Gates Foundation Goalkeepers 2019

New York New York! As world leaders gathered for the UN General Assembly, the third annual Goalkeepers event took place in New York City. Our cofounder Richard found himself there as a guest of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and we are proud to say he is now a ‘Goalkeeper’!

This annual event began as a result of world leaders agreeing to 17 Global Goals* for Sustainable Development to achieve a better world for all by 2030. Now in its third year, Goalkeepers is dedicated to accelerating progress towards the Global Goals using powerful stories, data and forming partnerships between forward thinking individuals and entrepreneurs around the globe. The aim is to hold governments to account and bring together a generation of leaders to address the world major challenges. This year, Goalkeepers focused on the challenge of fighting global inequality to ensure no one is left behind.

The events took place over the week at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre and was co-hosted by Bill and Melinda Gates, Richard Curtis and Tumelo Mothotoane. An uplifting thought provoking opening address came from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and conversations came from speakers; Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, James Chau, Dr Amanda de Souza, Dr Senjuti Saha, Zouera Youssoufou, Aliko Dangote, Blessing Omakwu, Dr Jennifer Eberhardt, Dr Joia Crear Perry, Lydia Murithi and many more!

Awards went to awe-inspiring individuals such as 17-year-old Payal Jangid from Rajasthan who became the first Indian to receive the Changemaker Award. Payal was recognised for her work towards the abolition of child marriage in her village, and neighbouring villages. Her brave activism and fight to abolish child marriage began at the age of 11, when she refused to be married off by her family to an older man in the village. She was successful in raising her voice against her parents’ decision and prevented the marriage. Payal has since served as the President of her village’s Children’s Parliament (Bal Panchayat). She has conducted a number of field activities and rallies to empower women and children of her own village and villages nearby.

The event was also for working, the week held intensive workshops for the Goalkeepers who came from across the globe to form partnerships and collaborate ideas towards the goals. Richard made lifelong partnerships and we look forward to joining heads in the future with some of the amazing #goalkeepers19 working towards achieving the Global Goals.


*Sustainable Development Goals:

  1. No poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Wellbeing
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender equality
  6. Clean water and sanitation
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Decent work and economic growth
  9. Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced inequality
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life below water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace justice and strong institutions
  17. Partnerships for the goals