Here is our 2017 speaker line-up with more to be announced shortly!
Lucy Kellaway has spent the last three decades at the Financial Times writing columns that poke fun at corporate life, business jargon and management fads. She is the newspaper’s office agony aunt and inventor of the insufferable fictional character, Martin Lukes. In September 2017 she is leaving all this to be a maths teacher in an inner city school in London. In November 2016 she co-founded Now Teach, a charity designed to persuade high-flying fifty somethings from the corporate world to train alongside her. For nine years she was a non-executive director of Admiral plc.
Rafe Offer started his career with roles in advertising across a variety of sectors, taking on senior marketing positions with Coca-Cola, The Walt Disney Company and Diageo where he gained a broad, unparalleled view of the ever-changing world of business. Internationally hailed for turning multiple major brands into what they are today, Rafe has since left the marketing world to pursue his passion for music by building Sofar Sounds, now a worldwide movement. A cutting-edge music company and worldwide promoter of new bands, his creation has been described by the Guardian as ‘a quiet revolution’ and New York Magazine as ‘one of the top new brands in America’.
Jasper is a media and tech journalist focusing on how digital disruption has challenged established organisations and opened up new opportunities. Most recently he has been the assistant media editor at the Guardian, overseeing and writing extensive coverage of the UK and international media industries, with a particular focus on new models and strategies for adapting to change and how journalism has evolved to take advantage of digital structures and new technology. He has also spoken on issues such as the lessons the media can learn from Brexit and the changing digital advertising ecosystem. He has an undergraduate degree in politics and social policy from Edinburgh University and a masters in Investigative Journalism from City University.
Mahiben Maruthappu is a London-based doctor and Co-founder of Cera, a multi-award winning technology company transforming social care. He advised the CEO of NHS England on £100 billion of health spending, co-founding the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA), which benefitted 3 million people in its first six months. Maruthappu has advised a range of organisations, from startups to multilaterals, including the Swiss government, the Experiment Fund and the WHO. Maruthappu was educated at Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard universities. He was the first person from British healthcare to be included in Forbes’ 30under30, was listed in WIRED’s top 10 Innovators in Healthcare, and recently ranked amongst the 100 most influential leaders in health technology, globally.
Alex Edmans is a Professor of Finance at London Business School, specialising in corporate governance, executive compensation, and corporate social responsibility. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, written for the Harvard Business Review, and presented to the Bank of England, Federal Reserve, HM Treasury, IMF, SEC and more.
Katy Portell was not expected to live. Born with several heart defects, she underwent several minor procedures in the first few months of her life, until at age 4 she received the gift of a donor heart valve transplant and survived open-heart reconstruction surgery. More than 20 years post-transplant, Katy set out in search for information about her donor and his family, learning about the young boy who chose to save her life.
Sile O’Modhrain is developing ‘The Holy Braille’, a full-page electronic braille device that aims to increase Braille literacy among blind people worldwide. In over 30 years there have been few significant changes to Braille display technology, and the existing options are expensive and complex to manufacture. The goal: a high-density refreshable tactile array at a much lower cost.
Baillie Aaron is the founder and CEO of Spark Inside, a London-based charity providing professional coaching in prisons to promote rehabilitation and desistance from crime. She believes all people, even former prisoners, can lead meaningful lives and should be given an equal opportunity to succeed. To date, Spark Inside has coached 400+ participants through its programs, enabling former prisoners to become law-abiding citizens who are economically self-sufficient and personally fulfilled.