Enjoy our 2023 Thought Leader rankings on Climate Change, Carbon, ESG and Overall.
We are proud to present the most-read sustainability Thought Leaders on the topic of Social Responsibility, as recognized by illuminem, the leading platform in sustainability information and the largest expert network in the industry with 200,000+ loyal users and 1,300+ engaged Thought Leaders.
The authors listed below are exemplary leaders and experts in the field of Social Responsibility, shaping the public discourse on today’s most pressing challenges like social justice, human rights, diversity, inclusion and equality. This community of experts encompasses business leaders, academics, and policy-makers, all united in the pursuit of a common goal: disseminating knowledge to drive the transition towards a more balanced and equitable society.
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1️⃣ Kasper Benjamin Reimer Bjørkskov - Activist
Most-Read Thought Piece: The dawn of regenerative leadership: steering away from ecological bankruptcy
Profile: Kasper Benjamin Reimer Bjørkskov is an architect who specializes in converting complex environmental and social challenges into innovative, sustainable architectural solutions, promoting inclusive design that spurs societal change. He has actively engaged in numerous architectural projects dedicated to minimizing CO2 emissions, demonstrating the feasibility of constructing buildings and simultaneously reducing CO2 with no additional costs.
2️⃣ Anzetse Were - Senior Economist of FSD Kenya
Most-Read Thought Piece: The impacts of climate change on fiscal and monetary policy in Africa
Profile: Anzetse Were is Senior Economist at FSD Kenya. Over 12 years of experience in economic research, analysis, advising and strategy development she has focused on inclusive economic development and transformation in Africa. Her areas of expertise include the financial sector and finance systems; country and regional economic diagnostics in Africa, and private sector development.
3️⃣ Susana Gago - Founder & CEO of UNAKTI
Most-Read Thought Piece: Regenerative investments and female leadership: a path to prosperity and wellbeing
Profile: Susana Gago is the founder of UNAKTI, a female-led ecosystem dedicated to cultivating high-value medicinal and aromatic plants, and transforming them into pure raw materials for the Cosmetic, Health & Wellness industries. As part of her job at UNAKTI, she collaborates with local women farmers and communities, empowering them through regenerative medicinal forest cultivation to step up into leadership roles within their families and communities.
4️⃣ Knox Thames - Fmr. Senior Special Advisor for Religious Minorities of the U.S. Department of State
Country: United States of America
Most-Read Thought Piece: Genocide and Hazara persecution in Afghanistan
Profile: Knox Thames is an international human rights lawyer, advocate, and author who has dedicated his career to promoting the rights of religious minorities and combatting persecution. He has served on the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe — also known as the Helsinki Commission — as well as with the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom, AmeriCorps and the U.S. Army War College as an adjunct research professor.
5️⃣ Makario Sarsozo - Content Manager of Building Decarbonization Coalition
Country: United States of America
Most-Read Thought Piece: A soft approach for better climate and energy related outcomes for disadvantaged communities (I/II)
Profile: Makario Sarsozo is a senior storyteller and science communicator with many years of experience creating innovative content for broadcast and digital platforms. He has worked as a showrunner, writer, and producer on projects for National Geographic, Science Channel and YouTube.
6️⃣ Ahmed Waqqas Alawlaqi - Special Correspondent for Khaleej Times
Country: United Arab Emirates
Most-Read Thought Piece: COP28: the COP of the youth
Profile: Ahmed Waqqas Alawlaqi is a student, Emirati Journalist for Khaleej Times, Member of the YOUNGO COP28 Team, a member of IRENA YOUTH, a diplomacy student at the UAE Ministry of Education and a Sustainability Ambassador for Masdar (Y4S).
7️⃣ Erik Solheim - Fmr. Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, fmr. Minister of the Climate and Environment of Norway
Most-Read Thought Piece: State, market and education: the recipe for bringing all humans out of poverty
Profile: Erik Solheim is the Vice Chair of The China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED). He served as Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development from 2005 to 2012. Erik has been chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee as well as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program.
8️⃣ Jonathan Reckford - CEO of Habitat for Humanity International
Country: United States of America
Most-Read Thought Piece: For billions of people around the world, housing is the frontline in the fight against climate change
Profile: Jonathan T.M. Reckford is the chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International, a global Christian housing organization that has helped more than 59 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve their homes. He is also the chair of Leadership 18, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Global Future Council on the Future of Cities for the World Economic Forum, and a board member of the Barron Collier Companies.
9️⃣ Carlos Terol - Founder of Good Ripple
Most-Read Thought Piece: Democracy and systemic change: why we have more power than we think
Profile: Carlos Terol is an impact entrepreneur and Founder, developing a tech platform to connect changemakers who are ready to tackle the world's most pressing issues, ranging from poverty to climate change and inequalities. He has extensive volunteering experience and has actively collaborated with various non-profit organizations, successfully leading a local chapter of Engineers Without Borders UK, and overseeing its operations for nearly two years.
🔟 Giulia Marzetti - European Commission Expert, Sustainability Italian Founder
Most-Read Thought Piece: The nexus of climate change and gender equality: a call for interconnected solutions
Profile: Giulia Marzetti is an engineer who has crafted a portfolio career as a consultant, project manager and policy officer in sustainable transport, energy storage, and industrial transformation. As a project and policy officer for the European Commission, she managed over €80 million portfolio of sustainable innovation projects in Europe fostering a green.
To the most-read sustainability thought leaders in Social Responsibility, congratulations on your well-deserved recognition.
Your commitment to excellence does not only serve as an inspiration source for all of us, but also lays a solid foundation for the sustainability initiatives set to unfold in 2024 and in the next future.
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