Green Sands Prize

As an organization founded on the principles of social cooperation and human progress, Green Sands Equity strives to both engage and encourage individuals or organizations who show potential for excellence and profound impact on the world.  We understand that the likelihood of realizing excellence and impact is often tied to opportunity.  Therefore, as an organization with resources, we believe that we bear a social responsibility to aid such extraordinary individuals or organizatons to realize their greatest potential.   Through both funding, network, and partnership, we provide Green Sands Prize recipients with the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.


2019 Honoree

Tenzin Seldon

Tenzin Seldon brings the gift of transcendent perspective to Silicon Valley, the corporate, and political world by reminding us of the importance of our past and present in a world mainly focused on short term future. Her contributions to corporate responsibility, as well as her mindful perspective on innovation have profound and far reaching impact on business.

As a civil rights leader, Tenzin has spent her career advocating for disenfranchised communities, taking on seemingly impossible conflicts. She has lead Climate Justice League chapters around the US, worked on negotiations with Israel and Palestine, and most recently, has lead United Nations Regional Office of Asia and the Pacific.


Tenzin was raised as a refugee in the Indian Himalayas, her family having fled there from Tibet. Tenzin is the founder of Kinstep, a social enterprise platform that connects refugees and immigrants to safe and steady jobs to better integrate into their new home countries.


Tenzin graduated top of her class at Stanford University, followed by Uiversity of Oxford, where she was the first Tibetan-American Rhodes Scholar. Tenzin's work has been recognized around the world: as a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree and Forbes magazine "Most Likely to Impact the Next Century", World Economic Form (WEF) Global Shaper, a Henry S. Truman Scholar, and one of Ozy Magazine's "5 Civil-Rights Leaders for a New Generation". In 2018, she received the 21st Century Icon Award by the London Stock Exchange.