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Jeremy Heimans    

Co-Founder & CEO of Purpose, Founder of,

Jeremy Heimans is the co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a Public Benefit Corporation headquartered in New York with offices on six continents, that builds and supports movements for an open, just, and habitable world. He is co-founder of GetUp!, an Australian political organization with more members than all of Australia's political parties combined, and Avaaz, the world’s largest online citizens’ movement, now with more than 50 million members worldwide. Heimans has been building movements since the age of 8 when, as a child activist in his native Australia, he ran media campaigns and lobbied leaders on issues like children’s rights and nuclear non-proliferation.

Heimans has been named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, The Guardian has named him as one of the ten most influential voices on sustainability in the US, and The Monthly has observed that Heimans “might be the most influential Australian in the world”. With Henry Timms, Jeremy is co-author of the bestselling book “New Power”, praised by the New York Times’ David Brooks as “the best window I’ve seen into this new world” and by The Guardian as “a manual on how to navigate the 21st century”. The book was short-listed for the 2018 FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year and named a best book of the year by Bloomberg, Fortune, Inc, CNBC and others. Heimans and Timms’ thinking on new power has been featured as the Big Idea in Harvard Business Review, as one of CNN’s “ideas to change the world” and Jeremy’s top-rated TED talk on the topic has been viewed more than 1.5 million times.

He is a recipient of the Ford Foundation's 75th anniversary Visionary Award, the Foreign Policy Association Medal and the Performance Theater’s Inspired Leadership Award. He served as chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation. Heimans has been a keynote speaker at venues such as the World Economic Forum at Davos, TED, the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival, the RSA, Chatham House, the United Nations, Blair House, The Economist Big Rethink, The Guardian Activate and Social Media Week.

Jeremy was educated at Harvard University and the University of Sydney, and began his career with the strategy consultants McKinsey & Company. He lives in New York.


Jeremy Heimans: Unlocking People Power: Human Rights and Movement-Building in the 21st Century
Jeremy Heimans, co-founder of Purpose and All Out, will give a talk titled "Unlocking People Power: Human Rights and Movement-Building in the 21st Century." This lecture is co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Clinic, Center for International and Comparative Law, OutLaw, FuquaPride, American Civil Liberties Union, Black Law Students Association, Human Rights Law Society, Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, The Kenan Institute for Ethics, International Law Society, Association for Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute.
Jeremy Heimans of on Mobilizing Millions for Change
In a recent interview with Jeremy Heimans, Co-founder and CEO of, we discussed the evolution of his interest and engagement in social movements, lessons learned on how to mobilize the masses, the founding philosophy behind Purpose, and much more.
Jeremy Heimans, co-founder and CEO of Purpose, announced winner of Inspired Leadership Award
Jeremy Heimans, co-founder and CEO of Purpose, has won the Inspired Leadership Award (ILA), a prize recognising the potential of emerging leaders to positively impact lives on a global scale for generations to come. The award was presented by Jeremy Hillman, chairman of the ILA committee, this evening at The Performance Theatre in Lisbon.

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