2021 Global and Regional Humanitarians of the Year
Nominations were received from around the world and were evaluated based on the nominee’s philanthropic activity, community leadership, volunteerism and advocacy.
Through their outstanding involvement and dedication, these incredible people have made a significant contribution to changing lives.
In addition to this amazing accomplishment, Global Humanitarians will receive a $10,000 USD donation to give to a charitable organization of their choice, and Regional Humanitarians will receive $2,000 USD.
Mary Holloway – Global Humanitarian & North America Regional Humanitarian)
Mary Holloway has devoted her time and energy to helping those in need. She is a champion for her local Casa, the Wilkinson Center in Dallas, both by volunteering and bringing countless others together to share their time and talents with those who need it most. Working closely with the Casa’s coordinator, she supports recruiting volunteers for their annual events, and thanks to her efforts, their luncheons, shoe drives and backpack drive have been a great success.
This past year, which was a very difficult year for so many, she purchased, assembled and helped deliver 700 gift bags for the children of the Wilkinson Center. She wanted to ensure their holiday experience wasn’t any different, despite the many challenges.
She goes above and beyond, inspiring others by demonstrating the importance of giving back through her commitment to community. She leads with her heart, and because of that, has made an impact on the lives of so many around the world.
Emily Gwebu – Europe, Middle East & Africa Regional Humanitarian
Since 2012, Emily Gwebu has been a patron of Polokwane Samaritan, an orphanage in South Africa. She visits frequently, and not only donates necessities like food and clothes, but also invited 22 of the children to spend Christmas at her home.
She gives motivational talks to students and various institutions as well as business forums for women. Additionally, Emily was a finalist in 2003 as a National Community Builder for a Women In Business Technology group. She was also sent to Japan that same year to be one of South Africa’s representatives to showcase her community work.
She is a true leader who encourages others to give back and not give up on their dreams.
Ysbelia Hernández & Edgar Balbás – South & Central America Regional Humanitarians
Chairman’s Club members Ysbelia Hernández & Edgar Balbás have led by example and have been huge supporters of Herbalife Nutrition Foundation since day one. Throughout the years, they’ve helped create and lead numerous fundraising campaigns through their involvement with HNF’s regional committee.
Last year, Ysbelia volunteered her time by hosting seven virtual experiences, helping raise thousands for the South and Central America region. And although she lives in Colombia, she has also made sure that support for organizations in her native Venezuela is also at the forefront.
At the beginning of 2020, when business was adjusting to so many challenges, they personally shopped for groceries for their organization, showing their commitment and dedication to helping others.
Angélica Cruz Garcia – Mexico Regional Humanitarian
International Executive Team Member Angélica Cruz Garcia has made it her mission to support the children and families who are part of HNF’s Casa Herbalife program.
At every turn, she motivates others to give back and share their time, talents and treasures. Despite her very busy schedule, she finds time to volunteer and even donated shoes to every single child at Nacidos para Triunfar, one of our Casa’s in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Her entrepreneurial and giving spirit are helping make a difference in the world, one person at a time.
Chen Ming-Chieh & Yang Mo-Li – Asia Pacific Regional Humanitarians
Inspired by Mark Hughes’ vision, Founder’s Circle Member James and Molly Chen have been giving back for more than 20 years. Their support of others goes beyond Casa Herbalife Nutrition. They are also patrons of World Vision, Huei‐Ming Home for Blind Children and countless other nonprofit organizations in Taiwan.
In 2014, they donated over $10,000 USD to the Kaohsiung City Government to help hundreds of victims of the deadly gas explosions accident in southern Taiwan.
And as an honorary alumnus of public Chao Jhou Junior High School, James helps chair the school’s volleyball team. The majority of its players come from underprivileged families. He sponsors professional trainings and thanks to his leadership and long-time support, the volleyball team’s national ranking went from being at the very bottom, to one of the top 12 teams at a national level in 2020.
Previous Global Humanitarians Honorees (2007-2020)
- 2020 – Raquel Cortés Jaimes (Mexico Regional Humanitarian)
- 2019 – Queenie Leung (Asia Pacific Regional Humanitarian)
- 2018 – Stephan Gratziani (Europe, Middle East & Africa Regional Humanitarian)
- 2017 – Hery Tri Basuki and Sulistyorini (Asia Pacific Regional Humanitarians)
- 2016 – Sara Alfaro (Mexico Regional Humanitarian)
- 2015 – Dave Balangue and Arlene Balague (Asia Pacific Regional Humanitarians)
- 2014 – Chan Shih-Hao and Chang Chiao-Yen (Asia Pacific Regional Humanitarians)
- 2013 – Tae Ho Kim and Hyun Mo Koo (Asia Pacific Regional Humanitarians)
- 2012 – Carmen Gloria Schindler (South & Central America Regional Humanitarian)
- 2011 – Mary and Mario Barreiro (Mexico Regional Humanitarians)
- 2010 – Leslie Stanford (North America Regional Humanitarian)
- 2009 – Guillermo Luna and Carola Lichtman (South & Central America Regional Humanitarians)
- 2007 – Garry DeBrabander and Jennifer Bates DeBrabander (Asia Pacific Regional Humanitarians)