Kehkashan Basu

United Nations Human Rights Champion, Forbes 30 Under 30, Winner of 2016 International Children's Peace Prize & 2021 World Literacy Award, and Founder-President of Green Hope Foundation

United Arab Emirates

Winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan Basu is an iconic global influencer, environmentalist, champion of women and children’s rights, TEDx speaker, Climate Reality Mentor, author, musician, peace and sustainability campaigner. A Forbes 30 Under 30, Kehkashan is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, a UN Habitat Young City Champion, the Regional Organizing Partner for North America for the NGO Major Group and one of Canada’s Top25 Women of Influence. Kehkashan is the Founder-President of global social innovation enterprise Green Hope Foundation, which works at a grassroots level in 25 countries. She has spoken at over 200 United Nations and other global fora. She is the youngest Trustee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Winner of the World Literacy Award for Significant Contribution to Literacy by a Young Person, Winner of Canada’s Global Energy Show Emerging Leader Award, Winner of the Pax Christi Toronto Teacher of Peace Award and a Co-Leader of the UN Women Action Coalition on Feminist Action for Climate Justice. She continues to work tirelessly to amplify the voices of young people, women and girls, in decision-making processes.