Speakers

 

Chinenye Anekwe

Chinenye has over five years of experience in social development interventions, with a focus on rural energy access, business development/entrepreneurship, women and girls empowerment, social enterprise management, advocacy, gender responsive budgeting, gender mainstreaming, health promotion and education as well as research and development. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, and was one out of 24 fellows who in 2018 earned a Diploma in International Gender Studies at the United Nations University of Gender Equality Studies Training, Iceland.

During this period, she attained the required level of competence to be granted Certified Project Management Associate IPMA – level D. She also earned Certificate in Non Profit Leadership and Management from Lagos Business School. Chinenye is a project manager, global health professional, capacity builder, sustainable development and renewable energy specialist, and activist for women’s right and equality. Within one year of working with Solar Sister Nigeria, she brought light and opportunity to 20 rural communities in Anambra through mentoring 30 women entrepreneurs who are clean energy advisers and reached over 200 users with clean energy in their communities.

Currently, she is a Gender Expert and Business Development Manager where she leads, trains and manages a team of Business Development Associates are mentoring of over 300 women as last mile clean energy entrepreneurs. Chinenye was among the panelists who at Libreville AMCEN/UNEP conference on women entrepreneurship and sustainable energy who developed the working paper that led to the launch of the Africa Women Energy Entrepreneurs Forum. She has strong interest in entrepreneurship, leadership development, sustainable energy, public Health, and gender equality.


Gerry Arances

Gerry Arances has been at the forefront of the climate and ecological justice movement for almost 15 years. He has engaged local and state governments, multinational companies, as well as international finance institutions in issues of climate change and development. He has worked with indigenous peoples and rural communities on issues of human rights, natural resource and minerals management.

Arances has also served as National Coordinator for both the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice and the SOSYamang Bayan Network pushing for Alternative Minerals Management Bill.

Today, his primary work is concerning issues of power, energy, and its role in pursuing ecological and climate justice through people-centered development as the current Executive Director of the Center for Energy, Ecology, and Development (CEED), Convenor of the Power for People Coalition (P4P), and Spokesperson of the national power consumers movement Murang Kuryente (MK).


Chairman Dave Archambault

Dave Archambault II is the 45th Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The Tribe’s top elected official, Chairman Archambault strives to improve tribal governance and the lives of Standing Rock’s members.

While leading the struggle against the Dakota Access pipeline, Chairman Archambault emerged as a global leader for Indigenous Peoples’ rights. The Chairman promotes peace, respect, tribal sovereignty, and champions efforts to protect tribal treaty lands and natural resources.

In 2014, the Tribe hosted President Obama and the First Ladyduring their historic visit to the Standing Rock Reservation. The President, First Lady, and Chairman met with Standing Rock youth, who discussed the challenges of growing up on the reservation and their aspirations for the future.

In addition to executing the duties of the Chairman’s office, Chairman Archambault sits on the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration WorkforceInnovation and Opportunity Act Native American Employment and Training Council. Additionally, the Chairman serves on the United States Sentencing Commission’s Tribal Issues Advisory Group.

Prior to serving as Chairman, Dave Archambault II directed a project that focused on workforce development in Indian Country for the United Tribes Technical College. He also served as Chairman of Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative Board of Directors and Chairman of the Sitting Bull College Board.

Chairman Archambault attended Sitting Bull College, where he obtained an Associate of Arts in Business Administration. The Chairman obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from North Dakota State University and a Master’s Degree in Management from the University of Mary.


Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey is director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and member steering committee of Oilwatch International – a network resisting the expansion of fossil fuels extraction in the Global South. He was chair of Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) (2008-2012) and Executive Director of Nigeria’s Environmental Rights Action (1993-2013).

Bassey serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organisation including Global Greengrants Fund, Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group), and of Navdanya International. He was a co-recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award also known as the “Alternative Noble Prize.” In 2012 he received the Rafto Human Rights Award. In 2014 he received Nigeria’s national honour as Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in recognition of his environmental activism. Bassey is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects and has authored books on the environment, architecture and poetry. He is also a Member of the Action Research Network for a Wellbeing Economy in Africa (WE-Africa).

His books include We Thought it Was Oil, But It was Blood – Poetry (Kraft Books, 2002), I will Not Dance to Your Beat – Poetry (Kraft Books, 2011), To Cook a Continent – Destructive Extraction and the Climate Crisis in Africa (Pambazuka Press, 2012) and Oil Politics – Echoes of Ecological War (Daraja Press, 2016). He writes a weekly column, The Instigator, focusing on socio-ecological transformation in The Leadership Newspaper (Nigeria).

Panel: A New Energy Paradigm for a Flourishing Future


Tim Buckley

Tim has 30 years financial markets experience, now providing public interest related financial analysis in the seaborne coal and electricity sectors for IEEFA, studying energy efficiency and renewables across China, Japan and India, and the resulting stranded asset risks in Australia.

Tim has published numerous financial papers, including “Peak Thermal Coal Demand by 2016” in conjunction with the Carbon Tracker Initiative in 2014 and “Electricity Sector Transformation in India: A Case Study of Karnataka” in 2018.

Tim was co-founder of a start-up global listed clean energy equities fund with Westpac as a cornerstone investor. From 1998 to 2007 Tim was Managing Director at Citigroup, Head of Australasian Equity Research.


Tracey Davies

Tracey Davies is executive director of Just Share, an NGO which promotes the use of investor power for a fairer South Africa. Just Share uses advocacy, engagement and activism to support active ownership and responsible investment which drives good corporate citizenship by SA-listed companies. Tracey holds a BA LLB from UCT and an LLM from New York University. She is admitted as an attorney in South Africa and as a solicitor in England & Wales.

Tracey practised as a litigation attorney in London prior to joining the Cape Town-based Centre for Environmental Rights in 2013, where she ran the Centre’s Corporate Accountability and Transparency Programme, raising investor awareness of environmental risks, and advocating for improved transparency and accountability around the impacts of polluting companies on our environment and people.

Just Share has commissioned and released a legal opinion on the question of whether the boards of pension or provident funds are required under South African law to take into account climate-related risks and opportunities when making investment decisions on behalf of their funds. Just Share also drafted and supported South Africa’s first shareholder proposed resolution on climate risk, which was tabled at Standard Bank’s AGM on 30 May 2019.


Joanne Etherton

Joanne Etherton is an experienced City lawyer and is ClientEarth’s climate finance project lead. Her work focuses on developing and implementing legal strategies to drive improved disclosure and management of climate-related financial risks and greater integration of such risks into the investment decisions of institutional investors (including pension trustees).

Prior to joining ClientEarth in 2017, Joanne was a pensions partner in the London office of international law firm, Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP. She is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales and a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute, holds a law degree (LLB) from the University Of Warwick and a diploma in International Employee Benefits (DipIEB) from the Pensions Management Institute.


John Fay

John Fay is an international development professional and entrepreneur with over 12 years’ experience designing and implementing market-led development projects. He is the co-founder and managing director of VITALITE Group, a community distribution and service social enterprise focused on making renewable energy products available and affordable throughout Africa households.

Prior to founding VITALITE, John worked as an international development consultant, and prior to that in finance in the US. He has worked for Cardno Emerging Markets and co-founded Zambian NGO Shared Value Africa. John holds a PhD from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, an MBA from Cornell University and a BA from Duke University.


Jacynta Fuamatu

Australian-born Samoan woman whose journey in the climate movement began in 2014 after witnessing the Pacific Climate Warriors blockade the worlds largest coals port using traditional canoes. A state organiser with 350.org Australia, fashion artist with Off2war, and a Council of Elder member for the diaspora teams with the Pacific Climate Warriors.


Vibhuti Garg

Vibhuti Garg is an Associate and Senior Energy Specialist with over 14 years of experience in the energy sector. Her recent work includes promoting sustainable development through influencing policy intervention on energy pricing, subsidy reforms and clean energy, and private participation in various areas of the energy sector.

She has advised a number of private and public sector clients about a range of power sector market issues, including: commercial and market entry strategies, market diligence for investment in power projects, the impact of power sector performance on state finances, recommendations on least-cost options for energy supply, long- and short-term demand, and price forecasting. Her publications span opinion editorials, media articles, policy briefs and peer-reviewed publications.


Shelagh Gastrow

Shelagh Gastrow has been involved in the philanthropic and civil society sectors through her work with GastrowBloch Philanthropies and her leadership of Inyathelo: The South African Institute for Advancement which she founded in Cape Town in 2002. She served as its Executive Director from 2002-2015.

Her work in the philanthropy sector has gained local and international recognition through her writings in various media, her speaking at conferences, on radio and television as well as her authorship of booklets and reports relating to philanthropy in South Africa. She has been involved in interactions with the South African government (through its Treasury and the SA Revenue Services) to encourage the establishment of an enabling environment for philanthropy and she has also convened conferences and symposia relating to philanthropy in South Africa. As a consultant she has worked with individuals, foundations and financial services companies in their quest to further their philanthropic interests.

Shelagh has also had years of experience working with non-profit organisations and their leaders, particularly relating to organisational long-term financial sustainability. She has designed and delivered a range of programmes to strengthen university fundraising units as well as civil society organisations and has provided holistic advisory and mentoring services to leaders in the civil society sector, including support relating to strategy, financial sustainability and resilience, issues of accountability and the functionality of boards. In addition, she has written widely about philanthropy and the civil society sector in the media, has produced fundraising tool kits, how-to pocket-books and contributed to chapters in various publications.

Panel: A World of Good – Philanthropy and Divest Invest


Malcolm Gray

Malcolm is CFO and a co-founder of Libryo, a UK based legal tech start-up with a sustainability bias. Prior to co-founding Libryo he spent 16 years working for Investec Asset Management in a number of senior roles, including Head of Client Service, Portfolio Manager and Global Head of ESG.

Malcolm has been involved in the establishment of a number of key sustainability initiatives in South Africa and abroad. He was a founding member of the JSE SRI Index Advisory Board, the world’s first emerging market Sustainability Index. He was a member of SAICA Integrated Reporting Working Group which developed the original guidelines for Integrated Reporting (<IR>). He was the conceptualiser and founding portfolio manager of the WWF Living Planet Fund in South Africa.

Malcolm, an admitted attorney, graduated with a BSc in Geology and Hydrology, an LLB and an LLM in Environmental Law. Malcolm held a Gencor bursary and during his BSc and LLB studies spent time working on mineral sands exploration projects in the Free State, gold mining in Stilfontein and during his legal studies at the mining rights department in Johannesburg.

Malcolm is a Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and a faculty member on a number of their programmes. He contributes and teaches on sustainability, climate change, sustainable finance and regulation. He is an ALI Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Panel: What You Need to Know – the Practicalities of Divest Invest


Friederike Hanisch

Friederike Hanisch joined C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group in March 2019 as Senior Manager of the Divest/Invest Forum. The Forum launched at the Global Climate Action Summit in 2018 under the leadership of New York and London. In this role, she is supporting cities and their pension funds from across the world that have an interest in divesting from fossil fuels and investing in sustainable assets.

Cities with an interest in this agenda are encouraged to join. The Forum offer includes the provision of resources, webinars and in-person workshops aimed at facilitating peer-to-peer learning between city staff and city pension funds. Previously she worked at ShareAction, where she set up and managed the European Responsible Investment Network (ERIN).

She worked with its 40 member organisations to strengthen collaboration and develop joint sustainable finance initiatives across Europe. She previously worked with a range of sustainability organisations, including community network Semble, the New Economics Foundation, and WWF UK.

She recently became a Trustee of the Restart Project, a social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer in order to reduce waste. Friederike holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany, and an MA in Environmental Politics from the University of Keele.


Tomás Insua

Tomás is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, working to help the Catholic Church turn the Laudato Si’ call into bold action for climate justice. He was previously a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School, served in the UN Climate Secretariat doing political outreach and comms for the COP21, worked as a marketeer with Google for Latin America and Southeast Asia, and co-founded a faith-based nonprofit doing social justice work in the slums of Buenos Aires.

He completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in climate policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella. He grew up in Buenos Aires, where he had his spiritual home with the OFM Franciscan friars, and lives in Rome with his wife, Vicky.


James Irlam

James Irlam is a Senior Lecturer in the Primary Health Care Directorate at the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences. He is an associate of the of Environmental Health Division in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine and a course convener on the MPH Environmental Health track.

He is a graduate of the MPhil (Epidemiology) and the MSc (Climate Change and Development) programmes at UCT.

James is a teacher, researcher and advocate for mitigating climate change and improving public health by means of healthy energy and lifestyle choices.

Panel: Your Money and Your Life – the Health Sector and Divest Invest


Katelyn Kriesel

Katelyn Kriesel is an expert in the field of sustainable finance. She is a Financial Advisor with Hansen’s Advisory Services, located in Fayetteville, NY, a firm that has specialized in Socially Responsible Investing for over 30 years. She is also Board President and founder of the Sustainable Economies Alliance (SEA), a not-for-profit organization that is raising community awareness regarding economic sustainability and empowerment.

She uses this expertise in sustainable finance and outreach to educate the community on the merits of fossil fuel divestment and sustainable reinvestment. She has consulted with several higher education fossil fuel divestment campaigns across New York State with a focus on financial case and mechanics of divesting from fossil fuels. Through the SEA, and in collaboration with 350.org and Divest NY, she is helping to build a coalition of higher education divestment campaigns to join together and redirect their efforts in support of the New York State Fossil Fuel Divestment Act which would divest the state’s pension of billions of dollars of fossil fuel companies.


Brenda Martin

Brenda Martin has an established track record as an effective practitioner, facilitator of multi-sector dialogues and partnership-builder in South Africa’s Development & Energy sectors. She has most recently worked as the CEO of the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA).

She has an MPhil in Energy & Development (ERC, UCT). Her dissertation focused on the politics of Integrated Resource Planning (the IRP). Brenda has also completed post-graduate programmes in Climate and Business leadership at Wits University and at Harvard Business School.

She splits her time working as an independent consultant on the SA Energy Transition and as a Director at GreenLine Africa. GreenLine Africa provides affordable Solar Thermal solutions to companies with Industrial heat processing needs.


Lidy Nacpil

Coordinator of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development, an alliance of peoples organizations, citizens groups, grassroots movements and NGOs in Asia; Co-coordinator of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice; Convenor of the Asian Energy Network; Member of the Fight Inequality Alliance in Asia; Member Coordinating Committee of the Global Alliance for Tax Justice.

Member of the Board 350.org; Chairperson of the Oriang Women’s Movement in the Philippines; Vice President of the Freedom from Debt Coalition Philippines; One of the founders of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice; She has been an activist, feminist, organizer, campaigner for more than 3 decades.


Alderman Ian Neilson

Ian Neilson holds a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from UCT. He spent 20 years as a Consulting Engineer primarily in the fields of water supply planning and design and flood studies across many parts of South Africa.

He has been a City Councillor since 1996. In 2000 he was appointed as the Executive Councillor for Safety and Health, and oversaw the establishment of a Municipal Police Service for the city. In the Health portfolio he oversaw the City’s first Air Pollution Bylaw and the roll-out of the mother-to-child antiretroviral programme.

He was the Mayoral Committee member for Finance from 2006 to 2016 and again from December 2018 onwards.

Ian was a Director of the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 2000 until 2002. Since 2006 he has held oversight responsibility for the CTICC.

He was also the chairperson of the City’s 2010 World Cup Committee that oversaw the construction of the Cape Town Stadium and the City’s role in managing the event.

He was elected as Executive Deputy Mayor in 2009, again in 2011, and was re-elected for a third term in 2016. In this capacity his role has included oversight of the Probity function, Project Management and International Relations.

During 2018 he was tasked with leading the City’s response to the drought crisis.


Simon Nicholas

Simon Nicholas is an energy finance analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), an international think tank that conducts research and analysis on financial issues relating to the energy transition from fossil fuels towards renewable energy.

Simon’s current focus is on the role of coal and renewable energy in emerging nations including Pakistan and Bangladesh. He also focuses on the long-term outlook for the Asian seaborne thermal coal market as it enters structural decline with significant implications for major exporters including Australia and South Africa.

A fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Simon joined the IEEFA team in July 2016, after 16 years’ experience within the finance industry at banks ABN Amro, Macquarie Group and Commonwealth Bank of Australia in both Sydney and London.


Mariana Paoli

Mariana manages Christian Aid’s international advocacy work across various thematic areas. She has been engaged in international climate campaigning for over ten years, following the UN climate negotiations. She also led the establishment of the Big Shift Global campaign, focusing on shifting energy finance policies from fossil fuels to renewable energy and its access.

Previously, Mariana worked for Greenpeace International, UK and Brazil where she is originally from and, she holds a MSc from the London School of Economics in International Political Economy.


Julia Peck

Julia Peck has served for the past two years as co-chair of the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign, the coalition of students working towards divestment at the University of Oxford. She and her fellow campaigners revitalized the dormant divestment movement at the university level and launched new campaigns at Oxford’s constituent colleges, reaching over 25 active college campaigns after two years. Julia also organizes with the UK collective Reclaim the Power, which opposes fracking and other extreme energy extraction with direct action.

Julia came to climate justice activism after years of campaigning for Palestinian human rights at Columbia University, where she did her undergraduate degree. Julia continues to work for the educational non-profit Extend, which takes young American Jews to meet with Palestinian justice activists in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

With her academic hat on, Julia is a linguist who focuses on minoritized and endangered languages, receiving her MPhil at Oxford for work on the Judeo-Spanish spoken by Sephardic Jews in Istanbul. She sees the marginalization of languages as the result, too often, of other types of oppression of its speakers.

Julia is originally from Washington, D.C. Her writings have been published in The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Elle.


Thomas Pringle

Member of Parliament representing Donegal constituency since 2011 and a member of local government since 1999 before that. Thomas is an independent member of parliament and part of the Independents4change group in the Dail.

He is a member of the Agricultural, Climate Change and Justice Committees in the Parliament. The parliament passed his ‘Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill’ in 2017 with government opposition and ironically now the government use it as an example of their climate actions, unfortunately they can’t point to much else. The bill was a great example of parliament, NGOs and the public cooperating to make change.

Donegal is from the extreme northwest of Ireland and is a very rural constituency with high levels of unemployment and dependence on agriculture and tourism for employment in the rural areas and foreign direct investment in the urban areas of the county.


Kale Roberts

Kale leads ICLEI USA’s fossil fuel divestment program, for which he provides technical assistance to cities around the U.S. to scope divestment opportunities as a key step of ICLEI’s Carbon Neutral City framework. He is the author of the case study on New York City’s divestment commitment, produced in collaboration with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Resilience Office.

He provides technical assistance to local governments on city greenhouse gas emissions inventories, sustainability planning, nature-based solutions and climate adaptation.

Before joining ICLEI, Kale worked as proposal-development support to the United Nations Development Programme’s Climate Change Adaptation Team from the Bangkok Regional Hub, was the renewable energy editor of Mother Earth News magazine, and from 2010-2012, served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Issan region of Thailand. Kale received an M.S. in Climate Science and Policy as a Rachel Carson Scholar at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and a B.S. in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University. He lives in Hudson Valley region of New York.


Grové Steyn

Grové is the Managing Director of Meridian Economics, an energy and infrastructure economics advisory firm based in Cape Town. Grové is a prominent infrastructure and regulatory economist in South Africa with more than 25 years’ experience in the electricity, gas and liquid fuels sectors. He has recently attracted public attention in presenting research and modelling outputs around the possible closure of Eskom’s coal power plants and the future of the power sector in South Africa.

He started his career as an industrial engineer at Eskom and has worked as an energy and power sector policy researcher at the University of Cape Town; at the former National Electricity Regulator (NER); at the Human Sciences Research Council; as a senior policy and economic advisor to Government and the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA); as a regulatory advisor to Transnet; and as an infrastructure and regulatory expert for private sector infrastructure operators and in energy sector commercial and regulatory litigation.

He was the primary author of the Electricity chapter of the 1998 Energy Policy White Paper. He was a central player in earlier attempts to restructure Eskom in 2000, including developing detail restructuring proposals for the Department of Minerals and Energy Affairs and the Department of Public Enterprises, and negotiating reform proposals with Eskom. Grové also served on the Liquid Fuels Windfall Tax Task Team appointed by then Finance Minister Trevor Manual. Most recently, Grové has played a significant role in President Rhamaphosa’s Eskom Sustainability Task Team.


Jamison Drake Suter

Jamison is the great-great grandson of Lauren Jay Drake, long-time vice-president and later president of Standard Oil of New Jersey before his death in 1918. This company was the ancestor of today’s ExxonMobil. The inheritance from his great-great grandfather allowed him to complete degrees in cultural anthropology and environmental science in the early 1990s. However, as a long-time shareholder, he lost patience with the company’s stubborn intransigence on climate change – touted as ‘agnosticism’ – and its unethical behaviour in the field and in the boardroom, dumping his shares in recent years.

Professionally, he worked for the World Bank Group from 1993 to 1997, mainly in its Global Environment Division on grant-making by the newly created Global Environment Facility, including for projects to combat climate-change. Then, for eight years he managed African programs for the international environmental NGO, Fauna & Flora International, specialising in West Africa. This work focused increasingly on nature conservation in times of civil unrest and post-conflict reconstruction, and in particular on balancing the perceived need for immediate ‘development’ in contexts of severe poverty and civil disarray, with longer-term imperatives like sustainability, protection of biological diversity & ecosystem services, and fighting corruption. Since 2006, he has worked on environmental and social responsibility in mining projects in West Africa, contributing actively to developing and promoting good practices.

Finally and most importantly, he is a father, an uncle and a grandfather who wants a liveable planet for his family and all future generations.


Prof Mark Swilling

Prof. Swilling is an international expert in sustainable development, with over thirty years experience in ‘societal transitions’, initially with respect to democratization and governance, and more recently within the wider discipline of sustainability studies. He has supervised over 40 Masters theses and 18 PhDs across 5 universities, and published numerous articles in accredited journals.

His most recent book is Age of Sustainability: Just Transitions in a Complex World that will be published by Routledge in September 2019. In recent years, he has increased his participation in international research collaborations, particularly via UN institutions and several Scientific Committees of international conferences.

In 2007, he was invited to be a member of the International Resource Panel, and in 2014 he was appointed by the Minister of Finance as a Board member of the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and since January 2019 he has acted as the Chairperson of the Board.


Coumba Toure

Born and raised between Mali and Senegal, Coumba Toure is a writer and storyteller. She publishes children stories through Falia and she promotes social entrepreneurship through Ashoka for the past 10 years.

She designs popular education programs to bring change for women and children. She has and extensive experience in facilitating meetings internationally, engaging young people, and designing and implementing and evaluating training programs to promote human’s rights specially for women. She has worked with organizations such as the Institute for Popular Education in Mali, the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement in Selma Alabama, and the Youth for Environmental Sanity in Santa Cruz California.

She is a member of the African Feminist Forum and the Per Ankh collective. She is a board member of TrustAfrica and an Ambassador of Africans Rising for peace justice and dignity. She has serve on the board of urgent action fund for women Africa. She is as an advisor to the Global Fund for Women and to International Development Exchange. She is a mother, a sister, and a daughter to many. Coming soon is Muuso, her new illustrated book for children.


Dave Watson

Dave Watson is the recently retired head of policy at UNISON Scotland. He was also joint secretary to the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board, the largest pension scheme in Scotland with assets of over £43 billion. During his tenure, UNISON Scotland led several initiatives on fossil fuel divestment and investment, which were subsequently adopted more widely across the UK trade union movement.

Dave has written extensively on pension reform, including, fiduciary duty, infrastructure investment, and fossil fuel divestment. He was the editor of Pensions Scotland.

A graduate in Scots Law from the University of Strathclyde, Dave is the Secretary of the Keir Hardie Society, a board member of the Jimmy Reid Foundation and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has written several publications and been a government advisor on public service reform, health and energy policy. He is a regular contributor to a range of policy journals.

Born in Liverpool, he spent his teenage years in London, before working for UNISON in Wales, Dorset and for past 28 years in Scotland. He lives in Ayrshire and is currently working on policy development and consultancy projects. He is the policy lead on the Scottish Labour manifesto for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.


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