Eighty years since Oxfam was founded by a group of volunteers in Oxford, it has evolved into a global movement working to challenge injustice and provide practical support to the poorest communities. In that time the world has made huge strides forward in reducing extreme poverty. Yet further progress is under threat due to deep inequalities that plague today’s world – the vast gap between the richest and the rest, intractable gender and racial injustice, the worsening climate crisis and lengthy conflicts. It is increasingly clear that tackling these inequalities is essential if we’re to succeed in building a kinder, fairer, more sustainable future.
Danny Sriskandarajah, Oxfam GB’s Chief Executive and Conduit member, facilitated a discussion with an expert panel of activists about how to make a change in an unequal world, and what we can all do to play our part.
Danny Sriskandarajah has been CEO of Oxfam GB since January 2019. Prior to that he spent six years as Secretary General of CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. He has previously been Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation and held various posts at the Institute for Public Policy Research. From 2018 to 2019 he was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, co-chaired by Jack Ma and Melinda Gates, and from 2015 to 2016 a member of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Finance. He is a Trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee.
Katy Styles, is an unpaid carer to her husband Mark and lives in Canterbury, Kent. She is the founder of the multi-award winning We Care Campaign, a volunteer led, grassroots campaign for unpaid carers. Katy says “I started We Care Campaign because I was angry carers’ contributions to society were invisible. We Care supports unpaid carers to share our lived experience with decision makers and tell our truths to power. Everyone of us has a part to play in ensuring voices like ours are heard and we are given opportunities to sit round tables where decisions affecting our lives are made.”
Imandeep Kaur – Throughout her decade-long career, Immy has focused on convening and building community, the role of citizens in radical systemic change, and how we together create more democratic, distributed, open source social and civic infrastructure. Through this work she has discovered much about economic justice and broader injustices, the pivotal role of land and social/civic infrastructure in neighbourhoods, and the value extracted from communities through our broken investment models. It’s an ongoing journey of discovery, emergence and learning together. Immy is a Co – Founder and Director of CIVIC SQUARE. CIVIC SQUARE is a public square, neighbourhood lab, and creative + participatory platform focused on regenerative civic and social infrastructure within neighbourhoods. Immy is part of a creative and dynamic leadership team who work alongside the local neighbourhood, to offer a bold approach to visioning, building and investing in civic infrastructure for neighbourhoods of the future. She is also an active member of Project 00.. Immy is part of the Doughnut Economics Action Lab Advisory Team, a Birmingham Hippodrome Trustee, a Birmingham Open Media (BOM) Board Member and an Inclusive Economy Partnership Board Champion, and the **National Lottery Community Fund Advisory Board.** Immy was a founding director of Impact Hub Birmingham, which was open between 2015 – 2019. Impact Hub Birmingham was on a mission to help build a fairer more equal and just city, through people place and open movements. On a voluntary basis, Immy also led and ran TEDxBRUM between 2012 and 2017. Immy’s work has been recognised with a series of notable honours and awards. In 2018, Impact Hub Birmingham was named a NESTA New Radical. For her services to the city of Birmingham, Aston University’s School of Life & Heath Sciences granted Immy an Honorary Doctorate in 2019. And in 2020, Immy was awarded a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship.
Tori Tsui is an unapologetic and self-described ‘bad’ activist who focuses on climate change, mental health and anti-racism. She utilises her platform to educate and spread awareness of intersectional climate activism and mental health, in an accessible manner that resonates with her followers and new audiences alike. Tori spoke at COP26 in support of Stop Cambo, is part of the Pass The Mic initiative and is currently writing a book surrounding eco-anxiety, amongst organising and participating many other organisations, panels and projects that support the people and the planet. Tsui was born and grew up in Hong Kong. She graduated in 2015 as Master of Research in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London which build their foundation of Climate Science and its sustainability. A year after their graduation, Tsui moved to Bristol to learn about natural history documentary industry.
Nick is the Director of Global Justice now. Nick started his career at War on Want where he became a senior campaigner. He went on to be corporates campaign manager at Amnesty International UK. As director of the Jubilee Debt Campaign, he built strong relationships with campaigners in the global south. He helped win a new law to stop Vulture Funds from using UK courts to squeeze huge debt payments out of poor countries. Nick joined Global Justice Now in September 2013 and campaigns to challenge corporate power and vested interests on access to medicines and vaccines, climate change and fair trade.