Sophia Kianni Keynote Speaker

  • Founder of Climate Cardinals
  • Youngest Member of the UN Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change
  • VICE Media's Human of the Year

Sophia Kianni's Biography

Sophia Kianni is an Iranian-American climate activist studying science, technology, and society at Stanford University. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit working to translate climate information into over 100 languages. Climate Cardinals currently has 8,000 volunteers in over 40 countries. Sophia also represents the United States as the youngest member of the inaugural United Nations Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.

Sophia’s climate activism was inspired by her travels back to her parents’ home country of Iran. There, she witnessed the devastating effects of pollution. When she talked to her Iranian family about these issues, Sophia found they knew little about climate change. Following some further research, she discovered climate change resources were almost solely in English and thus inaccessible to much of the world. She founded Climate Cardinals as a non-profit working with a network of global volunteers to translate climate science into different languages.

At only 20 years of age, Sophia is already an experienced speaker. Her climate activism has taken her across the United States, speaking at various universities, including Columbia University, UC Berkeley, Emory University, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins University. She has also been a keynote speaker at events such as the New York Times Climate Hub. Sophia was chosen out of thousands of applicants as one of TED Talks’ Global Idea Search Winners and was the closing speaker at the inaugural TED Countdown Conference in Scotland. Her work has been featured in news outlets including Forbes, CNN, BBC, TIME magazine, The Guardian, NBC and the front page of The Washington Post.

She has been named VICE Media’s youngest Human of the Year, a National Geographic Young Explorer, and one of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21.

Read More

Videos of Sophia Kianni

TED: Language Shouldn't be a Barrier to Climate Action
TED: Language Shouldn't be a Barrier to Climate Action
New York Times Climate Hub
New York Times Climate Hub

Check Sophia Kianni's speaking fees and availability

    Sending your message…

    Please wait, this can take a moment

    Message sent…

    Close

    Please provide your details and we’ll get in touch as soon as possible.

    We can only respond to requests for professional speaking engagements. We are unable to respond to requests for autographs, shoutouts and personalized messages.

    View our related Speakers

    Emily Penn Speaker
    Exclusive
    Emily Penn
    Environmental Campaigner
    Matthew Gitsham speaking at TED event
    Matthew Gitsham Speaker
    Exclusive
    Matthew Gitsham
    Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability, Hult International Business School
    David Pilling Speaker
    Exclusive
    David Pilling
    Associate Editor & Africa Editor - Financial Times
    Sarah Harper Speaker
    Exclusive
    Sarah Harper
    World-leading Expert on Population Ageing and Advisor to European and Asian governments
    Alan Rusbridger Speaker
    Exclusive
    Alan Rusbridger
    Visionary Editor, Author and Media Pioneer
    Alice Rawsthorn Speaker
    Exclusive
    Alice Rawsthorn
    Award-winning design critic and critically-acclaimed author
    Mike Berners-Lee Speaker
    Exclusive
    Mike Berners-Lee
    Expert and author on climate change and sustainability
    Craig Foster Speaker
    Exclusive
    Craig Foster
    Academy Award Winning Documentary Filmmaker, My Octopus Teacher
    Valeria Nicolosi Speaker
    Exclusive
    Valeria Nicolosi
    Professor of Nanomaterials and Advanced Microscopy at Trinity College Dublin
    Bryce Evans Speaker
    Exclusive
    Bryce Evans
    Food historian, researcher and author