In January 2017, Oxfam reported the ‘obscene’ fact that just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world, 3.6 billion people. The ever-increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of a diminishing few has significant social, economic, and political costs for the global population. While overcoming the associated inequalities will present many challenges, Oxfam is, nevertheless, committed to building a global economy that benefits everyone. In this guest lecture, hosted by the University of Bristol Law School, Mark Goldring, CEO of Oxfam, will challenge the next generation of lawyers, top executives, opinion formers and others, to consider how shifts in legal, political, and economic frameworks across the globe can contribute to the creation of a more equitable and sustainable human economy that benefits more than the privileged few.
Even before graduating in law from the University of Oxford, and in social policy and planning in developing countries from LSE, Mark Goldring worked as a volunteer to improve the lives of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people. He subsequently became involved in the UN Development Programme and the UK's Department for International Development, and held posts as Oxfam's country director in Bangladesh, and as chief executive of Voluntary Service Overseas and MENCAP, the UK's leading disability charity. In 2008, Mark was awarded a CBE and, in May 2013, became Chief Executive of Oxfam GB. In this role, he manages an annual budget of £400m, 5,000 staff and thousands of volunteers in the UK and elsewhere, and oversees the organisation’s many programmes and projects across the world. Mark remains dedicated to raising awareness of the extreme poverty and inequality suffered by many by, amongst other things, delivering public lectures and meeting high level government and business leaders in an attempt to encourage them to act more ethically and responsibly.