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Timothy Lo Surdo

Leaders Asia-Pacific 2023

Role

Founder, Asia-Pacific Center for Future Generations

Location

Australia

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Biography

Timothy Lo Surdo is the founder of the Asia-Pacific Center for Future Generations. The center is a think-and-do-tank dedicated to strengthening the region’s resilience to existential risks—prioritizing accountability to future generations within political, economic, and social systems. Timothy is also the founder of Democracy in Colour, Australia’s first racial and economic justice organization led by people of color. Under his direction, the organization raised $3.05 million in fundraising, engaged over 100,000 individuals in anti-racism and economic justice programs, and grew to over 65,000 members. Tim also is director of Plan International, a development and humanitarian organization that works throughout Africa, the Americas, and Asia to advance children’s rights and equality for girls, and at the helm of a number of other organizations working in human rights, climate, and international development. Timothy is passionate about people-powered change, building capacity and leadership within our own communities, and advancing a more just, fair and sustainable world.