TEDxLondonSalon – November

On 8th November 2017 we hosted our TEDxLondonSalon: Talking Poverty – Challenging Inequality.  This event was curated by Kevin Cahill, the former Chief Executive of Comic Relief, and put a spotlight on the extraordinary capacity of people to overcome hardship and inequality.

Kevin’s mission is to drive positive change in the UK and around the world through the power of entertainment. We heard from four fascinating speakers who shared their personal experiences of overcoming adversity and inspired the audience with innovative ideas and examples of action.


Esther Mujawayo

Writer and activist

Born in 1958 in Rwanda, Esther Mujawayo is a world-known expert in the field of refugee trauma-therapy. She gained a Graduate Diploma

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in Psychology from UEA 1997, after escaping the 1994 Rwandan Genocide which saw Esther lose many relatives. She is the author of several books and founder of the Association of Widows of the Rwandan Genocide. She was a speaker at the Geneva summit for Human Rights and Democracy.

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David Robinson OBE

Leader and Founder
of Community Links

David is a community leader and founder of Community Links, a ground-breaking organisation which inspires people to affect social change. He is a leading figure in social finance and led the Council for Social Action for Gordon Brown

Ian Goldin

Professor of Globalisation and Development,
University of Oxford

Professor Ian Goldin is the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Professor of

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Globalisation and Development. Goldin was, until 2006, Vice President of the World Bank and the Bank’s Director of Policy. From 1996 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and adviser to President Nelson Mandela.

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Photo by Michael Williams

Muzoon Almellehan

Muzoon Almellehan fled Syria with her family in 2013. They travelled to Jordan where they lived in Za’atari and then Azraq refugee camp.

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Muzoon was worried about continuing her education, so she enrolled in the camp schools. She saw that refugee girls were dropping out of class and many were getting married. Still a girl herself, Muzoon walked from tent to tent to talk to parents about the value of education. Muzoon’s family was resettled in Newcastle in 2015. Muzoon was recently appointed UNICEF’s newest and youngest Goodwill Ambassador and continues to campaign for the rights of all children to go to school. Her main priority is her own education – she is finishing secondary school in Newcastle and wants to go to university and become a journalist.

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