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Shami Chakrabati

Leader of the human rights organisation Liberty.

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Occupation Director of Liberty

Shami is the leader of the human rights organisation Liberty, and was made an Honorary Fellow of Goldsmiths in 2007. A trained barrister, The Times described her as 'the most effective public affairs lobbyist of the past 20 years'. In the 2012 Olympic Opening ceremony she was one of eight Olympic flag holders, alongside Nobel Peace Prize winner Leyma Gbowee and Muhammed Ali. Returning to the college in July 2013 to speak on the subject of liberty and the law, Shami said: “Goldsmiths is world famous as a place of creativity and culture as well as learning and logic. I cannot think of a better place to discuss how our rights and freedoms reflect and protect everything that makes life worth living.”

Image courtesy of the South Bank Centre.