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A woman sold into sexual slavery, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a president. These are but a few of the innumerable human rights speakers we represent. Whether they use their celebrity status to draw attention to an issue close to their heart, actively campaign, or seek economic remedies, these remarkable individuals refuse to silence their consciences. Our speakers on human rights deliver inspirational keynotes.

Human Rights

First Woman President of Ireland & President of the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice

One of the world’s most respected advocates for human rights and Ireland’s first woman President, Mary Robinson leads the mission of the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice, a center for thought leadership, education and advocacy for the...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning New York Times Columnist

A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, Kristof is an extraordinary thinker, human rights advocate, and astute chronicler of humanity. As a seasoned journalist who has traveled China, Africa, India, and South Asia, he...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Journalist and best-selling author of Half the Sky Sheryl WuDunn offers a compelling perspective on current economic, political and social issues such as women's rights.

International Affairs Expert

John Prendergast is a human rights activist and best-selling author. He is the co-founder of the Enough Project, an initiative to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Working for the Clinton Administration, he was directly involved in a...

Social Entrepreneur & Veteran

The founder of an NGO and a former Marine, Rye Barcott has the distinction of being both a warrior and a peacemaker, a juxtaposition he explores in the memoir It Happened on the Way to War.

Victim of Post-9/11 Shooting Spree & Peace Activist

Rais Bhuiyan has a remarkable story — one that continually inspires people from around the globe to interview him about his campaign, World Without Hate. Bhuiyan’s story took root in Bangladesh and grew from seeds planted by his parents and...

Nobel Prize Winning Human Rights Activist & Journalist

Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni journalist, politician, human rights activist and the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. As the international face of the Yemeni uprising of 2011, she was instrumental in helping shape and give voice to the Arab...

Founder & Executive Director, War Child North America

Samantha Nutt, MD, is the author of Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies & Aid, a brilliant account of her experiences providing hands-on care in some of the world's most violent places.

NBA Legend & NY Times Best Selling Author

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the NBA in 1989 at age 42, no player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons, but his most important triumph was...

Civil Rights Activist, Law Professor & Attorney to the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown Families

Known for her representation of the Trayvon Martin family, Jasmine Rand excels in the civil rights arena. In addition to her dynamic legal practice, Rand is currently scheduled to provide guest lectures in more than a dozen nations throughout the...

Humanitarian, Director & Author of The Third Wave

Alison Thompson has been charged by hippos, elephants and rhinos. She has come face-to-face with a hyena at 4 a.m., and has awoken to eight lionesses sleeping outside her tent. However, she is most passionate about her humanitarian work, and is...

New York Times Columnist & Author

Anand Giridharadas is an author and columnist, writing about a world in transition as seen through the lens of culture. He is the author of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation's Remaking.

Grandson of Nelson Mandela, Founder of Africa Rising Foundation

As the grandson to Nelson Mandela, Ndaba Mandela is ensuring that his grandfather’s legacy lives on through his continuing work to ensure Africa’s brighter future. Among Ndaba’s efforts is the Founding of the Africa Rising Foundation, an...

Humanitarian, Social Entrepreneur, Co-Founder & CEO at Global Citizen/Global Poverty Project

Hugh Evans’ breakthrough brand of action-oriented humanitarianism has mobilized millions to end extreme poverty and inequality around the world. A riveting speaker and irresistible motivator, Evans’ passion and purpose has captured the attention...

Real Life Hero of Hotel Rwanda

Known as the "Rwandan Schindler," speaker Paul Rusesabagina saved countless lives during the Rwandan genocide. His story is chronicled in the film Hotel Rwanda.

Grandson of Mahatma Gandhi & President of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute

Dr. Arun Gandhi is proof that one can change his ways. Although he is the grandson of the legendary Mohandas Gandhi, he overcame tremendous prejudice and anger in order to become the founder and president of the Gandhi Worldwide Education...

Award-Winning Actress & Activist

Rarely do we encounter an actress with such a remarkable range of talents and scope of emotion than that of Najimy. Seen in over 25 films such as Sister Act and The Wedding Planner, she is an AIDS activist and enthusiastic...

Gender Equality Advocate & Founder of New Light

Urmi Basu fights for social justice for the marginalized community of sex workers and women in prostitution. She founded the nonprofit New Light, whose mission is to promote gender equality and fight violence and abuse of women and children.

Chair of the Campaign to Help Afghan Women & Girls

Mavis Leno is currently a leader in the effort to make the restoration of women's rights a non-negotiable element of a post-Taliban Afghanistan, and has been at the forefront of ensuring that the plight of Afghan women is included in the world's...

Humanitarian, Activist & Congolese Genocide Survivor

Rose Mapendo, a survivor of the Congolese genocide, is a global activist for peace and reconciliation. A victim no more, she is a true hero, an incredible survivor, and an inspiration to us all who proves that - even in the face of violence, loss...

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