I am a writer although I haven’t always defined myself this way. Still, my work has always focused on justice and human rights. In the early part of my career I helped to set up a southern African philanthropic fund within the Open Society Foundation whose aim was to fight for the human rights of people living with HIV and AIDS and to advocate for the rights of women, queer people, sex workers and other marginalised communities to decrease their vulnerability to infection. In 2008 I became the executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, responsible for making grants on human rights projects. I am now the head of programs at the Centre for Stories, a new initiative that collects, preserves and shares stories about migrants, refugees and diverse people and places linked to the Indian Ocean Rim.
In recent years I have been granted a number of fellowships including from Yale University, the University of the Witwatersrand and the Aspen Institute. I also contribute regularly to the New York Times, Newsweek, the Guardian and a range of other outlets. I’ve done a TED Talk on the importance of acting on stories and told a Moth story on the power of listening.