Founding Director, Africans Rising; Executive Director, Greenpeace International (2009-2015) | South Africa
Dr Kumi Naidoo is a South African human rights activist who has led various global campaigns and international organisations that work to end poverty and protect human rights.
He founded the South African National NGO Coalition SANGOCO and held positions as Secretary General of CIVICUS - World Alliance for Citizen Participation and was the first African to lead Greenpeace as International Executive Director . . He was also the founding chairperson of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP).
Naidoo’s journey as an activist started when he was no more than 15 years old and took part in anti-apartheid activities. He was arrested several times by the apartheid government, which led him to live in exile in England. There he studied at Oxford University and earned a PhD in political sociology.
In 2015 he left his post as Executive Director of Greenpeace to focus on working for energy justice in South Africa but continues to volunteer for Greenpeace.