Kumi Naidoo

Wednesday Oct. 26, 10:00 a.m. ET
Special Advisor to the Green Economy Coalition

We need to go beyond the solo approach and work together and lend our voices across all sectors: environmental, human rights, health, education, etc. Only our collective voice will be heard.

Kumi Naidoo


Kumi Naidoo is a South African-born human rights and climate activist. A life-long activist, he organized school boycotts against the apartheid educational system in South Africa, which made him a target for the Security Police. As a result, he was forced into exile in the United Kingdom until 1990. Kumi returned to South Africa and was asked to lead the process of formally registering the African National Congress (ANC) as a political party. Kumi then served as the official spokesperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the overseer of the country’s first democratic elections in April 1994. 

He served as International Executive Director of Greenpeace International (from 2009 to 2016) and Secretary General of Amnesty International (from 2018 to 2020). Kumi is currently a Professor of Practice at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University. He also lectures at Fossil Free University and is a Global Ambassador for Africans Rising for Justice, Peace & Dignity.  He is the host of the Power, People and Planet podcast where he is joined by activists, artists and community leaders who are dismantling our broken system – and building something better in its place.

The World Needs More Civil Disobedience, Not Less

In this fundamentally unjust world, we need more people who are willing to disrupt the status quo and have the courage and the stamina to stay with the cause until justice is achieved.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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