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Meet the 2016 GOOD 100

Introducing the 2016 GOOD 100, our annual list of 100 extraordinary individuals tackling global issues in creative ways.

Introducing the 2016 GOOD 100, our annual list of 100 extraordinary individuals tackling global issues in creative ways.


A healthy life should be a universal right no matter geographic or economic circumstance. These individuals are making it easier for people to thrive, not just survive.

Rolof Mulder, founder of Hospitainer

Miki Agrawal, CEO and co-founder of Thinx

Hossam Haick, SniffPhone inventor

Dr. David Walton, director of global health at ThoughtWorks

Marjaneh Halati, founder of the OMID Foundation

Sangu Delle, founder and CEO of Golden Palm Investments

Dr. Laila Bugaighis, CEO and medical director of Benghazi Medical Center

Dr. BJ Miller, executive director of Zen Hospice Project

Gidi Stein, co-founder of MedAware

Lisha McCormick, chief development officer of Last Mile Health

Zhen Gu, biomedical engineer behind the “smart insulin patch

Dr. Joe Cohen, part of the team behind the RTS,S malaria vaccine

Dr. John Brownstein, chief of innovation of Boston Children’s Hospital

Sara Tifft, associate director of PATH’s Reproductive Health Program


The need to address the realities of our changing planet becomes more urgent each year. These innovators are implementing creative solutions to ensure we protect the resources we’ve got.

Asha de Vos, marine biologist and founder of OceanSwell

Marije Vogelzang, eating designer

Matthew Dillon, director of Seed Matters

Saasha Celestial-One, founder of the OLIO app

Amy Novogratz, co-founder of Aqua-Spark

Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, environmentally-conscious chef

Lizette Kriel, co-founder of Freedom Won

Kevin France, founder of SWIIM

Edwin Kaduki, head of technology at M-KOPA

Dr. Achala Abeysinghe, principal researcher of the Climate Change Group at the International Institute for Environment and Development

Sean DeWitt, director of the World Resources Institute’s Global Restoration Initiative

Lian Pin Koh, ecologist and co-founder of Conservation Drones

Lauren Fletcher, CEO of BioCarbon Engineering

Anna Cummins, co-founder of 5 Gyres

Bas van Abel, designer of Fairphone


In 2015, the streets rumbled with demands for a more equitable world. These advocates are agitating for social, political, economic, and cultural change.

Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International

Katharina Dermühl, Kiron Open Higher Education and founder of Migration Hub

Mareike Wenzel, Moabit hilft

Mareike Geiling and Jonas Kakoschke, founders of Refugees Welcome

Hamid Ehrari and Mohammad Yari, two founders of the Arriving in Berlin app

Sven Lager and Elke Naters, founders of Sharehaus Refugio

Jane Marx, co-founder of Long Street Coffee

Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi, chefs and co-founders of LocoL

Ioane Teitiota, climate change refugee/advocate from Kiribati

Li Tingting, performance artist and one of China’s “Feminist Five”

Nafisa Kaptownwala, founder of Lorde Inc.

Chris Mosier, Team USA athlete, founder of TRANS*ATHLETE and executive director of GO! Athletes

Rafael Strasser, founder of Über den Tellerrand

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women and the United Nations Under-Secretary-General

Hari Nef, model (IMG Models) and actress (Amazon’s Transparent)

Megan Smith, chief technical officer of the United States

Jose Manuel Moller, founder of Algramo

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s minster of justice and attorney general

Patrisse Cullors, artist, organizer, freedom fighter, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter


It’s time we create environments that honor the needs of today’s world. These people are reclaiming space and hacking our surroundings for the better.

Charlene Carruthers, national director of Black Youth Project 100

Jessica Lehrman, photographer and documentarian

Jeff Hebert, chief resilience officer of New Orleans

Sally Duncan, founder of Out of the Box

María Claudia Lacouture, president of ProColombia

Kelly Ward, general counsel for Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

Liz Alden Wily, political economist, founder of LandMark and founder of African Land Rights Transparency Index

Danna Masad, Lina Saleh, Dima Khoury, and Rami Kasbari, founders of ShamsArd

Janardan Prasad and Mukesh Jha, founders of Autowale

Ravi Naidoo, founder of Interactive Africa and Design Indaba

Sarah Lidgus, founder of Small City New York

Beth Stryker, co-founder of Cairo Lab for Urban Studies, Training and Environmental Research (CLUSTER)

Thomas Granier, co-founder of Nubian Vault Association

Sarah Drummond, founder of CycleHack

Adib Dada, founder of theOtherDada

Susannah Drake, architect and founder of DLANDstudio

Carolina Osorio, civil and environmental engineer, and associate professor at MIT

Facundo Guerra, urban and nightlife entrepreneur


Access to knowledge is critical to the progress of democratic societies. These bold individuals are fighting for a better-informed public.

Ekene Ijeoma, designer and artist

Fahad Albutairi, comedian and media producer

Betsy Reed, editor-in-chief at The Intercept

Gustavo Faleiros, founder of InfoAmazonia and GeoJounalism

Chai Jing, journalist and director of Under the Dome

Priya Esselborn, coordinator for DW Akademie

Ethan Zuckerman, founder of Global Voices

Razia Jan, founder of the Razia Jan Institute

Lucianne Walkowicz, astronomer at Adler Planetarium

Zena Sfeir, founder of Sohati

Rajaâ Cherkaoui El Moursli, Moroccan professor of nuclear physics

Paul Miller (DJ Spooky), soundscape musician, writer, and performance artist

Charlie Smith, anonymous individuals who run Chinese internet censorship database Great Fire

Jessica Lam and Liam Bates, founders of Origins Technology


History is not objective—it is shaped by the narratives that take up space in contemporary culture. These storytellers are leveraging their voices to represent the vast diversity of mankind.

Sun Mu, North Korean defector and artist

Amr Al-Azm, Syrian historian, archaeologist, and antiquities preservationist

Lina Sergie Attar, writer, aid worker, architect, and founder of Karam Foundation

Molly Crabapple, artist, activist, and writer

Genevieve Clay-Smith, filmmaker, actress, and founder of Bus Stop Films

Nakkiah Lui, writer, actress, and aboriginal activist

eL Seed, “calligraffiti” artist

Sarah Feeley, filmmaker and documentarian behind Raising Ryland

Mynette Louie, film producer and president of Game Changer Films

Inua Ellams, poet, playwright, performer, and graphic artist

Clinton Walker, music journalist and author of Buried Country

Ivan Moraes, filmmaker, producer, and activist

Tania El Khoury, performance artist

Maria Court, Rosemarie Lerner, Sebastian Melo, and Ewan Cass-Kavanaugh, team behind Chaka Studio and The Quipu Project

Cat Harris-White and Stas Irons, music duo THEESatisfaction

Serge Attukwei Clottey, multimedia and performance artist

Zackary Drucker, artist, director, and cultural commentator

Haroon Gunn-Salie, artist

Hend Amry, writer, artist, and quick-witted Twitter commentator

Doreen St. Félix, writer and editor

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