We are delighted to announce some of the amazing speakers who will be taking part across the 2 days of goalkeepers. These are all individuals committed to accelerating progress in their own unique way.
Deputy Secretary General of the UN, Amina J Mohammed was Special Advisor to the Nigerian government on the Millennium Development Goals and then to Ban Ki-Moon, playing an instrumental role in establishing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. She was the Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University and has served on numerous international advisory boards and panels.
As CEO of Google’s ‘X’, Dr Astro Teller is currently working on audacious ideas in science and technology. He has a BA in computer science and Masters of Science in symbolic and heuristic computation from Stanford University, and a Ph.D in artificial intelligence and Hertz fellowship from Cernegie Mellon University. Astro taught at Stanford and worked as an engineer and researcher for Phoenix Laser Technologies, before co-founding Cerebellum Captal Inc, a software system-run investment management firm.
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States. He became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago, before beginning a career in public service and winning seats in the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate. On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, winning more votes than any candidate in history.
Bill Gates is the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which works to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people. Having co-founded Microsoft over forty years ago, he continues to serve on the board and as a technology advisor. He has also founded Corbis, a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from private and public collections around the world.
Bina Maseno is a journalist, community leader and founder of Badili Africa, an Initiative that empowers young people to become active participants in matters of governance and to change young women’s perspective of politics.
Women’s rights advocate, Denis Mukwege, M.D., PhD, is the founder and Medical Director of Panzi Hospital and Foundation in eastern Congo. A surgeon and gynaecologist, he and his staff have helped care for more than 50,000 survivors of sexual violence. Dr Mukwege is the Founder of Panzi Foundation USA, the Mukwege Foundation, and is the 2014 Laureate for the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize.
George the Poet is a philosopher, activist and London-born spoken word performer of Ugandan heritage. His unique brand of musical poetry has won him critical acclaim as a recording artist and social commentator, leading him to set up his own social action initiative App. The Search Party is a platform for his poetry on sustainable development and combines videos, lyrics and practical information on how to get involved.
Isha Sesay is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International. She worked on Michelle Obama’s CNN film, ‘We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World’ and received awards for her coverage of the 2014 Chibok schoolgirls abduction and 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. Isha is the Founder and President of W.E Can Lead, an education and empowerment non-profit organization, working with teenage girls in her home country of Sierra Leone.
Jerome Jarre is a French social media personality with a growing audience of eight million followers on Snapchat. His campaigning for Somalia includes launching the Love Army, which aimed to raise $1 million to fund food aid in ten days, but exceed its goal (which has now more than doubled) in 24 hours. This has lead him to develop the Love Army Village, a project which connects donors with Somalian families currently experiencing famine.
Juanpa Zurita is a passionate digital content creator with a born talent to communicate. Born in Mexico, and based in Los Angeles, his social media reach has increased dramatically since the first video he uploaded in 2013. He currently reaches over 31 million followers around the world, becoming the biggest Latin American content creator.
Juanpa has been heavily involved in several initiatives since his beginnings in 2013. Most recently Juanpa launched the 2016 #LoveArmyForSomalia push alongside Jerome Jarre, Casey Neistat and Ben Stiller. The campaign raised over $2.7 USD million for drought relief, delivering over 800 tons of food and 2,700,000 liters of drinking water to the Somali population.
Justin Trudeau is Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister. He also serves as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Youth.
Justin’s vision of Canada is a country where everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed. His experiences as a teacher, father, leader, and advocate for youth have shaped his dedication to Canadians – and his commitment to make Canada a place where everyone has the opportunities they need to thrive.
As Prime Minister, Justin leads a government that works hard every day to build an economy that works for the middle class and people working hard to join it. His team is focused on creating new jobs, fostering strength out of Canada’s rich diversity, fighting climate change, and achieving reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She was the founding head of the Liberian Reconciliation Initiative, and was the co-Founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). Leymah is currently the Executive Director of Columbia University's Women, Peace and Security Program.
Pakistani activist and student, Malala Yousafzai, is the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 15, she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out for the rights of girls in her community to go to school. Malala recovered, continued her campaign and, as co-founder of Malala Fund, is building a global movement of support for girls’ education. She is currently studying PPE at Oxford University.
Melinda Gates is the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to the philanthropic initiatives around global health and learning, Melinda’s particular focus is on empowering women and girls to drive meaningful global change. She has seen first-hand the transformational improvements this has brought and lead the London Summit of Family Planning in 2012, which aims to deliver contraceptives to 120 million women in developing countries by 2020.
H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands is the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, working to advance universal access to financial services. She is honorary patron of the G20’s Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion, a Global Agenda Trustee for the World Economic Forum’s Global Challenge Initiative on the Future of the Global Financial System, a member of the Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance and honorary chair of the Dutch Money Wise Platform.
Morgan is a freethinker who seeks and creates a life full of adventure. He climbed out the school window in 6th grade and never finished high school, but graduated from Princeton with an engineering degree combining studies in mechanical engineering, geoscience, and economics. After chasing earthquakes in Alaska with a new state-of-the-art seismic monitoring network over seven summers, Morgan has been inventing and deploying new technologies in global health and agriculture. Morgan is now working on his 4th deployed product: a new vaccine cooler to enable vaccination of all kids everywhere.
Dr. Rajesh Panjabi is the CEO of Last Mile Health and an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. After fleeing his home country of Liberia at age 9, he returned to work with the Liberia Ministry of Health and cofounded Last Mile Health. Raj is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2017) and the TED Prize (2017). He was named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2017), one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” (2016), and one of Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” (2015, 2017).
Known for her passion for improving education and alleviating poverty, Queen Rania has championed initiatives in Jordan and abroad to empower local communities, and drive innovation through society.
An advocate for tolerance, she is an influential voice on fighting stereotypes of Arabs and Muslims, and fostering greater understanding between people of different faiths.
Through her position on their boards, Queen Rania continues to contribute to the work of the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the World Economic Forum (WEF). She is also UNICEF’s first Eminent Advocate for Children and a member of the International Rescue Committee (IRC) board of directors.
Richard Curtis is a screenwriter whose films include Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually and the co-founder of Comic Relief, which has raised more than £1 billion to date. In 2005, he co-founded the Make Poverty History campaign and was executive producer of Live 8. In 2014, Richard set up Project Everyone to promote the Global Goals and has been formally appointed as a UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocate.
Stephen is an English actor, writer, comedian, presenter and activist. He has worked extensively in television, film and radio, with credits including Blackadder, Wilde, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Hobbit Trilogy, as well as several documentary series exploring language, sexuality and depression. He has written numerous books, including three volumes of autobiography and has been campaigning for LGBTQ rights for over thirty years.
Dr Sue Desmond-Hellmann is physician, scientist, philanthropist and CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A trained oncologist, she spent 14 years at biotech firm Genentech developing breakthrough treatments, including the first gene-targeted cancer drugs, Avastin and Herceptin and was the first woman to hold the position of Chancellor of the University of California at San Francisco. She serves on the board of directors at Facebook Inc.
Weldon (University of Pittsburgh, 1999) is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Purdue University in Indiana. Professor Weldon’s award-winning work focuses on: women’s human rights; the role of social movements in influencing public policy; on violence against women; representation; women, work and poverty; and diversity and inclusion.
Vittorio Colao is the CEO of Vodafone Group and Non-Executive Director of Unilever. He previously worked at McKinsey & Company in Milan before joining Omnitel Pronto Italia, which went on to become Vodafone. He sits on the International Advisory Board of Bocconi University and is a member of the European Round Table of Industrialists.
will.i.am, is an entertainer, creative innovator and founder of I AM ™. Known for his work with The Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am is the first recording artist to send a song to Mars in conjunction with NASA’s Curiosity Mars Space Lab. With a commitment to inspire kids to stay in school and become the leaders of tomorrow, will.i.am advocates the importance and power of a good education through his i.am angel foundation.