PhD researcher and writer
Abhishek (Abhi) had a brief stint in journalism, before returning to academia for a PhD at the University of Oxford. His doctoral research looks at how minorities are punished more harshly for their mistakes and what the consequences of this discrimination are. Abhi loves going to the theatre and watching TED talks; he spoke about making foreign aid more effective at TEDxOxford in 2017.
Performer, writer and filmmaker
For a long time, Amrou struggled to negotiate the link between their queer identity and muslim heritage. Amrou’s ongoing work in film, writing and performance are attempts to sew links between these multiple identities. Their debut memoir, Unicorn, and solo drag show, Glamrou: From Quran to Queen, on their intersectional identity will take place in 2019. Amrou is also currently developing two television series, with Channel 4 Comedy and BBC Drama, and features with Film 4, the BFI, and BBC Films.
Environmental journalist and author
Beth is a journalist and the author of Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future. Her writing on everything from health and sustainability to politics, feminism, food and the arts has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Guardian and National Geographic. She’s a former longtime Associated Press reporter, and has lived in London for more than 18 years.
Choir With No Name
A choir for those who’ve experienced homelessness
The Choir with No Name London is a choir for people who’ve experienced homelessness, run in partnership with Look Ahead. They are a diverse group, united by a lived experience of marginalisation and sing all kinds of music. The Choir with No Name believes singing makes you feel good and restores a sense of self-worth that may have been lost.
Chief Executive of Oxfam GB
Danny spent his early childhood in Sri Lanka in a rural community without electricity or running water. Since being displaced by a brutal civil war, Danny has lived in five countries on four continents, eventually settling in the UK. This global experience has given Danny a passion to take on the root causes of poverty throughout his career, culminating with him joining Oxfam GB as Chief Executive in January 2019.
Five years ago David realised he wanted to bridge the gap between engineering and biology, leading him to become a biomedical engineer at a biotech startup. Here, he researches a process called “decellularisation”, which will allow scientists to recycle currently unusable organs. Outside of the Lab, David volunteers at the charity, Street Cafe, which helps rough sleepers in London work towards financial independence.
Dr Jonathan Mijs
Why do our opinions on the causes of economic inequality vary? Does success come to those who work for it, or is the system rigged from the start? Jonathan’s research at the London School of Economics hopes to understand our varying opinions on economic inequality, in particular how (young) citizens learn about and make sense of inequality, and what the political consequences of holding such beliefs will be.
Dr Kris De Meyer
Kris has been long fascinated by the process of how people become entrenched in their views and the gridlocked debates these opinions lead to. His research as a neuroscientist at King's College London, lead him out of the research lab to co-produce an award-winning documentary, Right Between Your Ears, and co-create an interactive play, The Justice Syndicate - both of which look at how we form opinions and make decisions.
Dr Seeta Peña Gangadharan
Digital, media and communications scholar
In 2011, while advocating for policies to increase broadband adoption in marginalized communities, Seeta began asking questions about digital inclusion, surveillance, privacy, and data profiling. Today, Seeta works as an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, researching data-driven technologies and exclusion. Seeta also co-founded, Our Data Bodies, a research collective that explores predatory data collection and targeting and how people may exclude themselves from data-driven systems.
Musician, singer and performer
Growing up in Trinidad as a fifth generation of Indian descent, Dana Mohammed is no stranger to being the other. She started her musical career as Dana Jade, earning glowing reviews for her debut LP. However, as life for marginalized voices became increasingly fraught,it felt imperative to own our collective otherness and counter growing prejudices, hence reclaiming her stage name to her surname Mohammed. Beyond borders Ms.Mohammed’s music is a daring mix of genres, lyrics and sounds that command our attention-calling for change.
To quote Iggy Pop; "Whoa! Ms. Mohammed-A Middle Eastern beat into a rockin’ groove!"
Writer, editor and novelist
Nikesh writes on race and identity issues - asking what it means to be “other” in contemporary society. He is the editor of the bestselling essay collection, The Good Immigrant, which won the reader's choice at the Books Are My Bag Awards and co-edited The Good Immigrant USA with Chimene Suleyman (2019). He is also the author of three critically acclaimed novels The One Who Wrote Destiny, Meatspace and Coconut Unlimited; two YA novels, Run, Riot and The Boxer; and co-founder of the literary journal, The Good Journal and The Good Literary Agency.
Global affairs commentator and writer
While reporting on the civil war in Sri Lanka in 2006, journalist Peter Apps was paralysed from the shoulders down in a car accident. Since then, he has continued to travel and write as a global affairs commentator for Reuters, reporting on everything from emerging markets to defense. Peter is also the founder and executive director of a pop-up think tank, the Project for Study of the 21st Century, and since 2016, he has been a member of the British Army Reserve.
Professor Iyiola Solanke
Professor in Law
Iyiola believes that the law can be used to rid the world of discrimination. Through her work as Professor in Law at the University of Leeds, she primarily researches EU and Anti-Discrimination Law. Her latest book, Discrimination As Stigma, puts forward a new paradigm for anti-discrimination law - proposing discrimination acts, and should be treated, like a virus.
Professor James Logan
Scientist, researcher and television presenter
As the Head of Department for Disease Control at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, James is currently researching how we can use the sense of smell of insects and other animals to develop novel methods to detect and control diseases. He is also a keen science communicator, which led him to presenting on a wide variety of television programmes, including Channel 4’s award-winning Embarrassing Bodies.
Founder and Executive Director of Glitch
Glitch was founded in 2017 after Seyi experienced vicious online abuse after a video of her speaking at the European Youth Parliament vent viral. Glitch is now a growing not-for-profit that aims to end online gender-based abuse by campaigning, and providing training that raises awareness of the scope and solutions to online abuse. In 2018, Seyi was named a Stylist Magazine’s Woman of the Week and an Amnesty International’s Human Rights Defender.
Recording artist and self love advocate
Shocka started his journey in 2008 when he released the single, Beast on the loose, which led him to joining rap group, Marvel. He became an independent artist in 2014 and released his new single, Self Love, in October 2018. Self Love, is an anthem, reflecting Shocka’s personal journey with his mental health issues, and calling us to connect with ourselves and others, no matter our history or background, in order to love ourselves into healing.
Policy and communications expert and intersex activist
Susannah is determined to increase the positive visibility of the intersex community, by distilling this multifaceted topic to diverse audiences. She speaks and presents at leading universities and institutions, and has appeared in the media, such as being the first intersex face of Dove’s #BeautyPortrait campaigns. As a policy and communications expert, she highlights the need for intersex human rights, equality and positive visibility.
Actor, singer and musician
Tashi moved to work in the thriving London theatre scene after graduating from the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Melbourne, Australia in 2017. In London she trained with Frantic Assembly Theatre Company and currently works as a physical theatre performer and folk musician. As an actress with Asperger's Syndrome, Tashi is proud to be a voice for the Autism community through her work.