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Careers with Impact: How to Make a Difference and Drive Social Change
Tue 25 April 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
There is a growing global community of students seeking careers that are about more than ‘just’ earning a living – a community that wants to drive social and environmental change and have a lasting impact in the world. But what are the different career options and routes for doing so?
This event will bring together a panel of speakers with extensive experience as social change makers in the corporate world, in local government, and in the social sector. The speakers will draw on their own careers to explore the opportunities and constraints for social innovation and change from contrasting perspectives.
This will be followed by Q&A in which we will consider the potential and limitations of different career trajectories for making an impact.
Elizabeth is Social Responsibility Director at BP. She has worked in the oil and gas industry for 30 years, firstly in internal and external communications; then on corporate social investment programmes; and lastly on social and human rights impact and risk management. She worked for Mobil and ARCO before joining BP in 2000. She currently leads the company’s small social responsibility and human rights team which sits in BP’s safety and operational risk function. Her team sets the company's social and human rights requirements, provides guidance and technical support to businesses and functions and briefs senior management on social and human rights risks to BP. She also works with other companies in the oil and gas industry, principally through the industry’s environmental and social association IPIECA, to share and promote good social and human rights practice in the oil and gas industry.
Andrea, a national of the Czech Republic, is currently pursuing a PhD in politics and international studies at the University of Cambridge. Her research examines the politics of contemporary Africa, with a focus on the opportunities and challenges of protest and other nonviolent methods in shaping state politics. Prior to coming to Cambridge, Andrea spent ten years as a political officer/special assistant at the UN, working in the organization's Headquarters in New York, but mostly in the field, in peacekeeping missions in Darfur, South Sudan, East Timor and Burundi. Andrea holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's Degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also the proud carrier of a cardiac pacemaker since childhood and was, in 2015, among the honorees of the Medtronic Foundation for being a person who is dependent on a medical device and using her "extra" life to empower others.
Mark is Chief Executive of the Local Government Association in the UK, an organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. It aims to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils – including on issues of poverty, equality, and the environment – so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems. Before to taking up his role at the LGA in November 2015, Mark was Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council (2008-2015), and prior to that was Chief Executive of Durham County Council (2005-2008). Mark is a Trustee of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and a patron of the Whitehall Industry Group.
The event will be moderated by Jane Ramsey (Senior Member) and Professor Paul Tracey (Fellow).
Places limited so early booking advised..