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Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

Hilary Benn is the Labour Member of Parliament for Leeds Central and the Shadow Foreign Secretary. Previously, he served as International Development Secretary, as a Minister in the Home Office, ...

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Rosamond Bennett

Rosamond Bennett is the CEO of Christian Aid Ireland and divides her time between Dublin and Belfast. She was the Chair of the Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence 2014-2016 and for those ...

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Jo Berry

Jo Berry is founder of the charity Building Bridges for Peace. She is the epitome of triumph over adversity and challenge. When an IRA bomb planted in the Grand Hotel, Brighton, killed her ...

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Michael Binyon OBE

Michael Binyon has been a leader-writer, columnist and foreign correspondent for The Times since 1971, reporting from Moscow, Washington, Bonn and Brussels, becoming diplomatic editor in 1991 and ...

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Rt Hon Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Labour Party from 2007 to 2010. As Prime Minister, Brown’s tenure coincided with the start of the global financial ...

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Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera was born in 1968 in Havana, Cuba. A politically motivated performance artist, she explores the relationship between art, activism, and social change in works that examine the ...

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Mairia Cahill

Mairia Cahill was a government senator for the Labour Party in the Irish Parliament (Nov 2015 - Apr 2016). At the age of 16, Mairia was subjected to a year-long cycle of abuse by a member of ...

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Mary Carson

Mary Carson is a Derry born journalist, multimedia producer/director and archive specialist. In her time chasing stories, she has traveled extensively, produced and directed, written, edited and ...

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Michel Chikwanine

Michel Chikwanine is a peace advocate and former child soldier. He has endured and overcome unimaginable pain and struggles and his passion and belief in the possibility for change make him a ...

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The Rt Rev’d Dr Christopher Cocksworth

Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry, read Theology at the University of Manchester. After teaching in secondary education, he trained for ordination and pursued doctoral studies. Bishop ...

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