Ole von Uexküll is a Swedish activist and Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Foundation.
The Right Livelihood Foundation annually presents the Right Livelihood Award – also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’. Ole leads and coordinates the work of the Foundation, which provides its Laureates with long-term support. The Foundation sees its role as being the megaphone and shield for the Laureates and helps protect Award recipients whose lives and liberty are in danger. Ole’s main tasks are strategy development, representation, financial management and research. He has reviewed candidates for the Right Livelihood Award in more than 35 countries around the globe.
Ole holds Masters degrees in Environmental Science (Lund University) and European Studies (Freie Universität, Humboldt Universität, and Technische Universität Berlin). He has worked at the German Parliament in Berlin, the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris, and the European Parliament in Brussels. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin.
In 2018, the Right Livelihood Award was granted to the civil and human rights activists Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani, and Waleed Abu al-Khair from Saudi Arabia, to smallholder farmer Yacouba Sawadogo from Burkina Faso, to Agronomist Tony Rinaudo from Australia and to the anti-corruption activists Thelma Aldana from Guatemala and Iván Velásquez from Colombia. The whole award ceremony can be watched on the website of the Right Livelihood foundation.