Hamza Mohammed Beg
Hamza Mohammed Beg is an established spoken word artist who has performed at various events and stages across London. He is the current holder of the London Slam Champion title, he also co-hosts and organizes his own spoken word night in Brixton- Calm A Llama Down. His work ranges from a focus on the overt socio-political to the subtle inflections of human nature.
Gareth Evans works as an editor, writer and independent moving image / event curator.
He is Adjunct Film Curator at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, Jerwood Visual Arts Writer-in-Residence and Curator of the annual winter festival PLACE at Aldeburgh Music, Suffolk.
In 2008, he was awarded one of five major Breakthrough Grants by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for curation and production of a new three year project The Re-Enchantment, developing artists’ responses to place and its meanings across the UK through five original commissions, presented from July 2010-June 2011. One of these, Patience (After Sebald), the new feature documentary by Grant Gee, was released by Soda Pictures in the UK in January 2012, and by Cinema Guild in the USA in April 2012.
He has curated many international film seasons and festivals, including the major season John Berger: Here Is Where We Meet (2005) and All Power to the Imagination! 1968 and Its Legacies; 2008).
From 2002 – 2009, he edited the international moving image journal Vertigo and now co-edits the cross arts magazine Artesian.
Japanese representative to the UNESCO Youth Forum in 2009 and 2011. As a member of the World Student Environmental Network Organisation Committee, she has participated in UN Climate Change conferences in Copenhagen and Cancun. Currently a Masters student in MSc African Politics at SOAS.
Art Mitchells-Urwin is a post-graduate student at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Art is currently doing preliminary research and preparing for a PhD exploring potential post-colonial conflict in interracial pornography containing Thai and Western bodies. This research also focuses on the construction of the body through the pornography containing the bodies of “ethnic” Others, and the political dimensions that intersect pornography production and consumption in Thailand.
Oussama Mezoui is the Campaigns Manager for MADE in Europe, an NGO whose mission is to enable a grassroots European Muslim youth movement of faith in action for tackling global poverty, injustice and inequality.
Mr Mezoui has two degrees from the Queen Mary University of London and the University of Cambridge, and has been active in the Muslim Community for a number of years. He has been involved with a number of organisations and initiatives including holding the position as Head of Campaigns for FOSIS (Federation of Student Islamic Societies) and Campaign Coordinator for YouElect.
MADE in Europe believes that the young Muslims of Europe can and must play a part in the global search for solutions. Whether through raising awareness in your communities, volunteering overseas or in the UK, or choosing a career in international development, we believe that we can empower young Muslims to be at the forefront of the global poverty debate, to challenge global norms and to become leaders of social change. Our response to these challenges will be rooted in the tradition of social action, peace, justice, empowerment, human rights and diversity within Islam.
Kim Dang is a member and will be speaking on behalf of City Year Corps. She studied psychology at University of Westminster in London and will be talking about service movement, the power of volunteerism, and the importance of education reform. City Year is an international non-profit that places young people into full-time service for a year, where they plan and execute large scale service events as well as work full-time in a school tutoring and mentoring. City Year London aims to break the cycle of under aspiration and under achievement among children and young people. It was launched by the Mayor of London in September 2010 after a successful six month pilot programme in 5 primary schools in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets.
John-Paul Zaccarini trained in Guildford and subsequently with Peta Lily, Phillipe Gaulier, David Glass, Lindsay Kemp and Andrew Dawson. He studied circus skills at The Circus Space, London. He performed as a soloist with the Adam Darius Company and worked as movement director for plays appearing at The Kings Head and BAC.
John-Paul founded the company Angels of Disorder in 1992 to produce political, passionate theatrical polemic. He curated and arranged multi-media club events, art shows and had fiction published. In circus, he worked with Circus Mamaloucus , Acid Cirque, Archaos, Cirkus Cirkor, Dramatern in Stockholm, Momentary Fusion, Heir of Insanity, No Ordinary Angels, The Dome Show and choreographed aerial dance for The Royal Variety Show ,The Nobel Prize Ceremonies and Hermes fashion house.
John-Paul directs for The Gandini Juggling Project, has performed on two tours of Enter Achilles for DV8 and carried out a research project for The Happiest Day.
Youngest of six children, writer Zoe Young grew up surrounded by artists, musicians and authors including William Golding, who originated the name 'Gaia' for the earth as a living system. Entranced by nature since early childhood, Zoe has travelled widely and worked as an academic researcher, educator and journalist on the frontlines of justice, ecology, knowledge and power. Her films give voice to the voiceless, including displaced peoples and women accused of witchcraft.
As Blue State Digital's Political Director UK, Gregor oversees all BSD's political work led from the London office and acts as Senior Account Director on the largest UK-clients across the non-profit and corporate sectors.
Gregor recently led BSD's involvement on the Yes to fairer votes campaign during which the organisation raised over £300k online, believed to be a record for a British political campaign.
Specialising in campaign organisation and strategy, he has previously worked as Election Strategy Manager for the British Labour Party, a researcher in the Political Unit of the Labour Group of Members of the Scottish Parliament and for Catherine Stihler, Member of the European Parliament.
Gregor holds a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He originally comes from Falkirk, Scotland and currently lives in London and Scotland.
Jamie Whyte is a former lecturer of Philosophy at Cambridge University and winner of Analysis journal's prestigious prize for the best article by a philosopher under 30. Jamie now works in the financial services sector. He has written numerous articles for The Times newspaper, and books including Bad Thoughts (whose US edition is called Crimes Against Logic) and A Load of Blair. His style attempts to dissect confused logic and nonsensical arguments, specifically the public pronouncements of modern politicians. In Bad Thoughts Whyte identifies and provides examples of the most common devices used to present flawed arguments, and encourages the reader to develop the ability to spot flawed reasoning.
Zed Nelson has gained international recognition and numerous awards during two decades spent as a documentary photographer. His work has been exhibited and published worldwide. Nelson’s seminal book Gun Nation - a disturbing reflection on America's deadly love affair with the gun – was published in twelve countries and awarded five major international photography prizes. Love Me, Nelson’s second book, reflects on the cultural and commercial forces that drive a global obsession with youth and beauty. The project spanned five years, involved photography in 17 countries across five continents, and was recently nominated for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Nelson’s work has been exhibited at Tate Britain, the ICA and the National Portrait Gallery, and is in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Zephanii Smith is the former President of the Stockton, California youth unit, President of the California-Hawaii Youth & College Division, and a member of the National Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She is currently a student at SOAS and Claremont McKenna College.
Manjil Rana was educated at St Xavier’s School in Kathmandu, Mahindra United World College in Maharastra, India, and College of the Atlantic in Maine, USA. He left his life and studies in the States to start Maya Universe Academy (MUA), a free school in his village in Udhin Dhunga of Tahanu District in rural Nepal.
Herbert Hoffmann is a Member of the Board, consultant and a member of the faculty at Doemens Academy of Brewing in Munich, Germany. He is a former executive in The Coca-Cola Company.