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Zainab Salbi is a celebrated humanitarian, author, and journalist. Oprah Winfrey identified her as one of the 25 women changing the world to People Magazine, Foreign Policy Magazine called Zainab one of “100 Top Global Thinkers,” and Fast Company identified her as one of 100 “The Most Creative People in Business.”Zainab is the co-founder for DaughtersforEarth.com, Chief Awareness Officer at FindCenter.com, and host of Redefined podcast. Zainab is also the author of the national bestseller Between Two Worlds and her latest book, Freedom Is an Inside Job. She is also the creator and host of several shows, including #MeToo, Now What? on PBS, and Through Her Eyes with Zainab Salbi at Yahoo News.
Zainab started her career when she was 23 years old as the founder and former CEO of Women for Women International, an organization to help women survivors of conflicts. She built the group from helping 30 women to reaching nearly half a million women and raising 146 million dollars in aid and microloans to help them and their families rebuild their lives.
Wellington Nogueira created an organization devoted to bringing happiness into the lives of children in hospitals through the dramatic art of clowning. Through his program he strives to give this form of artistic expression a predominantly social character in an effort to humanize Brazilian hospitals.
A professional clown by trait, Ashoka Fellow Wellington Nogueira conceived Doutores in 1991 after he was inspired by a similar project with which he had worked in New York, the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit. In addition to traditional performances in hospitals, Doutores spreads its work, knowledge, practices, and philosophies through workshops on relationship building with medical staff, publications highlighting the organization’s work, and educational public performances. These initiatives comprise Doutores’ comprehensive citizen base strategy by tapping into various aspects of the community that would otherwise be out of touch with the organization’s work. In line with the work of Doutores, the Brazilian Government inaugurated the Department of Humanization of Hospital Services in 1999. For Wellington, the pandemic has turned the world into a global hospital, so, he is currently developing Playfulness projects as a means for adults to cultivate mental health during tough times.