Incoming Secretary General, Amnesty International
After stepping down as Executive Director for Greenpeace International, Kumi has since been serving as the Interim Board Chair for the Pan-African civil society movement, Africans Rising for Justice Peace and Dignity. Kumi is a founding ambassador to the Campaign for a Just Energy Future and is a patron of Future SA which both advocate for accountability and an end to corruption in South Africa. He has served as Secretary General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Board Chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAAP) and President of the Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA). Kumi now serves as Board member for 350.org, the Global Greengrants, and as an ambassador to the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute. Kumi is also an advisor to Transparency International and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., he is currently involved in setting up a new Institute for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment. Kumi has recently been appointed as the Secretary General of Amnesty International, and will assume this new position in August of 2018
Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Member U.S. House of Representatives
Congresswoman Barbara Lee represents California’s 13th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees including the Appropriations’ Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. She currently serves as a Congressional Representative to the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, having also served in the position during the 68th and 70th UNGA.
Lee has been a vocal advocate in the U.S. Congress on issues such as reproductive health and rights, gender equality, food security and global peace and security. Lee co-founded and co-chairs the bipartisan Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus and has co-authored every major piece of HIV legislation since entering Congress in 1998. She authored legislation establishing the USAID Office for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children and co-authored legislation establishing the framework for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and PEPFAR (The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief). She is a co-author of the Reach Every Mother and Child Act.
Lee is a former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, a senior Democratic Whip and a co-chair of the Sudan and South Sudan Caucus, among other leadership roles.