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Risalat Khan

Company: Avaaz

Title: Global Campaigner

Country: Bangladesh

Sector: NGO

Age: 27

Risalat Khan is an activist and intrapreneur from Bangladesh passionate about addressing climate change, biodiversity loss, and other existential challenges. He was featured by The Guardian as one of the “young climate campaigners to watch” (2015). As a campaigner with the global civic movement Avaaz (2014-17), Risalat was part of a small core team that spearheaded the largest climate marches in history with a turnout of over 800,000 across 2,000 cities. After fighting for the Paris Agreement, Risalat co-led a campaign joined by over a million people to stop the Rampal coal plant in Bangladesh to protect the Sundarbans World Heritage forest, and elicited criticism of the plant from Crédit Agricolé through targeted advocacy. Currently, Risalat is completing an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University as a SIPA Environmental Fellow, to prepare for what he believes is a crucial few upcoming years to protect our planet’s living systems. He also regularly consults with mission-driven organizations on building effective and loving team cultures. Finally, Risalat is absolutely blown away to be alive at this amazing time in history, and approaches life like a roller-coaster ride.

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