kolisi (born 16 June 1991), is the World Cup-winning captain of the South African Rugby National Team. He has been designated as a United Nations Global Advocate for Spotlight Initiative by the UN Secretary-General, effective 1 July 2020. In 2018, Mr. Kolisi made history as the first black test player to captain the team in its 129-year history. He recently established the Kolisi Foundation in his native South Africa. The foundation’s vision is to change the narrative of inequality for people in vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. The Kolisi Foundation has been providing critical supplies, including masks, food, water and COVID-19 testing support, to underserved communities in South Africa.

Patricia Georgiou​
Head of Partnerships and Business Development at Google Jigsaw
Patricia Georgiou is the Head of Partnerships and Business Development for Jigsaw, Google / Alphabet’s incubator tackling geopolitical challenges through technology. Jigsaw builds tech solutions for global security threats including cyber attacks, online hate and harassment, radicalization and extremism, censorship and disinformation. Patricia was previously an international corporate lawyer, and impact investor for the French government’s strategic fund. She graduated from Paris Sorbonne and University of Edinburgh, and is fluent in French, Arabic and Spanish.
Karuna Nain
Director for Global Safety Policy at Facebook
Karuna Nain is Director, Global Safety Policy at Facebook based in Menlo Park, California where she is responsible for working with internal and external stakeholders on issues of child online safety and well-being, women's safety, and suicide prevention. In her past six years at Facebook, Karuna has developed Facebook’s Safety Centre, Bullying Prevention Hub, Parents Portal, Youth Portal and Digital Literacy Library and led the global expansion of the company’s suicide prevention resources and the pilot programme for victims to proactively report non-consensually shared intimate images.
Amanda du-Pont
Actor, model and television host

Amanda du-Pont is a South African actress and TV host known for her portrayal of Senna in the CW drama series ‘Life is Wild’ and Sharon in the SABC 3 comedy-drama ‘Taryn and Sharon’. She also stars as Ashley in the Netflix series ‘Shadow’.

Louis Cole
YouTuber and Filmmaker

Louis Cole is an English-born filmmaker and YouTuber based in the US. He’s amassed almost 2 million YouTube subscribers through documenting his global travels on his channel, Fun For Louis. He is also the co-founder of The Social Good Club, a group of content creators from around the world who partner with experts to use their digital influence to create social impact.

Mohamed Boudra
Mayor/President, Al-Hoceima/UCLG
Claudia Lopez
Mayor, Bogota
Thembisile Nkadimeng
Mayor / President, Polokwane / SALGA
Ashok Sridharan
Mayor / President, Bonn / ICLEI - Local
Uğur İbrahim Altay
Mayor, Konya
Noraini Roslan
Mayor, Subang Jaya
Stefano Bonaccini
President, Emilia Romagna
Wobine Buijs-Glaudemans
Mayor, Oss
Maimunah Mohd Sharif
Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlements Programme
Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif is the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), appointed at the level of Under-Secretary-General by the Secretary-General, following an election by the General Assembly on 22 December 2017. She succeeds Dr. Joan Clos of Spain. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sharif was the Mayor of the City Council of Penang Island, Malaysia. Ms. Sharif began her career as a Town Planner at the Municipal Council of Penang Island in 1985. In 2003, she was promoted to Director of Planning and Development, a position she held until November 2009. Born in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, on 26 August 1961, Ms. Sharif holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Town Planning Studies from the University of Wales Institute of Science and Technology, UK and a Master of Science in Planning Studies from the Malaysia Science University.
Petteri Taalas
World Metereological Organization
Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile
Director at Kat Kai Kol-Kes International
Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile is an international award-winning Trans* ARTivist, who uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kolanyane-Kesupile is a graduate of Sociology at Goldsmiths University of London, UK, with an MA in Human Rights, Culture, and Social Justice, as well as of the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, with an Honours degree in Dramatic Arts. Katlego is a TED Fellow, and is currently serving as the Vice Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community.
Nadira Hira - Moderator
SDG Action Zone MC

Nadira Hira is a writer, host, and passionate progressive known for her distinctive voice and the compelling conversations she’s used it to create. Nadira’s spoken everywhere from Google and Disney to the United Nations; appeared on the likes of NPR, HBO, and CNN; and explored the far reaches of modern culture for many print outlets, including Newsweek and Fortune, where she did some of her favorite journalism as a staff writer chronicling the Millennial generation. A would-be poet, professional sports fan, and proud graduate of Stanford University, Nadira’s eternally grateful to call Brooklyn, New York, home.

Achim Steiner
Administrator, UNDP
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Executive Director, UN Women
Inger Anderson
Executive Director, UNEP
Oby Ezekwesili
Senior Economic Advisor for the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI)
Oby Ezekwesili, is an economic policy expert / Senior Economic Advisor at the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and Co-Founder of #BringBackOurGirls Movement, Nigeria. She was a candidate for the office of President of Nigeria in the 2019 election. She was a co-founder of Transparency International, serving as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Ezekwesili also served as Federal Minister of Solid Minerals and Federal Minister of Education during the second-term presidency of Olusegun Obasanjo. She also served as the Vice-President of the World Bank's Africa division (2007-2012).
Silvana Koch-Mehrin
President & Founder of Women Political Leaders (WPL)
Silvana is the President and Founder of the Women Political Leaders (WPL). Silvana served as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-2011) and Member of the European Parliament (2004-2014). Silvana worked as Senior Special Advisor for EY, and as a Senior Policy Advisor for gplus Europe. In addition to her work for WPL, Silvana serves on the board of the Council of Women World Leaders. She is a Board Director of the Social Progress Imperative, and represents the European Union since 2016 in the Executive Committee of W20. Silvana is a Young Global Leader Alumna of the World Economic Forum.
Elena Candon
Delegate with Girl2Leader
Elena Roisin Candon, 14 years old, is a 10th grade student at the International Montessori School in Brussels, Belgium. She attended and completed Girl2Leader programmes in Reykjavik, Iceland, Malta and Vilnius, Lithuania, as well as in the European Parliament. Elena is a strong supporter of the FridaysForFuture movement.
Atsushi Sunami
President of the The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Professor Dr. Atshumi Sunami is the President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. He is the Executive Advisor to the President of the Science for RE-designing Science, Technology & Innovation Policy Center (SciREX) at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRISP) in Japan. He was a Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan (2001-2003). He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Promotion of Science & Technology Diplomacy for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. He served as Special Advisor, Cabinet Office responsible for Science and Technology and Innovation (2015-2018).
Gabriela Cuevas Barron
President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union
Gabriela Cuevas Barron is the 29th President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Member of the Parliament of Mexico. She was a Senator from September 2012 to July 2018 and currently holds a seat in the Chamber of Deputies. She is the Chairperson of the Foreign Relations Committee. Ms. Cuevas Barron was a member of the IPU Committee to Promote Respect for International Humanitarian Law (2014-2016) and the internal auditor for the IPU (2017).
Michelle Harrison
Global CEO, Public Division, Kantar
Michelle Harrison is the global CEO of Kantar Public and the founding CEO of the WPP Government and Public Sector Practice. She is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of Kantar Public’s work around the world, assuring the betterment of the public realm. Michelle has worked with government and corporate clients on every continent across all aspects of public policy and public affairs. To date, her career has included work in academia, international development, strategy consulting, marketing and social research. She is a Davos speaker, author and the founder of the WPP Executive Education Programmes in Public Communications and Behavioural Change.
Alice Allan
Senior Adviser of Business Fights Poverty
Alice is an experienced collaborator for social change. She has ‘insider’ experience working with multinational companies as a Senior Adviser at Business Fights Poverty, and as a government adviser at the Foreign Office, and ‘outsider’ experience mobilizing people with Amnesty International and CARE International. Alice is an enthusiastic Leader with Board experience of small and large organizations including the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Centenary Action Group for women’s political participation. She is also a trained facilitator to improve the gender equality and diversity of organisations and a Mindgym coach.
Prof David Grayson, CBE
Chair, Carers UK
David has chaired and served on various charities and public sector boards. He currently chairs the national charity Carers UK and The Institute of Business Ethics, an international charity. He is part of the Circle of Advisers for Business Fights Poverty. David is a former Managing-Director of the Responsible Business Coalition: Business in the Community and has worked with many international coalitions, institutions and companies around the world. He is an Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management, UK.

David is the author of seven books and has contributed to a further ten. His most recent book is titled "All In – The Future of Business Leadership," co-authored with Chris Coulter and Mark Lee.


Sandra Kerr, CBE
Race Equality Director, Business in the Community
Sandra works together with business leaders and government policy makers to influence action on equality and diversity in the UK. The Race at Work survey in 2015, with 24,457 responses and in 2018 with 24,310 responses, provided the evidence to establish the Race at Work Charter announced by the Prime Minister, which now has more than 400 employer signatories.
In 2019 Sandra was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for Services to Equality and Diversity. Sandra published the Race at Work Black Voices Report in August 2020.

Zubair Junjunia
Founder, ZNotes and One Young World Ambassador

Zubair is the founder of ZNotes, a community-led learning platform that has reached millions of students globally. He is also the podcast host of The Tomato Timer and a maths graduate from UCL. An outspoken promoter of the UN SDG4, Zubair holds ambassadorial roles for the One Young World and STEM UK, as well as being published in journals and websites such as Nasdaq and the iSDB SDG Digest. A super outdoors person, Zubair is a streak and marathon runner, inline and figure skater and loves wild swimming!

Dr Jane Pillinger
Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Open University
Dr. Jane Pillinger has an academic research and teaching background in social policy and works as an international expert on gender equality and gender-based violence. She has written and spoken extensively about the problem of gender-based violence in the world of work and has worked closely with European and international organisations on the issue, including UN Women and the ILO.
Maria-Noel Vaeza
Regional Director for the Americans and the Caribbean, UN Women

Maria-Noel Vaeza assumed functions as Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean in July 2019. Ms. Vaeza previously worked as Director of the Program Division at the UN Women Headquarters in New York. Ms. Vaeza joined UN Women from the UNOPS Headquarters in Copenhagen, where she served as Director for Global Portfolio Services Office and Partnerships Practice Group and was responsible for the operational results of UNOPS global portfolios and for the establishment of UNOPS strategic partnerships. Ms. Vaeza previously served as the Regional Director of UNOPS for Latin America and the Caribbean, responsible for a regional portfolio of 270 projects in 22 countries with a total budget of $ 2.4 billion for the 2007-2013 period and an annual average delivery of nearly $ 400 million. She spent 8 years at UNDP, where she held various posts including Senior Advisor, Deputy Resident Representative in Paraguay, and Senior Manager for the Recovery, Reconciliation and Reform Programme. Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Vaeza held multiple positions in Uruguay’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as Political Counselor at Uruguay’s Embassy to the US and as Delegate of Uruguay to the UN General Assembly. She was also the alternate Representative of Uruguay to the World Bank Board of Directors. Ms. Vaeza is a national of Uruguay. She holds a Doctorate in Law and Social Science from the University of the Republic of Uruguay and a Master’s Degree in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.

Jodi Harris
Global Vice President, Marketing Culture & Capabilities, AB InBev
Jodi Harris is Global Vice President of Marketing Culture & Capabilities for Anheuser-Busch InBev. She leads a team to drive transformational change within the marketing culture at AB InBev. This is being achieved by igniting a passion for learning and creativity to innovate brand building through capabilities, creative excellence, colleague engagement & industry leadership.

Jodi began her career in Marketing over 15 years ago, starting in Market Research at Harris Interactive and TNS before transitioning client-side in Consumer Planning at Ann Taylor and Diageo USA. She joined AB InBev in 2011 to craft the Global Innovation Insights agenda, and most recently lead Consumer Insights for the United States business unit since 2015.

Naria Santa Lucia
General Manager of Digital Skills and Employability, Microsoft Philanthropies, USA
As the skills and employability lead at Microsoft Philanthropies, Naria manages the company’s global philanthropic investments and grant programs in digital skills, computer science education, and career pathways investments to drive digital inclusion and employment outcomes for traditionally underrepresented and under-resourced communities. Prior to joining Microsoft Philanthropies, Naria served as Executive Director of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS), a unique public-private partnership helping to build the next generation of scientists, engineers, technology specialists, mathematicians, and health care professionals in Washington state through scholarships and support services for low- and middle-income college students.
Sukti Dasgupta
Chief, Employment and Labour Market Policies Branch, ILO
Ms. Sukti Dasgupta is Chief of the ILO’s Employment and Labour Market Policies Branch, which supports governments in developing and implementing gender-responsive employment and labour market policies with a focus on youth, in line with the 2030 Agenda. Ms. Dasgupta has previously worked at the ILO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and in field offices in South Asia and East Asia. She holds a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge. She has published widely in the areas of employment, poverty and gender. She has extensive experience working with policymakers on employment and labour market policies.
Victoria Alonsoperez
UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals
Ms. Victoria Alonsoperez is an electrical engineer, entrepreneur, inventor, UN Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. In 2012 she invented Chipsafer, a patented platform that can track cattle remotely and autonomously. She won the ITU Young Innovators Competition and the WIPO’s Best Young Inventor Award. In 2014, IADB selected Chipsafer as the Most Innovative Startup of Latin America and the Caribbean, and MIT Technology Review selected Victoria as the Innovator of the Year – Argentina & Uruguay. In 2017 she presented Chipsafer at the UN Solutions Summit.
Rares Man
Global Vice President, Marketing, AIESEC

Rares is a gen Z digital native. As a young leader, he often tells the story of the youngest person in the room. At 23, he currently leads the Global Marketing strategy at AIESEC, the world's largest youth-led organization engaging and developing over 40k youth annually in 110+ countries and territories. At AIESEC, he wears many hats: from conceptualizing large-scale events, engaging thousands of young people in the dialogue around the future of work, digital skills and sustainability to working on reinventing AIESEC's leadership development programs and making sure that AIESEC's message speaks to a truly global audience. Rares works around the clock with youth from all corners of the world. In the past five years, he worked on the ground with youth in Romania, the UK, Morocco, Canada, India, and Russia and led virtual teams spanning across five continents. A first-generation university graduate and an immigrant to the UK from Romania, when talking about the future, Rares never fails to speak of diversity, inclusion and the role of youth in the global workforce. An advocate of representation, he believes that the future must be inclusive above anything else, leaving no one behind.

Lëmnec Tiller
CEO Fundación Wayuuda and Youth Activist

Lëmnec Tiller is one of the creators of the Wayuuda Foundation, which is focused on improving the quality of life in underestimated communities across Colombia. From building a school in Uribia to leveraging technologies and designing clean water systems user solar energy, Lëmnec is co-creating solutions with other changemakers to transform lives and futures, benefitting more than a hundred children every year.

Alison Bellwood - Moderator
Director World's Largest Lesson at Project Everyone
Alison is the creator and director of the World's Largest Lesson from Project Everyone. The World’s Largest Lesson aims to create a generation of Global Goals “champions” determined to see The Goals achieved. Over the past 5 years millions of children have been introduced to taking action for the Global Goals through World's Largest Lesson resources and teachers have been inspired to champion the goals in their schools. The World's Largest Lesson is delivered across the globe in partnership with UNICEF and many other organisations including, governments, civil society and the private sector.
Melati Wijsen
Founder, Bye Bye Plastic Bags & YOUTHTOPIA

Melati Wijsen is a 19 year-old Indonesian/Dutch activist and change maker. She founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags with her younger sister and has been leading the movement driven by youth since 2013. She has also started the people movement One Island One Voice and the social enterprise, Mountain Mamas. Melati has spoken on world stages such as TED and the UN and has also been selected as FORBES top ten most inspiring women in the country. She is a passionate protector of our oceans and is also an alumni member of the World’s Ocean Day Youth Advisory Council. Most recently she graduated from high school one year early at the Green School and has been honoured by TIME as part of the annual list of most influential teens in the world along with CNN Heroes Young Wonders. Today, Melati is excited about her new Youth empowerment project; YOUTHTOPIA which aims to empower youth through peer-to-peer education and provides them the tools they need to be change makers.

Melanie Harwood
Co-Founder and CEO of EduCCate Global
Melanie Harwood is an education entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and CEO of eduCCate Global. The eduCCate Global Programme, accredited by the UN, is working to put a climate-change teacher in every classroom in every school in the world. eduCCate Global’s cross-curricular lessons touch every aspect of climate change: climate science, gender and environment; the link between climate change and cities, law and children; health, sustainable diet and climate change; climate-change adaptation and mitigation; and sustainability and the green economy.
Martha Delgado Peralta
Subsecretaria para Asuntos Globales, Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores
Gonzalo Muñoz
High-Level Climate Champion for COP25

Gonzalo Muñoz was nominated by the Chilean presidency and the United Nations as the High Level Climate Champion for the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), to mobilize climate action in non- state actors around the world. Prior to this, Muñoz co-founded and ran TriCiclos, a recognized company in the area of circular economy and recycling. After 10 years of running traditional food businesses and witnessing the waste generated by the private sector, Muñoz aimed to offer a transformative service that would help the environment while also being financially sustainable. Triciclos operates in 13 countries in Latin America, where their mission is to foster new designs for a world without waste.

Joanna Sustento
Climate Activist, Greenpeace

Joanna is a survivor turned climate activist. after surviving Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. She has served as a voice for the people of Leyte and other climate-impacted communities by humanizing the climate crisis through the power of storytelling. She has spoken in international climate meetings organized by the United Nations, Greenpeace, and other international organizations. While still active in promoting the rights of climate-impacted communities, she recently joined Greenpeace Philippines as a Public Engagement.

Damon Gameau
Director, Writer, Producer and Presenter

As a director Damon wrote, directed and performed vocals for the 2011 winning Tropfest short film, “Animal Beatbox”. “That Sugar Film” – in which Damon documents the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body - was his first feature length film as a director and won Best Documentary at the Australian AACTA awards. Damon’s new film, 2040, is an innovative feature documentary that explores what the future would look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet.

Francesco Rocca
President of IFRC and National President of the Italian Red Cross, Italy
Stefanie Holzwarth - Moderator
Associate Specialist, Urban Mobility, UN Habitat
Stefanie Holzwarth is an Associate Specialist at the Urban Mobility Unit at UN-Habitat. She is trained in urban planning and has been working on sustainable mobility projects for more than 5 years, providing technical advice, knowledge and advocacy to governments around the world. Previously she worked in an urban development project at GIZ. Stefanie is a passionate cyclist and regularly participates in Open Streets Activities or Critical Mass Events to create awareness of pedestrians’ and cyclists’ rights to shared urban roads.
Dagmawit Moges
H.E. the Minister, Ministry of Transport, Ethiopia
Dagmawit Moges Bekele is an Ethiopian politician serving as the current Minister of Transport for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia since 2018. After studying her BA in Public Administration and Development Management (PADM) and acquiring her MA in Public Management and Policy (MPMP) from Addis Ababa University (AAU), she was teaching in the same department where she finished her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Before her current post, she has served as a Deputy Mayor and Communication’s Affairs bureau head of Addis Ababa City Government. She is a Cabinet member of FDRE and a Member of House of People’s Representatives of Ethiopia (HoPRE).
Eveline Prado Trevisan
Coordinator for Sustainability and Environment, BHTrans
Graduated in architecture and urbanism from Centro Universitário Metodista Izabela Hendrix (1991) and a Master in Social Sciences from PUC Minas (2012), Eveline is currently the Coordinator for Sustainability and Environment at BHTrans, Belo Horizonte’s Department of Transportation. In her role, she is coordinating the Belo Horizonte Bicycle Program - PEDALA BH; she is a full Member of the Technical Group for the preparation of the DENATRAN National Cycling Manual; Full member of the Management Committee of the Conjunto Moderno da Pampulha; Full member of the Zona Cultural Praça da Estação Advisory Board; Municipal delegate member - Metropolitan Conference of RMBH, full member of the City Commission, full member of the Permanent Commission for Standardization of Urban Furniture in Belo Horizonte. Eveline has experience in Architecture and Urbanism, with an emphasis on Architecture and Urbanism, acting mainly on the following themes: urban design, urban planning, design and cycle planning.
Edwins Mukabanah
Chairman of the National Federation of Public Transport Operators, Kenya
Mr. Edwins Mukabanah is the Chairman of the National Federation of Public Transport Operators in Kenya. Mr. Mukabanah is also the Managing Director of Kenya Bus Service Group of Companies and the Vice President (representing East Africa) at the African Association of Public Transport (UATP/UITP). He is engaged in the COVID-19 response in the transport sector in Kenya and will be able to share from the perspective of transport operators in the Global South, where minibuses form the majority of public transport services. Edwins has more than 30 years of professional hands-on experience in Public Bus Transport Planning, Operation and Management gained both locally and abroad, having previously worked with United Transport Overseas Services in Kenya and Stagecoach in UK.
Mzikhona Mgedle
Founder, Langa Bicycle Hub

Mzikhona Mgedle is the founder for Langa Bicycle Hub in Langa Township, Cape Town, South Africa. The aim of the hub is to normalize the use of the bicycle as a form of transport on the narrow roads in the township, also by encouraging more women and children on bicycles.
He is also supporting Khaltsha Cycles, a one-stop bicycle shop, which recently launched the “Heroes on Bikes” campaign – which provides essential workers with a safe, reliable, and convenient way of commuting to work by bicycle during times of COVID-19.
Previously, he has worked for 5 years as Engagement and Mobilization Coordinator at Open Streets Cape Town. Mzikhona is also a musical artist.

Armin Wagner
Team leader Sustainable Mobility, GIZ

Armin Wagner is the head of the Sector Project “Sustainable Mobility” at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in Eschborn, Germany since 2013. Within this project (commissioned by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)), he is in charge of design, implementation, coordination and follow-up of GIZ activities related to sustainable urban mobility and transport policy, including the Sustainable Urban Transport Project (www.sutp.org), the German Partnership for Sustainable Mobility (www.german-sustainable-mobility.de) and the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (www.transformative-mobility.org). Further, he leads the GIZ’s work on international fuel prices (www.giz.de/fuelprices).

Mulia Nurhasan
Nutritionist Researcher, Center for International Forestry Research
Mulia Nurhasan is a Nutrition Researcher for sustainable food system at Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). She has been doing research on local diets, food consumption pattern and the linkage between land use and dietary change in South East Asia. Her main focus is in the nexus between environment and food/nutrition.
Femy Pinto
Executive Director, Non Timber Forest Product - Exchange Programme
Femy Pinto is the Executive Director of NTFP-EP where she envisioned self-empowered generations of forest-dependent communities, contributing to and benefiting from sustainably-managed forested landscapes and ecosystems, knowledge and cultural traditions. With more than 20 years of experience in grassroots level and policy engagement, she has become one the strongest figure in the fora of food system and indigenous people livelihood.
Moh Suthasiny
Social Entrepreneur, Happy Grocers
After graduating from Thammasat University, Moh and Mook co-founded the start-up Happy Grocers with the aim of connecting local expertises to the regional and international market, creating a business that benefits consumers, suppliers, and the broader society. With international experience in sustainability, community development, social entrepreneurship, and marketing, Moh and Mook represent a new generation of young female agri-entrepreneurs at the forefront of Thailand's sustainable city-regional food planning, based in Bangkok.
Santosh Singh
Head - Energy, Climate Change and Agriculture, Intellecap
Santos Singh has extensive experience in research, policy advocacy, consultancy and operations of rural, agri-businesses and social businesses in India and West Africa. His specialties are innovative business models, market based solutions, public policy, development finance, social marketing.
Sofia Cavalleri
Research Associate, SEI Asia

Sofia Cavalleri is a Research Associate at SEI Asia, working with the Policy Analysis Cluster. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, at the Department of Environment, Development, and Sustainability. She is also a Local Pathways Fellow affiliated with SDSN Youth. Her research explores innovative practice models to plan sustainable city-regional food systems, bridging the urban/rural divide.

Kuntum Melati
SDG Research Associate, SEI

Ms Kuntum Melati is a policy specialist, with a focus on natural resource management, community participation, gender and stakeholder engagement. Her role as research associate at SEI-Asia builds on 10 years of experience in development in Southeast Asia and internationally, having taken on various roles from research, facilitation and program management. Currently she is working on effective lessons for delivering Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and wider.

Charmian Love
Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School

Charmian believes in the power of business as a force for good. She is the Co-Founder and Chair of B Lab UK and Entrepreneur in Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Her areas of focus include the rise of profit and purpose business models, regenerative and circular economic systems, and mobilizing a ‘Movement of Movements’.

Etta Madete
Architectural Designer, BuildX Studio
Etta Madete is an architectural designer at BuildX Studio, lecturer(TF) at the University of Nairobi and an Aspen 2020 fellow In both capacities she practices, teaches, and does research on architectural design innovation that brings sustainable economic, social and environmental development to Kenya and beyond. Most recently she was a panelist at the 18th International Conference on Non-Conventional Materials and the lead researcher for the East Africa section of the 2020 exhibition with Rem Koolhaas, OMA, Harvard GSD happening at the Guggenheim museum in New York on the countryside.
Jasmine Crowe
Founder & CEO, Goodr

Jasmine Crowe is an award-winning social entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Goodr, a sustainable waste management company that leverages technology to combat hunger and reduce food waste. Goodr has redirected over five million pounds of surplus food from restaurants, event centers, airports, and businesses to millions of people who are food insecure. Since March of 2020, Goodr is responsible for providing over two million meals to people in need.

Marcelo Behar
Vice-President for Sustainability & Group Affairs, Natura & Co

Marcelo Behar is a sociologist and a lawyer graduated at University of São Paulo, in Brazil. He worked in NGOs and as a journalist on Foreign Politics at Folha de São Paulo, and served the Brazilian government in the Justice and Strategic Affairs Ministries. An executive since 2009, he worked in infrastructure and joined Natura in 2013. He is currently the VP of Sustainability and Group Affairs for Natura &Co, the global beauty group that comprises Avon, Natura, The Body Shop and Aesop, and is committed to address the climate crises, protect the Amazon, defend Human Rights and embrace circularity, all by 2030.

Laura Velez Villa
Manager for SDG Program and Partnerships, B Lab

Laura Vélez Villa leads B Lab's effort to drive business action on the Sustainable Development Goals. She joined B Lab's Strategic Growth team in 2016, after serving as Executive Director of B Lab's partner in Colombia, Sistema B, since 2014. Prior to B Lab, Laura led Endeavor Chile's Search and Selection team, supporting high-growth entrepreneurs across the country. Before that, she served as a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, with a dual focus on non-market strategies and corporate sustainability. She graduated magna cum laude at Brandeis University in 2011 with a BA in Economics and International and Global Studies.

Dona Bertarelli
UNCTAD Special Adviser for the Blue Economy, Switzerland
Ren Wan
Co-founder of JupYeah

Ren Wan is Co-founder of JupYeah and LookMatters, and an advocate of environmental issues, green living, and slow fashion. Ren Wan established herself as a magazine editor and worked at WestEast Magazine as Managing Editor and Contributing Editor at MING Magazine. In 2011, she waved farewell to her role as a constantly-travelling journalist and decided to stay in her home town to pursue a postgraduate diploma in sustainable development and co-found JupYeah, which promotes swapping and raises awareness on overconsumption and waste. In light of excessive fashion consumption and waste in Hong Kong, JupYeah launched ‘LookMatters’ in 2014 to promote second-hand fashion.

Heidi Solba
President and Head of the Global Network, Let's Do It World, Estonia

Heidi Solba as President and Head of the Global Network is serving today one of the largest civic movements, called Let´s Do It World. With the belief that everything is possible, she has created and empowered the strong network of leaders worldwide to organise World Cleanup Day. 21,2 million people from 180 countries participated in the largest peaceful civic action in human history. She has a master degree in Environmental Protection and International Business Management. She is an inspirational leader, speaker, mentor, trainee, an expert on CSR and social change.

Christian Schwarzer - Moderator
Steering Committee Member representing Europe and Global North Focal Point, Global Youth Biodiversity Network
Christian is one of the founders of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (gybn.org) and has dedicated most of his life working on environmental issues. In recognition of his activities on Biodiversity, he has been appointed as Youth Ambassador for the UN Decade on Biodiversity. He is a member of NAJU and Co-Chair of Germany’s NGO working group on Biodiversity policy. He participated in over 25 rounds of UN negotiations under the UNFCCC, IPBES and the CBD and published numerous articles and studies on environmental policy issues, and is one of the lead authors of CBD in a Nutshell.
Shamila Nair-Bedouelle
Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences at UNESCO
Shamila Nair-Bedouelle took up her duties as Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences at UNESCO on 1 April 2019. She comes to UNESCO from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), where she had served as Director of the OzonAction programme since 2012. Responsible for implementing the Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol, she had coordinated a unique network of 147 national Ozone Action offices, providing developing countries with scientific and technical advice as to which alternative technologies to choose to the chemical substances depleting the Ozone Layer. A strong advocate for enhancing womens’ role in science and engineering, she launched UNEP’s first training programme for women technicians. Born in 1960, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle holds a PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Capetown in South Africa. She pursued her research career at the Institut Pasteur in Paris from January 1992 onwards then within the pharmaceutical industry at the MIT University Park in Boston, USA, from January 1994 until January 1996, when she integrated the French National Institue for Medical Research (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale, INSERM). She has published in numerous scientific journals and is the co-inventor of several patents.
 
Dr. Keiichi Nakazawa
Director, Biodiversity Strategy Office, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Dr. NAKAZAWA Keiichi is working as Director for Biodiversity Strategy Office at the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, working on policy making for various global biodiversity conservation issues including CBD and IPBES and the National Biodiversity Strategy of Japan.
He joined the Ministry of the Environment of Japan in 1992, and served as park ranger in Oze area, involving extensively in policy making for the conservation of biodiversity and the management of wildlife, among others.
He was working on the support of the CBD-COP10 Chair and the coordination of the negotiations at COP10, serving as a member of Japanese delegation.

Abigail Kitma
Indigenous Peoples Rights Program staff, Tebtebba
Abigail Kitma is an Ibaloy-Igorot from the Northern Philippines, and currently working with Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education), an NGO in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. She is one of the Indigenous youth representatives at the United Nations Youth Advisory Board (UNYAB) in the Philippines, and is a member of the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB).
Eugenia Arguedas
CBD National Focal Point, Costa Rica
Eugenia Arguedas Montezuma, is a biologist with a Master Degree in Environmental Management. Ms. Arguedas is the Costa Rica CBD National Focal Point isince 2012. She has more than 30 years of experience working with biodiversity in Costa Rica, specially protected áreas, management of wildlife. Ms. Arguedas is the National Coordinator of the monitoring of biodiversity.
Amelia Arreguín Prado
Co-Coordinator CBD Women's Caucus, General Coordinator, Eco Maxei Querétaro AC
Amelia holds a bachelor in political communication and is a specialist in gender and community development, working to advance women and girls’ rights within the environmental sector. She is a young ecofeminist, cyclist, mountain lover and birdwatcher. She serves as Co-coordinator of the Women's Group of the Convention on Biological Diversity, Policy Officer for Women4Biodiversity, and as Regional Coordinator for the Global Youth Biodiversity Network in Latin America and the Caribbean. She has been a university lecturer, author of several articles, and has participated as a speaker and organizer of environmental and academic events.
Dr. Kiruben Naicker
Chief Director: Biodiversity Monitoring and Specialist Services (Acting)/Information Management and Science Policy Interface, Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Government of South Africa
Kiruben has 18 years of public service experience working in the agriculture and conservation sectors. He has led the science policy interface in South Africa and he is the nominated focal point of the Intergovernmental platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). His work in the science policy interface is supported by mentorship of interns and the managed network. He has two Master of Science degrees, one in Cryo-conservation from Wits University and another in Conservation Biology from the University of Kent. He has a recent Phd in Leadership in Natural Capital Accounting from the University of Pretoria.
Swetha Stotra Bashyam
Global South Focal Point, Steering Committee Member, Global Youth Biodiversity Network
Swetha is a budding wildlife biologist from India. She is dedicated towards working in both the grassroots and the international policy levels to help conserve biodiversity and wildlife. Her wildlife conservation projects in India have included fighting against illegal encroachments in protected areas, advocating for conserving new habitats for otters, tigers and the critically endangered long-billed vultures. She also conducted one of the first studies on the stump-tailed macaques.

Swetha is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) and has been elected as GYBN's Global South Focal Point. With the GYBN team she is coordinating the youth engagement roadmap for the post 2020.
Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Ms Elizabeth Maruma Mrema has been appointed Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on 8 June 2020. Prior to that, she served as Director, Law Division, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). From 2009 to 2012, she served as the Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, Acting Executive Secretary of the UNEP/ASCOBANS and Interim Executive Secretary of the UNEP/Gorilla Agreement. Ms. Mrema worked with Tanzania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Ms. Mrema holds a Master of Law degree from Dalhousie University, Canada.
Tuntiak Katan
General Coordinator, Global Alliance of Territorial Communities
Tuntiak Katan is an indigenous leader who was born in the Tuutinentsa Shuar community, Morona Santiago Province, in the Amazonian region of Ecuador. Since 2000, he has worked on social, cultural and environmental projects among different cultures in the Amazon Basin. Currently, he is vice-coordinator of COICA and general coordinator of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities.
Levi Sucre
Coordinator, Mesoamerican Alliance of Peoples and Forests
Levi Sucre is a Costa Rican indigenous leader who currently directs the process of technical management and organization of the Indigenous Network Bribri and Cabecar (RIBCA), a group of eight indigenous territories of Costa Rica. He is a farmer and specialist in indigenous organizations, cultures and the environment of Central America. He comes from the Bribri Talamanca indigenous community and has more than 20 years of experience in rural development and community organization, and 15 years of experience in design, implementation and evaluation of projects in indigenous territories and local communities.
Sonia Guajajara
Executive Coordinator, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil

Sonia is from the Guajajara /Tryhar people, who live in the forests of the Arariboia Indigenous Land in Brazil. She graduated in Letters and Nursing and postgraduate in Special Education. Her indigenous and environmental activism began during her youth in grassroots movements and went to the National Congress - where she acted against a series of law projects that tried to remove rights from traditional populations and threaten the environment. In 2018 she was a candidate for vice president of Brazil.

Rukka Sombolinggi
Secretary General, Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN)
Rukka Sombolinggi is a Toraya from Sulawesi, and Secretary General of the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN), an organization of indigenous peoples in Indonesia which encompasses 1025 indigenous communities and more than 30 indigenous organizations as members. Before joining AMAN in 1999, Rukka worked for JAPHAMA (Jaringan Pembelaan Hak-hak Masyarakat Adat), a network of indigenous peoples’ defenders — one of the main groups that convened the first congress of indigenous peoples in Indonesia in March 1999 during which AMAN was established.
Iris Leck
Member, Katsatkö Women's Association
She is a young Cabécar indigenous leader and member of the Katsatkö Women's Association. Since 2019, she is a Solar Program Technician and Facilitator of the Women's Empowerment Component in the ADITICA-Love for Life solar panel project. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she leads the cultural axis of the attention plan with her association.
Dinamam Tuxá
Coordinator, Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil

Dinamam belongs to the Tuxá People. He is a Coordinator of the Indigenous Peoples Articulation of Brazil (APIB) and Legal Advisor of the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples and Organizations of the Northeast, Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo (Apoinme). Indigenous social activist, lawyer, master in Sustainable Development and PhD student in Law from the University of Brasilia (UnB), he acts nationally and internationally in defense of the rights of indigenous people.

Rajesh Mirchandani - Moderator
Chief Communications Officer, United Nations Foundation

Rajesh Mirchandani is Chief Communications Officer at the UN Foundation, where he leads a team of skilled communicators working to advance progress on important global issues. Rajesh has over 20 years of global journalism experience with the British Broadcasting Corporation, including five years based in the U.S. He has covered a wide variety of stories and issues, from two U.S. presidential elections to the Haiti earthquake, global health security in the Horn of Africa to green energy investments in California. More recently, Mirchandani has helped the Center for Global Development navigate a redrawn political map, bringing the substance and relevance of the Center’s pioneering economics research to wider audiences.

Lucy Biggers
Climate Host at Now This News
Lucy Biggers, is the Climate and Sustainability Correspondent at Now This Media. As a correspondent and producer focused on sustainability, climate change and our impact on the environment, Lucy spearheaded NowThis’ on-the-ground reporting to cover the protests at Standing Rock garnered 100 million views. Her latest series, "One Small Step", highlights the simple actions regular people can take to learn how to live more sustainably. Lucy engages with thousands of followers on Instagram where she discusses sustainability, climate change & growing your own food. Her work is frequently amplified by elected officials including Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Pita Taufatofua
Tongan Olympian and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to the Pacific

An Olympian of the highest calibre, he has competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic Games despite the odds. He is the first UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to the Pacific where, using his notoriety for good, he helps address children’s access to health and education services while advocating for their rights world-wide. His work in homeless shelters for over fifteen years has a proven track record for assisting young people to succeed where they had lost hope. He has spoken on Motivation at the U.N. at the request of Mr Miroslav Lajčák of Slovakia, former President of the General Assembly, and alongside Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, for Solve at MIT, the prestigious annual summit addressing solutions for global challenges. He's broken the internet twice as the Tongan Flag Bearer and strives to be a superhero for the people and our planet. He is currently in training for both the Sprint Kayak and Taekwondo events of the 2021 Toyko Summer Olympics.

Neeshad Shafi
+SocialGood Connector and Co-Founder Youth Climate & Environment

Neeshad Shafi is an Environmentalist, Speaker and Social Change Advocate. He was distinguished as one of the ‘World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019.' Neeshad holds a master’s degree in Energy and Environmental Engineering and based in Doha, Qatar. He has over five years of experience in analyzing Global Environmental Politics and Climate Policies with a special focus on the Middle East. An active member of several global environmental youth groups and contributed actively in international summits notably United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations at COP21, COP22, COP24, COP25, World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos 2019, World Economic Forum Middle East 2019, Global Landscapes Forum Bonn 2019 and UN Youth Climate Summit 2019.

Dustin Liu
UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations

Dustin Liu is the UNA-USA Youth Observer to the United Nations. The son of two Taiwanese immigrants who have long fostered in him the belief that individuals can inspire social change, Justin is interested in dialogue as a tool for social change and the potential to build educational pathways and experiences that allow humans to flourish. Dustin holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where he served as the Student Trustee on Cornell’s Board of Trustees and was named a Fulbright Grantee. He is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Education at the Harvard Education Graduate School of Education.

Eva Jones
Girl Up Leader

Eva Jones, Founding President of Hood River Valley High School Girl Up, 2018-19 Girl Up Teen Advisor, and Zero Hour Ambassador grew up in the beautiful Columbia Gorge within a diverse community and environment. Watching wildfires ravage the forests and grasslands, salmon populations dwindle, and Mt Hood glaciers recede in Oregon grabbed her attention to the frontline impacts not only she but other more vulnerable communities face because of climate change. Her club has raised over $55,000 for Girl Up, donated over 4,500 menstrual products to local women, and expanded their advocacy to local, state, and federal levels. In 2019, Eva attended the United Nations Youth Climate Summit and then the World Economic Forum as a youth tent coordinator for Arctic Basecamp where she marched with Greta Thunberg.

Pratik Desai - Moderator
Strategic Engagement Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance
Pratik leads strategic engagement efforts for the World Benchmarking Alliance, working to grow and strengthen a diverse, balanced, and inclusive community of global allies and partners who believe in and understand the potential of benchmarks to drive transformative change through the SDGs.
Elizabeth Cousens
CEO, UN Foundation
Elizabeth Cousens is President and CEO of the UN Foundation. She was previously at the US Mission to the UN in New York, including as Ambassador to ECOSOC and the Peacebuilding Commission and as negotiator on the SDGs. Prior to that, she worked around the world for organizations including the International Peace Institute and HD Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue.
Lysa John
Secretary-General, CIVICUS
Lysa has worked on issues of governance accountability and social justice since 1998, including with Save the Children and as Head of Outreach for the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Agenda. Her early career was spent on grassroots-led advocacy and campaigns, including on youth, urban poverty, governance and housing rights.
Solomé Lemma
Executive Director, Thousand Currents
Solomé is Executive Director of Thousand Currents, which partners with grassroots groups and movements — led by women, youth, and Indigenous Peoples in the Global South — that are creating lasting solutions to our shared global challenges. Previously, she co-founded and led initiative Africans in the Diaspora, and she served as Global Fund for Children’s Senior Program Officer for Africa for over five years, managing a portfolio of over 100 grassroots organizations in about 25 countries.
Ada Colau Ballano
Mayor of Barcelona
Ada Colau Ballano, first female Mayor of Barcelona and Special Envoy of United Cities and Local Government to the United Nations. Her background is as an activist on human rights, labour rights and citizen participation
Fatima Qureshi
Account Director, Edelman, UK
Giovanna Kuele
Researcher, Igarape Institute
Giovanna Kuele is non-resident researcher for Igarapé Institute and PhD Candidate at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). Based in NY, she has researched and engaged with international politics, particularly regarding global governance, international security, conflict prevention, and peace operations. She completed her M.A. (2017) and B.A. (2014) at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. She has conducted fieldwork in Congo (2015), Ethiopia (2018), and Kenya (2018).
Pratik Desai
Strategic Engagement Lead, World Benchmarking Alliance
Pratik leads strategic engagement efforts for the WBA, working to grow and strengthen a diverse, balanced, and inclusive community of global allies and partners who believe in and understand the potential of benchmarks to drive transformative change. Previously, he managed private sector engagement and policy efforts for the United Nations Foundation and held positions in program development, operations, and communications and outreach with TechnoServe, The White House, and the Council on Foreign Relations. A native of Gweru, Zimbabwe, Pratik is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science.
Giulia Corinaldi
Director of Inclusive Economies, Thomson Reuters Foundation
Giulia joined the Thomson Reuters Foundation in 2018 as the Global Head of Programmes for TrustLaw. With over 15 years of experience in the NGO and social enterprise sector, Giulia sets and manages TrustLaw’s global engagement strategy with NGOs, INGOs, social enterprises and corporate foundations. She leads an exceptional team of programme managers around the world in developing impactful and innovative partnerships and projects.
Mandeep S. Tiwana
Chief Programmes Officer, CIVICUS
Mandeep Tiwana is the chief programmes officer at CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. He specialises in legislation relating to the core civil society freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Since joining CIVICUS in 2008, Mandeep has engaged in efforts to advance civil society participation in decision making and to protect civil society freedoms globally. He has written extensively on the intersection between civil society, development and international affairs in this capacity. Previously, Mandeep advised the New Delhi Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He has also worked with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, and has published a compilation of landmark Indian Supreme Court decisions and National Human Rights Commission guidelines on human rights and policing and has co-authored modules on human rights for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and a citizen's handbook explaining the mandate and practical functioning of human rights commissions in India. Mandeep has also drafted two annual reports for the Punjab State Human Rights Commission and has worked on projects related to good governance and women's empowerment in India. Mandeep holds BA and LL.B degrees from Panjab University, India and an LL.M in Law in Development from Warwick University, UK.
Andia Chakava
Country Chair, New Faces New Voices Kenya
Andia Chakava has 17 years of experience in fund management and 6 years of driving women economic empowerment goals. She is a global thought leader in gender lens investing and is one of the first female fund managers in the region. She has been instrumental in the set up of two fund management companies in Kenya (Old Mutual Investment Services and Alpha Africa Asset Managers) where she served in each as Managing Director. She is also the lead consultant and co-author of a 2017 research published by the Graça Machel Trust called ‘Growth Barriers Affecting Female Entrepreneurs in East Africa.’in Italy.
Arindom Datta
Executive Director, Rural & Development Banking/Advisory, Rabobank
Arindom Datta has been working for Rabobank for the last 14 years and has over 28 years of experience in rural finance, cooperative, microfinance and agribusiness banking. Arindom is responsible for the sustainability banking initiatives on knowledge, risk management and business development. He also oversees the Rabo Foundation projects in blended finance, technology/innovation and access to finance in the agriculture sector. He previously worked with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, IDBI Bank and CARE. Arindom’s work is recognized and he has been honoured with the ‘India Sustainable Leadership’ award at the India Sustainability Leadership Summit in 2017.
Raina Kadavil
Marketing Analyst at Mastercard, CEO at Urba Refuge, Communications Board at the United Nations Association of Westchester
Raina Kadavil is a Marketing Analyst managing Loyalty and Engagement products at Mastercard, and an MBA student at Johns Hopkins University with a background in International Relations. She is also the Philanthropy Chair of the Women’s Leadership Network at Mastercard and deeply involved in Mastercard’s mission of “doing well by doing good” through the Girls4Tech initiative and more. Raina is also the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Refuge, a nonprofit that breaks geographic and linguistic barriers by mapping aid for refugees and immigrants living in large cities. She serves on the Communications Board of the United Nations Association of Westchester.
Kirsten Brosbøl
CEO and Founder, Parliamentarians for the Global Goals
Kirsten Brosbøl is the Founder of Parliamentarians for the Global Goals – a new initiative for and by parliamentarians who work on the 2030 Agenda. She is also CEO and Founder of 2030beyond, a non-profit do-tank on the SDGs based in Denmark. Additionally she is Commissioner of the The Lancet Commission on COVID-19, an Obama Foundation Scholar, a European Young Leader, Former MP and Minister of Environment (2014-2015) of Denmark, along with being Founder and chair of the Danish Parliament’s All-Party Group on the SDGs (2017-2019). She completed her Master of Arts in War and Peace Studies at the University of Sussex and her Master of Arts in International Development from the University of Roskilde.
Trisha Shetty
Founder, SheSays
Trisha Shetty is a lawyer, social activist, and Founder of SheSays, a non-profit organization and online platform that aims to end gender-based discrimination and advance women’s rights in India by engaging youth as agents of social change. Her work and advocacy has been recognised by the UN, President Obama, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and President Emmanuel Macron. She currently serves as the President of the Steering Committee of the Paris Peace Forum. She was an Obama Foundation Scholar 2018/2019.
Gabriela Cuevas Barron
President, IPU, senator, Mexico
Lukas Köhler
MP, German Bundestag
Niels Fuglsang
MP, European Parliament
Jacquiline Amongin
MP, Ugandan Parliament, Member of the Pan African Parliament, Chair of the Pan African Parliament Alliance on SDGs

Jacquiline Amongin was elected to the Parliament of Uganda in 2011, and in 2013 she joined the Pan African Parliament. In 2018 she was awarded the Mandela Leadership Prize for her work with the Pan African Parliament "promoting good governance and development in Africa".

Nadira Hira
Master of Ceremony

Nadira Hira is a writer, host, and passionate progressive known for her distinctive voice and the compelling conversations she’s used it to create. Nadira’s spoken everywhere from Google and Disney to the United Nations; appeared on the likes of NPR, HBO, and CNN; and explored the far reaches of modern culture for many print outlets, including Newsweek and Fortune, where she did some of her favorite journalism as a staff writer chronicling the Millennial generation. A would-be poet, professional sports fan, and proud graduate of Stanford University, Nadira’s eternally grateful to call Brooklyn, New York, home.

Julia Zimmerman - Moderator
Program Officer at Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens
Julia currently serves as a Program Officer at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens in Vienna, Austria. She is a dedicated young professional, an engaged change-maker, and a passionate advocate for sustainability, human rights, and gender equality with over two years of experience working for international NGOs and partnering with diverse local, regional, and international stakeholders. Julia seeks to use her career and voice to uplift and empower others and believes in the power of communication and the arts in changing hearts and minds.
Oyindamola Adegboye
Education Consultant at The Education Partnership Centre
Oyindamola Adegboye is passionate about strengthening Africa’s human capital – especially through educating the youth with relevant skills - to drive social and economic prosperity. She is currently works with the Consultancy unit of The Education Partnership Centre, Lagos, Nigeria where she is carrying out three capstone projects.
Alhassan Baba Muniru
Co-founder of Recycle Up! Ghana
Alhassan was a Ban Ki-moon Centre Global Citizen Scholar in 2018. He is passionate about the environment, education and youth empowerment and has dedicated a significant proportion of his time working on these issues. This is what led him to co-found the organization's Technology Without Borders Ghana and later Recycle Up! Ghana.
Farida Amiri
Founder of Peace Friends
Farida Amiri is a peace activist and peacebuilder from Afghanistan. With her grassroots initiative “Peace Friends” she established youth- and women-focused network mechanisms designed to promote and support peace-building activities, social gatherings within the context of Afghanistan.
Latifa AlWazzan
Founder / Executive Team Member at MW6INY Environmental Awareness Campaign / wazzanMath Social Enterprise
Latifa AlWazzan is a social entrepreneur in the field of education from Kuwait. In her work, she applies engaging methodologies to integrate the SDGs into every level of education. Having young students help her build a solar-energy powered greenhouse in the backyard of a public school in Kuwait was just one of her innovative projects.
Belinda Isimbi Uwase
University Student and Founder of GLOW VOICE
Belinda Isimbi Uwase is a passionate young activist from Rwanda who is currently pursuing her university degree in Seoul, Korea. Her SDG Micro-Project is in partnership with the organization she founded, “GLOW VOICE”, which seeks to empower young girls in high schools in Rwanda. She believes that it is her responsibility to teach other girls how to speak up for themselves and to know their true worth so that they can unleash their full potential.
Gina Lucarelli
UNDP Accelerator Labs Team Leader, UNP
Gina Lucarelli has been working in global development for over 20 years. She has dabbled in social innovation and global development in the areas of data innovation, collective intelligence, sustainable development, justice reform, indigenous knowledge and participatory development. She has also managed teams and portfolios in innovation, directed digital and open data strategies, fought for private sector and innovation foundation partnerships, led strategic planning, attempted to see impact through monitoring and evaluation, and led advocacy and communication campaigns in the UN.
Anil Kumar Gupta
Professor, Honeybee Network
Anil Kumar Gupta is an Indian scholar in the area of grassroots innovations. He is the founder of the Honey Bee Network. He retired as a full-time professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 2017, where he served for about 36 years. He held an executive vice-chair at the National Innovation Foundation, where he is a member of its governing board now. He is also a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He was awarded the Padma Shri in the year 2004, for his contributions to management education.
Rex Lor
Head of Solutions Mapping, UNDP

Rex Lor is the Head of Solutions Mapping of UNDP Philippines and is on the lookout for grassroots innovations through the Science & Technology Department's Grassroots Innovation for Inclusive Development (GRIND), a Philippines Accelerator Lab-supported program. He is an educator and researcher by training, designs social innovation programs, and facilitates innovation workshops.

Fatima Farouta
Head of Solutions Mapping, UNDP
Fatima Farouta is the Head of Solutions Mapping of UNDP Ghana, she is trained as an anthropologist and is looking for grassroots innovations in Accra. Fatima is is uniquely positioned to identify grassroots innovations in the Accra communities.
Mahasin Ismail
Founder, Saunders Homestay
Mahasin Ismail is a business studies senior student from Sudan. She has founded Saunders Homestay, a Sudanese digital marketplace for hosted accommodation focused on home-sharing and dedicated to offering quality rooms at wallet-friendly price, and giving host an opportunity to rent out their spare rooms on their global marketplace. Passionate about youth entrepreneurship and social enterprises and social impact, Mahasin has served as a motivational speaker at several primary and high schools, gender equality and woman right activist seeking to make a positive change in Sudan.
Natalie Robi Tingo
Director of Msichana Empowerment Kuria, Youth Power Panel Member (Restless Development)
Natalie is a youth and women’s advocate, girls rights activist, founder & Executive Director of Msichana Empowerment Kuria, a women-led community based organization in rural Kenya. She is passionate about girls’ rights to end poverty and reduce inequality by addressing sexual reproductive health rights. She partners with girls, their communities and stakeholders to advance sexual reproductive health and human rights.
Ledys Sanjuan
Advocacy, Communications & Tech Manager, FRIDA
Natasha Harris-Harb
Youth Engagement Advisor, United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI)
Ena Zafar
Youth Accountability Advocate, Restless Development
Coumba Toure
Movement Coordinator of African Rising
Abel Koka
Restless Development, Youth Task Force for Generation Equality Forum
Alice Macdonald - Moderator
Director of Policy and Campaigns at Project Everyone

Alice is an international development professional with over a decade of experience. She is Campaigns and Policy Director at Project Everyone, a not-for-profit founded by film maker Richard Curtis which seeks to put the power of great communications behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As well as leading campaigns and strategy work, Alice’s work includes building partnerships with organisations around the world from the UN to civil society. Her prior experience spans politics, the NGO sector and the private sector. She was previously Head of Campaigns and Advocacy at Save the Children where she ran one of the biggest global coalition campaigns ever focussed on the SDGs. She has worked around the world including as a governance adviser in the Office of the President of Rwanda and supporting country level advocacy work in South Africa and Ethiopia. She began her career at the Labour Party where she headed the Research Unit and was a senior political adviser on international affairs. She is a Labour Party Councillor in Southwark in London where a strong focus of her work has been focussed on opportunities for young people.

Claire Melamed
Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Claire Melamed is the CEO of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. This growing network brings together several hundred members - governments, private sector, and civil society - to harness and leverage data and data technology towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. She was previously Managing Director of the Overseas Development Institute, and in 2014, she worked in the office of the UN Secretary General, writing the report of the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution, “A World That Counts”.
Rosario Del Pilar Diaz Garavito
Youth Power Panelist and Chief Executive Director, The Millennials Movement
Rosario is a young civic leader from Peru. She is the founder and Chief Executive Director of The Millennials Movement and General Coordinator at the 2030 Agenda Citizens Ambassadors Programme. She is the member of Youth Power Panel, and is the LAC Regional Caucus Coordinator for the UN Major Group of Children and Youth. Rosario is also an Obama Scholar and graduated with a Master’s Degree on International Development and Policy at Harris School of Public Policy at the Chicago University.
Jeffrey Sachs
Economist
Jeffrey Sachs is an American economist, liberal, academic, public policy analyst and former director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he holds the title of University Professor. He is President of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and is known as one of the world's leading experts on economic development and the fight against poverty.
Hamzat Lawal
Campaigner/ Activist and Founder, Connected Development
Hamzat Lawal is an anti-corruption activist. He is the initiator of Follow The Money, and the founder of Connected Development, a non-profit organization that comprises data analysts, journalists, activists, and students.
Willy Xiao
Youth Representative, World Organization of the Scout Movement

Willy is a strong believer in young peoples’ influence in addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time. In high school, he earned the highest award in Scouting in the United States and then went on to Harvard University for his Bachelors of Arts in Computer Science, where he also provided legal services to disprivileged individuals. Willy currently works in the tech industry, focusing on new-product development, software, and data analysis. For the past 7 years, Willy was part of the Dream Team, a youth advisory council to the executives of the 24th World Scout Jamboree, which brought over 45,000 young people from around the world to West Virginia, USA for 12 days packed with adventure, friendship, and leadership activities.

Ana Clara Marti
Education specialist | Board Member in YMCA Uruguay | UN Advocacy officer | Coordinator of the Regional Committee on the 2030 Agenda of LACA-YMCA
Ana Clara has a degree in Education, a postgraduate degree in Educational Management and is currently studying a master's degree in Direction of International Cooperation Projects. Since she was 15 years old, she has worked with young people, through volunteering and participation. She has been involved in several youth empowerment spaces and processes in Uruguay and Latin America. Currently, she works in an education institution supporting the personal growth process of 17- and 18-year-old students. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of Uruguay and was selected as an Advocacy Officer at the United Nations Advocacy Group of the World Alliance of YMCAs. In this role, one of the main purposes is to make the voice of young people heard at the United Nations, as well as to identify priority areas where policies on youth, employment and gender need to be developed, and to contribute to the outreach and work for the achievement of the goals of the 2030 Agenda.


Meti Gemechu
Youth Leadership Development Programme Coordinator, YWCA Ethiopia
Meti is a talented young woman leader who graduated from Future Talent Academy and has been working passionately in the social sector since she was a young girl. She is currently the Youth Leadership Development Programme Coordinator at YWCA Ethiopia where she works in advocacy, movement building and youth development initiatives. Her passion for helping people and civic leadership is matched with her experience working as a youth champion on the State of the African Women campaigns. Through her engagement she has been able to be part of the leadership committee of the newly founded Anti-FGM Youth Network in Ethiopia. Passionate about community development and advocacy, she has seized many opportunities to participate in national and international platforms, to speak out for her generation and amplify the voices of the women in Ethiopia. She is also representing World YWCA in the Beijing +25 Youth Journey Mapping initiative.
Chamathya Fernando
WAGGGS Youth representative | Gender equality activist | Girl Guide in Sri Lanka
Chamathya Fernando is a youth activist and gender equality advocate from Sri Lanka. She is a former World Board Member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the youngest to hold this position.
Working as a marketing professional, Chamathya dedicates her volunteer time serving as a member of the UN Women Beijing +25 Global Youth Task Force leading the Generation Equality campaign. Chamathya is also a global facilitator of the WAGGGS Stop The Violence campaign, where she has educated young people on gender violence in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In 2017, she was recognized as one of the 10 Global Emerging Young Leaders by the US State Department for her work on empowering girls and young women against gender-based violence.
Melanie Tran
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award -Youth Representative | UX Designer | Social Entrepreneur
Named one of the Top 100 Women of Influence 2019 by the Australian Financial Review,
Melanie Tran is a designer, an innovator, an activist, a social entrepreneur. Melanie’s work as a User Experience (UX) Designer and social entrepreneur has been recognised internationally, including being named the winner of the Laureate International Universities Global Here for Good Award 2018 .
Melanie’s lived-experience, developed skills and knowledge allow for her work to span the disability, health and technology sectors. With over eight years’ experience, and through her role as a UX Designer at Hireup, Melanie specializes in bringing together the worlds of business, design and social impact.
Melanie is also the first person in the world with a neuromuscular condition to receive The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award for Bronze, Silver and Gold.

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