Jeremy Heimans

Co-Founder & CEO

Purpose

Jeremy has been building movements since he was a precocious little brat in his native Australia, running media campaigns and lobbying politicians from the age of 8 on issues like environmental degradation and nuclear proliferation. Since then, his voice has broken but those global problems persist. So, as a grown-up, Jeremy co-founded Avaaz.org, now the world’s largest online political movement, GetUp.org, the Australian political movement with more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined, and an advocacy group in the 2004 US presidential elections that raised millions in online donations to tell the stories of a group of women whose loved ones were in Iraq.

Jeremy began his career with the strategy consultants McKinsey and Company. He was educated at Harvard University and the University of Sydney, and is a citizen of of Australia and the Netherlands.

In 2011, Jeremy received the Ford Foundation’s 75th anniversary Visionaries Award. The World Economic Forum at Davos has named him a Young Global Leader and the World e-Government Forum has named Jeremy and Purpose co-founder David Madden among the “Top 10 People Who Are Changing the World of the Internet and Politics”. His work been recognized in publications like The New York Times and The Economist.