Kumi Naidoo

AboutKumi Naidoo

Kumi Naidoo is a South African human rights and climate justice activist. He is the former Secretary-General of Amnesty International and was also the first African head of Greenpeace. At 15, he organised school boycotts against the apartheid educational system in South Africa and was eventually forced into exile in the United Kingdom until 1990. Naidoo returned to South Africa and was asked to lead the process of formally registering the African National Congress as a political party. Kumi then served as the official spokesperson of the Independent Electoral Commission, the overseer of the country’s first democratic elections in April 1994. He is a senior advisor for the Community Arts Network and a special advisor to the Green Economy Coalition. He is a professor of practice at Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. He continues to serve as a global ambassador, Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity. Naidoo is a visiting fellow at Oxford University, and an honorary fellow at Magdalen College. He is currently setting up the Riky Rick Foundation for the Promotion of Artvism in honour of his late son and rapper Riky Rick.