Get To Know: Danny Sriskandarajah


In this new series, we’ll be bringing you stories of some of the amazing people in the Conduit community. First up, Danny Sriskandarajah.

An original Founding Member of The Conduit, Danny Sriskandarajah is the recently-appointed Chief Executive of Oxfam Great Britain.

Growing up in Sri Lanka with his grandparents, he was reunited with his parents at the age of 6, when he moved to Papua New Guinea after the onset of the Sri Lankan Civil War.

Danny was the first Asian Australian to win a Rhodes Scholarship from the University of Oxford, where his research focused on inequalities and ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka, a self-confessed need to “contribute to the understanding of what happened in Sri Lanka [during the Civil War]… and hopefully contribute to the solution”.

In the years since leaving higher education, Danny has dedicated his life to civil action. He was Secretary General and Chief Executive of CIVICUS, a Johannesburg-based global alliance of civil society organisations, and was the Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society, where he was the first non-British and youngest person to head the 140-year-old organisation.

At Oxfam, he is setting a path of change and renewal, agreeing to take on the Chief Executive role after outlining his intention to lead a bold reimagining of what the organisation could be.

Danny is also committed to supporting the next generation of leaders, both within and outside of the third sector, believing that, when it comes to purpose, we should be ‘sector agnostic’. His vision for the future is of a world where anyone, in any industry, business or organisation, can be committed to positive impact: “I’m convinced that this is the century of the citizen.”

Danny was conversation with The Conduit’s co-founder and Chief Creative Officer, Paul van Zyl, at TEDxLondon on Saturday 18th May, now available to view on YouTube.

He was also the inaugural guest on our podcast, Conduit Conversations, where he delves into his leadership strategy, the lessons he’s learned and his tips for anyone hoping to make a difference in the world. Listen here or on your preferred podcast platform.