Institute Speaker/Panelist Bio

Salma Hayek

Actor and Kering Foundation Board Director

Salma Hayek Pinault has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer and director in both film and television. She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and a BAFTA award for her leading role in Frida. She also received a Film Independent Spirit award nomination for her title role in the acclaimed Beatriz at Dinner. Her upcoming films Bliss, Eternals, and Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard are slated to release in 2021.

Hayek Pinault has been an activist for over 25 years. For the past 11 years, she has worked alongside her husband Francois-Henri Pinault and the Kering Foundation in multiple initiatives aimed at helping women in many parts of the world facing sexual, physical and mental abuse and discrimination. In 2013, Hayek Pinault partnered with Gucci and co-founded CHIME FOR CHANGE, an initiative to advance the education, health and justice of girls and women around the world and amplifies the voices speaking out for global gender equality. In 2015, she visited Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon alongside UNICEF and mounted the Chime for Education campaign to raise money to educate refugee children. Most recently, she has launched the #StandWithWomen campaign to combat violence against women during the coronavirus lockdown.

Hayek Pinault has dedicated much of her time over the last 30 years to social activism and philanthropy. In celebration of Earth Day, Hayek Pinault visited the Arctic Circle in an effort to bring attention to the dangers that global warming is putting on the lives of the Inuit people and the rest of the world. She has been named the Global Patron for MOTHERS2MOTHERS, an organization with which she traveled to South Africa with to assist in their work to educate and help prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in East and South Africa. In 2017, Hayek Pinault spearheaded fundraising efforts for the earthquake victims in her native Mexico and helped in raising nearly a million dollars for UNICEF. In addition, she partnered with the Pepsico Foundation and Habitat for Humanity in an initiative where they were able to deliver 180 houses for the displaced victims of the earthquake.

Hayek Pinault has served as a spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF partnership worldwide which helped to stop the spread of life-threatening maternal and neonatal tetanus. She has also acted as a spokesperson for the Avon Foundation’s SPEAK OUT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE program, which provides support for victims and focuses on domestic violence education, awareness and prevention. In 2005, she spoke in front the US Senate to encourage its members to extend the Violence Against Women Act. In January 2006, the legislation was passed, ensuring that 3.9 billion dollars would be allocated to thousands of domestic violence crises and intervention agencies throughout the US.

IF SHE CAN SEE IT, SHE CAN BE IT