Some people from the 5 continents
that I really enjoyed interviewing
P.S. at the end, the last interviews conducted in 2020/2021, for the documentary series Roots & Fruits
Adam Kahane author and conflict mediator. He has worked in more than fifty countries, in every part of the world, with executives and politicians, generals and guerrillas, civil servants and trade unionists, community activists and United Nations officials, clergy and artists – including some of the more challenging social problems that the world has faced in recent history, for example the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa, and building connections between the Government and drug cartels in Colombia.
Marianne Knuth works to create healthy and vibrant communities in Zimbabwe. She is the Founder of Kufunda Village, a learning centre that allows people to recover their sense of pride, wisdom and capacity in working with their own knowledge and deepening their resourcefulness.
John Volmink, a transformation educationist, who has been asked by every post-apartheid education minister to play a role in transforming the country’s education curriculum. Originally from Athlone in Cape Town, Professor Volmink lived overseas for 25 years before returning to South Africa when Nelson Mandela was released. Honorary doctorate by Stellenbosch University
Hélène Lévy Benseft, professor and facilitator of Biodanza, director of the school of Biodanza Rolando Toro Mediterranean
Sir Ken Robinson was a British author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was director of the Arts in Schools Project and Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick, and Professor Emeritus after leaving the university
Andreas Heinecke Social Entrepreneur and Philosopher. Ashoka Fellow and Schwab Fellow – works with disabled people on a global scale.
Agni Vlavianos Arvanitis (9 March 1936 - 7 April 2018) was a professor and researcher in biology. Her main contribution lies in the field of biopolitics. She was a Nobel Prize for Peace Nominee 10 times.
Matthieu Ricard is a French writer, photographer, translator and Buddhist monk who resides at Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal. Matthieu Ricard grew up among the personalities and ideas of French intellectual circles. He received a PhD degree in molecular genetics from the Pasteur Institute in 1972
Peter Engberg is a film director of award-winning international documentaries with Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachov, Deepak Chopra, and many others. He is also a member of The Adventurer's Club of Denmark and leader of film expeditions in over 50 countries.
Pedro Gadanho. Architect, author, curator. Loeb Fellow at Harvard University. Previously architecture curator at MoMA, NY, and founding director of MAAT
Joana Vicente is the CEO of The Sundance Institute, leaving her charge as Executive Director and Co-Head of the Toronto International Film Festival. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project and the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. Vicente is an Academy Award-nominated producer of over 40 feature films.
Ben Metz is a psychoanalytic organisational consultant and a serial social entrepreneur. He established the Ashoka office in the UK founded the London Community Recycling Network, and co-founded Shared Assets.
Jose C. Principe is Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida since 2002. He created in 1991 the Computational NeuroEngineering Laboratory to synergistically focus the research in biological information processing models.
Filippo Addarii is the Director of International Strategy and Head of EuropeLab at The Young Foundation (UK), and senior research associate at the Global Climate Forum, a research center for sustainable development.
Manuel Lima é Fellow da Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), Londres, e foi nomeado pela prestigiada revista americana Creativity, uma das 50 mentes mais criativas e influentes de 2009. Actualmente a viver em Nova Iorque, Manuel Lima é Design Lead na Google e fundador de VisualComplexity.com: A visual exploration on mapping complex networks.
Etienne Wenger is a globally recognized thinker and leader in the field of ‘communities of practice’, and was featured by Training Magazine in their “A new Breed of Visionaries” series.
Niall Dunne Chief Executive Officer of Polymateria, a British business developing a new standard in biodegradable and compostable plastics to combat plastic pollution. Upon his appointment, Niall announced his ambition to "redesign the rules of an entire industry" and become the "Tesla" of plastics
Daniel Christian Wahl has 14 years of experience in sustainability education and consultancy, and has been a careful student of nature and ecological systems for more than 20 years.
Tom Cummings NOW Partners Entrepreneurial Founder. Executive Board Member. Senior Management Adviser to senior leaders in more than 30 countries over 30 years.
Mark Williams Founding Director and Honorary Senior Research Fellow of University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry; Professor of Clinical Psychology, Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre
João Rafael Brites Driven sustainability professional, econometrician, innovative finance advocate and entrepreneur with 10+ years’ experience in enabling sustainable development through the power of data, technology and collaboration.
Marcello Palazzi NOW Co-founder and Global Ambassador. Impact entrepreneur, economist and visionary for human progress. 35 years global experience focused on Better Economies, Enterprises and Entrepreneurs for public good.
Cornelius Pietzner is the Managing Director of Mind and Life Europe. He has served as Chief Executive Officer of Alterra Impact Finance GmbH. He is President of the Alterra Foundation, a Swiss charitable foundation that supports transformation initiatives related to a human-centered economy.
Nora Brüggemann’s expertise lies in the field of sustainable consumption, sustainable lifestyles and communication which she combines with her valuable experience in working in multi-stakeholder settings. Nora is the moderator and coordinator of the National Dialogue Forum for Reduction of Food Waste in the Wholesale and Retail Industry in Germany.
Robert Rowland Smith is a British author and philosopher. His books include Derrida and Autobiography, Breakfast with Socrates: The Philosophy of Everyday Life, and AutoBioPhilosophy: An Intimate Story of What It Means to Be Human
Paul Hughes An internationally renowned speaker who uses "Ten Meters of Thinking" to stimulate creative development. Ten thousand people in 35 different countries have been inspired by Paul's imagination.
Miguel Neiva Graphic Designer, with a Master Degree in Design and Marketing.
Social entrepreneur – Ashoka Fellow since 2013.
Creator of ColorADD. Color identification system for colorblind people
Jane Newman is International Director at Social Finance. Jane is a qualified solicitor. She is a board member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, an advisory board member of Laboratório de Investimento Social and a member of GECES – the European Commission’s expert group on social entrepreneurship.
Maximilian Martin is the Founder and CEO of Impact Economy. He created Europe’s first global philanthropic services and impact investing department for UBS and the UBS Philanthropy Forum, as well as the first university course on social entrepreneurship in Europe at the University of Geneva. He holds an MA in anthropology from Indiana University, a MPA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in economic anthropology from the University of Hamburg.
Françoise le Goff has worked for over 40 years as a program manager then director with the international federation of Red Cross and red crescent societies (ifrc) in africa, eastern europe, the middle east, directly involved in relief operations following natural disasters, epidemics, hiv and aids programmes, refugee crises and post war
Kristin Engvig is the founder and CEO of WIN & WINConference. She is a renowned thought leader, speaker and the driving force behind WIN's activities and the evolution of the feminine leadership journey.
Mary Alice Arthur is leading the field in two disciplines, or shall I say in two forms of art: The Art of Storytelling and the Art of Hosting.
Robert Happé was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He studied religions and philosophies in Europe and has since dedicated himself to discovering the meaning of life. He also studied Vedanta, Buddhism, and Taoism in the East for 14 years, having lived and worked with natives of different cultures in each region where he was - India, Tibet, Cambodia, and Taiwan. Robert Happé created the Center for Spiritual Education - CEE in Brazil. Located in Sorocaba - São Paulo, the Center is dedicated to an educational program about self-knowledge.
John Boult is a facilitator, speaker and consultant in design as an innovation cultural change agent; advisor in design led internal brand development and change, Champion of Strategic Design
Matilde Santos Leal Therapist and Trainer. Nutrition with the SANTOS METHOD® for the body and PSYCH-K®, PER-K® and HYPNOSIS for the mind and spirit.
Linda Joy Mitchell is a group process designer, a facilitator, coach, artist with over 30 years experience of working with people, teams, communities and organisations: She offers training in the Art of Hosting and Participative Leadership.
Arawana Hayashi is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher, trained in both Japanese and Western art forms. She is also an Acharya (a senior teacher of meditation) in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Co-founder of the Presencing Institute, a global network of people engaged in social transformation. She brings meditation and Social Presencing Theater, a Shambhala art-based methodology, to the field of systems change
Joe Dispenza. New York Times best selling author Researcher of epigenetics, quantum physics & neuroscience
Gregg Braden is a five-time New York Times best-selling author, scientist, international educator and renowned as a pioneer in the emerging paradigm based in science, social policy and human potential.
Bruce Lipton (born 21 October 1944 at Mount Kisco, New York), is an American developmental biologist notable for his views on epigenetics
Carol Adrienne, PhD, is the co-author of The Celestine Prophecy and The Tenth Insight. She is internationally recognized as an intuitive counselor and master numerologist. She is a popular guest expert on radio and television, including Oprah and The Dini Petty Show
Katherine Chon is the founding director of the Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) and senior advisor on human trafficking at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Prior to her government service in 2012, Katherine was the co-founder and President of Polaris, establishing the global organization’s innovative programs to assist survivors of human trafficking, expand anti-trafficking policies, and fundamentally change the way local communities respond to modern slavery.
Darren Schreiber, University of Exeter, Politics Department, Faculty Member. Studies Political Science, Politics, and Psychology. Having worked as a lawyer in the US, Darren specialised in federal litigation and had his first federal jury trial at the age of 23. While studying for his PhD in Political Science at the University of California, he pioneered the field of neuropolitics with the first use of fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to investigate patterns that occur in the brain when people make decisions. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Exeter and has worked at a number of prestigious institutions around the world.
Hal Gregersen is a senior lecturer in leadership and innovation at MIT's Sloan School of Management, a former executive director of the MIT Leadership Center, a fellow at Innosight, and a cofounder of the Innovator's DNA consulting group.
Marc Kielburger is a Canadian author, social entrepreneur, columnist, humanitarian and activist for children's rights. He is the co-founder, with his brother Craig, of the We Movement, which consists of We Charity, an international development and youth empowerment organization; Me to We, a for-profit company selling lifestyle products, leadership training and travel experience; and We Day, an annual youth empowerment event. In 2010, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada
Karen Berg (October 12, 1942 – July 30, 2020) was an author and the founder of the Kabbalah Centre International.
James O. Pawelski, Ph.D., is professor of practice and director of education in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as adjunct professor of Religious Studies.
Kate Hudgins, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist, an International Master Trainer in Psychodrama, and primary developer of The Therapeutic Spiral Model.
Wendy Palmer is the founder of Leadership Embodiment, a sixth degree black belt in aikido, and senior instructor at Aikido of Tamalpais. She has practiced Aikido and Mindfulness over 40 years.
Kenny Ausubel is an award-winning social entrepreneur, author, journalist and filmmaker. He is the Founder and CEO of Bioneers, the internationally recognized nonprofit dedicated to disseminating breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet.
Nina Simons is an award-winning social entrepreneur and international public speaker who is passionate about healing our relationship with the natural world, women's leadership and beloved community. She is Co-founder of Bioneers and its Everywoman's Leadership program.
Barbara Fredrickson is an American professor in the department of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab (PEPLab) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kim Barnes is co-founder and CEO of Barnes & Conti Associates, a global leadership development firm based in Berkeley, California. She holds a master s degree in human development and has over 35 years of experience, including external and internal consulting roles with organizations in a broad range of industries. Barnes is a popular speaker and seminar leader worldwide
Maureen Kellen-Taylor, Ph.D. Using arts to create partnerships, train creatives, design exciting intergenerational programs, transfer social capital
Michael Steger is the Founder and Director of the Center for Meaning and Purpose, and Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University. He also serves as an Extraordinary Professor by North-West University in South Africa.
Neale Donald Walsch (born September 10, 1943) is an American author of the series Conversations with God. He is also an actor, screenwriter, and speaker.
Marc Pistorio Psychologist and mediator, Marc Pistorio practices individual and couple psychotherapy. He has given numerous lectures in public and private institutions. Present in newspapers and magazines, he also contributes to several television and radio shows, in addition to having designed and hosted his own shows.
Judi Neal is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Edgewalkers International. She was the founding director of the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas. Judi is recognized as an expert on spirituality in the workplace and speaks and consults internationally.
Geraldinho Vieira Director of Ponto de Vista Ltda. a consulting company in communication for development. Vice-President of ANDI - News Agency for the Rights of Children and Member of the Rector Council of Nuevo Periodismo Award (FNPI-Colombia) Geraldinho Vieira is also known as Bhaskar (Devam Bhaskar), name given to him by Master Osho in 1982. He is an Instructor at Oneness University, India, founded by Sri Amma and Sri Bhagavan.
Rodrigo Baggio is a recognized social entrepreneur. A pioneer in the area of social inclusion in Latin America, he founded the CDI (Center for Digital Inclusion) and was awarded an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters by DePaul University in Chicago. The World Economics Forum has recognized him as one of the '100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow' and Time has named him one of the Latin American leaders who will make a difference in the third millennium, selecting him for the 'Local Heroes' campaign.
Rolando Toro Acuña Biodanza teacher, poet and Martial Arts Master. He is the oldest son of Biodanza's creator, Rolando Toro Araneda, Chilean anthropologist and sociologist.
Paolo Mefalopulos is the UNICEF Representative in Uruguay, Montevideo. He previously headed the Communication Program at UNICEF India. Paolo holds a doctorate degree in communication from the University of Texas at Austin.
Alfredo Sfeir Younis is a Chilean economist, spiritual leader and healer, presently President of the Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation
Wellington Nogueira Founder, Doctors of Joy Stage and Film Actor, Clown, Social EntrepreneurAmerican Musical and Dramatic Academy graduate, NYClown Doctor with The Big Apple Circus
Claudio Miranda, founder of the Favela da Paz Institute. Musician, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, social entrepreneur, educator, and a very human being, he was born in Jardim Ângela, on the outskirts of São Paulo's south zone, and it was there that he put all his energy to promote a culture of peace.
Ana Maria Norões is an occupational therapist, expert in self-development and leadership strengthening from the University of Monterrey / Mexico and Harvard / USA. Idealizer and former president of IPREDE, besides being founding member of the Latin American Network for Sustainable Development and creator of the Teia da Vida methodology, recognized by UNESCO and the Banco do Brasil Foundation. She is a Ashoka fellow.
Cristina Cairo Writer, Speaker and Teacher. Psychology of Mind/Body Correlation.
Martin Burt is a Paraguayan social entrepreneur, author, former mayor of Asunción and former chief of staff to Paraguay's President, known for founding Fundación Paraguaya
Yolanda Kakabadse - Chair of the Climate Centre’s board, former
Executive Director of Fundación Natura, founder of the Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, former Ecuadoran environment minister
Christine Loh Kung-wai, SBS, OBE, JP, Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, is a former Hong Kong Legislative Councillor, founder and CEO of Civic Exchange, founder of the Citizens Party, and founder of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor. From 2012 to 2017, she was Under Secretary for the Environment in the government of CY Leung
Vafa Akhavan specializes in corporate leadership and management consulting and has executive experience in seven industries across 16 countries
Amanda Enayati is an Iranian-American author, columnist, and communications strategist best known for her self-help book, Seeking Serenity: The 10 New Rules for Health and Happiness in the Age of Anxiety. She has also contributed to CNN, PBS and Salon.
Masaru Emoto Japanese scientist who revolutionized the idea that our thoughts and intentions impact the physical realm, is one of the most important water researchers the world has known.
Anwar Fazal was conferred the Right Livelihood Award, popularly called the "Alternative Nobel Prize" for his work in promoting and protecting the public interest
His a leading international civil society person who has contributed much to our society in areas of consumer, health environment, human rights and social ethics.
Honorary Doctorate in Law from Universti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Universiti Sains
Ashok Kosla is one of the world’s leading experts on the environment and sustainable development. He was the Founding Director of the Indian government’s Office of Environmental Planning and Co-Ordination, the first such agency in a developing country. He left the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) to found Development Alternatives, a Delhi-based NGO devoted to promoting commercially viable, environmental friendly technologies.
Jack Heath is CEO of SANE Australia, and is well-known and well-respected for his work to improve the lives of young people affected by mental illness and as an advocate for improved treatments and support.
Anna Mortensen counselling psychologist, mindfulness and meditation teacher, workshop facilitator, yoga teacher, and budding social entrepreneur and documentary maker.
ROOTS & FRUITS
Carol Guzy Four-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist
Garrett McNamara World Record-Breaking Big Wave Surfer
Frank Wilczek Nobel Prize in Physics
Sandra Cisneros Writer
Nely Galán Founder of the Adelante and Self Made movement
Maria João Pires Pianist
Carme Ruscalleda Chef with 7 Michelin stars
Jim Garrison President of Ubiquity University
Gunter Pauli Creator of Blue Economy
Gerd Leonhard Futurist
Eugene CHAPLIN Sound Engineer
Charlie Chaplin's son
Alexandra COUSTEAU Filmmaker and environmental activist
Granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau
Kojo ANNAN Entrepreneur
Kofi Annan's son
Jane Mcadam FREUD Conceptual Sculptor
Daughter of Lucian Freud and great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud
Paulo Ségio NIEMEYER Architect
Oscar Niemeyer's grandson
Olivier Widmaier PICASSO Producer
Pablo Picasso's grandson
Thor HEYERDAHL Jr. Marine Biologist
Son of Thor Heyerdahl
Barbara WOOD Writer
Daughter of E. F. Schumacher