Now more than ever the world needs change. We are on the verge of a precipice that will determine the fate of the next generations after us. Fighting climate change, eradicating disease, championing human rights, providing for the basic needs of those who need it most and campaigning for conservation is now no longer a choice but a necessity.
Spearheading the movement to a better future are passionate young thought leaders that are using their influence to shape policy and drive real change. DDW takes a look at some of the most inspiring names fighting the good fight:
Ruth Powys Ganesh
The most charming (and well dressed) woman in conservation, Powys took over the Elephant Family from the Duchess of Cornwall’s brother Mark Shand. She has been incredible successful and has grown the charity to new heights, funding over 170 conservation projects and raising over £10m through public art events for this iconic yet endangered animal. Her biannual Animal Ball fundraiser is the absolute must-attend event of the season and attracts glittering attendees from around the world, including royalty (Prince Charles the patron) through to society figures, art mavens and film stars.
A former club promoter, Harrison had a “crisis of conscience” in 2004 and in 2006 decided to start a charity bringing safe water and sanitation to those who need it most. Since then, charity:water has funded 11,000+ water projects in 22 countries, providing 4 million people with clean water. The charity has cult following across celebrity circles and with Silicon Valley donors but has also started making headway across the UK and Europe in recent years as it grows to take on more international projects.
As the great-great-granddaughter of the inimitable John D. Rockefeller, philanthropy runs deep in Ariana’s blood, A passionate show jumper and fashion designer there is no one in NYC she doesn’t know – a skill that is handy as the enormously successful chair to the New York Botanical Garden’s Winter Ball.
Laurent de Brabandt
Philanthropist, Old Etonian and delightful eccentric – de Brabandt has is fighting to educate governments and hospitality and tourism operators on how to adapt to become more sustainable for the future. His efforts are working with projects underway through the de Brabandt Foundation in over 30 countries and garnered significant commitments from global stakeholders.
He is the recent recipient of the 21st Century Icon Award and on April 18th next year he will host The One Earth Awards at Annabel’s Club in London to award positive worldwide impact in promoting sustainability.
An heiress with a conscience – Hearst is co-chair of Riverkeeper; a non-profit environmental organisation dedicated to the protection of NY’s Hudson River and its tributaries, as well as the watersheds that provide New York with its drinking water. Alongside this Amanda founded Friends of Finn, an organisation dedicated to stopping the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills.
The controversial grandson of Gianni Agnelli (founder of Italy’s Fiat Automobiles) is a creative at heart with his studio Italia Independent is known for producing incredibly stylish sunglasses and garments alongside consulting on renown design projects. However, it is Lapo’s fervent dedication to philanthropy that earns him a place on this list. During the COVID-19 crisis he helped the Italian government steer a national roundtable to coordinate all the different philanthropic initiatives to combat the virus.
Further, through the ‘Laps Foundation’, he trains teachers and provides education for children in impoverished circumstances, taking an emphasis on those with special educational needs (disabilities, learning-specific disorders, addiction, social deviance, protection from abuse and maltreatment, social and economic fragility, among others)
He may be known in the US as Selena Gomez’s former squeeze and in Europe as dedicated socialite, but underneath all the bluster; Chiabra is a hard working entrepreneur. Founder of a yacht brokerage firm and a meat alternative food chain Neat Meat & Neat Burger (alongside Lewis Hamilton), he has built a name for himself and a sizeable black book to go alongside it. This year he served as one of the Fundraising Chairs for UNICEF Italy’s glamorous gala in Capri which helped raise millions for the cause.
As an internationally recognised model, entrepreneur, actress and singer, Cara knows that she can leverage her influence to make a change in the world. Among the many philanthropic endeavours she lends her voice and platform to is Project Zero; a scientifically led campaign working to get our oceans back in shape by fighting climate change and protecting the ecosystems below the water.
This NY Italian prince is the founder and president of Animal Aid, a nonprofit composed entirely of volunteers sharing one mission: to help animals. Each month, the Animal Aid team drives more than 1,600 miles relocating animals from high-kill shelters to loving rescue homes. A fixture in New York society, Prince Borghese is also deeply involved with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
Prince Albert II of Monaco’s Palm Springs-born daughter is a devoted charitable worker. She established a humanitarian fund in Fiji called the Jazmin Fund to help impoverished communities in the area with education, medicine and basic necessities. She is also part of American fashion designer Tory Burch’s campaign Embrace Ambition, which is aimed at providing funds, education and resources to female entrepreneurs.
Appropriately nicknamed Supernova – Natalia is an incredibly accomplished philanthropist, entrepreneur, and public speaker. Her Naked Heart Foundation not only looks to ensure that every child in Russia has a loving family and a safe and stimulating place to play but also provides free support services for families of children with disabilities and special needs. Her NHF galas are incredibly playful and striking affairs, raising tens of millions for her cause around the world.
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