A collection of contributions written in anticipation of Zamyn's Cultural Forum 2013: Global Citizenship.


'Art is always political'

Ai Weiwei:

Chinese artist and social activist

The foreigner?

Saskia Sassen:

Professor of sociology and co-chair of the Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

Language and the future

Ben Okri:

Nigerian poet, novelist and writer

Global citizenship

Michael Aminian:

Founder of Zamyn

After the G8

Martin Wolf:

Associate editor and chief economics commentator at the Financial Times

South Africa focus

Derek Hook:

Lecturer in social psychology at the London School of Economics and research fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Whose resources?

Africa Progress Panel:

Connects the influence of its Panel members with cutting edge policy analysis to advocate for equitable and sustainable development in Africa

Towards a global morality

Mamphela Ramphele:

Former anti-apartheid activist, medical doctor, vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town and managing director of the World Bank

Global Citizenship: A reminder of art’s role in society

Nicholas Serota:

Director of Tate



Forges a dialogue with Western decision-making elites about the reality of globalisation

Sustainability, citizenship and the environment

Paul Polman:

Chief executive officer of Unilever since 2009. Under his leadership Unilever has set out an ambitious vision to double its size while reducing its overall environmental footprint

Lessons for the G8 members

Mark Moody-Stuart:

Zamyn chair and chairman of the Global Compact Foundation; former Chairman of Anglo American (2002-2009), and Chairman of the Shell Group (1998-2001)

The power of the pivot

Ian Bremmer:

Author and president of the global political risk research and consulting firm Eurasia Group



Presents and collects international art, with a particular commitment to date to collecting art from Europe, North America, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa

The university

SOAS, University of London:

The world's leading institution for the study of Asia, Africa and the Middle East

Africa: cause for optimism

Maria Ramos:

Chief executive of Absa Group Ltd, and chief executive of Barclays, Africa.