Ricken Patel

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Ricken Patel (Twitter Screenshot)


Ricken Patel is Avaaz's Canadian-British co-founder and director. He refers to himself on Twitter as a "global citizen" passionate about "social justice."

Deplatforming Advocate

Ricken Patel (Twitter Screenshot)

Referring to a Tweet calling for Facebook to correct "Fake News," Ricken Patel Tweeted in February 2019: "This is Avaaz's and my biggest focus right now - democracy is drowning in disinformation. We need bold action to give the truth a fighting chance!"[1]

Faith in Public Life

In 2004, Rev. Jim Wallis, Rabbi David Saperstein, Melissa Rogers, Rev. James Forbes, Ricken Patel and Sister Catherine Pinkerton were involved with the initiative from which Faith in Public Life was created. Officially launched in 2006, the organization seeks to build the faith movement’s media presence and capacity, providing strategic assistance to faith-based coalitions, brokering new partnerships, developing online communities, sponsoring opinion research, and amplifying the voices of emerging religious leaders.[2]

JStreet advisory council

In 2009 listed members of the JStreet advisory council included Ricken Patel, Co-founder and Executive Director, Avaaz[3]



  1. Ricken Patel Tweet (accessed on January 28, 2020)
  2. Faith in Public Life website: About (accessed on Aug. 23, 2010)
  3. JStreet website: Advisory Council (accessed on Oct. 26, 2009)