Adventurer. Formerly: co-founded Peony Capital. Founder, Thirst, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader initiative focused on solving the global water crisis through education, inspiration and smart media. Having started running only at the age of 22 after a severe injury, in 2016 became the first person to run 40 marathons across 7 deserts on 7 continents, completed within 7 weeks. Goal was to identify and tell grass roots stories in a way that is accessible for all. With over 4 billion media impressions, the run was a major success in bringing awareness to the water crisis. 2017, completed 6RiverRun - 40 marathons in 40 days down 6 rivers on 6 continents to support SDG goal 6 (water). Adviser, Education for Sustainable Development Program, China. Member, Academy for the Global Teachers Prize. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Public speaker and media commentator, featured in 400 newspapers, magazines and television programmes worldwide. Recipient, honours and awards, including: Future Leadership Award, Australia Davos Connection; named one of Australia’s 50 for the Future; finalist, Australian Female Alumni of the Year; one of Australia’s 100 most influential women; named one of the 50 greatest leaders in the world, Fortune; named Global Visionary, UBS.
By 2030, demand for water will outstrip supply by 40%, a looming crisis that has inspired one woman to undertake an epic, 1,049 mile journey on foot.
The fact that water is running out is not new, but what is becoming increasingly urgent is that without action towards sustainable water practices, companies and investors around the worl...