In April 2019, Mandu Reid became the first person of colour to lead a national political party in British history when she took the helm at the Women’s Equality Party. She has worked for all three Mayors of London covering a range of projects, policy areas and strategic priorities including: the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, community sport, environmental policy, transport initiatives, and youth crime. Prior to that she worked in central government for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and for the Treasury. In 2015 she founded The Cup Effect - a charitable social enterprise, advocacy, and campaigning organisation that tackles period poverty in the UK and globally.
In 2019 she was recognised by Apolitical as one of the top 100 most influential people in global gender policy alongside Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Michelle Obama, and Melinda Gates amongst others.
Mandu was born in Malawi, but grew up and spent most of her high-school years in Swaziland (now Eswatini). She moved to London when she was 18 to study Social Policy and Government at the London School of Economics where she cultivated her passion for social justice, as well as her determined belief that if it’s possible to put people on the moon, it ought to also be possible to find solutions to some of life’s more immediate problems and challenges!
Find her on Twitter @ManduReid