Leslee Udwin

Founder and CEO, Think Equal

United Kingdom

Leslee was voted by the NY Times the No 2 Most Impactful Woman of 2015 (second to Hillary Clinton), and has been awarded the prestigious Swedish Anna Lindh Human Rights Prize (previously won by Madeleine Albright). She has also been named Safe’s Global Hero of 2015, Global Thinker by Foreign Policy, and awarded the GlobalmindED award for Arts and Education in 2019. In 2019 Leslee was also awarded the UN Women for Peace Activist Award at the United Nations, UN Association USA’s Global Citizen of 2019 and in 2020 will receive the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award. 

A former filmmaker and now campaigner for a system change on education, Leslee’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter’, has been critically acclaimed around the globe, won 32 awards (including the Peabody Award and the Amnesty International Media Award for Best Documentary 2016) and sparked a global movement to end violence against women and girls. The searing insights yielded by the 21⁄2 year journey making the documentary led Leslee to found Think Equal, of which she is also the CEO.