Ryan Carson | Co-Founder and CEO of the online school, Treehouse.
Ryan Carson is an entrepreneur and the co-founder of Treehouse, a online interactive education platform that teaches students how to make websites or mobile applications. The company is revolutionizing the tech-education space as it continues to grow with over 70 000 active students .
Prof. Glenda Gray | President & CEO South African Medical Research Council
Glenda has expertise in mother to child transmission of HIV, HIV vaccines and microbicides. She is the Co-PI of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network and Director of the HVTN International Programs. In 2002, she was awarded the Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award for pioneering work done in the field of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV-1. She is a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa, and chairs their standing committee on health.
Pamela Jeffery | Founder, The Jeffery Group Ltd, WXN & CBDC
Pamela was inspired to create a network for female leaders back in 1997 because one did not exist. Over 15 years, she has grown the Women's Executive Network (WXN) to 19,000 female leaders across Canada and launched WXN in Ireland. With a mandate from the federal government in 2009, she founded the Canadian Board Diversity Council (CBDC), now self-funded by the private sector, to increase board representation of members of women, visible minority groups and Aboriginal peoples among others.
Nigel Saval | Founder of The 9 Miles Project & Youth Mentor
Nigel Saval was motivated by his love for surfing and the pivotal role that this sport played in his life, he started the 9 Miles Project in 2013 with the vision of improving the community. The project works with the youth of Strandfontein, Bayview, San Remo and surrounding informal settlements in the Western Cape and aims to provide mentorship and support through surfing to individuals susceptible to drug abuse and criminal activity.
Nikki Allorto | President of the South African Burns Society & Founder of the Burn Care Trust
Dr. Nikki Allorto is the president of the South African Burns Society and founder of the Burn Care Trust. She is a burn surgeon at Edendale hospital, in Pietermaritzburg KwaZulu Natal. In 2006 during her community service year that she took an interest in the plight of burn victims. She completed her general surgical training at the Nelson Mandela school of medicine
Neliswa Gaji | Founder & Managing Director of The Milani Foundation Of Hope
Neliswa Gaji is the Founder and Managing Director of the NGO Milani Foundation of Hope, which is named after her son. It aims at supporting, empowering and motivating mothers who have children living with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Neliswa is a UNISA graduate who studied Applied Psychology majoring in Psychology. It is at Red Cross Children’s Hospital that Neliswa believes that the Milani Foundation was born
Nawal El Saadawi | Egyptian Feminist Writer & Psychiatrist
Nawal El Saadawi is an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist. She has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of female genital mutilation in her society. She is founder and president of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights. She has been awarded honorary degrees on three continents. In 2004, she won the North-South prize from the Council of Europe.
Naomi Feil | Founder of Validation Therapy and Humanitarian
Naomi Feil is the founder and director in chief of the Validation Training Institute and a popular speaker in North America and Europe. After graduating with a Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York, she began working with the elderly. Between 1963 and 1980, she developed Validation - a type of therapy for older people with cognitive impairments and dementia - as a response to her dissatisfaction with traditional methods of working with the severely disoriented
Nancy Sanford Hughes | Founder of StoveTeam International
With the help of Rotary grants, Nancy and her fellow Rotary members spent the next couple of years installing approximately 125 fuel-efficient stoves in homes of indigenous Guatemalans. Estimating the need for six million stoves, Nancy helped found Stove Team International. In 2008, she led the creation of a new stove factory in El Salvador, established with Rotary’s help, by purchasing 1,400 Ecocina stoves—small, portable, affordable and safe stoves manufactured in El Salvador.
Misha Teasdale | Co-Founder of Greenpop & Social Activist
Misha had the idea for Greenpop after racking up 360 000 air miles while doing an advertising job. They wanted to offset their carbon footprint but couldn't face just handing over money – they wanted to get their hands dirty. Misha gathered like-minded individuals and started a campaign which aimed to plant 1000 trees in one month and get as many people involved as possible. The idea took off and after the initial month, it was evident that there was a huge need
May El Khalil | Founder & President of Beirut Marathon Association
May El-Khalil was inspired to start the marathon after a personal tragedy: a near-fatal running accident. Doctors told her she would never run again. She was hospitalized for two years and had to undergo a long series of surgeries. But the resolve from this personal struggle created an event that, each year, draws runners and fans from opposing political and religious communities in a symbolic act of peace.
Matthew Willman | Freelance Documentary Photographer
Matthew Willman dream came true as he was commissioned for official shoots with the Nelson Mandela Foundation in 2004. He had the privilege of spending a great deal of intimate, one-on-one time with the iconic man. Willman works across Southern Africa with some of the worlds foremost charitable and funding organisations that include Oxfam International, World Health Organisation and the European Commission
Mary Ann Wasil | Founder of The Get in Touch Foundation
In 2004, when I was 39 years old, I found a lump on my left breast. I had a negative mammogram, an ultrasound and a surgical biopsy to remove it, and was told it was malignant. I had a lumpectomy and a sentinel node biopsy and was diagnosed with Stage 2 invasive ductal carcinoma. I started chemotherapy on May 5, “Chemo de Mayo”, shaved my head on May 7 – my 40th birthday – had a stroke during my 4th treatment, had a trans-catheter-closure to repair the hole in my heart, resumed chemo....
Alana James | CEO The Sunflower Fund | Coach | Beacon of Hope
About my Life Mission: I want to make an impact on people’s lives – but more importantly, I want to help others increase their impact on society. Nurturing and growing leaders, strategically supporting organisations to increase their impact for measureable change. I want to help the value of brands being measured by the culture of their staff and the impact of their work, not by the smarts of their marketing.
Marta Arango | Co-Founder & Director Of Cinde
Marta Arango is co-founder and Director of CINDE - the International Center for Education and Human Development, a child focused research and development center, the most prominent NGO working with and for children in Colombia. She was born in Colombia and educated there and in the United States where she received a Ms in Curriculum from the University of Wisconsin and a PhD in Education and Psycholinguistics from the University of California in Berkeley.