About RolaFor the past 10 years, Rola Khoury has been devoted to creating the Cloudburst Foundation vision drawing on her vast business, public relations, and branding experience connecting celebrities with businesses to enhance their image in an uplifting manner.
Rola Khoury is the heart and vision behind the Cloudburst Foundation which she created in 2015 to tackle the global, transdisciplinary challenges of climate change, food security and peace. On Oct. 28-29, 2016, she mobilized and brought together more than 60 leading climate change experts from diverse fields for the first Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change workshop at the Commonwealth of Nations Secretariat in London. Rola continues to guide these unique, regenerative approaches and to lay the groundwork for future action around the world.
Over the years, drawing on her degree in International Law from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and professional experiences, Rola has brought together climate-change stewards from diverse government, financial, business, philanthropic, technology and development sectors to establish interdisciplinary frameworks for catalyzing systemic, long-lasting social and environmental impact. These efforts included major publicity and fundraising efforts responding to humanitarian needs. Her charity work has included projects with: Russell Simmons (Hip-Hop Summit), Lenny Kravitz, U2, Quincy Jones (Vibe Magazine), Prince Albert of Monaco (9-11 charity event) and Live Earth (Expo 2015 concert planning).
In addition to facilitating cross-disciplinary collaborations, she ran Vista international’s European and Middle Eastern offices. Rola has also provided legal consulting to the Australian Embassy and the Australian Trade Commission’s commercial office for the Middle East region in their Italy office. Rola contributed to the book, Rediscover Your Heart: 7 Keys for Personal and Planetary Transformation by Dutch philanthropist, Fred Matser. As Founder, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief, she created a limited edition of the lifestyle publication, Jade Magazine, in London.
Rola is fluent in English, Italian, Arabic, French, and Hebrew. She was born in Haifa, Israel and now lives on Lake Como in Lecco, Italy with her partner, Antonio Bartesaghi, OMET srl. CEO and Cloudburst Foundation President. They are the parents of 3-year-old twins, Max and Christian, two of the greatest inspirations for Rola’s mission to make a lasting difference for future generations.