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Danny Sriskandarajah

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

Prior to that, he was Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and Deputy Director and Director of Research at IPPR, the think tank.

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’.

Danny has been a regular contributor to outlets including BBC World Service, the Guardian, Al Jazeera and HuffPost. He has also been a member of two UN High Level Panels, on humanitarian finance and digital co-operation.