Commonwealth Lecture 2013
Ricken Patel, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Avaaz
‘Opportunity through Enterprise’
Tuesday 12 March 2013, 6.30pm
Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH
The 16th Commonwealth Lecture was delivered by Ricken Patel, founding President and Executive Director of Avaaz. In the magnificent setting of the Guildhall in the heart of the City of London, Ricken spoke on the 2013 Commonwealth Theme: ‘Opportunity through Enterprise’.
Avaaz is a global campaigning movement which has rapidly grown since 2007 into the largest online activist community in the world at 20 million members in all 194 countries. "Avaaz" means "voice" in many languages, and has a simple democratic mission: to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want.
Ricken was in Foreign Policy magazine's 100 Top Global Thinkers in 2012. He was named a 'Young Global Leader' by the Davos World Economic Forum and was listed 'Ultimate Gamechanger in Politics' by Huffington Post.