Edward Ndopu

Based: Johannesburg

Mr. Edward Ndopu, affectionately known as Eddie, is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed activist and humanitarian from South Africa. Diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at age two and given only five years to live, he has gone on to influence public policy and popular culture to embrace disability and diversity. He was recently appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to serve as an SDG Advocate alongside 16 other eminent world figures. Additionally, Eddie serves as Special Advisor for Impact and Corporate Sustainability to RTW Investments, a leading investor in scientific and medical innovation. Eddie holds a Masters in Public Policy from Oxford University and is currently setting in motion plans to address the UN from Space, in an effort to inspire greater ambition for the realisation of the SDGs. This will make him the first physically disabled person to travel into space.

 

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