Global autism organization to choose Budapest based CEO to raise awareness worldwide

Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization, announced the members and goals of its newly-formed Global Action Committee of the Board. Agostino Renna, President and CEO for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, GE Lighting, based in Budapest has been chosen to join the Global Action Committee to serve alongside Autism Speaks leadership and board members. World Autism Awareness Day, celebrated each year on April 2 shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis.

With partnerships already established in 60 nations around the world, Autism Speaks is uniquely positioned to raise awareness and accelerate progress toward discovering the causes of autism, developing treatments, and helping people affected by autism live their fullest lives. On World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks celebrates its international Light It Up Blue Campaign. Thousands of iconic landmarks including Hungarian Parliament Building, communities, businesses and homes across the globe unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families around the world affected by autism.

The goal of the Global Action Committee is to build upon the unprecedented work being done by Autism Speaks' Global Autism Public Health Initiative (GAPH), an innovative program that develops policies and community-based resources in more than five dozen countries. By collaborating with international, regional and local experts, as well as government agencies and non-governmental organizations, the committee will create opportunities to integrate and strengthen efforts to address the global health crisis that is autism. An estimated 70 million people live with autism worldwide.

Leveraging relationships around the globe, the committee will work with Autism Speaks leadership to advance scientific research, family services and advocacy. Committee members, selected for their exceptional leadership experience both in the U.S. and abroad, have expertise in the fields of health, science, business, education and philanthropy, as well as a personal commitment to meeting the critical needs of families and promoting the understanding of autism.

Agostino Renna has full operating responsibility for GE's lighting business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions from the company's Budapest headquarters since 2013. He is known for focusing on global energy challenges and issues that impede investment and action. Agostino is also a philanthropist, who has donated US 10.000 to the charity so far.

Agostino Renna has been very proud to be chosen by Autism Speaks, the organization founded by Bob Wright ex-Vice chairman of GE and ex-chairman and CEO of NBC. „ It is an honor to join the Global Action Committee and work more closely with Autism Speaks in order to raise awareness and encourage people to focus on the bright side of autism. I support autism awareness for my daughter and because I fundamentally believe that by virtue of ignorance, we miss an opportunity to draw value from extraordinary minds. People with autism are part of humankind's greatest natural resources – we have an obligation to find them, understand them, learn from them, nurture them and allow them the opportunity to deliver their natural gifts to the world." – said Agostino Renna.

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