OUR AMBASSADORS

To accomplish our vision, the Foundation intends to not only influence impactful giving, but also drive impactful business around the ehealth economy. Our approach to date has been to use our strategy to leverage the strength of global partners like Qualcomm, Mubadala, Accenture and others with our Ambassadors, who include:


about-tutuArchbishop Desmond Tutu

Anglican priest Desmond Mpilo Tutu became the first black General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches in 1978. He called for equal rights for all South Africans and a system of common education. Tutu encouraged non-violent resistance to the apartheid regime, and advocated an economic boycott of the country. A month after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, Tutu was elected the first black Anglican Bishop of Johannesburg. In 1986 he was elected Archbishop of Cape Town, the highest position in the Anglican Church in South Africa. In 1989 he led a march to a whites-only beach, where he and supporters were chased off with whips. In 1995 he was appointed as Chairman of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission by the then President Nelson Mandela, to investigate apartheid-era crimes.

Today Archbishop Tutu is regarded as an elder world statesman with a major role to play in reconciliation, and as a leading moral voice. He has become an icon of hope far beyond the Church and Southern Africa. Throughout his life, he has been known pre-eminently as a spiritual leader caring deeply about the needs of people around the world, teaching love and compassion to all.


amb-gabrielPeter Gabriel
Musician and Humanitarian

Peter Gabriel co-founded the group Genesis at school and the band went on to release seven albums. Since leaving Genesis, he has made a further eleven solo albums and three film soundtracks.

Peter’s human rights work includes the co-ordination of and participation in the Human Rights Now! Tour with Amnesty International. As a result of this experience he co-founded Witness.org who started giving cameras and computers to human rights activists. Witness created the Hub and launched the Human Rights Channel with YouTube and Storyfull. Peter also co-founded the Elders.org with Richard Branson, which Nelson Mandela launched in 2007 to create a small group of global elders to assist in the resolution of global problems, and conflict resolution.


amb-robinsonMary Robinson – Honorary Ambassador
Former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Mary Robinson is President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice. She served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is a member of the Elders and the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States, Barack Obama. She is a member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement.

A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010.


amb-jacobsPaul Jacobs
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs is Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Qualcomm Incorporated. A leader in the field of mobile communications for over two decades, Dr. Jacobs’ responsibilities include leadership and oversight of all the company’s initiatives and operations.

Important developments which began under Dr. Jacobs include the first smartphone based on Palm OS; inclusion of GPS capabilities in mobile phones (which led to the acquisition of SnapTrack and Qualcomm’s development of gpsOne position-location technology); the Brew system, which enables over-the-air downloading of applications; QChat, a Voice-over-IP push-to-talk system; and Mirasol, an advanced reflective display technology.

As an innovative leader of a broad range of technical teams within Qualcomm, Dr. Jacobs has been granted more than 45 patents for his inventions in wireless technology and devices.


about-khalifaSheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa
Attorney and Former President of the UN General Assembly

One of the first women to practice law in Bahrain, and the third woman to head the UN General Assembly, Sheika Haya Al Khalifa is an advocate for women’s rights and has held senior positions with many leading legal organisations.

She is currently Chairperson of the ICC Bahrain National Committee, Member of the Dubai International Arbitrator committee, and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees at the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) for the period 2009 to 2017, Chairperson of the Consumer Advisory Group – Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) Bahrain, Principal Attorney and legal advisor at Haya Rashed Al Khalifa Attorney at Law & Legal Consultants, and legal advisor at the Royal Court of Bahrain.

She is also an alternative member of the Kingdom of Bahrain at the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration, and Board Member of the ICC Bahrain and Chairperson Lawyers Committee, ICC Bahrain. She has served as Bahrain’s Ambassador to France, Belgium, Switzerland and Spain, and was the permanent delegate of the Kingdom of Bahrain to UNESCO from 2000 to 2004.


amb-crispNigel Crisp
Former Chief Executive, National Health Service

Lord Crisp is an independent crossbench member of the House of Lords where he co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health.

He was Chief Executive of the NHS in England – the largest healthcare organisation in the world with 1.4 million employees – and Permanent Secretary of the UK Department of Health between 2000 and 2006. Previously he was Chief Executive of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust.

Lord Crisp is the Chair of Sightsavers, the Kings Partners Global Health Advisory Board and the Zambian UK Health Alliance; is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health; an Honorary Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Foreign Associate of the Institute of Medicine.


amb-rui-vilarEmilio Rui Vilar
Former Finance Executive and Portuguese Politician

Emilio Rui Vilar is a former Portuguese politician and former Director General of the Commission of the European Communities, with a wealth of experience in the fields of finance and economics.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the Audit Commission of Banco de Portugal, the President of the Board of Trustees of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Partex Oil and Gas (Holdings) Corporation. He is the President of the Portuguese Foundation Centre, Co-Chairman of The Global Philanthropy Leadership initiative, Trustee of the A Soul For Europe initiative, Senator of the European Cultural Parliament, and Founding Member of the Portuguese Institute of Corporate Governance.

He was previously Chairman of the European Foundation Centre (2008-2011); Chairman of Galp Energia SGPS (2001-2002); Chairman and CEO of Caixa Geral de Depósitos (1989-1996); General-Commissioner of Europalia Portugal (1989-1992); Director General at the European Community Commission (1986-1989); Deputy-Governor, Banco de Portugal (1975 to 1985); Minister of Transports and Communications (1976-1978); Minister of the Economy (1974-1975); Secretary of State for External Trade and Tourism (1974); Founder and first President of SEDES; and Manager of Banco Português do Atlântico (1969-1973).


amb-cardosoFernando Henrique Cardoso
Former President of Brazil

Fernando Henrique Cardoso was the President of Brazil from 1995 to 2002, during which time he implemented a major land reform programme, reduced poverty and significantly improved health and education. He is an acclaimed sociologist and global advocate for drug policy reform, and currently chairs the Global Commission on Drug Policy. In 2002, he was the inaugural winner of the Mahbub ul Haq Award for Outstanding Contribution to Human Development, and he was also awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for International Co-operation.

He is the Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Political Science at the University of São Paulo, and a member of the Club of Madrid and was its president from 2003 to 2006. He is a member of the Fondation Chirac’s Honour Committee to promote world peace, and is also a member of the Board of Directors at the World Resources Institute. He is a member of the Elders, a group of independent global leaders who work together on peace and human rights issues.