Kehkashan Basu


Founder and President of the 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 the social strictures that impede the progress of future generations. Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan is a tireless advocate for the UN 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, TEDx speaker, and the Founder President of social innovation enterprise Green Hope Foundation, which provides young people in 12 countries a networking platform to engage in the sustainable development process. Kehkashan is the recipient of the 2019 Innovator of the Year Award, the John Muir Conservation Award for Habitat Restoration, the Energy Globe Award, and the Turner Prize for Social Change. A powerful voice for future generations, she has spoken at over 75 UN and other global forums across 25 countries.

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