National Conference Speakers Annouced!

22 Feb 2013

We are pleased to announcethree of the speakers who will be joining us for our annual National Conference over the weekend of the 20th-22nd April, 2013.

With a diverse range of speakers already confirmed, including speakers from the global south, this year’s conference is shaping up to be one of our most exciting conferences to date!  To find out more about them, have a read of their bios below.

Mahesh Chandrasekar

Mahesh Chandrasekar is the International Policy and Campaigns Manager at Leonard Cheshire, a non-for-profit organisation working to protect the rights of disabled people across the world. Drawing on his experiences working in the slums of Bangalore, Mahesh will speak at the session ‘Failing the Final Fifth: the impact on inequality on reaching the MDGs’ about the marginalisation of people living with disabilities in India and its  impact on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.  Mahesh will be joined by three other speakers, including Mark Lattimer (see below) and a TBC speaker who will discuss gender.

Puspanath Krishnamurthy is a Senior Associate at the Centre for Social Markets (CSM), a not-for-profit organisation working to promote entrepreneurship in India and south Asia. Before joining CSM, Push has spent much of his professional career at Oxfam, where he worked on campaigns such as Make Trade Fair, the Climate Change Hearings and HIV/AIDS. An accomplished communicator and storyteller, Push takes complex issues and popularizes them for grassroots constituencies using a blend of traditional advocacy and new approaches. To see Push in action click here.

Drawing on first-hand experience campaigning in India, Pushpanath will be joining us to discuss how the MDGs have influenced the development of civil society and empowered people’s movements particularly in the global south to campaign and lobby governments and decision-makers on development issues.

John Hillary

John Hillary is the Executive Director of War on Want, a not-for-profit organisation working to fight poverty in developing countries in partnership with people affected by globalisation.  John has worked for the past 20 years in the international development and human rights sector, and is a recognised expert in many fields across the global justice agenda. He has published widely on issues of international politics and globalisation, trade and investment, privatisation, conflict, aid conditionality, Palestine and Iraq, and became one of the first external columnists for the Guardian. A passionate and outspoken speaker, John regularly challenges governments and big businesses on global justice issues. John will be joining us as a panellist on the session ‘Post 2015: What should replace the Millennium Development Goal’ to share his thoughts on the world after 2015.

For more information about the conference take a look at the National Conference website or click here to download a booking form.


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