Nizan Guanaes, 53, Chairman and Founder of Grupo ABC, a Brazilian holding company that is comprised of 18 companies in the advertising, specialized marketing services, content and entertainment sectors. In just eight years it is already the 19th largest marketing communications group in the world (Agency Report 2011 - Advertising Age). Grupo ABC has also been nominated as a Global Growth Company by the World Economic Forum. Guanaes was named one of the five most influential Brazilians by the Financial Times, he is one of the 21 global influencers on media and marketing according to Advertising Age and Fast Company magazine says he is one of "the 100 most creative people in business".For more than 20 years Nizan has dedicated a great part of his time to social causes, primarily related to education, entrepreneurship and the preservation of Brazil's cultural heritage. He is a member of UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention and also an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Economic Forum, Endeavor, the Council of Americas and President of the Association of Entrepreneurs Friends of UNESCO Brazil.
Nizan has been a key participant in the creation of Together for Girls, a worldwide collaboration between various UN entities, the US Department of State, the Clinton Foundation and Grupo ABC to focus on bringing attention to sexual violence against girls and women.