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Community Development Post Lockdown: Challenges and Opportunities

Venue: Online

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The Community Development Degree programme team at Birkbeck invites you to this webinar where leading practitioner experts from the community and voluntary sector will discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on the sector and the communities that they serve. We will also envision what the sector will look like post-COVID and offer advice, guidance and strategies on how groups, organisations and communities can come together to tackle societal injustices and work to empower those most impacted by structural inequalities.  

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  • Yvonne Field -

    Founder and Managing Director of The Ubele Initiative

    Yvonne has more than 35 years of professional experience working with a wide range of organisations and stakeholders ranging from professional front line staff through to senior management, policymakers and planners in local, national and international government, civil society organisations and the corporate sector. She has spent substantial periods working in organisational learning and development, change management, informal education with youth, social care, health systems.

  • Sona Mahtani -

    Director of Beyond Just Now

    A former Chief Executive of a London based community development trust, well-used by 100+ community businesses, social enterprises and community organisations, many led by leaders from migrant communities. Rescued it and doubled its income to over £1m along with repositioning it in a better place than she found it. Now happily working as the Director of her consultancy, Beyond Just Now, supporting community organisations and regional networks.

  • Kunle Olulode -

    Director of Voice4Change England

    Kunle has a wealth of experience gained from running policy teams in the voluntary sector and local government and a former Convenor of Camden Black Workers Group. An active campaigner within the trade union movement, he has a strong record of building partnerships with leading national and international organisations, has also worked abroad in Spain and in the USA for groups such as the Catalan institute in Barcelona, Tommie Smith Youth Movement and 100 Black Men of Southern California.

  • Dr William Ackah -

    Programme Director Community Development and Public Policy Birkbeck, University of London.

    William Ackah is Lecturer in the Department of Geography at the Birkbeck University of London. He is also the current chair of the Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race ( He is a Fulbright Research Scholar and is doing ongoing research on gentrification and its impact on African American Communities in Pittsburgh and Black communities in London. He has over 25 years of experience doing community development work in the UK and abroad.