The Changemakers Programme is returning in 2021 for its eighth year to bring together some of the most inspiring pioneers and innovators from across the globe, committed to developing concrete solutions to pressing human rights issues in alignment with Trust Conference themes. These include climate change, socio-economic inclusion, media freedom, and data & digital rights.

The 2021 Programme will fully fund the participation of up to 48 Changemakers to participate in a multi-week learning programme that aims to build the capacity – and strengthens the global network – of two pivotal actors driving positive change and impact in society: frontline advocates striving for solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and local independent journalists who are explaining and amplifying those issues through media.

Applications closed

Selected Changemakers will receive

Five weeks of specialised capacity building training and networking with other Changemakers, starting on September 27th
The opportunity to attend and be selected to present on stage at the annual Trust Conference, taking place virtually on November 17 and 18, 2021 and receive global exposure
Inclusion of their name and photo in Trust Conference marketing materials and on the official conference website
Alumni membership as part of an exclusive network to receive continued engagement opportunities


The Trust Conference Changemakers Programme is open to applicants working in the area of climate change, socio economic inclusion, data and digital rights and media freedom.

Please click below to view the full programme and eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria


Changemakers Programme applications will open May 26th, 2021.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in late July or early August 2021, depending on how quickly we are able to process the number of applications received.

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Akriti Bopanna

Policy and Advocacy Manager, Internet Society

Ankita Anand

Editor, Unbias the News

Arifah Suparni

Chairperson, Integrity Syariah (ZAKKI) Foundation

Bouba Aeisatu

Executive Director, Forum Des Femmes Autochtones du Cameroun (FFAC)

Chitra Iyer

Founder, Space2Grow

Damar Juniarto

Executive Director, Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet)

Deus Valentine Rweyemamu

CEO, Centre for Strategic Litigation

Diwakar Pyakurel

Journalist, Onlinekhabar

Emile Destin Ibara Doniama

Blockchain Advisor, Rainforest Defence Foundation

Farai Shawn Matiashe

Freelance Journalist, Freelancer

Imani Luvanga

Journalist and Communications Officer, Zaina Foundation

Irene Ubani

Journalist, Freelancer

Joydeep Dasgupta

Editor, New Sense

Kofi Adu Domfeh

News Editor, Freelancer

Laxmi Maharjan

Vice President, Human Rights Journalists' Association Nepal

Lucy Tandi

Business Reporter, Mining Index

Mahoussi Simone Assocle

Entrepreneur, Freelancer

Mark Anthony Toldo

Journalist, Freelancer

Renard Siew

Climate Change Advisor, Centre for Governance and Political Studies (CENT-GPS)

Rita Otu

CEO, Beau Haven Farms

Selay Marius Kouassi

Investigative Journalist, Freelancer

Shyamal Santra

State Programme Officer, Transforming Rural India Foundation (TRIF)

Stanley Uche

Literacy Ambassador, The World Literacy Foundation

Vivek Gupta

Freelance Journalist, Freelancer
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Zeina Najjar

Media Partnerships

+44 207 542 5817

Isadora Tharin

Head of Sponsorships and Partnerships

+44 (0)20 7536 7418

Jenny Vereker

Media Enquiries

+44 207 542 8111