Rory Stewart MP OBE
Member of Parliament for Penrith and The Border
Rory Stewart MP OBE is a politician, historian, and eminent international affairs and development expert. He has served as Minister of State for Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister for International Development, Minister for the Environment, and Chair of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee. He previously worked at the UK Diplomatic Service, serving in Indonesia, Montenegro, and as Deputy-Governor of two provinces in Southern Iraq after Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He was founder and CEO of Turquoise Mountain Foundation, a British NGO working on cultural regeneration in Afghanistan. In the early 2000s he walked 6000 miles across Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. He has authored four books: The Places in Between; Occupational Hazards: My Time Governing in Iraq; The Marches, and Can Intervention Work?.
International Women's Day Speaker
Founder and Director of Women for Refugee Women
Natasha Walter is founder and director of the charity Women for Refugee Women, supporting women seeking asylum and challenging the injustices they experience. She is an established author of both fiction and non-fiction, a journalist and human rights activist. A graduate of Cambridge and Harvard, she has worked as a columnist, reviewer and feature writer for the Guardian, Vogue and The Independent. In 2015 Natasha was Humanitas Visiting Professor of Women's Rights at Cambridge University. Her first book, The New Feminism was published in 1998. In 2010 she published Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, which examines the resurgence of sexism in contemporary culture. She has been a judge on the Booker Prize and the Women's Prize for fiction.She is currently working on a new book about female solidarity, Sister Act, which will be published by Virago.