OPENx winner, medical student and chicken shop enthusiast
Akashi is a medical student from the East End who hopes to provide a unique insight into the chicken shop culture in the capital.
OPENx winner, youth justice activist and rock climber
Alex is a youth justice advocate and associate psychology lecturer at the University of East London. He works with young offenders to help them repair the damage caused by crime.
Social anthropologist, youth mentor and youth leadership advocate
Through his volunteer work and work with Common Purpose, Andy aims to develop a next generation of young leaders who can lead and thrive in an increasingly global world.
Creator of the Homo Sapiens podcast
Chris Sweeney is an acclaimed film-maker. Will Young is best known as the first ever winner of British Pop Idol. In 2017, Will and Chris launched the inaugural 12 episodes of their LGBTQI podcast, Homo Sapiens. Their second and current season is about the intrepid twosome travelling up and down the country to have their own preconceptions challenged about LGBTQI life in the British Isles.
Dr Eugenia Cheng
Mathematician, concert pianist and scientist in residence
Eugenia Cheng is a mathematician and concert pianist who aims to rid the world of ‘maths phobia’. Eugenia was an early pioneer of mathematics on YouTube and her videos have been viewed over 10 million times.
Dr Julia Shaw
Psychological scientist, science author and co-founder of Spot
Dr Julia Shaw is a psychological scientist and author. She co-founded Spot, a startup that uses memory science and artificial intelligence to revolutionise the reporting of workplace harassment.
Performance poet, storyteller and musician
Emmanuel Speaks is a performance poet from East London and has appeared on Channel 4, Huffington Post, GRM Daily, Sofar Sounds and more. Striving to “influence and tell the stories of a generation”, he launched his first official single from his upcoming album The Composer, titled ‘Who Told You?’ (feat. rapper TE dness), in May 2018.
Champion beatboxer, artist, actress and dog lover
Listed as one of ELLE’s ‘100 Most Inspiring Women’, Grace Savage is a young UK artist, actress and four-time UK Beatboxing champion. She released her debut EP Savage Grace in 2017 and she has been nominated for ‘Best Female Solo Act’ and ‘Best Songwriter’ at the Unsigned Music Awards 2018.
OPENx winner, former bank manager and social entrepreneur
Following a difficult childhood marred by gang culture and violence, social entrepreneur Jamala Osman fought her way to the top to become one of the youngest bank managers in the country. She now works with educational institutions and corporations to help young people rebuild their lives.
Campaigners and community activists Yvette, Moyra and Tasha
Yvette, Tasha and Moyra are campaigners with Justice4Grenfell, a community-led organisation that is campaigning for justice on behalf of the bereaved families, survivors, evacuated residents and wider local community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
OPENx winner, AI researcher and outdoor swimmer
English Literature graduate Laura Caccia works in the field of artificial intelligence and explores how concepts of creativity will evolve and adapt to a digital future.
LGBT and trans activist, diversity and inclusion specialist and keen amateur chef
Leng Montgomery is a diversity and inclusion specialist, who primarily focuses on LGBT and trans inclusion within private and public sector companies. In 2014, he was the first openly trans contestant on BBC’s MasterChef and this year he has been nominated as a ‘Corporate Rising Star’ at the British LGBT awards.
London School of Bollywood
Bollywood dance team
The London School of Bollywood (LSB) is the UK’s most innovative Bollywood dance team, whose mission is to create a diverse, open and inclusive place for anyone wishing to express themselves through dance.
Director of Runnymede and social justice advocate
Omar Khan is the director of Runnymede, the UK's leading independent race equality think tank. His ambition is to help eliminate racial disadvantage in the UK and Europe and he regularly writes and speaks on topics such as British political history, race and multiculturalism.
Global health physician, social entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda
A global health physician and social entrepreneur, Peter is the new Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford Saïd Business School. He believes that all people – especially the poorest among us — deserve access to high quality healthcare. Working for 15 years with Partners In Health and then co-founding the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda, Peter works to innovate healthcare delivery worldwide.
Professor David Rothery
Professor of Planetary Geosciences and part of the BepiColombo mission to Mercury
David is Professor of Planetary Geosciences at the Open University, where he teaches about planets, volcanoes and geology. He is also part of the team for the European Space Agency’s BepiColombo mission to Mercury that is launching in autumn 2018.
Professor Ian Barnes
Research leader and ancient DNA specialist
Ian Barnes is a Research Leader at the Natural History Museum. He uses ancient biomolecules and DNA to investigate the histories of living and extinct species and, recently, the role of migration in the settlement of the British Isles.
Professor Martin Cowie
Professor of Cardiology, Consultant Cardiologist and travel lover
Martin Cowie is Professor of Cardiology at Imperial College London and a Consultant Cardiologist. His current research explores what new treatments and technologies can help prevent or treat people with heart problems.
Public speaking expert, executive speaker coach and fan of historical fiction
An international, award-winning speaker, Simon has helped thousands of people to achieve greater impact as speakers - in businesses, schools, charities, academia and in public life.
Creator of the Homo Sapiens podcast
Will Young is best known as the first ever winner of British Pop Idol. Chris Sweeney is an acclaimed film-maker. In 2017, Will and Chris launched the inaugural 12 episodes of their LGBTQI podcast, Homo Sapiens. Their second and current season is about the intrepid twosome travelling up and down the country to have their own preconceptions challenged about LGBTQI life in the British Isles.
Winnie M Li
Author, activist, Co-Founder of Clear Lines Festival and PhD researcher
Winnie M Li is an author and activist who addresses the issue of sexual assault through the media, the arts and academia. Her debut novel Dark Chapter is winner of the Guardian's Not The Booker Prize. She is Co-Founder of the Clear Lines Festival, which is dedicated to addressing sexual assault and consent, and a PhD researcher at the London School of Economics.