Born in Sydney, Australia, Christina Stevens is an award winning filmmaker and author; an aerobatic pilot, environmental strategist, and inspirational speaker. Christina speaks often at the United Nations on topics ranging from expanding consciousness to youth empowerment to solutions for global sustainability and happiness.
Working at the intersection of cultural promotion, eco-literacy and media communications, Christina specializes in inspiring global unity through out-of-the-box problem solving. From her early years in advertising, as creative troubleshooter for Young & Rubicam International, and later as Snr. VP & Creative Director of Ogilvy & Mather, she created breakthrough models of universal marketing and communications.
Having lived and worked all over the world, Christina’s understanding and ability to address the complex trends at the apex of sustainability through the lens of wellbeing and happiness allows her to build bridges between Government, Corporations, NGO’s and civil society. Her focus on preserving a nation’s cultural roots and empowering its people leads to replicable innovative models that grow from the inside out, towards a safe and unified future. This has led her to developing nations on the forefront of global transformation ~ from the visionary Kingdom of Bhutan, to the culturally diverse nations of Indonesia and Myanmar.
Growing up in Sydney, Australia ~ the ﬁfth generation in a prominent theatrical family, Christina is the great granddaughter of Randolph Bedford, M.L.A. member of Parliament, publisher and lauded as one of the most colorful personalities in Australian letters and politics; granddaughter of Madam Bedford-Young, acclaimed as Australia’s first female writer-producer-director and daughter of “Baby Peggy” beloved child star of the Australian Theatre.
While in Australia, Christina wrote a series of children’s books for Paul Hamlyn Publishing that are now collectors items. Her first memoir, LOVE: The Saint and the Seeker won the Grand Prize in the Hay House International Writing Competition out of hundreds of non-fiction entries from all over the world.
Christina’s belief that storytelling is inspiration for social change has made her the recipient of the coveted Gold Lion, the highest award from the Venice Film Festival. She has also won numerous Clio’s, New York Art Directors’ and International Broadcasting Awards, including one for her TV series, ”Voices from the Heart” featuring Nobel Peace Prize winners, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama and Mother Teresa M.C. Christina’s movies have won more than awards; the fundraising film she produced for Steven Spielberg’s Starbright Foundation won them perhaps the largest one showing donation of any documentary ever ~ seven million dollars.
As a former Board Member of ECO, Earth Communications Office, Media Consultant for Greenpeace USA and the American Council for Renewable Energy she worked alongside many of today’s leading environmental scientists, activists, corporate heads, political and religious leaders. Christina also serves on the Special Projects Committee of the Directors’ Guild of America.