Danny Sriskandarajah

Chief Executive of Oxfam GB

Danny joined Oxfam GB as Chief Executive in January 2019. Previously, Danny led CIVICUS, the Johannesburg-based alliance of civil society organisations with members in more than 180 countries. Prior to that, he was Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and Deputy Director and Director of Research at IPPR, the think tank.

He was born in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and was initially raised in a rural community without electricity or running water. His family was displaced by the onset of a brutal civil war and Danny spent time in Papua New Guinea and Australia, where he went to school and university. Danny moved to the UK in 1998 and completed his Masters and Doctorate in international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, with the focus of his doctoral thesis being ‘Development, inequality and conflict’.

The contrast between the wealth and opportunity of life in the global north with his early years in rural Sri Lanka has given him a passion to take on the root causes of poverty, and he is committed to Oxfam’s long-standing approach to speaking out against injustice. In the media, Danny has been a regular contributor to outlets including BBC World Service, the Guardian, Al Jazeera and HuffPost. He has also been a member of two UN High Level Panels, on humanitarian finance and digital co-operation.

Danny will be in conversation with

Paul van Zyl

Paul served as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He also co-founded the International Centre for Transitional Justice, an organization that works in over 40 countries that have endured massive human rights violations under repression conflict. Paul is also a co-founder and CEO of Maiyet, an ethical luxury fashion brand that cultivates traditional design and culture by partnering with global artisans. Paul co-founded The Conduit in 2016. The Conduit serves as a home for those committed to improving the world by harnessing the power of creativity and entrepreneurship. He’s a Skoll Awardee, YGL Alumini and a London Tech Week Changemaker.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The danger of a single story

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