Shared Interest, a leading New York-based non-profit social investment fund, honored the incoming Amnesty International Secretary General Kumi Naidoo with the Champion Award for People and Planet and Congresswoman Barbara Lee, member of the U.S House of Representatives and Democratic Representative to the United Nations, with the Advocate for Justice Award during a star-studded fundraising benefit held at New York City’s Edison Ballroom on Tuesday, March 20th.
The benefit was attended by New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, Ambassadors from several African nations including South Africa, Malawi, and Mozambique, human rights leaders, top diplomats and key US policy makers and influencers, all celebrating the honorees and the work of Shared Interest.
International award-winning South African entrepreneur and talk show host Felicia Mabuza-Suttle served as the host, and the event featured a VIP cocktail reception followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment provided by Malawian artist MASAUKO.
Born in South Africa, Kumi Naidoo is a renowned global activist and civil society leader who, in July 2018, will become the Secretary General of Amnesty International. Prior to this prestigious appointment, he was the Executive Director of Greenpeace International, Chair of the Global Call for Climate Action, Founding Chair of the Global Call to Action against Poverty and Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation. Continuing his dedication to South Africa, Kumi currently chairs Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity; the Campaign for a Just Energy Future; and the Global Climate Finance Campaign.
“The fate of people and planet cannot be separated. I am pleased to accept this award from Shared Interest, which unlocks resources that Southern Africa’s people require to protect their economic and environmental rights. Today, the region’s most vulnerable communities (and some of its largest cities) depend on making these rights a reality for all.” said Kumi Naidoo incoming Amnesty International Secretary-General.