Dr. Kumi Naidoo is a human rights and environmental justice activist and recently appointed to direct the African Civil Society Centre, a new initiative to promote and strengthen the effectiveness of civil society in Africa. He is a leader on addressing the human dimensions of global climate change and poverty: as International Executive Director of Greenpeace; chair of the Global Campaign for Climate Action; and a founder of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty. Naidoo is a Rhodes Scholar and holds a D.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University. His political education began in South Africa, when at the age of 15 he was expelled from high school for his involvement in anti-apartheid activities. Naidoo was arrested several times and was charged for violating provisions against mass mobilization, civil disobedience and for violating the state of emergency. He fled South Africa and lived in exile in England and returned to South Africa to conduct literacy campaigns after Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.
Daniel C. Esty, Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Clinical Professor of Environmental Law & Policy and Douglas Kyser, Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law, will be his faculty hosts.
Reception to follow.