Dianne Dain is the Chief Innovation Officer for the World Humanitarian Forum and a member of the WHO Innovation team. Recognized globally as a thought leader on women’s influence and empowerment, sustainable tech, and social innovations, Dain is the co-founder of COPXX and an Honorary Professor at the Wise Center for Economic Justice at Glasgow Caledonia University.  Additionally, she is the President of The Singer Foundation. Prior to these roles, Dianne was with the United Nations Secretariat where she lead the UN Reboot Accelerator for youth crowdsourcing and participated in the creation of the global network of UN Technology Innovation Labs (UNTIL). In 2010 she was named National Mother of America

3 words to describe Nature?

Majestic. Creator. Home

3 things Nature taught you?




3 most treasured Nature spots?

Scottish Highlands

Palos Verdes Peninsula beaches

Waipio Valley, Hawaii

When you look at the OCEAN, it makes you feel…?

Eternally grateful for the rhythm and heartbeat of the universe

When you see a FOREST, it makes you feel…?

Grounded and connected to ancient wisdom

When you see a VOLCANO, it makes you feel…?

Humbled by the power and fire living within the earth Is walk upon

When you see a SUNRISE or SUNSET, it makes you feel…?

Thankful I am alive and get to see another day begin or end 

When you hear THUNDER, it makes you feel…?

Liberated from humans, worshipful of the power of the universe

When you hear the WIND HOWLING, it makes you feel…?

Exhilarated and energized that the air

Are you an OCEAN, MOUNTAIN, FOREST, or DESERT person?

Forest and Ocean

On a scale of 1 to 10, how important is Nature to your well-being?


Share with us a childhood nature memory?

My earliest memories are of being born looking for a connection to my environment. I was conceived during a surf lesson and abandoned as a baby at the Salvation Army. As a child, I would sit on the hillside overlooking the ocean and wonder how I came to be here and why. I spent hours alone on the hills because I intuitively felt most at home with the earth. She was my mother and nurtured me through a lack of strong human connections and identity as a child.