After finishing school Nick volunteered as a teacher in Malawi before going to Cardiff University where he gained a BSc in Economics and an MSc in International Relations. Having graduated he returned to teaching; completing his Graduate Teacher Programme in Guildford, where he has continued to teach Economics for the past four years.
Rich graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MA in Theology and Religious Studies. He studied Spanish at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and is undertaking an MSc in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He completed his Graduate Teacher Programme in Guildford and has volunteered as a teacher in Cambodia, Nepal and Argentina.
James is an award winning research scientist working in the field of robotics. His work focuses on behavioural development in human infants, and the lessons for intelligent autonomous systems. James’ recent work at Aberystwyth University has been in the field of Cognitive Robotics. Using an iCub humanoid robot, his team have been modelling infant development and exploring how it handles complex learning problems that are also faced by robots. He was part of the large and highly successful European project IM-CLeVeR, which investigated models for motivation and cumulative learning in robots, and has collaborated with psychologists, neuroscientists, and primatologists across Europe.
Joseph Liu is Founder of ILUMITY, coaching business professionals to develop their personal brands and relaunch themselves during transitions in their careers, organizations, and lives. He has 10 years of international brand management & marketing experience on brands including Glad, Liquid-Plumr, Gü Puds, and Häagen-Dazs. Joseph was a featured speaker at MarketingWeek Live, and writes the “Career Advice for Marketers” column for The Drum Modern Marketing & Media. He was awarded his Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach Federation, MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business, and Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Northwestern University.
Elisabeth is a journalist (feature writer and critic on titles including The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Scotsman) turned baker turned entrepreneur.
In 2012, she launched The One Mile Bakery, delivering handmade bread, soup and jam by bike within a mile of her Cardiff home, and has since taught hundreds of people to bake bread. 2014 will see the first OMB franchises opening across the UK, spreading core values of Elisabeth’s micro-bakery and her passions: the power of local; the power of social media for business, and the power of re-connecting with the food we eat and the people who make it.
A Welsh speaker with Bajan heritage, seventeen year old Kizzy Crawford's ambition is to fuse bilingual soul/jazz; she's already getting industry recognition with regular performances on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and S4C.
Kizzy’s sophisticated writing is complimented by her vocal range and charisma. Recent performances include WOMEX, London Jazz Festival and supporting Newton Faulkner. Appearances include BBC1’s Children in Need and BBC 6Nations promotional adverts. Her single, 'The Starling', gave Kizzy BBC6Music airplay and 'Single & Artist of the Week' on BBC Radio Wales with Huw Stephens championing her as ‘Discovery of the Week’ on Radio 1’s BBC Introducing.
John has worked in foreign and security policy for a number of years with a focus on Asia Pacific. In addition to working for American think tank CSIS Pacific Forum, John spent four years at RUSI in Whitehall as an analyst on East Asia, the Korean Peninsula and the rise of China.
John has carried out projects in Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Afghanistan and given briefings at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, US Defence Department and UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the DPRK. He blogs, contributes to CNN, the BBC, the Observer and Monocle Radio and is doing a PhD at the LSE.
Briony teaches creative writing and is a specialist in facilitating creative writing experiences for vulnerable and marginalised adults and young people. Her work has taken her into schools, hospitals, prisons, rehab clinics, care homes, art galleries, inner-city community centres, rural village halls, on steam trains and seaside piers.
Briony was awarded ‘Inspirational Tutor of the Year’ by NIACE Dysgu Cymru in 2012 and is published widely on the art of teaching creative writing and supporting the student writer to fulfil their creative potential. Briony runs courses and workshops in and between South Wales and the South West of England.
Professional Football Freestyler Ash holds 10x Guinness World Records. Self taught, as a teen he trained 6 hours a day turning his hobby into a career. Travelling the world Ash has performed to thousands, worked with the world's top footballers in commercials and appeared on TV shows airing to over 50 Million.
One of the world’s best Street Basketball Players, Tom grew up playing basketball on the streets where he was spotted and signed by ‘And1’ -the world’s biggest Street Basketball team at that time. Since then Tom created his own team, ‘SBX‘, has created his own Basketball moves which are known worldwide and has broken 7 Guinness World Records.
Having dedicated his life to seeking out adventure in the natural world, Niall has spent over two years on expeditions on six continents. He is engaged in conservation projects in Honduras, Nepal and Guyana. As a zoologist he has specialised in endangered species and has lived and worked in remote and challenging parts of the world.
Following his TV debut (an award-winning documentary aired on the History Channel), Niall landed a wildlife adventure series with the Discovery Channel. He is currently completing a PhD at Cardiff University, studying Baird’s tapir, the largest mammal in the neotropics and one of the most threatened species in the Americas.
Since childhood Edward has been fascinated by astronomy and is now a professional astrophysicist. As part of Edward’s role with Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network (LCOGT) he finds novel ways to engage the public in astronomy. This has taken the form of creating citizen science projects like Agent Exoplanet, web apps like Star in a Box, and online events like Show Me Stars.
Edward co-chairs the IAU task force for children and schools, under the guidance of the Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD). Currently Edward is working on how to make our global telescope network accessible and what tools are needed to make the most of its potential.