Who We Are

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The Global Sustainability Network (GSN) is a network organisation consisting of key representatives from multiple faith based communities, the business sector, academia and civil society.

 

GSN began in 2014 as a network of 1,300+ people and organisations after the signing of the Joint Declaration Against Modern Slavery by The Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew from Greece and senior representatives of the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist faiths in 2014, and is now registered as a UK based CIO.

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GSN Global Ambassadors

The GSN Global Ambassadors are our inspiration. They guide and motivate us through their decades of exceptional global leadership, contributions and commitment for the upliftment of the downtrodden.
Peggy Dulany
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Peggy Dulany is Chair of Synergos, a global organization she founded in 1986, which helps solve complex issues around the world by advancing bridging leadership, which builds trust and collective action. In 2001, she co-founded Synergos’ Global Philanthropists Circle with her father, David Rockefeller, to support philanthropic families in using this approach. Peggy is an honor graduate of Radcliffe College and holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University. 

Kailash Satyarthi
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Mr. Kailash Satyarthi is one of the tallest leaders and the loudest voice in the global fight against exploitation of children. Not caring even once about the life threatening attacks that he has survived, Mr. Satyarthi has personally rescued tens of thousands of children from the scourge of slavery. His fearless and unrelenting policy advocacy efforts towards elimination of violence against children have resulted in path-breaking legislations globally. To achieve his vision of a world free of violence against children – where all children are free, safe, healthy and educated, he founded Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

Mo Abraham
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Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim is a Sudanese-British billionaire businessman. He worked for several telecommunications companies, before founding Celtel, which had 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries. He set up the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to encourage better governance in Africa, and created the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, to evaluate nations' performance.  In 2007 he initiated the Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership, for African heads of state who deliver security, health, education and economic development to their constituents and democratically transfer power to their successors.

Sheikh Nahyan
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Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan heads the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Culture, Youth, and Social Development. Sheikh Nahyan was also Chancellor of two of the UAE's three government-sponsored institutions of higher learning: United Arab Emirates University, Higher Colleges of Technology, and president of the third, Zayed University.  He is chairman of Sandooq al Watan, a social initiative.

Ron Bruder
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Ron Bruder is the Founder and Chair of Education For Employment (EFE), the leading nonprofit job placement Network in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). A social franchise of independent, locally-run Affiliates, EFE identifies critical skill gaps in the local economy, then develops and delivers targeted training programs for youth with limited opportunity. EFE expanded rapidly, and operates in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia with support hubs in the USA, Europe and UAE. Ron Bruder was honoured by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People for his non-profit work with EFE.

Our Founders

Raza Jafar
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Raza Jafar is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist and has led the development of numerous successful ventures and projects. His previous business ventures include banking and aviation while his current
ventures see him solely focused on real estate development and hospitality management. His ability to convert vision to reality is what saw the creation of Palazzo Versace in Dubai which Raza has long since been the Chairman. Under his guidance, the hotel has received many accolades such as the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2016, Middle East Hotel Awards Best New Hotel 2016, and Preferred Hotels and Resorts 2016 Awards Of Excellence, amongst other awards that include
hospitality and F&B. The Palazzo Versace Hotel is now embedded in Dubai as one of Dubai’s leading luxury hotels.

The Rt Rev Bishop Alastair Redfern
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The Rt. Revd Dr. Alastair Redfern is a Bishop in the Church of England. He has expertise in the fields of theology, church history, social justice, clergy training, leadership and spirituality. He is an accomplished speaker, lecturer and teacher, and an author of books and papers on a variety of Christian themes. Dr. Redfern has been a member of the House of Lords and the Church of England’s spokesman for international development. He sat on the joint parliamentary select committee for the draft modern slavery bill and supported the legislation through Parliament until the Royal Assent of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Dr. Redfern is Chair of the Clewer Initiative, Vice-Chair of the Anglican Alliance, and on the group asked to review the UK Modern Slavery Act.

S.E. Mons. Marcelo Sánchez
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Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo was born in Buenos Aires and was ordained a priest in 1968. He was lecturer in the history of philosophy at the Lateran University in Rome where he became full professor. He was dean of the Faculty of Philosophy at the same university and full professor of the history of philosophy at the Libera University Maria SS. Assunta, Rome. In 1998 he was appointed Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences by St John Paul II, who then consecrated him titular Bishop of Vescovo.

GSN Executive Board

Raza Jafar

Founder & Chairperson, GSN

Bishop Alastair

Founder, GSN
Bishop of Derby (retd)
Member, House of Lords (retd)

Yogesh Mehta

Founder & CEO, Petrochem

Elliott Donnelly II

Founding General Partner, White Sand Investor Group

Lisa Kristine

Humanitarian Photographer

Baronne Charlotte De Mevius

Romy Hawatt

Managing Director, Riana Group

Vineet J. Mehra

Founder and Managing Director, DOT

Moshe Garelik

Asif Sana

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