A Lecture by Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados

Hosted by the International Inequalities Institute, Oxfam GB and the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity

In-person public event (Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building)


Mia Amor Mottley

Mia Amor Mottley

Esther Phillips

Esther Phillips


Professor Eric Neumayer

Professor Eric Neumayer


Professor Eric Neumayer

Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah

Join us for this special event with LSE alumna Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados.

Meet our speakers and chair

Mia Amor Mottley (@miaamormottley) became Barbados' eighth and first female Prime Minister on May 25, 2018.

Ms Mottley was elected to the Parliament of Barbados in September 1994 as part of the new Barbados Labour Party Government. Prior to that, she served as one of two Opposition Senators between 1991 and 1994. One of the youngest persons ever to be assigned a ministerial portfolio, Ms. Mottley was appointed Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture from 1994 to 2001. She later served as Attorney General and Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados from 2001 to 2008 and was the first female to hold that position. Ms Mottley is an Attorney-at-law with a degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, specialising in advocacy. She is also a Barrister of the Bar of England and Wales. In 2002, she became a member of the Local Privy Council. She was also admitted to the Inner Bar, becoming the youngest ever Queens Counsel in Barbados.

Esther Phillips is the founder and director of Writers Ink Inc. as well as the Bim Literary Festival & Book Fair. She is the editor of the iconic BIM: Arts for the 21st Century and was the producer of the CBC radio programme, What’s That You’re Reading? She initiated the Bridgetown Literary Tour and is a retired Chair of the Frank Collymore Literary Endowment Committee. In March 2018, Esther Phillips was appointed the first Poet Laureate of Barbados and was recently re-appointed. 

Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (@dhnnjyn) has been Chief Executive Officer of Oxfam Great Britain since January 2019. Prior to that, he spent six years as Secretary General of CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. He has previously been Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation and held various posts at the Institute for Public Policy Research. From 2018 to 2019 he was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, co-chaired by Jack Ma and Melinda Gates, and from 2015 to 2016 a member of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Finance. He is a Trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee and a Visiting Senior Fellow of LSE's International Inequalities Institute.

Eric Neumayer is LSE President and Vice Chancellor on an interim basis. In September 2020 he was appointed as Vice President and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources).

More about this event

The International Inequalities Institute (@LSEInequalities) brings together experts from many of the School's departments and centres to lead cutting-edge research focused on understanding why inequalities are escalating in numerous arenas across the world, and to develop critical tools to address these challenges.

The Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme (@AFSEE_LSE) is a Global South-focused, funded fellowship for mid-career activists, policy-makers, researchers and movement-builders from around the world. Based at the International Inequalities Institute, it is a 20-year programme that commenced in 2017 and was funded with a £64m gift from Atlantic Philanthropies, LSE’s largest ever philanthropic donation.

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