"When I tell people I grew up under high voltage power lines in Australia, they either looked shocked, or shake their heads and say "that explains a lot"!

Despite growing up in Australia, I was never a sporty kid. I couldn’t figure out how to make my body do what I wanted it to. I became adept at avoiding sport.

It was only when the doctors told me I would never be able to run again, after hurting my back so badly from being pushed into a swimming pool, that I saw sport as an opportunity.

I fell into climate change by accident, during my early years as a lawyer. I was headhunted by the World Bank and moved to Washington DC. From there I went to London, and then to Beijing where together with Tim Clissold (who was to become one of my closest friends) we started Peony Capital.

I was recognised for my achievements at Peony Capital and was nominated to join the community of Young Global Leaders (YGL’s).
It was through the YGL’s that I was exposed to the problem of invisible water, and would go on to make it my life ambition to solve the water crisis.

I launched Thirst in March 2012. What started as a crazy idea sketched on a whiteboard became a movement that would stretch across China. Last year alone, 400,000 kids graduated from Thirst's education programs.

When I realised that we couldn’t solve the water problem just by being in China, I took on the challenge issued by me to the YGL’s to create a stunt that would capture the world’s media attention and help to spread our messages. The campaign of #Run4Water was born.

In March 2016 I finished running 40 marathons across 7 deserts on 7 continents in 7 weeks. It was a world first. Something that put me onto Fortunes’ list of the 50 greatest leaders in the world. Together with the Pope, Angela Merkel and Jeff Bezos – there I am at no 45 (as my friends proudly tell me – above Justin Trudeau!).

And on the 22nd of March 2017, I will embark on my next #Run4Water expedition - The 6 River Run.

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Name:
Mina Guli
Joined:
March 2017
Hometown:
Australia
Currently:
Hong Kong
I am:
Female
Occupation:
Water Advocate | Ultra Runner | Lawyer
Website:
Mina Guli