Giovanni Guidetti

Giovanni Guidetti is believed to be one of the best head coaches of all times in woman volleyball. Born in Modena in 1972, he started his professional coaching career at the age of 23 and coached national teams all around the world, including United States of America, Bulgaria, Germany and Holland. He has lived in Turkey since 2008, working as the head coach of VakıfBank club. Giovanni Guidetti won 5 CEV Champions League, 4 FIVB World Cup, 7 Turkish League and 5 Turkish Cup trophies during the last 10 years. He has also been appointed as the head coach of Turkish National Team in 2017. Under the leadership of Guidetti, Turkish National Team has been qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and the team reached quarters for first time in Olympics history.

Besides his successful coaching career, Mr. Guidetti is a famous activist. He is pioneering various projects to fight against gender discrimination, using volleyball as a strong tool to empower girls all around the country and tear down the barriers for girls for equal access to sports. He is the founder of a social movement platform called “Yarının Sultanları” (Sultan of Tomorrow). The mission of the platform is to provide equal opportunity to the girls in the socio-economically disadvantaged regions of Turkey through volleyball. He visits the villages of disadvantaged regions with his assistant coaches and train the girls who have never played volleyball. In 2019, he has been officially appointed by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the advocate for gender equality. This is the first time sports person has been chosen to become United Nations advocates in Turkey.

Alaa Murabit

One of the leading global health and inclusive security experts of her generation, Alaa Murabit is the Director of Health at the Gates Foundation, overseeing global health policy & advocacy. A medical doctor, she is a United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth, and one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary-General. Alaa’s work has shaped policies in 193 countries and impacts billions. She was most recently named a Canadian Meritorious Service Cross recipient, 2021 Harvard Radcliffe Fellow, and 2022 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for her work at the intersections of global security, health, gender, and sustainability.

Alaa previously founded and spearheaded The Voice of Libyan Women at the age of 21. Her TED Talk, "What My Religion Really Says About Women" has been viewed seven million times and was selected as the TED Talk of the Day, one of four moving TED Talks you should watch right now by The New York Times, and one of 12 TED Talks That Define the Future of Feminism.

Recently named a prestigious Harvard Radcliffe Fellow for her work “Architects of Peace: Redefining the Role of Women in Today’s Growing Security Agenda” focusing on the unique roles and leadership women have in conflict resolution and global peacebuilding. Alaa is also an MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, serves as a board member for The Malala Fund and an alternate board member for Gavi.

She was the Executive Director of Phase Minus 1, which provides thought leadership in conflict resolution and inclusive security from 2016 to 2020, and in 2019 she founded CO-AGENCY, an accelerator for emerging women’s leadership in security, peacebuilding, and policy.

Alaa is the recipient of 100+ honors and awards, including the 2013 New York Times TrustWomen Hero, BBC Top 100 Woman, Forbes 30 Under 30, 2019 WIRED World Global Thought-leader, the2018 Nelson Mandela International Change-maker Award by The Nelson Mandela Family, and one of the 2019 Top 20 Most Influential People in Gender Equality Policy in the world alongside Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Angela Merkel, and Michelle Obama. Her leadership in global policy and in elevating the role of emerging women leaders was recognized by Harvard Law which named her the youngest 2017 Woman Inspiring Change. For her leadership architecting policies in security, health policy, and sustainable development, she was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in History by the Canadian Government and Canada’s 2021 Woman of Impact. Aside from being selected as a 2022 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, she has also recently been named a 2021 CNN Leading Woman, 2021 Wikipedia Global Leader, and a 2021 UNWomen Leader We Admire.

Geena Davis

Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks.

Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise, in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon. Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon ‘Dottie Hinson’ in A League of Their Own.

Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show Commander in Chief.

Davis made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie. She went on to star in such films as The FlyBeetlejuiceAngieThe Long Kiss Goodnight and Stuart Little.

Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is now recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under.

Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and is an official partner of UN Women. She is also co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), whose mission is to champion women and diverse voices in all forms of media.

Geena Davis and festival co-founder Trevor Drinkwater founded the Bentonville Film Festival in 2015 to champion women in media. BFF’s mission is to encourage content creation in film and other forms of media that reflects the diverse — and half female — world we live in. BFF proactively supports content creation by women and diverse voices with a platform to showcase their work and, with the help of our partners, is the only film competition in the world to guarantee theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners. The Festival takes place in early May in Bentonville, Arkansas and is research-based and commercially driven.

Recently, Davis starred in 20th Century Fox’s The Exorcist; a serialized psychological thriller based on the 1971 book of the same name, Marjorie Prime, based on the Award-Winning play and Dear Angelica, one of the first VR narrative films from Occulus.

Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.

Emma Watson

Emma is best known for playing the iconic character of Hermione Granger in the eight enormously successful HARRY POTTER films. Her performance in the first film of the series, HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE, won her a Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress. Emma also acquired two Critics’ Choice Award nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association for her work in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN and HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. The completion of the seventh and eighth movies saw Emma receive nominations in 2011 for a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, and for Best Actress at the Jameson Empire Awards. The HARRY POTTER franchise won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in February 2011.

2011 also saw Emma star in Simon Curtis’s MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, alongside a stellar cast of Oscar nominees including Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, in addition to Eddie Redmayne, Dame Judi Dench, Dougray Scott, Zoe Wanamaker, Toby Jones and Dominic Cooper. Chronicling a week in Marilyn Monroe’s life, the film featured Emma in the supporting role of Lucy, a costume assistant to Colin Clark (Redmayne). The film was released by The Weinstein Company and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

In 2012 Emma was seen in Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his coming-of-age novel THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, starring opposite Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. This independent drama centred around Charlie (Lerman), an introverted freshman who is taken under the wings of two seniors (Watson and Miller) who welcome him to the real world. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and received rave reviews. The film won the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic Movie and Emma also picked up the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress. Emma was awarded a second time for this role with the Best Supporting Actress Award at the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards where the film also won the Best Ensemble Performance Award.

In 2013, Emma starred in Sofia Coppola’s American satirical black comedy crime film, THE BLING RING. The film took inspiration from real events and followed a group of teenagers who, obsessed with fashion and fame, burgled the homes of celebrities in Los Angeles. The film opened the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Emma also appeared in a cameo role as herself in Seth Rogen's apocalypse comedy THIS IS THE END. The film tells the story about what happens to some of Hollywood’s best loved celebrities when the apocalypse strikes during a party at James Franco's house.

In 2014, Emma was seen in Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH opposite Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman and Anthony Hopkins. The film told the epic, biblical tale of Noah and the ark. Emma plays the role of Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem (Booth).

Emma’s additional credits include the lead role of Pauline Fossil in the BBC adaptation of Noel Streatfield’s classic, BALLET SHOES, which aired on BBC One on Boxing Day to 5.2 million viewers. In her first animated feature, Emma voiced over as the character Princess Pea in THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX which grossed $86.2 million worldwide.

Emma was most recently seen in REGRESSION, written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Emma stars in the thriller opposite Oscar nominated Ethan Hawke. Set in Minnesota 1990, REGRESSION tells the story of Detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) who investigates the case of young Angela, played by Emma, who accuses her father of sexual abuse. The film opened the 63rd edition of Spain’s San Sebastian film festival on 18th September 2015.

Emma was also recently seen in thriller COLONIA with Daniel Bruhl, directed by the Oscar winning Florian Gallenberger. Inspired by true events, Emma and Daniel play a young couple who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and was also shown at Zurich Film Festival.

In 2015 Emma finished filming the live-action version of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST where she plays the iconic role of Belle. The film was released on 17th March 2017 and quickly became the 8th highest grossing film of all time in the US, and 10th worldwide. Emma won the MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Actor in a Movie.

2017 also saw the release of a film adaptation of David Eggers’ THE CIRCLE. Directed by James Ponsoldt, Emma starred alongside Tom Hanks and John Boyega.

In 2012 Emma was honoured with the Calvin Klein Emerging Star Award at the ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards. In 2013, Emma was awarded the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie Awards in April and was honoured with the GQ Woman of the Year Award. In 2014 Emma was honoured as British Artist of the Year at the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards.

Further to her acting career, Emma is a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UN WOMEN, and works to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. Her notable work on the HeForShe campaign earned her a place on Time Magazine’s TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people in 2015. In January 2016, Emma started a feminist book club. Entitled ‘Our Shared Shelf, the club selects a different feminist book every other month. In October 2016 Emma was honoured for her humanitarian work by Harper’s Bazaar, who awarded her their Inspiration Award. Emma was awarded with the Woman of the Year Award at the Elle Style Awards 2017.