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100 Visionary Leaders

Real Leaders |

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Pakistan

MALALA YOUSAFZAI

Education activist and

Nobel Laureate

Vision:

Education for all girls,

regardless of their culture or religion.

Action:

Yousafzai turned an attack

on her life into an opportunity. Since

her near-death incident, there

has been an international outpouring

of support for Yousafzai and her

cause, to the point where she may

have become the most famous

teenager in the world. Her online

campaign, #TheLast, asks you to join

to help end prejudice.

www.Malala.org

“We realize the importance of our

voices only when we are silenced.”

31 |

Canada

TYSEN LEFEBVRE

Founder,

Mission to a Million

Vision:

To raise awareness around

the positive impact a wish can have

on a child and their family.

Action:

Created a fundraising

campaign called “Tysen’s Mission to

a Million” with a goal to raise USD1

million dollars for the Make-A-Wish

Foundation to adopt 100 wishes for

children with life-threatening medical

conditions. As a Make-a-Wish

beneficiary, he wants to help other

kids have the same life changing

experience that he did.

www.missiontoamillion.ca

“Dream big or go home.”

32 |

Nigeria

ADEKUNBI ADEOYE

Founder,

SESEWA

Vision:

A world where young people

live to their full potential and get the

resources and the tools they need.

Action:

Created opportunities for

young people to contribute to the

21st century workplace, by providing

them with internships and other

career-related opportunities so they

can get hired or become creators of

opportunities themselves.

www.sesewa.org

“Those who are crazy enough to

think they can change the world are

the ones who do.” - Steve Jobs

33 |

Uganda

CHRISTOPHER

ATEGEKA

Hourglass Ventures

Vision:

Equality for every human

on the planet and to unleash the

full potential of brave, aspiring

entrepreneurs.

Action:

Brings experience, capital,

and global relationships to support

visionary entrepreneurs who do not

have a "rich relative" to help start and

grow companies that solve big world

problems. Recognizes the millions of

talented entrepreneurs who do not

have family money available to get

their dreams off the ground.

www.hourglassventures.com

“Love Wins!”

34 |

Canada

MARTINA BUCHAL

Founder,

theEMPOWEREDme

Vision:

Unlocking our true potential

as individuals, members of society,

business leaders and citizens, and

turning this into mindful action.

Action:

Engaging thousands of

young voices to create a positive

future for our planet through

her skills as an internationally

recognized speaker, coach, and

peace practitioner. Using the U.N.

Sustainable Development Goals

as a guide.

www.martinabuchal.com

“We have to take radical

responsibility for our lives, and how

they impact the world around us.

Big change starts within each of us.”

36 |

India

SAMPRITI

BHATTACHARYYA

Founder, Hydroswarm

Vision:

A future where technology

ensures peace, equality and wellbeing

on earth while allowing relentless

exploration of other frontiers.

Action:

Building technology that will

explore and protect the 70 percent

unknown areas of our oceans, to

create new market and conservation

opportunities at a scale never

imagined before. A roboticist who is

actively involved in communicating

the impact of advanced technologies

to policy makers.

www.hydroswarm.com

“You go for what’s yours in the

universe.” – Anonymous

35 |

The Netherlands

ERNST-JAN PFAUTH

Co-founder,

De Correspondent

Vision:

Citizens that stay well-

informed and don't fall for the hype

and spin of the powers that be.

Action:

Held a world-record

breaking crowdfunding campaign for

journalism – USD$1,7 million in 2013.

Built an ad-free online journalism

platform that serves as an antidote

to the news grind. 48,000 paying

members fund the stories, and are

involved in the reporting process.

www.thecorrespondent.com

“There is nothing noble in being

superior to your fellow man; true

nobility is being superior to your

former self.” - Ernest Hemingway

37 |

Kenya

BARCLAY OKARI

CEO,

Impact Africa Industries

Vision:

To create the foremost

consumer goods brand in Africa that

provides affordable, high quality

products to people at the bottom of

the pyramid.

Action:

Created Safi reusable

sanitary pads that are washable

and affordable and help more than

250,000 young girls in East Africa

remain in school during their periods.

www.impactafricaindustries.com

“You can never conquer new oceans

until you have the courage to lose

sight of the shore.”

40 |

United Kingdom

KATE UNSWORTH

Founder,

VINAYA

Vision:

To make technology

facilitate connections between people

in more meaningful ways.

Action:

Developed a range of

jewelry that syncs with a smartphone

and gives customized vibrations to

filter out what's important. Reducing

smartphone dependency, minimizing

distractions and bringing everyone

back into their bodies – and the

moment.

www.vinaya.com

“Don’t be afraid to tread in

unchartered waters.”

39 |

United Kingdom

SIMON CROWTHER

Founder, Flood

Protection Solutions

Vision:

A safer, better connected

world, using technology and

engineering to our advantage, while

respecting the environment.

Action:

Actively helping residents,

businesses, councils and agencies

improve their response to emergency

flood situations and helping reduce

the damage that flooding can cause.

www.floodprotectionsolutions.co.uk

“When everything seems to be going

against you, remember that the

airplane takes off against the wind,

not with it.” - Henry Ford

38 | Malala Yousafzai