Baljeet Sandhu

Baljeet Sandhu

Author of The Value of Lived Experience in Social Change

is a human rights lawyer and adviser to social purpose organisations in the United Kingdom (UK).

Baljeet Sandhu is the founding director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) and is recognised as a leading children’s rights lawyer in the field of immigration and asylum law in the UK. Her core interests span human rights, social innovation and social and economic justice. She was awarded Young Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in the UK in 2011, and was presented with the DVF International Award during the Women in the World Conference at the United Nations in April 2017. She is a 2014 UK Clore Social Leadership fellow, a fellow of the Vital Voices Female Global Leaders Partnership and was recently selected as a 2017 Yale World Fellow.

Baljeet has spoken widely on the need for equitable and inclusive leadership opportunities for people and communities with lived experience of social and environmental issues in not-for-profit, funding, education, public and private sector organisations. She is currently supporting the design of innovative leadership and organisational development programmes, in partnership with key stakeholders in the UK, so that the findings and thinking in this report can be applied in practice across the wider social change space.

This report is a result of research Baljeet carried out as part of her Clore Social Leadership fellowship. This three-year research journey was inspired by community leaders she worked alongside during her time in the UK voluntary sector, and the social change-makers from around the world she’s had the privilege of representing during her legal career.