SPEAKER LINE UP | Day 1

FOR ALL

HAMZAT BALA LAWAL

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CONNECTED DEVELOPMENT

Hamzat Lawal (Hamzy!) is an activist who has successfully led grassroots campaigns in over 40 African countries with over nine years experience in the non-profit sector and specializes in practical issues associated with Climate Change, Open Data, advocacy campaigns and development policies as it affects rural and deprived grassroots communities.

Hamzy! is also the Founder of Follow The Money, a Pan-African grassroots data-driven movement and leads a team of technology & innovation driven campaigners to amplify the voices of marginalized grassroot communities in promoting accountability as it affects utilization of public funds focusing on specific communities across Africa. His Follow The Money emerged winner of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Mobilizer 2019 Award. This announcement was made at the SDG Global Festival of Action which was held in Bonn, Germany.

He is currently the Chief Executive of Connected Development (CODE), under his leadership in 2017, CODE won the ONE Africa Award which recognizes, rewards, and advances the exceptional work of Africa based organisations; dedicated to helping the continent achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also, CODE won The Council of Europe Democracy Innovation Award which recognizes Follow The Money as one of the leading ground- breaking initiatives in the world that are promoting democratic principles.

Hamzy! seats on the Executive Board of the largest Youth Movement in Africa: African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC), advising on communications strategies and campaigns using technology tools in shaping and actualizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and has joined his voice on different platforms and policy influencing coalitions across Africa such as the Not Too Young To Run movement which drives youth political inclusion.

Before his role at CODE, he was an Executive with the International Centre For Energy, Environment & Development (ICEED) working on high level advocacy for Nigeria’s energy needs and climate actions.
Hamzat was honored and recognized on the 2018 list of the world’s 100 most influential people in digital government by Apolitical, a global network for government, helping public servants find the ideas, people and partners they need to solve the hardest challenges facing our societies. It’s the first of its kind to show the international spread of the field, and includes individuals from every continent.

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HARRISON WAVELL

SCHOOL & COLLEGES PROGRAMME MANAGER, ELLEN MACARTHUR FOUNDATION

Harrison Wavell is the Schools & Colleges Programme Manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity whose mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy – a new way to design, make, and use things within the limits of the planet. Harrison works on integrating the circular economy concept into school curricula and creating online and face to face learning for educators and students around this important topic. Harrison has previously taught secondary level English, Creative Writing, Physical Education, and a variety of outdoor education activities. Harrison enjoys writing for children, storytelling, and surfing.

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DR MYA-ROSE CRAIG AKA BIRDGIRL

ORNITHOLOGIST & ACTIVIST

Dr Mya-Rose Craig who blogs as Birdgirl is a 19-year-old British-Bangladesh naturalist and environmentalist, campaigning for equal access to nature, to stop climate change, ensure Global Climate Justice and stop biodiversity loss which she believes are closely inter-linked as well as the need to prioritise the human rights of indigenous peoples. In her book, We have a Dream, she highlights 30 young environmentalists of color from around the planet.

At 17 she became the youngest person to see half the world’s birds and the youngest Briton to receive an honorary Doctorate.

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HOLLY EVERETT

EDUCATION MANAGER, REBOOT THE FUTURE

Holly is Education Manager at Reboot the Future – a small foundation with a vision of a more sustainable and compassionate future, where we all treat others and the planet as we wish to be treated. At its heart, this idea is about compassion and connection – calling us all to connect with ourselves, each other, and the world around us. Reboot the Future also manage a teaching platform called Global Dimension, supporting a community of educators in bringing global connection, compassion, and conversation to life for their students.

Before working at Reboot the Future, Holly spent two years as Head of Education for a youth charity in Brighton, having previously worked as a secondary school teacher.

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BEN SKINNER

REBOOT THE FUTURE

Ben Skinner is 18 years old, and having grown up in Brighton he was lucky enough to be surrounded by a rich and beautiful environment. As he became more aware of the imminent issue of climate change he saw it as his duty to fight for the survival of it.

He started off attending youth climate strikes before joining the Youth Council so he could be involved in the local decision making process. In addition to this he presented at the Brighton and Hove Climate Assembly on climate change, and recently he has been lucky enough to have co-chaired two Q&As, first with local MPs and then with local Councillors

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BECKY BURCHELL

REBOOT THE FUTURE

Becky Burchell specialises in ‘Hopeism’ – sharing stories of hope through the arts to inspire positive change in addressing our environmental and climate crisis.

Becky is the founder of CHANGE Festival, a theatre and film producer, a Fellow for the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (University of Surrey) and is leading the 50 year regenerative vision for her rural Dorset community.

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RANIA VAN DER OUWELAND

REBOOT THE FUTURE

Rania is a local climate activist and a third year student at the University of Sussex in Sociology and International Development.

Very passionate about involving the Youth in climate related actions, she set up the first local Youth Assembly on Climate in the UK, and sat on the advisory board of the Brighton Climate Assembly as a representative for the Youth Climate Strikes. She was recently involved in co-hosting the Q&A with MP’s in schools on the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency.

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PAUL ELLINGSTAD

SUSTAINABILITY & SOCIAL INNOVATION ADVISOR, PEARSON PLC

Paul Ellingstad is Sustainability and Social Innovation Advisor with Pearson PLC. He is an evangelist and a practitioner of social innovation. Having worked for iconic companies like Gateway, Compaq and Hewlett Packard, he’s been on the front line of technology’s impact on society and planet.  He’s experienced the power of business, government, and civil society working collectively to achieve breakthrough change. He works with a diverse array of leaders and organizations around the world who bring a global citizen mind-set to innovation and who embrace sustainability and responsible leadership. He’s especially inspired by the young leaders and entrepreneurs he works with and mentors.

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CHERRY SUNG

FOUNDER & LEADER, GREENER IS CLEANER

Cherry Sung is a 15-year-old youth environmental activist from South Korea who founded and is leading Greener is Cleaner. As a self-driven student at Chadwick International, she balances out all curricular, extracurricular, and environmental activities. She works closely with Greenpeace Korea and the Ministry of Environment, and she invests a lot of time and effort into planning and initiating local and global environmental campaigns.

Cherry is also highly interested in international relations and is thus incorporating activities around the international fight against climate change.

Greener is Cleaner was the winner of the 2019-20 Global Social Leaders Global Goals competition and has expanded its network and influence ever since. The organization leads by example to reach its goal of mobilizing youth leaders to achieve realistic and just solutions to environmental issues. Although Greener is Cleaner started in 2018 by Cherry alone, it now encompasses youth from at least 4 continents and fuels from “people power.” Cherry wishes that her initiatives at Greener is Cleaner help share what she has learned from service leadership and empower youth to take action now.

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BOKANI TSHIDZU

ARTIST

Bokani is a leading, female, African artist breaking new ground in abstract painting and using state-of-the-art virtual and augmented reality technology to create impactful installations. She is internationally exhibited and her street art creatively brings complex, interconnected environmental and social issues to the wider public.

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HELENA GOOD

DIRECTOR, CREATIVE BRAVERY COLLECTIVE

Throughout her time as a lecturer Helena has sought to develop how employers and educators work together to create the workforce of the future.

In January 2017 she launched Daydream Believers, a unique programme of engagement supporting educators, employers, and designers to create resources that put creativity at the heart of education. Daydream Believers is supported by global brands, universities, and colleges. Recently Helena has been working with Lego and Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation to create challenges around human habitat which will form part of a global classroom that will align with COP26.

Helena is part of a collective working on the Creative Bravery Festival. This online event celebrates acts of creative bravery and uses them to transform and rethink the way we educate. This years festival will celebrate acts of bravery to build a brave new world.

May 2018 Helena was recognised by BIMA in their BIMA Top 100 Awards.
Sept 2019 Helena was awarded the Creative Edinburgh Leadership Award
Sept 2020 Helena was awarded the SIE Imaginative Educator Award
November 2020 Helena was awarded the TES FE Teacher of the year award.

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BOB REEVES

DIRECTOR, FOUNDATION FOR LEADERSHIP THROUGH SPORT

Bob Reeves has worked in education throughout his working life. After teaching in schools he worked for over 35 years at Bristol University, where he was the Director of Sport, Exercise and Health. He coached rugby and cricket at a high level, including the England Students Rugby XV. He was a long-term member of the Rugby Football Union committee and was President in 2013/4.
Bob set up the ‘Foundation for Leadership through Sport’, a charity focusing on different aspects of leadership development and sustained high performance in sport and business.

He was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, and has received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Bristol and Roehampton. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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SAM KENDALL

EDUCATION MANAGER, EDEN PROJECT

Sam leads all of Eden’s work with schools, young people and their teachers and has done so since 2010. She’s been a member of Eden’s Education Team since the project opened in 2001, establishing Eden as a must-go school visit destination for schools across the UK and maintaining a focus on high quality teaching and learning for sustainability across Eden’s learning programmes. She is passionate about creating learning experiences, projects and teams to give children and young people the inspiration and skills to shape a positive and healthy future for themselves and others. Following a first degree in Natural Science at Jesus College, Cambridge, she qualified as a primary school teacher, with science specialism, in 1997 and worked in schools in Bristol, Cornwall, Karachi and South Africa.

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VINITA SARAF

FOUNDER & MANAGING TRUSTEE, EK TARA

With a strong commitment to creating educated youths, from first generational learners, Vinita Saraf has designed high quality, cost effective and comprehensive services for the community using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of every individual. She has worked on enhancing self esteem and social skills via education among the young adults in the largest slum area of Eastern India, politically volatile, impoverished, highly unhygienic and congested

With a BSc Honors in Geography from Calcutta University, a Degree in Interior Design from Sheffield School of Design, New York, a Degree in both Spanish and German, she started her career as an Interior Designer and continued her passion for travel. Along with these by attending conferences, reading and real life experiences of daily interaction with different communities she started Ek Tara in 2011 with her cofounder and childhood friend Namrata Sureka. With their relentless efforts and dedication they are proving that relevant education reform is the single most important driver of all-round social and economic development.

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MANJUSMITA BAGCHI

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, EK TARA

With a Masters in History and Archaeology from the University of Oxford, Manjusmita came back to Kolkata, India with an aim to work in the fields of education and poverty alleviation. She has close to a decade’s experience in the development sector with a focus on education for girls, and has been with Ek Tara since 2012.

After heading Ek Tara’s Education Programme, she moved on to become the Associate Director in 2018 and since then has worked on programme development and scaling of operations at Ek Tara in addition to working closely with the founder trustees on furthering Ek Tara’s mission.

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ADITI BANERJEE

PROJECT ASSISTANT – EDUCATION, EK TARA

Aditi Banerjee is a dynamic, hardworking and curious individual who is passionate about education and women empowerment. She has worked in Ek Tara’s education program since 2019 and heads all international partnerships as well. She has a bachelors and masters degree in commerce and has worked in private companies as well before transitioning into the social sector. She has a language trainer degree in TESOL methodologies and also likes to mentor young girls aged 10 to 18 to help them find their life goals. She has found her passion and purpose in the social development and welfare sector and would like to continue in the same. She loves to learn new things and looks forward to acquiring new skills. Her hobbies are painting, writing blogs, reading and wishes to learn sign language someday. She also has a keen interest in South Korea and its culture.

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SHAMIMA KHATOON

COMMUNITY LEADER, EK TARA

Shamima Khatoon is an enterprising young girl who handles accounting for Ek Tara’s social enterprise. She started her journey with Ek Tara in 2016 as a student. Thereafter she went on to work as a street educator for Ek Tara’s mobile school project. She lives in the largest slum community in Eastern India and comes from a very reserved and conservative background, that is traditional opposed to girls education and independence.

Shamima has broken barriers and is the first in her family to have pursued a bachelor’s degree in commerce after having completed school. She is a highly motivated and focused individual who inspires others in her community as well to break the chain of patriarchy. She continues to strive hard to achieve self-independence and her next steps would be to pursue a masters degree. In her free time Shamima likes to sing and cook new recipes from time to time. She aspires to work in the accounts department of a private company someday.

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AGATA SIVOKHIN

CONSULTANT, EK TARA

Agata is a former professional Ballroom and Latin dancer with many years of performing and teaching experience.

After graduating from Cass Business School and participating in international leadership programmes she has developed a strong interest in coaching and leadership training. Agata is a volunteer at WYSE- NGO, an international charity providing education and training to emerging leaders, supporting them to make the world a better place.

At Prospero Agata focuses on designing and managing programmes. She gets a kick out of Excel sheets, calendars and to do lists.

Agata is bilingual in Russian (her native language) and English.

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JONATHAN HARPER FRSA

CEO, FUTURE FOUNDATIONS

Jonathan joined Future Foundations in 2007, as Operations Director.  In 2011, Jon was appointed Chief Executive Officer. He has Project Directed the delivery of the British government’s National Citizen Service (NCS), working directly with the Cabinet Office.

He has since overseen the delivery of the programme with multiple regional providers and designed and delivered the NCS Leaders programme in partnership with the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute, the Cabinet Office and the NCS Trust. In 2017, Jonathan Project Directed a school-led response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, organising 4-week summer programme for young people (and their families) living in the local area who were affected directly or indirectly.

Jonathan established the Global Social Leaders movement in 2013 in partnership with the Wellington Leadership ad Coaching Institute for young people from around the world. He has been recognised globally for his commitment to enabling young people to reach their full potential, with the Enactus Worldwide alumnus of the year award in 2017.

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FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

EIKO TSUKAMOTO

STUDENT EXPERIENCE SENIOR MANAGER, RISE

Eiko Tsukamoto is a Senior Manager of Student Experience for Rise. In this role, Eiko ensures all youth in the Rise Global Community have successful and supported participation across all programs, platforms, and opportunities.

Prior to joining Schmidt Futures, Eiko designed and executed educational programs across philanthropy, academia, and international affairs. At UBS, Eiko managed a portfolio of entrepreneurship initiatives to drive social impact in underserved communities. At Babson College, Eiko created co-curricular and enrichment activities for undergraduate and graduate students in San Francisco. In addition, Eiko worked at an array of international organizations including Fulbright Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Education First (EF) and Berkeley Global Access to encourage global citizenship and cross-cultural exchange.

Eiko received her B.A in Social Welfare at the University of California Berkeley and an Ed.M in Education Administration at Harvard University. She is an AmeriCorps public service alumni and an Emerging Leader at the US-Japan Council.

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GREGORY MANNE

MANAGER OF SELECTION & GLOBAL OUTREACH, RISE

Greg Manne is the Manager of Selection and Global Outreach for Rise. In this role, he is responsible for designing, managing, and driving the recruiting process for Rise Global Winners. He also engages with partners and youth around the world to increase applications and to ensure the highest standards are met for selection.

Prior to joining Rise, Greg served as the Associate Director of Admissions & Coordinator of Global Outreach at Dartmouth College. Greg began his career in admissions at Tufts University before joining the Dartmouth Admissions team. While at Dartmouth, Greg oversaw all international admissions functions for the undergraduate college and served as a member on the Inclusion, Access, and Success Committee for the International Association of College Admission Counseling. Before working in admissions, Greg was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Madrid, Spain, where he lived and worked for two years. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Greg earned his Ed.M. in Higher Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. from Boston College where he double majored in Secondary Education and History.

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FREYA MOHAMED

PROGRAMME OFFICER, GLOBAL ACTION PLAN

Global Action Plan is a charity that’s working for a green and thriving planet, where we can live happily within the Earth’s natural limits. We do this by making connections between what’s good for people and good for the planet.

We are also the people behind the Freedom to breathe campaign, which aims to gather the support of 20,000 children from four target cities (starting with Beijing, Delhi, London, Los Angeles) – in support of a call to the UN to acknowledge Children’s Right to Clean Air.

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LATOYAH MCALLISTER-JONES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ST PAULS CARNIVALCIC

LaToyah McAllister-Jones is the Executive Director of St Pauls Carnival and previously worked as the Head of Operations at Ujima Radio. LaToyah has significant experience working across a range of communities and cultural institutions in the city of Bristol, particularly with African Caribbean-led community organisations.

LaToyah’s experience crosses front-line operational delivery as well as roles with a strategic focus; after managing accommodation services for street homeless individuals she moved in change management, supporting small organisations with a social purpose in strategic team development to increase impact and improve outcomes.

LaToyah is a Clore Social Fellow and also sits on a number of boards including Brighter Places, Bristol Festivals, and she is an associate NED at a NHS Trust.

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LEADERSHIP FOR FLOURISHING

FOR TEACHERS, EDUCATORS, LEADERS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS

KATY GRANVILLE-CHAPMAN & EMMIE BIDSTON

WELLINGTON COLLEGE

Katy and Emmie are passionate about leadership and enjoy nothing more than having the opportunity to work with leaders of all ages and backgrounds. Katy is the co-founder of Global Social Leaders, with Jon Harper, and currently a deputy headteacher and Emmie is a head of economics. Katy and Emmie co-direct the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute.

Katy is doing a PhD at Oxford asking how leaders could improve the flourishing and wellbeing of those they lead; she is an affiliated researcher at the Oxford University Wellbeing Research Centre. Emmie is a former civil servant and co-founder of the Young African Leadership Programme. Katy and Emmie are co-authors of the book ‘Leader: Know, Love and Inspire Your People.’

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EDWARD BROOKS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE OXFORD CHARACTER PROJECT

Edward Brooks is the Executive Director of the Oxford Character Project. His work joins research in virtue ethics, leadership and character development to the design and delivery of leadership and character development programmes at the University of Oxford and other universities and commercial partners in the UK, Europe and Hong Kong.

At Oxford, he founded and directs the Oxford Global Leadership Initiative, and is the director of a new three-year research project on culture, character and leadership in the business, finance, law and technology sectors. Amongst current writing projects, he is editing a book on The Arts of Leading: Perspectives on Leadership from the Humanities and Liberal Arts, and finishing another book on the virtue of hope: What May I Hope For? Modernity and the Augustinian Virtue of Hope. He holds a PhD from the University of Oxford.

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DUSHY CLARKE

HEAD OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS, WELLINGTON COLLEGE

Dushy has been Head of Economics and Business at Wellington for the past six years, having recently returned from a sabbatical teaching at Shore School in Sydney, Australia. Dushy has taught Economics and Business for eleven years, after a brief stint in academia at Oxford University. Outside the classroom Dushy enjoys all sports but mainly skiing, tennis and golf.

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MATTHEW T. LEE

DIRECTOR OF EMPIRICAL RESEARCH, HUMAN FLOURISHING PROGRAMME AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Matthew T. Lee, Ph.D., is the program’s Director of Empirical Research and he leads the Community of Practice at the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar of Health, Flourishing, and Positive Psychology at Stony Brook University’s Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics. His current research explores topics such as benevolent service to others, organizational compassion capability, and the integration of social science and the humanities. He is co-editor of “Measuring Well-Being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities” published in 2021 by Oxford University Press.

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JAMES RITCHIE-DUNHAM

PRESIDENT, INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC CLARITY

It is possible to serve all the stakeholders your system is designed to serve and to fully engage all of the creative energy available in your system. It is possible, relatively straightforward to do, and leads to massive, net-positive gains for everyone. In my work, I show how. I have designed strategic systems-change frameworks and co-developed implementation processes that have guided 1000s of groups in 100s of initiatives in 43 countries over 28 years. These groups, from small teams to large organizations to global networks, bring their system together to identify, reveal, understand, and implement the systemic agreements that guide their ability to regenerate value for everyone everywhere in the system they lead everyday.

I share this work as a practitioner, researcher, teacher, and author. My scholarly network includes formal affiliations at Harvard, UPM in Madrid, TEC EGADE in Mexico, Boston College, and a 43-country network. I have described and shared these frameworks, processes, and cases in the books Managing from Clarity (2001) and Ecosynomics (2014).

It is time to say Yes! to the creation of net-positive-value systems. You can dive into working with your agreements at the Institute for Strategic Clarity and my blog.

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