Meet the Task Force




KATE OSAMOR MP (CHAIR) is the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and Labour & Co-operative Party MP for Edmonton. After studying international development at the University of East London, Kate worked for the Big Issue and in the National Health Service. Since being elected in 2015, Kate has campaigned in Parliament on social justice issues, championing for example Women for Refugee Women’s ‘Set Her Free’ campaign to end the detention of women who seek asylum in the UK. Kate has spoken extensively on the need to shift the UK’s vision of international development away from charity and towards social justice.

Twitter: @KateOsamor

CHRISTINE ALLEN is the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Christian Aid, and is a member of the taskforce in a personal capacity. Previously she was Executive Director of Progressio for ten years, and has also held key posts with a variety of organisations such as CAFOD, the Justice and Peace Commission of Liverpool Catholic Diocese and the Catholic Housing Aid Society. She brings expertise in many policy areas affecting developing countries including climate change and tax avoidance.

Twitter: @CDenchN21

ELIZA ANYANGWE is a Cameroon-born, London-based journalist and media director at The Rules, an organisation that works to tell the story of capitalism as the root cause of poverty, climate change and inequality. Before going freelance in November 2014, Eliza ran the Global Development Professionals Network, a Guardian community for humanitarians and aid workers.

Twitter: @ElizaTalks

LARRY ATTREE brings expertise on conflict issues. He has several years’ field experience in conflict environments working with UN and international agencies, NGOs and private companies. He has contributed substantially to global conflict policy negotiations, including the Sustainable Development Goals. As Head of Policy at Saferworld his current focus is peacebuilding responses to security threats. Twitter: @LarryAttree

VALERIE BRESE studied Social Policy with Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. After graduating, she volunteered with Childhood Trust as a social researcher. She also volunteered with Restless Development in Tanzania working with young people under the International Citizen Service programme. She is a strong advocate for youth empowerment. She currently works for LSE Residential Services.

Twitter: @ValerieBrese

NICK DEARDEN has been the director of Global Justice Now since 2013. He started his career at War on Want where he became a senior campaigner. He went on to be the corporates campaign manager at Amnesty International UK. As director of the Jubilee Debt Campaign he built strong relationships with campaigners in the global south. He has worked extensively to protect poor countries from unfair debt payment plans.

Twitter: @nickdearden75

AMY DODD is Director of the UK Aid Network, a network of NGOs that advocate for better and more effective aid in the UK, EU and globally. Amy has worked extensively in policy and campaigning, including most recently as an advisor in the Shadow International Development team in the UK Parliament focusing on gender, economic development, conflict and fragility and climate change issues. She studied economics and political science at the University of Sydney.

Twitter: @amydodd80

DR JASON HICKEL is an anthropologist whose research focuses on poverty, inequality, and global justice.  He has published widely in academic journals and is the author of a number of books, most recently The Divide: A Brief Guide to Global Inequality and its Solutions (Penguin, 2017). In addition to his academic work, Jason writes a column on development issues for The Guardian, contributes to several other online outlets, serves on the executive board of Academics Stand Against Poverty, and holds a Fellowship at the Royal Society of Arts.  He is originally from Swaziland.

Twitter: @jasonhickel

ANDREW FIRMIN is Editor-in-Chief and editor of the annual State of Civil Society Report at CIVICUS, the Global Civil Society Alliance. Andrew previously headed CIVICUS’ research, convening and communications teams, and worked as a freelance research and editorial consultant, including with Restless Development where he helped launch their Big Idea project. He has also worked with UNESCO and at the Commonwealth Foundation.

Twitter: @andrewfirmin

ANN PETTIFOR is the current director of Policy Research in Macroeconomics (PRIME) and an honorary research fellow at the Political Economy Research Centre at City University, London. She is the author of The Production of Money, (Verso, 2017), and a member of Labour’s Economic Advisory Committee. She is credited for correctly predicting the Global Financial crisis in her 2006 book The Coming First World Debt Crisis (Palgrave). Her background is in sovereign debt. She led a campaign with the international advocacy group, Jubilee 2000, that resulted in over $100 billion of debt owed by the poorest countries in the world to be cancelled.
Twitter: @AnnPettifor

ASAD REHMAN is Executive Director of War on Want. Over the last three decades, he has worked extensively in the areas of anti-racism, human rights, migration, conflict as well as anti-globalisation and economic justice issues. Having previously led Friends of the Earth International’s work at the UN climate talks he has helped to pioneer a decolonization frame to climate justice issues and continues to work with many movements in the global South.

Twitter: @chilledasad100

NATALIE SHARPLES is the Head of Policy and Campaigns at Health Poverty Action. She leads the organisation’s policy and campaigns work to tackle the social, political and economic causes of poverty and poor health. Natalie also sits on the Global Steering Committee of the People’s Health Movement and the board of the Western Sahara Campaign UK.

Twitter: @nshar9

ROBERT YATES is an internationally recognized political health economist specializing in universal health coverage (UHC) and progressive health financing. His principal area of expertise is in the political economy of UHC, with a focus on advising political leaders and governments on how to plan, finance and implement national UHC reforms. He has previously worked as a senior health economist with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Health Organization (WHO), advising numerous governments in Asia and Africa on health financing policy and health system reforms