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Get to know our 2014 line-up of thought provoking speakers from diverse industries.


Leon Vanstone

Rocket Scientist, Winner of FameLab,  PhD Hypersonics

Leon is essentially a rocket scientist, he researches how air flows over things at several kilometres a second. This really only applies to rockets, re-entry vehicles, a few missiles and a plane or two.

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Justin Packshaw

English Entrepreneur and Adventurer

Justin is an entrepreneur and modern day adventurer. He has ridden horses across Mongolia in search of the Tsaatan reindeer tribes and motorbiked through East Africa. He won a 450 mile un-supported race to the Magnetic North Pole as well as summited Mount Everest.


Andrew Grill

Global Partner, Social Business at IBM

Andrew is an internationally renowned thought leader in the fields of social business and social media networks. Currently, he is a Global Partner at IBM with a remit to help drive understanding and deliver social business solutions.


Jean Oelwang

CEO, Virgin Unite

Jean has long explored the overlap of the business and social sectors and has been involved in both, having worked for the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife in Australia, and in numerous volunteer roles.

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Stewart Gilchrist

Yoga Master

Stewart’s sadhana led him towards an extensive yoga education with teachers from around the world who have had a profound effect on his unique style of teaching.

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Margaret Ormiston

Assistant Professor - Organizational Behavior

Margaret's research examines the underlying psychological processes that influence team and organisational performance in small groups as well as top management teams.


Rami Banna

MBA 2015 student, London Business School

Rami has worked with large telecos and holds patents in the fields of telecommunications, semiconductors and medical devices. In addition,  he has designed and developed products awarded the Red Dot Design Award, Medical Design Excellence Award, and the Australian Design Award.


Manan Bhasin

MBA 2015 student, London Business School

Manan has led several health awareness and education related initiatives at the grassroots level in India through a range of not for profit organizations. He is currently extensively involved with an early stage start-up aimed to enable wider and more convenient healthcare access in rural and urban India.

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Dame Stephanie Shirley

IT entrepreneur and philanthropist

Dame Stephanie, known as Steve, is one of the 100 most powerful women in Britain. Her charitable Shirley Foundation has initiated and funded a number of projects that are pioneering by nature and strategic in impact.

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Radhanath Swami

Author, spiritual teacher, guide and inspirer

Radhanath Swami has been a Bhakti Yoga practitioner for more than 40 years, and is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. He is a guide, community builder, activist, and acclaimed author.

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Alejandro Agag

CEO, Formula E Holdings

Alejandro is determined to revolutionize the world of clean mobility on the racetrack, city streets and consumer markets. He has a passion for technological innovation and a proven skill for turning things around.

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Amelia Torode

Director of Strategy, The Good Relations Group

Amelia is an advertising and digital veteran, witting extensively on her award-winning blog Life “Moves Pretty Fast” and several more publications! She gives regular talks, mentors, and is highly awarded. Her aim is to put technology and insights into the heart of the PR and CSR process.

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Paul Craven

Partner, Salomon Partners

Paul Craven is a coach, consultant and public speaker in the area of Behavioural Economics. He has 27 years of investment experience at Schroders, PIMCO and most recently Goldman Sachs and is a lover of history.

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Rachel Burn

Dancer & Choreographer

Rachel makes dance for the magical context of the theatre, that communicates through the body human experiences that aren’t so easy to express verbally. She believes that anybody can understand the meaning of movement with surprising clarity.

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Adrian Westaway

Principle - Technology & Magic at Special Projects

Adrian uses technology to make magic. His backgrounds in Electronic Engineering and Industrial Design combined with the fact that he is a full member of the Magic Circle help him to understands how things work, and how they will work in the future.

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Kamalini Ramdas

Professor - Management Science and Operations

Kamalini is an expert in the area of innovation. Her recent work examines new ways to create value through innovation, including service innovation, operational innovation and business model innovation.


It's been a pleasure working with such great speakers! Check out a few of the talks below and the rest of them on our 2013, 2012 and 2011 playlists.

Gabrielle Adams

You've cheated, but are you cheater?

Gabrielle Adams shares the results of a social psychology study which shows how language can substantially curtail cheating.

Shoshana Clark Stewart

Why the secret to development is pride

Shoshana is the CEO of Turquoise Mountain, a non-profit in Afghanistan that has rebuilt the historic old city of Kabul and the traditional craft industry.

Angela Knight

The financial sector's role in rebuilding

Angela leads the British Bankers Association, the trade organization for the UK's banking and financial services sector. She served as a Conservative Party member of Parliament and as Economic Secretary to the Treasury. She holds several board positions.

James Lu

The genomic revolution

James Lu is a MD/Ph.D. candidate at Baylor College of Medicine, Human Genome Sequencing Center in Houston, Texas and is visiting with the UCL Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging.  His work focuses on next generation sequencing and human decision making.

Chris Coghlan

What micro entrepreneurs taught me

Chris Coghlan founded Grow Movement, a non-profit that provides low-cost advice to small business entrepreneurs in Uganda through remote volunteer consultants in Africa and globally. Operations are expanding to Rwanda and Malawi later this year.

Alexa Meade

Rethinking the boundaries of painting and photography

Alexa’s pioneering artistic technique - shown in the Saatchi Gallery, London and worldwide - lies at the intersection of painting, photography, performance, and installation. Painting directly onto her subjects and then photographing them, Alexa blurs the line between reality and representation.

Tom Hulme

How Disruptors are Designing for the Future

Tom is a Design Director at IDEO in London, where he uses the innovation and design process to develop new business opportunities. He regularly speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, design thinking, open innovation and industry disruption. In December of 2009 he published an essay in The Future of Innovation, titled "The Future of Innovation is Holistic and Networked," and regularly posts to his blog www.weijiblog.com.

Brian Forde

Rethinking Social Enterprise

As President, Brian Forde leads Llamadas, S.A. strategic efforts to bring low-cost phone service to rural Nicaragua through a series of innovative telephony projects specifically created for the developing world. Brian is widely recognized as one of the top Social Entrepreneurs in Central America and has been featured by many media outlets including CNN and NPR for his efforts to alleviate poverty by lowering the cost of telecommunication. Brian graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles.


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