Marc Kielburger

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Marc Kielburger "is the chief executive director of Free The Children, a unique international development and youth empowerment organization. Since its founding in 1995, Free The Children has become the world’s leading youth-driven charity, inspiring an entire generation to stand up and have their voices heard...

"Marc is also the co-founder and Director of Me to We Social Enterprises. The goal of Me to We is to make ethical living become the norm while helping Free The Children achieve financial sustainability. Me to We Social Enterprises provides socially responsible lifestyle products and choices for young people, families and corporations. It includes international volunteer travel programs, a publishing house, a music label, leadership training workshops, a speakers’ bureau and a socially responsible clothing line. Last year alone, Me to We worked with more than half a million people and some of the best-known companies in the world to make social change as easy as buying an organic fair trade T-shirt.

"Marc graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, completing a degree in International Relations. He won a coveted Rhodes Scholarship and went on to complete a law degree at Oxford University with an emphasis on human rights law. Marc has also received two honorary doctorates for his work in the field of education and human rights.

"He is the co-author of national bestsellers Take Action! A Guide to Active Citizenship, Take More Action and most recently, the New York Times Best Seller Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World.

"With his brother Craig, Marc is a syndicated columnist carried by the Toronto Star, Vancouver Sun and Huffington Post, as well as for Canada’s most widely-read women’s magazine, Canadian Living.

"Marc is the recipient of many honours, including the Order of Canada and selection by the World Economic Forum as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders. His work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, BBC as well as many other news and print media." [1]

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  1. Marc Kielburger, Free The Children, accessed September 8, 2008.