Craig Kielburger

Co-Founder, Free The Children

About This Expert

Craig Kielburger is an internationally acclaimed speaker, social entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author. He is the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to shifting the world from ‘me’ to ‘we’, including Free the Children.

In 1995 at 12 years of age he co-founded Free The Children. Today, the organization’s international programs work in eight developing countries, providing a holistic and sustainable development model, including education, clean water, health care, food security, and alternative income programs. Free the children has built over 1,000 schools and school rooms, and provided permanent sources of clean water to more than one million beneficiaries.

In North America and the United Kingdom, WE Schools & WE Day provide comprehensive service-learning programs to 10,000 schools. Every year 200,000 students earn their free ticket through service projects to attend 14 We Day stadium celebrations, which bring together some of the world’s greatest icons of social change.

Alongside his brother Marc, Craig is also the co-founder of ME to WE, an innovative social enterprise that support the work of Free The Children by providing socially conscious products and experiences. Its programs include employing over 1,400 artisans in developing countries and providing volunteer international opportunities for thousands of participants.

Craig is the author of 12 books. Voted by Canadians in a Reader’s Digest poll to be one of Canada’s most trusted influencers, he holds 16 honorary doctorates and degrees, and has received the Order of Canada, the Roosevelt Freedom From Fear Medal, and the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child. In 2015, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO by Waterstone Human Capital, together with his brother, Marc.

Craig’s work has been featured with multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Showand 60 Minutes, as well as in National Geographic, TIME, and The Economist. He’s also been a panelist on CBC’s Canada Reads.

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