Bremmer is the president of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. In 1998, Bremmer founded Eurasia Group with just $25,000. Today, the company has offices in New York, Washington, and London, as well as a network of experts and resources around the world. Eurasia Group provides financial, corporate, and government clients with information and insight on how political developments move markets.
Camila is the founder and director of Kids Company and has been a psychotherapist for more than twenty years. In her early twenties Camila founded her first charity: ‘‘The Place To Be’ which is now a national organisation reaching thousands of children. In her early thirties, Camila founded Kids Company in six converted railway arches in London. During the first few months, the team spent time integrating with the local young people, who tested their resilience and commitment with the challenging behaviour that had given them the label ‘hard to reach’.
Claire is a top level telecoms and media strategy analyst. Prior to starting her own business, Enders Analysis, in 1997, Claire was Corporate Development Manager at Thorn EMI, Director of Corporate Development at TVS Entertainment, Director of Marketing for Superchannel, and Head of Business Development for The Virgin Group. Claire is an expert industry witness on music. Claire holds a degree in History from Yale University and an MBA from London Business School.
Benjamin makes numbers dance. In his day job, he’s a professor of math at Harvey Mudd College; in his other day job, he’s a “Mathemagician,” taking the stage in his tuxedo to perform high-speed mental calculations, memorizations and other astounding math stunts. It’s part of his drive to teach math and mental agility in interesting ways, following in the footsteps of such heroes as Martin Gardner. Benjamin is a two-time TED speaker, and with nearly 5 million views his first talk is one of most watched TED talks ever.
As Chief Executive Officer, Michael leads the management of the Telecity Group, a FTSE 250 company, and the formulation and implementation of its strategy. Michael has over twenty five years’ experience in senior roles across the telecommunications and technology sector. Michaels’s business and thought leadership have been widely recognised. In 2010 he was named ‘UK IT Services Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Ernst and Young and London Chamber of Commerce ‘Business Person of the Year’ for the second year running.
Pernille is a Danish journalist, author and speaker. Her main interest lies in how society has and will change in the wake of digital media and new technology. She recently published a book, ‘Fake It’, on how one should behave in the age of digital media to protect their digital identity and reputation. Pernille works partly as a strategic advisor to the CEO of a large Danish media house, Berlingske Media, having been been the editor-in-chief of TÆNK (equivalent to Consumer Report in the US and Which in the UK) and a reporter at the Danish daily paper Politiken.
Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom began thinking of a future full of human enhancement, nanotechnology and cloning long before they became mainstream concerns. From his famous simulation argument — which presents evidence for the Matrix-like idea that humans are living in a computer simulation — to the impact of uploading our brains on human consciousness, Bostrom approaches both the inevitable and the speculative using the tools of philosophy, bioethics and probability. Nick is Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at Oxford University and founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute and of the Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology within the Oxford Martin School.
James has no formal academic musical education or dedicated mentoring. He has released 4 albums, all of which have topped the iTunes classical charts. In addition he presented a Chopin documentary for BBC4 and recently presented and performed in his very own television series ‘James Rhodes: Piano Man‘ on Sky Arts. James has performed in venues including The Barbican, The Roundhouse, The Jazz Cafe and the Queen Elisabeth Hall in London and he has recently toured Australia where his most recent album got into the top 20 rock charts. He has just returned to the UK after making his US debut in Chicago and has just finished filming a Channel 4 documentary due to air in early 2013.
Sam is a 2nd year undergraduate at Somerville College, Oxford and is our our youngest innovator speaking at TEDxOxford 2012. In 2007 Sam founded ‘Project Sprout’ with two friends from high school. Their idea was simple – to grow vegetables for the cafeterias of the schools in the district in order to help children build connections with the natural world. The project has expanded from a 3500 square feet garden to just over 12000 square feet and now regularly donates 1000′s of lbs of produce to families in need around the region.
Cindy works in branding and advertising as a consultant, but is also tending some fascinating projects of her own. She launched MakeLoveNotPorn at TED2009, in an attempt to squash the myths of hardcore pornography and to begin a dialog around how real people have sex. In January 2010, Gallop will officially launch IfWeRanTheWorld, a simple, web platform designed to bring together human good intentions and corporate good intentions, and turn them into collective action.
Rory is one of the most powerful men in marketing. Educated at Cambridge, he went on to become the Executive Creative Director and Vice-Chairman of OgilvyOne, and the Vice-Chairman of the overall Ogilvy Group. His revolutionary views of marketing and behavioural economics have led him to speak at TED twice already, and he has been elected the next President of the IPA (the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising).