TED Countdown, a global initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis co-founded by Leaders’ Quest and TED, has welcomed Joshua Amponsem, Olivia Lazard, Omnia el Omrani, Rayne Sullivan and Riddhima Yadav to its Vision Council. They join Jim Hagemann Snabe, Gonzalo Munoz, Habiba Ahut Daggash, Manish Bhardwaj and LQ Ambassador Nigel Topping as advisors to Countdown. 

Since the launch of TED Countdown in 2020, the initiative has:

  • Generated more than 270 million views across 230 original pieces of content focused on climate solutions.
  • Raised $1.3bn in philanthropic giving for climate solutions in collaboration with TED’s Audacious Project.
  • Convened more than 3,000 attendees in person at major global summits and smaller focused events
  • Hosted more than 1,000 TEDx events across the globe.
  • Produced multiple original films, including one airing on PBS stations around the U.S. 

In 2024, TED Countdown will continue this work with new events and media projects focused on topics like the future of food and the role of AI in solutions for climate and nature. It will continue to focus on advancing business-led climate solutions through the TED Future Forum, a community of companies committed to sector-leading action to transform the global economy.

LQ and TED are thrilled to welcome new member companies to this year’s cohort. The full group for 2024 includes: CEMEX, Circ, COFRA, Danone, Ford, W.L.Gore, Interface, Maersk, Mars, Northvolt, Ørsted, RHR
and Siemens.

These companies come from diverse industries and are all committed to the green transition for the long haul. In 2024, Forum members will come together for peer-to-peer learning and curated events focused on the role of business in driving sustainable transformation. 

“TED Countdown is founded on a spirit of radical collaboration,” said Lindsay Levin, the Head of TED Countdown and the Founder and Chair of Leaders’ Quest. “We will only crack climate change by working together — across business, social activism, policy and science.

“We are thrilled to have accomplished new advisors join our Council and, through the TED Future Forum, to partner with companies who are committed to the difficult journey of transitioning their companies to a cleaner, fairer future.”