Basketball player, spoken word poet and visual artist
Asma is a basketball player, spoken word poet and visual artist. Born in Sudan and raised in England, Asma’s dual cultural heritage deeply influences her creativity, paired with a focus on international development and female empowerment. Asma holds a BA Hons in Photography, Video and Digital Imaging as well as a Masters in Visual Arts.
Dr. John Baruch
Visiting Professor - Leeds Beckett University
School of Computing, Informatics and Media. He directs the Bradford Robotic Telescope – the world's first robotic telescope, which he helped build.
Head of Product, NHS Digital
Emma’s 20 year career in Digital has encompassed marketing, service design, software development, games design, and more. She has worked with many household names across Europe and is currently Head of Product at NHS Digital, where she oversees a portfolio of products spanning identity management, data processing services, the Spine and some patient-facing services.
Irena Bauman is a Director of Bauman Lyons Architects and of MassBespoke Ltd
Her practice and research are concerned with how architecture and architectural thinking can facilitate local communities to co-make good places and to mitigate, adapt and become more resilient to the challenges ahead. She has received three Innovate UK research grants to develop MassBespoke off-site construction system suitable for distributed fabrication. She is currently the recipient of Royal Commission 1851 Fellowship to develop business model for Build InCommon- community based factories for socially useful production.
She is the author of How to be a Happy Architect in which she challenges the architectural establishment to be more in tune with the needs of society and a co-editor of Architecture and Resilience – Interdisciplinary dialogues due to by published in December 2018
John is Director, Co-Founder, Drum Tutor, Youth & Community Development Manager for the School of Rock and Media.
John is a qualified Youth & Community Development Worker and brings 12 years in youth work and has worked on detached and outreach projects in Texas USA, and most areas across our region.
Founder, Women of the World Festival
Jude Kelly was the Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre in London for 12 years. Southbank Centre is Europe’s largest Arts Institution and London’s 3rd biggest tourist attraction.
Independent artist and researcher,
Lucie Lee, an independent artist and researcher, will be performing a short excerpt from Lost, an interdisciplinary and experimental performance using a fusion of dance theatre, digital technologies and science. The inter-relationship between each discipline allows new methods of practice to come to the forefront of the artistic research.
Director of Strategies & Stories
Mandip is Director of Strategies & Stories, a strategic planning & communications agency for innovators, disruptors and social change makers.
Founder and Director of the Great Yorkshire Chorus
Founder and Director of the Great Yorkshire Chorus, Maria Mullin, has a lifelong passion for music and extensive experience working with choirs. She loves to see the positive power of singing at work in people, building confidence and bringing joy.
Founder and CEO of The Common Sense Network
Mike Omoniyi is the Founder and CEO of The Common Sense Network, named 1 of the 100 most influential BAME leaders in Tech by the Financial Times. The network combats cyberbalkanization, helping people leave virtual echo chambers and embrace debate and discussions.
Nafeesa Nizami (Naz) is a Psychotherapist, Trainer and Lecturer. She is currently working in the areas of couples, young peoples, parents/families, groups and bilingual therapy for a national charity. Her clinical background includes having worked in the NHS and within child protection. Nafeesa is also undertaking her PhD at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on deconstructing Pre-Trial Therapy; exploring the relationship between law, therapy and sexual abuse through discourse analysis. The research considered through its examination to be a theoretical, political and ethical exercise. Nafeesa has a keen interest in the areas of mental health, social justice, politics, policy analysis, linguistics, ethics, philosophy, post-structuralism, colonial studies, childhood studies, and feminist theories.
Chief Executive Officer at Inspired Neighbourhoods
Nasim Qureshi is Chief Executive Officer at Inspired Neighbourhoods, a social business and a community anchor with Bradford wide reach.
As an Artistic Director and creator of The Rationale Method Nathan has been pioneering research into the unlikely link between hip-hop and visual impairment and in 2015 Nathan became a fellow for ADAD’s Trailblazers program. This enabled him to begin to conduct academic research surrounding visibility of dance forms to people with visual impairment.
Consultant, writer, speaker and social advocate
Neil Gibb has worked for over 20 years with companies large and small, helping them apply new thinking and technology to improve their businesses. His clients have ranged from Shell, Barclays, the European Space Agency and the Nationwide Building Society to dozens of small tech firms, including currently a cryptocurrency and AI start-up and a data analytics company.
Along the way he has published two crime novels, trained as a Jungian therapist and played a small but crucial role in the development of Viagra
Niall leads an enthusiastic and skilled Civil Infrastructure Team at Arup’s Leeds office. Niall was the Senior Engineer and NEC Site Supervisor responsible for the engineering design and construction of Bradford’s City Park which opened to the public in December 2011.
Norah McWilliam has had a life-long career in education, latterly as Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at Bradford College and tutor in University of Bradford Disability Service.
Activist & Academic
Omar is an MA graduate in International Studies and Diplomacy & was awarded the PhD Nohoudh Scholarship for the study of ‘Integration of Muslims in British Society’. His first academic chapter published by Routledge is titled ‘Diplomacy and The Beautiful Game: Muslim footballers as ambassadors of faith’. Omar regularly delivers talks, workshops and lectures in leading academic, professional institutions and conferences across the globe. He is also a Faculty Member for the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project (IRDP) at UC Berkeley.
Omar founded RTP in 2013, dedicated to serving the youth and wider community through open spaces of spirituality, dialogue and empowerment. RTP organises the world’s first community-led Open Iftar. Inviting people of all faiths and none to the breaking of fast to explore the Islamic faith and share community spirit through food, inspirational talks and discussions. To date, over 70,000 guests have been hosted across 10 cities and 4 continents.
Stefanie Stead is a Chartered Architect and has worked across Yorkshire on a range of urban design, heritage, residential, retail and educational schemes. She is the Chair of the Construction Industry Council Yorkshire and Humber and also sits on the RIBA Yorkshire Council. She is a Regional Design Review Panelist for Yorkshire and Humber. Her interests lie in architecture as a wider profession – exploring the possibilities of what ‘architecture’ is, and what it could be. She is particularly interested in the narratives of a place, whether historical, political, socio-economic or folklore. She is a judge for a number of industry awards including the RICS, Constructing Excellence and the CIOB Committed to Construction Awards.
Independent consultant and writer in the social sector.
Steve is an independent consultant and writer in the social sector. He is Chair of Community Links, Board member of Groundswell, co-founder of A Better Way, an associate of the Carnegie UK Trust, and a panel member of the independent Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society. In 2017 he published a history of community business (In Our Hands).