Jude Kelly, OBE is Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London Britain’s largest cultural institution. Kelly founded Solent People's Theatre, a touring and was artistic director of the Battersea Arts Centre. She later became the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse where she sat on the National Advisory Committee for Culture, Creativity and Education (NACCCE). She has directed over 100 productions and has represented Britain within UNESCO on cultural matters, served on the Arts Advisory Committee for Royal Society of Arts, and jointly chaired with Lord Puttnam the Curricula Advisory Committee on Arts and Creativity.
Specialising in fetal medicine, maternity services and Women's health, Anna is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Women's Health. Anna received a PhD for her work on fetal gene therapy for treatment of early onset genetic disease in 2005. Anna was awarded a HEFCE/Department of Health funded Senior Clinical Lectureship in 2008 at UCL and UCLH when she took up a consultant post. "I wanted to become involved in TEDxUCLWomen because I am a woman in science and I am passionate about improving outcomes for women and their babies in pregnancy
Alison Wolf CBE is the author of The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating A New Society. She is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London, and director of its International Centre for University Policy Research. In 2011 she completed the Wolf Review of vocational education for the Coalition government, whose recommendations were accepted in full. She has worked as a policy analyst in both the US and the UK, writes widely for the UK national press, and is a presenter on BBC Radio 4.
Previously a lecturer in Psychology at Pembroke College, Oxford, Adrian has been Professor of Psychology at University College London since 1992. He has lectured widely abroad and held scholarships and visiting professorships at a number of institutions. He has recently been made Adjunct Professor of Management at the Norwegian School of Management (2009). He has written over 1000 scientific papers and 70 books. Adrian rides a bicycle to work (as he has always done) very early in the morning and does not have a mobile phone, he enjoys writing popular articles, travelling to exotic countries, consulting on real-life problems, arguing at dinner parties and going to the theatre. He hopes never to retire. In getting involved in TEDxUCLWomen he hopes to give to back to UCL a little of what he has gained here in the past 30 years
Iman Mujahed, a representative from the UK-based charity, Hand in Hand for Syria, has recently travelled to Syria and witnessed the enormity of the humanitarian crisis. She will be speaking about her observations and experiences - as a human being and as a mother. Highlighting the obstacles women in crises have to overcome, in particular those exacerbated by a refusal to acknowledge women's' issues.
I am a cognitive neuroscientist at UCL and have been studying the neurobiology of human speech and communication for over 20 years. I am funded by the Wellcome Trust. My talk will address theories about how and why humans started to talk, myths about how men and women use spoken language differently, and address the critical social role of conversation.
Catherine will be talking about the effects of homophobia on young gay and bisexual women. Are legal protections working? How else can homophobia be tackled? She is a Senior Teaching Fellow at UCL. Specialising in Employment and Discrimination law, she has taught at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional levels. Catherine has also been an adviser on Employment Law at Tottenham Law Centre, Camden Law Centre and more recently Mary Ward Legal Centre. She is a special advisor for the charity Magic Breakfast, and an ambassador for the charity Stonewall. Stonewall campaigns for equal rights for lesbian gay and bisexual people, undertakes extensive research and provides good practice resources for employers and schools. Catherine provides her professional expertise on a pro bono basis, because she believes passionately in equality of access to justice for all sectors of society.
Co-founder of Entrepreneur First, the not-for-profit initiative designed to help budding entrepreneurs launch their own technology start-ups, and founder of Code First:Girls
Efua Dorkenoo, OBE, Advocacy Director of 'Equality Now' - the leading international anti-FGM organisation. She is also author to the book Cutting the Rose: Female Genital Mutilation. She trained as a bio-social scientist in public health and an honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Health Sciences at City University. Her pioneering work on FGM has contributed to the international recognition of FGM as a public health and a human rights issue. She worked as the WHO’s first technical expert at their Geneva headquarters and assisted the organization in introducing FGM onto the agendas of the Ministries of Health of WHO Member States. She was one of the founders of the Foundation for Women's Health, Research and Development (FORWARD), a British charity that supports women who have experienced FGM.
Ang Swee Chai
I am a woman orthopaedic surgeon, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England who came to England as the wife of a political refugee. I am probably the tiniest orthopaedic surgeon in the world, and am a coloured woman. I am Patron and a founding member of British Charity Medical Aid for Palestinians. I am very honoured to be able to support this. I hope by sharing my experience we will not be afraid to make a small difference. I sat through your Global Health day and was truly inspired with your dynamism and commitment. When you invited me to be part of the TEDxUCL I felt both proud and humble. Proud that I am able to be a part of this, humble as I am not sure I have anything worthy to say - therefore the Title "Making a Small Difference"