NCVO Annual Conference 2019 keynote speakers

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State of the Sector Address

Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, NCVO

stuartetheringtonSir Stuart Etherington was appointed chief executive of NCVO in 1994. NCVO is a membership organisation that represents the interests of charities and voluntary bodies. It has over 14,000 member organisations. Previously he was chief executive of the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, a major UK charity.

Throughout his career he has been involved in the leadership of voluntary organisations and policies surrounding them. As such he has become a leading commentator, both through his writing and his media profile.

Stuart is a member of the Economic and Social Committee of the European Union and the chair of London United. He is chair of the trustees of the Patron’s Fund and Chaired a cross-party review looking at the structure of the regulation of fundraising. He is also an IES Honorary Fellow. He has been a trustee of Business in the Community, the chair of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee, a member of the Community and Social Affairs Committee of Barclays Bank, former chair of Guidestar UK, chair of CIVICUS Europe, treasurer of CIVICUS, a global civil society organisation, council member of the Institute of Employment Studies, an Advisory Group member for the Policy Centre at the British Academy, and for the Lord Mayor’s Trust Initiative.

Stuart was knighted in 2010 for services to the voluntary sector.

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Morning keynote

Danny Sriskandarajah, CEO, Oxfam GB

ruth ibegbuna Danny joined Oxfam GB as Chief Executive in January 2019. Danny previously led CIVICUS, the Johannesburg-based alliance of civil society organisations with members in more than 180 countries.

Prior to that, he spent four years as Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society and as Deputy Director and Director of Research at IPPR. He was born in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and was initially raised in a rural community without electricity or running water. His family was displaced by the onset of a brutal civil war and Danny spent time in Papua New Guinea and Australia, where he went to school and university.

Danny moved to the UK in 1998 and completed his Masters and Doctorate in international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, with the focus of his doctoral thesis being ‘Development, inequality and conflict’. He became a British citizen in 2010. The contrast between the wealth and opportunity of life in the global north with his early years in rural Sri Lanka has given him a passion to take on the root causes of poverty, and he is committed to Oxfam's long-standing approach to speaking out against injustice.

In the media, Danny has been a regular contributor to outlets including BBC World Service, the Guardian, Al Jazeera and HuffPost. You can find him on Twitter @dhnnjyn.

Afternoon keynote

Ruth Ibegbuna, Director, The Roots Programme

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Ruth is the founder of the multi award-winning youth leadership charity RECLAIM and The Roots Programme, a radical new approach to bridging divides between UK communities.

Ruth is a passionate voice for young people and a ‘professional northerner’ – always pushing for greater recognition for the talents and leadership that exist outside London, Ruth works hard to connect influencers in the capital with new opportunities to learn from those from different parts of the country. Ruth is a highly successful social entrepreneur who is passionate about all sections of business and society working together to enable ambitious social change.

Ruth is a Clore Social Fellow and an Ashoka UK Fellow and was listed in The Sunday Times as one of the 500 most influential people in the UK. She was also listed by Virgin as one of the top six female changemakers internationally.

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