The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord Sentamu is a former Archbishop of York, and former Primate of England and Metropolitan. He practiced Law at the Bar and the Bench as an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.
After fleeing the regime of Idi Amin in 1974, he settled in the UK. He studied theology at Cambridge, where he obtained a Master's degree and a Doctorate and was ordained Deacon and Priest on behalf of the Church of Uganda. In his ministry he has always held on to both/and in matters of the State, the work for social justice, the Rule of Law and the dignity and unique worth of every human being in the sight of God.
He has actively played a significant role in responding to racially motivated crimes and injustice. During his time as Bishop for Stepney in the Diocese of London, he served as Advisor to the Stephen Lawrence Murder Judicial Enquiry, and subsequently chaired the Damilola Taylor Murder Review. As Bishop of Birmingham he was active in tackling gangs, guns and knives by bringing hope.
In the House of Lords, he has participated in many debates and led a debate on the Living Wage and Income Inequality.
Lord Sentamu moved to the North of England in 2005, when he was installed as Archbishop of York. Serving in that role for 15 years, Lord Sentamu continued to challenge our failure to lift people out of poverty, racism and social justice. He collaborated with the setting up of Acts 435: an online charity supporting people who are struggling financially.
He also championed leadership in schools by setting up The Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust, a charity offering leadership development to young people. He served as Chancellor both to York St John University, and the University of Cumbria. He holds honorary Doctorates from many universities in the UK, including Cambridge, the UK, Canada, USA, and the West Indies. His passion is for the Church, as an Embassy of the Reign of God, to make Jesus Christ visible. Lord John Sentamu became Chair of Christian Aid on 23 November 2021, following his retirement as Archbishop of York the previous year.
HE John Kufuor was President of Ghana from 2001 to 2009 and has been credited with bringing democracy back to the country after it had been subjected to a long line of coups and military dictators. During his time in office, he implemented major changes in education, healthcare, and infrastructure development. He stabilised the country’s stagnating economy through fiscal and monetary stringency, and unleashed the entrepreneurial, creative and innovative potential of Ghanaians to create wealth and prosperity.
This socio-economic vision was encapsulated in the Five Priority Areas Programme: the pursuit of good governance, modernisation of agriculture for rural development, private sector participation, enhanced social services and vigorous infrastructure development.
Mr Kufuor has also been a prominent figure on the international stage. He was Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) from 2003 to 2005, and Chairperson of the 53 nation African Union from 2007 to 2008. He led negotiations that halted the civil war in Sierra Leone, as well as negotiations and peace missions that abetted violence and political conflicts in the Ivory Coast. In Liberia, he ensured the exile of President Charles Taylor to Nigeria, thus preventing the country from plunging into a deeper civil war again. In Kenya, he led a commission which finally resolved Kenya’s post- election crisis. This resulted in the declaration of a new constitution in 2010.
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Baroness Valerie Amos of Brondesbury was appointed a Labour life peer in 1997 and was the first black woman to serve as a Minister in the British cabinet and in the House of Lords. She has consistently sustained an interest in, and a commitment to, development issues, and to equality and human rights. Valerie was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership and change management issues and was Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission between 1989 and 1994. She has also held high office as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 2001 and 2003 and also held the office of Secretary of State for International Development in 2003. After a further period in the Lords as spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Office she became Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council between 2003 and 2007.
Baroness Amos served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN in 2010 as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. In 2015 Baroness Amos became the ninth Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Baroness Amos has been the Master of University College Oxford since September 2020, becoming the first woman Master of University College Oxford and the first black head of an Oxford college.
Kathryn is the Director of ODI’s Politics and Governance programme, managing ODI’s team of political economy experts. She has been widely acknowledged as an expert on politics, peacebuilding, business and human rights in conflict-affected settings and corporate accountability. A fluent French speaker, Kathryn has geographical expertise in West and Central Africa and over 25 years' experience of conducting and managing research and providing policy advice at a senior level in multilateral and bilateral institutions and NGOs. As a member of ODI's Leadership Team, Kathryn currently chairs ODI's Decolonising Research and Policy Taskforce responsible for transforming the way knowledge is produced across the organisation. Before joining ODI, Kathryn worked for the OECD as Head of Unit and Head of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Secretariat and co-authored their 2015 States of Fragility report. She also previously worked for the Irish Government and spent eight years as a researcher and policy advisor for Oxfam and ACORD. As a consultant, Kathryn worked with various bilateral and multilateral institutions, including DfID, Danida and AfDB.
Kathryn has a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Nuffield College, University of Oxford and an MA in Area Studies (Africa) from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Kathryn is a member of the Board of Trustees of RAID (Rights and Accountability in Development). Kathryn was appointed as the BSOEC’s EWG Chair as an independent consultant in 2019 prior to joining ODI in 2020.
Dr Anna Zalik is a faculty member in the program in Global Geography, Environmental and Urban Change at York University where she teaches in the areas of international environmental politics and the political ecology of extraction. Dr Zalik’s research examines the political economy of oil, gas and other extractive industries, with a focus on the merging of corporate security and social welfare interventions in strategic exporters, particularly Nigeria, Mexico and Canada. She has also examined the relationship between popular resistance to extraction, risk analysis as carried out by global financial institutions, and the spatial reorganisation of energy and extractive infrastructure. From 2005-2007 she was a Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Zalik has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for research on a range of topics related to the political economy of hydrocarbons, substantive industrial transparency, and the contested regulation of extractive industries in oceans beyond national jurisdiction. She has given invited presentations at many universities internationally, among them the Peace Research Institute – Oslo, the University of Chicago Human Rights Centre, and the UNAM in Mexico City.
Professor Engobo Emeseh is Head of the School of Law at the University of Bradford. Emeseh obtained her PhD from the Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, University of Dundee, and has degrees from the Nigeria Law School and the University of Wales, Cardiff. She is a former British Council Chevening Scholar and a Ford Foundation (IFP) Doctoral Fellow. Prior to her academic career, she practiced as a barrister and solicitor in Nigeria, having been called to the Nigerian Bar in 1992.
Professor Emeseh’s research focuses on environmental law and policy, with a particular interest in regulation and enforcement, environmental justice, corporate social responsibility, and the interface between environmental regulation and international economic law. She has been widely published and has presented papers at academic conferences and other international fora, usually within the context of the natural resources industry in Africa.
Professor Emeseh has provided expert advice and consultation to organisations including the UNDP, the Africa Capacity Building Foundation, the African Legal Support Facility and the UN Economic Commission for Africa Institute for Economic Development and Planning.
Dr Isaac ‘Asume’ Osuoka coordinates Social Action International, an organisation promoting resource democracy and the human rights and livelihoods of marginalised communities in West and Central Africa. Osuoka previously served as Coordinator of Oilwatch Africa, a network supporting communities impacted by the petroleum industry in the continent.
He has participated in several international conferences and has been a panellist at the United Nations’ Expert Group Meeting on the Use of Non-Renewable Resource Revenues for Sustainable Local Development. Osuoka holds a doctorate in Environmental Studies and has taught at York University and Carleton University in Canada.
Michael J. Watts is an Emeritus ‘Class of 1963’ Professor of Geography and Director of Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He served as the Director of the Institute of International Studies at Berkeley from 1994-2004. Watts was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Social Science Research Council in New York (2010-2015) and was recently awarded the Berlin Prize by the American Academy in Berlin. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2003 and was awarded the Victoria Medal by the Royal Geographical Society in 2004. Watts was educated at University College London and the University of Michigan and has held visiting appointments at the Smithsonian Institution, and universities in Bergen, Bologna, and London.
Professor Watts’ research has addressed a number of development issues, particularly the oil and gas industry, energy security, resource development and land reform in Africa and South Asia. He has written extensively on the oil industry, focusing on West Africa and the Gulf of Guinea. Much of his research has centred on Nigeria, which he first visited shortly after the civil war, and was attached to Ahmadu Bello University and the University of Ibadan in the 1970s. Professor Watts has consulted for a number of development agencies, including the United Nations and the World Bank. Professor Watts has published nineteen books and over three hundred articles in leading research journal, has provided testimony to the US Congress and State Department, and provided expert testimony in a number of legal cases.
Watts is a fellow of the British Academy and also Long-term Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala.
Roland Hodler is Professor of Economics at the University of St. Gallen and affiliated with the Oxford Centre for Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre), the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and CESifo. Before joining the University of St. Gallen, Professor Hodler was a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, and Professor at the University of Lucerne. He holds a PhD from the University of Bern. Professor Hodler’s main research areas are development economics and political economics.
His interests include the economic, political and social effects of ethnic divisions, natural resources and foreign aid. Among others, he has studied how natural resource extraction impacts upon economic growth, financial development, governance, and conflict. In recent research focusing on Nigeria, he has studied the effects of onshore oil spills on health and infant mortality. Professor Hodler’s research has been published in leading academic journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; and covered by media outlets such as BBC, the Economist, the Guardian, Le Monde, and Washington Post.