Dr. Sunitha Krishnan is a social activist and philanthropist from India most famous for being the co-founder of Prajwala, a charitable foundation and institution that helps women and girls who suffered from human trafficking and prostitution to find shelter and a new life by giving them education so they can start new careers. Through Prajwala, Sunitha has been able to reach out to thousands of young girls and mothers and give hope to them through re-educating and giving them hope for a bright future.
Helene Gayle is a professional doctor and philanthropist who currently heads CARE International, one of the leading humanitarian organizations worldwide that is dedicated to fighting global poverty. Under Helene’s leadership, CARE has expanded into places where they have helped more people and pull them from the life of poverty into somewhere where they could become productive members of their communities.
Erin Ganju is a world-renowned business leader, entrepreneur, and advisor most popular for being the co-founder and current chief executive officer of the famous global organization, Room to Read. Through her passionate and dedicated work with Room to Read, Erin has become a key figure in helping millions of children in Africa and Asia in the areas of literacy and gender equality in education.
Christy Turlington-Burns is a well-known model and women’s welfare activist who is most noted for being the face of Calvin Klein from 1987 to 2007. A very successful fashion model, Christy has worked with numerous famous fashion brands aside from Calvin Klein, such as Maybelline Cosmetics and Versace. She is among the most successful models of her time, and has had numerous contracts with various well-known companies that literally helped her rise to fame.
Liya Kebede is a world-renowned fashion supermodel, designer, and women’s advocate who has appeared numerous times in several famous fashion magazines, such as Vogue, and has been featured in numerous fashion shows by popular fashion brands, such as Victoria’s Secret, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Tommy Hilfiger, Escada, Emanuel Ungaro, and Yves Saint-Laurent. Liya is also the first woman of color that represented the Estee Lauder brand, a world-famous company that manufactures skin care, makeup, fragrance, and hair care products.
Leymah Gbowee is a famous women’s rights, peace activist and philanthropist, notable for her involvement in the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, a women’s peace movement that was significant in bringing an end to the Second Liberian Civil war. Leymah’s efforts in ending the civil war contributed greatly in ushering a new period of peace and democracy to the war-torn nation, and enabled a free election that resulted in her friend and collaborator, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to become Liberia’s first woman president, making the country the first African nation to have a woman president.
Robert Kuok is a Malaysian billionaire and business tycoon who is currently the richest man in both Malaysia and Southeast Asia, with an estimated wealth of 17 billion dollars. He owns multiple companies in numerous fields of business—from sugar mills to food products, from farms and plantations to hotels and resorts. He is most known for owning the world-class Shangri-La Hotels, a chain of hotel-resorts that now runs over 60 hotels worldwide in cities like Tokyo, Dubai, Manila, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Vancouver, and Paris.
Ann Lesley Cotton is a famous British entrepreneur and philanthropist, most well known for her work in CAMFED (Campaign for Female Education), a charitable organization that aims to help the women and children in different parts of Africa, such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana, Malawi and Tanzania. Ann’s involvement in the organization includes the development and improvement of programs that promote the education of girls and the empowerment of young women in these areas.
Susan Davis is a world leader in civil society innovation and international development, most notable for her work in founding BRAC USA, a non-governmental organization that seeks to improve the lives of the poor families in Africa and Asia by introducing its own innovative development approach. She has a vast career in the world of philanthropy, having worked with various charitable and non-governmental organizations, such as the Ford Foundation, the Women’s World Banking, and Ashoka.
Maria Eitel is one of the leading philanthropists in the world today in the area of women’s roles in society. She is the founder and the president of the famous Nike Foundation, the charitable arm of Nike that aims to improve the lives of adolescent girls around the world through various programs that would promote the awareness of their situation and help them rise from poverty and abuse. Maria also co-established “The Girl Effect,” a project by the Nike Foundation that seeks to empower the more than 250 million adolescent girls to make their mark in society.