Sam is a multi-award winning serial social entrepreneur, and co-founder and former CEO of Livity, Don’t Panic and Live Magazine. Since starting his entrepreneurial career aged 19, Sam has mentored thousands of talented young entrepreneurs and hustlers around the world. He is an acclaimed public speaker, an advocate of ‘business as unusual’ or corporate responsibility and accountability, and a purpose-driven strategy consultant to brands such as Roald Dahl, Red Bull, Unilever and PlayStation.
Sam Conniff Allende
Dr. Anna Machin is an evolutionary anthropologist, science writer and broadcaster based at the University of Oxford. She researches the evolution, neuroscience, psychology and biology of our closest relationships; lover to lover, friend to friend, parent to child. She is passionate about sharing the outcomes of her work with the public and helping to make all our relationships healthier and happier.
Dr Anna Machin
Richard Ballard has started an agricultural revolution along with business partner Steven Dring in the form of Growing Underground. Located 100ft under the streets of Clapham in disused WW2 Air Raid Shelter, this subterranean urban farm sustainably produces micro-greens using the latest LED technology. The duo are now delivering fresh hyper local produce to retailers and the London wholesale markets.
Ricky is a Polar Ambassador that spent 6 years deployed in the aftermath of natural disasters leading support functions within the Red Cross and other aid organisations in Sudan, Bangladesh, Pakistan & Haiti. Over the last decade, he has completed 16 mountaineering expeditions on 6 continents. He attempted to climb Everest in 2017, and raised more than £7,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support despite turning back just below the Death Zone at 8,000m. He's returning to Everest this year from April to June to finish what he started.
Billie is a co-founder and CEO of Leika, a platform dedicated to improving the sexual well-being of women. Female pleasure is still a taboo topic and as a consequence there's a distinct lack of equality in our most intimate spaces. In this talk Billie asks the uncomfortable questions and challenges the status quo around our sexuality.
Dhruv was born in a remote village in northeast India and soon got used to rising to challenges, negotiating flooded rivers simply to get back home. What drives him most is the freedom of adventure, always pushing himself to step outside the boundaries of his comfort zone. His latest project was to cycle ON the river Thames on a floating bike, collecting plastic waste to raise public awareness about plastic pollution.
Dr Michela Noseda is a Research Fellow within the Cardiac Myogenesis, Death and Regeneration research group at the National Heart and Lung Institute. Her research focusses on the molecular and functional characterisation of adult derived cardiac progenitors which are among the best candidates for future cell therapy.
Dr Michela Noseda
Harriet is a researcher at the University of Buckingham exploring the significance of tree throw features in Mesolithic Britain. Her focus lies in Blick Mead an archaeological site situated within the Stonehenge Landscape. She is also a designer graduating from Central Saint Martins and has worked on a range of projects from Interior Design, Film and Theatre and currently also does conservation picture framing.
Harriet Guinn Jennings
*More speakers and performers to be announced soon!