Jessica Sweidan, Session Speaker
Jessica Sweidan has been an active philanthropist for the last 20 years, since creating The Synchronicity Foundation. She oversaw donations to a range of projects, that addressed social and economic justice; education, children’s welfare and the arts; healthcare, poverty alleviation, and refugees; and conservation. The Synchronicity Foundation has worked with over 70 projects in nearly 40 countries. Over the years, her concern for the environment increased dramatically – she saw evidence of the environment effecting everything she was supporting.
Upon close examination in 2007, she found it to be a severely under-funded, and under-supported sector. Exploring how to have a greater impact within the conservation realm - and recognising that biodiversity loss was the least well appreciated and most poorly addressed of all – Jessica and her husband Adam launched Synchronicity Earth, a UK based charity, in November 2009. Jessica plays an active role at Synchronicity Earth, developing its profile, networks and events.
More recently, she helped co-create Flourishing Diversity, a new initiative centred on uplifting, aligning with, and evidencing the interrelation between cultural and biological diversity. Jessica is also a Patron of Nature for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an Honorary Conservation Fellow at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), on the Board of Trustees for Wildscreen, and a Strategic Advisor for the Environmental Funders Network (EFN), Conservation Optimism and Action for Conservation. Jessica has degree in Philosophy from Northwestern University.