MINA GULI

The founder and CEO of Thirst, Mina is a global leader, an entrepreneur and adventurer passionate and committed to making a difference in the world. Following a 15-year successful career as a world leader in climate change, including together with Tim Clissold (author of ‘Mr China’), cofounding Peony Capital – a company that provides capital and knowledge to Chinese companies to help them mitigate their impact on the environment, Mina established Thirst, an organizational initiative of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. Thirst is harnessing social media and technology to inform and inspire 14-24 year olds about water and the steps they can take to reduce their own water consumption. Since its launch in 2012, Thirst has educated almost 100,000 students in China, trended no 1 on Chinese Twitter, established 140 clubs across China, set 1 Guinness World Record, run innovation competitions with the participation of over 17,000 students, and reached over 250 million people with its messages.

Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, Mina is a recipient of a Future Leadership Award from the Australia Davos Connection, named as one of Australia’s “50 for the Future”, was a finalist for the Australian Female Alumni of the Year, and named as one of Australia’s 100 most influential women.

Mina is a keen ultra-distance athlete, having started running only at the age of 22 after a severe injury. She is currently planning an expedition to become the first person ever to run across 7 deserts on 7 continents, which she is doing for 1 reason – to raise awareness about water.

She is a frequent media commentator and public speaker, and is based in Beijing.