Youth & The Global Goals

Education Networking Event

Saturday 19th March 2016

2pm-4.30pm (Please arrive by 1.30pm)


Godfrey Thomson Hall
Thomson’s Land
The University of Edinburgh

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Limited Spaces available… Please email us to request a ticket.


On March 19th Project Trust, in partnership with the Global Development Academy at the University of Edinburgh, will host its second Education Networking Event in Edinburgh. The day will be an opportunity for people from across the education sector to discuss how young people can be inspired to contribute towards the global goals.

We are delighted to annouce that Mark Goldring, CEO of Oxfam GB will be our keynote speaker.

Guests at the event will hear from expert speakers on the how to ensure young people are engaged with the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. This will be followed by an opportunity to pose questions to the panel. The day will end with a chance to meet other guests from across the education sector.

Youth & the Global Goals

Keynote Speaker


CEO of Oxfam UK

Mark will explore some of the development successes of recent years, challenges to eradicating poverty in the next twenty years and the role that we can all play in helping achieve this goal.

Mark brings the issues faced by the world’s poorest people to a global stage, meeting high level government and business leaders to influence them to act against the causes of poverty. He also manages Oxfam’s programme work across the world, and the organisation’s annual income of £400m, 5,000 staff and thousands of volunteers in the UK and overseas.

Mark has decades of experience within international development: as chief executive of VSO; in the field for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and as Oxfam’s country director in Bangladesh in the early 1990s.

Before joining Oxfam he was Chief Executive of the UK’s leading disability charity, Mencap, for five years. He led the continued growth of its support services and positioned it as a leading influencer on national disability and social care policy.  In recent years he has served as Vice-Chair of AMREF UK, the African health charity, as a board member of Accenture Development Partnerships, as Chair of the board of charity Revolving Doors and as trustee of BRAC, the Bangladesh-based development agency.

Mark read law at Oxford and has a Masters in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics.  He was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to tackling poverty and disadvantage.

Mark Goldring
Mark GoldringCEO of Oxfam UK



Following on from the keynote speech by Mark Goldring, it  will be your opportunity to ask questions to the panel on how young people can contribute towards the global goals.

How do we ensure the world’s 3.5 billion young people are the key to change?

What do we need to do to enable young people to take the lead?


For more information, or to attend the event, please contact Alice Mellon.

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Chaired by

Michael Traboulsi
Michael TraboulsiProject Trust Board
Michael is the owner of Snappin’ Turtle, an independent TV and radio production company, which in recent years has produced shows for theBBC about The Dambusters Raid and D-Day anniversary.  Previously Michael worked for 10 years at LBC and Heart radio, five years of which were spent as breakfast newsreader on Jamie Theakston and Harriet Scott’s shows. Michael’s passion for radio came from him and his Project Trust volunteering partner Richard presenting weekend shows on Power FM 104.1 whilst in Uganda.
Jamie Cross
Jamie CrossUniversity of Edinburgh
Jamie volunteered with Project Trust in Uganda in 1996/97. He is now Director of the Global Development Academy at the University of Edinburgh.

Guest Speakers

Isobel Booth-Clibborn
Isobel Booth-Clibborn Viva
As an 18 year old, Isobel volunteered for a year in Kenya. This led on to further years working in Africa – 2 years teaching in Zimbabwe; then 6 years developing work with children in the east of Uganda. Over a further 13 years Isobel was working to promote best practice and advocacy for children through networks linking organisations working with vulnerable children in a number of cities in Africa. These networks developed the capacity of member groups as well as finding ways to work together to seek city wide transformation and change in issues affecting children. Isobel is based in Kampala and travels across Eastern and Southern Africa to support Viva’s networks. Throughout this time, Isobel was keen to promote mutual understanding and engagement in issues of development both here in the UK and beyond. Isobel and her daughter returned to live in Scotland 18 months ago.
Beth Meadows
Beth MeadowsUniversity of Liverpool
Beth Meadows volunteered with Project Trust as an English teacher in Thailand 2013/14. She went on to study History at the University of Liverpool and is in her second year. Beth is currently the President of the Help the Homeless Society at university, supporting the homeless, asylum seekers and refugees in Merseyside.

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