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Mary  Robinson
Mary Robinson

Former President of Ireland & Chair of The Elders

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

Africa’s First Elected Female President

Known as “Africa’s Iron Lady,” Nobel Peace Laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won international acclaim for leading Liberia through the Ebola Crisis and through reconciliation and recovery following her nation’s decade-long civil war.

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Nicholas  Kristof
Nicholas Kristof

Pulitzer Prize-Winning NYT Columnist

How good do you really have to be, to be christened the reporter’s reporter…by other reporters? You have to be Nicholas Kristof – good.

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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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Nontombi Naomi  Tutu
Nontombi Naomi Tutu

Race & Gender Justice Activist

The daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Naomi carries on the family legacy to heal the wounds of racism and promote understanding through truth and reconciliation.

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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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Rigoberta  Menchu-Tum
Rigoberta Menchu-Tum

Human Rights Activist / Nobel Laureate

Menchu-Tum's efforts for human rights for the indigenous and aboriginal Indians of Guatemala have established her as an advocate for peace. Her work has earned her the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Sheryl  WuDunn
Sheryl WuDunn

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive and best-selling author. She co-founded FullSky Partners, a consulting firm focusing on double-bottom line ventures in new media, technology and health.

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