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OUR PATRONS

Her Excellency the Honourable Kate Warner AM,
Governor of Tasmania

Program Patron

Tasmania’s 28th Governor, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AC became Patron of the Homeward Bound leadership and strategic program in 2015.

Previously she was Professor, Faculty of Law, at the University of Tasmania and Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute. She had also in her career at the University held the positions of Dean, Faculty of Law, and Head of School. Following her appointment as Governor, she was made a professor emeritus.

On 26 January 2014 Her Excellency was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to the law, particularly in the areas of law reform and education.

On 26 January 2017 she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for her eminent service to the people of Tasmania through leading contributions to the legal community, to law reform, to higher education as an academic, researcher and publisher and as a supporter of the arts and environmental and social justice initiatives.

Christiana Figueres

HB3 Inaugural Elder

Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010 – 2016. During her tenure at the UNFCCC, Christiana brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to well below 2°C. For this achievement, she has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy and has received multiple awards.

Christiana is a founding partner of Global Optimism Ltd, a purpose-driven enterprise focused on social and environmental change. She is currently the Convenor of Mission 2020, Vice-Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, World Bank Climate Leader, ACCIONA Board Member, WRI Board Member, Fellow of Conservation International, and Advisory Board member of Formula E, Unilever and Eni S.p.A.

She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics, and has been awarded several honorary doctorate degrees. She lives in London and has two fantastic daughters. Christiana’s involvement in Homeward Bound began as part of the global filmed faculty, in 2016.

Musimbi Kanyoro

HB4 Elder and on-board Leadership facilitator

Musimbi is the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. This role is the genesis of a lifetime spent advocating for girls’ and women’s health and human rights. From national student leader working towards the abolition of apartheid in South Africa, and serving on United Nations and other international youth forums, to becoming the first non-white woman to be appointed CEO of the World YWCA in 1998, which she transformed into an organisation led predominantly by young women under 30.

Prior to joining GFW, Musimbi’s passion for philanthropy and technology as vehicles to drive social change saw her managing a $30m grant-making portfolio as Director for Population and Reproductive Health at David and Lucile Packard Foundation. In her time at GFW, grants have surpassed $100m and she has elevated the organisation’s influence through a significant media presence and speaking engagements globally.

Musimbi has a PhD in Linguistics and a doctorate in Feminist Theology. In 2014, she was named one of the 21 women leaders for the 21st century by Women’s E-News. In 2015, Forbes magazine named her one of 10 women ‘power brands’ working for gender equality. She serves on numerous Boards, has done a TED talk with over a million views, and now follows Christiana Figueres as the second Homeward Bound ‘elder’, on HB4.

Robin Chase

HB5 Elder

Robin is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a peer to peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. She is also co-founder and Executive Chairman of Veniam, a vehicle communications company building the networking fabric for the Internet of Moving Things. She is also author of the newly released book Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism.

She is on the Boards of Veniam, the World Resources Institute, and Tucows. She also served on the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force.

Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT’s Sloan School of Management, was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and received an honorary Doctorate of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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