The founder and CEO of Thirst, Mina 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.
Running on Empty: Mina GuliMina 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.
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.