Arief Rabik

Indonesia
Award Year 2019
Arief Rabik is the director of Indonesia’s Environmental Bamboo Foundation and the founder of the 1000 Bamboo Villages project, which aims to create economic viability for the use of bamboo agroforestry to sequester CO2 and restore degraded tropical forest lands in dozens of countries. Arief is an expert in bamboo cultivation, value added processing, and brokering public and private support and investment in village-level bamboo production. Bamboo
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Nguy Thi Khanh

Vietnam
Award Year 2019
Nguy Thi Khanh is a pioneer leader of Vietnam’s environmental movement and has played an instrumental role in shifting Vietnam from coal and towards renewables and energy efficiency. Khanh’s breakthrough strategy will focus on accelerating Vietnam’s clean energy economy, safeguarding clean air and water for public health, and sharing lessons with partners in Southeast Asia to usher in a clean energy era for the region. In 2011
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Sebastián Kind

Argentina
Award Year 2019
Sebastián is the Undersecretary for Renewable Energy in Argentina. He is the architect and primary driver of Argentina’s RenovAr program, which has attracted over $7.4 billion USD in clean energy investments resulting in more than 4.5GW of new renewable energy development in its first three years. Sebastián’s vision is to adapt this model to finance renewable energy in emerging markets that can’t currently access global capital
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Tzeporah Berman

Canada
Award Year 2019
Tzeporah Berman has a long record of leading and winning major environmental campaigns and negotiating significant policy victories. Now she is focused on curtailing the global oil and gas supply. She was a creator and lead negotiator of the Great Bear Rainforest agreement that protected 6 million hectares of old growth forests, co-founded Stand.earth (previously ForestEthics), and was co-director of Greenpeace’s Global Climate and Energy program
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Tessa Khan

UK
Award Year 2018
Tessa Khan co-founded the Climate Litigation Network, which supports efforts using the law as a tool to dramatically increase national climate mitigation ambition. The Network supports litigation and movement building as mutually reinforcing elements of a broader effort to bring unprecedented pressure on national governments to take action on climate. Her focus on international human rights law presents a novel, potentially game-changing approach to climate litigation. We
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Bruce Nilles

United States
Award Year 2018
Bruce is the founder of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, which stopped the rush for new coal plants in America, and secured retirement of over half the country’s coal fleet. Bruce is using the first six months of his three-year tenure as a Climate Breakthrough awardee to explore new and novel climate mitigation strategies — including how to eliminate natural gas in U.S. buildings and homes.
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Yang Fuqiang

China
Award Year 2017
Fuqiang is leading a project to design an oil consumption cap in China that would help the country “leap over the age of oil” and move quickly to clean energy. Fuqiang is a senior adviser on climate change, energy, and environment at NRDC China. He has extensive experience and a proven record of coordinating research across multiple institutions and influencing environmental and energy policy change in China.
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John Hepburn

Australia
Award Year 2016
John is Executive Director of The Sunrise Project and co-founder of Unfriend Coal, a network of NGOs and social movements calling for insurers to divest from and cease underwriting coal. The campaign has already made significant progress. More than 15 insurance companies based in Europe, including Axa, Allianz, and Zurich, have already made major new commitments to reduce or eliminate their financial ties with the coal industry.
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May Mei

China
Award Year 2016
May is the founder of GoalBlue, a Chinese startup NGO that aims to spark lasting low-carbon dietary and lifestyle trends among China’s rapidly growing middle class, urban, and millennial populations. She’s starting by taking on two of the fastest-growing sources of emissions in China: meat consumption and private car ownership. Her work engages people via reality TV, social media, events, and partnerships with consumer brands and celebrities.
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