Keynote Speakers

Our Keynote speakers are thought leaders on the global challenges, including policy makers, industry and business, academic and the third sector.

Gabriela Ramos
Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO

Dr Sandie Okoro
Group General Counsel. Standard Chartered

Lord Bilimoria
President, Confederation of British Industry

Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah
Chief Executive Officer of Oxfam GB

Michael Adamson
Chief Executive - British Red Cross

Antonio Zappulla
CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation

Andrew Mitchell
Former Secretary of State for International Development and MP

Mayor Andy Street
Mayor of the West Midlands

Professor Jim Skea
Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group

Mayor Yvonne Denise Aki-Sawyerr
Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone

Henry Dimbleby
Co-founder of Leon restaurant chain and Co-founder and Director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association

Mark Britnell
Vice Chair & Global Healthcare Expert at KPMG and former Global Chairman of KPMG Health

Professor Shahbaz Khan
Director, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

Preet Gill
UK Labour Party Shadow International Development Secretary

Professor Sir Charles Godfray
Director of the Oxford Martin School

Deborah Cadman
Chief Executive, Birmingham City Council

Professor Alice Roberts
Biological anthropologist, biologist, television presenter and author

Femi Oke
British television presenter and journalist

Dr Joanna Newman
Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Dame Una O'Brien
Leadership consultant and expert advisor on the UK Civil Service

Mo Ibrahim
Founder and Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Professor David Nabarro
WHO special envoy on Covid-19

Laura Liswood
Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders

Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director of UN AIDS

Vaitea Cowan
Co-founder and Head of Communications, Enapter

Kevin Kung
Co-founder and CTO of Takachar

Olubanjo Olugbenga
Founder & CEO of Reeddi

Dr Seye Abimbola
Senior lecturer, University of Sydney Editor in Chief BMJ Global Health

Andrea Magarini
Food Policy Coordinator, City of Milan

Dermot McDonagh
COO, Goldman Sachs EMEA Region

Matt Hammond
Senior Partner, PwC

Simon Eaves
Market Unit Lead, UK & Ireland, Accenture

Gwen Hines
CEO, Save the Children

Professor Heather Widdows
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange), University of Birmingham

Farahnaz Karim
Founder of Insaan Group and Director of the Oxford Institute of Charity

Kirsty McNeill
Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children

Marco Bertacca
CEO of Quorn Foods

Michaela Wright
Head of Corporate Sustainability, HSBC, UK

Neo Masisi
First Lady of Botswana

Minister Elena Bonetti
Italian Minister for Equal Opportunities and Family


Our speakers are thought leaders on the global challenges, including policy makers, industry and business, academic and the third sector.

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