Meet Our Leadership
Global Dignity was founded in 2006 by three Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum. Ten years later, all three Co-Founders remain active and engaged, through the International Council of Advisors, the Board and as Country Chairs. Their vision, leadership and example continues to inspire thousands of people around the world.
John Hope Bryant
Co-Founder, Board Vice-Chairman & Country Chair | United States of America
John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of the financial literacy empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owners of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S., and co-founder of Global Dignity. Bryant is known as one of the foremost authorities on poverty eradication around the world. An advisor to the last three U.S. presidents, a thought leader, public speaker, and an innovator in the business of empowerment, Bryant is no stranger to poverty. Born and raised in South Los Angeles’ notorious Compton, California he was homeless for six months.
Finding his way out of poverty, he has dedicated his life to leading the way for others. He recently served on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and is an internationally-recognized leader in transforming low-wealth communities into self-sustaining neighborhoods.
Dr. Pekka Himanen
Board Member, Co-Founder & Country Chair | Finland
Pekka Himanen is one of the internationally best-known researchers of the Information Age whose works have been translated into 20 languages from Americas to Asia. He is a Co-Founder of Global Dignity. For more, see www.pekkahimanen.net.
HRH Crown Prince Haakon
Co-Founder, International Council of Advisors & Country Chair | Norway
Crown Prince Haakon is heir to the Norwegian throne and son of His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja. The Crown Prince served in the Royal Norwegian Navy and graduated from the Norwegian Naval Academy in 1995. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He also attended the Foreign Ministry’s one-year trainee program for diplomats.
The Crown Prince has an extensive number of official engagements in Norway and is a patron of various Norwegian associations. The Crown Prince is Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme, where he particularly focuses on promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. Crown Prince Haakon served for a number of years as a member of the Board of Young Global Leaders, a forum under the auspices of the World Economic Forum, his term ending in 2017.