Baljeet Sandhu MBE
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Baljeet Sandhu is a UK human rights lawyer, educator and pioneer of the global ‘knowledge equity’ movement. She has designed and developed successful systems-led models of practice in the UK legal, social and investment sectors and is a global thought leader on the value and power of lived experience in social impact work.
As a Yale World Fellow, Baljeet supported the development of the Tsai Centre for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY), launched in 2017 to serve Yale students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines seeking innovative ways to solve real-world problems. In 2018, she launched the Knowledge Equity Initiative at Yale University, a ground-breaking research, education and practice hub exploring the value of both lived and learned experience in systems change, innovation and entrepreneurship. The initiative supported student entrepreneurs and innovators and established cross-disciplinary knowledge exchanges and learning ecosystems to connect local, national and global change-making strategies to understand the value of lived experience in systems practice. Her work also included the design of the Neighbors in Residence Fellowship at Yale, as well as the critical innovation fund.
Baljeet was awarded UK Young Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2011, is a UK Clore Social Leadership fellow and a fellow of the Vital Voices Female Global Leaders Partnership. In recognition of her work, she was honoured with the DVF International Award during the Women in the World Conference at the United Nations in April 2017.