JCI Ambassadors are individuals who have made outstanding political, business, cultural, scientific or social contributions and who exemplify the values of JCI. Ambassadors magnify JCI’s presence among the international community.
Richard Lui is a journalist and news anchor for MSNBC, NBC News, and formerly CNN Worldwide and Channel NewsAsia. He became the first Asian American male to anchor a daily, national cable news show in 2007. Lui has reported on nearly every seminal international event in the last decade. As a spokesperson for UN Women, ambassador for Plan International USA’s Because I Am A Girl Campaign and for the anti-human trafficking Not For Sale Fund – Lui is the ideal example of a JCI Ambassador.
Founding Partner, Global Growth Institute Wayne Clarke is a founding partner of the Global Growth Institute based out of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and from 2007 to 2012 was the managing and international partner of the advisory arm of Best Companies, who produce the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies lists. He began his career at Deloitte and went on to help BDO, the fifth largest accounting network, to achieve a top 20 ranking in the Sunday Times Best Companies lists. Clarke is an economics graduate and has spent over 16 years helping to improve the performance of organizations through improved people engagement. He works throughout the world designing and delivering strategic growth focused programs within the private and public sector. He is also a co-founder of the “HR In The Boardroom” programme delivered with Xinfu, the Chinese CEO advisory specialists. Clarke is an international keynote speaker and has been recognized for three consecutive years by HR Magazine as one of the top 25 “Most Influential Thinkers” and is a visiting lecturer on the MBA programme at Cass Business School in London and Dubai. In 2012 during the JCI Global Partnership Summit, he was formally recognized as a JCI Ambassador for his work in promoting the principles of JCI and the United Nations Foundation.
Baybars Altuntas is a global entrepreneur, best-selling author, angel investor, columnist, star of the Turkish version of the television show Dragons’ Den, President of the TBAA — Business Angels Association of Turkey, President of Deulcom International, Vice President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds and other Early Stage Market Players (EBAN) and the World Entrepreneurship Forum’s Ambassador to Turkey and the Balkan countries. He has been recognized by the European Trade Association of Business Angels (EBAN) and received the Best Individual in Europe Globally Engaging with the World Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Award in both 2014 and 2015. Altuntas was also the only entrepreneurial guru to be granted a personal audience with President Obama at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC.
Senior Advisor, UN Global Compact Professor Fred Dubee, educated in Canada, Switzerland, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Austria, joined the automotive industry in 1968. For three decades, he focused on strategy and bridge building across the globe. Dubee served the United Nations Global Compact initially as Senior Officer, Executive Office of the Secretary-General and currently as Senior Advisor. He teaches at universities in China, Switzerland and Australia. He is a member of the BGI Advisory Board and the Club of Rome. He is also a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Science and the Deusto Global Research Center. In 2008, Dubee was appointed as a JCI Ambassador.
Founder CEO, Dare2Lead John Loughton led his first campaign at age 11 and was elected as the youngest ever Chairman of the Scottish Youth Parliament in 2007. After running a series of successful community organizing campaigns, he had a successful career running public affairs for leading NGOs in London. Loughton rose in profile after winning UK Big Brother Celebrity in 2008 and in 2011 and soon after founded his own global leadership training company Dare2Lead – which he heads to this day. He was a Co-Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Youth, sits on the Advisory Council to the Scottish Human Rights Commission and was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve on the Commission on Scottish Devolution. Loughton was also a JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World honoree in 2013. Loughton has worked in over 35 countries across five continents and directly engaged with major influential leaders around the world. Internationally, he has served as UK Prime Minister in Washington D.C. for the Youth Diplomatic Service and was a keynote speaker at the UN World Conference on Youth in Asia in 2014. His thematic passions are youth rights, civic political participation, leadership and gender parity.
Founder, Flamingo Creative Katherine Sparkes is a global entrepreneur and charity changemaker. Sparkes founded Flamingo Creative, a corporate responsibility consultancy group which helps businesses function ethically and responsibly as well as providing management consultancy services to the third sector. Her work also includes acting as CEO for a variety of charities. Sparkes has worked with global corporations such as KPMG, Accenture and Credit Suisse, as well as with the British government, where she is a regular speaker at the Cabinet Office. Sparkes also founded and runs two international not-for-profit organizations; development charity Flamingo Foundation and inclusive ballet school Flamingo Chicks. She has won numerous awards for her contribution to the global community including the JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award in 2012 and most recently was awarded a Point Of Light Award from the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.