Eddie Ndopu

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  • Award-Winning Humanitarian and Renowned Disability Justice Practitioner
  • United Nations Sustained Development Goal Advocate
  • Founder, A Billion Reasons
  • Board Member of The Valuable 500, Imagine, and the United Nations Foundation



Award-winning and internationally acclaimed humanitarian, storyteller, public intellectual, and disability practitioner Eddie Ndopu is a thought leader and advocate for social equity, sustainability, and disability-based innovation. Ndopu describes himself as a queer, Black, disabled individual, fighting for social equity and the environment, and his influence is felt worldwide. A Global Changemaker, he was appointed as one of the United Nations’ eminent advocates for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and is a highly in-demand speaker for his insights about the intersections of disability, sustainability, and how we can best work together to make meaningful change for our planet’s future.

Ndopu is the Founder of A Billion Reasons, a groundbreaking social impact incubator established in partnership with the World Economic Forum to tackle the U.N.’s SDGs through a lens of universal design and disability-based innovation. He sits on the Boards of Imagine, The Valuable 500, Verizon’s high-level Advisory Board for Disability and Accessibility, the Board of Directors of the United Nations Foundation, and serves as a member of the WEF’s Global Future Council for Social Justice. Ndopu is writing his first book, a memoir, Sipping Dom Perignon Through a Straw. Featured in a profile by TIME, and recognized as one of Pacific Standard’s “Top 30 Thinkers Under 30,” Ndopu receives rave reviews after speaking events, and is sought-after for keynotes and conversations at venues such as Facebook, Amazon, Discovery Health, the COP26 Climate Change Summit, The World Economic Forum, the GlobalCitizen Summit, and Salesforce’s Dreamforce event, where he was described as, “one of the most powerful voices on the planet right now.”

 

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  • COP26
  • Global Citizen Live
  • World Economic Forum
  • UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
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Climate Change, Disability, and Inclusivity

Award-winning and internationally acclaimed humanitarian, storyteller, public intellectual, and disability practitioner Eddie Ndopu is a global changemaker and leader in climate change, disability, and inclusivity. Disabled people will be disproportionately affected by climate change, and must be re ...

Award-winning and internationally acclaimed humanitarian, storyteller, public intellectual, and disability practitioner Eddie Ndopu is a global changemaker and leader in climate change, disability, and inclusivity. Disabled people will be disproportionately affected by climate change, and must be recognized, as Ndopu says, “not just for our plight, but for our power. Disability is a language of innovation, we have the answers, so include us in this fight” for sustainability on our planet. Only through concrete actions, unity, and intersectional approaches to sustainability can we create a future full of hope.

Disability Justice: Our Power

Award-winning and internationally acclaimed humanitarian, storyteller, public intellectual, and disability practitioner Eddie Ndopu is a thought leader and advocate for social equity, sustainability, and disability-based innovation. Ndopu says, “We are some of the planet’s most vulnerable citizens, ...

Award-winning and internationally acclaimed humanitarian, storyteller, public intellectual, and disability practitioner Eddie Ndopu is a thought leader and advocate for social equity, sustainability, and disability-based innovation. Ndopu says, “We are some of the planet’s most vulnerable citizens, and some of the most resilient.” He is a highly in-demand speaker for his insights about the intersections of disability and sustainability, and how we can move past accessibility toward true inclusion in our communities, organizations, and the world.

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Speaker Spotlight: Eddie Ndopu 

It is difficult to describe the full spectrum of all that EDDIE NDOPU encompasses. He describes himself as a queer, Black, disabled individual, fighting for social equity and the environment. He’s a renowned disability justice practitioner; on the board of Imagine, an organization helping businesses contribute net positively to the environment and social justice issues; a member of the United Nations Sustained Development Goal committee; Founder of A Billion Reasons in partnership with the World Economic Forum; and now writing his first book, a memoir, titled “Sipping Dom Perignon Through a Straw.” He has thrived in the face of a diagnosis of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) at two years old, at which time his family was told he only had a few years left to live.  As an adult living a full, purpose-driven life, Ndopu inspires us to reach beyond the limitations others may see in us and live boldly and joyously.

Ndopu always receives rave reviews after his speaking events, such as Facebook who called him the most extraordinary speaker,Amazon who shared that he was “mind-blowingly amazing,” at Salesforce’s Dreamforce event he was described as “one of the most powerful voices on the planet right now,” Discovery Health called him “a paradigm shift,” and he’s spoken at the COP26 Climate Change Summit, Davos for the World Economic Forum, the GlobalCitizen Summit, and elsewhere. He’s been called “an icon in the making” by President Barack Obama and “one of the most gifted speakers in the world” by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. Ndopu is an animated, dynamic speaker audiences never forget. 

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Eddie Ndopu (pronounced en-dough-poo) is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed humanitarian, storyteller, public intellectual, and disability justice practitioner. In recognition of Eddie’s influence as a global changemaker, Antonio Guterres, the current Secretary-General of the United Nations, recently appointed him as one of the UN’s official Advocates for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Eddie is the Founder of A BILLION REASONS, a groundbreaking social impact incubator established in partnership with the World Economic Forum to tackle the Sustainable Development Goals through the lens of universal design and disability-based innovation. 

Eddie sits on the Boards of IMAGINE and The Valuable 500. He also serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Social Justice, and Verizon’s high-level Advisory Board for Disability and Accessibility.

An African Leadership Academy alumnus, Eddie made history in 2017 by becoming the first disabled Black man to graduate from Oxford with a Masters Degree in Public Policy. He also graduated summa cum laude from Carleton University, with a Bachelors in Human Rights. 

Eddie is currently working on his debut memoir, Sipping Dom Perignon Through a Straw.