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Welcoming new Chair: Tom Shakespeare

White man in wheelchair shakes hand with young girl from Mozambique who uses crutches. They are in a brightly coloured yellow and blue school classroom.
Photo of Tom Shakespeare visiting Light for the World programme participants in Mozambique, 2017; including 11-year-old Marta Joao Lucas. (c) Carlos Litulo.

Light for the World proudly welcomes Professor Tom Shakespeare as new Chair of our International Board of Trustees.

I cannot imagine anyone better qualified for the role than Tom; we are immensely lucky to have him on board.

Rupert Roniger, CEO

An academic, broadcaster, sociologist and activist – Tom brings more than 20 years experience of advocating for disability rights. He is dedicated, decisive and impactful. I am convinced he will help guide our organisation and work to an even stronger future.

Rupert Roniger

Tom takes over from Karin Krobath, who served as International Chair for more than six years.

Light for the World is forever grateful to Karin for her incredible dedication and commitment to our work.

Rupert Roniger

Our first ever international Chairperson, Karin paved the way for our organisation to grow in impact and influence. Her senior stewardship and guidance, during some of the most formative years for our organisation, have been incredible. On behalf of our organisation, I extend a huge, heartfelt thank you to Karin for all she has done for us!

Rupert Roniger

Tom has served as Light for the World UK Chair since 2016. You can read a recent ORF interview with Tom here. His full bio is here.

Karin will continue as a Light for the World Austria board member. You can read her full bio here.

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