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Lucy Freeman Deputy director, Africa Programme, Amnesty International, 31


Lucy Freeman is the deputy director in the Africa Programme at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, the world’s largest human rights organisation. She oversees the organisation’s work on Nigeria, Ghana, the Gambia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and Eritrea as well as managing three teams of staff. Lucy obtained both her First Class Honours degree and her MSc in human rights, from the London School of Economics. Aſter time in Kampala at a Ugandan human rights organisation, she became Amnesty International’s campaigner (2008) and then researcher on Nigeria (2010). For the past two years, she has been leading Amnesty International delegations to Nigeria to monitor and document human rights violations in the country, working with victims for justice and raising the organisations concerns directly with the government. Freeman has authored a number of well publicised reports for the organisation. Working in partnership with community activists in Nigeria, she developed Amnesty International’s flagship campaign on housing rights in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Closer to home, Freeman has been a board member of the Tricycle Teatre in Kilburn, and previously ran its social inclusion programme, delivering activities for excluded and disadvantaged children and young people.


Sonia Meggie Founder, Inspirational YOU, 36


Sonia founded Inspirational YOU – a social enterprise that aims to educate, connect and empower professionals and future leaders, and which has developed into a successful brand. Leading a team of six that organises networking events, debates, conferences, personal development and well-being workshops for those seeking a career change, Sonia has a BA in Business Studies and Social Policy and an MSc in E-commerce. Sonia’s vision and passion is to empower others, encourage personal growth, provide business networks, educate future leaders and help entrepreneurs. Her events, which are often held in prestigious venues such as the UK Supreme Court, feature many of the most powerful and inf luential people in the UK, including Powerlistees such as Courtney Griffiths, Donna McConnell and Sandie Okoro. She is an innovative leader who has quickly become a known trailblazer and has been nominated for numerous awards.


Lawrence Lartey Founder, Question Media Group, 35


Lawrence is the founder and creative director of Question Media Group, a bourgeoning multimedia organisation, responsible for delivering groundbreaking campaigns for The Prince’s Trust, Hugo Boss and The Arts Council to name but a few. The company also produced the Channel Four documentary How Hip Hop Changed the World in 2011. In 2012, Question Media Group teamed up with Unicef and MTV to write and produce youth radio drama series Shuga: Love, Sex, Money. The moving 12-part series about a group of young Kenyans living in a world where Aids is an ever-present threat, has been shown in six countries: Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa and Tanzania across 65 stations. Lawrence started his career as freelance journalist working for the BBC, ITV, The Guardian and Touch Magazine. He is an associate lecturer at the University of The Arts London.


Hannah Ryder Senior economist, DFID, 31


Hannah Ryder is a senior UK Government economist. She heads up a team that supports the Department for International Development’s Secretary of State in her role as co-chair of a major new global organisation charged with shaping the “how” of enabling people around the world to climb out and stay out of poverty in the next 15-20 years. Hannah is most well known in and outside DFID for her regular blog, for which she won the 2012 Observer Ethical Award and was one of three winners of the Women Deliver 2011 global prize. Her previous role in DFID was investigating how developing countries can grow their economies without harming the environment. Prior to this, Hannah was a UK Climate Change Negotiator, assigned to make sure money from UK taxpayers to address climate change in developing countries was both sufficient and well spent. She was a co-author of the seminal Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.


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