A4ID Annual Conference 2023

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This year’s A4ID Annual Conference will take place on 20 March 2023 and will convene legal professionals, development partners, and rule of law stakeholders from government and corporate sector to engage on the challenges, opportunities, and diversities of partnerships that are required to promote the equitable achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 17.

This year, the theme of the Conference: Harnessing the Power of Partnerships, will to confront current global trends (biodiversity, localisation, regionality) by not only debating how partnerships can address these trends but what kinds of partnerships are currently working, how partnerships are creating new ways of working, and what multi-stakeholder partnerships mean in practice.

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CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

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Partnerships of all types are vital for the achievement of the SDGs, even more so in times of global transition and crisis. This panel will explore the value of working in partnership to achieve our shared goals, as well as the importance of partnerships for scaling positive impact. The panel will also discuss the challenges of building and sustaining partnerships, particularly in the context of complex and shifting geopolitical dynamics. The expert speakers from diverse organisations will offer technical insights into working within different types of partnerships across the governmental, private and civil society sectors.

This session is being chaired by Sir Howard Morrison, KCMG, CBE, KC and he will be joined by:

  • Martha Lackritz-Peltier, General Counsel, TechSoup
  • Cheryl Thomas KC, Director, UCL Jury Project and UCL Judicial Institute
  • Hazel Cameron, Head of Department- Human Rights, Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office
  • Miriam Chinnappa, Country Director, International Bridges to Justice
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Looking at the theme of partnerships and their value, this session first assesses the state of SDGs in South Asia and gathers the issues around their current understanding- their strengths and weaknesses as well as progress. As a unique insight into these SDGs, the session then looks at instances of private and public partnerships and how both sectors can use their respective strengths to provide a fertile ground for the SDGs to be achieved.

This session is being chaired by Lakshmi Bhatia, Strategic Advisor, Traidcraft and she will be joined by:

  • Aparajita Rana, Partner, AZB & Partners
  • Anita Ghazi Rahman, Founder & Partner, The Legal Circle
  • Saroj Ghimire, Managing Partner, Himalayan Lawyers & Associates
  • Dr Fahmida Khatun, Executive Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue
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Illegal wildlife trade poses a serious, long-term risk to the global economy and international security, In addition to threatening biodiversity. Tackling this trade is critical to both protecting wildlife, improving the lives of the vulnerable communities who live alongside it, and to combating corruption and international crime. This panel seeks to highlight this important issue and will also highlight how lawyers can get involved. The panel will specifically focus on three broad legal issues where lawyers can help, namely through supporting conservation organisations with direct pro bono support; assisting with legislative development and advocacy; and assisting with capacity building, especially around prosecution and judicial training.

This session is being chaired by Richard Honey KC, Barrister, Francis Taylor Building and he will be joined by:

  • Ever Chinoda, Executive Director, Speak Out for Animals (SOFA)
  • Gladys Kamasanyu, Chief Magistrate, Uganda Wildlife Court
  • Mary Rice, Executive Director, Environmental Investigation Agency
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This panel aims to discuss the value and importance of south-to-south cooperation in international development and human rights-based work. Particularly, it aims to explore ways of conducting pro bono legal work in global south jurisdictions when the technical/legal experts are from the global north. South-to-south partnerships have proved to be a valuable complement to North-South development cooperation, particularly when addressing unique development challenges, such as poverty, diverging legal systems, and working in jurisdictions with colonial legacies. The focus on cross-regional modalities in international development work is generating important conversations about more inclusive, effective, and horizontal global development models. Therefore, this panel will discuss the transformative power of south-south partnerships in achieving sustainable & long-lasting institutional change on the ground, ultimately helping accelerate the achievement of the UN SDGs around the world.

This session is being chaired by Momo Turay from UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network (UKSLPBN) and he will be joined by:

  • Joelle Kabagambe, Deputy Director, International Bridges to Justice (Rwanda)
  • Nida Usman Chaudhary, Founder, Women in Law Initiative- Pakistan
  • Fiona Darroch, Founder and Director of Law, Protimos
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The Panel will engage lawyers in East Africa to discuss the nexus between climate change and rule of law, including the role that lawyers can play to support businesses to integrate climate change considerations in their operations and report on their climate change impact and mitigation actions in their nonfinancial reporting to investors, regulators, and other stakeholders. The Panel will also explore opportunities for partnership and collaboration between lawyers, and civil society and international development organisations to strengthen advocacy for climate justice and mitigate against potential adverse impacts of climate change in context of the COP 27 to be held in the continent in November 2022.

This session is being chaired by Florida Kabasinga, Founder & Managing Partner, Certa Law and she will be joined by:

  • Dr. Frank Habienza, Member of Parliament, Rwanda
  • Emmaqulate Kemunto, Founder, Climate Change Lawyers Cafe
  • Eileen Wakesho, Director, NAMATI Kenya
  • Mark Odaga, Programme Manager, Natural Justice
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The closing panel, co-hosted by Clifford Change, aims to reflect on key models and methods for securing long-term and effective partnerships, particularly involving legal assistance for the advance of SDG 16 and rule of law. Through illustrative examples and discourse on programmatic design, the closing session will provide a blueprint for how the legal community can contribute to global partnerships for sustainable development including through specific actions. Chapter 17 of A4ID’s Legal Guide to the SDGs will also be officially launched.

This session is being chaired by Tom Dunn, Global Pro Bono and Community Director, Clifford Chance and he will be joined by:

  • Pete Garratt, Director of Global Programmes, Hope and Homes for Children
  • Samuel Munderere, Chief Executive, Survivors Fund
  • Sarah Griffin, Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC
  • Lucia Ferrer, Senior Associate, Clifford Chance
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CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Anita Ghazi Rahman

Founder, The Legal Circle

Anita Ghazi is the founder and partner of The Legal Circle, a renowned firm of barristers, advocates and legal consultants specializing in representing clients in Bangladesh on both domestic and international legal matters.
Anita obtained her LL.B. (Hons) degree from University College London (UCL), UK in 2002 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales from the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in July 2003.
She qualified as an Advocate in Bangladesh in 2004, as Advocate of the High Court Division of Bangladesh Supreme Court in 2006 and as Advocate of the apex Court, the Appellate Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court in 2018.

Panel: SDGs in South Asia: Partnerships between the Government and Civil Society

Aprajita Rana

Partner, AZB

Aprajita Rana has 12 years of experience and specialises in TMT, IT, Data Privacy, E-Commerce, Labour and Employment and General Corporate matters. Aprajita has advised clients on cloud computing, data privacy, security, cyber incident response, and encryption and interception matters. She advises various charities and multi-lateral institutions on their India operations and partner networks. Aprajita has been involved in public policy representations on defining the scope of intermediary liability and data interception in India, as well as recommendations on the Personal Data Protection Bill. Aprajita is a Chevening India Fellow for Cybersecurity (2020).

Panel: The Transformative Power of South-to-South Partnerships

Cheryl Thomas

Director, UCL Jury Project

Cheryl Thomas is Professor of Judicial Studies in the UCL Faculty of Laws. She is also Director of the UCL Jury Project and Co-Director of the UCL Judicial Institute. Professor Thomas has served as a specialist consultant on judicial affairs to a wide range of official bodies including the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Chancellor's Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity, Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, Judicial College, Law Commission, Commission for Judicial Appointments, Council of Europe and European Commission. In 2012 she was elected Honorary Master of the Bench of Inner Temple. In 2017 she was also appointed Queen's Counsel Honoris Causa. She is also a documentary maker and has produced programmes for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Discovery and PSB. Professor Thomas holds a D.Phil. and M.Phil. from Oxford University and BA from Syracuse University.

Panel: Opening Panel: The Significance of Effective Partnerships in a World of Chaos

Eileen Wakesho

Director, Community Land Protection at Namati

Eileen is a land and property rights practitioner with a keen interest on women’s land rights. She is currently the Director, Community Land Protection at Namati where she leads efforts to secure tenure rights for Indigenous and local communities. Eileen previously served as Oxfam International women’s land rights Advisor, has worked with Kenya Land Alliance, Development Policy Management Forum (DPMF) and Kenya Institute for Public Policy, Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) focusing on women land rights, land governance and land and conflicts. She has co-authored a peer-reviewed book and papers on informal justice mechanisms and formal courts in Kenya; Engagement with Local Communities: Land and Conflict; Reality or a Pipe Dream: Securing women rights in community land registration in Kenya. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and a bachelor’s degree in Communication and is alumni of University of Western Cape Political economy on Land Governance in Africa programme, Landesa’s Women Land Rights Visiting Professionals Program in Seattle Washington, and Sydney’s Law School Gender and Transitional Justice Fellowship.

Panel: Partnerships for Climate Change, Access to Justice and Rule of Law in East Africa

Emmah Kemunto

Advocate, High Court of Kenya

Emmaqulate Kemunto Morang’a is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and a Certified Professional Mediator. Emmaqulate is the Founder of the Climate Change Lawyers Café (CCLC), a pan-African platform whose mission is to enhance the lawyer’s role in utilizing the law for just climate action in Africa. Currently, her work spans business and human rights, environmental justice, climate change, and energy transition. She has experience working with indigenous communities in enhancing their capacity to assert their human rights in climate change, energy transition, and natural resource governance. She amplifies communities’ experiences through advocacy and her work in legislation and policy formulation. She also has experience in partnerships-building, research, stakeholder engagement, strategy formulation, and project management in the civil society space. She is a Master of Laws (Environmental Law) Candidate at the University of Nairobi.

Panel: Partnerships for Climate Change, Access to Justice and Rule of Law in East Africa

Ever Chinoda

Founder and Director, Speak Out For Animals

Vimbai Chinoda is the Founder and director of an International Non-Profit Organization, Speak Out For Animals (SOFA) that seeks to protect animals through the legal system. Through SOFA, Advocate Chinoda facilitated the training of lawyers, prosecutors, Magistrates, Investigators, and students on animal and wildlife law. She also authored; the Wildlife Legal Guide and Wildlife Law Code and Rapid Reference Guide (RRG) for Zimbabwe.Advocate Chinoda is a steering committee member of the United For Wildlife, Southern Africa and lectures a wildlife law module at Great Zimbabwe University. In 2021 she won an award for best corporate lawyer in Zimbabwe and was recognized among the top 100 Young African Conservation Leaders. Advocate Chinoda obtained her Bachelor of Law Honors from the University of Zimbabwe and holds a Master’s degree in Animal Law from Lewis and Clark Law School, USA.

Panel: Partnerships for Biodiversity: Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Dr. Fahmida Khatun

Executive Director, Centre for Policy Dialogue

Dr Fahmida Khatun is the Executive Director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), a leading think tank in South Asia. She completed her bachelor and Masters in Economics from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. She did another Masters in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and a PhD in Economics from the University College London (UCL), University of London UK. She did her post-doctoral research at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA as a Fulbright Scholar and undertook joint research with Professor Jeffery Sachs. She has also participated in a Leadership Decision Making course at Harvard University, USA.

Panel: SDGs in South Asia: Partnerships between the Government and Civil Society

Fiona Darroch

Founder, Protimos

Fiona founded Protimos in 2001, she leads on the strategy and management of local and international legal initiatives. Fiona was called to the Bar, specializing in environmental law after a career as an opera singer and is a member of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and a member of Chambers at Normanton Chambers.

Panel: The Transformative Power of South-to-South Partnerships

Florida Kabasinga

Founder, Certa Law Chambers

Florida is a Rwandan lawyer with twenty years' experience as a Prosecutor, Arbitrator, Mediator and private legal practitioner in Rwanda and internationally. She's the Founder and Managing Partner of Certa Law Chambers and runs its ADR practice. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She founded the Certa Foundation as part of Certa Law's corporate social responsibility initiative. She's a court appointed mediator in Rwanda and a prolific arbitrator with the Kigali International Arbitration Center. Florida Chairs the East Africa Law Society's ADR Committee. She was variously an Appeals Counsel, Assistant Appeals Counsel and Case at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Panel: Partnerships for Climate Change, Access to Justice and Rule of Law in East Africa

Dr. Frank Habineza

Member of Parliament, Republic of Rwanda

Dr Frank Habineza describes himself as an environmentalist, human rights, democracy and defence/security expert. Having graduated from the National University of Rwanda in 2005 with a BA in Public Administration, attaining a Master of Science degree at the Swedish Defence University in 2017, in Politics and War Studies, Habineza was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities due to work in democracy and human rights from Bethel College-Indiana-USA. Habineza has been a Member of Parliament, since September 2018 and Vice President of the Social Affairs Committee. He ran as a Presidential Candidate in the 2017 Rwanda elections, representing the Democratic Green Party of Rwanda. Habineza has been chairing a coalition of political parties, from different 30 countries for eight years, since 2010-2018, under the umbrella organisation: African Greens Federation, based in Burkina Faso and Executive Director between May 2018-May 2019. Currently, Habineza is an Executive Advisor of the African Greens Federation.

Panel: Partnerships for Climate Change, Access to Justice and Rule of Law in East Africa

Sir Howard Morrison KC

Master of the Bench, Grays Inn

Sir Howard is a Master of the Bench of Grays Inn. Born in the UK in 1949 Sir Howard was educated in schools in what was then West Germany and England. After voluntary teaching in Ghana (VSO) he obtained his LLB (London) and attended the Inns Of Court School of Law, being called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1977. He was appointed in turn, OBE, CBE and KCMG by HM Queen Elizabeth. He is a Senior Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre of Cambridge University, Hon Professor of Law at Leicester University and Visiting Professor at Northumbria University and has been a visiting lecturer at some 25 universities in the UK, Holland, Italy, Australia, the USA, China and the Middle East. Sir Howard has a special interest in the development of international criminal law to encompass environmental crimes and the protection of flora and fauna.

Panel: Opening Panel: The Significance of Effective Partnerships in a World of Chaos

Joelle Kabagambe

Deputy Director, Rwanda Bridges to Justice

Joelle B. Kabagambe is not only a Fellow at International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) but also serves as a Mentor for the African Access to Justice Women’s Network. In addition, she has worked with Rwanda Bridges to Justice since 2016, joined as a permanent Defender Resource Center Lawyer in 2018 and become the Deputy Director since 2019 until now. Presently, she manages a taskforce of 160 lawyers as well as a women lawyers network and our JusticeHub App, focusing on criminal cases.

Panel: The Transformative Power of South-to-South Partnerships

Gladys Kamasaynu

Chief Magistrate, Uganda Judiciary

Gladys is a Chief Magistrate with the Uganda Judiciary. She is currently the head of Africa’s first and only specialized wildlife court - the Uganda Wildlife. In 2016, Gladys along with two other judicial officers were tasked with establishing the Court on the ground, in 2017, the Uganda Wildlife Court was officially launched. Gladys has successfully adjudicated many high-profile wildlife cases involving a number of illicit wildlife products like elephant ivory, pangolin scales, rhino horns and hippopotamus teeth. Gladys has participated in international and local conferences as a speaker. She has been involved in wildlife capacity-building programs organized by International and National Civil Society. Gladys is a holder of the world’s only advanced degree in Animal Law – LLM in Animal Law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland – Oregon (USA).

Panel: Partnerships for Biodiversity: Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Lakshmi Bhatia

Strategic Advisor, Human Rights, Traidcraft

Lakshmi is a Strategic Advisor for Traidcraft
as part of the Research Team working on various Impact assessment and other research projects related to issues of Women in the Value Chains, Child Labour, Impact of Pandemic on informal workers, for Freedom Fund, Traidcraft, CARE, GPN Studies, Ford Foundation, C&A Foundation.

Panel: SDGs in South Asia: Partnerships between the Government and Civil Society

Lucia Ferrer

Senior Associate, Clifford Chance

Lucia is a senior associate within Clifford Chance's ("CC") Global Financial Markets practice in the UK. Lucia’s practice encompasses a broad range of debt, equity-linked and structured capital markets products and transactions. She advises issuers and underwriters on issues of debt securities, establishment and update of debt issuance programmes and structured products programmes, as well as liability management transactions. Her clients include both underwriters and issuers, including corporates, financial institutions and sovereigns. Lucia is an active supporter and participant of CC's pro bono initiatives and is also a global relationship associate within CC's HSBC global relationship team.

Panel: Closing Panel

Mark Odaga

Programme Manager, Natural Justice East Africa Hub

Mark is a Programme Manager based in Natural Justice’s East Africa Hub. He is driven by a desire to see that natural resource use and infrastructure development in Kenya and the region is sustainable and underpinned by a framework which protects and empowers those likely to be most negatively impacted. He provides strategic advice on and supports litigation across the different programme areas. In addition to policy and legal reform advocacy, he also assists in providing technical and legal advice to partners, affected communities and other stakeholders. Before joining Natural Justice Mark was a Dispute Resolution Lawyer at Daly & Inamdar Advocates. He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Panel: Partnerships for Climate Change, Access to Justice and Rule of Law in East Africa

Martha Peltier

General Counsel, TechSoup

Martha is General Counsel at TechSoup Global, an NGO headquartered in San Francisco. In this role, she oversees compliance, legal operations, as well as various due diligence-based programs, including NGOsource. She is deeply engaged in exploring ways in which philanthropic due diligence can be undertaken in ways that better capture the needs and nuances of local organizations previously excluded from traditional funding. This includes overseeing the STEP program, a partnership among TechSoup and various civil society organizations in the global south aimed at localizing and democratizing the flow of resources to local organizations.

Panel: Opening Panel: The Significance of Effective Partnerships in a World of Chaos

Mary Rice

Executive Director, Environmental Investigation Agency

Mary Rice has worked in the environmental sector for nearly three decades and is the Executive Director of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) in the UK. As Executive Director, Mary is responsible for directing the daily operational and long-term strategic management of EIA UK, working on campaigns and projects as required and representing EIA externally. This includes leading and participating in regular on-site activities in the field in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining EIA, Mary lived and worked in Asia and Africa. Trained as a journalist, Mary is also a published author and photographer.

Panel: Partnerships for Biodiversity: Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Miriam Chinnappa

Country Director, International Bridges to Justice

Miriam Chinnappa is the Country Director for International Bridges to Justice. She is a feminist lawyer with 20 years experience of leading human rights, humanitarian, and law and justice programs. Her work in the international justice development sector stems from her years of law practice in criminal and civil courts in India. She was awarded the British Chevening Human Rights scholarship. Miriam provides leadership and strategic guidance to the development and implementation justice programmes She has worked for and with international institutions, the United Nations, international NGOs, civil society organisations, bar associations, the judiciary, law institutions and social justice movements in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Panel: Opening Panel: The Significance of Effective Partnerships in a World of Chaos

Momo F Turay

Country Director, UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network

A development expert with accomplishments in research, programme planning, monitoring, evaluation, organizational development, facilitation of processes as well as teaching among others for over 20 years. He has contributed to the production of national and international documents. Momo Turay holds a MSc degree from the University of Edinburgh as a Chevening scholar. He has consulted for FCDO (former DFID) the UNDP, ECOWAS and several Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government in Sierra Leone as well as international and national NGOs.

Panel: The Transformative Power of South-to-South Partnerships

Nida Usman Chaudhary

Founder, Women in Law Initiative, Pakistan

Nida Usman Chaudhary is the founder of Women in Law Initiative Pakistan and is a diversity and inclusion advocate with over 14 years of experience. She holds LL.B (Hons) and LL.M in Law & Development from University of London and was the founding Chairperson of the Gender Equality and Diversity Committee of the Lahore High Court Bar Association where she served for two terms from 2018-20. Her areas of focus include amongst others, access to justice, gender equality and diversity in justice sector, fair representation, gender-based violence and child rights. She was amongst the 100 women from global south featured in Femilist 100 by Gender Security Project in 2021 and won the international Justitia Award in the category ‘Academia (International)’ in Vienna in 2021 and has represented South Asia as a member of Jury for the same awards and as a speaker for the Annual Women in Law Conference in Vienna in subsequent years.

Panel: The Transformative Power of South-South Partnerships

Pete Garratt

Director of Global Programmes, Hope and Homes

Pete Garratt has with over twenty years of experience in the international development and humanitarian response, including in the disability and child rights sectors. He has led global emergency response teams in some of the world’s toughest contexts with the Red Cross and served for the last eight years in director of programmes and operations roles with the Leprosy Mission and with Street Child. Holding a master’s degree in international development, Pete specialises in strategic programme leadership, organisational development, and promoting accountability and well-being across multiple programmes. This familiarity will be especially important to our future as we seek to continue to strengthen our resilience to ensure we’re able to work on long-term national systems change.

Panel: Closing Panel

Richard Honey

Barrister, England & Wales and Northern Ireland

Richard Honey KC practises as a barrister in England & Wales and Northern Ireland, in public and environmental law, with particular specialisms in habitats/biodiversity, climate change and ESG litigation. He is an experienced appellate advocate, having appeared in the Court of Appeal 20 times, including 15 appearances as lead/sole counsel, and in the Supreme Court four times. Until he took Silk, he was a member of the Attorney General’s A Panel of junior counsel to the Crown. Richard has been ranked as a leading barrister in four separate fields in both the Chambers and Legal 500 guides: local government; environment; planning; and agriculture and rural affairs. He was the environment/planning junior barrister of the year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards in 2018. Following a visit to Sierra Leone in 2012, Richard set up the UK Sierra Leone Pro Bono Network with Dame Linda Dobbs DBE and now chairs its steering group. He regularly organises and undertakes pro bono work in Sierra Leone, including with the Judiciary, government bodies and civil society organisations. He has been involved in pro bono work to support tackling the illegal wildlife trade in Sierra Leone, working with the National Protected Areas Authority and Tacugama, on legislative reform and capacity building.

Panel: Partnerships for Biodiversity: Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade

Samuel Munderere

CEO, Survivors' Fund

Samuel Munderere is passionate about international development work and improving the lives of vulnerable people. He has a profound understanding of the issues faced by women and children in Rwanda and extensive experience with programs that seek to empower them and transform their lives. Sam has worked with the Survivors Fund (SURF) Rwanda for 18 years. He has particular experience in managing educational and counseling projects and has led a program supporting 850 youth born of genocide rape. He has also coordinated SURF’s provision of counseling programs for their mothers. He has developed various livelihood projects in his career, including ground-breaking initiatives to introduce solar lights, solar cookers, clean stove cookers, water purifiers, and donkeys to Rwanda. Samuel holds a Master's in International Development Management from the University of Westminster (London, UK) and a Bachelor's in Social Worker and Social Administration from Bugema University. He is pursuing an MSc in Global Mental Health at Kings College and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Panel: Closing Panel

Sarah Griffin

Senior Legal Counsel, HSBC

Sarah Griffin works as Senior Legal Counsel within Markets & Securities Services Legal at HSBC Bank plc. She provides legal advice to the HSBC business on the provision of banking products and services to global corporate customers. Sarah is also responsible for Global Governance of Pro Bono & Social Mobility for the HSBC Global Legal function, and is an active member of the UK Pro Bono & Social Mobility Committee at HSBC. Over the last 16 years, she has been involved in the pro bono legal world in both Australia and the UK. Since joining HSBC in 2016, she has been responsible for managing the relationship that HSBC has with Clifford Chance for the purposes of Pro Bono & Social Mobility initiatives. Sarah believes in the value of forming corporate partnerships to then work with the community sector to ensure that justice is both available and accessible to all. Sarah is proud of the long-standing partnership between HSBC and Clifford Chance, through which many innovative and meaningful initiatives have been run.

Panel: Closing Panel

Saroj K. Ghimire

Advocate, Supreme Court of Nepal

Saroj K. Ghimire is an Advocate at Supreme Court of Nepal. He is also the Treasurer of Supreme Court Bar Association, Asst. Prof of Law at Tribhuvan University and holds dual LL.M from the United Kingdom and India.
He is the Managing Partner of Himalayan Lawyers & Associates. Mr. Ghimire is one of the leading lawyers for advocating and educating pro bono legal service in Nepal and has conducted Nepal Bar Association’s various trainings on Pro Bono and Legal Aid and have also reviewed and advised on pro bono guidelines developed by Nepal Bar Association. Mr. Ghimire has instrumental experience in litigation and advising complex legal matters to national and supranational bodies including largest corporate transaction and M&A in Nepal apart from advising and representing on PIL on the constitution and human rights matters.

Panel: SDGs in South Asia: Partnerships between the Government and Civil Society

Tom Dunn

Global Pro Bono and Community Director, Clifford Chance

Tom Dunn is the Global Pro Bono and Community Director at Clifford Chance and has led the development and implementation of Clifford Chance's global pro bono strategy over the last 14 years, including the growth of key strategic pro bono relationships, major international projects and our work to found our practice on a theory of change aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Before Clifford Chance, he worked as a legal aid solicitor in London, acting for tenants in disputes with landlords and helping homeless people secure assistance from local authorities in getting re-housed. For three years, he ran a public legal education project on a council estate in south London.

Panel: Closing Panel