We’re delighted to have such an incredible range of speakers at the conference. Details of the sessions they are speaking in are on the agenda on the homepage.
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Jeffrey D. Sachs is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. He has been advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary General António Guterres. He spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. He has authored numerous bestseller books. His most recent book is The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020). Sachs was twice named as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders and was ranked by The Economist among the top three most influential living economists.
Jeffrey D. Sachs will deliver a keynote speech exploring the interconnectedness of the Sustainable Development Goals, and why we must consider the interlinked nature of issues we advocate on. Sachs’ intervention at the conference will be held at 3.10pm-3.30pm (BST) on Sunday 12 September.
Dr Danny Sriskandarajah
Dr Danny Sriskandarajah became Chief Executive of Oxfam GB in January 2019. Previously, he led CIVICUS, the global alliance of civil society organisations with members in more than 180 countries. Prior to that, he spent four years as Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Danny was born in Sri Lanka in the 1970s. After his family was displaced by the onset of a brutal civil war he lived in Papua New Guinea and Australia, before moving to the UK in 1998. He completed his Masters and Doctorate in international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Danny is passionate about the power of civil society to challenge injustice and tackle the root causes of poverty. He is a regular blogger and media commentator, and tweets at @dhnnjyn
Danny’s keynote speech will explore the interconnectedness of the Sustainable Development Goals, and why we must work to end poverty and injustice in a holistic way. His pre-recorded address will be shown at 3.30pm (BST) on Sunday 12 September.
Bloomberg described Gina Miller as an “Establishment Wrecking Ball” but her drive for transparency, scrutiny and integrity in public and corporate life is about reform, fairness, and social justice; not wrecking. Whilst Gina became a household name for her legal challenges to preserve Parliament’s sovereignty, she has been a respected activist for over 30 years due to campaigning about modern-day slavery, discrimination and equality, domestic violence and for those with special needs.
In her book ‘Rise: Life Lessons in Speaking Out, Standing Tall & Leading the Way’ Gina’s honesty inspires women and men to speak up for themselves and others, even in the face of abuse and denigration. Most recently, Gina launched MoneyShe, a female-focused online education centre on the SCM Direct website to encourage women to get confident with their finances and learn about investing. She continues to campaign for regulation and legal duties for technology companies under a new Online Safety Act and for responsible capitalism.
Gina Miller will be joining us as a keynote speaker on Saturday morning. With her vast campaigning experience and drive for fairness and social justice, Gina will be addressing the challenges campaigners face in the UK now, with reference to how civil society space is changing.
Panel discussion speakers
Motunrayo is a global development professional with a particular interest in gender, youth and African development. She sits on the Advisory Council for The Equity Index and is the co-founder of Diasporic Development, a community of Black professionals with the aim of leading change in diversity, equity and inclusion across the global development and UK charity sector.
Motunrayo Fagbayi will be chairing the panel discussion in the session “Taking a stance on the language we use: why the we talk about poverty and injustice matters”. As well as Chair, Motunrayo will be sharing her thoughts and expertise on the topic.
Mitzi Jonelle Tan
Mitzi Jonelle Tan is a full-time climate justice activist based in Metro Manila, Philippines. She is the convenor and international spokesperson of Youth Advocates for Climate Action Philippines (YACAP), the Fridays For Future (FFF) of her country. She is also an organizer with FFF International and FFF MAPA (Most Affected Peoples and Areas) making sure that voices from the Global South especially are heard, amplified, and given space. She first became an activist in 2017 after integrating with indigenous leaders of her country which pushed her to realize that collective action and system change is what we need for a just and green society.
Mitzi Jonelle Tan will be a speaker on the panel discussion in the session “Taking a stance on the language we use: why the we talk about poverty and injustice matters”.
Abraham Makanjuola was born and raised in London with Nigerian and Sierra Leonean roots. Abraham completed a Masters by Research Health Economics at Bangor University with a focus on social prescribing. Abraham also read his undergraduate degree at Bangor University in Economics and French. Passionate about changing narratives, Abraham released a documentary in March 2021 in collaboration with the Sub-Saharan Advisory Panel (SSAP) called ‘The Family Affair’ which explored past, present, and future narratives about Africa from multiple global perspectives. From September, Abraham will work as a research officer in the field of Health Economics, with a specific focus on Wellness and Wellbeing.
Abraham will be a speaker on the panel discussion in the session “Taking a stance on the language we use: why the we talk about poverty and injustice matters”.
Sarika Bansal is an editor and writer who focuses on global development, health, and travel. She is the the editor of the book “Tread Brightly: Notes on Ethical Travel.” She is also a mentor with the Aspen Institute’s New Voices Program. Sarika was the founder and editor-in-chief of BRIGHT Magazine, an award-winning digital magazine that told new, solutions-oriented stories about social change. Before that, she incubated two social impact publications at Medium, developed a curriculum for journalists at the Solutions Journalism Network, and served as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Her byline has appeared in the New York Times, Guardian, VICE, and other publications.
She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Sarika has lived on five continents, speaks four languages, and is currently based in a cottage in a forest in Nairobi, Kenya. She lives with her husband, daughter, and elderly German shepherd.
Sarika Bansal will be a speaker on the panel discussion in the session “Taking a stance on the language we use: why the we talk about poverty and injustice matters”.
Chris Dendys has more than 20 years experience working in support of social justice and social impact in Canada and internationally. As Executive Director of Results Canada, Chris oversees all aspects of Results Canada’s organizational strengthening efforts, campaign strategy, and grassroots support and growth. Prior to joining Results, Chris served on the executive team at Nutrition International, as a consultant supporting a number of non-government organizations, and has held a variety of positions in government, in Parliament, and in political offices. Chris has four children and lives in Ottawa. She holds a Master’s Degree from Carleton University.
Chris will chair the discussion in the session, “Taking a stance on COVID-19 vaccine equity, a global approach” as well as sharing the context of advocacy on COVID-19 vaccine equity in Canada.
Varsha Gandikota-Nellutla is a member of the Cabinet of Progressive International and leads its policy pillar, Blueprint. In June 2021, she co-organized the Summit for Vaccine Internationalism with the explicit goal of creating a New International Health Order. She’s from Hyderabad, India.
Varsha will discuss her context of campaigning on COVID-19 vaccine equity in our panel discussion, “Taking a stance on COVID-19 vaccine equity, a global approach”.
Pedro Villardi is the coordinator of the Working Group of Intellectual Property (GTPI) of the Brazilian Network for the People’s Integration and project coordinator of the Brazilian Aids Interdisciplinary Association (ABIA). He also has a degree on International Studies at PUC-Rio, a master’s in Bioethics and Public Health and has a PhD on Social Sciences and Health at the Institute of Social Medicine of UERJ (IMS/UERJ). Villardi works and researches issues such as access to medicines, pharmaceutical patents and global health for more than 10 years. He has authored several papers, chapters, and books on the issue.
Pedro will discuss his context of campaigning on COVID-19 vaccine equity in our panel discussion, “Taking a stance on COVID-19 vaccine equity, a global approach”.
Rachmi Hertanti is Executive Director of Indonesia for Global Justice. She has led IGJ’s policy advocacy process related to the alternative system on globalization and free trade agenda, which some of it focuses on the issue of access to medicines, Investor-State Dispute Settlement Mechanisms on the mining sector in Indonesia, food sovereignty and peasant rights, especially related to patent on seeds.
Rachmi will discuss her context of campaigning on COVID-19 vaccine equity in our panel discussion, “Taking a stance on COVID-19 vaccine equity, a global approach”.
Nonprofit Founder and Vaccine Advocate AKA Vaccine Mama!
Chika is the chief Executive Officer for Vaccine Network for Disease Control a Nigerian nonprofit that focuses on Maternal and child health, her work spans across 7 states in Nigeria, she works with the poor as partners to derive solutions to the problems they face. Her Motto” Do all it takes to save the Nigerian child”. Chika Kemi Offor also has wide knowledge on Vaccine Logistics especially as it pertains to Nigeria as she is currently a consultant to National Primary Healthcare Development Agency for the Haulage of Vaccines and Devices.
She believes that Vaccines is one of the greatest innovations known to man and the intentional inclusion of empowered women is the most powerful tool to increase coverage. She has empowered over 500 women that have become vaccine advocates in their communities. Her strategic partnerships include Expanded Civil Society for Immunization Initiative (GAVI CSO) as an Executive member and Track Health (a coalition of Media and CSOs to track health) as the chairperson.
Chika will discuss her context of campaigning on COVID-19 vaccine equity in our panel discussion, “Taking a stance on COVID-19 vaccine equity, a global approach”.
Chris Law MP
Chris Law has been an SNP MP for Dundee West since 2015 and currently sits on the International Development Committee, and the Committee on Arms Export Controls. Chris has been SNP Westminster spokesperson for International Development since 2017 and is an member of numerous development-focused cross-party groups, including the APPGs on Global Education and Global Tuberculosis, which RESULTS UK provide secretariat to. Chris has been a leading voice in parliament in the campaign to restore the UK’s to spending 0.7% of GNI on ODA in opposition to the Government’s recent cuts.
Chris Law will be sharing his experience with us about what makes him sit up and listen to constituents during the Saturday session “Chances for changing contact with your MP”.
Throughout the Conference we will hear from some of the RESULTS Grassroots Network.
Carrie is the Group Leader of the RESULTS campaign group in Birmingham and has been an active member of RESULTS for many years. You can hear Carrie talk about her campaigning in this video. In the session “Chances for changing contact with your MP”, Carrie will share her experiences and some top tips for contacting your MP.
Jay has been involved with RESULTS UK since 1987, a year after we started. As a long standing member of the Cheshire group, Jay has lobbied many MPs on a range of issues. You can read a bit about his campaigning in the 35th anniversary blog written by his son Sanjay, also a dedicated RESULTS campaigner. Jay will share his insights and wisdom in the session “Chances for changing contact with your MP”.
Jess got involved with RESULTS last year and has got stuck right in; taking campaign actions, speaking at a volunteer fair playing an important part in the Manchester group’s social media and comms, from working on the instagram to contributing to the world water day blog. Jess will share some information and experiences about our campaigning in the “Welcome from the Grassroots Network” session.
Princess has been an active member of the Poole group for many years, from talking to her MP about our issues, to helping to run fundraisers! Princess will share some information and experiences about our campaigning in the “Welcome from the Grassroots Network” session.
Richard Blunt is the Group Leader of the London group and is the former Board Secretary of RESULTS UK. Richard will share some information and experiences about our campaigning in the “Welcome from the Grassroots Network” session. Keep up with the London group on Twitter here.
Tatton has been simplifying politics all his adult life. Much of that was during ten years of teaching English, Politics and Citizenship at Secondary level. He had a brief step away from teaching from 2008 until 2011. In this time he worked briefly as a journalist, but most of it was designing and delivering educational workshops for KS2-5 at the Houses of Parliament. He then returned to the classroom for a few years. In that time he grew increasingly frustrated that nothing like SP existed. So he created it. Simple Politics was launched in 2015.
Tatton will be running half of the “The art of simplicity: creating snappy social media posts” and talking us through how to go about simplifying complex topics and issues. This is a useful exercise for not only social media but also letter writing and engaging other people.
Leonie Mills is currently an early career women’s fellow at King’s College London, in African Peace, Security and Development. Following her master’s degree in Security, Leadership and Society from KCL. She is passionate about politics and making it accessible for everyone. This led her to create a platform called the African Youth Security Network, which informs people about current affairs on the African content. Leonie is also co-founder of a tech startup, A Touch of Colour, where people of colour can anonymously review companies based on Diversity, Equity and inclusion.
Leonie will be running half of the “The art of simplicity: creating snappy social media posts” and walking us through how to create engaging, visual social media content using simple online tools.
Tahira’s career has been within a wide range of sectors with an underlining theme of social projects and empowering individuals. Following her volunteering in Tanzania with ICS it opened her eyes to the world of international development and she wanted to do something a little different. She joined The Campaign to Defend UK Aid and Development team as a Field Organiser and now works to mobilise and support campaigners in key constituencies. She enjoys helping people to be the best version of themselves. She is always inspired by the creativity of people around her and enjoys spreadsheets (who doesn’t love a good calculation).
Tahira has co-created the session “Navigating the maze of campaigning” with us and will be facilitating the all-group parts of the session. Her facilitation expertise and drive to mobilise campaigners to be the best they can have been invaluable in creating this session.
Lucy Marie Russell
Lucy Marie Russell is a Consultant specialising in gender, social justice and effective campaigns. She has been an activist for over 20 years for issues as varied as climate change, human rights, global poverty to ending gender based violence. She has a history of creating ground breaking campaigns for youth and girls’ rights in the UK and globally. She has secured changes to policy and founded Plan International’s UK work including campaigns to end period poverty and taboos and street harassment. Hear Lucy talk about her activism in the podcast The Power to Make Change: Fighting for Girls’ Rights with Lucy Russell.
Lucy will be running the workshop “Part of the bigger picture: reflecting and celebrating our role as campaigners”. She’ll get us thinking and talking about how big issues are relevant to us on a personal level, what motivates us as campaigners and how we can stay motivated.