I cannot imagine anyone better qualified for the role than Tom; we are immensely lucky to have him on board.
Rupert Roniger, CEO
On becoming Chair, Tom says: “I am delighted to take over from Karin, who has done such an amazing job. I am proud of our staff and our impact. And I look forward to meeting and working with all my new Light colleagues, and to visiting more of our projects in Africa.”
Photo of Tom Shakespeare visiting Light for the World programme participants in Mozambique, 2017; including 11-year-old Marta Joao Lucas. (c) Carlos Litulo.
At a ceremony in Vienna, Tom meets the 2018 Light for the World Her Abilities Award Laureates: Ashrafun Nahar, Musola Catherine Kaseketi and Toyin Janet Aderemi.
Here, Tom Shakespeare talks with Joana Joao Nhantote, a Deaf cook, at Brasibeira Restaurant in Mozambique, 2017. He now reflects: “I am determined to increase the number of disabled people and people from the Global South in our governance structures. I believe that solidarity between North and South, and between disabled and non-disabled people, is key.” (c) Carlos Litulo.
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.
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.
Karin Krobath during her tenure as Chair, alongside other members of Board at the time including Tom Shakespeare. She says: “I´m more than happy to hand over the role of International Chair of our Board of Trustees to Tom Shakespeare, who is a brilliant expert, activist and thought leader.”
Pictured here in Kenya, 2020, with a jewellery maker and entrepeneur, Karin says: “Time to start a new chapter at Light for the World and show once more: we are in the driving seat to further increase our impact, reach and influence.”
Finally, Karin reflects: “Whenever it was tough, we emerged stronger and were able to reach more people. A big THANK YOU to all…who helped shaping the backbone of our fast moving, impactful NGO throughout the years.”
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!
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.