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Theme: Global Challenges

This event occurred on
March 10, 2012
10:00am - 5:30pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
Coventry, COV
United Kingdom

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Butterworth Hall
Warwick Arts Centre
University of Warwick
Coventry, COV, CV4 7AL
United Kingdom
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Giselle Weybrecht

Giselle Weybrecht is the author of ‘The Sustainable MBA: The Manager’s Guide to Green Business’. She aims to educate the next generation of business leaders about sustainability issues, whether these be students or business executives.

John Kay

John Kay is a leading economist and Visiting Professor of Economics at LSE and a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers, and he contributes a weekly column to the Financial Times.

Kevin Warwick

Kevin Warwick is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading. Kevin’s research includes a surgical implantation into the nerves of his left arm to link his nervous system directly to a computer. His current research involves a deep brain stimulator to counteract the effects of Parkinson’s disease and the use of biological neural networks to drive robots.

Koen Olthuis

Koen Olthuis is the founder of Waterstudio.NL, a Dutch architectural firm specializing in floating and amphibious structures to counter the global concern of flooding. In 2007 he was named in TIME Magazine’s list of the most influential people in the world. Koen is currently involved in developing floating projects in Dubai, Maldives and China.

Kerry Kirwan

Professor at WMG, University of Warwick. He specialises in sustainable materials and was recently involved in building an environmentally friendly racing car made from recycled materials and fuelled by biodiesel derived from waste food products, including chocolate and beef fat. The car was featured as one of TIME Magazine's Top 50 Global Inventions of 2009.

Doug Belshaw

Doug Belshaw is an educator, researcher and activist. He is co-kickstarter of Purpos/ed, a company focusing on encouraging and enlarging the debate around the purpose of education. Prior to moving into further and higher education, Doug was Director of e-Learning at a large academy for students aged 3-19 and taught history.

Philippa Young

Philippa is the writer and producer for What Took You So Long, a guerrilla filmmaking organisation that travels around the world in search of untold stories and unsung heroes. She has worked and lived in Hong Kong and Kenya, but is now based in London working on WTYSL’s latest platform: bringing together filmmakers, social issues and you, on epic filmmaking trips around the world.

Ludic Rooms

Ludic Rooms is a digital arts collective, the brainchild of artists Dom Breadmore and Ashley Brown. Their work encompasses a series of innovative cross-disciplinary collaborations that explore the role that technology can play in the transformation of spaces. All of their work is interactive; the audience work as co-creators of the piece.

Andy Standford-Clark

Dr Andy Stanford-Clark is a Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor at IBM UK. He specialises in technologies which are helping to make the planet smarter, by analysing and reacting to data from remote sensors. He is Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Visiting Professor at the University of Newcastle.

David MacKay

David MacKay, expert on environmentalism and information theory, is the Chief Scientific Advisor of the Department of Climate Change, Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge and writer of the critically acclaimed book Sustainable Energy - Without the hot air.

Simon Moss

Simon is a campaigning and community education expert. He has contributed on development issues at some of the world's leading conferences including the G20 and the World Economic Forum. He is the co-founder of the Global Poverty Project, an education and campaigning organisation working towards the end of extreme poverty.

Jon Sterckx

Jon Sterckx is a UK based percussionist with over 20 years experience of world percussion. Drumscapes – his solo multi percussion performance is a synthesis of traditional musicianship and contemporary live electronics.

Organizing team

du Toit

London, United Kingdom

van Merriënboer

Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Matthew Lee
  • Karan Shah
  • Oliver Coleman
    Logistics Coordinator
  • Paul Lam
    Deputy Logistics Coordinator
  • Tiffany Liow
    Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Kushal Ramma
    Deputy Sponsorship Coordinator
  • Tashan Mehta
    Marketing Coordinator
  • Joseph Morgan
    Marketing Coordinator
  • Darja Markek
    Deputy Speakers Coordinator
  • Andreas Brøgger
    Speakers Coordinator