An Afro-American professional fashion model, actor and dancer, best known for being the first male albino model. He has been featured in photo-editorial campaigns in major fashion publications including British GQ, Italian Vogue, i-D Magazine, Paper Magazine and Another Man. He has modeled for Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. Shaun is feature on music videos of Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey and Katy Perry.
Psychotherapist, is the author of the graphic novel, Couch Fiction; a graphic tale of psychotherapy, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010, and How to Stay Sane, published by Pan Macmillian in 2012. She had a regular column in Psychologies Magazine about Psychotherapy for two years, in September 2013 she became Red Magazine's agony aunt. She also works as a freelance journalist specialising in psychology and an occasional presenter for The Culture Show, BBC2.
Marc Kremers is a digital creative director based in London. His distinctive body of work is born out of an ongoing exploration into the ways the internet can be used as a medium for artistic expression and representation. First gaining attention for his personal portfolio, Tex-server.org, Marc went on to co-create As-found.net – one of the first sites to explore the 'New Aesthetic' through the collaborative curation of non-syndicated images.
The subversive voice and exacting aesthetic which emerged from these explorations led him to join the influential digital agency Hi-ReS!, where he worked on numerous award-winning projects for Channel 4, Topshop, Diesel and BMW among others. Leaving to co-found Digital Club, Marc went on to work with Damien Hirst, Rankin, Universal Everything, Sony and BBC, earning Creative Review's Creative Futures bursary in the process. Now an independent creative, Marc's sensibility has made him a sough-after partner in the art, fashion and media industries with clients such as Higher and Higher (for Mario Testino), Cindy Sherman (for MoMA) and Beetle.com (for Tribal DDB Berlin).
John-Paul Flintoff is an author, broadcaster and journalist based in London. He is also a member of the faculty of The School of Life. Flintoff started his journalism career on Legal Business magazine, a trade title for corporate lawyers. He subsequently worked on the Financial Times, as staff writer on The Business, and across the Saturday edition of the paper. His 2004 magazine story about Camila Batmanghelidjh, who founded the London-based charity Kid's Company, changed government policy and attracted more than £500,000 in donations from readers.
Flintoff's book How To Change The World was published in 2012 with five other books in a School of Life series. In 2009 he published a book Through The Eye of a Needle: The true story of a man who went searching for meaning and ended up making his Y-fronts. It argues that the way we look at clothing influences the way we look at the environment, the economy and life itself.
Leyla Hussein co-founded Daughters Of Eve, a non profit organisation set up in 2010 to protect girls and young women at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM). She is also Chief Executive of Hawa’s Haven, who work to to raise awareness about gender based violence in Somali communities in the UK and the Horn of Africa.
Leyla has over 11 years of experience in working with young people as a youth outreach worker and has recently been working as an Independent Training Consultant specialising in FGM. She is a qualified therapist and currently runs Dahlia Project, which is the only therapeutic support group for FGM survivors in the EU.
In 2013 Leyla authored the Channel 4 documentary The Cruel Cut, which focused on the issue of FGM in the UK. She has also been invited to speak on Somali issues on BBC World Service’s World Have Your Say, Radio 4’s Today, Radio 5 Live, Channel 5, Al Jazeera, the Islam Channel, BBC News 24 and also took part in a Dispatches documentary about refugees and asylum seekers in the UK.
Leyla’s achievements include the Ambassador for Peace Prize by the Interreligious and International Peace Federation, Cosmopolitan Ultimate campaigner Women of the Year Award 2010 and the True Honour Award for her work on preventing honour-based violence.
Roberto is a theoretical cosmologist in the Astrophysics Group of Imperial College London. His research in cosmology is about analysing, interpreting and making sense of cosmological observations, in order to learn more about the properties and nature of dark matter and dark energy. His goal is to learn more about the history and nature of the Universe, by using cosmology as a Universe-sized laboratory for particle and high energy physics. He is an STFC Public Engagement Fellow, and is currently developing the public engagement programme The Hands-On Universe. His first book for the public, The Edge of the Sky, will be published by Basic Books in the Fall 2014. Between 2005 and 2008 he was the Lockyer Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society at Oxford University, and a Junior Fellow of St Anne’s College. He is a recipient of the Lord Kelvin Award of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, of the Michelson Prize of Case Western Reserve University and of merits awards by the Royal Astronomical Society, Oxford University and Imperial College London.
Born and raised on a farm in the US American deep South, the composer and sound artist Ebe Oke has created a personal blend of mysticism. A former student of Karlheinz Stockhausen, he is familiar with the mechanisms of so-called “classical” music of the twentieth century, sonic formulas and tropes he carefully translates into his ''pop'' compositions. Classical instruments merged with field recordings and songwriting structures borrowed from pop bring about unique musical pieces. sometimes the song is immersed in the sounds of birds and insects, which may connect with his childhood spent on an exotic bird farm. Exploring themes such as gender, identity, transformation and the human relationship to the natural world Ebe Oke's sound is constantly evolving and impossible to accurately categorise.
Nixiwaka Yawanawá, a Yawanawá Indian from the Brazilian Amazon, came to London to learn English and in 2013 joined Survival International to speak out for indigenous rights. Nixiwaka plans to raise awareness of the threats to Amazon Indians ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2014, as Brazil continues its onslaught against indigenous peoples’ rights to their land.
The land of the Yawanawá – meaning ‘the People of the Wild Boar’ – is in Acre state, western Brazil, which is home to several tribes, including at least 4 that are uncontacted. Most rely on their lands to sustain themselves physically and culturally. All are threatened by a set of controversial draft bills, which would open up indigenous territories for mining, dams, army bases and other industrial projects.
Jonny Woo is an acclaimed British comedian and drag queen, with a cult following.
He is a London based performer known for taking alternative drag to mainstream audiences and being central to the cabaret revival since 2000. He spent time in New York between 2000 and 2003 where he performed and created work on the downtown club and burlesque scene and returned to London where he created events and parties reflecting his time in New York. These parties attracted significant media attention and Jonny became a regular feature at fashion and art events London and Europe-wide. He has worked prolifically on solo and group shows with residencies at The Soho Theatre, ICA, and Bistrotheque and has created events for The Royal Opera House as well as many media and corporate companies including MTV and Selfridges. He has been hosting his party Gay Bingo since 2003.
Halim makes sense of big data. His first company, Nanominded, was an attempt at putting human emotion, as revealed by social media, at the centre of economics. A data scientist by trade, he tried to apply these same quantitative principles to his everyday life. Looking at the big data cluster surrounding health and nutrition, for 3 years, he experimented with extreme diets, supplements and heart-throbbing workouts to reach the perfect health-style. His latest attempt is to make sense of the data surrounding happiness. The result is a happiness formula. With some secret ingredients.@Nano_Minded
The Chalkwell Ladies Drum 'n' Bass League is the female answer to male combos Gilbert and George meets The Pet Shop Boys. Ladies Of A Certain Age appear invisible in our media and tv screens but The Chalkwells Ladies are stamping out this nonsense. Generation X watch out! Prepare to be blasted by the New/Old Age women who refuse to sit down and knit quietly. These gals have a new bit of technological knowledge and are making noisez! Mistakingly signing up to Drum 'n' Bass instead of Drawing classes at the local Adult Education Establishment, they are now top of the class and are aiming for gigs, groupies and...TEDx. RESPECT!