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Professions and civil society

From the environment to animal protection and law, our civil society leaders are showing the way:

Christiana Figueres

Christiana Figueres

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Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010 - 2016.

Carlo Petrini

Carlo Petrini

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Carlo Petrini is the founder and President of the international Slow Food movement.

Dr David Suzuki

Dr David Suzuki

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David Suzuki, Co-Founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, including the award-winning The Nature of Things.

Satish Kumar

Satish Kumar

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Aged 18, Satish Kumar made a peace pilgrimage from India, bringing “peace tea” to global leaders from Moscow to Washington.

Jonathon Porritt CBE

Jonathon Porritt CBE

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Jonathon Porritt CBE, Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, is an eminent writer, broadcaster, and commentator on sustainable development.

Tony Juniper

Tony Juniper

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Tony Juniper is a writer, campaigner and sustainability advisor and is regarded as one of Britain’s leading environmentalists.

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

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Bill is a leading climate change writer and activist.

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

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A founder of the Black Consciousness Movement along with Steve Biko, Dr Ramphele has doctorates in medicine and social anthropology and 10 honorary degrees.

Dr Hans Herren

Dr Hans Herren

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Dr Herren is President of the Millennium Institute.

Maneka Gandhi

Maneka Gandhi

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Maneka was made Minister for Women and Child Development in the Indian government in 2014.

Patrick Holden CBE

Patrick Holden CBE

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Patrick is CEO of The Sustainable Food Trust, which promotes international cooperation between all those involved in sustainable food production.

Tristram Stuart

Tristram Stuart

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Tristram won the international environmental award, The Sophie Prize 2011, for his fight against food waste.

Stanley Johnson

Stanley Johnson

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Stanley has worked in the field of environment and animal welfare for 40 years.

Dr Yaya Olaniran

Dr Yaya Olaniran

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Since 2007, Dr Yaya Olaniran has been Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the Rome-based Food Agencies of the United Nations.

Sir David Madden

Sir David Madden

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Sir David, a retired diplomat, served as British Ambassador in Greece.

Dr Andrea Gavinelli

Dr Andrea Gavinelli

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Andrea is a veterinarian and is currently in charge of the Animal Welfare Unit in the Health and Consumers Directorate General of the European Commission.

Bruce Kent

Bruce Kent

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Bruce was the leading light of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) for many years.

Nitin Mehta MBE

Nitin Mehta MBE

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Nitin founded the Young Indian Vegetarians Society and is well known for organising high profile campaigns.

Dr S Chinny Krishna

Dr S Chinny Krishna

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Dr Chinny Krishna is Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Blue Cross of India.

Professor David Bilchitz

Professor David Bilchitz

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David Bilchitz is a Professor of Human Rights and Constitutional Law at the University of Johannesburg and Director of the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC).

Geoff Tansey

Geoff Tansey

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Geoff Tansey is a writer and consultant and a trustee of The Food Ethics Council.

Paul Hoffman SC

Paul Hoffman SC

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Advocate Paul Hoffman is a director of the Institute For Accountability in Southern Africa, an NGO dedicated to exacting accountability and promoting responsiveness to the needs of ordinary people.

Zhang Dan

Zhang Dan

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Zhang Dan is China’s Ambassador for World Animal Day and is the co-founder of the China Animal Protection Media Salon.

Wendel Trio

Wendel Trio

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Wendel Trio is Director of Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe).

Richard Haigh

Richard Haigh

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South African farming pioneer Richard Haigh has been hailed by the Worldwatch Institute and Slow Food International for his agro-ecological methods of farming indigenous Zulu sheep and Nguni cattle at his farm Enaleni in KwaZulu Natal.

Daniela Battaglia

Daniela Battaglia

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A committed animal welfarist, Daniela Battaglia works in the Animal Production and Health Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Norma Alvares

Norma Alvares

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Norma is an advocate of the Bombay High Court and has argued, pro bono, over 100 cases on environmental pollution, animal rights and women's issues, including achieving a ban on bullfighting in Goa, her home state, where she is a well-known campaigner.

Timmie Kumar

Timmie Kumar

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Timmie spent many years volunteering in northern India, rescuing animals from circuses, rehoming strays and caring for wild animals.

Rafał Serafin

Rafał Serafin

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Rafal is CEO of the Partners for the Environment Foundation (www.fpds.pl) in Poland, which supports sustainable development by building partnerships, supporting civil society development, innovative solutions and good practice. 

Lord Anthony Lester

Lord Anthony Lester

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Lord Anthony Lester is well known for his campaigns for human rights.

Chris Darwin

Chris Darwin

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Chris, the great, great grandson of Charles Darwin, is an environmentalist, adventurer and ambassador for Bush Heritage Australia.

Adam and Jessica Sweidan

Adam and Jessica Sweidan

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Adam and Jessica began their philanthropy straight out of university. To address global biodiversity loss, in 2009 they founded Synchronicity Earth, which identifies conservation priorities and finds the people best placed to tackle them. 

Lady Katya Lester

Lady Katya Lester

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Katya Lester is a barrister and works as a Judge in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal. She is a long-standing supporter of Compassion in World Farming.

Grazia Francescato

Grazia Francescato

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Grazia is a leading environmentalist and writer, former President of WWF-Italy and of the Italian Green Party, who now leads on international relationships for Greenaccord, a secular organisation for the safeguarding of creation.

Nithiyanantha n Nesadurai

Nithiyanantha n Nesadurai

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Nithi is President of the Environmental Protection Society Malaysia and President of Chevening Alumni Malaysia, an association of leaders awarded the Chevening Scholarship by the UK Government.

Amy P. Wilson

Amy P. Wilson

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Amy is an attorney and the first South African to graduate with a Master’s degree in Animal Law.

Natalie Fee

Natalie Fee

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Natalie Fee is an award-winning environmentalist, author, speaker and founder of City to Sea, a UK-based organisation running campaigns to stop plastic pollution at source.