These include His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bob Geldof, Richard Branson, CBS veteran journalist Mike Wallace, Canadian rock star Bryan Adams, Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat, former First Lady of Egypt Jehan Sedat and singer songwriter Angelique Kidjo, to name just a few.
His Holiness the
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Riz Khan|
"He calls himself a simple Tibetan monk, but he’s far more than that to his people and most of the Buddhist world. He’s a Nobel Peace laureate who’s had to live in exile in northern India since he fled his homeland as a teenager. Riz Khan interviews His Holiness the Dalai Lama."
Tenzin Gyatso, know around the world simply as "The Dalai Lama" was the first Tibetan Spiritual leader to travel to the West. It’s a trend he has continued as he regularly meets with world leaders to publicize the cause for a free Tibet, which is governed by China. He’s led a government in exile in Dharamsala, in northern India since fleeing his homeland in 1959.
Tenzin Gyatso had a colourful life from an early age. He was taken from his family around the age of two, for intensive training, after being identified as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama. He was enthroned as Tibet’s Head of State at the age of 15.
In 1989, this simple monk – to use his words – was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts for a peaceful resolution in the struggle for a free Tibet.
|Zainab Salbi and Riz Khan|
The co-founder and president of Women for Women International, an organization that helps women in war-torn nations rebuild their lives. Salbi grew up spending the holidays with former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. To save her from his wandering eyes, this young woman’s mother arranged her escape from Iraq, and today she’s rebuilt her life in America.
Through her organization Women for Women International, Zainab Salbi has helped more than fifty-thousand victims of conflict find their feet by providing $24 million in aid. But for a woman who has done so much to expose and fight the human toll of war, it took some time to reveal the secrets of her own private horror.
She opened up in her book, "Between Two Worlds" – which documented her family’s relationship with the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein. Now, the girl known to Saddam as the ‘pilot’s daughter’, has overcome her insecurities and is helping others to do the same through her organisation.
|Terry Waite with Riz Khan|
Church envoy turned hostage Terry Waite's successful efforts to release hostages in Iran and Libya led him to Lebanon, where he was kidnapped himself and held captive for almost five years. Now he works for reconciliation in the Middle East.
After years of working with the Anglican church in Africa and Europe, he was recruited to be advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1980. But Terry Waite came to international prominence when he took on the task of negotiating the release of several hostages from Iran, and then negotiating in 1983 with Libya’s Col. Moammar Ghadafi for the successful release of British hostages held there.
In January 1987, while trying to free Western hostages in Lebanon, Waite himself was taken captive and he was held for 1,763 days - the first four years of which were spent in total solitary confinement. His captors accused him of being an American spy, unwitting or not, due to his contact with US Marine Col. Oliver North, who headed a covert arms-for-hostages deal with Iran.
Following his release in November 1991, Waite turned to writing, lecturing and humanitarian activities. Now approaching 70, Waite is involved with a number of charities in Britain, South Africa and Kosovo. He also recently co-founded Hostage UK, an organization designed to give support to the families of hostage.
|Riz Khan and Angelique Kidjo |
Riz Khan interviews one of Africa’s top musical stars, Angelique Kidjo.
Now she uses her music as a way to highlight the plight of Africa’s poor - particularly among women and children. Realizing the power of celebrity, this singer from the West African country of Benin, has put her fame to good use as a UNICEF Ambassador.
Angelique Kidjo believes that Malaria prevention, AIDS awareness and education are key issues the continent needs to address—and quickly.
The seventh of eight children, her parents encouraged Angelique to be true to her dreams, even in a culture that frowned upon female performers. But singing led her to Paris and a career that has her in high demand performing with Western stars such as Carlos Santana, Alicia Keys, Peter Gabriel, Annie Lenox and Herbie Hancock.
Still, Angelique’s real passion has her looking towards her homeland and giving voice to Africa’s needy.
Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson, is a British entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand, a banner that encompasses a variety of business organizations. It is estimated that Branson is worth over £3 billion (equivalent to more than US$5 billion) according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2006. On the 12th of October, 2006, he emphasized his stated plan is to invest $3 billion over 10 years to fight global warming.
The son of an air hostess and a lawyer, Richard Branson faced challenges from an early age… his parents set him tough physical tasks to make him strong and independent.
At fifteen, he dropped out of school to start a magazine with friends – and, soon after, launched the record label that would make him a household name.
Virgin has products ranging from air travel and and beverages to mobile phones and even space tourism.
Coming soon - environmentally-friendly fuel.
Branson’s hard work has netted him an estimated 5 billion dollars and growing.
Elie Wiesel is a world-renowned Romanian-Hungarian Jewish novelist, philosopher, humanitarian, political activist, and Holocaust survivor. He is the author of over 40 books, the most famous of which, Night, is a memoir that describes his experiences during the Holocaust.
Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1986. The Norwegian Nobel Committee called him a "messenger to mankind," noting that through his struggle to come to terms with "his own personal experience of total humiliation and of the utter contempt for humanity shown in Hitler's death camps," as well as his "practical work in the cause of peace," Wiesel has delivered a powerful message "of peace, atonement and human dignity" to humanity.