José María Figueres served as President of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998. During his presidency, he created a comprehensive national Sustainable Development strategy combining sound macroeconomic indicators, together with strategic investment in human development, and a strong alliance with nature through the implementation of innovative environmental policies. Today he continues to work in the fields of technology and development, and is currently the CEO of CONCORDIA 21, dedicated to the support of organizations which promote development and democratic values around the world.
Alnoor’s work focuses on the intersection of online organizing, brand strategy, policy, and technology. He is leading a new global anti-poverty initiative called The Rules, which aims to address the root causes of poverty rather than simply focusing on aid. Prior to joining Purpose, Alnoor spent a decade creating social strategies for progressive organizations in both the private and public sector. His clients have included Amnesty International, MTV Exit, Greenpeace, Global Zero, TED, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Google, Livestrong, Conservation International and the Gates Foundation. Alnoor is an industry writer and speaker on the structural causes of inequality, new forms of activism, movement entrepreneurship and social innovation, with a focus on emerging economies
Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Movement and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, is responsible for many innovative programs benefiting the rural poor. In 1974, Dr. Yunus pioneered the idea of Gram Sarker (village government) as a form of local government based on the participation of rural people. Dr. Yunus is also noted for the creation of "micro-credit," which provides "micro" loans to the poor and serves as a catalyst for improving their socio-economic conditions. He has received widespread recognition for his work, including the Nobel Peace Prize, the Ramon Magsaysay Award from Manila, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture from Geneva, the Mohamed Shabdeen Award for Science from Sri Lanka and the World Food Prize from the United States.
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ericsson Group, the world’s leading provider of telecommunications technology and services. He has broad international experience, having held various management positions for Ericsson in China, Brazil, Mexico and the US. He remains the international advisor to the Governor of Guangdong, China. Along with the rest of Ericsson’s executive team, Vestberg is focused on advancing the company’s leadership through innovation, technology, services and sustainable business solutions.
He is a leading advocate of the Millennium Development Goals, and for the potential of mobility and broadband to tackle some of the world’s most compelling issues. Hans Vestberg is a member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and he is also on the advisory board of the Digital Health Initiative.
American Journalist, Shirts is Editor-in-chief of National Geographic Brazil, author of “O jeitinho americano” - book about cultural differences between Brazil and USA, editorial coordinator of Planeta Sustentável, and chronicler at Veja São Paulo, a brazilian Magazine. He has already been Estado de S. Paulo newspaper columnist. Shirts is graduated in Social Science from Berkeley University and in History from Stanford and has connections with environment, Brazilian and culture themes.
Kumi Naidoo has served as Secretary General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, was the founding executive director of the South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO) and also the founding Chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP), where he remains global ambassador. Naidoo has also served as a board member of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). He was a board member of Global Reporting Initiative (2006- 2011), Earth Rights International (2008-2011) and Food and Trees for Africa (2008 till present). Kumi Naidoo is currently Executive Director of Greenpeace International and Chair of the civil society alliance ‘Global Campaign for Climate Action’ (GCCA)
Huck is the founder and chairman of Instituto Criar de TV, Cinema e Novas Mídias, an NGO whose mission is to promote youth professional, social and personal development by means of filmmaking. Established in 2004, 1,150 youths have been a part of its educational program (www.institutocriar.org).
Luciano Huck, 40, is a TV host. For the past twelve years, he has hosted “Caldeirão do Huck” (literally, Huck's Calderon), aired every Saturday by Brazilian network Rede Globo. The show tops all viewing ratings of its time slot and is broadcast to the entire Brazilian territory, as well as to 115 countries via Globo International.
As Deputy Executive Director of 92Y, Henry oversees strategic direction, innovation and growth of the world-class cultural and community center. Since arriving in 2008 at 92nd Street Y Henry has created and produced many major initiatives that leverage technology to broaden the impact of 92Y. These include the annual Social Good Summit, in partnership with Mashable and the UN Foundation, which has opened up the UN Week conversation to over 120,000 across the world. He moved to New York City from London, where he was international director for the Louise Blouin Foundation, overseeing the Foundation’s strategy, communications and activities. Earlier in his career, Henry oversaw corporate strategy for Arts & Business, one of HRH The Prince of Wales’ charities, and helped to launch the Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.
Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme in April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group. Prior to her appointment with UNDP, Helen Clark served for nine years as Prime Minister of New Zealand. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international, economic, social and cultural spheres.
Gunilla Carlsson is the Swedish Minister for Development Cooperation and Chair of Commission on Climate Change and Development. From 1999 to 2006 Gunilla Carlsson was Leader of the Moderate Party delegation in the European Parliament. At the Swedish Parliament, she was member of numerous Committees, among others of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, on EU Affairs and on Education.
Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997), former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), and founder and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2002-2010), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. She is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout the world including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. In addition, Mary Robinson is a member of the Elders, former Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and a member of the Club of Madrid.
Dr. Maura O’Neill is the Senior Counselor to the Administrator and Chief Innovation Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She has responsibility for driving innovation in development as well as public-private partnerships in the Agency which operates in 80 countries. Maura also serves on the White House Innovation Cohort. Dr.
O’Neill created entrepreneurial and public policy solutions for some of the world’s toughest problems in the fields of energy, education and infrastructure financing. Maura O’Neill was appointed in 2009 as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Energy and Climate at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In 1970, Richard Branson founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer. Seven years later, Virgin Music was one of the top six record companies in the world, having signed legendary artists such as The Rolling Stones. Today, the Virgin Group has expanded into leisure, travel, tourism, mobile, broadband, TV, radio, music festivals, finance and health and, through Virgin Green Fund, they are investing in renewable energy and resource efficiency.
From litter-picking at school to promoting awareness of climate change issues among his peers, Marvin Nala is motivated by childhood memories of the natural beauty of the West Lake, near Shanghai. A member of the China Youth Climate Action Network, Marvin is currently working with the Adopt a Negotiator Project, tracking international efforts to address climate change.
A medical doctor and Master of Public Health. In the 1980s she gained international recognition, championing the principle of sustainable development as the chair of the World Commission of Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission). In 1974, Dr. Brundtland was offered the job of minister of the environment. During the 1970s she acquired international recognition in environmental circles and a political reputation at home. In 1981, she was appointed prime minister for the first time. Gro Harlem Brundtland was the youngest person and the first woman ever to hold the office of prime minister in Norway. In 1983 the then United Nations secretary-general invited her to establish and chair the World Commission on Environment and Development. Dr. Brundtland was nominated as director-general of the World Health Organization by the executive board of WHO in January 1998.
Pete Cashmore is the founder and CEO of Mashable, an award-winning site and the largest independent source for news, information and resources for the Connected Generation. His passion for sharing how web tools and social networks were transforming human interactions and reshaping cultures drove him to create what would become Mashable.
Pete was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012. He was featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list, named one of Ad Age’s 2011 influencers, and was named a Young Global Leader by The World Economic Forum.
Since she found out at the age of five that she couldn't eat snow because it was polluted, Sara Svensson, now 27, has dedicated her life to environmental activism. She recently left her native Sweden to work with the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi.
Kate James, chief communications officer of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, serves as the senior communications advisor for the foundation and is a member of the Management Committee. Kate oversees internal and external communications for the foundation, partnering with the advocacy and policy teams in Global Development, Global Health and United States programs to complement and advance the foundation’s strategies and efforts. Kate has worked as Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Communications for Citibank and she has held senior leadership roles at Standard Chartered Bank and GlaxoSmithKline. Kate is also an active leader in the non- profit community, serving as a board member for Vital Voices Global Partnership and as a trustee
Timothy Wirth is the President of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund. As President of the UN Foundation (UNF) since its inception in early 1998, Wirth has organized and led the formulation of the Foundation’s mission and program priorities, which include the environment, women and population, and children’s health. Wirth was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986 where he focused on environmental issues. He was also national Co-chair of the Clinton-Gore campaign, and from 1993 to 1997 served in the U.S. Department of State as the first Undersecretary for Global Affairs. He helped organize U.S. foreign policy in the areas of refugees, population, environment, science, human rights and narcotics. He chaired the United States Delegation at the 1994 Cairo Conference on Population and Development, and was the lead U.S. negotiator for the Kyoto Climate Conference.
Luís Fariais the Energy for Development Director at EDP Foundation where he designs access to energy programmes to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. He holds a masters in management from Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico
Linkin Park is an American Rock band that has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy Awards. Formed in 1996, the band rose to quick international fame with their debut album Hybrid Theory. With five studio albums, Billboard ranked the band No. 19 on the Best Artists of the Decade chart. The band has recently launched a new campaign, Power the World, bringing solar power to health clinics in Uganda and is encouraging fan to sign a pledge in support of the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative.
Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme on 5 April 2012. Ms Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and international non-profit, government, and corporate leadership experience focusing on hunger, food, and resilience strategies. Cousin guides the World Food Programme in meeting urgent food needs while championing longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger.
Peter A. Seligmann is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Conservation International (CI), and has been a leader in creating conservation solutions for the past 36 years. He has developed strong partnerships between CI and leaders in science, industry, government, entertainment and communities around the world. He continues to prove that healthy ecosystems are essential for the present and future well-being of humanity and all life on Earth. Seligmann began his career in 1976 at The Nature Conservancy.
Leonardo Tristao is Business Director of Facebook Brazil. Before joining the company - in June 2011, right after the opening of Facebook office in Brazil - he has worked for leading companies as Google, which helped to start local operations. He also joined IBM and Ericsson, where took an international career in countries of Asia and Americas. Tristao is graduated in Telecom Engineering at Instituto Nacional de Telecomunicações (National Institute of Telecommunications, in Brazil) and has an MBA degree at San Diego State University.
Thorsten König is founder and CEO of KUULUU Interactive Entertainment. Since 2009 he has headed up the newly-established company Miracle Music and Entertainment, which is part of the Ledavi Agency Network. König has already been Managing Director of Universal Music International Division, General Manager Motor Urban Defjam Group and Head of International Motor Music Universal Music . He has studied about town planning and media culture.
Sergio Fernandez de Cordova is a young, dynamic driver of public-private partnerships, and as a reflection of his progressive understanding of business and a burgeoning global economy, he founded the Pvblic Foundation, which utilizes partnerships to drive business and social change. He also co-founded de Cordova Goldman Capital Management a holding company with long-term investments worldwide and founded Fuel Outdoor in 2003, taking it into a multi million dollar company before exiting in late 2011.
Fabien Cousteau refined a public policy platform grounded by his belief that environmental discipline can be the basis for innovative solutions. In 2006, he partnered with his father and sister to complete a three-year multi-hour series for PBS called Ocean Adventures. In 2010, he launched Plant a Fish, a nonprofit organization designed to empower communities and children to help restore their local water ecosystems through the healthy “replanting” of key marine species. He shares his guidance as a member of multiple Boards including SeaKeepers Society, Water Innovation Alliance, Millennium Project, Blue Ocean Film Festival, Plastic Pollution Coalition, One World One Ocean, and the New York Harbor School. Cousteau also speaks at a variety of environmental conferences as well as mainstream business conferences such as Google Zeitgeist, DLD and TEDx.
Ms. Michelle Bachelet is the first Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, which was established on 2 July by the United Nations General Assembly. Under Ms. Bachelet’s leadership, UN Women lead, support and coordinate the work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at global, regional and country levels. Ms. Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile from 2006 to 2010. A long-time champion of women’s rights, she has advocated for gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout her career.
Stephen Levitin, a.k.a. Apple Juice Kid, is a producer, DJ, and drummer—he's produced singles for Wale, Camp Lo, Mos Def and MC Lyte. Stephen is an adjunct professor in the Music Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches a Beat Making Lab. His latest projects include the DJ event Big Beat and composing the original score for a nationally touring play, Poetic Portraits of a Revolution. His score entitled Beats of a Revolution was inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia and will be released through ARTVSM (pronounced Artivism), a company he co-founded with Professor Pierce Freelon to merge the worlds of art and activism.
Growing up hearing the oft-repeated phrase 'Brazil, land of the future', Pedro Telles soon realised that making this aspiration a reality would be the real challenge. He is now working with the Vitae Civilis Institute in São Paulo to mobilise civil society ahead of the Rio+20 summit in June.
Ana Maria Fernandes is CEO of EDP Brazil. She joined Gás de Portugal as Director of Strategic Planning, in 2000, became Director of Strategy and Portfolio Management of Galp Business. She later became President of Galp Power and Director of Transgás. From 2004 until 2006 she was director of the Board of Galp Energia. She was CEO of EDP Renewables between 2008 and 2011.
18 years old student engaged with journalism since he was 11. Rene Silva started writing for his public school newspaper and after created "A voz da Comunidade", Morro do Adeus community newspaper.
The boy became public in Brazil in 2010, when he reported Morro do Alemão incursion by police live in Voz da Comunidade Twitter. Since today the newspaper and its Twitter account relates the occurrences in Rio de Janeiro favelas. Rene Silva lives in Morro do Adeus.
Pierce Freelon is a hip hop artist, social entrepreneur and professor with a passion for creativity and community. Front man of the genre bending quartet, The Beast, Freelon's music has been hailed as a "natural, engaging blend of jazz and hip hop" by Jazz Times Magazine. Freelon has taught courses in the departments of Music, African American Studies and Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University. He is the co-founder, with producer Apple Juice Kid, of ARTVSM (pronounced Artivism), which curates collaborations between progressive artists and community organizations.
Fábio Barbosa currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Abril Group, one of Latin America’s largest and most influential communications and media enterprises. He previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Banco Santander Brasil, President of ABN Amro in Brazil and Banco Real. As president of Banco Real, Mr. Barbosa introduced a transformative sustainability initiative that included social and environmental risk analysis, ethical investment funding, microcredit operations, and a diversity program, all of which led the firm to be chosen by the Financial Times as Sustainable Bank of the Year in 2007. In 2010 he was named Leader of Social Change by the Foundation for Social Change in partnership with the UN. Mr. Barbosa serves on the President of Brazil’s National Council for Economic and Social Development, and he is a Board member of Petrobras, the Ethos Institute, and the Endeavor Enterprise Institute.
A former Portuguese prime minister, António Guterres became the 10th UN High Commissioner for Refugees on June 15, 2005. He heads one of the world's foremost humanitarian organizations. UNHCR has won two Nobel Peace Prizes.
Ted Turner has won recognition for his entrepreneurial acumen; sharp business skills; a vision that transformed television; leadership qualities that won sports championships; and his unprecedented philanthropy. Turner began his career as an account executive with Turner Advertising Company and entered the television business in 1970 when he acquired Atlanta independent UHF station channel 17. In 1980 Turner launched CNN, the world's first live, 24-hour global news network. Turner has also made his mark as one of the most influential philanthropists in the U.S. He is the Chairman of the Turner Foundation Inc. and President of United Nations Foundation. The organization supports the goals and objectives of the United Nations to promote a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. Turner has also launched the Nuclear Threat Initiative Turner is also chairman of Turner Enterprises, Inc.
Known to her friends as 'Esther Climate', Esther Agbarakwe has been an activist since she was ten years old. Esther currently works with Population Action International in Washington DC as an Atlas Corps International Advocacy Fellow.
Dr. Alain Labrique is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Global mHealth Initiative, a multi-disciplinary consortium of faculty and students engaged in mHealth innovation and research across the Johns Hopkins system. An infectious disease epidemiologist, Dr. Labrique serves on the faculty in the Global Disease Epidemiology and Control Program of the Department of International Health. He holds joint appointments in the Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Community-Public Health in the School of Nursing of the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Labrique also was recognized as one of the Top 11 mHealth Innovators in 2011 for his mCARE research project in Bangladesh. Labrique serves as an mHealth advisor for WHO, USAID, NIH and the mHealth Alliance / UN Foundation.
One of the creators of Overmundo, brazilian collaborative website about culture in Brazil, Lemos also is the unique Latin-American Creative Commons high administrators member. The NGO defends the copyleft, the opposite of copyright; meaning they defend the idea of universal access to research, education, and culture by the Internet without the difficulties imposed by our legal and social systems. Lemos is Technology and Society Center director of Getulio Vargas Foundation and is professor and coordinator of Intellectual Property (IP) area at FGV-RJ Law School. He has launched many books about law, technology and IP and is Folha de São Paulo newspaper and Trip magazine columnist.
Florian Jürgs has studied of Business Administration, Communication & Marketing in the USA and Germany. He is co-Founder and managing director of Web 1.0 design & communication agency in Hamburg and of two marketing & brand-communication agencies in Hamburg and Berlin. Florian Jürgs is creator and producer of several successful gaming & entertainment platforms, TV shows and international marketing campaigns. He is co-founder and CEO of KUULUU Interactive Entertainment.
Radha Muthiah is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, where she leads efforts to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. Muthiah brings more than two decades of experience successfully fostering partnerships and alliances in both the for-profit and non-for-profit sectors; leading organizations through transition and toward new opportunities; and developing and executing innovative business models to promote economic development. She most recently served as Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE International, USA. Previously, she held senior leadership roles focused on branding, partnership development and management at ICF International, the American Red Cross and Mercer Management Consulting.
Navi Pillay is the fifth UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. As a member of a non-white minority in apartheid South Africa, and as a front-line, grassroots lawyer who acted as a defense attorney for many anti-apartheid campaigners and trades unionists, Ms. Pillay has direct personal experience of many of the issues that a High Commissioner for Human Rights covers under her mandate. She has also been very active in supporting women's rights, and was one of the co-founders of the international NGO Equality Now, which campaigns for women's rights. More recently, Ms. Pillay has served as a judge on two of the most important international criminal courts in the modern era, spending eight years with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, including four years as its President, and then the past five years on the International Criminal Court in the Hague.
In December 2005 Mr. Kandeh K. Yumkella was appointed as Director-General of UNIDO, having previously worked in various high-level policy positions in UNIDO, including as Special Adviser to two previous Directors-General and as Director of the Africa and Least Developed Countries Regional Bureau as well as Representative and Director of the first UNIDO Regional Office in Nigeria. He was re-appointed as Director-General of UNIDO for a second four-year term in December 2009.
Prior to working for UNIDO, he was the Minister for Trade, Industry and State Enterprises of the Republic of Sierra Leone from 1994-1995. Between 1987 and 1996, while furthering his studies, he held various academic positions at Michigan State University and the University of Illinois.
Georg Kell is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with 7,000 corporate participants in 135 countries. He also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact's sister initiatives on investment and business education, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME). Mr. Kell started his career as a research fellow in engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Innovation in Berlin. He joined the United Nations in 1987, and has been at the leading edge of the organization's private-sector engagement ever since.
On 1 May 2010, Anthony Lake became the sixth Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund, bringing to the position more than 45 years of public service. During his career, Anthony Lake has worked with leaders and policy makers across the world. Anthony Lake’s ties with UNICEF are long-standing, dating back to 1993.
Brazilian singer, Daniela Mercury is UNICEF Brazil ambassador since October 1995. She was chosen because as an artist and citizen has always been active in defending the rights of children, teenagers and women. In 1995, Daniela participated in her first campaign, along with UNICEF, against the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents. During her 12 years as ambassador of UNICEF, she has been active in campaigns and events related to HIV/AIDS, indians rights, the semi-arid Brazilian areas, among other topics. In October 2005, Daniela launched with UNICEF, the global campaign Unidos for children and adolescents - United we are going resist AIDS! In August 2006, Daniela attended the first Latin American meeting of Global Initiative of Media about AIDS. She is an advocate of racial equality.