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



Described by TIME Magazine as “one of the most powerful disabled people on the planet,” Eddie Ndopu is perhaps best known for his human rights advocacy with respect to advancing disability justice at the forefront of the international development agenda. An award-winning and internationally acclaimed humanitarian, storyteller, public intellectual, and disability practitioner, Eddie 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, Eddie actively champions climate justice, fights global poverty and demands equity for the world’s most marginalized segments of society in his capacity as one of the UN Secretary-General’s 17 official advocates for the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Ndopu 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. Eddie serves on several global Boards, including as a member of the board of directors of the United Nations Foundation. He also sits on the advisory boards of The Valuable 500, IMAGINE and Verizon’s Global Advisory Board for Accessibility and Disability Inclusion. He formerly served as a member of both the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for the New Agenda for Social Justice and the World Economic Forum’s Partnering for Racial Justice in Business Initiative. Eddie’s debut memoir, SIPPING DOM PERIGNON THROUGH A STRAW, which chronicles his challenging experience as a disabled student attending Oxford University, is slated for global release in the spring of 2023.

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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A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Eddie Ndopu
  • Columbia University
  • BBC - Reframing Disability Festival
  • Global Goals Studio - Davos Dialogues
  • United Nations - International Women's Day
  • Global Festival of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals
  • United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
  • Amazon - Global Disability Awareness Month
  • COP26
  • Global Citizen Live
  • World Economic Forum
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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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<p><strong>Global humanitarian Eddie Ndopu is “mind-blowingly amazing” as a moderator and keynote for Amazon, Salesforce, Facebook, and more</strong></p>

Global humanitarian Eddie Ndopu is “mind-blowingly amazing” as a moderator and keynote for Amazon, Salesforce, Facebook, and more

Described by TIME Magazine as “one of the most powerful disabled people on the planet,” EDDIE NDOPU has offered profoundly insightful remarks – and brought engaging humor – to some of the world’s biggest stages. Perhaps best known for his human rights advocacy, Eddie has worked for more than a decade to advance disability justice at the forefront of the international development agenda. The rave reviews for Eddie’s speaking engagements encompass the private sector – Facebook called him “the most extraordinary speaker” and Discovery Health called his program “a paradigm shift” – but also world leaders. Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser describes Ndopu as “one of the most gifted speakers in the world,” and President Barack Obama considers him “an icon in the making.”

Eddie has astounded audiences as both keynote speaker and a moderator, and the glowing praise he receives is consistent. When he headlined Amazon’s Global Accessibility Awareness Month, the host shared that he was “mind-blowingly amazing.” He has also headlined the BBC’s Reframing Disability Festival, keynoted for the Global Goals Studio’s Davos Dialogues, gave the Kapuscinski Development Lecture at Columbia University, and spoke to the Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghau University, who raved that it was “a life changing experience.” When Eddie joined Salesforce/Dreamforce for a compelling moderated conversation, the host offered this glowing review:One of the most powerful voices on the planet right now.The continuous stream of overwhelmingly positive feedback makes Eddie an in-demand presence for transformative events.

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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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Described by TIME Magazine as “one of the most powerful disabled people on the planet,” Eddie Ndopu is perhaps best known for his human rights advocacy with respect to advancing disability justice at the forefront of the international development agenda.

Working alongside world leaders such as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and Prime Minister Mia Mottley of Barbados, Eddie actively champions climate justice, fights global poverty and demands equity for the world’s most marginalized segments of society in his capacity as one of the UN Secretary-General’s 17 official advocates for the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

In recognition of Eddie’s career as a global humanitarian, which spans more than a decade, he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award and the UN’s Global Partnership Award jointly presented to him by the Republic of South Africa and the United Nations.

Eddie serves on several global Boards, including as a member of the board of directors of the United Nations Foundation. He also sits on the advisory boards of The Valuable 500, IMAGINE and Verizon’s Global Advisory Board for Accessibility and Disability Inclusion. He formerly served as a member of both the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for the New Agenda for Social Justice and the World Economic Forum’s Partnering for Racial Justice in Business Initiative.

Eddie’s debut memoir, SIPPING DOM PERIGNON THROUGH A STRAW, which chronicles his challenging experience as a disabled student attending Oxford University, is slated for global release in the spring of 2023.