Rawan Masri

Rawan Masri is a new Why We Care Youth Champion, and winner of the Essay Category in the Why We Care Youth Contest. She is from Alta Loma, California, and is studying Social and Behavioral Sciences at Citrus College.
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Ariel Wood

Ariel Wood is a new Why We Care Youth Champion and winner of the Video Category in the Why We Care Youth Contest. She is from Bellingham Washington, and attends Pacific Lutheran University, where she is majoring in French and Global Studies.
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Frederick Torgbor Sai

Frederick Torgbor Sai is known by many as the “grandfather of maternal health”. He has received many awards for his efforts, including the 1993 United Nations Population Award, and in 2006, one of his nation’s highest honors, the Member of the Star of Ghana. Dr. Sai served as the chairman of the National Population Council of Ghana from 1992-1997. He was the president of International Planned Parenthood Federation and also a senior population advisor at the World Bank from 1985-1990. His most recent book is With Heart and Voice: Fred Sai Remembers, a vivid account of his childhood and experiences in the world of reproductive health.
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Nivedha Kannapadi

Nivedha Kannapadi is a new Why We Care Youth Champion, and winner of the Photo Category in the Why We Care Youth Contest. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is currently studying nueroscience at the University of Virginia
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Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland (1990-1997) and former United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. Born in Ireland, she was educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and Harvard Law School. She has received numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama. She is also a member of the Elders, former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, and a member of the Club of Madrid. She currently serves as president of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice.
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Pia S. Cayetano

Senator Pia S. Cayetano stands tall as a champion of women’s rights, health and education. The youngest woman elected in the history of the Philippine Senate, Senator Pia excelled in her first term from 2004 to 2010, and was re-elected to a second term in 2010. She has pushed for the passage of several laws benefiting women, children and the elderly, while also working to improve public health services and make quality education accessible to all. Her recent legislative accomplishments include landmark laws on health, including the Reproductive Health Act (RA 10354), a measure that had languished previously in Congress for over a decade.
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Gro Harlem Brundtland

Gro Harlem Brundtland is a Norwegian politician, diplomat, and physician, and an international leader in sustainable development and public health. She was Norwegian minister for Environmental Affairs from 1974-1979, became Norway’s first female prime minister in 1981, and then again from 1986 to 1996. Brundtland was elected director general of the World Health Organization in 1998. She has served as a special envoy on Climate Change for the UN, and on the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability.
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Lorna Johnson

Lorna M. Johnson is a medical midwife, health expert and philanthropist. She started and runs the Advanced Family Care Medical Group in East Los Angeles, along with the non-profit organization Compassion for Teen Life. She is top supporter of President Obama and has been selected for appointment to the "President's Advisory Committee on the Arts, The Kennedy Center". Lorna hosted the African First Ladies while they were in the U.S. for the 2013 African First Ladies Health Summit in Los Angeles. Honorary Consul, Jamaica - Los Angeles
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Jan Eliasson

Jan Eliasson was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations in July 2012. He served as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Darfur in 2007-2008, and prior to this, was President of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly. He was Sweden's Ambassador to the U.S. from 2000-2005, and was appointed Foreign Minister of Sweden until the elections in Fall 2006. Ambassador Eliasson was the first UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and was involved in operations in Africa and the Balkans. Prior to his appointment as Deputy-Secretary General, Eliasson also served as Chair if Water Aid/Sweden and as a member of the UN Secretary-General's Advocacy Group of the Millennium Development Goals.
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Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates is Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she shapes and approves strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. While involved in all the organization’s endeavors, Gates’ focus on keeping women and girls in developing countries at the heart of the global health and development agenda is a critical driver of her work at the foundation. Melinda Gates received a bachelor’s degree from Duke and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. After joining Microsoft Corp. in 1987, she helped develop many of Microsoft’s multimedia products. In 1996, Gates retired from her position and since then, has directed her energy toward the nonprofit world.
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Helen Clark

Helen Clark, a New Zealand politician and administrator, served three terms as that country's prime minister from 1999-2008, and is the first woman to head the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she has served since 2009. Clark is also the chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of heads of the UN funds, programs, and departments working on development issues. Before resigning from Parliament in April 2009, Clark was foreign affairs spokeswoman for New Zealand's Labour Party and had been a member of Parliament for the Mount Albert electorate since 1981.
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Jane Wurwand

Jane Wurwand is the co-founder and co-owner of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute, which are recognized as game-changing brands within the sphere of professional skin care education. Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Wurwand lives and works in Los Angeles, where she and her husband are parents of two teenage daughters.
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Regina Benjamin

Regina Benjamin was appointed surgeon general of the United States Public Health Service by President Obama in 2009. Before becoming “America’s Doctor,” she served her patients at the rural health clinic she founded in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, was associate dean of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, and served as chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States. She was the first physician under the age of forty and the first African-American woman to be elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees. She was the U.S. recipient of the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 1998.
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Catherine Thomasson

Catherine Thomasson, MD is an internal medicine physician and Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility, the largest organization that educates and mobilizes health professionals on the most dire health threats from global environmental concerns to weapons of war.
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Jenny Shipley

Jenny Shipley was the first female prime minister of New Zealand. Born in Southland, she trained as a teacher and joined her husband Burton Shipley in a large farming partnership before becoming involved in local government politics. During the 1990s, she served as minister of Women’s Affairs, Health, Social Welfare, State Services, State Owned Enterprises, Transport, and the Accident Compensation Commission, and was a driving force in the economic and social reforms during this period. Elected prime minister in 1997, she guided New Zealand through the “Asian crisis” and back to positive economic growth. She led the New Zealand delegation to the 1995 Beijing United Nations Conference on Women.
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Nikki Silvestri

Nikki Silvestri is the Executive Director of Green for All in Oakland, CA. She has worked over the last ten years as an advocate for environmental and social equity for underrepresented populations in food systems, social services, public health, and economic development.
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Annie Lennox

Internationally renowned and award-winning singer-songwriter, performer, and recording artist, Scottish-born Annie Lennox, OBE, is also a social activist and campaigner. Dedicated to speaking out for women and girls affected by the HIV epidemic, she founded the SING campaign in 2007 as a vehicle to raise awareness and funds. As well as being a UNAIDS global ambassador, she is also a special envoy for the Scottish Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, HIV Ambassador for London, Goodwill Ambassador for Oxfam and the British Red Cross, among others.
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Donald Steinberg

Donald Steinberg is president and CEO of World Learning, an international nonprofit organization that provides education, exchange, and development programs in more than 60 countries. Prior to joining World Learning, Steinberg served as deputy administrator at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where he focused on the Middle East and Africa; organizational reforms under the USAID Forward agenda; the inclusion of women, people with disabilities, LGBT persons, and other marginalized groups into the development arena; and expanded dialogue with development partners.
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Tarja Halonen

Tarja Halonen was the first woman president of Finland and had served as a member of that nation's Parliament since 1979. In addition to her political career, she had a long and extensive career in trade unions and various non-governmental organizations. Halonen served in the Parliament of Finland for six terms from 1979 to 2000, representing the constituency of Helsinki. She also had a long career in the city council of Helsinki, serving there from 1977 to 1996. She is the current chair of the Council of Women World Leaders.
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Sofia Gruskin

Sofia Gruskin directs the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the University of Southern California Institute for Global Health, and holds appointments as Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and as Professor of Law and Preventive Medicine at the Gould School of Law. A pioneer in global health and human rights, Professor Gruskin was previously at the Harvard School of Public Health's Department of Global Health and Population, where she was an Associate Professor, Director of the Program on International Health and Human Rights, and Co-Director of the Interdepartmental Program on Women, Gender and Health.
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Ted Turner

In 1997, philanthropist Ted Turner announced his historic pledge of $1 billion to create the United Nations Foundation in support of United Nations causes. He is chairman of the UN Foundation, Turner Foundation, Inc., and Turner Enterprises, co-chairman of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and co-founder of Ted’s Montana Grill. Turner is the recipient of numerous honorary degrees, industry awards, and civic honors, including being named Time Magazine’s 1991 Man of the Year and Broadcasting and Cable’s Man of the Century in 1999.
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Gladys Kalibbala

Gladys Kalibbala has worked as a featured writer for the New Vision newspaper in Uganda for eight years. She has received two TUMAINI Media Awards recognizing the significant contribution her journalism has made to improving the lives of children in Uganda. TUMAINI is a Swahili word meaning hope. Gladys also earned the Edutainment Africa Award as the best journalist in highlighting issues affecting society through real life stories. Her story was featured in the Participant Media documentary, "Misconception".
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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is a United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. A teacher by training, Phumzile has a long history of empowering women and ensuring their voices are heard. In 1983, she became the first president of the newly formed Natal Organization of Women (NOW), an affiliate of the leading anti-apartheid political movement in South Africa, the United Democratic Front (UDF). She also had leadership roles in the YWCA and TEAM, a development organization based in Cape Town. She served as the first female deputy president of South Africa in 2005 until 2008.
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Mike Hamilton

Mike Hamilton is the former Director of Men's Athletics at the University of Tennessee and the current president of Blood: Water Mission, a non-profit agency based in Nashville that partners with African grassroots organizations to address the HIV/AIDS and water crises there.
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Vaira Vike-Freiberga

Vaira Vike-Freiberga was president of the Republic of Latvia from 1999 to 2007, the first female president in Eastern Europe. After obtaining her Ph.D. in Canada, she worked for many years as a professor of psychology at the University of Montreal and has gained recognition as an interdisciplinary scholar and expert on science policy. As president of Latvia, she was instrumental in achieving membership in the European Union and NATO for her country. She is a founding member of the Club of Madrid, and has received many awards and medals for her continued work in the international arena in defense of liberty, equality, and social justice.
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James & Jena Lee Nardella

Jena Lee Nardella is the co-founder of Blood:Water Mission, a nonprofit focused on overcoming the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa, and her husband James Nardella is the Executive Director of Lwala Community Alliance, a holistic healthcare provider for women and families in rural Kenya. They are proud parents to a newborn baby boy.
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Maria Otero

From 2009 to 2013, Maria Otero served in the U.S. Department of State as Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, overseeing U.S. foreign relations on issues ranging from democracy and human rights to criminal justice and violent extremism. Born in Bolivia, Maria was at the time of her departure the State Department's highest-ranking Hispanic official, and the first Latina under secretary in its history. Before joining State, she was president and CEO of ACCION International, a pioneer organization in the field of microfinance.
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Toyin Saraki

Toyin Saraki is the former First Lady of Kwara State, Nigeria, and Founder-President of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBF Africa), a pan-African maternal health and wellbeing charity.
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Joy Phumaphi

Joy Phumaphi began public service in Botswana as a local government auditor. From 1994 to 2003, she went on to serve in Parliament and then became Minister of Health in the midst of the country’s AIDS crisis. She later became the assistant director general for the Family and Community Health Department at the World Health Organization and the vice president of the Human Development Network at the World Bank. She is currently the Executive Secretary of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance.
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Vanessa Bradford Kerry

Vanessa Bradford Kerry is a physician and the director of the program in Global Public Policy and Social Change in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and founder of the non-profit Seed Global Health.
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Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda is the president of Malawi and previously served as that nation's first female vice president. She was a member of Parliament for the Zomba-Malosa constituency and was minister of Gender, Child Welfare and Community Services. In 2006, President Bingu wa Mutharika appointed her Malawi’s minister of Foreign Affairs. She was later appointed as Malawi’s Goodwill Ambassador for Safe Motherhood by the African Union.
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Thomas J. Coates

Thomas J. Coates, PhD, is the Director of the UCLA Program in Global Health, and is the Michael and Sue Steinberg Endowed Professor of Global AIDS Research within the Division of Infectious Diseases at UCLA.
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Tara D. Sonenshine

Tara Sonenshine was Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from April 2012 to July 2013, a task that included outreach to women and girls on behalf of the U.S. government. She is currently a Distinguished Fellow at George Washington University’s School for Media and Public Affairs in Washington, DC.
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Suzanne Ehlers

Suzanne Ehlers is president and CEO of Population Action International. She has worked for over 15 years to promote women’s health, rights and empowerment across the globe.
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Ruma Bose

Ruma Bose, a member of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, is a consultant, serial entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist and author. She co-authored the international bestselling book, “Mother Teresa, CEO”, to leverage the management and leadership principles of Mother Teresa into a set of guiding principles for successful leaders.
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Roger-Mark De Souza

Roger-Mark De Souza is a recognized analyst, author, and speaker on reproductive health; population, health and environment linkages; sustainable development; environmental security; and livelihoods. He is Director of Population, Environmental Security and Resilience at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.
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Robert Engelman

Robert Engelman is the former president and a current Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, DC, and author of More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want.
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Pat Mitchell

Pat Mitchell is President and CEO of The Paley Center for Media, which leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public. She was named to Newsweek's 2011 list of 150 Women Who Shake The World, and in 2012 was named by the Huffington Post one of the most powerful women over 50 and featured in Fast Company's Special Report, The League of Extraordinary Women.
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Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and has co-authored several books with his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, including "Half the Sky: From Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide."
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Michael Brune

Michael Brune has been executive director of the Sierra Club since 2010. During that time, the number of supporters has grown to more than 2 million, and its "Beyond Coal" campaign has been recognized as one of the most effective in environmental history. His book, Coming Clean: Breaking America's Addiction to Oil and Coal (2010), details a plan for a new green economy that will create well-paying jobs, promote environmental justice, and bolster national security.
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Maria Liberia-Peters

Maria Liberia-Peters, an educator and Member of Parliament in Curaçao (formerly the Netherlands Antilles), served as prime minister there from 1984 to 1986 and again from 1988 to 1994.
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Laura Turner Seydel

Laura Turner Seydel is an international environmental advocate and eco-living expert dedicated to creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children.
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Julie Smolyansky

Julie Smolyansky, a member of the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council, is president and CEO of Lifeway Foods Inc., the largest manufacturer of kefir products in the United States.
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Jane Harman

Jane Harman served nine terms in Congress before joining the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2011 as its first female Director, President and CEO. Prior to serving in Congress, she was a top aide in the United States Senate, Deputy Cabinet Secretary to President Jimmy Carter, Special Counsel to the Department of Defense, and in private law practice.
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Haroon Mokhtarzada

Haroon Mokhtarzada, a member of the United Nations Foundation's Global Entrepreneurs Council, is CEO and Co-Founder of Webs, and Vice President of Digital Products at VistaPrint.
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Frances Beinecke

Frances Beinecke is the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, which uses law, science and the support of 1.3 million members and online activists to advance comprehensive solutions to today's biggest environmental challenges.
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Diana Aviv

Diana Aviv is president and CEO of Independent Sector, the national leadership network for America’s nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving programs.
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Cecile Richards

Cecile Richards is the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and a nationally respected leader in the field of women's health and reproductive rights in the United States. 
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Bill Richardson

Bill Richardson completed two terms as Governor of New Mexico. During his 15 years as a congressman there, he was a special envoy on many sensitive international missions in North Korea, Iraq, Cuba and Sudan. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy, and has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize. Richardson sought the Democratic nomination for President of the United States in 2008.
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Babatunde Osotimehin

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, a Nigerian physician and public health expert, was the former Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
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Katherine Williams

Katherine Williams is a Global Health Corps fellow based in Kampala, Uganda, where she works to improve health for people living with HIV. She studied public health and social work at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Kudakwashe Dube

Kudakwashe Dube is a Global Health Corps Fellow and Policy and Program Officer at UNAIDS/Together For Girls.
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Scott Wallace

Scott Wallace is Co-Chair of the Wallace Global Fund, a private charitable foundation based in Washington, D.C.
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Julia Bunting

Julia Bunting became the ninth president of the Population Council in March 2015. Ms. Bunting is widely known for her path-breaking work on reproductive and maternal health during her 12-year tenure at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), where she oversaw the UK government’s international development policy on HIV and AIDS; maternal, newborn, and child health; sexual and reproductive health and rights; and population. Most recently, she served as a director at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), where she led the Federation’s Programme and Technical areas.
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