When you have something that matters more than yourself - it’s amazing what you can achieve.
The founder and CEO of Thirst, Mina Guli is a global leader, an entrepreneur and adventurer passionate and committed to making a difference in the world.
She is an inspiring speaker who combines passion for a critical cause with valuable personal leadership lessons for us all.
Following a 15-year successful career as a world leader in climate change, including together with Tim Clissold (author of ‘Mr China’), cofounding Peony Capital - a company that provides capital and knowledge to Chinese companies to help them mitigate their impact on the environment, Mina established Thirst, an organizational initiative of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. Thirst is harnessing social media and technology to inform and inspire 14-24 year olds about water and the steps they can take to reduce their own water consumption. Since its launch in 2012, Thirst has educated almost 100,000 students in China, trended no 1 on Chinese Twitter, established 140 clubs across China, set 1 Guinness World Record, run innovation competitions with the participation of over 17,000 students, and reached over 250 million people with its messages.
Award: Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, Mina is a recipient of a Future Leadership Award from the Australia Davos Connection, named as one of Australia’s “50 for the Future”, was a finalist for the Australian Female Alumni of the Year, and named as one of Australia’s 100 most influential women.
Athlete: Mina is a keen ultra-distance athlete, having started running only at the age of 22 after a severe injury. In 2016 she ran an astonishing 29 marathons in 38 days across 7 deserts on 7 continents. She did this for 1 reason - to raise awareness about water.
Mina Guli | Saxton SpeakersThe founder and CEO of Thirst, Mina Guli is a global leader, an entrepreneur and adventurer passionate and committed to making a difference in the world. She is an inspiring speaker who combines passion for a critical cause with valuable personal leadership lessons for us all.
Mina Guli | BSR Conference 2016 | Saxton SpeakersMina Guli, CEO of Thirst and athlete who ran 40 marathons on seven continents to raise awareness of the water crisis, addresses the BSR Conference 2016. Mina is no stranger to driving meaningful change within corporations and organisations. She’s the co-founder of Peony Capital, an investment company focused on developing climate-friendly projects, as well as the founder and CEO of Thirst, a non-profit with nearly 1.5 millions graduates and the endorsement of the Chinese Government. Let Mina share her learnings as a leader in organisational change and global strategies.
Mina Guli | Keynote Address at the AISHK Sports Awards | Saxton SpeakersThe founder and CEO of Thirst, Mina Guli is a global leader, an entrepreneur and adventurer passionate and committed to making a difference in the world. From simple beginnings in Australia, Mina’s path has led her across to every continent of the globe, meeting a diverse array of people. She shares their stories with her global audience to further galvanise the growing community of champions for making meaningful change in addressing the water crisis. Invite Mina to share those thought-provoking stories with you and your community.
Mina Guli | Running on Empty | Saxton SpeakersMina Guli, founder of the #nonprofit Thirst, explains why #water scarcity is the greatest threat facing humankind today. Guli ran 29 #marathons in 38 days to raise awareness about the world’s water shortage. Mina is incredibly passionate about ensuring future generations are in the best possible position to tackle the problems of tomorrow. It’s what led her to found Thirst in 2012. Thirst collaborates with over 1,000 schools, utilises over 1,000 qualified volunteers, and has had nearly 700,000 students participate in its innovation competitions. Allow Mina to come speak at your next event to inspire the next generation of ambassadors and innovators in addressing the global water crisis.
100 marathons in 100 days: Mina Guli’s mission for water | Australian StoryAustralian ultra-marathon runner Mina Guli wants everyone to know that the world is running out of fresh water. The 48-year-old athlete and CEO is on a mission to draw attention to the global water crisis. In order to do that she attempted a physical feat so extreme, most people would consider it impossible - running 100 marathons in 100 days across the world. Mina is driven by urgency: By 2030, it’s estimated the demand for fresh water will outstrip supply by 40 per cent But when her body literally broke during marathon 62, Mina thought all was lost. Unexpectedly, the campaign took on a life of its own on social media across the globe.