Kehkashan Basu

Founder-President of Green Hope Foundation

Global Environmental Activist, Peace Advocate, Youth Speaker, Award winning Social Enterprise Innovator, Author, Winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize, a L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honouree and Canada's Top25 Women of Influence awardee, 19 year old youth icon Kehkashan Basu, has been impacting the global fraternity with her work on children’s rights, promoting gender equality, mitigating climate change and social upliftment. A United Nations Human Rights Champion and a National Geographic Explorer, Kehkashan is the Founder President of social innovation enterprise, Green Hope Foundation which has 2038 youth ambassadors working in 15 countries. Kehkashan has spoken at over 125 United Nations and other global forums including the World Bank, the St Louis Climate Summit, Parliament of World's Religions, One Young World, Globe Forum and has been awarded the 2019 Innovator of the Year award for her path-breaking work on engaging marginalised children in the implementation of the SDGs. In 2013 at the age of 12, she was elected for a 2-year term to UNEP’s (United Nations Environment Programme) Global Coordinator for Children & Youth and a member of its Major Groups Facilitating Committee making her the the youngest person and the first minor, ever, to be elected into this position in the history of UNEP. A passionate advocate of children’s rights, Kehkashan is a One Young World Ambassador, Climate Reality Leader, the Youth Ambassador of World Future Council & Honorary Advisor for the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development – New York.