Mariella is a journalist and broadcaster who has been vocal in this country on a variety of women’s issues. She is also a respected arts critic and has sat on the panel for arts awards from the Booker to the Turner Prize.
Mariella is an invited member of the Royal Academy’s Council and received an honorary doctorate in 2009 from Nottingham University. She writes a weekly column for The Observer and is the film critic for Harper’s Bazaar and writes a book column for Psychologies. She has also presented the UK’s two premier book programmes, The Book Show for Sky Arts and Open Book for BBC Radio 4.
She has been active in the charity sector for two decades, having worked on Bank Aid and Comic Relief along with various fundraising initiatives for Oxfam, The Children’s Society and Save the Children. Campaigning for women’s rights and gender equality has become her main focus; she has recently made several trips to Africa to meet women and young girls in their communities, and experiencing firsthand the realities and inequalities of the lives that they lead.
Jason, founding partner of H2O Law, is a recognised legal expert in human rights and conflict resolution. He was named as the UK’s Lawyer of the Year 2009-2010 by the UK Law Society, not least for his work in conflict resolution around the world. He advises governments, NGOs and companies on an array of legal, crisis management and humanitarian issues. Jason has worked with FAS for many years as one of their Ambassadors, and has also worked closely with the UN, Oxfam and Crisis Action. He has been particularly active in Sudan; he created Mandate Darfur and formulated it with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.
Born in Morocco, Karen is a producer, artist and writer who has performed and produced flamenco shows in Paris and London. Prior to her move towards the arts, Karen had a successful financial career in Paris; her first book, The Angel’s Metamorphosis, explores her spiritual journey and decision to leave that career behind.
Karen has been active in many humanitarian causes such as La Voix de l’Enfant and Les Ecoles de l’Espoir in Paris which support women’s and children’s rights, and their status and role in our society.
Maria was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She majored in Nutrition and Dietetics and had her private practice for a few years before she relocated to London. She is married to Malek Sukkar and they have three children.
Maria is part of the International Council at Tate and sits on their Middle Eastern Acquisitions Committee and their Photography Acquisitions Committee. In the UK, she supports the British Museum, the Showroom, the Chisenhale and the South London Gallery. Whilst in Lebanon, she is supportive of the HomeWorks space and of the Beirut Art Centre.
In addition to that, Maria is a trustee of the St Jude’s Cancer Center for Children in Beirut and of the GREAT Initiative in London and is an active member of the Chain of Hope, Al Fanar, Women for Women and The Art Room.
Liz is a political communications consultant. She is currently a Partner at the communications group, Bell Pottinger, where she is responsible for advising FTSE 100 and international companies on positioning, messaging, political engagement, policy development and integrated campaigns. She previously worked for the Conservative Party and in broadcast television. Liz is actively involved in local politics in South London and the West Midlands.
Simon has worked in finance for over ten years starting his career in corporate finance at EY LLP where he gained his ACA. He then moved into Mergers & Acquisition at independent corporate finance boutique Livingstone Partners covering the Media, Consumer and Business Services sectors. He currently works as an M&A Director at Top Right Group, where he is responsible for driving global growth strategy through acquisitions, disposals, strategic partnerships and organic growth.
Historically, Simon has taken an active role in youth development in London, participating in a mentoring scheme at the Harris Academy in Bermondsey London. He is also an active fundraiser having previously raised money for Anthony Nolan by running the London Marathon.