We’re delighted to have such an incredible range of speakers at the conference. Details of the sessions they are speaking on are in the agenda on the homepage.
Amnesty’s spokesperson and chief strategist in Kenya, Irũngũ Houghton leads a team of committed investigative researchers and campaigners working to end human rights abuses and realise the Constitution of Kenya. Irũngũ has worked and volunteered with some of the most influential international organizations in the world including ActionAid, Equality Now, and Oxfam International. He has advised several African Governments, the African Union, and the G8 among others.
Irũngũ is the published author of “Dialogue and Dissent: A Constitution in Search of a Country”, a valuable record of the fight for a society founded on constitutional values of inclusion, equality, social justice and to uphold democracy.
Gioel is the Director of Research at Recrear and has over 10 years of experience in designing and implementing action research projects all over the world. She holds a MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from Sussex University’s Institute for Development Studies (IDS). She researched how different funding models affect organizational culture as well as the quality of social organizations’ internal and external relationships.
Moved by the experience of co-founding Recrear, she has become committed to accompanying organizations to transform their culture. Gioel is a passionate blogger, writer and storyteller. She is an experienced facilitator and loves mixing and experimenting with a range of creative techniques.
Gioel will be joining us for our session on the art and techniques of storytelling. The session will give attendees the chance to practice using stories to connect people with the issues they care about, share vivid images, and inspire others to act.
Carolina is a Colombian anthropologist with an MA in Participation, Power and Social Change from the Institute of Development Studies in Brighton, UK. She has international experience in Colombia, Peru and England working with indigenous communities, people with lived experience of homelessness, farmers and young people from diverse backgrounds.
She is passionate about Participatory Approaches using creative and reflective tools that bring about individual and collective change.
Carolina will, also, join us for our session on the art and techniques of storytelling. The session will give attendees the chance to practice using stories to connect people with the issues they care about, share vivid images, and inspire others to act.
Joan Okitoi is a freelance communicator and a part-time writer interested in telling the stories of women of colour in #Globaldev and how they are reclaiming their space in a sector rife with racial injustice. Joan is a co-host of the #Globaldev Communicators Connect, housed in the Healing Solidarity Collective. #Globaldev Communicators Connect is for anyone working in external communications interested in challenging power dynamics carried in the language used. Joan was also part of Health Poverty Action’s consulting team that worked to find alternatives to the word ‘aid.’ She currently works for PIRON, a global development agency where she works with faith-based organizations to introduce anti-racist approaches.
Global Fund Advocate Speaker
Handaa currently works in the humanitarian sector, focusing on refugee empowerment programs globally. She is from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, but for the past eight years, she has lived abroad in different countries, pursuing higher education and career opportunities.
Handaa is a traveler, fighter, activist, and author. Her inspiration comes from contributing her knowledge and lived experience to make an impact.
When she was 15 years old, she got ill with TB and the bacteria had created a large hole in her left lung. It was scary. Everything was uncertain – and she did not know whether she was going to live or die. But the Global Fund’s support in Mongolia ensured timely response, availability of sufficient antibiotic supply, and a clinic for her to stay and get treated.
Panel discussion speakers
Sumaiya Harunany is a climate activist from the city of Mombasa In Kenya, and
founder of Blue Earth Organization, a grassroots CBO, whose main aim is to tackle plastic pollution, regenerating areas that have been affected by pollution, infrastructure development
and climate change as well as combating the climate crisis through Nature Based Solutions.
Their flagship project is focused on the restoration of mangroves in an area that is prone to flooding and the mangroves were destroyed to pave way for infrastructure development. Having planted over 10,000 seedlings in one year, they are working on tackling the UN SDG’s 13,14 and 15.
Yusuf Baluch is an indigenous climate justice activist. He started Activism after experiencing the first hands impacts of the climate crisis in his community. He is an organizer with Fridays For Future where he organizes with the regional chapter of Fridays For Future Balochistan. He has been Campaigning against the fossil fuels companies and banks such as standard chartered.
In 2019, Mustafa saw white sacks along the road in his village and upon finding out that they contained charcoal produced from the Shea nut tree, a precious species, he was moved to raise concern over the destruction of the species. He has carried out walking advocacy – first by walking 520km from the parliament of Uganda to West Nile, and then walking 664km from the parliament of Uganda to the United Nations Environment program, (UNEP) office in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was well received and tendered his concern about the vanishing of the Shea nut trees to UNEP for global community consideration.
He has been involved in continuous advocacy about the Shea nut tree species through various platforms like the radio, TV, public gatherings, schools and other social gatherings. Since last year, Mustafa embarked on a journey of raising 8 million Shea seedlings and this year, they are raising about one million Shea seedlings. Besides raising the Seedlings, Mustafa also has a program of acquiring 7,000 acres of degraded land to restore with the seedlings being raised.