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Role Players 2020


Founder President
Green Hope Foundation

Iconic youth leader, global influencer, environmentalist, champion of children's rights, peace and sustainability campaigner, and passionate advocate of women's rights, 19 year-old Kehkashan Basu is a trailblazer who has been challenging the status quo and social strictures which impede the progress of future generations. Winner of the 2016 International Children's Peace Prize, Kehkashan is a tireless advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals. She is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, the youngest ever Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Program's Major Group for Children & Youth, a Climate Reality Leader and a TEDx speaker.

Kehkashan is the Founder President of social innovation enterprise, Green Hope Foundation, which empowers children and youth globally and engages them in through ground level community centric projects on climate justice, sustainable consumption, biodiversity conservation, gender equality, renewable energy and social justice. Green Hope now has a presence in 14 countries and has engaged thousands of young people and adults through their workshops and conferences in the implementation of the sustainable development goals.

Kehkashan is the recipient of the 2019 Innovator of the Year Award for Sustainability Education, the John Muir Conservation Award for Habitat Restoration, the Energy Globe Award and the Turner Prize for Social Change. She is also the youngest recipient of Canada's Top25 Women of Influence Award in 2018. A powerful voice for future generations, she has spoken at over 100 United Nations and other global fora across 25 countries.