International Board of Ambassadors

Prof. Ronald McCallum AO (Australia)

Vice-Chairperson of the UN-Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Sydney, Senior Australian for the Year 2011.

“I am truly honoured to be an Ambassador for LIGHT FOR THE WORLD. My concerns for persons with disabilities are that our human rights and inherent dignity are respected by all; that we are given opportunities for inclusive primary, secondary and tertiary education; and that we are shown reasonable accommodation so that we can enter the open labour market and use our talents to better shape our communities and also to support ourselves and our families. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD shares these aims which are actioned by its various programmes.”

Dr. Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Austria)
Former Commissioner of the European Union, President of EU-LAC Foundation.

“LIGHT FOR THE WORLD shows a remarkable vision of an inclusive world in which we are all able to live a life of health and dignity. The focus on programs with sustainable support for persons with disabilities in developing countries enables the most vulnerable members of society in the underprivileged regions of our world to lead independent lives and participate equally in society. This is why I support the valuable work of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD.”

Lord Joel Joffe (South Africa / UK)
Former Human Rights Lawyer, representing Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia Trial 1963/1964.

“The outstanding work that LIGHT FOR THE WORLD does in a field of desperate need, is an inspiration to all who care about justice.”

Haile Gebrselassie (Ethiopia)
Olympic Gold Medallist and quadruple World Champion

“As Goodwill Ambassador of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD I have got the opportunity to know the situation of people with disabilities who are forced to lead an underprivileged existence in my country, Ethiopia. Blind and otherwise disabled persons are the biggest minorities in Ethiopia. It seems crucial to me that persons with disabilities should move from the margins of society to its center and enjoy equal rights in all areas of life.”

Prince Maximilian von und zu Liechtenstein (Liechtenstein)
Group CEO LGT Group Foundation

“Millions of people living with disabilities are often hidden or forgotten by society. Everybody should be able to live in dignified circumstances and have a fair chance at personal development. I support LIGHT FOR THE WORLD because their dedicated work makes a tangible change in the lives of those people.” 

Yetnebersh Nigussie (Ethiopia)
Executive Director Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development.

“For me, supporting LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is like giving back to the community which I have been empowered by. As a person with disability, being chosen to work with LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is a sign of recognition of my 99 abilities, despite the one disability I have! Together, I believe we can make inclusion happen and realize development for all.” 

Henry Wanyoike (Kenya)
Paralympic Gold Medallist and World Record Holder

“‘I love to make this world a better place together with LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, being an Ambassador and fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities. I lost my sight, but I never lost my vision. We have so many abilities if we are given rights, opportunities, and chances. Disability is not incapability. We have different talents. People with disabilities have a great role to play in any community because they are like any other person. They should not wait but stand up and go for their dreams and talents.”