Treana PeakeFounder at Obakki
Saturday, Jan 21 (3 PM- 4 PM)
Treana Peake’s passion for travel and eye for design, combined with her lifelong dedication to making a difference in the world, inspired her to launch Obakki in 2005. The Obakki Foundation, its philanthropic counterpart, followed shortly thereafter. For decades she has travelled the globe, always on the lookout for opportunities to wander off the beaten path to connect with people and their stories. From remote villages in Mexico to the world’s largest refugee resettlement area in Uganda, Treana consistently forms lasting relationships with Obakki’s artisan partners. She is committed to preserving, progressing and celebrating diverse craft cultures from around the world—while also creating sustainable change. Recognized as an influential speaker in the field of social entrepreneurship, Treana has spoken about modern philanthropic solutions in front of the U.S. Congress and the United Nations, and has been featured as a TED Talk presenter speaking on the power of selfless giving. In addition, her hands-on work in the field has been recognized and endorsed by UNICEF and The Carter Center. Treana has travelled to Africa over 70 times, often with the Obakki Foundation, where she’s formed partnerships with people and communities that have lasted decades. Under her leadership, the Obakki Foundation has helped over 3.5 million people, empowering individuals and communities who are committed to creating change. And today more than ever, Treana’s mission to champion the importance of purpose-led slow design is truly reflected through her daily collaboration with Obakki’s global family of artisan partners.