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Adventurer, writer & television presenter
BEAR GRYLLS OBE, has become known worldwide as one of the most recognized faces of survival and outdoor adventure.
Trained from a young age in martial arts, Grylls went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, as part of 21 SAS Regiment. It was here that he perfected many of the survival skills that his fans all over the world enjoy, as he pits himself against the worst of Mother Nature.
Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places and endured many months in and out of military rehabilitation, Grylls recovered and went on to become one of the youngest climbers ever to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
He then went on to star in seven seasons of the Discovery Channel’s Emmy Award-nominated Man vs. Wild TV series, which became one of the most-watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers.
Since then, he has gone on to host more extreme adventure TV shows across more global networks than anyone else in the world, including six seasons of the global hit TV show Running Wild with Bear Grylls.
Running Wild has featured Bear taking some of the world’s best-known stars on incredible adventures. These include President Obama, Julia Roberts, Roger Federer, Will Ferrell, Channing Tatum, and Kate Winslet, to name but a few.
Bear also hosts the Emmy Award-nominated interactive Netflix show You Vs Wild, which was one of Netflix’s most watched shows in 2020. Netflix & Bear then forged new ground by make two interactive movie versions of You Vs Wild including the second most watched film on Netflix US, titled: Animals On The Loose.
Bear has also won two BAFTAS, including one for his hit Channel 4 show The Island with Bear Grylls.
Bear also filmed an adventure with Prime Minister Modi of India, which achieved a landmark record as the ‘world’s most trending televised event, with a staggering 3.6 BILLION impressions.
His autobiography, Mud Sweat and Tears, spent 15 weeks at Number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list and he has written over 90 books, selling in excess of 19 million copies worldwide.
He is an Honorary Colonel to the Royal Marines Commandos, the youngest ever UK Chief Scout, and the first ever Chief Ambassador to the World Scout Organization, representing a global family of some fifty million Scouts.
He is married to Shara, and together they have three sons: Jesse, Marmaduke and Huckleberry. They live on a houseboat on the Thames in London and a private island off the Welsh coast.
Bear’s life motto is simple: courage and kindness . . . and never give up!
Robert Swan OBE
Polar explorer & Founder of the 2041 Foundation
Robert Swan is the first person to have walked to both the North and South Poles. His leadership and determination made his 900 mile journey to the South Pole, the longest unassisted march in history. He was awarded the Polar Medal by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and is a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Youth.
Robert is a polar pioneer, a leader in energy innovation, and founder of the 2041 Foundation.
This story of unbelievable spirit will take you on a journey of inspiration, courage and humility. Robert committed to his dream at the age of 11, achieved it with a team after 22 years and is now, on a 50 year mission to help preserve Antarctica.
Author & climate activist
Prime Minister of the Bahamas
Channel 4 News Presenter
Krishnan Guru-Murthy is one of the main presenters of Channel 4 News.
He reports for the foreign affairs series Unreported World and presents the award-winning Ways to Change the World podcast. He also hosts major live political debates for Channel 4 and commentates on events such as the Paralympics.
Krishnan is patron and trustee of the medical charity Duchenne UK and a trustee of the Royal Horticultural Gardens in Kew
Madeline St Claire
Founder & Director, Women in Ocean Science
Madelaine is an MSc tropical marine biologist, PADI divemaster and founder director of non-profit organisation Women in Ocean Science. Originally from the UK, her obsession with the world of coral reefs has taken her across the globe. From microplastics to marine bioacoustics to megafauna, she has a diverse background in tropical marine research, with a particular research interest in elasmobranchs. She is currently an ambassador and fundraiser for Whale Shark Tagging, founder of Blu Wild, an ocean apparel company, and podcast host of Ocean Poddy.
Artist, Entrepeneur and Activist.
AY Young is a passionate artist, entrepreneur and activist utilizing his platform to bridge conversation and raise awareness about issues surrounding sustainability, equal access and community development. AY Young was named by the United Nations as 1 of 17 2020 World Youth Leaders. AY Young was selected from 18,000 nominations from 186 countries and is the only Youth Leader coming out of the United States.
AY Young is one of the first artists to perform a concert to power his concerts with 100% renewable energy. AY Young has since begun powering concerts using renewable energy as well as raising awareness about sustainability and fundraising for people to have access to electricity.
Advisor & Ambassador in Chief for Blue Marine Foundation, Executive Board Member at Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation (BREEF), Environmentalist & adventurer
Endurance swimmer, a maritime lawyer and the UNEP Patron of the Oceans.
Lewis Pugh is an endurance swimmer, a maritime lawyer and the UNEP Patron of the Oceans.
He pioneers swims in the most vulnerable ecosystems on Earth to call for their protection.
He was the first person to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. He was also the first to swim across the North Pole, and the first to swim the full length of the English Channel.
Lewis has been instrumental in protecting over 2 million km2 of vulnerable ocean – an area larger than Western Europe. His dream is to help protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030.
Lewis has received a number of awards for his work. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He was chosen as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. And he was awarded South Africa’s highest honour the Order of Ikhamanga (Gold Class).
Lewis read law at the University of Cape Town and Cambridge University.
Former captain and England international defender
Ledley King is Tottenham Hotspur’s legendary former captain and England international defender, currently working in an Ambassadorial role for the Club.
Born in East London, and having joined Spurs as a trainee at the age of 14, King went on to make 323 senior appearances for the Club, scoring 14 goals.
He also earned 21 caps for his country in a professional career that spanned 15 years up until his retirement from the game through injury in the summer of 2012.
Career highlights include captaining Tottenham Hotspur to a first trophy in 17 years, lifting the
League Cup at Wembley in 2008 after a victory over Chelsea, and appearing at both European Championship and World Cup Finals.
Upon retiring from playing, King was named an Ambassador for Tottenham Hotspur and continues to work closely with the Club and its charitable Foundation to support a number of projects aimed at creating life changing opportunities for people in the local community.
Ledley is able to use his unique position as a legendary former captain of the Club and iconic figure to help inspire achievement amongst young people within an area of high youth unemployment and social deprivation.
The Ambassadorial role also sees him engage regularly with the Club’s fanbase on matchdays and through specific supporter events both at home and abroad, also offering his invaluable support to the Club’s commercial partners.
Former NASA astronaut and highly decorated combat fighter Ron Garan racked up 178 days in space and more than 71 million miles in 2,842 orbits between tours on the US Space Shuttle, Russian Soyuz spacecraft, and the International Space Station. During his time in space, Ron conducted four spacewalks in support of ISS construction and maintenance. Prior to those space journeys, he lived and conducted research on the bottom of the ocean in the world’s only undersea research lab, Aquarius.
Ron has been involved in many global mass collaboration and citizen science programs. He is also a serial entrepreneur and has founded multiple business enterprises/social-impact focused start-ups including Manna Energy Ltd. which is the first organization to successfully register a UN carbon credit for water treatment and has helped provide clean water to millions.
He is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Orbital Perspective, the just-released, Floating in Darkness – A Journey of Evolution, and the children’s book, Railroad to the Moon.
Ron has appeared at the One Young World Summits in 2017 Bogota, 2016 Tucson, 2015 Bangkok, 2014 Dublin, 2013 Johannesburg, and 2012 Pittsburgh.
Ron is celebrated not just for his research in space but also for his humanitarian contribution to life on Earth.
Member of the GB Sailing Team for six years, selected for Tokyo in 2020 but unable to compete due to injury when the games were postponed.
In September 2020 wrote and published a letter to the UK Government calling for a green recovery to the pandemic, which had over 320 GB Olympian and Paralympian signatories (including household names like Mo Farah, Dina Asher-Smith, Steve Redgrave, Paula Radcliffe, the Brownlee brothers and Becky Adlington).
Worked with TeamGB in the run-up to Tokyo, developing a one hour climate education session with AimHi tailored for athletes, which was delivered to TeamGB and ParalympicsGB athletes before they travelled to the Games.
Developed a project called OLYEarth, and as part of this over 80 TeamGB athletes used a symbol to communicate their care for the planet whilst out in Tokyo
Astronaut, aquanaut, artist, mum & author
Nicole is an astronaut, aquanaut, artist, mom, and now author of her first book Back to Earth What Life In Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet – And Our Mission To Protect It (Hachette Book Group, October, 2021). She creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork to inspire everyone’s appreciation of our role as crewmates here on Spaceship Earth.
Nicole is a veteran NASA Astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space as a crewmember on both the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle. Personal highlights of her time in space were performing a spacewalk (10th woman to do so), flying the robotic arm to capture the first HTV, working with her international crew in support of the multi-disciplinary science onboard the orbiting laboratory, painting a watercolor (now on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum), and of course the life-changing view of our home planet out the window.
Nicole is also a NASA Aquanaut. In preparation for spaceflight, she was a crewmember on an 18-day saturation dive mission at the Aquarius undersea laboratory.
Nicole believes that the international model of peaceful and successful cooperation we have experienced in the extreme environments of space and sea holds the key to the same kind of peaceful and successful cooperation for all of humanity here on Earth.
On her post-NASA mission, she is a co-founder of the Space for Art Foundation — uniting a planetary community of children through the awe and wonder of space exploration and the healing power of art.
Mete Coban MBE
Chief Executive, My Life My Say
As Chief Executive of My Life My Say, Mete is best known for contributing to the increase of turnout for young people at the 2017 and 2019 UK General Elections.
The youngest ever elected Councillor in the London borough of Hackney, he is currently serving the administration as the Cabinet Member for Energy, Waste, Transport and Public Realm. From the net-zero energy strategy to sustainable transport, he leads Hackney Council's response to addressing the climate crisis.
Previously, he worked on the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's election campaign, leading on youth engagement. Mete holds a bachelor's degree in Politics and a master's degree in Public Policy and Practice, both from the University of Greenwich.
In the New Years 2020 honours list, Mete received an MBE for services to young people recognising his efforts to make politics more accessible for the younger generation. He also received the UK Government's National Democracy Change-Maker of the Year Award in 2018.
Ocean Advocate, Consultant & Founder of Women4Oceans
Farah Obaidullah is an Independent Ocean Advocate, Consultant and the Founder of Women4Oceans. With over 16 years' experience in ocean advocacy, Farah has travelled the world, observing the beauty of the ocean and witnessing some of the most egregious practices happening at sea. Farah has executed Greenpeace campaigns to end destructive fishing, worked with affected communities, lobbied for ocean protection and been deeply involved in exposing fish crimes, including slavery and labour abuse at sea.
Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage
Managing Director & Founder, Love the Oceans
Francesca Trotman is the managing director and founder of Love The Oceans. As an avid diver for over 15 years, Francesca is a passionate ocean advocate with a special interest in fisheries. Francesca splits her time between the UK and Mozambique, where she oversees the conservation of Jangamo Bay, designated a Mission Blue Hope Spot by Dr. Sylvia Earle. Francesca is also the recipient of Blue Marine Foundation and BOAT International's Ocean Award in the Young Initiative category.
Youth Representative of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
Kazi serves as Youth Representative of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM). He co-leads the Environment Advocacy Group of WOSM and represents Scouting externally in different environmental advocacy processes. He also serves as the Environmental Education thematic facilitator of the UN Environment Programme-Children and Youth Major Group (UNEP-CYMG).
He is a Scout Leader from Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he is actively involved in national policy processes and community development within the Bangladesh Scouts, country's largest youth organization. In the past few years, he has implemented several service projects related to environment and climate action. For overall excellence, in 2009 he was awarded the President’s Scout Award and in 2018 the President’s Rover Scout Award by the President of Bangladesh.
Kazi holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics from the University of Dhaka. He has expertise in the field of Computational Statistics, Regression & Time Series Analysis, Survey Sampling, and Program M&E. He also holds a Certificate of Professional Development in Climate Change Education.
Permanent traveler, youth advocate and nature defender, Grecia has mayor in International Business with a minor in Global Issues from Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and currently studying her Masters degree on Sustainable Tourism. For the last 20 years Scouting has been part of her life, allowing her to grow up with a very holistic vision of life and a big responsibility to always make an impact in her community. Currently she is a Youth Representative of the Scout Movement at international level where she co-led the environment advocacy area and it’s member of the Executive Board of Scouts Mexico.
Grecia is the co-founder of Mexico’s national chapter from the Global Youth Biodiversity Network and a member of the Steering Committee at international level, where she has had the privilege to represent youth in several negotiations processes within the United Nations such as the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Framework Convention on Climate Change. She is a member of 10,000 Women United for Mexico, a businesswoman network, and her main responsibility is to lead local actions and raise awareness to protect the environment.
In 2019, she co-found a social entrepreneurship focus on sustainable tourism called “Grupo Biósfera” which collaborates local and indigenous communities to co-create local tourism experiences while you travel and discover their culture and magical natural places.
British-Bangladeshi Birder, Conservationist and Environmentalist
19-year-old Dr Mya-Rose Craig D.Sc. h. c. is a prominent British Bangladeshi birder, conservationist & environmentalist. She is committed to conservation such as stopping biodiversity loss and saving our planet through halting climate change, whilst respecting indigenous peoples, and highlighting Global Climate Justice as it intersects with Climate Change Action. She focuses her attention on change from governmental and huge global corporations.
Mya-Rose Craig has appeared on Television and Radio. She writes a blog, Birdgirl, as well as articles. She also gives talks and has spoken on a shared stage with Greta Thunberg. For her work as Founder and President of Black2Nature, which she set up age 13, she is the youngest British person to be awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science age 17 for her work fighting for equal access to nature and for ethnic diversity in the environmental sector. In September 2020 she visited the Arctic with Greenpeace, highlighting the second lowest sea ice minimum and doing the most northerly youth strike ever.
Climate Activist, Speaker and Campaigner
Noga Levy-Rapoport is a 19 year old climate activist, organiser, speaker and campaigner, who took a prominent role in organising the youth climate strikes across the UK, and is working to transform conversations around systemic change through campaigning for a Green New Deal, pushing for youth empowerment at all ages, and encouraging creative storytelling around the climate crisis in local community spaces.
Founding Executive Director, Force of Nature
Clover Hogan is a climate activist, researcher on eco-anxiety, and the founding Executive
Director of Force of Nature - a youth non-profit mobilising mindsets for climate action. She
has worked alongside the world’s leading authorities on sustainability, consulted within the
boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, and supported students in 50+ countries to shift from climate anxiety to agency.
Founder & Director of Union of Justice, climate activist and author
Magid Magid is a Somali-British race and climate justice activist and author who came to the UK as a refugee aged five. He is Founder & Director of Union of Justice, a European, independent, people of colour led organisation dedicated to racial justice and climate justice. He was a member of the European Parliament representing Yorkshire & the Humber, Mayor of his beloved city, Sheffield and was also an elected councillor representing his community. Magid was named one of TIME’s 100 rising stars shaping the future of the world.
Ana Lucía Moya
Ana Lucía Moya is an international consultant specializing in climate change transparency.
She is currently an advisor of the Climate Change Directorate of the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica and the coordinator of the CBIT project of Costa Rica. She leads the team that is implementing Costa Rica's National Climate Change Metrics System (SINAMECC) and the related processes to meet the transparency requirements of the Paris Agreement. She is also part of the Costa Rican delegation to the UNFCCC negotiations, providing support on the Article 13 negotiations.
She is a global shaper and a one young world delegate.
Allyson is a 19-year-old Chilean activist and journalism student. She has been an animal rights activist since she was 11 and a human rights activist since she was 16, when she started working with Amnesty International out of a desire to fight injustice. Since then, she has been an active part of Amnesty International Chile’s Human Rights Education Team and has delivered workshops to educating people of all ages about migration, human rights, sexual and reproductive rights and other related issues according to the contingency.
In 2018 Allyson was selected to be part of Amnesty’s global Youth, Power, Action! Network, and alongside this she participates in Amnesty Chile’s street activism team and in the “It’s My Body” School, where she was trained as an educator in sexual and reproductive rights; since then she has been especially committed to promoting comprehensive sexual education.
Allyson works hard to promote youth activism, feminism and work on social change within and outside of Amnesty. Last year she was chosen to be part of the school for young women leaders promoted by ‘Woman Community’ and UNDP, where she received political and social training which strengthening her leadership as a young woman. She has also worked with environmental organizations who are committing their ideals to this cause too.
Charlie is a marine scientist, expedition leader and presenter. Focussing her work on humans impacts in our oceans, Charlie uses her skills as a scientist, explorer and communicator to document and inspire positive change for our big blue. Now based in the UK, Charlie is on a mission to reconnect the UK public with British seas and inspire meaningful action for the treasure trove of life beneath the waves.
In 2020 she founded Saltwater Britain - a not-for-profit enterprise that takes people on ocean adventures with impact - and is giving people a chance to learn about and get hands-on with marine conservation on their doorstep.
Claudia Taboada is a native of the Dominican Republic. She has a degree in veterinary medicine and studied law as well. She has a master's degree in Design, Management and Direction of International Cooperation Projects and a master's degree in Diplomacy and Consular Service. She has dedicated most of her professional life to promoting the MDGs and subsequently the SDGs through non-formal education in order to empower young people in the country and the region on these issues. She has worked in the direction and management of educational simulations for more than five years. She currently serves as Director of Science, Technology and Environment in the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the first young woman to hold the position.
She has represented his country in different activities such as the Youth Consultation for the World Humanitarian Summit (2015), the World Youth Summit (2017), the ACE Youth Forum ( 2018), the ONE Young World Summit (2019), the Youth Climate Action Summit (2019), Climate Action Summit (2019), the World Non Formal Education Forum (2019), the ECOSOC youth Forum, the UN Youth Summit 2020, the Youth Forum on Migration 2021 and the Youth Conference on Climate Change COY16 2021.
She is a member of the Youth Advisory Council of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) for 2019-2021 and a member of the Local Pathways Fellowship of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (2019). Likewise, she was selected as one of 35 youth in the world as the winner of the UN Green Ticket Winner for the Climate Ambition Summit. She is currently a member of the UNEP MGCY Committee as regional facilitator and national coordinator for COY16.
Co-founder of Re_Set and Springwise
James Bidwell - Springwise - James Bidwell is co-founder of Re_Set, a leading next-generation strategy consultancy for innovation and sustainability whose mission is to ensure its clients thrive in a disrupted world. Re_Set empowers and equips businesses and governments to make a positive global impact and create a new vision of success. He is also the owner and Chair of Springwise, the world’s largest source of global innovations.James is also a high-profile speaker and commentator. He speaks regularly on navigating disruption, the rapid pace of change, the role of innovation in helping solve the climate crisis and how to achieve cultural shift. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Bristol and Cambridge Judge Business School, a participant in the London Business School Innovation and Entrepreneurship programme, and committee member and judge at the World Retail Congress and mentor at Red Bull Amaphiko Academy.
Development Director at the Blue Marine Foundation.
Dan started working for BLUE after freediving in the Orkney Islands and realising the extraordinary marine biodiversity (and absence of it) in our waters. With fifteen years of business experience, he supports BLUE project development and overall organisational growth, while also directing projects focused on the high seas and national marine parks.
Diana Lopera currently serves as part of the inaugural Climate Ready Hawaiʻi AmeriCorps VISTA cohort that is helping Hawaiʻi adapt to climate change impacts. As Climate Change Communications Specialist, she works with the Hawaiʻi Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission staff based at the Department of Land and Natural Resources. She manages the Climate Commission’s website operations and social media presence, and assists in the creation of a communications framework to address climate change equity issues with a special focus on anti-poverty objectives. She is particularly interested in science communication and outreach to help bridge the gap between scientific research and the communities it benefits.
Graduating magna cum laude from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a B.S. in Global Environmental Science, Diana also received the SOEST Undergraduate Award for Service and Leadership. She is originally from Saipan and is a first-generation college graduate.
Diana has been involved with the YMCA of Honolulu throughout her time in university, participating in and leading various student-led programs and initiatives offered by the Atherton YMCA, one of the few remaining campus-affiliated branches across the USA. She will be attending COP26 with the YMCA Delegation, as part of the Youth-Led Solutions Initiative launched by World YMCA.
Dr. Lauren Biermann
Dr Lauren Biermann is a Marine Remote Sensing Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) with a background in biological oceanography, biogeochemistry, and optics. She is also the international Interdisciplinary core topic lead on the International Ocean-Colour Coordinating Group (IOCCG) Task Force on Remote Sensing of Marine Litter and Debris, an international Committee of experts with representatives from national space agencies as well as the ocean colour and inland water user communities.
Working with Earth Observation colleagues, Dr Biermann led the ‘Finding Plastic Patches in Coastal Waters using Optical Satellite Data’ paper which attracted much attention both within and outside the scientific community and was the third most downloaded Earth science publication by Nature Scientific Reports in 2020.
Durlabh is an award-winning youth leader recognized by the United Nations in 2019 for his grassroots climate action interventions in Pakistan. He has +6 years of experience in entrepreneurship, sustainability, and innovation. He has led 18 projects with teams ranging from 5 to 20 people and built a community of +3400 individuals around UN SDGs.
Durlabh is the founding director of Youth Embassy. A youth-led network that brings the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals to all. Youth Embassy promotes empathy, courage, and a global mindset with a mission to empower the next generation of youth leaders. He has worked with organizations such as World Economic Forum, US State Department, The Asia Foundation, UN Environment Programme, WWF, and Climate-KIC to name a few."
Emmanuelle Bérenger is the global theme lead for sustainable forest management at the Rainforest Alliance. She supports the organization’s work on community forest management, putting her knowledge and passion at the service of local communities and Indigenous peoples towards better livelihood and preserved forests.
With more than 20 years of experience in tropical forest certification, restoration, and conservation around the globe, Bérenger provides leadership and coordinates the development and implementation of global field strategies for sustainable forest management across regions and programs, in particular Forest Allies. She helps improve governance, forest management, and enterprise administration capacities among partner communities, Indigenous peoples, and smallholder forest enterprises.
Bérenger holds a postgraduate degree in tropical and temperate forestry and an M.S. in agronomy. She has completed her professional experience with academic knowledge on change management in organizations as a graduate of the Consulting and Coaching for Change HEC/Oxford Executive Master.
Jamie Hunter is a 21 year environmental advocate and activist based in
Nelson, BC. Jamie is the co-founder of Stop Ecocide Canada, the Canadian
branch of the Stop Ecocide campaign, which aims to make ecocide an
international criminal law.
Jamie is also an organizer with Fridays for
Future and Extinction Rebellion, and has been involved in many other
environmental and social justice causes, including the ongoing Fairy
Creek Blockade on Vancouver Island.
Re-Earth Initiative Climate Activist (Chile)
Kolo Marie Christina
Marie Christina Kolo
Climate Activist (Madagascar)
MARINEL UBALDO is an advocate for climate justice and the environment. She is a Registered Social Worker and one of the Founders of the Youth Leaders for Environmental Action Federation, a youth-led organization based in Eastern Visayas that aims to mentor youth individuals and organizations in climate advocacy. She is also the Advocacy Officer for Ecological Justice and Youth Engagement of Living Laudato Si' Philippines. She is currently the Philippine Country Coordinator for UN COY16 Glasgow while co-leading the implementation of one of the most comprehensive youth gatherings this year, the Local Conference of Youth 2021. She also serves as the Philippine Focal Point for Climate Science Olympiad.
Marinel has been actively involved in educating communities - especially, the youth and children- about climate change and the roles they can take to adapt and mitigate to its effects. She has spoken to world leaders on behalf of Filipinos during the opening of the UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris and in UNFCCC COP 25 in Madrid. She is a petitioner and has acted as a Resource Person during the Climate Justice Liability Public Hearing during the Climate Week in New York USA last September 2018. She has been trained by former US Vice-President Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader.
Her global campaign with Amnesty International calling on the Philippine government to ensure relocation of Super-Typhoon Haiyan survivors generated 528,070 actions from around the world. She has been building impactful campaigns, forming strong collaborations with the government, social and environmental organizations, and the youth. Most of all, she aims co-power and build agency among frontline communities around the world, so we can have a safer place to live in, and now she continues to tell her story in the global platform aiming to shed light on the reality of climate change, and the urgency for world leaders to keep their climate commitments and for the rest of the world to act on it.
Nasha A. C. Cuvelier
Nasha A. C. Cuvelier
Environmental Scientist. Co-founder of Sustainability Without Borders. RCOY-LAC organization team leader. OYW ambassador. UNDP and UNICEF consultant.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar LLC(G)
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
Neeshad is a young environmentalist, speaker, and policy-oriented social change advocate, best known
for his work on environmental and climate change advocacy and policy in the Gulf and Arab region in the Middle
East. His core area of expertise includes analyzing global environmental politics, sustainability and climate policies.
An active civil society member and has been a prominent presence at international climate summits especially UN
Climate Summit (COP’s) since 2015 on various capacities, including role of youth and civil society for climate
action. He holds a master’s degree in Energy & Environmental Engineering and based in Doha, Qatar.
2019, he was named in the Apolitical’s List of the 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy 2019.
Neeshad is a TEDx Speaker and Agenda Contributor for the World Economic Forum. His articles and
interviews have appeared in Al Jazeera, BBC, France24, Washington Post, Guardian, Wired Italia, Anadolu Agency,
The Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune, Qatar Today, Peninsula Qatar and others.
Neeshad is currently the Co-founder & Executive Director at the Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar, a
registered youth lead non-profit Environmental Association in the State of Qatar. He is a Board Member at Climate
Action Network (CAN) Arab World and CoalitionWILD. He is on the steering committee of UNESCO Youth Climate
Action Network (YoU-CAN) and UNEP Youth Regional Facilitator for the Middle East.
Abdul-Razak Saeed is the Rainforest Alliance’s global theme lead for climate change. Saeed is responsible for the organization’s global strategy and positioning on climate-related issues and solutions, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, climate-smart agriculture, and natural climate solutions.
He leads on the application of these solutions within the Rainforest Alliance’s certification and landscape programs to boost the resilience of local communities and natural ecosystems. He also oversees the Rainforest Alliance’s emission reduction program to improve the sustainability of the organization’s internal operations.
With more than 13 years of experience working across the forestry, energy, agriculture, and gender sectors, Saeed has committed his career and research to supporting governments, local communities, NGOs, and the private sector in the development and implementation of climate change policies at national and international levels.
Saeed holds a Ph.D. in environment and human geography from the University of Reading, focusing on the economic and environmental benefits of farmers’ and farming communities’ engagement in REDD+ in cocoa forest regions. He earned his M.Sc. in environmental change and management from the University of Oxford.
Amnesty UK’s Children’s Human Rights Network Committee member (UK)
CEO & Co-Founder, Planet Super League
Tom Gribbin is the CEO and co-founder of Planet Super League. Tom has twenty years experience in sustainability, new ventures, marketing and innovation. His work focuses on behaviour change and facilitating action. Tom has an MBA from the University of Cambridge and has taught Entrepreneurship in the School of Management at UCL. He also spent five years on the board of Nottingham Forest Community Trust.
Director of design & facilitation at sport social impact consultancy thinkBeyond
Radha is Director of Design and Facilitaion at sport for social impact consultancy thinkBeyond. She is an experienced strategist, facilitator, design-thinking specialist and MC andbelieves that the environment in which collaboration, ideation and engagement takes place is as important as the tasks undertaken. She uses her experience of working with teams from across the world and a range of industries to establish bespoke environments for each client and individual to thrive.
Radha has spent her career within the sport, business and international development space, creating strategies, developing narratives and designing workshops for, brands and talent including: ESPN, The NFL, Euroleague Basketball, SAP, Legal & General, Michael Johnson, Billie Jean King, Kate and Helen Richardson-Walsh, Sport England, Welsh Rugby Union, The NFL, World Rugby, UK Sport and numerous other national and international organizations. initiatives, products and programs.
Radha uses her experience of strategy design and coaching to create environments and design processes that allow groups and individuals to find actions and solutions to their most pressing challenges. She has designed and delivered a number of international leadership programs that support exceptional talent from disadvantaged backgrounds to create individual and group action plans in order to drive positive change within themselves and society.
Radha has provided MC and facilitation services for Legal & General, WWE, Special Olympics, Laureus, LiveWire Sports, Sport Industry Group, Sport England, Euroleague Basketball, The EU and The Sports Ground Safety Authority among others. She is regularly asked to comment on sport's role in society across both traditional and new media.
Radha previously worked for the Football Foundation, Women in Sport and London Sport. She is a former Loughborough University Athletic Union President and graduate of its Sports Science and English programs.
Founder & CEO, Benchmark
Nick is the founder and CEO of Benchmark, a group of sports-related companies that invest in the value of togetherness. It is now more than two decades since Nick first recognised the power of sport to create connections, share experiences and change lives.Since then, he has gone on to build a series of ground-breaking events, networks and communities, which bring people, businesses and society together. Today Benchmark is seen as a leader in its field: a group of companies that inspire positive change and deliver social, emotional and commercial value to every stakeholder, organisation and investor involved.Nick began by launching the Sport Industry Group in 2000. Today it is the UK sport industry’s foremost networking organisation. He followed this in 2007 with London’s first-ever Square Mile Relay, a race series that now spans the world and 15 years on is still headlined by the inaugural partner, Bloomberg. In 2008, increasingly convinced of sport’s universal power to do good and tackle some of the most complex issues of our time, Nick founded the global foundation Beyond Sport. It soon enjoyed the backing of some of the world’s most influential leaders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Patron) Richard Branson and Tony Blair (Chair), some of sport’s most powerful franchises such as MLB, NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, and MLS, and brands like Barclays, Dick’s Sporting Goods, ESPN and WWE. Today the organisation is the global force for sustainable social change through sport and has granted nearly $5m in funds and $10m in capacity building to over 450 organisations around the world. In 2014 Beyond Sport was the catalyst for the launch of thinkBeyond, which has since grown into one of the world’s leading sport and social impact agencies, advising some of the world’s biggest rights holders, teams, brands, sponsors and talent, including Bloomberg, SAP, Manchester United, Disney, Unilever, IOC, Mayor of London, NFL, North Face and Olympic legend Michael Johnson. With the rise of e-sport, the world’s fastest growing grassroots ‘sport’, Benchmark signed a long-term partnership with British Universities. Three years in, NSE (National Student Esports) has a regular playing base of 25,000 and enjoys partnerships with Intel, Barclays and Monster. Even during the pandemic Benchmark continued to boost its reputation as an innovator, adding the Bloomberg Square Mile Virtual Club, Sport Podcast Group, think Beyond Studios and The Defiance Projects to its roster.A regular commentator on sport’s role in sustainable development, social equality and purpose, Nick has sat on the Global Advisory Board for The World Economic Forum on Sport and Society, and speaks regularly on leadership, shared value and the future of sport, business and society.
Founder & CEO, Sport Positive
Claire is the CEO and Founder of Sport Positive, supporting the global sports industry to increase their action and ambition on climate change through direct support, community, communications, the annual Sport Positive Summit and Sport Positive Leagues. She has spent over 15 years in London and New York working on purpose-driven large-scale events production and global communications campaigns.
A consultant to UNFCCC to support the inception what is now UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, she still collaborates closely with the Secretariat team as the Framework evolves and progresses. In 2017 she was quoted as ‘doing more than anyone alive to mobilize convocations for sustainability advocates throughout the sport world.’ Sport Positive Summit is now the leading global meeting place for sports effecting positive environmental impacts, in collaboration with UNFCCC Global Climate Action and International Olympic Committee.
Her views and work have been covered by BBC Sport, Sky Sports, BT Sport, Euronews, The Independent, The Athletic, Rouleur, The Japan Times, Euractiv, Ecolospot and more. She is the Principal of ClearBright Consulting; Trustee of UK-based food waste and education charity, UKHarvest; Advisory Board Member for Ecoathletes and The Sport Ecology Group; Advisory Committee Member for The Council for Responsible Sport's Standard for Organisations and IWBI's WELL Advisory on Sports and Entertainment Venues.
Born in Ireland, British/Irish national. Graduated from Nottingham Law School with a Bachelor of Law Honours Degree (LLB (hons)).
O'neil Henry Leadon
Niel is a conservationist from The Bahamas who is passionate about heritage preservation, environmental protection, and youth empowerment.
Tory Tsui (she/they)
Climate justice activist & writer
Tori is a climate justice activist and writer based in Bristol, UK but originally from Hong Kong. She recently sailed across the Atlantic with the think tank Sail to the COP. She subsequently helped facilitate Sail For Climate Action. She is the co-founder of the Bad Activist Collective and Pass the Mic.
Dominique Palmer (she/her)
Climate justice activist, Fridays for Future International and Climate Live.
Dominique is a climate justice activist and organiser in Fridays for Future International and Climate Live. Her activism is focused on mobilising people for the climate, engaging in policy, and various international actions and campaigns, including utilising music and creative means to outreach.
Abideen Olasupo conducts socio-economic, business, political and communication researches with the adoption of quantitative and qualitative designs on Climate related issues. He crafts plans, develop strategies and tactics that help in communicating company and products or services’ unique propositions to the relevant stakeholders in the environmental sector. He is a Climate Activist and Campaigner with track record of reaching out to over 20000 youths and students. He recently organised Precop26 event with 50 youth representatives across Nigeria
Abideen grows new businesses and accelerates the growth of start-ups in Africa and North America regions through the development of varied strategic tools ranging from business, growth plans to the investment pitch deck. He has demonstrated the ability to meet or exceed all performance targets in highly competitive environments, proven strength in analyzing emerging challenges and developing efficient solutions, Solid track record of driving complex investigations in line with a diverse client requirement, Exceptional time management, problem-solving, and communication skills.
Abideen has travelled to five different continent in the last eight years. He has consulted and worked with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-UK, Restless Development-UK, KTN Global Alliance Africa-UK, Project Everyone-UK, CIVICUS-South Africa, AfriLabs-Abuja, U-Invest(Egypt), and recent WheelsForAfrica(a startup that won the World Health Organisation Award) in Kenya, African Union and United Nations. He is a tri-sector business leader with investments in Oil and Gas, Agritech and recently Healthtech. He has been a part of different private sector and civil society committee around Climate and Environmental issues
Model, activist, & Founder of Dirt - Foundation for the Regeneration of Earth
Arizona Muse is a model, environmental activist and the founder of DIRT— Foundation for the Regeneration of Earth
The 33 year old mother of 2, is one of the world’s most recognisable models having fronted campaigns for the world’s biggest brands including Chanel, Estée Lauder, Prada, Louis Vuitton & Yves Saint Laurent, and graced the cover of over 40 international Vogue Magazines.
Over the past six years, Arizona has become a passionate and renowned advocate for sustainability and environmental regeneration, and one of the leading voices on the topic from the fashion industry. Earlier this year she launched Dirt, which supports and promotes agricultural projects that are doing away with harmful chemicals and instead rejuvenate the life within soil, massively enhancing its ability to capture and store carbon, as well as providing immense benefits for wildlife, water absorption and retention and food and fibre production. Dirt’s ambition is to help the Biodynamic Farming movement expand around the world as well as increase the supply and demand for Biodynamically grown raw materials.
New Mexico born Arizona, who also acts as a sustainability consultant for fashion brands who wish to minimise their environmental impact, sits on the board of non-profit The Sustainable Angle, a leading resource for sourcing sustainable materials. She also contributes to Fashion Revolution, a team of business leaders, policymakers and brands who work together towards radically changing the way clothes are sourced, produced and consumed.
She is an ambassador for Greenpeace and Women For Women and has also collaborated on campaigns with Oxfam and various UN organisations including UNDP, UNEP and UNFAO.
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