Conference 2022

Conference 2022

20th September 2022, 09:15 to 18:00

Alliance Annual Conference 2022

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About this event

We're delighted to invite our members and community to join us for the Alliance Annual Conference 2022, exploring global citizenship in a challenging world, at the stunning Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, or online.

We will examine what it means to be a good global citizen in 2022, how to strengthen and maintain commitments to a decolonised, anti-racist approach, and how to take individual and collective action in the face of the growing climate crisis, as well as numerous global humanitarian crises.

Keynote speaker Baroness Shami Chakrabarti joins a diverse line up of speakers representing global citizenship, climate justice and international development.

Attendees can expect engaging and interactive sessions with conference speakers such as representatives from Scotland’s partner countries in the global south; climate justice activists; economists; and global sustainable development experts.

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We are delighted to announce Shami Chakrabarti as our keynote speaker for the 2022 Alliance Annual Conference.

Shami Chakrabarti (Baroness Chakrabarti CBE PC) is a human rights lawyer and campaigner, Labour Peer and was Shadow Attorney General for England and Wales from September 2016 to April 2020. She was the Director of Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties) from 2003 to 2016 and its In House Counsel from 2001 to 2003. Prior to that she was at the bar and then a Home Office lawyer (1996-2001).

She was a panelist on the Leveson Inquiry into media culture, ethics and practice after the phone-hacking scandal in 2011/12 and one of an international group who carried the Olympic flag at the opening of the London games in 2012.

She was the Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and of the University of Essex and has been an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Bristol and Manchester and the London School of Economics. She served on the Board of the British Film Institute (BFI) for many years and on the Members Council of the Tate.

She is a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. Shami has written and broadcast widely and is the author of two books; “On Liberty” (2014) and “Of Women” (2017). Both are published by Penguin, Allen Lane.

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The conference will be led and chaired by Iffat Shahnaz.

Iffat is social researcher, consultant and campaigner. She has worked in a number of roles across the third sector on areas related to community education, community development, adult learning, developing services focusing on anti-racist support, health and wellbeing programmes for young people, tackling violence against women whilst committed to embedding equality of access and support across whole organisations.

Iffat embeds an anti-racist intersectional analysis, in all areas of her paid and unpaid work with progressive organisations nationally and also internationally. Her recent work has taken her back to her social researcher roots; as part of the Collective she was a co-research lead on a community-led project which focused on the impact of COVID-19 responses across Scotland, an employability project for One Parent Families Scotland and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to research the lived experiences of single-parents and employability programmes in Scotland.

Currently she is working on a Communities of Colour, Co-Production and Employability project for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Iffat is a Trustee with Link Education International and Board member with Engender Scotland.

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Luam Kidane is Director of Global Progams at Thousand Currents. An African of Eritrean origin, Luam's research, writing and curatorial work examines movement building at the intersections of Indigenous governance models, cultural production and articulations of self-determination. Prior to joining Thousand Currents, Luam worked as a researcher and strategist on food sovereignty, political economy, gender, sexuality, climate justice and cultural production.


Jimmy Paul is Director of WEAll Scotland. Jimmy has worked in a range of leadership roles across health & social care for nearly ten years. He worked in strategic and operational roles across the NHS. He was latterly a Consultant at the Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children in Scotland (CELCIS) and was a co-chair at the world-leading Independent Care Review. He is an executive coach, a fellow at the Royal Society of the Arts and has represented Scotland internationally through initiatives at the World Economic Forum and the British Councils.

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Professor Tahseen Jafry leads the pioneering Centre for Climate Justice at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research interests include the justice and equity aspects of climate change, gender and poverty targeting, the management of natural resources, the geo-political nature of climate justice and the psycho-social impacts of climate change. Tahseen is a qualified engineer and social scientist and has over two decades of research and development experience.

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Julius Ng’oma is the National Coordinator for Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC) in Malawi and has been leading the network since 2014. Julius has supported the Government of Malawi delegation to the Conference of Parties (CoPs) every year since 2014, contributed to Negotiations on Adaptation, Loss and Damage and Finance related Negotiations during CoPs including during Subsidiary Body of Implementations (SBIs) and Subsidiary Bodies for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) Sessions. He holds an MSc in Environmental Sciences from University of Malawi and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Mzuzu University, Malawi.

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Màiri McAllan MSP is a Scottish Politician serving as Minister for Environment, Biodiversity and Land Reform since May 2021. A member of the Scottish National Party, she has been the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Clydesdale since 2021. Màiri attended Glasgow University to gain her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and, after qualifying as a Scots lawyer, specialised in energy and natural resources in a Glasgow, commercial firm. She also cofounded the human rights organisation ‘Reblaw Scotland’.

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Sejal Patel is an environmental economist with experience in public policy analysis, climate finance and governance, and climate-resilient development. Her work focuses on international, national and local level climate policy responses and resourcing.

Dr Tracy Morse is Senior Lecturer and Head of Strathclyde Centre for Sustainable Development. Having previously been based in Malawi for 20 years, she leads an interdisciplinary research team with a focus on addressing the determinants of health in low and middle income countries.

More speakers to be announced soon.

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