First Keynote Speaker
Jenny Spruell (DFID)
Jenny is on the Economic Inclusion and Investment Climate Graduate Development Scheme at DFID and works within the Growth and Resilience Department, which leads DFID’s policy thinking on inclusive growth in developing countries. Within this, she works across 3 teams: the Investment Climate Team (ICT), the Agriculture Team and the Economic Inclusion and Gender Team (EIGT). Having previously worked for Balloon Ventures as a Global Innovation Fellow in Kenya, she helped local entrepreneurs to develop their business ideas with the goal of securing seed funding. Jenny has also worked as a teacher in rural Tanzania with Oyster Worldwide.
Second Keynote Speaker
Claire Fussell (Christian Aid)
Claire is Campaigns Manager at Christian Aid, the international development charity working with people of all faiths, in 50 countries around the world to eradicate poverty. Claire has extensive experience of managing and delivering campaigns related to the development sector, with a background in economics and Global Governance. Alongside her work for Christian Aid, She is campaign manager for The Climate Coalition and has previously worked for Traidcraft plc and Ghanaian Institute for Management and Public Administration.
Mark Waddington (Hope and Homes for Children)
Mark Waddington has over twenty years experience in the humanitarian and international development sectors. He joined Hope and Homes for Children in 2011, an organisation working on the deinstitutionalisation of children, from Rwanda to Romania. Since then he has led the development of Hope and Homes’ strategy which has developed a successful, globally acclaimed alternative of family-based care. Prior to joining Hope and Homes for Children, Mark served as CEO at War Child for seven years, during which time the charity received a number of awards including the UN’s Grand Award.
Ken Surridge (Porridge and Rice)
Ken is Chair of Porridge and Rice, an NGO that works in Nairobi and is dedicated to enabling local schools to provide a quality education to each of its pupils by removing barriers to education and also by providing resources that facilitate education. Porridge and Rice aims to provide nutritional meals each school day to alleviate hunger and reduce poor health. Porridge and Rice partners with schools committed to providing their pupils with a good education. Porridge and Rice does not seek to take over and run schools but rather to partner with schools with committed, strong leadership to remove barriers to education like hunger and sickness, and runs several hunger and nutrition programmes.
Billy Huband-Thompson (BVDA)
Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad is student run society at the University of Bristol and a registered charity. Its aims are to work in partnership with communities and grassroots organisations by delivering sustainable development including education, capacity-building, water, sanitation and health; to provide a platform for a meaningful discussion around international development; and to give students the opportunity to develop skills for the future through international volunteering, empowering them to become active citizens.
Dan Iles (Global Justice Now)
Dan works in the Policy and Campaigns team for Global Justice Now. Global Justice Now is a democratic social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world. They mobilise people in the UK for change, and act in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south. Dan is active in the UK food sovereignty movement and has experience of setting up community organisations and grassroots activism.
Jenny Vaughan (Progressio)
Jenny is campaigns and activism officer with Progressio. Progressio is an international development charity working in nine countries supporting poor and marginalised people, especially women, to empower themselves to find their own ways out of poverty. Jenny has also worked with Otesha to ensure that the interests of the alumni of Otesha's programmes are represented and vocalised. The charity is concerned with sustainability and the environmental and social impact of everyday choices and she helped steer the charity toward creative methods to tackle issues such as sustainability and social injustice.
Vicki Hird (War on Want)
Vicki is the director of policy and campaigns at War on Want, an organisation fighting against the root causes of poverty and human rights violations as part of the worldwide movement for global justice. Having more than 15 years of experience in the industry, Vicki is a food and environmental justice specialist having previously run her own independent consultancy. At War on Want, she now works on strategic developments within the field and running innovative campaigns to help further their cause.
Forward Maisokwadzo (Bristol City of Sanctuary)
Forward is media and communications officer for national City of Sanctuary and development worker for Bristol City of Sanctuary. Bristol City of Sanctuary is an initiative by people living in the city who are committed to be game changers and help make Bristol proud to be a place of safety for those most in need. They hope to stimulate opportunities for those seeking sanctuary to participate fully in the life of Bristol.
Ade Couper (Bristol Amnesty International)
Ade Couper is a board member of Amnesty International UK and the Chair of Bristol Amnesty International. Being an activist for 33 years, Ade has been a member of the Activism Sub-committee since 2012. A group trainer and school speaker since 2010, he has recently taken up the role of Country Co-ordinator for South Caucasus and Former Soviet Union.
Don Flynn (Migrant Rights Network)
Don Flynn is the Director of the Migrants Rights Network. He leads the organisation's strategic development and coordinates MRN's policy and project work. Don founded MRN after many years experience of working with migrant community organisations through his previous roles as policy advisor and immigration caseworker in London. He also chairs the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) and the Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM).
Victoria Langer (Save the Children)
Victoria is Deputy Campaigns Director for Save the Children, which is the UK’s biggest children’s charity. The organisation works to provide education, healthcare and disaster relief to children and help to protect their rights in over 120 countries around the world. Victoria previously worked for Save the Children as their Head of Campaigns for Child Survival and has also headed up the National Union of Students as their Deputy Director for Policy.