Speakers

Ahmad Ashkar
CEO & Founder, Hult Prize Foundation
Ahmad Ashkar is CEO and Founder of the Hult Prize Foundation named by TIME Magazine as the top five ideas changing the world. He is also founding CEO of Falafel Inc, a venture social enterprise which feeds and empowers refugees around the world. Ashkar’s startups, learning programs and companies are recognized as some of the most impactful in the world. In 2018, his company was awarded, One Of The World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company and in 2019 Ashkar was selected by Gulf Business as Top 100 Most Powerful Arabs. Author of the forthingcoming book, The Pursuit of Impact.
Iza

Iza is an international award-winning Brazilian pop-star, singer and performer. She has a global following of over 40 million people and over 1 billion YouTube views. In her personal capacity, she is committed to using her platform and voice to inspire action to end racism and injustice. She is a Brand Ambassador for the Be The One campaign, a collaboration with Humanity Lab Foundation, Warner Music and the United Nations.

Maejor

Maejor is an international award-winning American record producer, singer, songwriter. He has written and produced songs for prominent artists including Justin Beiber and many others. Maejor is a passionate activist and is committed to using his platform to inspire empathy and global engagement to end injustice. He is a Brand Ambassador for the Be The One campaign, a collaboration with Humanity Lab Foundation, Warner Music and the United Nations.

Clarissa Ward – Moderator
CNN Chief International Correspondent and author of ‘On All Fronts’

Clarissa Ward is an American television journalist who is currently chief international correspondent for CNN. She was formerly with CBS News, based in London. Before her CBS News position, Ward was a Moscow-based news correspondent for ABC News programs.

Sherrie Westin
President of Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop

Sherrie Westin is President of Social Impact and Philanthropy for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. She leads the Workshop’s efforts to serve vulnerable children through mass media and targeted initiatives in the United States and around the world. Westin serves as Sesame Workshop’s chief mission ambassador, raising awareness, developing strategic partnerships, and cultivating philanthropic support to further the Workshop’s mission to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Westin has held leadership positions in media, nonprofit, and public service. She was Assistant to the President for Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs for President George H.W. Bush. Westin serves on the board of directors of UNICEF USA, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Communities in Schools, and Vital Voices Global Partnership, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was named a “Leading Global Thinker” by Foreign Policy Magazine and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business”.

Sarah Bouchie
Vice President of Global Programmes, The LEGO Foundation

Sarah Bouchie is Vice President, Global Programmes at the LEGO Foundation, leading the Foundation’s diverse portfolio of global initiatives that seek to promote learning through play in early childhood and primary school. Prior to the Lego Foundation, Sarah served as Vice President of Program Development at ChildFund International. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eureka College and a Master’s degree from American University.

Vic Van Vuuren – Moderator
Director of Enterprises, ILO
After completing a law degree Vic started his working career at the South African Department of Justice as a public prosecutor and magistrate. Thereafter he moved into the private sector and progressed later to executive positions. Vic was later appointed as the Chief Operations Officer of the national unified business federation organisation – Business Unity South Africa, which he helped establish. In February 2009 Vic was appointed as the Director, International Labour Organization for Southern Africa and in January 2016 Vic was appointed as the Director, Enterprises Department at the International Labour Organization in Geneva.
Nisreen Elsaim
SG’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change
Nisreen Elsaim (Sudan) is a climate activist and junior negotiator at intergovernmental climate change platforms with experience across a range of environmental topics, and she was part of the social movement that brought about democratic change in Sudan.
Paloma Costa
SG’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Paloma Costa (Brazil) is a lawyer and human rights defender who has coordinated the youth delegations to several climate conferences.

Archana Soreng
SG’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Archana Soreng is experienced in advocacy and research. She is working to document, preserve, and promote traditional knowledge and cultural practices of indigenous communities.

Vladislav Kaim
SG’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change

Vladislav Kaim (Moldova) is a young economist committed to ensuring green and decent jobs for youth, and he brings deep expertise in international trade and migration.

Guy Ryder
Director-General at ILO
Guy Ryder was elected as ILO Director-General by the ILO’s Governing Body in May 2012 and took office on 1 October 2012. On taking office, he pledged to position the Organization as a determined actor translating principle into action and ensuring that it had the capacity to make a major difference to the working lives of people on all of the continents. To support this he launched a major reform process geared to assuring the ILO’s authority on matters falling within its mandate.
Roberto Suarez Santos
Secretary General at IOE
Roberto Suarez Santos is the Secretary General of the International Organisation of Employers from 26 October 2018. Prior to his current role, he held the post of Deputy Secretary-General since December 2012.
Sharan Burrow
General Secretary at ITUC

Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the ITUC at its Second World Congress in Vancouver, June 2010. Prior to this, she held the position of ITUC President since its Founding Congress in Vienna (November 2006) and the position of ICFTU President since its 18th World Congress in Miyazaki (November 2004). She is the first woman to have held any of these positions.

Danny Sriskandarajah – Moderator
CEO Oxfam

Dr Danny Sriskandarajah has been CEO of Oxfam Great Britain since January 2019. Prior to that he spent six years as Secretary General of CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. Previous roles include Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. From 2018 to 2019 he was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. Danny is passionate about the power of civil society to challenge inequality.

Lan Mercado
Asia Regional Director, Oxfam

Lan is a life-long activist, with over 30 years of experience working with civil society coalitions, environmental movements, and international women’s rights organizations. Today, she leads Oxfam in Asia, and she is currently co-leading Oxfam’s global advocacy work on coronavirus, including campaigns for debt relief and a People’s Vaccine.

Chioma Agwuegbo
Executive Director, TechHerNG
Chioma’s interests revolve around women, media, politics, and technology. As Executive Director at TechHerNG, she applies tech solutions towards societal problems, especially as they affect women. Whether it is chaperoning young, first-time women politicians, co-creating solutions for sexual and gender-based violence, or curating sessions on digital security, Chioma believes that technology not applied is not useful.

Chioma’s foray into advocacy began with the Light Up Nigeria Movement in 2008. Since then, she has functioned in leadership teams for campaigns such as Enough is Enough, Gen Voices, Occupy Nigeria, Bring Back Our Girls, Not Too Young To Run, and now, StateofEmergencyGBV.
 
Njoki Njehu
Pan Africa Coordinator for the Fight Inequality Alliance

Ms. Njehû is a committed grassroots organizer/mobilizer and activist.

A Pan-Africanist, feminist, and popular educator, Ms. Njehû’s expertise includes women’s land rights, gender justice, community rights, and environmental justice.

She is co-founder & Executive Director of Daughters of Mumbi Global Resource Center (DOM), an independent non-ethnic, non-partisan Nairobi-based network. Prior to her 2005 return to Kenya, Ms. Njehû served as Director of the 50 Years Is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice. She has testified three (3) times before the U.S. Congress, on debt, HIV/AIDS and other crises facing Africa.

Ms. Njehû is the coordinator of the Pan-African Fight Inequality Alliance, Board member Urgent Action Fund (UAF) Africa and Natural Justice.

Ms. Njehû has been widely profiled and quoted in print and broadcast media, including: Time Magazine, The Financial Times (U.K), The New York Times, The Sankei Shimbun (Japan), The Washington Post, BBC, CNN International, and various radio & TV stations in Kenya.

Richard Curtis
Writer & Director

Richard Curtis is a Writer and Director. He wrote the film Four Weddings and a Funeral and went on to receive an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay. Other film work includes Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Mr. Bean, Love Actually, The Boat That Rocked and About Time.
In the other half of Richard’s life, he is the Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the UK charity Comic Relief. In 1988, Comic Relief launched its Red Nose Day fundraising initiative, including a live TV broadcast for the BBC, which brought together some of the biggest celebrities of the day. Since then, Richard has produced more than 16 live nights of television and Red Nose Day has raised more than £1 billion for projects in the UK and around the world.
Richard was a founding member of Make Poverty History and worked both on that campaign and on Live 8 in 2005. In 2014 he founded Project Everyone to help to launch and promote the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development, a series of ambitious targets to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and combat climate change by 2030.

Edward Ndopu
Activits, Humanitarian, SDG Advocate

Mr. Ndopu is an award winning, internationally acclaimed activist and humanitarian. Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at age two and given only five years to live, he has gone on to become a beacon of hope and possibility for people with disabilities around the world. He has also advised organizations such as the World Economic Forum, UN Women and Amnesty International. Mr. Ndopu holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Oxford University and is currently setting in motion plans to deliver a televised address to the UN from Space, in an effort to inspire greater ambition around the SDGs. This will make him the first physically disabled person to travel into space.

Jacquelline Fuller
VP, Google and President of Google.org

Jacquelline Fuller leads Google.org, a data-driven, human-focused philanthropy powered by Google. Jacquelline joined Google in 2007 and manages a global team overseeing Google’s philanthropic work, product donations and employee giving and volunteering. Her team invests over $200 million a year to support innovative nonprofits using technology to tackle complex global challenges and create more opportunities for everyone. Prior to Google, Jacquelline served as Deputy Director of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. While at the Gates Foundation, Jacquelline and her family moved to Delhi, India where she launched a $300 million health initiative. Jacquelline also served as a speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan. She received her BA in political science from UCLA and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard. She serves on the board of GiveDirectly.

Dia Mirza
Actor, Producer, UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador

Dia Mirza is an award-winning Actor, Producer, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador & United Nations Secretary-General Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals. As a champion of nature, Dia Mirza dons many a hat with élan and ease. Today, Dia Mirza has become the voice of environmental and wildlife conservation in the country and a torchbearer for causes related to nature.

Filippo Grandi
UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Elected by the General Assembly for a five year term, Filippo Grandi became the 11th UN High Commissioner for Refugees on 1 January 2016. He leads UNHCR, which operates in 135 countries providing protection and assistance to nearly 80 million refugees, returnees, internally displaced people, and stateless persons. Grandi, an Italian national, has been engaged in international cooperation for 35 years and holds degrees in modern history and philosophy, as well as an honorary doctorate from the University of Coventry.

Mohamed Salah
Ambassador for Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR’s Instant Network Schools (INS)

Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah is one of the most prolific forwards in world football and a Champions League and Premier League winner. He was named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2019 and is well known for his philanthropy in a range of areas including education. In February 2020, Mohamed Salah became the first Ambassador for Instant Network Schools (INS) – a joint programme between UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the Vodafone Foundation which employs digital technology to connect refugee and host-country students to a quality education.

Luel Bai
Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya
Pacific Marius
Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, Tanzania
Salama Mohamed
Nyarugusu Refugee Camp, Tanzania
Fatna Osman
Ajoung Thok Refugee Camp, South Sudan
Amr Nour – Moderator
Director, Regional Commissions New York Office

Mr. Nour is currently the Director of the United Nations Regional Commissions’ Office in New York. In this capacity, he is responsible for providing strategic policy advice on a broad array of economic and social development issues on the global agenda with a bearing on the regional work undertaken by the Regional Commissions. He is also leading inter-regional coordination and collaboration efforts among the Commissions. Before joining his current functions, Mr. Nour worked as a research and evaluation officer at the United Nations (UN). He conducted in depth UN system-wide programmatic and technical cooperation audits in the field, in addition to management evaluations, including on results-based management and reform in the UN system. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Nour worked as a diplomat advising the Government of Egypt on issues of foreign policy. His portfolio included, among others, the political economy of energy, trade-related issues and negotiations, as well as the sustainable development agenda. Mr. Nour also covered in-depth a number of political issues, including as a delegate to the Security Council. He represented his government in several global conferences and UN main and subsidiary bodies and led negotiations on behalf of several political groupings at the UN.Mr. Nour carries a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University, United States; a Masters in Political Science from the University of Paris I/Sorbonne, France; in addition to Law and Engineering Degrees from Cairo University, Egypt. He also carries post-graduate certificates in international law and Middle-Eastern studies.

Yetnebersh Negussie
Senior Manager, Global Action on Disability (GLAD)

Ms. Yetnebersh is a lawyer and disability rights activist from Ethiopia. She is the founder member of Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development. Before joining the Global Action on Disability, she served as a member of the International Board of Ambassadors of Light for the World. She is recipient of several national and international awards. She is a Laureate of Right Livelihood Award of 2017 for “her inspiring work promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities, allowing them to realise their full potential and changing mindsets in our societies.” Yetnebersh Nigussie initiated the ‘Her Abilities Award’ together with Light for the World to honour women with disabilities who achieved greatness in their life and field of work (www.her-abilities-award.org).

Philipp Schönrock
Director, CEPEI

Philip Schönrock is the Director of Cepei a Think Tank located in Bogota, Colombia, that promotes dialogue and multi-stakeholder participation in global agendas on sustainable development. Cepei’s Center for Studies on VNRs analyzes voluntary national reports presented by Latin America and Caribbean countries, for a better understanding of the actions that countries carry out to move towards sustainable development. Also, Cepei developed the “Position Tracker”, a tool based on its own methodology to monitor compliance with the commitments that Latin America and the Caribbean governments have made with the implementation of the global development agendas.

Ms. Salma Nims
Secretary-General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women

Dr. Nims is a member of the Advisory Group to the High-Level Task Force on Financing for Gender Equality for the United Nations. She sits on the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Women Empowerment and co-chairs the “National Committee on Pay Equity” with the SG of the Ministry of Labour and the “Gender Partners Coordination Group” with the EU Ambassador to Jordan and UN Women Country Representative in Jordan. Dr Nims serves on the boards of the Higher Population Council, Taqaddam Platform, Center for Protection of Freedom of Journalists and Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) as well as several national strategic planning steering and technical committees. She is active on social media, raising issues relating to social equity and human rights, with specific reference to women rights. In 2019, Dr. Nims received Said Foundation Outstanding Achievement Prize, which is awarded to individuals judged to have contributed significantly to the development of the region.

Ms Durreen Shahnaz
Founder, Impact Investment Xchange

Durreen Shahnaz, a global leader of social impact and impact investing, is the founder of Impact Investment Exchange (IIX) and IIX Foundation. Over the past three decades, her mission has been to build a more inclusive, sustainable world by transforming financial markets and bringing underserved women to the forefront of capital markets. Drawing on a rich career as an investment banker, development worker, researcher, educator, and serial social entrepreneur, Shahnaz’s work has helped thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, governments and impact stakeholders around the world to play a role in sustainable development and women’s empowerment.

With a career that has spanned the globe, Shahnaz has built a track record as a successful professional at Morgan Stanley (New York), Grameen Bank (Bangladesh), Hearst Magazines International (New York), and the National University of Singapore. Additionally, she founded, grew and sold oneNest (New York) – an impact enterprise and online marketplace for handmade goods. oneNest was sold to Novica United, working in association with National Geographic Society. Through these roles, Shahnaz has broken down walls and built bridges in order to connect the backstreets of underserved communities to the Wall Streets of the world.

Ms. Rosalyn Old
Board Member, European Youth Forum

Rosalyn Old is Board Member of the European Youth Forum. She works as a researcher on community organisations and has undertaken PhD research on sustainable cities and human behaviour. Her volunteering background is in students’ unions, Girlguiding UK and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, with a focus on governance and advocacy. In the European Youth Forum she focuses on sustainable development, climate change and supporting youth delegates in these spaces.

Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director, UNAIDS
Winnie Byanyima is the Executive Director of UNAIDS and an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. A passionate and longstanding champion of social justice and gender equality. Ms Byanyima leads the United Nations’ efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Ms Byanyima believes that health care is a human right and was an early champion of a People’s Vaccine against the coronavirus that is available and free of charge to everyone, everywhere.
Liu Zhenmin
Under-Secretary-General, UN DESA
Mr. Liu Zhenmin has been the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs since 26 July 2017. He started his career at China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1982, serving in various capacities, including as the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of China since 2013 and as Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva (2011-2013).

Mr. Liu has 30 years of experience in the diplomatic service, including 10 years working on climate change negotiations, including the conclusion of the Paris Agreement.

Today, Mr. Liu guides the UN Secretariat’s support to the 2030 Agenda follow-up and many other intergovernmental processes as well as UN DESA’s policy analysis and capacity development work.
 
Mac Glovinsky
Education Global Program Lead, Learning Passport, UNICEF
Mac Glovinsky is a seasoned innovator with experience delivering user centric projects and products. He possesses deep knowledge of project and product management techniques, data strategy, and insights and has a proven history navigating, solutioning, and delivering value in ambiguous environments and complex humanitarian scenarios. Mac is currently the Global Program manager of the Learning Passport, a partnership between UNICEF, Microsoft, Cambridge University, supported by the Boston Consulting Group, delivering digital education experiences to anyone, anywhere. He is responsible for overall management, cross functional development, financing, and deployment of a premiere digital learning platform and experience for children worldwide.
Jennifer Brooks
Director of Humanitarian Partnerships, Microsoft Philanthropies
Jennifer is the Global Director of UN Relations for Microsoft. Her personal mission and her career are focused in creating a social impact through Sustainable Development. Gender diversity, and girls and women inclusion opportunities are an important driver of her work. As Director of UN Relations, she is responsible of developing and managing strategic UN relations and partnerships aligned to Microsoft’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).
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.

Sal Khan
Founder and CEO, Khan Academy

Sal Khan is the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit educational organization that offers free lessons in math, sciences and humanities in multiple languages, as well as free tools for parents and teachers to track student progress.

Edward Ndopu
Activits, Humanitarian, SDG Advocate

Mr. Ndopu is an award winning, internationally acclaimed activist and humanitarian. Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at age two and given only five years to live, he has gone on to become a beacon of hope and possibility for people with disabilities around the world. Mr. Ndopu currently serves as Special Advisor to RTW Investments, a leading investor in scientific and medical innovation. He has also advised organizations such as the World Economic Forum, UN Women and Amnesty International. Mr. Ndopu holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Oxford University and is currently setting in motion plans to deliver a televised address to the UN from Space, in an effort to inspire greater ambition around the SDGs. This will make him the first physically disabled person to travel into space.  

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim
Founder, Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT); SDG Advocate

Ms. Ibrahim is an expert in indigenous peoples’ adaptation to climate change, traditional ecological knowledge, and climate change mitigation strategies. She is Co-Chair of the International Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change. From a Mbororo pastoralist community in Chad, Ms. Ibrahim founded the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) and works to empower indigenous voices and ensure their inclusion on international platforms. She lead several concrete projects that improved access to basic need of indigenous peoples, while promoting their unique contribution to the protection of the environment. 3D participatory mapping, for instance, helps to prevent resources-based conflicts in one of the poorest and most vulnerable region of the world.

Monique DeBose
Monique DeBose is an award-winning Jazz singer and playwright. Her last album debuted at #2 on the Jazz Charts of iTunes while her ‘One Woman Show’ won the Producers’ Awards at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. With her African-American father and Irish-American mother, having faced racism at various junctures of life, Monique has spent her life helping to dissolve the ‘black and white’ world. She has dedicated her career to SDG 16 – to promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies. A transformational performer on stage as a jazz singer, through theatre or while training high-level leaders, she helps people feel to be seen, be heard and be loved for who they are.
Uju Uzo-Ojinnaka
Founder and CEO, Traders for Africa
Uju Uzo-Ojinnaka is the Founder/CEO of Traders of Africa (TOFA); a Pan African online marketplace for products grown, produced or manufactured in Africa and African Trade Invest (ATI), a Pan African Digital platform for funding and investing in African Trade. She won the 2019 Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) in Nigeria and represented Nigeria in the Global finals in Saudi Arabia in November 2019. Uju has over 18 years’ work experience in Strategic Marketing, Banking, Business Development, Project Management and Leadership. She is the Co-Chair – eFounders for Nigeria.
Magellan Mario Jordan Fetalino III
Founder and CEO, Acuden Technologies Inc.
Mario Jordan “Magellan” Fetalino III is the Founder and CEO of Acudeen Technologies, Inc., an online movable asset exchange in the Philippines, winner of Seedstars Global 2017, regarded by IDC as one of the Top 10 fastest growing fintechs in the Philippines, and recipient of the 2019 ASEAN Business Award for Most Digitalised MSME in the region. He created a facility that provides accessible financing to underbanked SMEs in the Philippines and is currently a Board Trustee of Fintech Alliance Philippines and also used to serve as the Chairman of the Board of The Global Filipino Investors, one of the biggest financial education companies in the Philippines.
Nancy Amunga
Founder and CEO, Dana Logistics
Nancy Amunga is an astute Kenyan entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Dana Logistics, which offers corporate delivery services, transportation services and clearing and forwarding services (imports and exports). She is passionate about young people in business hence her initiative dubbed the Sprout Agenda where she mentors them and connects them to potential mentors. She uses her blog – nancyamunga.com – as a platform to mentor the youth as well as engage with them. Amunga’s desire is to impact as many youths and women as possible and believes that, “Live for yourself and you will in vain. Live for others and you will live again.”
Arlette Verploegh
Chief, Communications and External Relations, UNCTAD
Arlette Verploegh is a lawyer with extensive experience in spearheading high-level development projects at the United Nations such as the eFounders Fellowship Initiative and the UNCTAD Youth Network. These programmes are internationally recognized as innovative approaches to the sustainable development goals. She currently serves as the head of communications and external relations for UNCTAD; boosting the organization’s worldwide visibility and developing high-profile partnerships with global leaders, while making trade and development more accessible to a diverse range of stakeholders. She is dedicated to taking cutting-edge approaches to individual empowerment through social entrepreneurship and collaboration.
Brian Wong
Founder of Alibaba Global Initiatives, Alibaba Group and Adviser, eFounder Fellowship
Brian A. Wong is an innovator and entrepreneur whose career has spanned e-commerce, education, and
digital media. As the first American and 52nd employee to join Alibaba Group in 1999, Brian contributed to the company’s early globalization efforts and as vice president of Alibaba Group and member of the Academic Council. Brian founded Alibaba Global Initiatives (AGI), where he developed and led capacity building programs for entrepreneurs, universities and government leaders in emerging markets with the purpose of sharing how the digital economy can create a more inclusive society for all.   


Today, Brian is Founder and Chairman of RADII, a leading digital media company, dedicated to bridging understanding between the east and west and is Managing Director of Seacliff Partners, an investment firm dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs to build companies that help solve societies’ problems through digital solutions. Brian was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015, and he is a China Aspen Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Alena Dique
UNCTAD Youth Network
Alena Dique is a scholastic award winner on SME Business Innovation and finalist at the Women in Tech Awards Middle East under the category of -Young Leader of the Year. An Executive Leadership professional in the field of Information Communication Technology, she co-founded The ITW Training Academy. A TEDx Speaker on Independent Intelligence, and author of Sustainable Governance – part of Ministry of Informations approved Guide on Omani Corporate Governance; Alena has received titles of ‘National Changemaker’, ‘Young Woman Making a difference in the World’, ‘Woman in Technology’ in Oman and been a youth speaker at United Nations in Geneva and New York.
Flora Rosenow – Moderator
Global Brand & Communications Director at Impact Hub Network
Flora is passionate to use her expertise to drive good business – one that is collaborative, innovative and cares for people and the planet. Her background includes various international brand and marketing communications roles, for Nike as well as for a global NGO and the EU’s main network for climate change innovation. She applies a holistic approach to get from a vision to execution to spark engagement on subjects that matter. That is how she created the first ‘Climathon’, a global climate action hackathon that empowers citizens to take action on climate issues, which received a Guardian Sustainable Business Award.
Laura Mendoza
Founder, Chief Product Officer, Biotechnology entrepreneur at Unima
Laura Mendoza started her career as a chemical engineer and holds a Master of Science in Biotechnology and a Master of Arts in Marketing. She has 20 years of experience working in pharma and building up a startup, as well as having been involved in accelerators to develop high technology companies. From a personal perspective, she is passionate about personal growth and development.
Roberto Figueroa
Chief Human Resources Officer, Portal Telemedicina
Improving company’s processes through strategies and analysis can reduce operational costs up to 70%.
Through constant process improvements (user usability, automation methodologies, remote system’s installation) and innovations of technologies geared towards online medicine (IoT, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Security).
Today my activities contribute to a closer approach of medical specialists and patients in a way that is safe, fast, affordable and with the highest quality possible.
Pradeep Kakkattil
Director, Programme Partnerships and Fundraising, UNAIDS

As the Director of the Programme Partnerships and Fundraising Department, Mr Kakkattil oversees programmatic and political partnerships, including UNAIDS’ engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, political and parliamentary engagement and UNAIDS’ fundraising efforts. Pradeep Kakkattil started his career in India as a print and television journalist and filmmaker. He gave up his media career when a close friend tested positive for HIV in the early 1990s and started to respond to the potential threat of HIV to people of his generation. He became a principal investigator for the World Health Organization Global Programme on AIDS on the sex industry in south India, based in Chennai, and helped to establish networks of community organizations of female sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender people. He later moved to Delhi to help design and expand prevention programmes and managed the partnerships for sexual health portfolio as a staff member of the India office of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development from 1996 to 1999. Mr Kakkattil joined UNAIDS in India in 1999 and has since worked in various capacities. He served as the Deputy Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific between 2012 and 2015 and served as a senior adviser to the UNAIDS Executive Director between 2015 and 2017. In that capacity, he coordinated the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in 2016.

Diana Carolina Quintero
Cofounder, BIVE LGT Impact Fellow at Bive, mothers2mothers

Diana Quintero is a social innovator passionate about building sustainable solutions for social challenges, especially in accessing healthcare. She worked at mothers2mother in Malawi, where she led development projects for people, especially women, living with HIV and coordinated a partnership with the Ministry of Health to strengthen the country’s community health system. She previously founded and served as CEO of Bive, a social enterprise that facilitates access to high quality and affordable healthcare services for Colombian low-income rural families. Currently, Diana is a Rotary Peace Fellow and she is pursuing graduate studies in International Development Policy at Duke University.

Oli Henman – Moderator
Global Coordinator at Action for Sustainable Development

Oli is the Global Coordinator of Action for Sustainable Development, where he leads the global advocacy and engagement between civil society and multilateral bodies such as the UN and other international institutions. He has considerable experience of working with civil society participation and governance in South America, Europe and around the world. In his previous role at CIVICUS, he led key advocacy on the SDG negotiations, including leading roles in the ‘Sustainable Development 2015’ and ‘Action/2015’ projects, and he contributed regularly to policy developments on citizen participation in the UN and EU decision-making. Prior to CIVICUS, he was Head of Partnerships & International at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations in London, and he was also a co-drafter of the Council of Europe’s ‘Code of Good Practice on Civil Participation’. He is half-Brazilian and started his career working on participatory budgeting in the cities and rainforests of Brazil.

Jean-Betrand Mhandu
National Coordinator at African Youth Initiative on Climate Change
Jean-Betrand is one of the Earth Day Network Regional Directors for Africa. He is also the National Coordinator of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change Zimbabwe. He coordinates youth organizations and youth in Zimbabwe and across Africa to actively participate and implement Environmental Management, Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation projects. He is an inspirational speaker and has overcome many challenges to speak as an authentic voice of Zimbabwean youth.
Memory Kachambwa
Executive Director at Femnet
Memory is the Executive Director of Femnet- the African Women’s Development & Communication Network. She is an intersectional feminist, a women’s rights activist with over 18 years of experience working on issues of gender and development, women’s empowerment and human rights at national, regional (Africa) and international levels. Memory values deep relations that are empowering and timeless.
Beena Pallical
General Secretary at National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights
Beena J. Pallical is a Dalit women Leader from India and is currently General Secretary of the Economic and Educational rights wing within the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights (NCDHR). Over the last ten years she has been with the NCDHR working on Dalit Economic Rights. She has been passionately working towards policy changes within Central and State governments to recognise the rights of marginalised communities (Dalits & Tribals) in India. She also heads the Asia Dalit Women’s Economic Empowerment Program that works on empowering Dalit women in South Asia, which is part of the Asia Dalit Rights Forum.
Fatou Jeng
Founder of Clean Earth Gambia

Fatou is a dynamic youth leader on Climate Change and Environmental Development. She is the founder of Clean Earth Gambia, an Environmental NGO working mainly on climate related issues. Fatou is also the Policy Operations lead for Women and Gender to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Youth Constituency and Secretary General of Plant-for-the-Planet Global Board. She has supported several youth policy papers and positions on climate change, especially on the Gender Action Plan, Action for Climate Empowerment, and Youth in Agricultural initiatives to mitigate climate change. She was one of the young people who facilitated youth engagements during the Africa Climate Week in 2019. She was recently part of a group of 20 female climate activists from the Global South who wrote an open letter to the G20 finance ministers during the G20 meeting demanding climate action.

Josaia Jirauni
Researcher at PIANGO (Pacific Island Association of NGOs)
Josaia is a grasroots youth activist from the Pacific Island region and has been active in supporting a wide range of community voices to engage with those who are facing climate induced relocation. As a volunteer, he is providing support to local communities in Fiji on COVID-19 awareness. As a PIANGO Researcher, he has led the Localisation Baseline research in partnership with civil society members from Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu and Kiribati; to track the progress on the Grand Bargain Agreements. He has also spearheaded the establishment of the regional Technical Working Group on Localisation under the Pacific Resilience Partnership.
Angela Mendes
Coordinator at Chico Mendes Committee
Angela Mendes is a socio-environmental activist. She is the Coordinator of the Chico Mendes Committee, a movement created to manage and disseminate the memory and ideals of the rubber tapper leader Chico Mendes, murdered in 1988 fighting for the conservation of the Amazon and the world’s rainforests. She was one of the leaders who led the resumption of the Alliance of the Peoples of the Forest in 2018, which strengthens the struggle of indigenous peoples and rainforest populations in the Amazon.
Connie Britton
UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

Four-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominated Connie Britton, is an actress who continually receives accolades for her work in television and film. In April 2014 Britton was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. In this role, she raises awareness of UNDP’s work in poverty eradication and women’s empowerment, advocating to the American and global public.

Anjali Kwatra
UNDP Deputy Director of Communications


Anjali Kwatra is the Deputy Director of Communications at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). After studying politics and social anthropology at the University of Cambridge, she became a journalist, working for Agence-France Presse, the Press Association, the Guardian and the Express among others, covering politics, health, the British royal family, foreign affairs, conflict and disasters. She covered the 2004 Tsunami, the 2008 cyclone in Burma, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and has reported from around the world, including from Afghanistan, Kashmir and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Anjali lives in New York with her husband and three-year-old son.

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 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.

Emilia Saiz – Moderator
Secretary General, UCLG
Dr. Mohamed Boudra
Mayor/President, Al-Hoceima/UCLG
Thembisile Nkadimeng
Mayor / President, Polokwane / SALGA
Manuel de Araujo
Mayor /Representative, Quelimane / ICLEI – ICLEI Global Executive Committee
Wobine Buijs-Glaudemans
Mayor, Oss
Mohamed Saadie
President, UCLG-MEWA / Union of Dannieh Municipalities
Dr. Angel Adelaja
Founder & CEO, Fresh Direct Nigeria

Dr. Angel Adelaja is a development consultant and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services (Fresh Direct Nigeria), an urban farming and Ag-tech company in Abuja, Nigeria. Fresh Direct Nigeria brings fresh premium organic produce closer to market with its stackable container farms. The company brings together communities and technology, focusing on engaging youth in agriculture. Angel focuses on women and youth empowerment, utilizing grass roots campaigns, technology, and innovation to assist these groups in solving global issues.

Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile
Director at Kat Kai Kol-Kes International
Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile is an international award-winning Trans* ARTivist, communications specialist, and cultural architect from Botswana with imprints in human rights, education and performing arts. With global experience as a development practitioner, her approach to inclusion and diversification is informed by decoloniality, Feminism, and Disability theory in practice. Kolanyane-Kesupile holds an MA Human Rights, Culture, and Social Justice (Goldsmiths, UK) and is a multilingual practitioner with a keen eye for purpose driven, sustainable and innovative solutions to world matters. A published author, her writing appears in books, as well as World Economic Forum agenda, Washington Blade, and Mail & Guardian.
Laurel Patterson – Moderator
Head, SDG Integration UNDP

Laurel Patterson (Canada) is the Head of the SDG Integration in UNDP’s Global Policy Network. Laurel was previously Senior Global Policy Advisor, leading integrated policy development for SDG implementation in fragile and conflict affected settings.  Prior to joining BPPS, Laurel was Deputy Director of the UN System Affairs Group leading on UN reform, and previously the Deputy Director of the Partnerships Group in UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy. 

Laurel held several field-based assignments, including as rule of law specialist and chief of planning in Somalia and advisor for a sub-regional peacebuilding initiative in the Great Lakes of Africa. Before UNDP, she was the Associate Director of International Affairs at Simon Fraser University in Canada, where she coordinated the university’s international development portfolio, focused on primary education in Africa and Southeast Asia. Laurel started her career with the UN on assignment with UN Women in Zimbabwe and Angola, as part of their flagship women, peace and security portfolio.

Laurel has a MPhil Degree in International Relations, Cambridge University, UK.

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).
Dr. 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.
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 and Global Gender Expert
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
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

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.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of Liberia (2006-2017), Founder of The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Presidential Center for Women and Development

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Liberian politician and economist. After spending 12 years in exile, Ms. Johnson Sirleaf became the first ever woman elected President in Africa. She was President of Liberia from 2006-2017. Before her tenure as President, she was an influential economist for the World Bank. In 2011, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts to bring women into the peacekeeping process. In 2016, she was elected Chair of the Economic Community of West African States. She currently serves as Co-chair of the WHO Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response.

Emma Theofelus
Deputy Information & Technology Minister, Member of Parliament, Namibia

Emma Inamutila Theofelus was appointed Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Information, Communication and Technology in March 2020 and is a Member of the National Council of Higher Education. As Deputy Minister, her first challenge has been assisting in leading public communication on preventive steps against Namibia’s COVID-19 pandemic. At the time of her appointment, she was 23 years old and one of Africa’s youngest cabinet ministers. Prior to her political appointment, she completed a law degree at the University of Namibia.

Sophia Kianni
Founder & Executive Director, Climate Cardinals

Sophia Kianni is an 18 year old climate and environmental activist, specializing in media and strategy. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit with over 6,000 volunteers in 40+ countries working to translate climate information into more than 100 languages. She represents the United States as the youngest member on the inaugural United Nations Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. Sophia’s activism has been featured in news outlets including Forbes, CNN, The Guardian, CNBC, and even on the front page of The Washington Post.

Joenia Wapichana
Federal Deputy, Camara of Deputies

Joenia Wapichana, belongs to the Wapichana indigenous people, was born in the Truarú Indigenous Community, in the State of Roraima. Graduated in Law at the Federal University of Roraima in 1997, she is considered the first indigenous lawyer in Brazil to act in favor of indigenous peoples. He worked for many years in the organization Conselho Indígena de Roraima (1999-2018). In 2018, she won the UN Human Rights Award and was elected Federal Deputy for Roraima, becoming the first indigenous federal parliamentarian in Brazil.

Selwin Hart
Assistant Secretary-General, Special Adviser of the United Nations Secretary-General on Climate Action, United Nations

The Special Adviser ensures delivery of the Secretary-General’s priorities on climate change, from enhanced nationally determined contributions, fossil fuel and coal phase-out, ensuring public and private finance shifts and the transitions necessary to shift the world’s energy, transportation, land and natural systems in alignment with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Before his appointment, Selwin Hart served as the Executive Director for the Caribbean region at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). He was previously the Ambassador to the United States and the Organization of American States for Barbados and Director of the Secretary-General’s Climate Change Support Team, leading the team’s delivery of the 2014 Climate Summit and the Secretary-General’s engagement in the process leading to the signing of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Throughout his career, Mr. Hart has served in several climate action leadership positions, including as a Climate Adviser for the Caribbean Development Bank, Chief Climate Change Negotiator for Barbados, as well as the Coordinator and Lead Negotiator on Finance for the Alliance of Small Island Developing States, a coalition of 43 islands and low-lying coastal States in the Caribbean, Pacific, Africa, Indian Ocean and South China Sea. He was a member of the Kyoto Protocol Adaptation Fund Board from 2009 to 2010 and was elected by the United Nations General Assembly to serve as Vice-Chair of the Second Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (Economic and Financial) during its sixtieth Session.

Alexander Rendell
UNEP National Goodwill Ambassador for Thailand

Mr. Alexander Rendell is an actor, singer, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Environmental Education Center (EEC), an organization that raises environmental awareness among kids through camps. The EEC is in its fifth year of operations and has hosted around 150 camps. Using nature as its classroom, the group organises outdoor activities and camping trips to encourage young people to help protect the earth’s resources. Mr. Rendell aims to foster environmental consciousness in kids, to tackle the environmental crisis from the ground up. He holds a master’s degree in Environmental Social Science from Mahidol University and a bachelor’s in Communication and Media Studies from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Genevieve Jiva
Coordinator, Pacific Islands Climate Action Network

Genevieve Jiva is from Suva, Fiji and is the coordinator for the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network (PICAN), the Pacific regional node of CAN International. She has been a member of PICAN since 2015, participating in their activities and advocating for stronger action on climate change. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Politics, and has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Diplomacy and International Affairs from the University of the South Pacific. She is also a member of 350 Fiji and has participated in Peace Boat’s Ocean and Climate Youth Ambassador Program.

Meera DasGupta

Meera Dasgupta is a 16-year-old ‘Girl Be Heard’ Active Performer and the 2020 United States Youth Poet Laureate with the National Youth Poet Laureate Program and Urban Word NYC. She is a Van Lier Fellow, Federal Hall Fellow, Climate Speaks Winner, & Scholastic Arts and Writing Winner.
Meera’s performances have been featured by the NY Times, PBS, Apple, Grist, the Apollo, Bryant Park etc. and has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, the Teen Vogue Summit, TEDxCUNY. She hopes to continue to utilize the intersection between social justice and poetry in order to uplift the voices of underrepresented communities.

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
Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs & Human Rights, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Martha Delgado is currently the Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she promotes a multilateral foreign policy agenda. Martha is a recognized environmentalist leader at the national and international levels. She has 28 years of consecutive professional experience in various areas of national public service: in the Federal Public Administration, leading non-profit organizations dedicated to environmentalism and human rights, as an independent member of the Mexico City congress, as Secretary of the Environment for the Mexico City government, and as General Director of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate at Fundación PENSAR. Martha has served on the boards and advisory committees of various international and multilateral organizations and has led global networks on urban and environmental issues. She is currently the President of the first UN-Habitat Assembly (2019-2023), and also serves as Sherpa for the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (2019-2020), representing Mexico. Martha is certified in Environmental Policy and International Development by Harvard University (2017). In addition, she has written numerous scientific articles and has published opinion pieces in nationally recognized newspapers and specialized media such as El Universal, El Economista, Milenio, Foreign Affairs as well as the magazine Este País.

Rebecca Nadin
Director of Global Risks and Resilience, ODI
Dr. Nadin is the Director of ODI’s Global Risks and Resilience programme. She leads a multi-disciplinary team of analysts to pioneer policy-driven research on emerging risk vectors and resulting opportunities to reduce vulnerability, build resilience and drive transformative and sustainable change. She has more than 15 years of government and consultancy experience in China and Asia, specialising in designing and managing multi-stakeholder initiatives in sustainable development and climate change; leading climate risk and vulnerability analysis and policy formulation at national and sectoral level; and analysis of China’s emerging geopolitical strategy and socioeconomic priorities.
Ayman Cherkaoui
Coordinator for the Mohammed VI Prize for the Climate and Sustainable Development, Strategic Development Officer at the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection and Lead Counsel for Climate Change at the Center for International Sustainable Development Law
Mr. Ayman Cherkaoui is the Coordinator for the Mohammed VI Prize for the Climate and Sustainable Development as well as Strategic Development Officer at the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection. Ayman is Regional Facilitator of Major Groups and Stakeholders, Africa, elected by African organisations accredited to UNEP. Ayman is also Lead Counsel for Climate Change at the Center for International Sustainable Development Law, Judge for the SDG Action Awards, Obama Foundation: Africa Leader, Ambassador for the Adaptation without Borders Initiative, and Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader. Previously, he was Special Advisor to the Presidency of COP22 as well as Legal Advisor to the Environment Minister of Morocco and worked for Valyans Consulting and the International Air Transport Association. Ayman has academic background in Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Finance, Law and Engineering.
Philipine Kidulah
Director of Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika
Philipine is Founder and Director of Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika. The organization’s mission is to empower vulnerable women and their households for resilience to poverty and the adverse impacts of climate change in West Pokot County in Kenya. Through three empowerment programs (targeted at Girls, Farmers and partners) Jitokeze Wamama Wafrika serves women farmers as well as marginalized and landless girls that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
 
Barbara Guthrie
Officer & Vice President Corporate Sustainability, UL
Barbara Guthrie, UL Corporate Fellow, has been helping ensure safe, sustainable and secure living and working environments for people around the globe through her thirty-five years of experience in safety-science research, regulatory code and standards development, laboratory operations, product and system certifications, training and education. As VP Corporate Sustainability, Barbara is the visionary responsible for UL’s sustainability strategy across the global landscape, expanding and elevating its commitment to social, environmental and sustainability services and offerings. She leads UL employees on a shared mission to positively impact the planet, its people and prosperity while working for a safer, more secure and sustainable world.
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 campaigner.

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.

Rachel Konrad
CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER, IMPOSSIBLE FOODS

Rachel has extensive communications and marketing expertise in startup and multinational environments, both in the United States and internationally. From 2011-2016, Rachel was the global head of communication and marketing for the Renault-Nissan Alliance, one of the world’s largest automakers and the leader in zero-emission mobility. She was in charge of all aspects of communication, reputation management, sponsorships and events, reporting directly to CEO Carlos Ghosn and based in Paris. From 2010-2011, Rachel led communications for Tesla Motors Europe, where she was based in the U.K. and responsible for raising awareness and increasing sales in more than two dozen countries. Before moving to Europe, Rachel was in charge of communications for Tesla Motors from 2008-2009, where she was the sole PR person during the startup’s most transformative period, reporting directly to CEO Elon Musk. From 1994 to 2008, Rachel covered business and technology for the Associated Press, CNET and other news organizations. Rachel was a 2002 Pew Fellow for International Journalism and has a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from Northwestern University.

Professor Petteri Taalas
Secretary-General, World Metereological Organization

Professor Petteri Taalas has been the Secretary-General of WMO since 1 January 2016. He was appointed by the World Meteorological Congress in 2015 for a first four-year term. He is now serving his second four-year term (Jan 2020-Dec 2023). Prior to becoming Secretary-General, Professor Taalas was Director General of the Finnish Meteorological Institute (2007–2015 and 2002–2005) and Director of WMO Development and Regional Activities Department (2005-2007). Professor Taalas began his career as an ozone research scientist and becme a professor in remote sensing. Professor Taalas holds a PHD in Meteorology from the University of Helsinki, and degrees in Management and Executive Education from the Helsinki School of Economics. Professor Taalas is the author of ~50 peer-reviewed papers on satellite technology, global change, climate & atmospheric chemistry, and dozens of other publications & presentations.

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.
Lisa Manley
VP, Global Sustainability
Lisa Manley is Vice President of Sustainability at Mars, Incorporated where she oversees the Thriving People portfolio of initiatives, which includes respecting human rights, increasing incomes for smallholder farmers and unlocking opportunities for women. Lisa joined Mars in 2017 to refine and help launch the Sustainable in a Generation Plan. Since its launch, she has been focused on building momentum in the Plan through distinct sustainability strategies, dynamic communications, strategic NGO partnerships, diverse stakeholder engagements and visible leadership. Lisa is recognized externally as a leader in sustainability, speaking regularly in stakeholder forums and publishing viewpoints on relevant issues.
Francesco Rocca
President, IFRC
Mr Francesco Rocca has enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the Italian Red Cross, first as its Head of Emergency Operations in 2008 and its Extraordinary Commissioner (2009-2013) before being appointed National President (2013-2017) and later National President of the Italian Red Cross Association (2017-). His service with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has been equally distinguished. He has served as Vice-President (Europe) from 2013 to 2017, and was the Italian Red Cross representative on the IFRC Governing Board from 2009-2013.
Dia Mirza
Actress and Producer, SDG Advocate & UNEP Regional Goodwill Ambassador, Indi

Dia Mirza is an award-winning Actor, Producer, UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador & United Nations Secretary-General Advocate for Sustainable Development Goals. As a champion of nature, Dia Mirza dons many a hat with élan and ease. Today, Dia Mirza has become the voice of environmental and wildlife conservation in the country and a torchbearer for causes related to nature.

Mariama Djambony Badji
Co-founder & CEO, DNA SARL

Mariama Djambony BADJI is co-founder and CEO of DNA SARL, a construction company that offers living environments using natural and local materials. As a civil engineer and passionate about the environment, she’s currently working on the construction of safe, comfortable and eco-friendly housing. Since 2015, she has been volunteering with Africa Feliz Senegal, a non-profit association that aims to fight against poverty and irregular emigration through skills training for young people and women. They organize training in remote areas in Senegal to promote the empowerment of girls and women. In 2019, Mariama and her team trained 204 young people in Solar Installations, Serigraphy, Industrial welding and painting. Two years ago, she supervised the construction of a brand-new building entirely made with earth bricks at Polytechnic School of Dakar, the biggest polytechnic school of Senegal. Recently, she joined Let’s Build My School which builds classrooms in remote areas of the country using materials with a low environmental footprint such as earth or bamboo. Mariama firmly believes that environmental preservation will only be achieved through the commitment of everyone.

İlayda Eskitaşçıoğlu
Founder, We Need To Talk

İlayda Eskitaşcioğlu is the founder of We Need to Talk, an NGO that aims to provide sanitary materials to rural women in Turkey (seasonal agricultural workers, Syrian refugees, and pre-teen) and destroy the stigma around it, in 2016. Along with her team, she is fighting against period poverty and period stigma in Turkey and the Middle East, by providing menstrual products to women and girls from vulnerable communities, and by starting honest and open conversations about menstruation. İlayda is a human rights lawyer and a PhD student studying international human rights law at Koç University in İstanbul, Turkey. She is a fellow at the UNESCO Chair for Gender Equality and Sustainable Development and a researcher at the Center for Gender Studies (KOÇ-KAM).She is actively working as a G(irls)20 ambassador, she is a Stanford AMENDS Fellow and a Global Shaper and her NGO was recently chosen as one of Turkey’s “Changemakers”. Through her gender equality advocacy, in 2019, İlayda became a member of the Beijing+25 Global Youth Task Force, led by UN Women. Besides her activism on period poverty, her academic interests are international human rights law, business and human rights, gender equality, sustainable development, sexual and reproductive rights, and child labour.

Loay Radwan
CEO & Co-founder, G-Beetle

Loay Radwan is a co-founder of G-Beetle, a startup which aims to help farmers adapt with the aftermath of climate change and save water. His main motive is to provide people with a better quality of life and help make a change towards a prospering Earth. Loay aspires to become a renowned entrepreneur and dedicate his career towards solving environmental challenges. Loay Radwan has always been a devout believer that people should be there for each other – this is why he has built himself up to be a pillar of support for everyone around him. At a young age, Loay started noticing the various environmental issues that were present in his community. He thus decided to dedicate his life to taking action and changing this world into a better place. For this purpose, he chose to follow a career in Environmental Engineering, which allowed him to start his journey of activism, winning various competitions along the way. This led him to represent the Egyptian and African youth at the Youth Climate Action Summit last year and gave him the chance to speak to the world leaders about the climate crisis.

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 the Non-Timber Forest Products-Exchange Programme Asia (NTFP-EP Asia). Her background is in the social sciences and she holds a masters in international policy and international development, with 30 years of experience as a practitioner, manager and advocate of natural resources management and the development of non-timber forest products (NTFPs). She is engaged in policy advocacy work around indigenous peoples rights and access to natural resources, as well as civil society networking and institution building. Femy leads an ongoing Expert Group on Wild Foods, Biodiversity and Livelihood initiave of the NTFP-EP and SIANI.
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
Santosh leads the agriculture, energy, and climate change practice at Intellecap. He has more than 15 years of experience in Base of the Pyramid (BoP) market development with a focus on energy access, climate resilient agriculture, and climate finance. Before joining Intellecap, Santosh was working with the World Bank (South Asia Region) where his work focused on developing affordable clean energy access solutions, and climate finance interventions for various sectors.
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 at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

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
Anne Nwakalor
Visual Communications Officer at Connected Development
Hamzat Lawal
CEO, Connected Development & Founder, Follow the Money
Busayo Morakinyo
Community Engagement Manager, Follow The Money
Nancy Saiboh
Cameroon Follow The Money Champion
Samuel James Kpartor
Secretary General of the Liberia CSOs Anti-Corruption Coalition and Team Lead, Follow The Money
Eve Mathai
Head of Programmes, SIDAREC, Follow the Money Kenya Lead & Ke Budget Talk platform curator
Alessandro Armillotta
CEO, AWorld

Alessandro is the co-founder and CEO of AWorld, the platform and App in support of the United Nations campaign for individual action on climate change and sustainability, ActNow.

AWorld is a guide intended to inspire the public in learning about sustainability and take action in the fight for climate change. The App is a user-friendly application with the aim to educate all the communities on how to make small sustainable everyday actions, and to connect people to sustainable brands, international and non-governmental organizations contributing to the different dimensions of sustainability.

Alessandro is an award winning tech entrepreneur devoted to innovation and sustainability. He has extensive communications and marketing expertise in startup and e-Commerce environments, both in the United States and internationally.

He was awarded with; 2020 Zurich Innovation Championship Award, 2019 Impact Now Award, 2017 Netcomm Award Winner – Best B2B, 2017 NC Digital Awards – Best  B2B 

Jayathma Wickramanayake
UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in June 2017 at the age of 26. She is the youngest senior official in the UN and the first woman to hold this position. In this role, Jayathma works to expand the UN’s youth engagement and advocacy efforts across all four pillars of work — sustainable development, human rights, peace and security and humanitarian action — and serves as a representative of and advisor to the Secretary-General. In November 2019 Jayathma was recognized by Time Magazine in the list of “Time 100 Next: Rising stars shaping the future”. 

Originally from Sri Lanka, Ms. Wickramanayake has worked extensively on youth development and participation, and has played a key role in transforming the youth development sector in her home country. Prior to taking up her post, Ms. Wickramanayake was instrumental in creating the movement for civic and political engagement of young people, especially young women in Sri Lanka named “Hashtag Generation”. Previously, she advocated for global youth development on an international level including as the first ever Sri Lankan Youth Delegate to the United Nations and as the youth lead negotiator and member of the International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 where she played a critical role in mainstreaming youth in the Post-2015 Process and in the establishment of World Youth Skills Day.
 
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

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. Ms Nair-Bedouelle holds a PhD in Life Sciences from the University of Capetown in South Africa. Dr Nair-Bedouelle has pursued her research interests in parallel to her career at the United Nations.
 
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
Bachelor in political communication and 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.

Nadria Hira – Moderator
Master of Ceremonies

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.

Vanessa Nakate
Climate Justice Activist, Founder of The Rise Up Movement

Vanessa Nakate is a climate activist from Uganda . She was the First Fridays For Future climate activist in Uganda and founder of the Rise up Climate Movement, which aims to amplify the voices of activists from Africa. Her work includes raising awareness to the danger of climate change, the causes and the impacts. She spearheaded the campaign to save Congo’s rainforest, which is facing massive deforestation. This campaign later spread to other countries from Africa to Europe. She is working on a project that involves installation of solar and institutional stoves in schools. She holds a degree in Business Administration in Marketing from Makerere University Business School. Vanessa was one of the young climate activists who were chosen to speak at the COP25 gathering in Spain, and she was one of 20 climate activists who penned a letter addressed a letter to the participants of the World Economic Forum in Davos, calling on them to stop subsidizing fossil fuels.

Zinhle Essamuah
Host and Correspondent on NowThis News
Zinhle is a correspondent and the host of “KnowThis,” NowThis’ daily news show that gives a quick, but detailed rundown of all the trending news you need to know — from politics to viral news videos — on Facebook Watch and Instagram. Zinhle also covers breaking and long-form news stories around the country with a focus on the politics and culture beat — interviewing politicians from Bernie Sanders to celebrities like Serena Williams. Recently, she released a report on Black Maternal mortality in the COVID-19 era that grossed 3M views in less than one month. She continues to report on underserved communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2017, Zinhle opened NowThis’ Washington, D.C. bureau, championing on-the-ground live coverage of major protests, and reporting on the history-making candidates throughout the 2018 election. Zinhle is informed by a deep well of experience as a multimedia cinematographer, editor, and filmmaker, with her debut award-winning documentary film on the Black Lives Matter movement screened across the U.S., Canada and Europe. She is a recipient of a Gracie Award for her filmography. Zinhle’s incisive reporting and hosting skills have earned her the opportunity to speak at high-profile events across the country, most recently as moderator of the first Intergenerational Town Hall at the United Nations. Follow Zinhle on Facebook @zinhleessamuah, Instagram @simplyzinhle, and Twitter @simplyzinhle.
Solitaire Townsend
Co-Founder, Futerra

Solitaire has been a passionate change-maker for over 30 years. As co-founder of Futerra she advises governments, charities and brands including Google, IKEA and the United Nations on imagining a better future, and making it happen. With Futerra offices in London, Stockholm, New York and Mexico City she admits that making the world a better place is a damn good business plan. You can watch her TEDx talks online and read her in the Guardian, Huffington Post, Forbes and more often as @GreenSolitaire. Solitaire was named ‘Ethical Entrepreneur of the Year’ in 2008 and more recently was Chair of the UK Green Energy Scheme, a member of the United Nations Sustainable Lifestyles Taskforce and a London Leader for Sustainability. Her new book The Happy Hero – How To Change Your Life By Changing The World is out now.

Georgia Arnold
Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility at Viacom International Media Networks, Viacom
Georgia Arnold is Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility at Viacom International Media Networks and the Executive Director of MTV Staying Alive Foundation. Ms. Arnold was instrumental in establishing the MTV Staying Alive Foundation in 2005, and was appointed Executive Director in October 2007. MTV SAF is a US & UK charity, set up to tell stories to change lives, creating movements with purpose to improve young people’s health and well-being globally. As part of this, Ms Arnold conceived and created the multi award-winning MTV Shuga – a 360-degree mass-media HIV prevention & SRH edutainment campaign with proven impact. Since 2017, Ms Arnold has been the co-Champion of ‘Fusion’, Viacom’s ERG on Cultural Diversity.
Melinda Arons
Senior Vice President of Social Impact, Participant Media
Melinda Arons is SVP of Social Impact for Participant Media, where she is instrumental in helping build campaigns in support of the company’s social impact strategy that address the most important issues of our time. Arons started her career at Fox News and spent twelve years at ABC News as a producer for Good Morning America and Nightline, where she ultimately became the Chief Political Producer and Senior Producer. While at ABC she won a Peabody and was nominated for multiple Emmys ® . In 2013, she joined Facebook to help build their Media Partnerships team, and left in 2016 to join the Hillary For America presidential campaign as the Director of Broadcast Media. Since the election, Arons has consulted for the International Rescue Committee and for Lincoln Square Productions, the long form unit of ABC News. She attended Georgetown University.
Tatiana Fahie
Girl Up Teen Advisor
16-year-old advocate for gender equality, community development, and climate change. Born in Manhattan, New York City but raised on the beautiful island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. Since primary school, Tatiana has been an active member of her school, church, local and global community. She joined the BVI Red Cross as a youth volunteer in 2015. During her time in East Side Middle School in Upper East Side, post-Hurricanes Irma and Maria, her Student Council committee (Hurricane Irma Relief) donated $600 to the BVI Red Cross’ rebuilding project. Later that year, under Tatiana’s leadership, the Hurricane Irma Relief Committee donated school supplies worth over $50,000 to the BVI Department of Education. Since her return home, she founded the first Girl Up chapter in the British Virgin Islands. Simultaneously, presiding over the InterAct Club of her International Baccalaureate school: Cedar International School. Girl Up’s Board of Teen Advisors are the heart and soul of Girl Up. They are passionate changemakers who together spread and fuel Girl Up’s work ensuring the initiative stays authentic to the mission and brings the voice of this new generation to the forefront. Teen Advisors are central to all Girl Up decision-making by advising on strategy and offer guidance for our movement to advance global gender equality.
Natasha Mwansa
Journalist and Health Advocate
Natasha is the youngest recipient of the Global Health Leaders award worldwide awarded by the World Health Organisation in recognition of her work towards adolescent health for over six years and after her awe striking speech on what young people want during the opening of the 72nd World Health Assembly. She is also a recognised world leader by the 5Oth World Economic Forum as one of the top 10 young people under age 20 making global impact. Born on the 3rd of May, 2001, Natasha is a powerful and influential Zambian 19 year old girl who speaks out on issues affecting the health and well-being of young people. She is the founder and the Executive Director of the Natasha Mwansa Foundation, a foundation that aims to see a world in which Young People are heard, valued, healthy and given the opportunity to share power with stakeholders and influence decisions made over them. Additionally she is a health, women and young people’s rights activist and advocate. She is also a Women Deliver 2018 Young Leader. Additionally, her work has led her to sit on the African Union Commission’s Youth Advisory Board, she was picked as the United Nation’s Population Fund’s Youth Ambassador and she is a Social Accountability Monitor and a second year student at the University of Zambia. Her goal is to be the voice to the voiceless and equip them to realise that they too have a voice and ought to be heard.
Anusha Maharjan
Anusha Maharjan is a spoken word poet, youth-activist leading youth movement in Kathmandu, Nepal and is working as a Vice-President in the only youth-led NGO of Kathmandu named ‘We’ for Change that promotes spaces for leadership of young people aged 16-24 years. A passionate activist of global goals, Anusha is working to build a sustainable and peaceful society where there is equity, peace & justice, equal rights. She believes we all have the power to bring people together and change the world through our words, our voices and our kindness.
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.
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).
Katherine Zavala
Director of Grassroots Partnerships, Thousand Currents

Katherine Zavala is Director of Grassroots Partnerships at 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. In this role she has worked alongside groups including AFEDES, an indigenous women-led organization in Guatemala and the Movement of People Affected by Dams, a national social movement in Brazil. Previously she worked for IDEX on poverty alleviation.

Otto Saki
Global Program Officer, Civic Engagement and Government Team, Ford Foundation

Otto Saki is a global program officer on the Civic Engagement and Government team. He joined the foundation as a program officer in the South Africa office in 2017. His areas of interest are global and regional political economy, regional economic communities, health, information technology, and governance. Otto has provided technical assistance to civil society, government ministries and government agencies across Sub-Saharan Africa on various law related matters including legislative reform. Otto has litigated before the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights on matters relating to freedom of expression, protection of the law and forced evictions.

Berry Vrbanovic
Mayor of Kitchener, Canada and Treasurer, United Cities and Local Government

Berry Vrbanovic was born in Zagreb, Croatia. He is Mayor of Kitchener, Canada and Treasurer of the United Cities and Local Government, the largest association of its kind in the world. He has a long history of engagement in local government, as well as global fora, with particular focus on Agenda 2030 and Financing for Development.

Patrick Gaspard
President, Open Society Foundations

Patrick Gaspard Is President of the Open Society Foundations. He has worked in government, politics and social justice movement, including as US ambassador to South Africa (2013-16), White House director of political affairs, national political director for Obama for America in 2008 and before then for a number of unions and the mayor of New York City, David Dinkins.

Thure Krarup – Moderator
Executive Director for Sustainable Development Initiatives, UNF

Thure Krarup is Executive Director for Sustainable Development Initiatives and is heading UN Foundation’s work on the broader SDG agenda. Prior to joining UNF, Thure was working in the Climate Team in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General.

Kirsten Brosbøl
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.
Gabriela Cuevas Barron
President, IPU, senator, Mexico

President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. Member of Parliament at the Mexican Congress. Active in politics since she was 15 years old, Gabriela Cuevas was elected Federal Member of Parliament for the first time at age 21. In 2017, she became the youngest and the second woman to become President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Kanni Wignaraja
UNDP, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Kanni Wignaraja is Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She brings over twenty-five years of experience of the United Nations mission and UNDP’s role in the sustainable development agenda. Ms. Wignaraja recently served as the Acting Assistant Administrator and Director, Bureau for Management Services, UNDP and as Special Adviser to the UNDP Administrator, roles that she has performed throughout 2019, after working as the Director of the United Nations Development Operations Coordination Office (DOCO) from 2014 to 2018. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (Development Economics) from Princeton University and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from Bryn Mawr College, USA.

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.
Lukas Köhler
MP, German Bundestag

Dr. Köhler has been a Member of the German Bundestag since 2017 and spokesman for climate change of the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag. He is chairman of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and of the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, as well as a full member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development.

Niels Fuglsang
MP, European Parliament

Niels Fuglsang was elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2019. As part of the parliamentary group Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, he has since been serving on the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. In addition to his committee assignments, he is part of the parliament’s delegation for relations with China.

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.
Yemi Alade
Singer and Songwriter

Having risen to the top of a male-dominated industry—being the first African female Afro-pop artist to hit over 100 million views on YouTube—Nigerian singer and songwriter Yemi Alade is passionate about promoting causes that further women’s empowerment and fight inequality. Kicking off her new role as the COVID-19 pandemic surges around the world, Alade will help shine a spotlight on the disproportionate impact of the health and socio-economic crisis on the poorest and most vulnerable people, especially in developing nations. Alade will also help raise awareness of the way inequality affects all aspects of people’s lives and must be addressed in our efforts to end poverty, fight climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Alade is an award-winning artist: In 2018 and 2019, she won the Headies Award for Best Performer and made the Forbes 30 under 30 list. In 2016, she won the Independent Music Award for Best Album and MTV Africa Music Award for Best Female. In 2015, she won the Nigeria Entertainment Award for Female Artist of the Year. She also collaborated with Beyoncé and, in 2019, was featured on Beyoncé “The Lion King: The Gift” album. Alade’s most recent philanthropic engagements include participation at Global Citizen’s Global Goal: Unite for Our Future concert in June, alongside artists like Shakira, Coldplay, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber. She also joined forces with ONE in July to “Stand Together” against COVID-19 alongside ten other musicians from seven African countries.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Goodwill Ambassador at UNDP

In his role as UNDP Goodwill Ambassador, Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, best known for starring in HBO’s Game of Thrones, is a passionate advocate for climate action and gender equality and the key role they play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Also known as the Global Goals, they are a universal call to action to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change.

Coster-Waldau is helping spread the important message that we cannot achieve the Global Goals without empowering women and safeguarding our environment and that each and every one of us needs to play an active part in creating a brighter tomorrow for all.

Father of two girls, Coster-Waldau is passionate about ending discrimination and violence against women and girls everywhere. He is focusing on drawing attention to critical issues such as gender equality and climate action to encourage people to be agents of change.

Through his work with UNDP, Coster-Waldau traveled to Kenya, Rwanda, Maldives, Thailand and the Peruvian Amazon to shine a spotlight on the connection between climate change and growing inequalities around the world.

His accomplished career includes starring roles in various films in Europe and North America, including Shot Caller, Small Crimes, Gods of Egypt, The Other Woman and 1,000 Times Good Night. In addition to his award-winning acting career, Coster-Waldau is also a producer and screenwriter.

Malik Ducard
VP of Content Partnerships at YouTube

VP of Content Partnerships at YouTube, overseeing business development efforts for the platform’s Learning, Social Impact, Family, Health, Film & TV partnership areas. Prior to joining YouTube, he served as senior vice president of digital distribution for the Americas at Paramount Pictures and oversaw distribution of content to digital platforms. He currently serves on the Los Angeles Mayor’s Council on Technology and Innovation, is on the board of the Digital Diversity Network, and is Board President of LA Makerspace, a non-profit organization that brings STEAM education to youth throughout LA. Malik is also author of “Henry’s Big Win”, winner of the Jessie Redmon Fauset Award for Best Children’s Book.

Melissa Fleming
Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the United Nations

Melissa Fleming is Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications at the United Nations, having taken up the post in September 2019. Ms. Fleming previously served the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) as its Head of Global Communications and Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for 10 years, and before that worked in senior communications roles for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). She is author of the book, A Hope More Powerful than the Sea, and host of the award-winning podcast, Awake at Night.

Prajakta Koli
Youtuber

With over 5.5 million subscribers on YouTube and over 2.4 million followers on Instagram, Prajakta Koli aka MostlySane is one of India’s biggest digital creator. Prajakta is a Creators For Change Ambassador, wherein she was invited to the UN headquarters in New York on International Day of Tolerance to showcase her video. She was also part of YouTube Originals Creators For Change video on Girls Education along with Michelle Obama. She has collaborated with several of the biggest celebrities from Bollywood like Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Ayushmann Khurana, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and many more along with global personalities like Susan Wojcicki, Russell Peters, Yohan Blake, Brie Larson and Samuel L Jackson among others. She has shared the stage with the likes of Michelle and Barack Obama, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and more for YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020. In July 2020 she released her first short film Khayali Pulao which highlighted empowerment at a grassroot level. Prajakta is part of Forbes India’s 30 under 30 list and Entrepreneur India’s 35 under 35 for 2019 along with Outlook Magazine’s Women of Worth and Economic Times’ Gamechanger in the Field of Entertainment.

Daniel Howell
Writer and Comedian

For 10 years he has written and produced comedy videos on YouTube that have gained over 1 billion views and millions of followers, along with an award winning BBC Radio 1 show, #1 New York Times Best Selling Book and two stage shows with sellout world tours. Known for his self-deprecating and sarcastic humour, Dan has also spoken about his real struggles with depression and sexuality and it is this mix of entertainment with the profound and deeply personal that has given Dan a devoted following of fans – as well as becoming an activist and ambassador for the Royal Foundation charity Young Minds.

Gregory Brown
Creator and Educator

A queer science teacher, social media star and comedian. His YouTube channel AsapSCIENCE has over 9 Million subscribers. His life goal is to make science entertaining, accessible and feminine. As a stand up comedian he teaches science concepts through humour. In recent years he has focused on fighting for diverse voices in STEM and climate activism.

Richelle Carey
Journalist, Al Jazeera
Emmy award winning journalist Richelle Carey serves as a presenter with Al Jazeera English. Prior to that, she was a presenter at Al Jazeera America in New York City. She also anchored at HLN/CNN, having joined the network in 2006. While there, she anchored daytime newscasts and hosted “What Matters,” weekly segments on HLN that spotlight top issues and concerns facing the African-American community. Carey came to HLN from KMOV in St. Louis. She began her career as an associate producer for KPRC-TV in her hometown of Houston. Carey is co-chair of the Men Stopping Violence advisory council, a group that works to end violence against women.
Stanley Bergman
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Henry Schein
Stanley Bergman is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company and the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental and medical practitioners. Henry Schein is a Fortune World’s Most Admired Company and an Ethisphere Institute World’s Most Ethical Company. A long-time advocate for the expansion of access to oral health care, Mr. Bergman serves as a board member or advisor for several academic, business and arts institutions. He has received numerous honors, awards, honorary degrees, fellowships, and professional association memberships internationally.
Rob Acker
CEO, Salesforce.org

Rob Acker is the CEO of Salesforce.org, the dedicated social impact team at Salesforce working to provide the world’s #1 CRM to the nonprofit, education, and philanthropy sectors. He believes those working to change the world should have the tools and technology to do so, and he was integral in creating the organization’s revolutionary business model. Rob applied his results-oriented and data-driven practices, learned from more than 15 years of experience in various leadership positions at Salesforce.com, to his role at Salesforce.org, growing it into one of the most innovative corporate philanthropies in the world.

Rowan Douglas
Head of Climate and Resilience Hub, Willis Towers Watson

Rowan is Head of the Climate and Resilience Hub at Willis Towers Watson, supporting the management, regulation and financing of risks from climate, terrorism, cyber and other perils. Previously, he served on the Board of the Group’s reinsurance division, Willis Re, as CEO Global Analytics and was appointed onto the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science & Technology 2011-2016. He founded the Insurance Development Forum with the World Bank, UN and global industry leaders in 2015 to address the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreements. He received a CBE in 2016 for services to the economy through risk, insurance and sustainable growth.

Eduardo Martinez
President of The UPS Foundation

As President of The UPS Foundation, Ed Martinez is responsible for the operations and management of its global programs investing into over 4,300 organizations and communities. Martinez also serves as the UPS Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer. In his career with UPS, Martinez held senior management positions at UPS as corporate legal counsel and in the areas of Corporate Finance and Accounting, Risk Management and Acquisitions. Martinez serves on numerous boards and councils for the United Nations and civil society organizations. He is a GHAEA founding member under the leadership of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General.

Mariarosa Cutlllo
Chief, Strategic Partnerships Branch UNFPA

Mariarosa Cutillo is the Chief of the Strategic Partnerships Branch, within the Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships of UNFPA. Mariarosa has more than 20 years of professional experience, working for the private sector. Before joining UNFPA, she was the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Benetton Group, as well as President and CEO of Benetton’s UNHATE Foundation. She has served as director of Valore Sociale per l’Impresa Responsabile (a multi stakeholder corporate social responsibility organization). On issues relating to corporate sustainability, she has served as a legal expert for various Institutions. She has also worked extensively for the international non-governmental organization Mani Tese.

Alliyah Logan
Activist

Alliyah Logan is a Jamaican American youth advocate from the Bronx. Alliyah’s advocacy focuses on three main issues: safety in communities, education equity, and international gender equality, the foundation of her work is centered on empowering Black youth. Alliyah serves as the Director of Youth Engagement for Youth Over Guns, and endlessly advocates for access to safety in communities. Alliyah served as the 2019-2020 Teen Advisor for Girl Up, an initiative through the United Nations Foundation where she advocated for human rights for girls. Alliyah’s work has been highlighted on esteemed international platforms such as the New York Times, and Teen Vogue. As a first year student attending Smith College she plans to study Economics with a Concentration of International Relations to enhance the work that she is able to accomplish on an international scale.

Annemarie Hou
Acting Executive Director, UN Office for Partnerships
Appointed Executive Director a.i., UN Office for Partnerships in April 2020 concurrently as Senior Communications Adviser in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, Annemarie Hou served as Chief of Staff and Director of the Executive Office of UNAIDS and previously she oversaw the global advocacy and communications portfolio.

Prior to joining UNAIDS, Ms. Hou worked in the philanthropic field, with a focus on health and children’s issues. She was the Communications Director at Casey Family Programs, an operating foundation dedicated to child welfare issues started by the founder of UPS. Annemarie also served as the first Global Health Communications Manager at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and as the family’s spokesperson. An award-winning writer, she started her career as a television journalist. She is a member of the Alumni Advisory Board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Judith Karl
Executive Secretary, UN Capital Development Fund

Ms. Karl is the Executive Secretary of the UN Capital Development Fund. She started her career in the private sector as a Management Consultant with a focus on optimizing business operations in the US private banking and real estate sectors. Ms. Karl moved to UNDP in 1988, starting as a management support officer in the Personnel division in New York. She has occupied management positions in UNDP Mali and Cambodia where she led programmes in local development finance, decentralisation, small and medium enterprise development, demining, and crisis response. Ms. Karl served for six years as the head of strategy and policy for UNDP’s Crisis prevention and recovery, was the Deputy Director in UNDP’s Washington Liaison office, and served five years as head of UNDP’s operational performance group. Ms. Karl joined UNCDF as Executive Secretary in August 2014.

Paloma Andrés Urrutia
Sustainable Development Director, Fiction Changing the World
Paloma is a psychologist with 20 years of experience in the field of International Development and Sustainability, as an entrepreneur, as a social and strategic consultant and advisor for projects of private companies, NGOs, public institutions and Multilateral Agencies. Paloma is an expert in Multistakeholder Partnerships. She’s part of the Partnership Broker Association. With an entrepreneurial spirit and passion for people and social sciences, she is the founder of diverse projects: a hotel in Nicaragua, an NGO, a center for people with special needs in extreme poverty and, now, an audiovisual production company. She is the president of “Fundación Funciona”.
Rhoda Nieto Wainwright
Producer & Screenwriter, Fiction Changing the World
With more than 15 years of professional experience in the editorial, film, television and advertising world, Rhoda has had the opportunity to work with illustrious Directors such as Oliver Stone and Paul Greengrass. She has specialized in different disciplines of the cinematographic process such as Production, Direction and Screenwriting, which gives her a deep knowledge of the Industry. Her works have been awarded and selected in dozens of international festivals around the world. She is an activist for LGBTIQ+ rights.
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.

Dr. Alaa Murabit – Moderator
SDG Advocate; CEO, Impact2030
Dr. Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, Canadian Meritorious Service Cross recipient and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth. With a strong focus on challenging societal and cultural norms, Dr.Murabit champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation as well as the role of local leaders to implement peace and security. In 2016 she founded a global Mentorship Programme for emerging leaders and co-founded the Omnis Institute, an independent non-profit organisation committed to challenging critical global issues through the empowerment of emerging local leaders, and became the Executive Director of Phase Minus 1, which provides thought leadership in conflict resolution and inclusive security. Alaa previously founded and spearheaded The Voice of Libyan Women at the age of 21.
Jana Amin
17 year old Egyptian-American Activist

Jana Amin is an Egyptian-American senior in High School. She has a passion for girls’ education and women in Islam. An avid speaker, Jana gave a TedX-Youth talk on changing the narrative around Muslim women and competes nationally on her school’s speech team. She works closely with The Collateral Repair Project, an NGO based in Jordan to support refugee women and girls and curated an exhibit on the duality of Egyptian women at the American University in Cairo. Recently, she hosted a virtual event, #17for17: Advocating for Girls’ Education, which was featured in MarieClaire Arabia and Malala Fund’s Assembly. Her internship at the Harvard Kennedy School explored homophobic attitudes in the Middle East.

Jamira Burley
Activist and Social Impact Strategist

Recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change and a Forbes Under 30 Honoree in Law and Policy, Jamira has made it her mission to employ her personal experiences as the driving force to improve the lives of others. From implementing anti-violence programs throughout the City of Philadelphia when she was just a high school student, to organizing youth trainings around the world as an appointee to the United Nations Global Education First Initiative; Youth Advocacy Group, Jamira’s ardor for personal and social advancement is undeniable. She leads with marked expertise on youth engagement, education reform, social impact, gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform. In 2018, Jamira was the first United States citizen awarded the Global Leadership Award for Vital Voices and selected as an MIT Media Lab Fellow. Today, she works as a next-gen social impact consultant and Head of Youth Engagement and Skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education; working to create collaborative relationships among youth, bilateral agencies, governments, and business leaders to enable innovative ways to educate, engage and activate young people around the world. Prior to the Global Business Coalition for Education, Jamira was the National Deputy Millennial Vote Director for Hillary for America, former manager at Amnesty International USA overseeing the U.S. justice portfolios addressing gun violence, police accountability and criminal justice reform.

Aigagalefili Fepulea’i – Tapua’i
Urban Orator/Activist
Aigagalefili Fepulea’i – Tapua’i is a 17 year old Samoan bred, South Auckland raised urban orator/activist who addresses climate change, racism, poverty, education, mental health, Pasifika identity, and gender equity to spark intergenerational healing in the communities that raised me. She’s a founder of 4 Tha Kulture, a South Auckland based collective, the national champion of Storytellers 2019, Word The Front Line alumni, member of Pacific Climate Warriors and Head Girl of Aorere College and a published poet in volumes like the NZ Poetry Yearbook and Signals.
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, Founder of the 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 Philippines

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 GHANA
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.
Stefania Giannini
Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

Ms Stefania Giannini was appointed UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education in May 2018, becoming the top UN official in the field. In this position, she provides strategic vision and leadership for UNESCO in coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Education 2030 Agenda, encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4. With an academic background in the Humanities, Ms Giannini has served as Rector of the University for Foreigners of Perugia (2004 – 2012), being one of the first and youngest women to hold this position in Italy. As Senator of the Republic of Italy (2013 – 2018) and Minister of Education, Universities and Research (2014 – 2016), she developed and implemented a structural reform of the Italian education system, centred on social inclusion and cultural awareness. She has also been closely involved in an advisory capacity with the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation.

Sergie Albino
CEO, ecoSPEARS Inc.
Sergie Albino, a former NASA aerospace engineer contractor turned entrepreneur, was first introduced to environmental technologies while working at NASA. Recognizing the global impact of breakthrough technologies in PCB and dioxin remediation, Sergie collaborated with NASA’s Tech Transfer Program and founded ecoSPEARS to create a better world by advancing the commercialization of clean technologies for worldwide environmental applications.
Maya Bogle
Co-Founder Talenthouse

Maya co-founded Talenthouse, a global creative community and collaboration platform in 2009. Last year, Talenthouse.com, Ello.co and Zooppa.com merged to form TLNT, the world’s largest, multi-discipline creative network with 4.5 million+ members across 195 countries. Maya is driven by the TLNT mission to support and nurture creatives at every stage of their career with opportunities for recognition, inspiration, learning, collaboration and income. She is passionate about democratising creativity and believes that a great idea can come from anywhere. She champions the ad industry to engage creators for authentic, diverse, culturally relevant creative work and influence across multiple markets and channels.

Dawda Jobarteh
Global Head at SDG Strategy Hub, UN Office for Partnerships

Dawda Jobarteh is the Global Head of the UN SDG Strategy Hub, located in the United Nations Office for Partnership. The SDG Strategy Hub is aimed at catalyzing SDG advocacy and coordination to inspire action. Dawda has an entrepreneurial spirit and has worked in academia, policy, and business, in the nexus of partnerships, sustainable development, innovation and transformational change.

Sachini Imbuldeniya
Creative Director, News UK

Sachini Imbuldeniya is Creative Director of Bridge Studio, the multi-award-winning content agency at News UK. She is also the producer of the United Nations viral video You Clap For Me Now, and the Founder and Managing Director of Studio PI: A new photography and illustration agency whose mission is to help champion diversity in the creative industry.

Imogen Watson
CREATIVE REPORTER, THE DRUM

Imogen is a creative reporter at The Drum, a global media platform and the biggest marketing website in Europe. She covers the best work being produced in advertising and has profiled top talent from around the world including leaders from Lego, the UN, TikTok and HSBC. Imogen loves to write about off-kilter creativity and works that break taboos. She also focuses on issues-related marketing, writing about topics such as the climate crisis and intersectionality, and has played a valuable role in raising awareness of LGBT+ representation in advertising.

Infas Nias
Creative lead at ADA Sri Lanka

Infas Nias is an ambitious filmmaker and creative artist with a passion for the arts. In 2015, Infas represented his country at the Cannes Young Lions film festival after he won the award for the best film in the islandwide competition. He also succeeded in winning two creative invites hosted by the Talenthouse platform, through which he won the opportunity to make an official music video for Hailee Steinfeld and design a 3D character for a film directed by Steven Spielberg produced by Warner Bros. Infas continues to pursue his passion for creativity and is always hungry for new opportunities.

Kate Brown – Moderator
Executive Director, Global Island Partnership

Kate Brown is the Executive Director of the Global Island Partnership, a platform that enables island leaders and their supporters to take action to build resilient and sustainable island communities. Kate is a passionate advocate for islands who is a valued and trusted international partnership and collaboration leader. She has previously served for the Pacific Regional Environment Programme and Agriculture Western Australia. While Kate is originally from New Zealand, she also lived in Apia, Samoa for 8 years.

Kalani Ka’anā’anā
Director of Hawaiian Cultural Affairs & Natural Resources , Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

Kalani is the Director of Hawaiian Cultural Affairs & Natural Resources for the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Born and raised on Oʻahu with roots in Kailua going back generations, Kalani brings his lifetime of experience into his role at HTA, which encompasses advising a worldwide team of marketers, managers, and the industry at large. His responsibility is to ensure the visitor industry operates in a manner respectful to and supportive of our natural resources and Hawaiian culture, that strengthens tourism’s contributions to Hawaiʻi’s communities and economy.

Celeste Connors
Executive Director, Hawai‘i Green Growth Local2030 Hub

Celeste Connors is the Executive Director of Hawai‘i Green Growth. She previously served as the Director for Environment and Climate Change at the National Security Council and National Economic Council in the White House where she helped shape the Administration’s climate and energy policies, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to joining the White House, Celeste served as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Germany. Celeste serves on the Board of Hawaiian Electric Industries, the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), and Icebreaker One. She is a Senior Fellow at the East-West Center.

Dr. Spencer Thomas
Grenada’s Ambassador and Special Envoy for Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Dr. Spencer Thomas, the Local2030 Islands Network’s Steering Committee Chair, is Grenada’s Ambassador and Special Envoy for Multilateral Environmental Agreements and the country’s lead negotiator for climate change and biodiversity. He is a former Financial Secretary and Economic Policy Adviser in the Ministry of Finance, Grenada. Ambassador Thomas holds a doctorate in Energy Economics, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and a post-doctoral master’s degree in Telecommunications Regulation and Policy. He is a board member of the Global Island Partnership.

Vanessa Tore
Director of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Division, Ministry of Economic Development, Curaçao

Vanessa Toré MBA was born and raised in Curaçao, Dutch Caribbean. She is the Director of the Foreign Economic Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Economic Development of Curaçao and was previously acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development. She is a former Policy Advisor to the Minister of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning and Acting Director of Policy at the Ministry of Traffic, Transport and Urban Planning. She worked 17 years at the Curaçao Chamber of Commerce and Industry as manager of the Investment, Trade Promotion and Business Services department.

Krista Rasmussen
Senior Research Associate, Policy Planning, United Nations Foundation

Krista Rasmussen is a Senior Research Associate of Policy Planning at the United Nations Foundation, where she works on policy issues across the organization and identifies new trends and opportunities for the Foundation to advance its mission. She was previously a researcher in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. Her work has focused on assessing global economic and social data, with a particular focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, financing for multilateral organizations, and local SDG implementation. Her work has been published in World Development, The BMJ, and Global Policy Journal.

Dr. Austin Shelton
Director, University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability and University of Guam Sea Grant

Dr. Austin Shelton joined the faculty of the University of Guam (UOG) in 2016 as an assistant professor of extension and outreach. Shelton later received appointments to concurrently serve as the director of the UOG Center for Island Sustainability and UOG Sea Grant. In 2019, he was selected as an Obama Leader Asia Pacific. Shelton leads initiatives that support the transition of island communities toward a sustainable future. He is currently co-chairing the Guam Green Growth G3 Initiative with the Office of the Governor of Guam to locally advance the 17 U.N Sustainable Development Goals.

Susan Alzner
Co-Founder and Chief of Strategy and Operations, shift7

Susan Alzner is co-founder of shift7, advancing tech-forward, open, shareable practices to drive direct impact on systemic challenges, particularly through scouting and scaling promising solution-makers and solutions. While leading the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) from 2014-2018, she co-created the UN Solutions Summit to lift up entrepreneurs advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and led global public participation in UN General Assembly high-level events, including the SDG negotiations and Summit, the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, and dialogues with the candidates for UN Secretary-General. Susan received a UN Secretary-General Staff Award for Teamwork in 2015.

Sanda Ojiambo
Executive Director, UN Global Compact

Sanda Ojiambo is the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. Ms. Ojiambo brings 20 years of experience to lead the UN Global Compact. She has served as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc, Kenya since 2010. Ms. Ojiambo was also the Senior Manager of Safaricom and MPESA Foundations, Kenya from 2008 to 2010, during which she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and UN organizations.

Mahmoud Mohieldin
United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy on Financing 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Dr. Mohieldin, is an economist with more than 30 years of experience in international finance and development. He is the UN Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda.He was the former Minister of Investment of Egypt from 2004-2010, and most recently, served as the World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships.

His professional experience extends into the academic arena as a Professor of Economics and Finance at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University and as a Visiting Professor at Universities in Egypt, Korea, UAE, UK and USA.

Guilherme Novak
VR/AR Developer & Content Creator, Global Shapers Community

Guilherme Novak is a psychologist and virtual & augmented reality developer. Guilherme is the co-creator of Cipó de Jabuti, a virtual reality mini documentary screened at the SDG Action Zone, during the 74th session of the UN General Assembly. He is a member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of young global leaders by the World Economic Forum, a TEDx Speaker and an UNLEASH talent. Guilherme has also worked as the Head of XR Labs at Aerolito, where he built a diverse trajectory of VR/AR projects for education, arts, healthcare, entertainment and social impact.

Mariam Nusrat
Founder & Director, GRID – Gaming Revolution for Inspiring Development
Mariam Nusrat is the Founder of the social venture GRID-Gaming Revolution for Inspiring Development, a social impact gaming studio creating video games for behavior change. Since it’s launch GRID has received extensive media attention with articles in Huffington Post, Washington Post, Daily Mail UK and others. Mariam has also presented GRID at several high level forums including, two sessions moderated by President Clinton at CGIU Meetings and two Tedx events in DC. She is also the recipient of the CGIU Honor Roll Alum award, 2018 AdamStart Entrepreneurship Award, 2015 Andrew E. Rice Award for Leadership and Innovation, the Knapp Fellowship and the GWU Public-Service Grant Commission Award.
 
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.

Amina J. Mohammed
Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations

Amina J. Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary General) and Ruth Porat (SVP and CFO of Google and Alphabet) SVP and CFOreconvene one year after speaking about the need for AI to become a powerful force for the Global Goals. In our first ‘annual AI check in’ a panel of experts in the field will reflect on achievements in AI as they relate to implementing the Sustainable Development Goals over the past year, how AI is supporting the COVID-19 response from health to economic recovery and how to keep equitable AI progress on track to achieve the Goals by 2030.

Ruth Porat
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Alphabet and Google

Ruth joined Google as SVP and CFO in May 2015 and has held the same title at Alphabet since its creation in October 2015. Prior to Google, Ruth was EVP and CFO of Morgan Stanley. She is Vice Chair of Stanford University’s Board of Trustees and a member of the Board of the Stanford Management Company, the University’s endowment. She is a member of the Board of Directors of The Blackstone Group Inc and the Council on Foreign Relations. Ruth holds a BA from Stanford University, an MSc from The London School of Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Fabrizio Hochschild
Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General, United Nations

Mr. Hochschild is coordinating the preparation for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 through a system-wide process of consultations and reflections on the role of the United Nations in advancing international cooperation and in supporting Member States’ ability to respond to emerging challenges and frontier issues. Prior to this he served as Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. Previously, Mr. Hochschild served as Deputy Special Representative for the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. in 2016, UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Colombia from 2013-2016, and as Director of the Field Personnel Division for the United Nations from 2010-2012.

Kent Walker
Senior Vice President, Global Affairs, Google

Kent Walker leads Google’s global affairs team, overseeing the company’s work on legal affairs, public policy, trust & safety, compliance, responsible innovation, and philanthropy. Before joining Google in 2006, Kent held executive positions at leading technology companies, including eBay, Netscape, AOL, and Airtouch Communications. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the United States Department of Justice and advised the Attorney General on technology policy issues. Kent graduated with honors from Harvard College and Stanford Law School. He currently serves on Harvard’s Board of Overseers and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Vukosi Marivate
ABSA UP Chair of Data Science at the University of Pretoria

Vukosi works on developing Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence methods to extract insights from data. As part of his vision for the ABSA Data Science chair, Vukosi is interested in Data Science for Social Impact, using local challenges as a springboard for research. In this area Vukosi has worked on projects in science, energy, public safety and utilities. Vukosi is an organiser of the Deep Learning Indaba, the largest Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence workshop on the African continent, aiming to strengthen African Machine Learning. He is passionate about developing young talent, supervising MSc and PhD students and mentoring budding Data Scientists.

Clara Nordon
Director, The MSF Foundation

Clara Nordon leads the Médecins Sans Frontières Foundation (Doctors Without Borders) . She graduated with a master’s degree in management science from Paris Dauphine. She then embarked on an eclectic international career, working on documentary film production in Shanghai and banking in Singapore prior to joining MSF in 2012. At MSF, she has held a variety of field positions, ranging from educational film production to emergency response coordination, and has been posted in Yemen, DRC, Haiti, Ukraine, and Bangladesh. In 2016, her determination to support pioneering initiatives led to her current role as Director of The MSF Foundation. Today, she spends most of her time assessing the added value of new technologies in the humanitarian medical field.

Pablo Martín Fernández
Director of Innovation and Communication at Chequeado.

Pablo M. Fernández. Director of Innovation and Communication at Chequeado where he leads the development of the automation platform being built to help fact checkers in their work stopping misinformation. Professor at the University of Buenos Aires and Professor of the Master’s Degree in Innovation in Digital Media at Torcuato Di Tella University. Former editor of Lanacion.com (Breaking news, homepage and technology) and digital magazines of La Nación (Brando, Living, Lugares, Hola, Maru, Ohlala, Rolling Stone and Susana).

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 Meija
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 a Malala Fund Global Education Champion and currently leads the largest social accountability Movement in Africa: Follow The Money, and the founder of Connected Development, a non-profit organization that comprises data analysts, journalists, activists, campaigners and students using grassroots data to tell compelling stories that inspires needed actions.
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.

Marina Ponti
Director, UN SDG Action Campaign

As the Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign, a special initiative of the Secretary-General to inspire, mobilize and connect people from every part of the world to take action for the SDGs, Ms. Ponti is at the vanguard of innovative campaign initiatives, multi-stakeholder coalitions, and long-term partnerships with a wide range of organizations, ranging from governments, the creatives, activists, the private sector and the United Nations. Ms. Ponti was also one of the main architects of the UN Millennium Campaign – the predecessor of the UN SDG Action Campaign – where she served as Global Deputy Director and Regional Director for Europe for over a decade.

Dawda Jobarteh
Global Head, SDG Strategy Hub, United Nations Office for Partnerships

Dawda Jobarteh is the Global Head of the UN SDG Strategy Hub, located in the United Nations Office for Partnership. The SDG Strategy Hub is aimed at catalyzing SDG advocacy and coordination to inspire action.
Dawda has an entrepreneurial spirit and has worked in academia, policy, and business, in the nexus of partnerships, sustainable development, innovation and transformational change.

Hannah Messenger
Global Event Strategist, UN SDG Action Campaign

Hannah leads on the conceptual development, strategy, project planning, team management, production and delivery of high-level, international flagship events and special projects for the UN SDG Action Campaign. Since their conception, Hannah has been the project lead for the annual SDG Global Festival of Action in Bonn, Germany and the SDG Action Zone each September.

Christina Michalski
Consultant, SDG Strategy Hub, United Nations Office for Partnerships
Christina Michalski is a consultant at the SDG Strategy Hub, which sits within the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) and is chaired by the UN Deputy Secretary-General. In this role, Christina coordinates with a cadre of UN entities and external organizations to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a coherent and far-reaching manner. A strong advocate for sustainable development and social impact, Christina has helped lift the inaugural SDG Action Zone, various SDG activations, and the Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

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