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Mary  Robinson
Mary Robinson

President, Mary Robinson Foundation

One of the world’s most respected advocates for human rights and Ireland’s first woman President, Mary Robinson leads the mission of the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice.

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

First Female President of Liberia

Africa's "Iron Lady," President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first woman to lead an African nation. She won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Nicholas  Kristof
Nicholas Kristof

Pulitzer Prize-Winning NYT Columnist

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Nick Kristof offers a compassionate glimpse into such issues as global health, poverty and gender in the developing world.

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Gro Harlem Brundtland
Gro Harlem Brundtland

First Female Prime Minister of Norway

Former prime minister of Norway and director-general of the World Health Organization, speaker Gro Brundtland has dedicated herself to making the world a better place.

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Brian  Deese
Brian Deese

Senior Advisor to President Obama

From restructuring the American auto industry to securing the Paris Climate Agreement, Brian Deese was the President’s point person on some of the most historic undertakings of the Obama administration.

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Muhammad  Yunus
Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Laureate

The founder and managing director of Grameen Bank, speaker Muhammad Yunus is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is respected for his work toward eradicating world poverty.

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Shirin  Ebadi
Shirin Ebadi

Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Activist & Lawyer

Iranian lawyer and activist Shirin Ebadi is the first Muslim to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She speaks about democracy and the fundamental rights of women, children and every individual.

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Tawakkol  Karman
Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Prize-Winning Human Rights Activist

Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni journalist, politician, human rights activist and the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. As the face of the Yemeni uprising, she was instrumental in helping shape the Arab Spring.

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