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Tenzin Seldon was awarded the 2019 Green Sands Prize for her contributions to Climate and Civil Rights.

Tenzin Seldon


Tenzin was raised as a refugee in the Indian Himalayas, her family having fled there from Tibet. She graduated top of her class at Stanford University, followed by the University 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 Forum (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 from the London Stock Exchange.

Tenzin 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 the short-term future. Her contributions to corporate responsibility and her mindful perspective on innovation have a 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. She led the United Nations Regional Office of Asia and the Pacific and was honoured at the United Nations as an Innovative Disrupter. 

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 serves as Senior Advisor, Board Member of Earth's Call Fund, in partnership with Lever for Change, which deployed 100M for solutions in the climate crisis. Tenzin Seldon was the Co-Founder & Chief Executive of The Plant, creating and building a global home for climate solutions. Today, Tenzin manages Pulse, a climate-tech focused fund.

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