March 04, 2024

Kumi Naidoo

Human rights and environmental activist

Kumi Naidoo is a South African human rights and environmental justice activist. He is the former Secretary-General of Amnesty International and also the first person from the Global South to lead Greenpeace International. Kumi served as Head of Training at the Independent Electoral Commission, the body that oversaw South Africa’s first democratic elections in April 1994 and served as one of its spokespersons. He is a senior advisor for the Community Arts Network and is active  in his local community through the Yeoville Bellevue Residents’ Association. He is professor of practice at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, and continues to serve as a global ambassador for Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity. His family has started the Riky Rick Foundation for the Promotion of Artivism to build on the positive legacies left by popular South African rapper Rikhado “Riky Rick” Makhado through his music and life’s work. Kumi is the author of Letters To My Mother: The Makings of a Troublemaker, a memoir that won non-fiction book of the year from the National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences and was recently longlisted for the Sunday Times non fiction award. Kumi is also the host of the podcast Power, People and Planet.