Meet The Team
HE JOSE RAMOS-HORTA
PRESIDENT OF TIMOR-LESTE
NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE 1996
HE José Ramos Horta is the President of Timor-Leste, serving from May 2022 and previously between 2007-2012, and winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1996 for his sustained efforts to hinder the oppression of a small people.
He is the convenor of Laureates and Leaders for Children Steering Committee.
HRH PRINCE ALI BIN AL HUSSEIN
THE HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN
His Royal Highness Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan is the son of His late Majesty King Hussein and Her late Majesty Queen Alia of Jordan. Since 1999, His Royal Highness Prince Ali has served as the President of the Jordan Football Association, and served as Vice-President of FIFA 2011-2015. In 2008, His Majesty King Abdullah II entrusted him with the duty of establishing and directing a National Centre for Security and Crisis Management. His Royal Highness has served as a member of the Steering Committee since 2017.
NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE 2011
Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate. She is the founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA). She also currently serves as the Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute in New York, USA. She is the co-founder and former Executive Director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A) and a Founding Member and former Liberia Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET).
NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE 2014
Mr. Kailash Satyarthi has been a tireless advocate of children’s rights for over three decades.
In 2014, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” Mr. Satyarthi is the founder of Laureates and Leaders for Children.
HE STEFAN LÖFVEN
PRIME MINISTER, SWEDEN 2014-2021
Stefan Löfven personifies the social democratic vision of a society where everyone has an equal opportunity: the foster child who found the security of a foster family in a social democratic society, became a welder, a union leader, a party leader and a Prime Minister. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI, as well as Chairman of the Board of the Olof Palme Memorial Fund. He is also a staunch supporter of the UN and multilateralism. In February he was appointed by António Guterres to lead UN High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism. He is passionate about peace, democracy and the fight against child labour.
HE LORENA CASTILLO GARCIA
Lorena Castillo Garcia is an international journalist and was one of the most influential presenters and co-producers of news at the Telemetro Reporta television channel in Panama. She also worked as a news correspondent at the White House, United Nations, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Vatican and is the recipient of multiple journalism awards. Currently she is the Global Spokesperson for Zero Discrimination (UNAIDS), an Ambassador for Peace of UN Women for Peace and has served as a member of the Laureates and Leaders Steering Committee since 2017.
PRESIDENT, ROBERT F KENNEDY CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Ms. Kerry Kennedy is the President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Since 1981, she has worked on diverse human rights issues including child labour, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, women’s rights and the environment. Ms. Kennedy has served as a member of the Steering Committee since 2017.