The actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Maria Bravo, creator of the Global Gift Foundation and Casa Angeles, the day center for children with special needs that Bravo has founded in Marbella, has been one of those chosen this year to give a presentation at the prestigious UAE Global Citizen Forum, whose funds raised will help the Ricky Martin Foundation, Acnur and Global Gift Foundation.

The presentation took place on November 17, during the Global Citizen Forum, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel Convention Center in Ras Al Khaimah, where María Bravo, Deepak Chopra and Alejandro Saez, CEO and co-founder of Utopia Avatars, held his presentation on the topic Human Metamorphosis.

The Global Citizen Forum offered an immersive Summit, the first of its kind, in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, with the aim of ushering in a collective cultural evolution for a more inclusive world. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, and in association with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority. The Global Citizen Forum welcomed speakers and guests from 90 countries.

The Global Citizen Forum Annual Summit 2022 brought together a diverse group of attendees for its first chapter of The Butterfly Effect trilogy in Ras Al Khaimah, under the theme Human Metamorphosis, which recognizes the paradigm shift of a new era illuminated by evolution individual and cultural.

Human interconnectedness, community and personal development were the overarching messages of the action-packed two days as attendees came together to embark on a journey of self-discovery to collaboratively address global issues through the lens of global citizenship, with the support of event sponsor Utopia Avatars.

Utopia Avatars is a collection of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) created by Utopia, a Web3 ecosystem. The Utopia Avatars Collection consists of Metaverse-ready 3D art collectible tokens built on the Ethereum blockchain that provide holders with tangible opportunities and experiences in real-time, life, and the virtual world.

Utopia Avatars’ mission is to disrupt the structure of access and revenue generating utility through web-3 technological innovations, network accessibility and the ecosystem of its founders. Utopia Avatars’ value proposition focuses on the multifaceted enrichment of its holders in physical and digital spaces. The development of this community will adhere to the values of transparency, innovation and philanthropy, the defining elements of the Utopia ecosystem:

Armand Arton, founder of the Global Citizen Forum, commented on the importance of the topic in his opening remarks on the first day of the Summit, sharing: “Many of us here have taken great journeys, both literally and metaphorically. We’ve been around the globe many times to get to where we are and have helped bring this group of people together. Becoming a global citizen does not mean that we are citizens of nowhere, it means that we become citizens of everywhere, without forgetting where we started: this is our task, this is our purpose”.

Arton also shared: “The challenges and opportunities in today’s world are interconnected, and the key to unlocking our human potential is through the power of collaboration and communities. If we can imagine a new world, together, we can create one too.”

Speakers during the two-day event called for a renewed focus on personal growth and human connection to empower humanity to succeed in our ever-changing world. Attendees participated in interactive sessions and immersive experiences led by global visionaries and change makers including Ricky Martin, Deepak Chopra, Maria Bravo, Richard Quest, Vishen Lakhiani, Karen Wazen, Chris Voss and Wyclef Jean.

They all talked about metaverses, web3 and the shift towards a reality in which we are all connected from home. Sustainability, what place does philanthropy occupy, and what can we do to make this reality an ideal place with everyone’s help. Ricky Martinand Maria Bravo embraced when they saw each other, and Ricky ended the presentation session with a short speech.

The evening’s benefit gala featured electrifying performances by Grammy Awards, Ashanti and Wyclef Jean. Attendees included Mona and Huda Kattan, co-founders of Huda Beauty, as well as Chopard Artistic Director Caroline Scheufele, among many others.

About the Global Gift Foundation

The Global Gift Foundation is a non-profit charity whose goal is to create positive change in the development, well-being, health and social inclusion of the most vulnerable. The Foundation provides shelter, food, clothing, education, medical care and other vital necessities to vulnerable groups, particularly children and women in need. Created in 2013 by actress, businesswoman and international philanthropist María Bravo, the foundation supports projects from different organizations around the world and has recently launched its own, Casa Ángeles, a day center for children with special needs or chronic illnesses and their families located in the city of Marbella.