Rise or Fall Together: Harnessing Our Mutual Responsibilities to Solve Global Challenges

The OneShared.World 2021 Global Interdependence Summit

As the Delta variant spreads across the world, a global end to the pandemic still seems far from clear. A recent climate change report provides a grim prognosis without an actionable agenda. Fueled by the flames of the pandemic and climate change, poverty and inequality continue unabated.

Why, why, and why?

Why aren’t we able to adequately address these issues and take action? How can we come together to make a difference? Recognizing the mutual responsibilities of our deep global interdependence is not charity or idealism but, instead, the best available path toward building a safer future for all.

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, our second annual global interdependence summit, “Rise or Fall Together: Harnessing Our Mutual Responsibilities to Solve Global Challenges,” brought together some of the world’s most inspiring people, including former Prime Minister of Australia The Honorable Kevin Rudd AC, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan; global business leader Ajay Banga, civil society leader Naina Lal Kidwai, world-renowned singer Renee Fleming, African Leadership Institute CEO Jackie Chimhanzi, and climate change experts Manish Bapna and Andrew Steer, to name just a few. They explored how we can best build a world where leaders at all levels do a far better job of balancing our narrower national, corporate, and tribal interests with our broader interests as humans sharing the same planet. The summit developed new strategies for building an empowered global constituency representing our common humanity and for transforming a recognition of the mutual responsibilities of our interdependence to help solve our greatest common challenges

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Featured Clips


Opening Remarks, Jamie Metzl, OneShared.World Founder and Chair

Opening Invocation, I Gusti Putu Sudarta, renowned Balinese composer and theater artist

Keynote Conversation: How Can We Solve the Collective Action Problem?

Announcing Global Artists for OneShared.World, with a performance of “Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene” by Renée Fleming

Public Health in an Interdependent World

Climate Change in an Interdependent World

Poverty and Inequality in an Interdependent World

Crossing Boundaries in an Interdependent World

Refugees and Migrants in an Interdependent World

The Afghanistan Crisis and Human Rights in an Interdependent World

The Responsibilities of Business in an Interdependent World

Discussion of the #WASHPAP2030 campaign

Youth Leadership to Solve Global Problems

OneShared.World Global Interdependence Coalition

Arts & Culture as a Driver of Change

Concluding Remarks

Featured Speakers

Ajay Banga
Ajay Banga

Executive Chairman, Mastercard

Christian Baobab

Filmmaker and storytelling consultant, Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya

Manish Bapna

President and CEO, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Jackie Chimhanzi
Jackie Chimhanzi

CEO, African Leadership Institute

Shah Chowdhury

Co-Founder and President, Footsteps Bangladesh

Catarina de Albuquerque

Chief Executive Officer, Sanitation and Water for All

Vishakha N. Desai

Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President and Chair of Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University; president Emerita, Asia Society

Zoey Fisher

Global Secretary General, MUN Impact

Renée Fleming

World-acclaimed singer, international advocate for the arts, science and education

Max Frieder

Artist, educator, and co-founder and Executive Director of Artolution

Sandi Gendi

OneShared.World Director of Global Leadership

Lawrence O. Gostin

University Professor, Georgetown University, Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law, Faculty Director, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National & Global Health Law

Stephen Heintz

President and CEO, Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Nira Ismael

Journalism student at Kenyatta University in Nairobi Kenya and content generator at DW Akademie, Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya

Seema Jayachandran

Breen Family Professor of Economics at Northwestern University

Binay K Jha

Coordinator, OneShared.World WASHPAP tree-planting campaign

Naina Lal Kidwai
Naina Lal Kidwai

Chair, India Sanitation Coalition

Meenakshi Mariappan

Deputy Secretary General for South Asia in the University team at MUN Impact

Precious Malebona Matsoso

Former Director General, National Department of Health, South Africa

Jamie Metzl

OneShared.World Founder and Chair

David Miliband

President and CEO, the International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Musonda Mumba

Director, UNDP Rome Centre for Sustainable Development

Ahmad Nader Nadery

Activist, former peace negotiator, and former Chief of the Afghan Civil Service Commission

Jay Naidoo
Jay Naidoo

Board Member, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; Former Minister, Reconstruction and Development, South Africa

Kelly Ann Naylor

Associate Director, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

SudiI Omar Noor

Student at Amala High School Diploma and content generator at DW Akademie, Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya

Arturo O’Farrill
Arturo O’Farrill

World-renowned composer and musician and Founder and Artistic Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance; OneShared.World Global Artist

Supriya Paul

CEO and Co-founder of Josh Talks

Annie Pforzheimer

Thirty-years career diplomat from the U.S. Department of State, Senior Non-Resident Associate at CSIS, member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Kevin Rudd

President and CEO, Asia Society; former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, Australia

Shagun Sethi

OneShared.World Director of Global Leadership; Manager, Pontoka

Rajiv J. Shah

President, The Rockefeller Foundation

Andrew Steer

President and CEO, Bezos Earth Fund

Dame Barbara Stocking

President Emerita of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge

I Gusti Putu Sudarta

Renowned Balinese composer and theater artist

Stella Suge

Country Director, FilmAid Kenya

Soumya Swaminathan

Chief Scientist, WHO

Gillian Tett

Chair of the editorial board and editor-at-large, US of the Financial Times

Peter Ullrich
Peter Ullrich

Project Coordinator, OneShared.World WASHPAP Campaign

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Ajay Banga

Ajay Banga

Ajay Banga is Executive Chairman of Mastercard, after serving 11 years as CEO. He is a global leader in technology, data, financial services and innovating for inclusion. He brings this expertise to his roles as chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, a Weill Cornell Medicine board fellow, a World Economic Forum EDISON Alliance member and as an independent director of Exor, where he serves as chair of the company’s Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance committee. As an advisor to governments, companies and organizations of all kinds, he has advocated for partnership and systems that deliver on profit and purpose. He was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 2016, the Distinguished Friends of Singapore Public Service Star in 2021, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2019, and the Business Council for International Understanding’s Global Leadership Award.

Christian Baobab

From the Democratic Republic of Congo, Christian has been living in Kakuma for the last 3 years. Passionate about storytelling, Christian has graduated from Filmaid Media training program in 2020, and is an active freelance Filmmaker and storytelling consultant.

Manish Bapna

Manish Bapna is the President of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He takes the reins at a pivotal moment. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warned that we now have only a very narrow path to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius — a threshold we nevertheless must strive to meet in order to limit the most extreme impacts of climate change. Without urgent action from international institutions, national and local governments, businesses, and civil society to rapidly reduce emissions and conserve nature, people across the planet will face even more intense hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, and flooding than what we’re seeing now. But Bapna, an alumnus of the World Bank and the World Resources Institute (WRI) with an unshakeable faith in the power of people, believes humanity holds the keys to solving this global crisis.

Jackie Chimhanzi

Jackie Chimhanzi

Dr. Jackie Chimhanzi is the CEO of the African Leadership Institute, which runs the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship, in partnership with Oxford University, with the aim of nurturing a new generation of African leaders. She is driven by a desire to see a better Africa, in her lifetime. In 2012, she was recognized by Forbes Africa magazine as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa – women under 45 shaping the narrative of Africa’s rising. In 2020, she was featured on the “100 Most Reputable Africans” list and in 2019, on the “100 Most Influential African Women” list. She was, previously, the Senior Strategist of the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) and before that, as a Strategy Lead at Deloitte Consulting, she led project teams on diverse client engagements, interrogating and informing the strategies of major entities in the power, oil and gas, steel and brewery industries. Whilst at Deloitte, she was instrumental in setting up the Deloitte Africa Desk and advised clients on accessing opportunities on the African continent. She is a member of the ONE Africa Policy Advisory Board and also serves as a non-executive board member and Audit and Risk Committee member of the AdvTech Group, a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed entity in private education and Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. She is also the Chair of that Board’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Committee. She holds a BSc (Hons), MBA (with Distinction) and a PhD (Strategic Marketing) – all from Cardiff Business School, UK. As an academic, she lectured and authored and co-authored papers in peer reviewed leading academic journals and presented her work at various international fora. Her research focused on strategy implementation effectiveness. She is a 2010 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow.

Shah Chowdhury

Shah is an internationally recognized Environmentalist and Social Entrepreneur based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he is currently running a social enterprise called Footsteps Bangladesh which addresses social challenges in the fields of environment, health, and education with a vision of transforming community mentality from aid dependency to self-reliance. His work is impacting over 100,000 people in Bangladesh through 13 different social ventures and campaigns. Shah was mentored by former US Vice President Al Gore on Climate Leadership and after completing his degree on Environmental Economics and Policy from Pennsylvania State University in 2018, he went back to Bangladesh to chase his dreams of empowering communities through Footsteps Bangladesh. Shah was nominated by the European Commission as one the 16 inspirational young leaders from around the globe in 2018, and also represented Bangladesh as a youth ambassador at the United Nations in 2012 specifically RIO+20 and Bangkok Climate Talks. Shah received the Diana Award and AFS Prize for Young Global Citizens in 2020 for his commitment to improving livelihoods across Bangladesh.

Ajay Banga

Ajay Banga is Executive Chairman of Mastercard, after serving 11 years as CEO. He is a global leader in technology, data, financial services and innovating for inclusion. He brings this expertise to his roles as chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, a Weill Cornell Medicine board fellow, a World Economic Forum EDISON Alliance member and as an independent director of Exor, where he serves as chair of the company’s Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance committee. As an advisor to governments, companies and organizations of all kinds, he has advocated for partnership and systems that deliver on profit and purpose. He was awarded the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 2016, the Distinguished Friends of Singapore Public Service Star in 2021, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2019, and the Business Council for International Understanding’s Global Leadership Award.

Catarina de Albuquerque

Catarina de Albuquerque joined Sanitation and Water for All in 2014 and has since increased political will in favor of water, sanitation and hygiene, and positioned SWA as a vital contributor to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6. She was previously the first UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.

In July 2018, following a wide-ranging governance review, SWA created the position of Chief Executive Officer and Ms. de Albuquerque was chosen for the position in a competitive process. Through her strategic leadership as CEO, she is an influential and powerful advocate for SWA and the human rights to water and sanitation. She leads the SWA secretariat and provides strategic leadership compatible with its vision and high-level objectives, including all operational, executive and fundraising activities.

In 2008, Ms. de Albuquerque was appointed by the Human Rights Council to become the first UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. In 2010, she played a pivotal role in the recognition of water and sanitation as human rights by the UN General Assembly. Her work helped ensure that the rights to water and sanitation were incorporated into the language of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Vishakha N. Desai

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and a Senior Research Scholar for the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She also serves as Senior Advisor for Global Programs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. From 2004 through 2012, Dr. Desai served as President and CEO of the Asia Society, a global organization dedicated to strengthening partnerships between Asia and the U.S. Under her leadership the society expanded the scope and scale of its activities with the opening of new offices in India and Korea, a new center of U.S.-China Relations, internationally recognized education programs, and inauguration of two new architecturally distinguished facilities in Hong Kong and Houston.

In 2012, in recognition of Dr. Desai’s leadership in the museum field, President Barack Obama appointed her to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board. An internationally renowned scholar of Asian art, she has published and lectured extensively on the intersection of traditional and contemporary arts and policy in diverse countries of Asia. Dr. Desai is an Advisory Trustee of the Brookings Institution, and a Trustee of the Bertelsmann Foundation, AFS Intercultural Programs. She serves as a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Auroville Foundation, India, as well as on the Corporate Board of Mahindra & Mahindra, one of India’s largest global corporations.

Dr. Desai holds a B.A. in Political Science from Bombay University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Asian Art History from the University of Michigan, in addition to honorary degrees from Williams College, MA 2014; Centre College, KY, 2008; Pace University, NY, 2008; The College of Staten Island, NY, 2006; and Susquehanna University, PA, 1996.

Zoey Fisher

Zoey Fisher is a first-year student at Brown University from Hollywood, Florida, studying public health. She currently serves as the Global Secretary General of the University leadership team for MUN Impact, which works in collaboration with the UN Department of Public Information to promote action for the SDGs and increase youth engagement with the UN. Through its Global Summits, workshops, SDG action hubs, and more, MUN Impact reached 25,000+ students from 118+ countries this past year. Zoey has also been involved in interfaith initiatives, extensive work at local hospitals, the United Nations Association of the USA, and youth mentorship programs. Most recently, she has led MUN Impact in its collaboration with OneShared.World on the #WASHPAP2030 Campaign, coordinating numerous debates around the world and facilitating the youth drafting process of the #WASHPAP2030 Resolution.

Renée Fleming

Soprano Renée Fleming is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time, performing in the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls. The recipient of four Grammy® Awards, the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, and the US National Medal of Arts, she is a leading advocate for research at the intersection of arts and health.

Max Frieder

Max Frieder, Ed.D is an artist, educator, and co-founder and Executive Director of Artolution, a global non-profit organization focused on transforming lives through public art. He is originally from Denver, Colorado, and currently based out of NYC. Max is a Rhode Island School of Design graduate with honors and a degree in Painting with a focus in “Community Based Public Arts” and an Education Masters and Education Doctorate in “Community Arts” from the Teachers College, Columbia University. His work has been featured in The New York Times, the Associated Press and by the W.H.O and ranges from community building in refugee crisis zones, hospital workshops, teaching artist education programs, social cohesion, conflict resolution and resilience building through the arts around the globe.

Sandi Gendi

Sandi Gendi is a OneShared.World Director of Global Leadership and acts as a lead coordinator for our WASHPAP team. Sandi is a student of law at Queens University, Faculty of Law in Ontario, Canada. Prior to that, she studied a joint Honours degree in Law with Business and Management from the University of Sussex in the U.K. Sandi has been an active member of community legal clinic, StreetLaw, in advocating for members of the homeless community and ethnic minorities suffering with homelessness, against a piece of legislation that targeted these communities. In addition, Sandi has been an active member of the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, as an ambassador to multiple Youth Assembly conferences and an intern working with the United Nations-affiliated NGO. Recently, in 2021, she founded Nunah, a platform for women of colour, created by women of colour to find support, mentorship and community.

Lawrence O. Gostin

Lawrence O. Gostin is University Professor, Georgetown University’s highest academic rank conferred by the University President. Prof. Gostin directs the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and is the Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law. He served as Associate Dean for Research at Georgetown Law from 2004 to 2008. He is Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University and Professor of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.

Prof. Gostin is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National and Global Health Law. The WHO Director-General has appointed Prof. Gostin to high-level positions, including the International Health Regulations (IHR) Roster of Experts and the Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health. He served on the Director-General’s Advisory Committee on Reforming the World Health Organization, as well as numerous WHO expert advisory committees, including on the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework, smallpox, genomic sequencing data, migrant health, and NCD prevention. He served on the WHO/Global Fund Blue Ribbon Expert Panel: The Equitable Access Initiative to develop a global health equity framework. He co-chaired the Lancet Commission on Global Health Law.

Professor Gostin has been at the center of public policy and law through multiple epidemics from AIDS and SARS, to Ebola, MERS, and Zika. He currently works closely with the Biden administration and global institutions like WHO, the World Bank, and Gavi on the COVID-19 response. He served on two global commissions to report on the lessons learned from the 2015 West Africa Ebola epidemic. He was also senior advisor to the United Nations Secretary General’s post-Ebola Commission. Prof. Gostin also served on the drafting team for the G-7 Summit in Tokyo 2016, focusing on global health security and Universal Health Coverage.

Prof. Gostin holds multiple international academic professorial appointments, including at Oxford University, the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), and Melbourne University. Prof. Gostin served on the Governing Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Prof. Gostin holds editorial appointments in leading academic journals throughout the world. He is the Legal and Global Health Correspondent for the Journal of the American Medical Association. He was also Founding Editor-in-Chief of Laws (an international open access law journal). He was formally the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics.

Prof. Gostin holds several honorary degrees. In 1994, the Chancellor of the State University of New York conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree. In 2006, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Vice Chancellor awarded Cardiff University’s (Wales) highest honor, an Honorary Fellow. In 2007, the Royal Institute of Public Health (United Kingdom) appointed Prof. Gostin as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH). In 2012, the Chancellor of the University of Sydney – on the nomination of the Deans of the Law and Medical Schools – conferred a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa), presided by two Justices of Australia’s highest court—Justices Kirby and Haydon. In 2021, The Faculty of Public Health (United Kingdom) elected Prof. Gostin as an Honorary Member.

Prof. Gostin is an elected lifetime Member of the National Academy of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences. He has served on the National Academy’s Board on Health Sciences Policy, the Board on Population Health, the Human Subjects Review Board, and the Committee on Science, Technology, and Law. He currently serves on the National Academies of Sciences Engineering, and Medicine, Board on Global Health. Gostin chaired the National Academy’s Committee on Global Solutions to Falsified, Substandard, and Counterfeit Medicines. He has chaired National Academy Committees on national preparedness for mass disasters, health informational privacy, public health genomics, and human subject research on prisoners.

Prof. Gostin is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Fellow of the Hastings Center. In 2016, President Obama appointed Prof. Gostin to a six-year term on the President’s National Cancer Advisory Board to advise the nation on cancer prevention, research, and policy. He also serves on the National Institutes of Health Director’s Advisory Committee on the ethics of public/private partnerships to end the opioid crisis.

Prof. Gostin has led major law reform initiatives in the U.S., including drafting the Model Emergency Health Powers Act (MEHPA) to combat bioterrorism (following the post-9/11 anthrax attacks) and the “Turning Point” Model State Public Health Act. He also spearheaded the World Health Organization and International Development Law Organization’s major report, Advancing the Right to Health: The Vital Role of Law.

Prof. Gostin’s proposal for a Framework Convention on Global Health – an international treaty ensuring the right to health – is now part of a global campaign, endorsed by the UN Secretary-General and Director of UNAIDS.

In the United Kingdom, Lawrence Gostin was the Legal Director of the National Association for Mental Health, Director of the National Council of Civil Liberties (the UK equivalent of the ACLU, now called “Liberty”), and a Fellow at Oxford University. He led Liberty during its 50th anniversary, started by George Orwell and EM Forster. He helped draft the Mental Health Act (England and Wales) and brought landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights.

Prof. Gostin’s books include: Global Health Security: A Blueprint for the Future (Harvard University Press, 2021); Global Health Law (Harvard University Press, 2014); Public Health Law: Power, Duty, Restraint (University of California Press, 3rd ed., 2016); Public Health Law and Ethics: A Reader (University of California Press, 3rd ed., 2018); Foundations of Global Health Law and Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2020); Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World (Oxford University Press, 2018); Law and the Health System (Foundation Press, 2014); Principles of Mental Health Law & Practice (Oxford University Press, 2010).

Gostin’s classic text, Global Health Law (Harvard University Press, 2014) is read throughout the world—translated and published in both simplified and traditional Chinese, in Korean, and in Spanish. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health, says of his book: Global Health Law is “more than the definitive book on a dynamic field. Gostin harnesses the power of international law and human rights as tools to close unconscionable health inequities — the injustices that burden marginalized populations throughout the world. Gostin presents a forceful vision, one that deserves a wide embrace.”

In a 2012 systematic empirical analysis of legal scholarship, independent researchers ranked Prof. Gostin 1st in the nation in productivity among all law professors, and 11th in in impact and influence. A 2017, 2018, and 2018 systematic empirical analysis all ranked Prof. Gostin 1st in the nation for citations and impact in health law.

Honors and Awards

The National Academy of Medicine awarded Prof. Gostin the Adam Yarmolinsky Medal for distinguished service to further its mission of science and health. He received the Public Health Law Association’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of a career devoted to using law to improve the public’s health” presented at the CDC. The New York Public Health Law Association conferred the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for extraordinary service to improve the public’s health. In 2015, the American Public Health Association awarded Prof. Gostin the Lifetime Achievement Award for his career in public health law. In 2018, Gostin was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Who’s Who highest honor.

Internationally, Prof. Gostin received the Key to Tohoko University (Japan) for distinguished service for human rights in mental health. In the United Kingdom, the National Consumer Council bestowed Prof Gostin with the Rosemary Delbridge Memorial Award for the person “who has most influenced Parliament and government to act for the welfare of society.”

Stephen Heintz

Stephen B. Heintz is president and CEO of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a family foundation with an endowment of approximately $1.2 billion that advances social change for a more just, sustainable, and peaceful world. Heintz coined the term “acupuncture philanthropy” to describe his philanthropic approach of leveraging modest financial assets to trigger larger systemic change on critical issues. In 2010, he set an ambitious path to align investment of the Fund’s financial assets with its mission, resulting in its 2014 decision to divest from fossil fuels and establishing the RBF as a leader in the Divest-Invest movement.

Heintz, who began his professional life in public service for the state of Connecticut, has devoted his career to strengthening democratic culture and institutions to better serve citizens. Before joining the RBF in 2001, Heintz co-founded and served as president of Dēmos, a public policy organization that works to reduce political and economic inequality and to broaden citizen engagement in American democracy. In 2018, he was named by the Academy of Arts and Sciences as one of three co-chairs of a national Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship in the 21st Century and co-authored the commission’s report, Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century.

On the international stage, Heintz served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the EastWest Institute during the 1990s. Based in Prague, he helped propel civil society development, economic reform, and international security as the bedrock of Central and Eastern Europe’s burgeoning democracies. In 2002, he led the RBF’s joint initiative with the UN Association of the USA to open a Track II dialogue that helped lay the groundwork for the Iran nuclear deal. The Iran Project, which he co-founded, keeps alive the possibility of a peaceful relationship with Iran despite the U.S. withdrawal from this historic agreement. In 2007, Heintz convened a meeting of the Kosovo Unity Team and prominent global diplomatic figures at the Fund’s Pocantico Center, resulting in the Pocantico Declaration that set a path for the Kosovo independence process.

Heintz is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. He serves on the boards of the Quincy Institute, the David Rockefeller Fund, and the Rockefeller Archive Center. He is the recipient of the Council on Foundations 2018 Distinguished Service Award.

Nira Ismael

A Sudanese by nationality living in Kakuma refugee camp since 2011, is passionate about written storytelling and dreams to become a television news presenter. She is pursuing a diploma in journalism at Kenyatta University in Nairobi Kenya and is a Content generator working with DW Akademie in Kakuma refugee camp.

Seema Jayachandran

Her research focuses on economic issues in developing countries, including environmental conservation, gender equality, labor markets, and health. In addition to her research and teaching, she serves on the board of directors of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and leads J-PAL’s gender sector. Her other academic leadership roles include co-directing the National Bureau of Economic Research’s program in Development Economics and co-editing the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics. She is also a contributing columnist for the New York Times and serves on CARE’s board of directors. Prior to joining Northwestern, she was a faculty member at Stanford University. She earned a PhD in economics from Harvard University, a master’s degree in physics and philosophy from the University of Oxford where she was a Marshall Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT.

Binay K Jha

Coordinator of the WASHPAP-tree plantation campaign, Binay K. Jha has completed a 37-year career with the Indian Civil Service, creating and leading a number of programs to transform institutions and the perception of diverse stakeholders including public servants and civil society regarding public service delivery.

Binay started and led the Income Tax Social Responsibility (ITSR) initiative that included planting ‘tax trees’ in thousands of schools across India, and trees, that he calls ‘oxygen factories’, in industrial estates in the state of Punjab. He encouraged ‘green teams’ of government employees to set up vertical gardens using waste plastic bottles. The terms ‘voluntary tax compliance’ and ‘stakeholder involvement’ revealed an unexpected dimension when some inspired young students from schools located in slums that were supported and regularly visited by Binay, sent cheques purchased using their piggy bank savings to his office, along with letters stating that they wanted to pay tax and contribute to nation-building. Parents, some of whom were daily-wage earners, also sent cheques from their small savings, along with similar letters.

During the pandemic last year, he helped organize over 10 million meals and other assistance for people in need and supported the continued education of several thousand school children.

Fiercely loyal to this earth and human values, he believes that his life’s work has only just begun.

Naina Lal Kidwai

Naina Lal Kidwai

Naina Lal Kidwai is Chairman Advent India Advisory board; a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Holcim, Max Financial Services, CIPLA, Nayara Energy and Past President of FICCI (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry). She retired on December 2015 as Executive Director on the board of HSBC Asia Pacific and Chairman HSBC India and in April 2018 from the global board of Nestle. An MBA from Harvard Business School, she is the recipient of awards and honours in India including the Padma Shri for her contribution to Trade and Industry. She has authored 3 books including the bestsellers 30 women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories and Survive Or Sink : An Action Agenda for Sanitation, Water, Pollution, and Green Finance.”

Meenakshi Mariappan

Meenakshi Mariappan is a first-year law student at the University of Bristol, originally from India. She is currently the Deputy Secretary General for South Asia in the University team at MUN Impact, an organisation which places youth action, global citizenship education and the Sustainable Development Goals at the core of its operations. Recently, she also served as a student leader for the WASHPAP India consultations held in August in collaboration with OneShared.World and the Indian Sanitation Coalition. Prior to her involvement with MUN Impact, she has engaged in volunteering projects including teaching English to underprivileged children and fundraising for WASH education and provision in rural areas. In addition to having strong faith in the power of quality education, she also holds an avid interest in the sustainability of law and the legal industry, which she believes can be harnessed to bring about change in the global community.

Precious Malebona Matsoso

Precious Matsoso has more than 25 years executive management experience, having held leadership strategic positions at national and international level, covering areas of public health policy and programmes. She has been Director General of the National Department of Health for nine and a half years. She served as the head of the medicines regulatory agency in South Africa for over six and a half years. She has been the Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on e-Health. She was the Chair of Technical National Health Council. Chair of Policy Review Committee of the South African National Aids Council. She was the Director of Public Health Innovation and Intellectual Property at the World Health Organisation (WHO) prior to this, she served as the Director of Technical Cooperation for Essential Medicines and Traditional Medicines. She has been appointed to various international governance and advisory bodies. She served as the Chair of the Executive Board of World Health Organisation (WHO). She was appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations as a member of a UN High Level Panel on Access to Health Technologies. She served as the Chairperson of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee (IOAC) of the World Health Organisation’s Emergencies Programme. She was the member of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems. She is a member of the Independent Panel on Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR). She is currently Honorary Lecturer at the Pharmacy and Pharmacology Department and the Director of Health Regulatory Science Platform, a division of Wits Health Consortium at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Jamie Metzl

Jamie Metzl is a leading technology and healthcare futurist, geopolitical expert, novelist, entrepreneur, and media commentator, founder of the global social movement OneShared.World, and an Atlantic Council Senior Fellow and Singularity University faculty member. In 2019, he was appointed to the World Health Organization expert advisory committee on human genome editing. Jamie previously served in the U.S. National Security Council, State Department, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia. Described by some as “the original COVID-19 whistleblower,” he was among the first to call for a full investigation into pandemic origins in early 2020.

Jamie appears regularly on national and international media, his work has been featured by 60 Minutes, the New York Times, and most major media outlets across the globe, and his syndicated columns and other writing on science, technology, health, politics, and international affairs are featured regularly in publications around the world. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide, the historical novel The Depths of the Sea, the genetics thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal Sonata, and the non-fiction bestseller, Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity.

A leading global voice on the big picture implications of the genetics and biotechnology revolutions, Jamie is Special Strategist for the WisdomTree BioRevolution Exchange Traded Fund and serves on the advisory boards of Exponential Medicine, Genomic Prediction, Harvard Medical School Preventive Genomics, the Lake Nona Impact Forum, TMRW Life Sciences, and Walmart’s Future of Retail Policy Lab.

Jamie is also a founder and Co-Chair of the national security organization Partnership for a Secure America, a board member of the International Center for Transitional Justice, the American University in Mongolia, and Parsons Dance, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Brandeis International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life. He has been an election monitor in Afghanistan and the Philippines and advised the government of North Korea on the establishment of Special Economic Zones. Jamie is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former White House Fellow and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow who holds a Ph.D. from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.

Jamie speaks frequently to corporate, nonprofit, and academic audiences around the world.

David Miliband

David Miliband is President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where he oversees the agency’s humanitarian relief operations in more than 40 war-affected countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs in over 20 United States cities.

Under Miliband’s leadership, the IRC has expanded its ability to rapidly respond to humanitarian crises and meet the needs of an unprecedented number of people uprooted by conflict, war and disaster. The organization is implementing an ambitious global strategy to bring clear outcomes, strong evidence and systematic research to the humanitarian programs through collaborative partnerships with the public and private sectors.

From 2007 to 2010, Miliband was the 74th Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, driving advancements in human rights and representing the U.K. throughout the world. In 2006, as Secretary of State for the Environment, he pioneered the world’s first legally binding emissions reduction requirements. He was Member of Parliament for South Shields from 2001 to 2013.

Miliband graduated from Oxford University in 1987 with a first class honors degree in philosophy, politics and economics, and received a master’s degree in political science in 1989 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which he attended as a Kennedy Scholar.

His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President Bill Clinton’s words, as “one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time,” and as an effective and passionate advocate for the world’s uprooted and poor people.

Miliband’s parents fled to Britain from continental Europe during World War II and its aftermath. As the son of refugees, he brings a personal commitment to the IRC’s work. He lives in New York City with his wife, violinist Louise Shackelton, and their two sons.

Miliband’s first book, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of our Time, was published by TED Books in November 2017.

Musonda Mumba

Dr. Musonda Mumba is the Director for the UNDP Rome Centre for Sustainable Development. In her role, she provides strategic leadership on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Nature Protection through convening, collaboration, connecting and co-designing as the world navigates complexity and uncertainty, with the aim of achieving the SDGs collectively. She brings over 20 years’ experience in environmental and conservation fields globally. She is the Chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) and the Founder of the Network of African Women Environmentalists (NAWE).

Musonda holds a PhD in Wetland Hydrology and Conservation from University College London, a Diploma in Biological Control of Tropical Weeds from the University of Queensland and a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management from Dresden University of Technology.

Languages: English (native), French, KiSwahili

Ahmad Nader Nadery

Mr. Nadery was one of the Peace Negotiators for Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He served as chairman of independent Civil Service Commission of Afghanistan. Prior to joining the Commission he was Senior advisor to the President on Public and Strategic Affairs.

Mr. Nadery served as director of Afghanistan Research and Evaluation AREU in 2013 to 2016.He is also the founder and was chairman of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan. He served as Commissioner of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) for six years.

He represented Afghan youth at the UN peace talks for Afghanistan in the Bonn in 2001.

He also served as the Spokesperson for the Emergency Loya Jerga (Grand Assembly) that elected head of transitional government in 2002. Mr. Nadery taught constitutional law at the American University of Afghanistan in 2011. He also served as member of Global Agenda Council on Fragile States of World Economic Forum. Mr. Nadery served as chief of mission for No Peace without Justice in Libya in 2012. He appears regularly on CNN, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post and other major media outlets. In 2005, Mr. Nadery was recognized as an “Asian Hero” by Time magazine and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2008. He received Reebok Human Rights Award in 2004.

Jay Naidoo

Jay Naidoo

Elder. Grandfather. Social Activist. Inspiration mentor. Minister in President Nelson Mandela’s Cabinet. Founding General Secretary of Congress of SA Trade Unions. Student activist inspired by Steve Biko, who compelled us to dare. To believe “we had nothing to lose but our chains.” Board member Mo Ibrahim Foundation promoting governance and ethical leadership in Africa. Patron of Paleontogical organization PAST unearthing acientific evidence of our Human Origins in Africa. Ambassador of AfricansRising building solidarity with young Africans who are changing the face of Africa from the bottom up. Committed to building an authentic integenerational conversation where we question everyone and everything and that examines the OneNess, indivisibility and interconnectedness with all species and the natural enviroment we share MotherEarth with. I want to see a world based on compassion, love, tolerance and most of all derived through the balance and harmony between our inner world and our outer world.

Kelly Ann Naylor

Kelly Ann Naylor has over 19 years of experience in the WASH sector managing urban, peri-urban and rural water, sanitation, and hygiene programmes in Central Africa, South Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America. Since joining UNICEF in 2007, she has completed five missions in three regions.

Ms. Naylor joined UNICEF Headquarters from the UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO), where she served as Regional WASH Adviser from 2014 to 2018. In this capacity, she provided technical assistance and guidance for WASH programmes in 24 countries, including during the 2014 West Africa Ebola Virus Outbreak and Lake Chad Basin Crisis.

She completed two missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (from 2008 to 2010 and from 2012 to 2014), where she supported the development and scale-up of the National Healthy Villages and Schools programme.

She joined the UNICEF Haiti Country Office in late 2010 as Coordinator of the WASH technical sub-clusters for the earthquake and cholera response. From 2007 to 2008, Ms. Naylor served in Batticaloa and Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka, with responsibility for the coordination of the WASH sub-clusters and implementation of the emergency WASH response to conflict-affected populations.

Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Naylor started her career working in Nicaragua with Agua para la Vida, a local non-governmental organization, and in the US with private engineering firms developing water and sanitation infrastructure master plans for cities and small towns.

She completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, with a research focus on modelling human exposure to environmental pollutants.

Sudi Omar Noor

Sudi Omar Noor is a somali refugee living in Kenya-kakuma camp for the past thirteen years. She finished her primary and secondary education in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. She is currently student at Amala High School Diploma, her ambition is to head to university and become a professional photographer, storyteller, and journalist. She wants to use her skills to give a voice to refugee women all over the world. She advocates for peace, young girls in sports and education. She is passionate about storytelling, photography, and journalism because she sees it as an asset of telling untold stories from the community. She is also community mobilizer who mobilize young girls to be educated and be fit by doing sports. She works as a content generator at DW Akademie, with her colleagues she creates radio programs, report stories and news from their communities.

Arturo O’Farrill

Arturo O’Farrill

Arturo O’Farrill is a composer, pianist and educator. Founder and Artistic director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, support organization for the 7-time Grammy-Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. He is also a Professor of Global Jazz Studies, as well as Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for The UCLA Herb Alpert School of the Arts.

Supryia Paul

Supriya Paul is the CEO and Co-founder of Josh Talks, a platform that is making inspiration and career guidance affordable and accessible for the youth of India. Today, Josh Talks is present in 10 vernacular languages and reaches over 75 Million people every month. Supriya was only 20 when she co-founded Josh Talks with Shobhit Banga, and as a result of the organisation’s success, she’s been recognised as one of the top entrepreneurs in India. In 2018, she was featured in Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list for bringing about a positive change within the youth community and in 2020, she was listed as one of the top ‘20 Self Made Women’ by Forbes India. Supriya has also recently edited a collection of 30 stories to inspire young India — the book titled ‘All You Need Is Josh’ is her debut book and an Amazon category best-seller.

Annie Pforzheimer

A retired career diplomat from the U.S. Department of State, Annie is a Senior Non-Resident Associate at CSIS, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a public commentator on foreign policy. She was the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Afghanistan and Deputy Chief of Mission in Kabul, one of the largest U.S. embassies in the world. Her thirty-year diplomatic career focused on security, rule of law, and human rights policy, and included working in the National Security Council on Central American migration. She was the Director of the $700 million security assistance program in Mexico and the lead human rights officer in Turkey and South Africa. Ms. Pforzheimer received the State Department’s 2001 recognition for human rights reporting, as well as numerous Honor Awards. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the National Defense University, and speaks Spanish.

Kevin Rudd

The Honorable Kevin Rudd AC is President and CEO of Asia Society and President of the Asia Society Policy Institute. Rudd served as Australia’s 26th Prime Minister (2007-2010), then as Foreign Minister (2010-2012), before returning as Prime Minister in 2013. As Prime Minister, he led Australia’s response during the Global Financial Crisis — Australia was the only major advanced economy not to go into recession. Rudd is also internationally recognized as one of the founders of the G20. As Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, he was active in global and regional foreign policy leadership. He was a driving force in expanding the East Asia Summit (EAS) to include both the US and Russia in 2010. On climate change, Rudd ratified the Kyoto Protocol in 2007 and legislated in 2008 for a mandatory 20 percent renewable energy target for Australia. Rudd is Chair of the International Peace Institute. He is a member of the IMF Managing Director’s External Advisory Group and the Global Leadership Council for Sanitation and Water for All.

Shagun Sethi

Shagun Sethi, is the Programs and Operations Manager at Pontoka, a global Environment Social Governance Advisory, based in Denmark and India.

She has a master’s degree in Global Affairs from Columbia University, where she studied on a merit fellowship. Prior to that, she studied Political Science and Sociology at The University of Delhi. Shagun has experience as a researcher and consultant on social impact and development projects and has worked for national and international consultancies, policy think tanks, government bodies and nonprofits in this capacity.

Shagun serves as a Director For Global Leadership for OneShared.World, and is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Career Development. For her work on global leadership and development, she has been recognized on India’s A list. Shagun is a passionate feminist, and has brought her expertise in research to Urban Design, and serves as a Research Fellow at Leading Cities, Boston USA, where she has published ‘Walk With Women: Gendered Perceptions of Safety in Urban Spaces.’

Shagun is passionate about women’s rights and gender, and was invited to give a TEDx Talk in 2016, she also started a non-profit initiative in India entitled ‘Be A Man’, which aims to provide original curricula on gender stereotypes and empower women with information. Recently, in 2021, she founded Nunah, a platform for women of colour, created by women of colour to find support, mentorship and community.

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Rajiv J. Shah

Dr. Shah brings over twenty years of experience in business, government, and philanthropy to The Rockefeller Foundation. From 2009 to 2015, he served as USAID Administrator under President Obama, where he reshaped the $20 billion agency’s operations by elevating innovation and public-private partnerships to secure bipartisan support and accelerate USAID’s work to end extreme poverty. Shah previously served as Chief Scientist and Undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and in leadership roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he helped launch the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa and the International Financing Facility for Immunization, as well as the creation of the Global Development Program.

Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Wharton School of Business. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife Shivam and three children.

Andrew Steer

Dr. Andrew Steer is the President and CEO of the Bezos Earth Fund, a $10 billion fund to address the pressing issues of climate change and nature in this decisive decade.

Dr. Steer joined the Bezos Earth Fund from the World Resources Institute, where he served as President & CEO for over eight years. Prior to this, Andrew served as the World Bank’s Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2010 – 2012. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director General at the UK Department of International Development. This followed 10 years in East Asia, where he was Head of the World Bank in Vietnam and Indonesia.

Dr. Steer is a Global Agenda Trustee for the World Economic Forum, a Commissioner of the Energy Transitions Commission, a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), co-chair of the Greening the Belt and Road Coalition, and member of the Advisory Committees of the Asian Development Bank and Bank of America.

Andrew was educated at St Andrews University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Cambridge University. He has a PhD in international economics and finance.

He is married to Dr. Liesbet Steer and is the father of Charlotte and Benjamin.

Dame Barbara Stocking

Dame Barbara Stocking is President Emerita of Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, having been in post from July 2013 to August 2021. In March 2015, she was appointed Chair of the Independent Panel of Experts to assess WHO’s response in the Ebola outbreak. The report was published in July 2015. From May 2001 to February 2013 Barbara was Chief Executive of Oxfam GB and before that, a member of the top management team of the NHS, as regional director for the South East of England, and then as the founding Director of the NHS Modernisation Agency.

I Gusti Putu Sudarta

I Gusti Putu Sudarta is one of Bali’s most innovative and dynamic artists, working across music, puppetry and theater to create new work that has a foundation in the spiritual and physical worlds — the seen and unseen — Sekala and Niskala. Gusti Putu Sudarta was born to an artist family in Bedulu village, Bali, Indonesia. He began studying Balinese music and puppetry at the age of 9. Sudarta has a PhD in Creative and Artistic Analysis from STSI Surakarta and is on the faculty of the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) Denpasar. His work has been presented in multiple contexts — from local traditional rituals to national and international festivals.

Stella Suge

Stella has spent her career at the forefront of humanitarian operations. She joined FilmAid in 2005, becoming the organisation’s Kenya Country Director in 2010. Under her leadership, FilmAid has designed and implemented programs that have used the power of film to deliver critical life-saving information and empowerment to millions of refugees. She is dedicated and passionate about protecting the dignity of communities impacted by conflict and disaster. Prior to joining FilmAid, Stella held various roles in Kenya and Sudan at global humanitarian organisation, Malteser International. She is a graduate of Kenyatta University with BA in Economics and Business.

Soumya Swaminathan

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan was appointed WHO’s first Chief Scientist in March 2019. A paediatrician from India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked throughout her career to translate research into impactful programmes. Dr. Swaminathan was Secretary to the Government of India for Health Research and Director General of the Indian Council of Medical Research from 2015 to 2017. In that position, she focused on bringing science and evidence into health policy making, building research capacity in Indian medical schools and forging south-south partnerships in health sciences. From 2009 to 2011, she also served as Coordinator of the UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases in Geneva. She received her academic training in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and has published more than 350 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is an elected Foreign Fellow of the US National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of all three science academies in India. The Science division’s role is to ensure that WHO stays ahead of the curve and leverages advances in science and technology for public health and clinical care, as well as ensuring that the norms, standards and guidelines produced by WHO are scientifically excellent, relevant and timely. Her vision is to ensure that WHO is at the cutting edge of science and is able to translate new knowledge into meaningful impact on population health worldwide.

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett is chair of the editorial board and editor-at-large, US of the Financial Times. She writes weekly columns, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. In June 2009 her book Fool’s Gold won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards.

Tett’s past roles at the FT have included US managing editor, assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

Peter Ullrich

Peter Ullrich

Peter is a Project Coordinator at OneShared.World contributing to the WASHPAP campaign. His role has focused on the United Nations resolution that the team has built in conjunction with the Model United Nations Impact team. Alongside this group of youth leaders, Peter helps draw inputs to the resolution from various sources including the German and Spanish foreign ministers, the India Sanitation Coalition, OneShared.World mentors, and other meaningful partners. The resolution has been an ever-evolving document which draws from diverse perspectives, and Peter has helped piece together these viewpoints to establish the resolution we see today.

Peter is graduate student at Northwestern University in Chicago, U.S.A., pursuing his Master of Science in Global Health. He also works as a clinical research coordinator at Northwestern focusing on wound healing and scar recovery.