Lord Hastings and Astronaut John Herrington to Headline World indigenous Forum

9th December 2020

13-14 January, 10:30 GMT: ESG and impact investment leader, Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, and Dr John Herrington, former NASA Astronaut and Chairman of the Board, American Indian Institute for Innovation, will present the two keynote speeches on day one and two of the World Indigenous Forum in January 2021.

The two speakers will represent both the very best in indigenous innovation and expertise, and ethical investment as part of a conference programme that will provide the backdrop to business conversations that the event hopes will unlock some $3.3 trillion of global growth from indigenous business.

The two speakers will be ably supported by Dr Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Senior Programme Specialist, Universal Access to Information Section, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO, and Keith Henry, President and CEO, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, on days one and two respectively. The speakers will address topics across business, marketing, personal growth, inspiration and market intelligence and will be accessed on the event’s unique and futuristic digital event platform.

In addition to the keynote speakers, the forum will also see presentations from; Dilli Bahadur Chaudhary, Nepal Member of Parliament, Leader Tharu People, and President, Backward Society Education (BASE); Olivier Girard, Co-founder & COO, Le Ciel Foundation; Rahab Kenana, Secretary/Coordinator, Maasai Women Environment Conservation Champions – Narok; and Teresa Tepania-Ashton, Chief Executive Officer, Māori Women’s Development Inc.

“We’re blessed to be able to bring these voices to such a large global audience on an amazing digital platform that can be accessed anywhere,” commented Tamara Lakomy, Chairwoman, World Indigenous Forum. “We talk a lot about how much ancient knowledge is stored within indigenous societies, this conference programme is a wonderful example of how we can share this intelligence with business, and vice versa. “