WASHINGTON— World Resources Institute will host a conversation with three of the extraordinary 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize winners just announced – Makoma Lekalakala, Liz McDaid and Khanh Nguy Thi – in their first appearance in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m.  After sharing their stories, Lekalakala, McDaid and Thi will join an intimate discussion on activism in the energy space and regional approaches to the clean energy transition. 

Activists Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid built a broad coalition to stop the South African government’s secret nuclear deal with Russia. On April 26, 2017, the High Court ruled that the $76 billion nuclear power project was unconstitutional – a landmark legal victory that protected South Africa from an unprecedented expansion of the nuclear industry and production of radioactive waste. 

In Vietnam, Khanh Nguy Thi used scientific research to advocate for sustainable long-term energy projections. Highlighting the cost and environmental impacts of coal, she partnered with state officials to reduce coal dependency and move toward a greener energy future in Vietnam. 

The Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes individuals who have undertaken significant efforts to protect their communities and the environment, often at great personal risk. The prize is one of the most prestigious environmental awards in the world, which honors activists from six continents each year. The names of this year’s recipients were announced on April 23, 2018, in San Francisco.


A conversation with three 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize winners from Africa and Asia on clean energy activism and regional approaches to the clean energy transition.  

The winners will be available for interviews directly following the event


  • Khanh Nguy Thi, 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient, Asia 
  • Makoma Lekalakala, 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient, Africa
  • Liz McDaid, 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize Recipient, Africa
  • Alex Perera, Energy Program Deputy Director, World Resources Institute 
  • Davida Wood, Energy Access & Governance Lead, World Resources Institute 


Wednesday, April 25, 2018 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. EDT   


World Resources Institute 

James A. Harmon Conference Center 

10 G Street NE Suite 800 

Washington, DC 20002   

RSVP to Katie Pastor at katie.pastor@wri.org.  

For more information visit: /events/2018/04/activism-energy-intimate-conversation-2018-goldman