Tom is a Design Director at IDEO in London, where he uses the innovation and design process to develop new business opportunities. A serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Tom has first-hand experience in building successful enterprises and, as a result, a very thorough understanding of business. He is particularly interested in commercializing new products and services, and his clients include technology, retail, FMCG, financial services, hospitality and fashion brands, Having spent a year teaching secondary school in Tanzania, he also believes in the power of entrepreneurship for sustainable social good. He recently founded OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform.
Suzanne Lee is the Director of The BioCouture Research Project and Senior Research Fellow in Fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (University of The Arts London). BioCouture is a research project harnessing nature to propose a radical future fashion vision. It investigates the use of microbial-cellulose, grown in a laboratory, to produce clothing. The ultimate goal is to literally grow a dress from a vat of liquid...Suzanne is collaborating with scientists to unite design with cutting edge bio and nano technologies.
Dr Shamus Husheer is the inventor of the technology behind DuoFertility and the CEO of Cambridge Temperature Concepts. Shamus has 7 years of experience in developing instrumentation and sensors during both his MSc and PhD. A "Recidivist Entrepreneur", Shamus has started companies in the chemical, medical, optical, finance and modelling industries. He finally graduated after a group of investors said “we have the money to fund this, just graduate and do it!”, and proceeded to develop a medical device from sheet of paper through prototypes, medical approvals, trials and first sales all within 18 months.
From individuals to some of the world’s largest corporations, Dr. Rebecca Self helps clients envision their goals and get there with velocity. Current and past projects have included the global roll-out of complex training programs and organization-wide cultural transformation for clients such as AP Møeller Mærsk, Volvo, Nokia Siemens Networks, Emerson, Avaya, and StorageTek. A former Professor, Self's passion lies in unleashing the potential of young global leaders. She is a co-creator and Executive Director of Connect & Act, which gathers social entrepreneurs with funders and mentors, creating a community that works together.
Professor Nader Tavassoli is chair of the marketing faculty and non-executive chairman of The Brand Inside (www.thebrandinside.com). Nader was previously on the marketing faculty of the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he was also a chaired Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the eBusiness track. He received his doctorate from Columbia Business School. Nader is the winner of London Business School’s 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award and directs the executive programme Customer Focused Marketing (www.london.edu/execed/ckmp/). His clients have ranged from high-tech start-ups to over 30 of the Global Fortune 500 companies. Prior to his academic career he lived and worked in England, France, Germany, Spain and the U.S.
Mrs. Moneypenny, the columnist in the Weekend Financial Times, is the pseudonym for a female entrepreneur who has three children and a husband who plays a lot of golf. Formerly an investment banker, she quit the City in 2000 and joined a small business, where she is now the CEO and majority shareholder. She shoots guns, flies plane and is a perfect size 10 masquerading as a body mass index of 37.
A former English amateur boxer, Luke Dowdney founded Fight for Peace (FFP) in 2000 in the Complexo da Maré, a complex of favelas (shantytowns) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the help and support of Viva Rio.Luke's experience with boxing had taught him that this sport can be an effective tool to overcome division and violence and promote the potential of young people most in need.
Kiyan is the 27-year-old CEO and co-founder of Boticca, an online destination for unique jewelry and accessories by the top emerging designers around the world. The curated marketplace illustrates the stories and inspiration behind each independent designer, while providing them access to global distribution and customers in an otherwise impervious industry.
Dominic is a digital government and social innovation entrepreneur with a background in government policy, communications and engagement. He is also co-founder of social web start-ups Enabled by Design, a dot org social start up and winners of the inaugural Social Innovation Camp, and TweetyHall, helping people to find and connect with their local politicians on social network site Twitter.
Andy has earned a reputation as one of the most disruptive and effective advisors in business. As the Chief Curator and Provocateur at Prophet with twenty years of experience, Andy leads a team of experts to create change and inspire leaders of Fortune500 companies. GE, General Mills, Proctor & Gamble, The United StatesOlympic Committee, Nike and the Coca Cola Company are just a few of the companies that regularly call Andy for his unique point of view.