Alvin came across UpRising when he was doing his BA in History and Politics and it changed his life in many ways. UpRising instilled a great sense of duty in his towards his community and country, as well as the value of giving back. Alvin has spent the last decade working on issues of social justice, human rights, and public policy. Most recently he has worked on the UK’s Children and Social Work Bill and drafted an amendment, tabled by a peer in the House of Lords, which stated that care leavers should be “protected from poverty and destitution”. The Government now plans to publish guidance on how local authorities can help care leavers avoid poverty. Alvin advises governments and global corporations on leadership and social impact. He is an advisor to a €5m research project that is examining youth employment in Europe. He has previously advised leaders in Sweden from multiple sectors, and the government of Trinidad and Tobago to support the establishment of its statutory National Youth Commission.
In 2017 he was listed on Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe. He has been granted an Impact Fellowship by Singularity University to use exponential technologies to improve global governance, and was awarded a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship to research how community leaders are addressing social exclusion across the US. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network and is undertaking a strategic review of the City Bridge Trust. Alvin has lectured at the University of Connecticut, has delivered keynote speeches in the House of Lords, and has debated in Cambridge Union. He has also appeared on CNN, BBC, Televisión Española, AFP, and Channel 4 to discuss politics, economics, and social change.
As a community organiser, Alvin led the Citizens’ Inquiry into the Tottenham Riots. This grassroots effort engaged 10,000 local people and helped lead to jobs for young people and the suspension of section 60 stop and searches in the area. Before completing his master’s degree in social policy at the LSE, Alvin ran soup kitchens for homeless people and did research for the think-tank Demos. He has also worked for the social business Catch22 focused on crime, youth justice, and gangs.