Pooven Moodley is an activist from South Africa who from a very early age led student and youth movements as part of the broader movement against apartheid in South Africa. He then joined the Legal Resources Centre as a Human Rights Lawyer under the leadership of Arthur Chaskalson and worked with key human rights lawyers including Geoff Budlender and George Bizos. He was involved in a range of precedent setting pro bono cases involving people and communities that were killed and brutally assaulted by the security forces, farm workers whose rights were violated, people who were disposed from their land and women who faced atrocious levels of violence. He went on to campaign around the HIV and AIDS issues and other human rights issues. He subsequently worked with movements and civil society organisations across the continent and globally, helping to conceptualise, manage and implement campaigns across a range areas. He has worked on Health, Education, Food, Climate, Women’s Rights, Land and Governance during this period. This included working with a diverse range of communities and challenging people in power at all levels through innovative strategies and sometimes including underground activities. He was during this time worked with a range of groups including getting over 120 local and international artists involved in peoples struggles around the globe.
Over the past 15 years he has worked for a range of international organisations including Johns Hopkins University, The Futures Group and over the past 8 years with Oxfam, including as Associate Country Director for South Africa and as the Head of National Influencing, leading the drive to ensure strong national campaigns in the South, and driving a progressive agenda. Pooven has been involved in global campaigns including around HIV, debt, essential services and inequality. He has worked with over 30 countries across the world in building momentum at the country level to drive a stronger global agenda.