An activist, convener, connector, coach, strategist, creative thinker and mother Amanda Harding is passionate about authentic change and the value we all bring to create positive impact. 25 years of working for a wide range international organisations in the private, public and voluntary sectors, including the CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food, the European Commission, BNP Paribas, Symrise, Save the Children, UNICEF and the OHCHR. Amanda has published notably on outcome-based research-for-development (focusing on water and food systems) and human rights based approaches to development; She has taught a unique module on Business and Human Rights at HEC Business School. Based in her adopted home of Paris, she also spends considerable periods of time in Asia, the Middle East and across the African Continent.

In 25 years of multi-stakeholder change convening Amanda has seen the toughest problems yield once issues are shared and impacts understood between people working in properly facilitated process. What works on the ground in Iraqi Kurdistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia or the DRC works in the boardroom, the community consultation process and at the policy table. Sustainability and human rights affect every part of the value chain. Decision makers at all levels need to work hand-in-hand with scientists, the private sector, civil society and local communities if they really care about positive impacts.

Amanda’s experience working as a convener and curator of change has convinced her that the power of collective thinking and resulting action can determine a just, equitable and flourishing future. Harnessing this collective power ensures that the momentum generated by collective thinking translates into concrete results. Dialogue and pioneering courageous action can address specific complex and vital challenges and see their impacts scaled-up resulting in exciting, positive ambitious transformation.