CIVICUS - South Africa
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Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah has been Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS since January 2013. Headquartered in Johannesburg, CIVICUS is the global civil society alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world. Prior to joining CIVICUS, Dr Sriskandarajah was the Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, the oldest and largest Commonwealth civil society organisation. His previous posts have included Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research. Dr Sriskandarajah is an established researcher and commentator on international migration, economic development, the political economy of conflict, and ethnic diversity. He is the author of several books and reports, and his work has appeared in academic journals such as Contemporary South Asia, Geography, International Migration, Oxford Development Studies, Third World Quarterly and World Economics. He had conducted primary research in several countries including Fiji, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mauritius, Trinidad & Tobago, and Sri Lanka, an spoken at conferences and events in over 60 countries. He has been a consultant on various international organisations (including the UN’s Global Commission on International Migration and the Global Development Network), has been analyst for Oxford Analytica, and has been invited to give evidence to committees of both houses of the UK Parliament, the Council of Europe and the UN General Assembly. Dr Sriskandarajah sits on the board of several organisations, including the Baring Foundation and International Alert, and is the co-founder of the Ockenden Prizes. He has previously been a Fellow of the Senate of the University of Sydney, Vice President of the University of Sydney Union, and a non-executive Director of Equality Ltd. Dr Sriskandarajah writes regularly in the press, has given more than 500 broadcast interviews to channels around the world, and is regularly quoted in the UK and international publications (including The Economist, Newsweek and TIME). Born in Sri Lanka and a national of Australia, Dr Sriskandarajah has lived and worked in five continents. He holds a degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2012, he was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.