Akanksha aspires to help build a better India. A social entrepreneur, peace negotiator, and businesswoman, Akanksha was honoured by former President Bill Clinton with $1,000,000 for developing m.Paani, an innovation in development financing aimed at solving the global water crisis.
Alex Steffen is one of the world’s leading planetary futurists.
How can we make ourselves into good ancestors? As we launch into a century of unprecedented change, we need to seek and create new possibilities for humanity and the planet we live on. Alex has spent his career writing, speaking and consulting about our planetary future, sustainability and social innovation. His work is solutions-based and practical while keeping the big picture firmly in mind. Alex, the New York Times says, “lays out the blueprint for a successful century.” [more]
Andrea Coleman is chief executive officer of Riders for Health and has guided the financial and advocacy development of the organization from its inception, including establishing the entrepreneurial income streams and innovative fundraising initiatives that have enabled organizational growth.
As executive director of Riders for Health, Barry Coleman, is designer of the groundbreaking TRM and TAM systems and the Riders cost-per-kilometre calculator. He has nearly 20 years’ experience in developing sustainable and sustained systems for managing motorised transport in hostile conditions.
Our MC for TEDxOxbridge, Bristol Baughan is an Emmy-winning and Oscar-Nominated film producer, social entrepreneur and emerging film director. Bristol brings creative expertise and an international network of artists to private investors, brands, international organizations and non-profits. As Co-Founder of Reason Pictures/GOOD Magazine, she built a slate of Oscar nominated and Emmy winning feature films and documentaries... [more]
Born in 1945 in Kenfig Hill, a small Welsh coal-mining village near Bridgend, Howard Marks attended Oxford University where he earned a degree in nuclear physics and post graduate qualifications in philosophy.
Described by the Daily Mail (UK Tabloid) as ‘the most sophisticated drugs baron of all time’, Howard Marks has worked with the British Secret Service and has been connected with the Mafia, the IRA, MI6 and the CIA. Busted in 1988 by the American Drug Enforcement Agency and sentenced to twenty-five years at America’s toughest federal penitentiary; Terre Haute, Indiana…
Jean Oelwang is the CEO of Virgin Unite, the entrepreneurial foundation of the worldwide Virgin Group. In her previous life, Jean lived and worked on five continents helping to lead successful mobile phone start-ups in South Africa, Colombia, Bulgaria, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and the US. [more]
Julia Fan Li
Julia Fan Li lives at the intersection of the life sciences and business. Her PhD research strives to understand ways the global health ecosystem may better support the discovery, development and delivery of biomedical knowledge for all – one mechanism is to engage the private sector to accelerate innovation through ‘pull’ market incentives.
Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL
Lord Bilimoria is Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer and an Independent Crossbench Peer. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Parsi to sit in the House of Lords.
Co-Founder of Elvis & Kresse, Kresse Wesling is passionate about waste, making it beautiful, and developing businesses that are good for the environment.
Lane Becker is a principle at Freestyle Capital, an early stage venture capital firm, and co-founder of Get Satisfaction. Previously, Lane co-founded Adaptive Path, a user experience strategy, research, and design consultancy.
Lizzie Shupak is an international experience designer, preoccupied by the impact of diversity on innovation and large-scale problem solving.
Marc J Ventresca
Marc Ventresca works on institutions, strategy, and innovation at the University of Oxford when not driving Miss Daisy.
McKenzie Funk writes for Harper’s, National Geographic, Rolling Stone, Outside, and Popular Science and is the author of the forthcoming Best Laid Plans (Penguin Press), a book about climate change with reporting from five continents and 23 countries. [more]
Dr. Mike Lynch
Dr. Mike Lynch OBE is the founder and CEO of Autonomy Corporation plc, the company he started in 1996 based on research at Cambridge University. With a market capitalisation of $7 billion and customer base of over 20,000 organizations, Autonomy is the UK’s largest software company, a member of the FTSE 100 and winner of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in 2009 and 2010.
Prof. Nancy Puccinelli
Prof. Nancy Puccinelli is an expert on the psychology of difficult times and its impact on consumer behavior. Her research predicts products that will thrive when others fail.
One of the brightest stars emerging from Los Angeles’s underground music scene, PAZ has ridden a wave of social media fame to over 500,000 downloads of his debut mixtape, earning him accolades from artists like Kanye West and The Black Eyed Peas. His cheeky antics — including a highly publicized kidnapping of Paris Hilton’s birthday cake — have quickly made him a darling of the internet crowd.
Pooran is the Co-founder of Bioregional UK and heads up BioRegional’s One Planet Communities programme, which is creating a network of earth’s greenest neighbourhoods where it is easy, attractive and affordable for people to live a healthy, happy lifestyle within a fair share of our planet’s resources. [more]
As one of Europe’s best known, and most accomplished designers, Richard Seymour’s career spans more than 30 years and a huge range of creative disciplines. During this period, he has become a global champion for design-led innovation, picking up numerous awards along the way, including the D&AD Award for Outstanding Contribution to Design, the FX Lifetime Achievement Award and the Senior Fellowship of the Royal College of Art.
Shizzio is a rapidly rising star in the emerging UK hip-hop scene. Thanks to street smarts, determination and artistic skill, Shizzio has become an emblem of hope for aspiring British-Asian artists looking for a voice in hip-hop. [more]
Sue Riddlestone is CEO of BioRegional Development Group, a social enterprise which creates sustainable communities and production systems. Sue originally practised as a nurse and co-founded BioRegional with her husband, Pooran Desai, in 1994. BioRegional are most well know for the multi award winning BedZED eco-village in London where BioRegional have their main base… [more]
Suzanne Dhaliwal is the co-founder of the UK Tar Sands Network, which works in solidarity with the Indigenous Environmental network to campaign against UK corporations and financial institutions invested in the Alberta Tar Sands.
Thor Muller is a serial entrepreneur and startup advisor, currently co-founder & CTO of Get Satisfaction, a web platform that allows companies to collaborate openly with their customers.
Umair is a London-based consultant, economist, and author of The New Capitalist Manifesto. He is also a contributor (columnist and blogger) to Harvard Business Review, where he focuses on capitalism and creating prosperity in the 21st century.