Mina is a keen ultra-distance athlete, having started
running only at the age of 22 after a severe injury. She runs to raise awareness
and inspire action around the global water crisis and in doing so, has set two
world firsts. In 2016 in just 7 weeks, Mina ran 40 marathons across 7 deserts
on 7 continents, including Antarctica – a continent that left an indelible
impression on her for its critical role in the water cycle. In 2017, Mina ran
40 marathons in 40 days on 6 continents down 6 of the World’s great rivers – to
promote the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6 (water).
Along each of her
routes, Mina interviews local people and water experts, putting together a real
and very visual representation of the water crisis we are facing. Currently
available in short film format, Mina and the team are documenting these stories
so they are accessible to the millennial generation. Incredible journeys whose
messages reach over 5 billion people – and all for one reason of course: water.
The founder and CEO of Thirst, Mina Guli is a
global leader, an entrepreneur and adventurer passionate and committed to
making a difference in the world. Following a 15-year successful career as a
world leader in climate change, including cofounding Peony Capital – a company
that provides capital and knowledge to Chinese companies to help them mitigate
their impact on the environment – Mina established Thirst, an organizational
initiative of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.
Thirst is harnessing social media and technology to inform
and inspire 14-24 year olds about water and the steps they can take to reduce
their own water consumption. Since its launch in 2012, Thirst has educated over
2million students in China, trended no 1 on Chinese Twitter, established 170
Thirst Clubs, set up offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing and 28 hubs
across 12 other provinces, set 1 Guinness World Record, run innovation
competitions with the participation of over 600,000 students and the support of
the government, and reached over 250 million people with its messages.
Mina is an acclaimed public speaker and frequent media
commentator, featuring in over 400 local, national and global newspapers,
magazines and television programs around the world including UN Radio, CNN,
BBC, ITV, ABC, Forbes, Fortune, CCTV and Al Jazeera.
Mina was appointed by the Chinese Government as an Advisor
to their Education for Sustainable Development Program and runs with the
support of the United Nations Development Program. She was named a Young Global
Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, is a recipient of a Future
Leadership Award from the Australia Davos Connection, named as one of
Australia’s “50 for the Future”, was a finalist for the Australian Female
Alumni of the Year, and honored as one of Australia’s 100 most influential
women – twice. She is an advisor to the Chinese Government’s sustainability
program and on the Academy for the USD$1 million Global Teachers Prize.
In recognition of her incredible achievements,
Fortune Magazine named Mina as one of the 50 greatest leaders in the world, and
UBS gave her the title of “Global Visionary".
French Explorer | Environmentalist | Educator | Film Producer
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.