Conversation with Raymond Chambers, Arianna Huffington, President Vicente Fox, Ben Keesey and Deepak Chopra
Raymond G. Chambers
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Malaria
After a very successful career as Chairman of Wesray Capital Corp., Ray decided to work full time as a philanthropist to try and make the world a better place. He has directed most of his efforts toward improving the health and well being of children. He is the Founding Chairman of the Points of Light Foundation and co-founded, with Colin Powell, the America’s Promise Alliance. Ray is the Co-Founder of the National Mentoring Partnership, and of Malaria No More.
In February 2008, the Secretary-General of the United Nations appointed Ray as his first Special Envoy for Malaria. In December 2008 President Bush recognized Ray with the Presidential Citizens Medal for his work helping children worldwide.
Six years ago more than one million children under the age of five died each year from malaria. Under Ray’s leadership, in collaboration with many key partners, the deaths have decreased by more than half and the hope is to get to near zero deaths from malaria by the end of 2015. Nothing of this magnitude has ever been accomplished before.
Arianna Huffington is the chair, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author of thirteen books.
In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.
In 2006, and again in 2011, she was named to the Time 100, Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.
Ben Keesey serves as CEO of Invisible Children, Inc. Prior to joining the organization in 2005 he worked with JP Morgan Investment Bank and Deloitte.
In just over eight years, Invisible Children (IC) has grown from a documentary film project into a world-wide brand aimed at ending Africa’s longest-running conflict and rebuilding what has been lost. Invisible Children now has the largest social following of any international non-profit organization.
IC directly reaches more than a million people every year through film screenings at high schools and colleges. Through this youth-oriented model, IC has raised over $70 million dollars for its development programs in central Africa and international awareness campaigns for the arrest of Joseph Kony.
In 2012, Invisible Children released the 30-minute documentary, KONY 2012, which garnered more than 100 million views online and became the most viral video in history. In the following weeks, Ben guided the company into a whole new arena of influence and directed KONY 2012: Part II – Beyond Famous.
Vicente Fox, President of Centro Fox
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President Vicente Fox is one of the world’s most important voices on the contemporary geo-political landscape and the role of business in the developing world. From 2000-2006 he served as Mexico’s president from the Pan party. Centro Fox, a state-of-the-art presidential library and learning center became his life project.in his book released in October 2007, Revolution of Hope: The Life, Faith and Dreams of a Mexican President, Fox outlines a new vision of hope for the future of the Americas.
Today he lives on the ranch his grandfather purchased a century ago. The two-hundred-year old Ex-Hacienda of San Cristóbal is now home to a study center, library, and museum, all of which bear his name. Centro Fox, as it is better known, is a forum for thought and ideas, and is also home to Fundación Vamos México (the Let’s Go Mexico Foundation), an organization led by his wife, Marta Sahagún, which works to help end poverty. Today both continue fighting for Mexico and to make a difference, however small, so as to improve and one day overcome the shameful conditions people in various parts of our country and in Latin America endure every day. Today Vicente Fox continues to ride his horse like Don Quixote in search of new goals. For it is his abiding belief that whoever ceases to grow will begin to die; that whoever ceases to be active will be swept away by the tide and by their opponents; and that whoever wavers will lose sight of the path to success. In his travels along the path he continues to walk, Vicente Fox has been officially recognized for his work on many occasions, including the following honorary degrees he has been awarded in the Americas and Europe:
Honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, March 2002
Honorary Doctor of Laws from Emory University, May 11, 2009
Deepak Chopra, MD serves as the Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Foundation.
As a global leader and pioneer in the field of mind-body medicine, Chopra transforms the way the world views physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. Known as a prolific author of more than seventy-five books with twenty-two New York Times best sellers in both fiction and non-fiction, his works have been published in more than thirty-five languages.
Chopra’s medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He serves as Co-Founder and Chairman of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Founder of The Chopra Well on YouTube, Adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization, Doctor Honoris Causa, The Giordano Brunio University, Doctor of Science, Hartwick College, and Faculty, Disney Imagineering. Time magazine has described Dr. Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.