The Counsellors heading to #OYW2018

Global leaders, Nobel Prize laureates, CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies, a supermodel and an astronaut are among Counsellors who will attend One Young World’s 2018 Summit in The Hague.

The line-up of internationally-known experts from the worlds of business, social entrepreneurialism, science and entertainment, will be present to support and engage with a delegation of around 1,400 young leaders from 196 countries.

Some of One Young World’s most loyal champions, including the former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Prize winner Kofi Annan, and Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of the Grameen Bank and another Nobel Prize winner, have agreed to attend. Also present will be the activist, musician and long-standing One Young World Counsellor Sir Bob Geldof, along with the NASA astronaut Ron Garan.

Many female global leaders will be in attendance, including Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s former Public Protector, and Mary Robinson, the climate activist and former President of Ireland. They will be joined by Mayor Pauline Krikke, Mayor of the Hague since March 2017 and a former elected member of the Dutch Senate, Dambisa Moyo, author and global economist, and Christiana Figueres, the climate change activist and convenor of Mission 2020.

Film actor and domestic abuse campaigner Amber Heard, who stars in the new superhero movie Aquaman, and the American-based Bollywood actor and model Nargis Fakhri, are also coming to The Hague. Fakhri, who is also a women’s rights and conservation campaigner, attended last year’s Summit in Bogotá, the first to be held in Latin America.

The Dutch supermodel, actress and activist Doutzen Kroes will be present at the Summit in her home country, having attended One Young World in Colombia, where she spoke to delegates about her #KnotOnMyPlanet campaign to tackle elephant poaching and the ivory trade. The high-profile Thai television presenter and LGBT leader Woody Milintachinda will also be a Counsellor in The Hague.

But this year’s roster of Counsellors is especially notable for the stellar line-up of global CEOs, spanning the banking, oil and gas, professional services, consumer goods, health and beauty, and media and technology sectors.

Delegates will once again welcome the staunch One Young World champion Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, who first attended a Summit in Zurich in 2011 and has returned every year since. Other CEOs appearing as Counsellors include Tidjane Thiam (Credit Suisse), Jean Laurent Bonnie (BNP Paribas), Ben van Beurden (Shell), Bob Dudley (BP), David Sproul (Deloitte) and Rakesh Kapoor (Reckitt Benckiser).

The role of One Young World Counsellors, who are chosen as recognised leaders of integrity from around the world, is to lend their global stature to the delegates they champion and to inspire the One Young World delegate community to create positive change.

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