2021 Leadership Council Annual Meeting Agenda


Thursday, April 29 12:30 p.m.–2:15 p.m. ET

12:30 p.m.: Welcome and Introductions (25 min)
Abby Maxman, President and CEO, Oxfam America

12:55 p.m.: The Future is Equal: Oxfam’s 2030 strategy and change journey (30 min)
Abby Maxman, President and CEO, Oxfam America
Gabriela Bucher, Executive Director, Oxfam International

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What will it take to build a future that is equal and just? Join Abby and Gabriela in a discussion about Oxfam’s role, relevance, and impact as we begin the second year of our 10-year journey to become a leading organization for equality.

1:30 p.m.: Fighting Global Inequality in a Year of COVID-19 (45 min)
Gabriela Bucher, Executive Director, Oxfam International
Latanya Mapp Frett, Executive Director, Global Fund for Women and Board of Directors, Oxfam America

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Has the past year changed your perception of what it means to live in a vastly unequal world? Join Gabriela and Latanya in a conversation about how COVID-19 has changed the landscape in the fight to end global inequality, and how we can leverage the power of the Oxfam confederation to meet this moment.


Thursday, April 29 2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET

2:30 p.m.: The Impact of Advocacy (15 min)
Gina Cummings, Vice President for Global Policy and Advocacy, Oxfam America

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Advocacy is part of Oxfam’s DNA. Join Gina for an update on recent advocacy wins and priorities for influencing under a new administration.

2:45 p.m.: Public Health over Private Profits: The need for a people's vaccine (60 min)
Moderator: Robbie Silverman, Senior Manager, Private Sector Advocacy, Oxfam America
Oscar A. Chacón, Executive Director, Alianza Americas
Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Consultant on Global Health Policy
Dr. Vanessa Kerry, CEO, Seed Global Health

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Vaccines are the key to rebuilding the world —but only if we all have access. A panel of leaders and partners from a coalition calling for a free, fair, and equitable COVID-19 vaccine will discuss the paths to full immunization in the US and globally and the influencing it will take to get us there.

4:00 p.m.: Behind the Brands: Shining a spotlight on food and beverage companies’ progress on sustainability commitments in Guatemala (45 min)
Susana Gauster, Head of Research and Advocacy, Oxfam in Guatemala
Matt Hamilton, Senior Advisor, Private Sector, Oxfam America

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Oxfam launched the Behind the Brands campaign in 2013 to challenge 10 of the largest food and beverage companies to improve their social and environmental policies. Now we are working to hold those companies accountable. Join us to learn about the evolution and impact of this initiative, a spotlight on influencing supply chains in Guatemala, and where we are looking to take this work next.

Dinner Session

Thursday, April 29 6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. ET

6:00 p.m.: Food for Thought: Cooking and conversation with Chef Irene Li* (45 min)
Chef Irene Li, Co-founder of Mei Mei Restaurant, Boston, MA
Oliver Gottfried, Senior Global Campaigns Manager, Oxfam America

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Food and cooking lie at the crossroads of culture, equity, and community. Join Chef Irene and Oliver for a dumpling-making demonstration and to explore how to create a system that centers justice and sustainability, and how we can be active participants in its generation.

*If you are considering joining us for this session, we encourage you to look at Mei Mei’s dumpling demo page for recipes and other information. Join for cooking or just for the conversation. No ticket is needed and household members are welcome to join!


Friday, April 30 12:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m. ET

12:15 p.m.: Rights and Dignity in Crises: A fireside chat on the legacy of racism and colonialism in humanitarian aid (50 min)
Moderator: Abby Maxman, President and CEO, Oxfam America
Degan Ali, Executive Director and Board Member, Adeso
Carlos Mejia, Executive Director, Oxfam Colombia

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Global humanitarian aid systems are built on —and often perpetuate —deep imbalances of power rooted in racist and colonialist ideas and practices. Through this conversation with Degan and Carlos we invite you to join Oxfam in our learning journey to understand how we can all be part of changing these unjust systems. 

1:20 p.m.: Oxfam in Ghana: Influencing for a just, equitable, and sustainable society (40 min)
Tijani Ahmed Hamza, Oxfam Country Director in Ghana

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Ghana has experienced strong economic growth in recent years. As the economy has grown, however, social and economic inequalities in Ghana have deepened. Join Tijani to discuss how Oxfam in Ghana is fighting for fair systems that promote economic, gender, and environmental justice.

2:05 p.m.: Protecting the Amazon to Protect the Future (40 min)
Clemence Abbes, Project Manager, Oxfam in Peru
Laura Victoria Gómez Correa, Program Manager, Oxfam Colombia

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How can protecting human rights help protect one of the world’s most critical natural ecosystems? Learn about Oxfam’s approach to preventing deforestation and fighting climate change in the Amazon, and our ambitions for deepening our presence and partnerships across the region.


Friday, April 30 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. ET

3:00 p.m.: The New Global Brand Story (20 min)
Karen Harrison, Global Brand Lead, Oxfam America

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How will Oxfam talk about our mission in the future? Preview the new global and Oxfam America Brand Stories to be launched this year and discuss how this new identity will be incorporated in messaging with supporters.

3:20 p.m.: An Equal Future is Shaped by You: Your impact with the Leadership Council (45 min)
Thomas Kurmann, Vice President for Resource Development, Oxfam America

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You are a critical partner in our collective mission. Hear just a few of the many ways Leadership Council members are making a difference, and reflect with your peers on meaningful ways to deepen your impact in the year ahead.

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