CHAMPIONS

 
 
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HRH PRINCESS ESMERALDA OF BELGIUM

HRH Princess Esmeralda is a member of the Belgium Royal Family and a well-known journalist, published author and documentary-maker. Committed to defending women rights and the environment, HRH Princess Esmeralda is the president of the Leopold III Funds advocating for the exploration and conservation of nature and Honorary President of Care Belgium. HRH Princess Esmeralda dedicates much of her time to environmental issues and has taken part in high-profile campaigns to raise awareness on sustainability and climate change.

 
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DR. MARCO LAMBERTINI

Dr Marco Lambertini is the Director General of WWF, one of the biggest movements for wildlife and conservation on the planet. With over 35 years of global leadership, he leads networks operating in over 100 countries, with over 5,000 staff and 5 million supporters. Dr Lambertini has degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and is a published author. He believed from a young age, through volunteer work, that he could make a difference in the world. Today he leads the way, campaigning for global environmental conservation and a sustainable future.

 
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DR. ALAA MURABIT

Dr Alaa Murabit is a Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate (one of 17), appointed by the UN Secretary General and a UN High-Level Commissioner.  In her 28 years, Dr Murabit has achieved so much. Born in Canada, she spent her teenage years in Libya where she completed her medical degree at the University of Zawia. Her leadership in global policy and in elevating the role of women, particularly young, minority women, on global platforms was recognised by Harvard Law who named her the youngest 2017 Woman Inspiring Change. Dr Murabit has been nomoniated to address the UN General Assembly on two occassions.

 
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DR. ÉLIANE UBALIJORO

Dr Ubalijoro is a professor of Practice for Public and Private Sector partnerships at Canada’s McGill University. Her research focuses on innovation, gender and sustainable development which she draws on to teach Leadership programs to help equip executives in science, innovation and international development with tools that support inner and outer sustainable transformation towards global prosperity. Prior to her tenure at McGill University, Dr Ubalijoro co-led Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Exploration grants. She has been a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Rwandan President Paul Kagamre as well as global advisory boards related to conservation and climate resilience.

 
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LIGIA NORONHA

Ligia Noronha is UN Environment's Director of the Economy Division. She guides the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) in delivering its mandate of promoting environmental sustainability through technology, industry, and economic policy, and has led the implementation of three of UN Environment’s seven sub-programmes, namely climate change, chemicals and waste, and resource efficiency. Ligia Noronha has served on the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India, and on several expert committees of the Government of India and Goa, including the Expert Committee on Climate Change, the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, and the Task Force on Natural Resources of the Commission on Centre State Relations. She has published internationally on issues relevant to energy and resource security, climate change, India’s environmental and coastal policy, responsible mining, and resource federalism.

 
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DAVID LINDE

David Linde is CEO of Participant Media, the global media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Mr. Linde is responsible for leading the Company’s overall strategy, day-to-day operations, content creation, advocacy, strategic investments and acquisitions. Participant’s content and social impact mandate speaks directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing over 2 billion consumers who are compelled to make impactful content a priority focus. Noteworthy films from Participant include Oscar® Best Picture winner SpotlightAn Inconvenient Truth, which won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Feature, and A Fantastic Woman, winner of the 2018 Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film.

 
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GARRETTE CLARK

Garrette Glark is the Sustainable Lifestyles Programme Officer, Consumption and Production Unit, Economics Division of UN Environment in Paris. Her expertise lies in cleaner production and sustainable product development and she now leads UN Environment's activities to support a shift to sustainable lifestyles and education. She represents UN Environment on the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee of the 10 Year Framework of Programme of Sustainable Lifestyles and Education (co-lead by Sweden and Japan), has run diverse projects (eg Sustainable Tourism Marketing, Design for Sustainability at country level) and has published widely.