SPEAKER LINE UP | Day 2
Matthew Shribman is a scientist and communicator, focussed on making science accessible for all, and combatting the climate and nature crisis.
He holds a 1st Class Master’s degree from the University of Oxford.
He has appeared across the BBC, spoken for TEDx London and UN Ops, is an ambassador of 1% For The Planet and Patagonia and an advisor to the World Congress of Science & Factual Producers.
An expert at delivering impact outside of the echo chamber, his online videos have been viewed over 25 million times, his campaigns have catalysed a hundred-fold increase in the UK government’s tree planting plans, and his #NoBeef project, supported by Sir Paul McCartney and Peter Gabriel, has played a pivotal role in the transition away from animal products in the UK and beyond. His global CO2 Widget is used by national news broadcasters from Canada to Japan.
Matthew is the Co-Founder and Head Teacher of AimHi, the live, interactive online school that exists to make world class live learning accessible for all. AimHi is currently focussed on transforming global understanding of the climate crisis.
Matthew also makes music under the name Ash Lad.
Melati Wijsen is a 20 year old Indonesian activist and change maker. She founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags with her younger sister and has been leading the youth-driven movement since 2013. She also began the One Island One Voice movement and the social enterprise, Mountain Mamas. Melati has spoken on world stages such as TED and the UN and has also been selected as FORBES’ top ten most inspiring women in the country. She has been honoured by TIME as part of the annual list of most influential teens in the world along with CNN Heroes Young Wonders and FORBES 30 under 30. Today, Melati’s youth empowerment project, YOUTHTOPIA, is empowering global youth through meaningful peer to peer programs, providing them with the tools they need to be leading change makers.
Athian Akec is an 18 year old activist, writer and speaker. His main areas of focus are climate change, youth violence and racial inequality. As a part of this he’s written for the Guardian, Independent, Huffpost, i-D magazine, Huck Magazine, Hunger Mag and other national newspapers. He’s been profiled by the Times and i-D magazine. Athian has spoken in the House of Commons as a part of the UK Youth Parliament.
Athian also sits on the board of a youth charity, a commission in Camden focusing on economic renewal following the pandemic and is a special advisor to a Parliamentary inquiry into the teaching of Black history in British schools.
Kinvara believes in the power of education to bring about positive change. Her career began as a teacher through the Teach First programme in a primary school in London. She then taught in Norway and Australia, before moving to Nepal where she implemented a teacher training programme to 500 young women living in rural communities.
As Senior Campaign Manager for World’s Largest Lesson (WLL) Kinvara brings creative resources for teaching and learning about the Global Goals to life. She recently produced World’s Largest Lesson Live, an inaugural YouTube show to inspire youth action for the Goals that featured UN Leaders in conversation with popular teen personalities Millie Bobby Brown and Sofia Carson.
Kinvara works alongside WLL’s key partner UNICEF, to ensure all children are able to learn about the Global Goals wherever they live and the programme has now reached over 15 million young people.
Sophie joined the Blue Marine Foundation in 2018, previously working for the Environmental Protection Authority and as an environmental consultant and ecologist. She is originally from Western Australia, where she grew up with an appreciation for the ocean and how it should be protected. Sophie works on a variety of BLUE’s conservation projects and also develops educational outreach programmes and resources. Sophie is passionate about ensuring individuals all over the world can have access to high-quality, empowering and solutions-focused educational materials about ocean conservation. She holds an MSc in Climate Change from King’s College London.
As a sustainability and inclusion professional and a climate and social justice activist at heart, Shana Tufail has been an advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals since inception. She founded Model My City and #SDGsforCamden to bring the goals to life for local governance, businesses, and citizens as a pilot for London boroughs and beyond and as a post COVID framework to #buildbackbetter.
Shana is a Climate Reality Leader for Al Gore’s, The Climate Reality Project, and was awarded the Warrior Women Future Leader award in 2020 for leading on normalising neurodiversity and intersectionality in the workplace at The Alan Turing Institute and across the Knowledge Quarter in London.
Shana champions leadership for climate, sustainability and inclusion at all levels and is inspired and hopeful for the global youth, women, and education to play a leading role during the UN Decade of Action to help shape the #futureweneed.
For two decades Sarah Lawfull taught in the early years before discovering Forest School and escaping to the woods. Since 2007 she has worked and shared the Forest School pedagogy with school children, teenagers, families, early years practitioners and other educators. She now runs her own coaching and training consultancy, Where the Fruit Is, alongside her role as a director of the FSA.
Realising the synergy of early years’ professional competencies and Forest School leadership with executive business coaching, changed the course of her life. She is now committed to creating systems thinking through deep nature connection and works to build learning communities in line with the Forest School ethos and principles. Sarah has worked throughout the pandemic on the Nature Premium campaign, advocating for every child and young person to have nature embedded in their education as a statutory right, believing that without a connection to nature future generations will not have the passion, the scientific knowledge or innovative thinking to care for this amazing planet.
Sara is a self-employed biologist, Forest School practitioner and expert den builder who works with urban children in and around Portsmouth, UK. Since Lockdown 1 she has added political campaigner to her skills as she has taken the lead to co-ordinate the Nature Premium campaign. She has worked on the campaign for a year, calling on the UK government to invest in regular nature experiences for all children. As an ex-research scientist and MBA manager who worked in Europe and North America, she feels that the campaign is using all of her skill set. Her time is spent balancing Zoom calls and the art of writing a persuasive email with working with children in the woods, cooking pancakes over an open fire or playing in mud.
Ms. Nikki Tulley is a member of the Navajo Nation and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Arizona in the Department of Environmental Science. Her research focuses on how climate adaptation influences water resource management approaches in Indigenous and rural communities. She is an Alfred P. Sloan 2018-2021 Scholar, American Indian Graduate Center Fellow, and an American Indian Science and Engineering Society Sequoyah Fellow. Ms. Tulley received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science and a Master of Science Degree in Water Resources from the University of New Mexico.
Emma Askew is a 24-year old environmental researcher, filmmaker, and the Founder of ‘Earth Minutes’. Earth Minutes is an environmental communications service grounded in science, with the mission to make environmental learning accessible (physically and financially) to all. Through using the tools of creativity and optimism, she aims to communicate scientific research as effectively as possible, to engage the unengaged in the environment.
As well as this, she is currently leading a National Project, ‘Project RENU’ (Research Expedition for Net Zero and Universal Learning) to develop cutting edge EdTech initiatives, to drive the future of environmental education.
After finishing his PhD in Urban Studies in 2012, Chris took up the post of Research Coordinator at the Permaculture Association. Following the completion of a number of successful projects, including Knowledge Exchange for Enterprise in Permaculture, the 2015 International Permaculture Research Conference, the Permaculture Knowledge Base, the Horizon 2020 project ‘GROW’ and the website 52climateactions.com.
Chris became Climate Action Coordinator in 2020. This new role allows him to fully focus on inspiring effective climate action, through 52climateactions.com , the Erasmus+ projects Community Climate Champions and iACT , and the 52 Actions with Children project. Chris lives with his wife and two teenage daughters in Newcastle upon Tyne where he enjoys cycling, board games, railway
modeling, outdoor swimming and time with his family.
Jason Moore, founder and creator of moore wellbeing believes wellbeing is our natural state. With a little practice we can regain and return to our wellbeing and start to create the life we want.
Jason created Moore Wellbeing after being asked to create programs and coaching sessions from his own emotional and mental health wellbeing experiences.
Some time ago Jason found himself at a junction in his life where he was asking, why do we believe in the negative thoughts of who we are, instead of believing in our inner true power (or positive thoughts) and how can we access this potential all the time. Jason’s first steps to answering these questions came after a long and painful period in his life when he was in an abusive relationship of twenty years which led to bankruptcy and total disbelief in himself. After searching Jason slowly became to understand that this painful period was not the end but the beginning of stepping into his own daily power.
Jason has written and created mindfulness, wellbeing programmes, courses, and workshops for schools and organisations in the UK, Norway and China. He teaches mindfulness to children and adults by instructing people on how to bring daily wellbeing practices into their lives and discover and attain their life’s purpose.
Jason has written about Mindfulness for the Evening Standard and the journal Soul Hub. Jason’s meditations are available on YouTube and a series called “Short Shorts” where he interviews people from diferent specturms of life proving how wise we all are, and where to find our wisdom.
In 2020, Jason was appointed as Wellbeing, Equality and Diversity governor at a school in west London.
Jason is also a international theatre director and had an earlier career as an actor appearing in London’s West End.
Rosanna Luzarraga is the Middle School Service Coordinator and math teacher at Chadwick International School. She has been teaching for 23 years and taught in 6 countries. She founded the Philippines Service Learning which was originally started to foster empathy among international school students by bringing students to the Philippines. PSL has since then become a service-oriented student-led club. She also developed a service leadership training program for middle school students in collaboration with Pushcart Library an NGO in the Philippines. This program laid the foundation for several student-led service organizations such as Greener is Cleaner, DREAM, Nepal Service Learning, etc.
Mark Lee is a graduating senior at Chadwick International School, Incheon, South Korea. During his time in high school, he founded and directed the Philippines Service Learning Organization, which has worked to improve the education and livelihoods of more than 1,500 lower-income students in the community of Labo, Camarines Norte, Philippines.
He has since subsequently published several research papers on the modern sociopolitical context of the Philippine Drug War. Even while pursuing his other interests in theatre, history and international relations, Mark intends to continue his engagement in civic service as a member of the Class of 2025 at Yale University starting this coming fall.
Alexander is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, Senior Fellow in Politics at Brasenose College, and Associate Head of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Oxford.
He was Director of the Refugee Studies Centre between 2014 and 2017. His research focuses on the politics and economics of refugee assistance. In additional to ten other books, he is co-author, with Paul Collier, of ‘Refuge: Transforming a Broken Refugee System’, which was named by the Economist in its ‘Best Books of 2017’.
He has been named as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a Foreign Policy magazine top 100 global thinker, and a Thinkers50 emerging business influencer. His TED talks have been viewed by over 3 million people.
He has previously worked for UNHCR and serves as a Councillor on the World Refugee and Migration Council. He leads the IKEA Foundation-funded Refugee Economies Programme and most recently wrote The Wealth of Refugees: How Displaced People Can Build Economies (Oxford University Press, 2021).
My passion is exploring connection and promoting healthy relationships between self, each other and the natural world.
I love the deep sense of belonging and community that one feels when we have a strong relationship with ourselves, each other and the natural world.
I am trained in Social Work, Forest School, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), Ecopsychology, Life Initiation and Rites of Passage, Grief Tending and The Eight Shields model of nature connection.
I have witnessed the healing, enlivening and joyful benefits of intentionally building a relationship with nature and believe in the profound impact that this work can have as we move into uncertain times.
I currently run Live Wild CIC and practice privately as an Eco- therapist and mentor with children and adults. I run singing in nature retreats, grief circles and other connection-based workshops. I also host Connection Matters Podcast exploring evolutionary lifestyles, mindset, culture, healing and spirituality as well as many other issues relating to personal growth, community and nature connection.
Het Joshi is the founder of Adira Foundation, a youth-powered non-profitable organization fighting to end period poverty and taboo across Globe through service and awareness camps. She is a national level classical dancer, activist and takes keen interest in Model United Nations. With that she often participates in a lot of school debates, recitations, elocutions, inter school competitions and round square conferences.
Her interest lies in reading nonfictional books and learning about new cultures by travelling across the globe. As she read about women’s struggles for equal rights which still continue to be an issue, she got inspired not only from the women in history but also from all those women who were a big part of her daily life. She is a true feminist and she doesn’t just believe in women empowerment but, has implemented in her own life and inspired several women.
Ella Lambert is the founder and CEO of The Pachamama Project, an organisation building a network of volunteers to make reusable sanitary pads for refugees dealing with period poverty. She set up the organisation in August 2020 and now has 900 volunteers worldwide, 8 distribution partners in 6 countries and has sent over 12,000 pads for distribution.
The Pachamama Project is supporting refugees in Lebanon, Greece, the USA, the UK, Turkey and Syria and has a Pacha club in Beirut allowing refugee women to make their own pads, sell them to local NGOs and generate an income whilst increasing the organisations reach to refugees in the area.
Ella was inspired to set up the organisation after experiencing debilitating period pain from a young age. She related to women who had to miss out on school, work and daily activity due to their periods as she had experienced this herself. She heard about the plight of women dealing with period poverty, resorting to using leaves and rags during their periods and so picked up a sewing machine, learnt to sew and got to work recruiting volunteers.
She’s now living in Greece working on distributions and plans to launch the organisation everywhere!
Atyantika was knee-deep in garbage when she felt the proverbial lightning strike.
Sure, Archimedes was in the bathtub, but her local waste segregation plant was not where she expected to find her passion.
But she did, and she’s glad for it, because if not for that visit, she wouldn’t have co-founded The Red Lotus, an organisation that aims at promoting sustainable menstruation and the proper disposal of menstrual waste.
Besides working with sanitation workers and menstruators alike to further the ideals The Red Lotus stands for, Atyantika enjoys reading, walking with her dog, and reading up on Greek mythology. She’s also a keen writer, and has a slight obsession with her Excel sheets.
Whatever it may be, at the crux of all her interests lies a desire to learn and the dream of a brighter, more sustainable future. By being a part of this global initiative, Atyantika hopes to not only talk about what she believes in, but also learn.
FOR TEACHERS, EDUCATORS, LEADERS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS
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.’
Dr. Scott Parsons is the Character Education Integrator (Assistant Professor) for the Military Program at United States Military Academy at West Point. He assists universities and institutions in developing leaders of character by designing curriculum, integration techniques, and assessment tools with a focus on character education.
As a leader, teacher, and coach, Scott designs character education programs, based on Neo-Aristotelian and Thomistic “Cardinal” Virtues to facilitate a flourishing life for students, faculty, and staff. The Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues’ Framework for Character Education is the blueprint he uses in assisting institutions with Character Development and Integration.
As a retired Army officer with over 21 years of military experience, Scott have spent roughly half his military career in Military Intelligence and the other half in academia serving as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Ethics.
Harry is Co-Founder of the Altimeter Group and Associate Fellow for the Oxford Character Project where he works with researchers to craft character-focused leader and team development programs for organizations.
As a former US Army officer who spent about half of his career as an aviator and the other half as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy, he works best at conceptual intersections and deeply believes that the hardest and most interesting problems can only be solved by interdisciplinary teams.
He and his wife, Laura, have five children, who daily manage to create an ever shifting set of relational intersections that are the most colorful, hilarious, and rewarding of all.
Sue focuses on how we can work well together. She is interested in how a team of experts evolves into an expert team. She draws on doctoral research of global sailing teams, her work in complex multinational organisations and her fellowship research to explore how we can move beyond the competitive, individualistic mindset to find the power of collaboration. She believes that leadership is a team sport and the essential skill for the future is a growth mindset and the ability to develop relational expertise so that we can access the collective intelligence of divergent thinking.
Dr Jonathan Beale is Researcher-in-Residence at Eton College and an Academic Visitor at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts; and a Research Fellow for ‘BrainCanDo’ – an educational neuroscience research centre. He is the co-editor of three books for Routledge: Wittgenstein and Scientism (2017), The ‘BrainCanDo’ Handbook of Teaching and Learning (2020) and Wittgenstein and Contemporary Moral Philosophy (2022).
He has published articles on education and philosophy in academic journals including Ratio and in media outlets including the New York Times, and has given invited talks at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, UCL, Sheffield, Yale, Ottawa and Zaragoza, and for organisations including the Royal Society of Arts. He completed his PhD in philosophy at the University of Reading and was a Fellow in Philosophy at Harvard University from 2011-13.
Jonathan is an experienced Housemaster, Head of Department and schools’ inspector. His particular areas of professional interest include pastoral leadership and wellbeing; building of ‘learning communities’; boarding management; character education; adolescent mental health & wellbeing; professional learning models; flourishing school communities and educational leadership development. Jonathan has set up a learning link with one of the leading schools in Helsinki- this followed a trip to Finland a couple of years ago where he explored and researched the Finnish education system.
Following the completion of an MA in Character Education at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at Birmingham University, Jonathan is now undertaking part time DPhil research at Oxford University, where his research is focused on educational leadership from a character, virtue and practical wisdom perspective. Jonathan is also a member of the Maple Advisory Global Discussion Group.
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