Jeremy Bernard Corbyn is a British politician serving as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 2015. He has been the Member of Parliament for Islington North since 1983.
Corbyn began his career as a representative for various trade unions. His political career began when he was elected to Haringey Council in 1974; he later became Secretary of Hornsey Constituency Labour Party, and continued in both roles until elected MP for Islington North. As a backbench MP he was known for his activism and rebelliousness, frequently voting against the Labour whip, including when the party was in government under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Corbyn was also the national chair of the Stop the War Coalition from 2011 to 2015.
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder took office on 1 October 2012. Guy Ryder sees the ILO as absolutely central to the questions of the day: jobs, social protection, the fight against poverty, and equality. For this reason, he wants to reinforce the ILO's place at the centre of international decision-making on issues that affect the world of work.
The Director-General wants the ILO to play a role in difficult global situations – such as economic crisis – and on the national agendas of countries undergoing change, especially where the world of work is at stake.
Suleyman Ali "Sulley" Muntari (born 27 August 1984) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Spanish Club Deportivo de La Coruña.
During his time with Internazionale, he helped the team win the Champions League in 2009–10 and the Serie A title in 2008–09 and 2009–10. He was also part of the Portsmouth team that won the FA Cup in 2007–08. A full international for Ghana since 2002, he has earned over 80 caps for the national team and has been selected for two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and three FIFA World Cups.
Muntari is a powerful voice against racism and has campaigned for racial justice in football. In May 2017, he received a yellow card for protesting to the referee who had not reacted to racist abuse from fans during a match between Pescara and Cagliari in Italy’s Serie A. Muntari was given a second yellow card for walking off the pitch in protest. Initially banned for one game, Muntari had this overturned. He has encouraged other players to walk off the pitch if they are racially abused and is urging Fifa and Uefa, its European confederation, to fight racism, which he say is everywhere and getting worse.
Executive Director of ICAN
Beatrice Fihn is the Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign coalition that works to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons. She accepted the Nobel Peace Prize and delivered the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on behalf of the campaign.
Ms. Fihn has lead the campaign since 2013 and has worked to mobilise civil society throughout the development of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. This includes developing and executing ICAN’s political strategy and fundraising efforts as well as representing the campaign in relation to media and key stakeholders such as governments, the United Nations and other international organisations.
President of UNI Global Union
Ann Selin is the President of UNI Global Union and one of the largest trade unions in Finland, PAM.
Selin was elected at UNI's Cape Town Congress in 2014 and has been involved in international trade union activities since the 1980s when working as the youth secretary in Liikeliitto, the predecessor of PAM. Over the last ten years she has been a member of both the European and international Boards of UNI.
General Secretary of ITUC
Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the ITUC at its Second World Congress in Vancouver, June 2010. Prior to this, she held the position of ITUC President since its Founding Congress in Vienna (November 2006) and the position of ICFTU President since its 18th World Congress in Miyazaki (November 2004). She is the first woman to have held any of these positions.
Mayor of Liverpool
Joe was elected to Liverpool City Council for the Abercomby ward (now Riverside) in Liverpool in 1998, the place where he grew up. He became Leader of the Labour Group on the council three years later, and following the 2010 election, became Leader of the Council.
In May 2012, Joe stood as the Labour Party candidate in the first-ever direct elections for the citywide Mayor of Liverpool. He won on the first ballot with a majority of 50,000 votes, securing almost 60 per cent of all votes cast.
Mayor Anderson has navigated a course for the council through an increasingly difficult time for Liverpool, with the city facing the biggest cuts from central government, despite having the greatest needs.
Developing the city’s economy and creating new jobs, new schools and new homes are Joe’s priorities for Liverpool.
Joe is hugely ambitious for Liverpool, passionate about the future and devoted to the city’s prospects as a thriving, growing and prosperous city.
He ardently believes Liverpool’s best days lie ahead as a leading world-class city.
Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (born 11 November 1990) is a female Muslim American collegiate basketball player for the University of Memphis. After a long campaign and a 3 year ban from playing, Bilqis Abdul-Qadaar succeeded in forcing FIBA’s widely condemned ban on wearing a hijab during games.
She is being honoured with the Freedom From Fear Award for her successful campaign to have FIBA’s hijab ban overturned. Her campaign brought together UNI’s World Players Association, Human Rights Watch, Shirzanan (an advocacy group for women athletes), Athlete Ally and basketball player associations from around the world including UNI affiliates the National Basketball Players Association and EU Athletes. She had been unable to play for three years.
General Secretary of the TUC
Frances has been an active trade unionist and campaigner all her working life. She has been employed in a range of jobs from shop work to the voluntary sector.
As Deputy General Secretary since 2003, Frances led on winning the 2012 Principles of Co-operation Agreement with the Olympic Authorities, guaranteeing on-site minimum standards for local jobs, health and safety and the London living wage. Frances has also led on industrial policy arguing the case for a strategic approach to rebalancing the economy in the wake of the financial crash.
In January 2013, Frances became the General Secretary of the TUC, the first woman ever to hold this post. Fair pay remains a core ambition – she was on the Resolution Foundation's Commission on Living Standards, and has been a member of the Low Pay and the High Pay Commissions. Frances is a strong believer in protecting the public service ethos, opposes privatisation and leads the TUC campaign to save the NHS.
Prime Minister of Sweden
Stefan Löfven is a Swedish politician serving as the 33rd and current Prime Minister of Sweden. He was elected in 2014 and has been the Leader of the Social Democrats since 2012. Löfven previously worked as a welder before becoming an active trade unionist. He rose to become chairman of the trade union IF Metall from 2006 until being elected Leader of the Social Democrats in 2012.
Former Secretary General of the UGTT
He was the Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT) since 2011. UGTT was part of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, which was awarded the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize "for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Tunisian Revolution of 2011". Along with other leaders of the Quartet, Wided Bouchamaoui, Mohammed Fadhel Mafoudh and Abdessatar Ben Moussa, Houcine Abassi traveled to Oslo to collect the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 2015.
Barry C. Lynn
Executive Director of the Open Markets Institute
Barry C. Lynn
Barry Lynn directs the Open Markets Institute. Previously, he spent 15 years at the New America Foundation researching and writing about monopoly power. He is author of Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction (Wiley 2010) and End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation (Doubleday 2005).
Lynn’s writings on the political and economic effects of the extreme consolidation of power in the United States have influenced the thinking of policymakers and antitrust professionals on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has been profiled on CBS and in the New York Times, and his articles have appeared in publications including Harper’s, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and Foreign Policy. He has appeared on CBS, PBS, CNN, the BBC, NPR, MSNBC, C-Span, and the Christian Broadcasting Network, among others. Prior to joining New America, Lynn was executive editor of Global Business Magazine for seven years, and worked as a correspondent in Peru, Venezuela, and the Caribbean for the Associated Press and Agence France Presse.