- Mr. Stan Thekaekara
Stan Thekaekara first became involved in social activism through a national student movement in India. He went on to live in a tribal village in Bihar for a number of years. Subsequently he founded a number of grassroots NGOs in various parts of India. In 1986 he and his wife Mari co-founded ACCORD, and have spent the past 20 years mobilising the adivasis of the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu in South India to fight for their social, political and human rights. Adivasis are an indigenous people outside the Hindu caste system and represent about six per cent of the Indian population.He currently works as the Director of JUST CHANGE, which seeks to create a new model of fair trade. He has also worked as a consultant and trainer on community organisation, group dynamics, leadership and other development issues, is the first trustee of Oxfam GB from a developing country and a Visting Fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School, Oxford University.