Omid Djalili is an award-winning British-Iranian actor/comedian. Not only acclaimed as one of Britain’s funniest stand up comedians, he has also featured in films including ‘The Mummy’, ‘Gladiator’, ‘Spy Game’, ‘Modigliani’, ‘Sky Captain & The World of Tomorrow’, ‘Casanova’, and will soon be seen in ‘The Allottment’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean III’. Most recently Omid has been commissioned to do his own series for BBC1, ‘The Omid Djalili Show’.
His international appeal is vast, having performed in recent years in Australia, Austria, the USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Slovakia and most recently he performed in Qatar for the Emir where he shared a stage with Bill Clinton.
Helen Bamber’s lifelong career has now spanned six decades and she has been involved in work in Gaza, the West Bank, Kosovo, Uganda, Turkey and Northern Ireland, as well as with exiles to the UK from over ninety countries. At the age of 85, Helen continues to work with asylum-seekers, refugees, Holocaust survivors, British former Far East Prisoners of War, former hostages, victims of the conflict in Northern Ireland, trafficked women and young people, survivors of genocide, torture, rape and female genital mutilation.
Karl Sharro is an architect, writer and commentator on the Middle East. He is co-author of the architectural manifesto Towards a New Humanism in Architecture and Senior Associate Partner at PLP Architecture in London. He has practiced architecture in London and Beirut, and previously taught at the Department of Architecture at the American University of Beirut.
Paul Kerswill is a sociolinguist and dialectologist committed to understanding how language is moulded by the societies in which it is spoken. His latest research is a long-term study of ‘Multicultural London English’ in the East End – misleadingly dubbed ‘Jafaican’ by the media. He has the dubious honour of being the first dialectologist to be lampooned on the Now Show.
Paul is Professor of Sociolinguistics at Lancaster University. He has previously worked at Cambridge and Reading. He has taught and given lectures by invitation in eighteen countries on five continents, and has been an advisor on urban dialectology projects in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Thailand, Japan and the UK.
Penny has been gathering play stories for many years, to help people recapture the vibrancy and importance of their childhood play. In doing this she believes that people will understand that their children also need to play and they will discover ways that they can help this to happen.
She currently works for the Play Association Tower Hamlets (PATH) based in the East End of London. PATH is a nonprofit organisation and play provider, which supports campaigns and advocates for children’s play in an overcrowded, increasingly urban and impoverished community on the fringes of the 2012 London Olympic Games site.
Danny Dorling is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield. He went to various schools in Oxford and to University in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has worked in Newcastle, Bristol, Leeds and New Zealand. With a group of colleagues he helped create the website www.worldmapper.org which shows who has most and least in the world.
He has published with others more than 25 books on issues related to social inequalities and several hundred journal papers. Much of this work is available open access (see www.shef.ac.uk/sasi). His work concerns issues of housing, health, employment, education and poverty. His recent books include, three co-authored texts: “Identity in Britain: A cradle-to-grave atlas”, “The Atlas of the Real World: Mapping the way we live” and “Bankrupt Britain: an atlas of social change”. Recent sole authored books include, “Injustice: why social inequalities persist” in 2010 and “So you think you know about Britain” in 2011.
Barbara Roche is a former Government Minister and MP who was a Minister of State in the Home Office, Cabinet Office and ODPM. She was also Financial Secretary to the Treasury and a DTI Minister. As Minister of State at the Home Office she was the Immigration Minister and has been a long-standing advocate of the need for a National Museum of Migration.
At the Cabinet Office and ODPM Barbara was the Minister for Women and Equalities and responsible for the Social Exclusion and Neighbourhood Renewal Units. She has extensive European experience – chairing the EU Telecoms Council and representing the UK on the Home Affairs Ministerial Council.
Barbara now works as a freelance consultant with major corporations, is chair of one of the largest national housing associations and a visiting university professor. She is currently the Chair of of the Migration Museum Project.
Bridget Anderson is a Senior Research Fellow at COMPAS at the University of Oxford. Her work primarily focuses on Migration and the Labour Market, with a particular interest in domestic workers and au pairs, trafficking, immigration enforcement, citizenship and the politics of immigration controls.
She has a DPhil in Sociology and previous training in Philosophy and Modern Languages. She is the author of ‘Labour Exchange: Patterns of Migration in Asia’, and ‘Doing the dirty work? The global politics of domestic labour’. Her most recent book, edited with Martin Ruhs, is ‘Who Needs Migrant Workers? Labour shortages, immigration and public policy‘.
Bridget is particularly interested in precarious labour, migration and the state. She has worked closely with migrants’ organisations, trades unions and legal practitioners at local, national and European level.
Faisel Rahman has a background in international development, including Grameen Bank and the World Bank, where he focused on developing the microfinance sector and expanding it around micro enterprise.
In 2000 he developed the first microcredit project in the UK and later created an innovative and sustainable debt advice service. His work received accolades from the Bank of England and the New York Federal Reserve Bank and has helped hundreds of women create businesses and saved many hundred more from eviction.
In 2005 he founded Fair Finance, and is currently its Managing Director. Fair Finance is a social business that aims to reduce financial exclusion and exploitation amongst poor and low income communities in the UK.