Ruth is an award winning cultural producer, activist and social entrepreneur. She is Co-Director of multi-award winning organisation, In Place of War (IPOW) based at The University of Manchester, UK. IPOW works with creativity in sites of conflict through five main strands of work: research, education, production, networks and digital. Their main aim is to empower young people through sharing tools to enable local people to create their own opportunity in the world’s most challenging contexts. She has been Director of Fat Northerner Records and Director and Founder of grassroots global music movement, Un-Convention.