Jeremy Heimans is the Co-Founder and CEO of Purpose, and an Executive-in-Residence at Rethink Impact. As a grown-up, Jeremy co-founded Avaaz.org, now the world’s largest online political movement, GetUp.org, the Australian political movement with more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined, and an advocacy group in the 2004 U.S. presidential elections that raised millions in online donations to tell the stories of a group of women whose loved ones were in Iraq.
In 2011, Jeremy was the recipient of the Ford Foundation’s 75th anniversary Visionaries Award. The World Economic Forum at Davos has named him a Young Global Leader and the World e-Government Forum has named Jeremy and Purpose co-founder David Madden among the “Top 10 People Who Are Changing the World of the Internet and Politics.” He is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, and the Guardian named him one of the ten most influential voices on sustainability in the U.S. His work been recognized in publications like The New York Times and The Economist and he’s been a keynote speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, TED, the United Nations, the Guardian Activate, and the Business Innovation Factory. Jeremy began his career with the strategy consultants McKinsey and Company. He was educated at Harvard University and the University of Sydney and is a citizen of Australia and the Netherlands.