Sir Richard Branson is one of the top philanthropists of our time, as well as a world adventurer and founder/CEO of the Virgin Group. Building and launching successful businesses since the age of 16, he is equally recognized for his philanthropic and humanitarian initiatives. In working with world leaders including Nelson Mandella, Desmond Tutu, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan and others, Sir Richard has taken on the responsibility of finding new approaches to global conflicts and connecting voices all over the world.
Mr. Mourad Ahmia
Mr. Mourad Ahmia has held many leadership positions within the United Nations and is currently the Executive Secretary of the Group of 77. He is well known career diplomat and has lectured at different academic and research institutions and authored “the Group of 77 at the United Nations” published recently by Oxford University Press. Mr. Ahmia has been honored on different occasions with awards, distinctions and decorations.
As a single mother, Alexandra worked for five years as a journalist in East Africa, covering everything from war and famine to culture and fashion for such publications as Newsweek, Forbes, Domino, People, Marie Claire, New York magazine, Nylon, The Associated Press, The New York Times and Foreign Policy. She currently lives in New York City and is working as a freelance writer. She is also a specialist in social media strategy and has worked with leading luxury and lifestyle brands helping them engage the web’s most influential players.
Paul Sorvino is a prolific American actor best known for his roles in Martin Scorcese’s Goodfellas and his role on television’s Law & Order. In 1993, Paul founded the Paul Sorvino Asthma Foundation, with the goal of building asthma centers for children & adults across the United States. No stranger to championing a cause, Paul was instrumental in the passage of The American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
David is the editor-in-chief of Men’s Health and editorial director of Women’s Health magazine. He also contributes regularly to The Today Show, where according to The New York Times, he is “trotted out as a spokesman for Everyman”. David has appeared numerous times on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 20/20, The Biggest Loser, Rachel Ray, and Good Morning America. In 2008, he was named Ad Week’s Editor of the Year.
An author and top fashion journalist, Lesley was recently hand-picked by Vogue as a founding member of the Vogue 100, an organization of “influential decision makers and opinion leaders known for their distinctive taste in fashion and culture.” As a journalist, she began her career at the Jordan Times in Amman, then Cronkite Productions in New York City, and as an off-air reporter for ABC’s Nightline. Her work has appeared in many publications, from Vogue to Slate and O (Oprah). She is the Huffington Post’s style writer.
TV host and founder of the largest website about environmental issues and green living, Treehugger.com, which he sold to Discovery. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Past businesses include forays into fashion and plant-based air filters. He started and grew Sitewerks to 60 people doing work for large companies such as Microsoft.
Executive VP at Hearst. Formerly NBC Universal’s chief digital officer, often billed as the main brain behind Hulu. Prior to this, he served as executive vice president, business, Major League Baseball Advanced Media and business development at RealNetworks. George started out as an attorney with law firms in Los Angeles and Seattle.