Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life - 2018
This category recognises the achievements of individuals who have used their position in public life, for example as a campaigner, politician or journalist to make an impact in diversity.
Angelina Jolie – Actress, Filmmaker, Humanitarian (USA)
Actress, humanitarian and mother of six, Jolie promotes various causes from conservation and education to women's rights, but is most noted for her advocacy on behalf of refugees as a Special Envoy for the UN Commissioner for Refugees, travelling to war zones and authoring notable memoirs on her learning experiences.
Arden Hoffman – VP and Global Head of HR, Dropbox (USA)
Hoffman moved from Google in 2014 to Dropbox, the cloud-based storage service with over 500 million global users. With an international perspective on people management, openly-gay Hoffman has displayed a deep expertise in diversity, coaching, leadership and change management, and has promoted LGBT+ networks as a way to educate colleagues, and learn about global approaches on diversity.
Bernie Sanders – Politician (USA)
Sanders has liberal stances on social issues, having advocated for LGBT rights and against the Defense of Marriage Act. He considers himself a feminist, is pro-choice on abortion, and opposes the defunding of Planned Parenthood. Sanders has denounced institutional racism and called for criminal justice reform to reduce the number of people in prison, advocates a crackdown on police brutality, and supports abolishing private, for-profit prisons and the death penalty. Sanders also supports the racial rights movement ‘Black Lives Matter’ and the legalisation of marijuana at a federal level.
Chad Griffin – American Political Strategist
American LGBT rights campaigner Griffin is President of the Human Rights Campaign, the USA’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organisation, which has 3 million members and supporters. He also serves on the board of The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights. Griffin began his career at the age of 19, as the youngest-ever West Wing member of staff in the White House, before forming the political and public affairs firm, Griffin|Schake, leading high-profile campaigns around renewable energy, land conservation, anti-tobacco and marriage equality. He then helped found the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), helping to challenge Proposition 8 in federal court.
Chris Anderson – Creator of TED (UK)
British entrepreneur and curator of TED Talks, Anderson sits at the helm of a knowledge machine that now offers thousands of free online TED videos on topics including science, business, and development, attracting some of the world's most prominent thinkers to its stage. Anderson's strategy also includes the TEDx initiative, giving free licences to local organisers to hold their own TED-like events, in a bid to use the Internet to spread knowledge and empowerment, following the theme of “radical openness”.
Andre Banks – Co-Founder and Executive Director, All Out (USA)
Respected LGBT+ rights campaigner, Banks, founded and leads All Out (allout.org), the largest online campaign for LGBT+ equality with over 2.2 million members around the world and over 300,000 in the UK. All Out has supported a vast number of human rights and equality campaigns, including one that stopped a proposed bill in the US state of Arizona that would jail people for using bathrooms that do not match the gender indicated on their birth certificates.
Christiane Amanpour – Chief International Correspondent, CNN (USA)
Award-winning British-Iranian journalist Amanpour is CNN’s Chief International Correspondent and host of CNN International's flagship global affairs interview programme, Amanpour. She is also a Global Affairs Anchor at ABC News. Named by Forbes as one of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women, she is nominated for the impact she has made to gender equality in the media and her outstanding contribution to the empowerment of girls and women.
Dr Bindeshwar Pathak – Founder, Sulabh International (India)
Humanist, social reformer and diversity champion Pathak works as an advocate for to the so-called ‘untouchable’ caste, so they may work, live and pray as a fully integrated part of Indian life. He founded Sulabh International, a non-profit organization that works to promote human rights, environmental sanitation, unconventional sources of energy, waste management and social reforms. His work in the improvement of sanitation and production of bio-gas is changing health and wealth outcomes for the poorest people and is cited as one of the Global Best Practices by the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements.
Dr. Cynthia Maung – Mae Tao Clinic (Burma - Myanmar)
Dr Cynthia Maung runs a free healthcare clinic in the Thai town of Mae Sot on the Burmese border. Forced to flee her homeland of Burma (Myanmar) in 1988, she has been labelled a ‘terrorist’ by the military junta, and her activities are technically illegal in Thailand. Despite this, Dr. Maung treats upwards of 150,000 patients each year, stretching funds to also establish essential schools, orphanages and safe houses.
Dr. E Thomas Rowe – Creator, International Career Advancement Program (USA)
Rowe created ICAP in the belief that the diversity of U.S. society should be reflected in its leadership. To mitigate institutionalised discriminatory practices, he promoted the idea of mentors and role models, and created mid-career support and advice to deal with obstacles to people of colour rising to the highest echelons of international affairs and the private sector.
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski – President, University of Maryland Baltimore County (USA)
Dr Hrabowski is President of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a US leader on access and diversity in higher education. He has been featured on the news show ‘60 Minutes’ and on Time magazine's 2012 list of ‘The World's 100 Most Influential People’ following on from being named one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report. In the same year, he was appointed to chair the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African-Americans.
Dr. Javier Torres-Goitia Torres MD – Healthcare Specialist (South America)
A Bolivian healthcare specialist still publishing his work in his tenth decade, Torres was awarded the WHO Sasakawa Award and two PAHO awards in 2014 because of his dedication to community participation in healthcare in Bolivia and Latin America. Infant mortality was cut dramatically thanks to Torres' intervention, and he led the country's bid to eradicate endemic throat goitres in a population long-plagued by iodine deficiency.
Edward Enninful OBE – British fashion stylist, and editor-in-chief British Vogue magazine (UK)
Enninful began in the industry as a model before taking up a fashion director role at i-D magazine. He has worked at Italian and American Vogue before taking on a position at W. He received the Isabella Blow award for fashion creator at 2014’s British Fashion Awards. The award — named after the late British editor — commemorates a stylist, makeup artist, photographer, art director or producer in the fashion industry. The stylist received an OBE, or Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his services to diversify the fashion industry as part of the Queen’s annual Birthday Honors List in 2016. Enninful officially began his new role as editor-in-chief of British Vogue in August 2017.
Elizabeth Broderick – Former Sex Discrimination Commissioner (Australia)
Australian lawyer and business and social change leader; Broderick is the former Sex Discrimination Commissioner. During her time as Commissioner, she worked on equal pay cases and commented publicly on sexual harassment cases. Her signature project was Male Champions of Change (MCC), where she persuaded many of the most powerful men in the country to publicly commit to action on gender inequality. The group has now spread to other industries across Australia.
Ellen Degeneres – TV Personality and LGBT activist (Global)
In 1997, DeGeneres came out as lesbian. She began dating her longtime partner, actress Portia De Rossi, in 2004. After the overturn of the same-sex marriage ban in California, DeGeneres and de Rossi were engaged, and married on August 16, 2008. Using her fame, Ellen has been an open advocate for LGBTQ, animal rights, race, disability, charities, and more. In 2009, PETA named her their "Woman of the Year." In April 2013, she donated $25,000 to stop legislation in Tennessee, which would prohibit undercover investigators from recording footage of animal abuse on farms. In November 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named her a Special envoy for Global HIV/AIDS Awareness. On December 3, 2011, DeGeneres opened the show at the David Lynch Foundation's 3rd annual "Change Begins Within" gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to raise funds to bring Transcendental Meditation to at-risk populations suffering from epidemic levels of chronic stress and stress-related disorders. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honour. Her work amongst diversities and minorities is based on kindness and always closes her talk show with her famous phrase, “be nice to one another”.
Emma Watson – Actress and Human Rights Activist (Global)
British actor Watson was appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in July 2014. Her address at UN Headquarters in New York City to launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe called for men to advocate for gender equality. In 2015, Malala Yousafzai told Watson she decided to call herself a feminist after hearing Watson's speech. Also in September, Watson made her first country visit as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to Uruguay where she gave a speech highlighting the need for women's political participation. In January 2016, Emma Watson started a feminist Goodreads book club: Our Shared Shelf. The goal of the club is to share feminist ideas and encourage discussion on the topic.
Hillary Clinton – Former Secretary of State, Politican (USA)
American politician and one-time First Lady of the US, Clinton was in the final head-to-head running for Presidential candidate in the 2016 election. She has a long record of liberal voting in government, and her manifesto included diversity and equality for ethnic minorities, LGBT people, and women. She has long stated that the strength of her country lies in its diversity, an opinion which she proved was shared with the nation after she won the popular vote in the Presidential race against Republican opposition Donald Trump.
His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet (Tibet)
The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and has lived in exile since 1959, campaigning for autonomy for his country from China. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 and has since travelled the world advocating for the welfare of Tibetans, teaching Tibetan Buddhism, and talking about the importance of compassion as the source of a happy life.
Hon. Donald H Oliver, Q.C – Retired Senator and Lawyer (Canada)
In 1990, Donald Oliver became Canada's first African-Canadian senator when he was appointed to the Senate. The now-retired Senator and lawyer is also a member of Nova Scotia's black minority, and is descended from slave refugees who went to Canada during the war of 1812. In a 25-year career, Oliver has been a Crossroads volunteer in Ethiopia, an activist and political powerhouse, representing black Nova Scotians at the highest rank and encapsulating diversity in politics.
Ivan Scalfarotto – Politican and Activist (Italy)
Scalfarotto has been the vice president of the Democratic Party of Italy since 2009 and was elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 2013, where he serves as the Italian Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Development, in charge of international trade and foreign direct attraction. Scalfarotto is a committed LGBT rights activist and has promoted same-sex marriage, the establishment of paternity leave and, for trans rights, the opportunity to request the correction of attribution of sex. Openly gay, he supports and promotes adoption by LGBT couples.
Jacki Zehner – CEO, Women Moving Millions (USA)
The youngest woman to make partner and managing director at Goldman Sachs, Canadian-born Jacki Zehner now dedicates her energies and talents to the advancement of gender equality. As the President of The Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, a role she has held for the past 15 years, Jacki funds and champions a wide variety of projects and organizations, with a particular focus on women’s rights, women’s entrepreneurship, philanthropic movement building, and social issue media. She is the CEO and founding President of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a community of over 270 members who have collectively given over $1 billion to organizations and programs that focus on females, making WMM the largest philanthropic network in the world of women funding women.
Jake Graf – Transgender activist, director, screenwriter and actor (UK)
Director, actor and screenwriter Graf raises awareness and acceptance of trans issues and representation through his films, which have won multiple awards. He was the first transgender man to appear on the cover of gay lifestyle magazine QX in 2015 and has appeared on several more magazine covers since. In 2017 he was a judge for the Outstanding Contribution to LGBT+ category. He is also a patron of the transgender charity, Mermaids.
Janina Ochojska – Founder of Polish Humanitarian Action CEERT (Brazil)
Ochojska is the founder of the Polish Humanitarian Action, an aid agency, and is the President of its Management Board. Between 2009 and 2011, Janina Ochojska was a member of the CERF Advisory Group. She is the winner of many prestigious awards, including: “The Woman of Europe” conferred by the Commission of the European Communities (1994), the Pax Christi International Peace Award (1995), the Atsuhito Nakata Memorial Foundation Award (1996), the Order of the Legion of Honour awarded by the President of the Republic of France (2003), the Józef Tischner Award (2006), the Bene Merito honorary distinction conferred by the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs (2009), and the Lech Wałęsa Award (2010). In 2011, the President of the Republic of Poland awarded Janina Ochojska the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.
Louis A. Vega - President and Managing Director, The Dow Chemical Company (Australia)
Vega is President & Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand and Vice President, Olympic & Sports Solutions, at The Dow Chemical Company. In addition to his commitment towards spreading a culture of equality and inclusion for all, Vega also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Victory Institute and is an officer on GLAAD's Board of Directors. His work for equality also includes participation and leadership at many conferences and panels, globally, including representing Dow on a key White House task force on workplace equality.
Jesse Jackson – Civil Rights Activist, Baptist Minister and Politican (USA)
Long-time civil rights leader and activist, Rev Jackson was a candidate in the US Presidential elections of 1984 and 1988. He founded Rainbow/PUSH, a trail-blazing organisation that worked for social and political emancipation for black people across the US. From employment and training to business skills and affirmative action, thousands of African-Americans, Native Americans, other minorities and women have benefitted from the work of Jackson's Rainbow coalition of diverse supporters.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero – Former Prime Minster (Spain)
In 1979, Zapatero joined the Socialist Party (PSOE) and in 1986 became Spain's youngest MP. As Prime Minister, this progressive politician legalised gay marriage in Spain, fighting opposition from conservative Catholics. He also introduced legislation to allow fast-track divorces alongside laws to promote gender equality and tackle domestic violence. He also introduced an amnesty for undocumented workers, ending exploitation for many.
Lord Cashman of Limehouse – Labour Peer, actor and founding member of Stonewall (UK)
Cashman entered politics in 1998 when represented the West Midlands as a Labour Member of the European Parliament for 15 years, he was vice chair and chair of the Labour Party NEC, and received a Special Service Award from Ed Miliband. He has been an active campaigner across a wide range of issues and is a trenchant critic of any form of discrimination, a defender of human rights and has worked tirelessly to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. He served for ten years as the Co-President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights. Michael co-founded the Stonewall Group in the UK and was its founding chair. Michael was awarded a CBE in the 2012 New Year Honour’s list for his work in fighting for equality, and he was elevated to the House of Lords in October 2014. From 2013 until 2016 he served as the Labour Party's LGBT global envoy.
Luis Larrain – President, Fundacion Iguales (Chile)
Luis Larrain is president of Fundacion Iguales, a major LGBT rights organisation in Chile. Despite undergoing two kidney transplants, Larrain is a tireless rights campaigner whose work has recently paid dividends with the approval of a civil union law in notoriously conservative Chile. Fundacion Iguales also promotes dialogue and cooperation with partner groups made up of women and indigenous peoples.
Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – President, Republic of Liberia (Liberia)
Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th President of Liberia and Africa’s first democratically elected female Head of State. She is currently serving her second term as President after winning the 2011 presidential election and is due to reture this year. As the first female head of state ever to be democratically elected in Africa, she has worked to promote peace, reconciliation and social and economic development. in 2011 President Sirleaf shared the prestigious Nobel Prize for Peace with two other women – fellow Liberian Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen. They were recognized, by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.
Mai Chen – Managing Partner, Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law Specialists (New Zealand)
A leading public practice lawyer, Chen was the inaugural Chair of Global NZ Women, Chair of NZ Asian Business Leaders, and is currently undertaking a super stock-take of diversity across New Zealand in public policy, business and society. Chen champions the role of non-white New Zealanders, noting that by 2035 some 50% of her country will be of Asian, Maori or Pacifica descent.
Malala Yousufzai – Activist for Female Education, Nobel Prize Laureate (Pakistan)
Despite the Taliban attack to assassinate her for writing a blog about life under Taliban rule in north-west Pakistan and daring to go to school, Yousafazi continues her work on human rights from her base in the UK and is an inspiration to all. She champions female education and is the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. Named as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time magazine, she won Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize and is the recipient of the 2013 Sakharov Prize.
Mandy Sanghera – Human Rights Activist (UK)
Sanghera is an international human rights activist who has spent the last 26 years supporting victims and survivors of ‘honour’ based violence and cultural abuse, FGM, forced marriage, faith based abuse and witchcraft. Mandy is an international motivational speaker and has spent years supporting and empowering others to find their purpose and rebuild their lives after abuse. She continually dedicates herself to her real passion of being an upstanding humanitarian. Over the past 26 years Mandy has helped hundreds of individuals and now reaches thousands through social media and her generous amount of worldwide TV appearances and public speaking engagements. She regularly appears in the international press and has been involved in several documentaries raising awareness of witchcraft and forced marriages.
Munroe Bergdorf – model, DJ, and social activist
Transgender model and DJ, Bergdorf has been featured in multiple campaigns. In August 2017, Bergdorf became the first openly transgender model to front a L’Oreal campaign, which she was dropped from for alleged racism, after being quoted out of context in a Daily Mail article. She was later hired by Illamasqua. Bergdorf has been shortlisted in the British LGBT Awards, recognised as Marie Claire’s New Beauty Icon in their Redefining Beauty feature and named a New Feminist Icon by ES Magazine. She featured in the BBC viral video Things Not To Say To A Trans Person and the CNN documentary My Transgender Life. She regularly donates her time to trans youth charities and Stonewall.
Pamela Stewart – Vice President National Sales, Coca Cola (USA)
Pamela Stewart has spent 15 years in The Coca-Cola Company and currently leads the Publix grocery strategic partnership as Vice President in the National Retail Sales. Pam serves on the Board of Directors of GLAAD nationally, Camp Twin Lakes, Junior Achievement of Georgia and Atlanta Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (AGLCC). In addition, she is the Chair of The Coca-Cola Company’s Multicultural Leadership Council, as well as an alumna of Leadership Atlanta. Pam is also the recipient of the following distinguished leadership honors: 2013 AGLCC’s Business Woman of the Year Award, the 2013 Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 Award and the 2011 recipient of the YWCA Corporate Achiever of the Year Award.
Phoebe Dahl – fashion designer, philanthropist and activist, granddaughter of Roald Dahl
Dahl began her career as an assistant to a Dutch fashion designer, before a trip to India inspired her to start the clothing brand, Faircloth + Supply, an ethical line working towards increasing the economic empowerment of women worldwide.
For every sale, Faircloth + Supply provides access to education for girls in Nepal. So far the brand has sent upwards of 5,000 girls to school. Its B Project and General Welfare Pratisthan partnership also supports Women Weave by sourcing ethical, handcrafted textiles. Dahl is also in the process of starting her own non-profit animal-rescue organisation and is an advocate for LGBT+ rights.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka – United Nations Under-Secretary-General, Executive Director of UN Women (South Africa)
Mlambo-Ngcuka is a groundbreaking South African politician, serving as the first female Deputy President of South Africa (2005-2008). Her career began in teaching and youth development, and in 2013, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed her Executive Director for the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment for Women (UN Woman).
HRH Prince Henry of Wales (UK)
Prince Harry is patron of numerous diverse charities, from the London Marathon Charitable Trust to the Invictus Games, which support rehabilitation and recovery and generates understanding and respect for wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women. With his brother, the Duke of Cambridge, he organised the 2007 Diana Memorial Concert, raising millions for his late mother's charitable interests. He has most recently promoted the rehabilitation of disabled former servicemen back into civilian society.
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Yunus – Banker to the Poor (Bangladesh)
Entrepreneur, economist and society leader Yunus believes: "Lasting peace cannot be achieved unless large population groups find ways to break out of poverty." A groundbreaking academic of microcredit theory, his system alleviates poverty, empowers women, and uplifts communities. Now, 74m poor people take microloans worldwide, totalling more than $38bn. He is recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal.
Purnima Mehta – Director General, American Institute of Indian Studies (India)
Purnima Mehta has served for over a decade as the Director General of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS). Under Mehta’s leadership, the AIIS provides in-country language training in 16 South Asian languages, including three of the “critical languages” designated by the U.S. Department of State. The support provided by the AIIS is one of the crucial ingredients for improving and facilitating Indo-American relations regarding economic development, trade and diplomacy.
Queen Noor of Jordan – Queen (Jordan)
Philanthropic campaigner since her marriage to King Hussein of Jordan in 1978, Queen Noor has enjoyed a varied career as supporter of the arts, of anti-landmine campaigns and of women's rights. She is founder of Ground Zero, the global movement working for the elimination of nuclear weapons. Recent work involves advocating for those displaced by conflicts in Iraq, Jordan and Syria.
Ratna Omidvar – Founding Executive Director, GDX (Canada)
Based at Ryerson University, GDX identifies and amplifies the links between prosperity, diversity and migration and anchors these in policy, research and practice. Omidvar has dedicated her life to helping integration and inclusion of peoples and was appointed to the Order of Ontario 2005 and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2011, which recognised her advocacy work and commitment to reducing inequality in Canada.
Rev. Gary Paterson – 41st Moderator, The United Church of Canada (Canada)
The Very Reverend Paterson was the Moderator of the United Church of Canada from 2012-2015. He was the first openly gay person to take the role since the formation of the Church in 1925 – and the first in the world to lead a major Christian denomination. He lives with his partner in Vancouver, and is nominated for his public commitment to bring inspiration and hope during times of change in the church.
Richard Lui – Journalist and News Anchor, MSNBC and NBC News (USA)
Lui was the first Asian-American male to anchor a daily cable news show in the US, and has reported extensively on issues of gender, economic, ethnic and LGBTQ equality. Outside his award-winning journalism, he takes part in some 50 diversity events per year as organiser or keynote speaker, and is hugely influential when discussing equality and diversity on his popular social media channels.
Shanti Raghavan – Enable India (India)
Raghavan is the co-founder of the non-profit EnAble, an organisation that is transforming attitudes towards the employment of disabled people in India. The company trains people with disabilities, builds capacity within businesses to facilitate the employment of the disabled, and creates work place solutions that empower the disabled. Raghavan is creating a new market for disabled professionals, helping to enrich their lives and reduce discrimination.
Sheryl Sandberg – CEO, Facebook (USA)
Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist and author. She is Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, being the first woman to reach board status at the company. Her 2013 million-seller book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, deals with the lack of women in government and business leadership roles. Her goal is for more women to strive for leadership, asserting that more female voices in power create more equitable opportunities for everyone.
Sonia Brown MBE – Founder and Director, National Black Women’s Network (UK)
Brown founded the National Black Women's Network in 1999 to help women of colour overcome factors that impede their professional development. More recently, she launched the EVOLVE mentoring programme aimed at female black and minority ethnic (BME) entrepreneurs. She collaborates with banking institutions including NatWest, to address finance challenges facing BME businesses, and launched the MetGirlz network to support future business leaders in their growth.
Tara Moss – Author, Journalist and TV Presenter (Australia)
Moss is a celebrated author, journalist, TV presenter and above all else a human rights advocate. Her latest book, ‘Speaking Out: A 21st century Handbook for Women and Girls’, advocated for more diverse voices in public debates including more voices from the LGBTI+ community. This is not her first foray into LGBTI+ issues – she regularly uses her strong social media presence to support the community and shine a light on issues affecting the LGBTI+ community. Moss has also been an outspoken advocate for the rights of women and children. Since 2013, Moss has been an Australian National Ambassador for Child Survival at UNICEF. She is also an Ambassador for the Norton Family and a Patrol for the Full Stop Foundation for Rape & Domestic Violence Services in Australia. Her tireless efforts were rewarded in 2015 when she received an Edna Ryan Award for her significant contribution to feminist debate, speaking out for women and children and inspiring others to challenge the status quo.
Teresa Ko – China Chairman and Founding Partner, Fresh elds Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (China)
Ko is founding partner of Freshfields' equity capital markets practice. Over her 25-year career, she has helped numerous clients with many high profile and ‘first of a kind’ securities transactions. Teresa has successfully balanced raising a family with working on the most complex corporate deals in Hong Kong. She has also pushed for and inspired more female lawyers to enter the legal industry, which is still very much male-dominated.
Trevor Chandler – Human Rights Campaign (USA)
Chandler is the former Associate Regional Field Director at Human Rights Campaign, which allowed him to further the cause of LGBT rights and acceptance by working with supporters, allies and partners on strategy across the Western US. He trained activists on effective messaging, crafting plans and contacting legislators, as well as organising lobby days and rallies to boost awareness of the struggle for equality.
Umra Omar – Founder, Safari Doctors and CNN Hero 2016 (Global)
When Omar visited her native home of Kenya from the USA, she learned that medical and health projects had come to a standstill due to instability in the region. With help from other projects which had already shut down, she founded Safari Doctors, a group that provides free basic medical services, including immunizations, maternal health care and treatment for malaria and other common diseases in the region, to more than 1,000 people a year in remote areas.