Mark Goldring
Mark Goldring became chief executive of Oxfam GB in May 2013. The international NGO is currently working in over 55 countries around the world to tackle the injustices of poverty. It reached 15 million people in the last year alone; whether responding to emergencies, developing long-term projects for poor communities or campaigning for lasting change.

Mark has decades of experience within international development: as chief executive of VSO; in the field for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and as Oxfam's country director in Bangladesh in the early 1990s.

His most recent role was as chief executive, since 2008, of Mencap, the UK's leading disability charity. There he led the continued growth of its support services and positioned it as a leading influencer on national disability and social care policy. In recent years he has served as vice-chair of AMREF UK, the African health charity, as a board member of Accenture Development Partnerships, as chair of the board of charity Revolving Doors and as trustee of BRAC, the Bangladesh-based development agency.

Mark read law at Oxford and has a Masters in social policy and planning in developing countries from London School of Economics. He was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to tackling poverty and disadvantage.

Entries by Mark Goldring

Inclusive Capitalism: People Should Replace Profit as the Bottom Line

(6) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Leading figures from politics, business and finance will meet in London tomorrow to discuss how to respond to the widening gap between the very rich and the rest: a crisis where just 80 individuals own the same wealth as 3.5billion people, the poorest half of the world's population.

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Ebola: A Turning Point?

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 7:00 PM

With Liberia's last confirmed ebola patient discharged from treatment and the country counting down towards being ebola-free, we should celebrate this major milestone in the fight against the epidemic. But the good news does not mean the epidemic is over. Significant numbers of ebola cases remain in two...

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Three Realities of Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 6:00 PM

Last week I met Stephen in a township close to Monrovia, the capital of Ebola-affected Liberia. With a shell-shocked expression, surrounded by the 13 orphaned children he is now responsible for, he told us how he survived the disease, but lost his partner, several family members and his job.


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MPs Must Grab Chance to Cement UK's Status as Global Leader in Fight Against Poverty

(5) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 6:00 PM

Much as those of us working in the aid sector hate to admit it, sometimes criticism is good for us. Many of the big improvements in aid over the past few decades have been spurred by those willing to ask the tough questions about whether our practice lives up to...

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From Crisis to Catastrophe in South Sudan

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 7:00 PM

In a report released today, Oxfam and other aid agencies are warning that rival groups in South Sudan are regrouping ready to resume violence once the rainy season ends this month. An upsurge in fighting would exacerbate what is already the world's worst food crisis and could lead to famine....

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Rising Tide of Humanitarian Crises Demand More Than Aid

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 7:00 PM

The latest images of dead and wounded children in Gaza that have flashed across our TV screens in recent days are among the most horrific of a summer where the world has appeared to lurch from one humanitarian crisis to the next. From civil war in Syria, via burgeoning conflict...

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Girl Summit Could Be the Beginning of a New Global Story

(2) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 7:00 PM

When ten-year-old Nujood Ali became the world's youngest divorcee six years ago, heads turned. This child was supposed to be learning at primary school and playing with friends. Instead she was married to a man more than three times her age.

But while this made the headlines at the time,...

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Beyond Relief in the Philippines

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 7:00 PM

At a makeshift boat building workshop amidst the rubble of what used to be a big stone house close to the waterside near Tacloban in the Philippines, my guide told me of his visit six months ago, just days after the typhoon struck. He was searching for the...

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Learning Lessons in the Philippines

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 6:00 PM

It is only three years since the world was shocked by Haiti's earthquake and Pakistan's terrible floods. In 2010 both governments and private donors responded with massive generosity. In the UK, the Disasters and Emergency Committee was inundated with donations worth more than £170million. International humanitarian aid shot up to...

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