09 Oct 2041 ClimateForce Global Ambassadors
2041 ClimateForce has announced the selection of it’s 2020 Global Ambassadors. Each of the Ambassadors has displayed an outstanding commitment to the implementation of climate change solutions in their respective nations and regions. The Ambassadorship lasts one year.
Listed below are the 2041 ClimateForce Global Ambassadors
The Ambassadors have been personally selected by Robert Swan, OBE.
Antarctica – Anne Kershaw has spent her entire adult life in service of the Antarctic, and has visited the continent 50+ times! She was the founder of the Antarctic Logistics Operation, ANI (now ALE). A founding member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), and recognized by Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE. She has spent nearly two decades running the 2041 Foundation with Robert Swan. She now focuses her time leading the Polar Commitment Foundation, which “intends to have committed leaders, emerging from every corner of society, working together to create a sustainable Antarctic: Enlightened, Empowered, Engaged.”
Australia – Liz Savage, a 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus, is dedicated to a life of adventure, athleticism, and conservation. She has used her 25+ years of corporate experience as well as her membership on major corporate boards across the globe to promote sustainable business practices and strong corporate governance.
Azerbaijan – Fidan Huseyni, a 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus, has a deep love for the environment and is personally dedicated to protecting it. She recently published her first book, Eco Stories: The Invasion of the Perilous Plastics, to inspire young people to do the same!
China – Jingqi Yang, a 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus, is an inspiration for the future of China and renewable energy. She works as an energy analyst for Sonnedix, a renewable energy company, developing large-scale solar projects across the globe. She has also helped bring electricity access to rural parts of the United States.
France – Paula Miquelis, a 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus, is an entrepreneur and co-founder of Green Is The New Black, dedicated to promoting a conscious world where everyone is aware of their choices and actions’ impact on the planet. Green Is The New Black intends to be the number one community of sustainable brands in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle in Asia.
Hong Kong – Simone Wheeler, an I.A.E. Antarctica 2009 and 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus, is a world traveler and dedicated advocate for the polar regions. She is an inspiring corporate leader who has worked across Asia for 20+ years, observing the rise of consumerism and the correlated degradation of Asia’s oceans, waterways, and air quality.
Hungary – Boglarka Baksay, a 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus, is a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps who has studied microplastics in our seas. She is a conservation expert with an advanced degree in Environmental Management and is passionate about marine ecosystems and the polar regions.
India – Hasita Bhammar, an I.A.E. Antarctica 2012 alumnus, is a Environmental Specialist at the World Bank’s Global Wildlife Program who has journeyed to all seven continents. A graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, she holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Management. She helped establish the first 2041-E-Base in the Pench Tiger Reserve in India as part of the Conservation Wildlands Trust and has worked on conservation issues in Nepal, and Kenya.
Latin America – Roxanna Diaz is an expert coordinator/facilitator for all kinds of adventures and expeditions. Based in Ushuaia, Argentina, for years she has been an invaluable help – ensuring Robert Swan is able to make his Antarctica expeditions happen. She is one of the main reasons we are able to journey there in the first place!
Netherlands – Louis Huijzen is an I.A.E. Antarctica 2017 alumnus who is passionate about the environment and entrepreneurship. He studied at Rotterdam University where he received both a BBA and Masters. He is keenly interested in how business can be utilized as a force for good for the planet.
Nigeria – Seyi Odufuye is a 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus who is passionate about fixing economic, social, and environmental issues in her parents’ home country of Nigeria. She has studied at the University of Texas at Austin, and has also interned at a startup in Austin, Texas that connects consumers with ethically-made products.
Saudi Arabia – Rasha Kaki is a 2041 ClimateForce: Antarctica 2019 alumnus. She is a successful entrepreneur in Saudi Arabia. As a former psychotherapist, she is keenly interested in using her knowledge and talents to help others who may be experiencing stress in their lives. Her mission on the 2041 ClimateForce Antarctica 2019 Expedition is to learn about how she could become more involved in the fight against climate change.
Singapore – Inch Chua, Born in Singapore, educated in Fine-arts, and inducted into the music industry in Los Angeles, Inch has made a career as an international award-winning recording and performing artist. Her passion for the arts, wild places, and technology has led her to play at numerous festivals around the world and experimenting in a variety of art forms. An appreciator of good gin, random animal factoids and dense film essays, Inch is a recipient of the National Youth Award in 2018 for her contributions on green advocacy in the arts and was also recently awarded Best Sound at the 2020 LIFE! Theatre Awards for her multisensory theatrical music production in ‘Til The End Of The World, We’ll Meet In No Man’s Land. In 2020, she co-founded agape nature, a company formulating natural products of the highest standards for the greater good of nature and humankind. Inch is currently based in Singapore with her two cats and nursery of plants.
Spain – Paulina Villalonga is a 2041 ClimateForce: Antarctica 2018 and ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus. In January 2020, she became one of the youngest people to ever successfully trek to the South Pole as part of Robert Swan’s “Last Degree” mission, starting at 89 degrees latitude. She is a student at the University of California Berkeley and intends to be a future environmental leader.
Sweden – Gustaf Molin, a 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus, is head of Internal Process Development and Integration at Värmevärden, a Swedish heating company. He and his company are seeking to enhance its sustainable practices.
Switzerland – Zeina Abdo, an I.A.E. Antarctica 2012 alumnus and true global citizen, is an adventurer, corporate social responsibility (CSR) consultant, and advocate for personally making the changes you wish to see happen. She is also the founder of the Smile for Hope Foundation, which makes healthcare accessible to Nepalese patients in underserved communities.
Tanzania – Yusuph Masanja, a 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus, is an inspirational leader who has been instrumental in founding, shaping, or contributing to many initiatives and organizations. His personal involvement with these various organizations, including Dr. Jane Goodall’s “Roots and Shoots” program, has directly benefited countless youth, his home country, and our planet.
United Arab Emirates – Suparna Mathur, a 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus, holds a deep passion for social impact and youth development. She has over twelve years of experience facilitating successful public-private partnerships in Canada and the Middle East, and is a founding member of New York University – Abu Dhabi’s Executive Sustainability Committee.
United Kingdom – Stephanie Dickson is a 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus and the other co-founder of Green Is The New Black, which is dedicated to promoting a conscious world where everyone is aware of their choices and actions’ impact on the planet. Green Is The New Black intends to be the number one community of sustainable brands in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle in Asia. Stephanie is on a personal mission to make sustainability mainstream – and sexy.
The United States – Lindsey Martinez, a 2041 ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 alumnus, is actively involved in corporate and non-profit institutions that operate at the intersection of business, investing, and the environment. She is the founder of StarPoint Advisors, which helps investment firm leaders who want to scale sustainability-oriented strategies into capital markets, and is on the board of a number of other sustainability-centric enterprises.
Vietnam – Hong Hoang is a distinguished alumnus of Robert Swan’s inaugural educational expedition to Antarctica. At the age of 24, she became the first Vietnamese person to journey to Antarctica – a trip which changed her life. After the expedition, she quit her job and reoriented her life around inspiring youth and others to take action for our planet. She is an Obama Foundation Scholar and also founded CHANGE, a local NGO working on climate change, wildlife, and sustainability.