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December 1, 2018
London, London, City of
United Kingdom

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Bush House
30 Aldwych
London, London, City of, WC2B 4BG
United Kingdom
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Anne Wafula- Strike

Anne is a Paralympian wheelchair racer and a Tough Mudder conqueror who demonstrates that it is possible to break down barriers. She is a NED on UK Athletics and Active Essex, who continues to encourage and lobby for an accessible and inclusive society where people with disabilities are fully integrated, whether that is in education, fashion, media, sport or travel. As the first Goodwill Ambassador for Action on Disability and Development, she successfully supported campaigns for nations to ratify the UN Convention on the "Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities". She founded the Olympia-Wafula Foundation which works with sensitive communities through disability advocacy, educational scholarships and provides appropriate mobility aids such as wheelchairs and other assistive walking devices. In sharing her own experience of disability, she motivates and inspires countless others –– and we hope she will inspire you too.

Dr Isabel Van De Keere

Dr Isabel Van De Keere is the Founder & CEO of Immersive Rehab, a Virtual Reality digital health startup that focuses on the creation and development of physical & neuro-rehabilitation programmes in Virtual Reality that improve patient recovery. The goal is to increase the effectiveness of physical & neuro-rehabilitation, to reduce referral times­, to make rehab fun and engaging­, and to have a better patient outcome. Following a long physical rehab period Isabel went through herself due to a work accident, she decided to start Immersive Rehab in September 2016. With a background in Electro-Mechanical Engineering and as a Doctor in Biomedical Engineering, Isabel is passionate about healthcare technologies, digital health, immersive technologies (VR/AR) and its applications in healthcare, using tech for good, social entrepreneurship, and promoting women in tech.

Dr. Ellie Cosgrave

Ellie is Director of the City Leadership Laboratory and Lecturer in Urban Innovation and Policy at University College London. Ellie has led research in a variety of fields relating to urban infrastructure and social justice. Previously this has included work on gender in cities including a UN-Habitat report on Safer Smarter Cities for Women and Girls as well as a research collaboration with the Liveable Cities research programme on Gender and Urban Design. Currently Ellie is working with London’s Mayors Office of Policing and Crime to undertake a scoping study for their UN Women Safe Cities work and is leading the C40’s international research for their Women4Climate campaign.

Maureen Mansfield

Mo Mansfield is a community organiser, advocate and feminist campaigner for prison abolition. Mo has more than 15 years experience working in the voluntary sector in both front-line and management positions at organisations such as Women at WISH, Women In Prison and the Women’s Resource Centre. Much of her work has focussed on providing independent support to criminalised women from a social justice perspective. She is member of the Reclaim Justice Network; Reclaim Holloway; and is co-founder of the Holloway Prison Stories website. Mo was also part of the organising committee for Abolitionist Futures: the International Conference on Penal Abolition held in London in June 2018. Mo recently completed a MSc focussed on improving services for people with personality disorders. Her final project focus was on the independence of the women’s penal voluntary sector in relation to funding/commissioning changes. She is a Visiting Research Fellow with the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative at the Open University.

Munroe Bergdorf

Familiar for her refreshingly honest insight into ‘white privilege’, diversity and the LGBT+ community, Model and Activist Munroe Bergdorf has proven herself as the brave and bold voice which our society needs. An icon in an age of increasing social awareness, Bergdorf uses her sizeable profile to advocate for a fairer world and to empower individuals to fight for positive change. Munroe regularly appears on national and international television news to comment on race, diversity, gender and LGBTQ+ topics and writes for publications including Grazia, i-D, them.us, Paper Magazine, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, Stylist Magazine and The Sunday Times Style. Soon after scooping up ‘Changemaker of the Year’ at the 2018 Cosmopolitan Awards, Munroe’s first film ‘What Makes A Woman’ premiered on UK Network Channel 4 in May 2018. In the hour-long documentary, Munroe examines the changing world of gender and identity in today’s society, as she becomes both author and subject.

Orkideh Behrouzan

Orkideh Behrouzan is a physician, medical anthropologist, anthropologist of science and technology, and the author of Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran (2016, Stanford University Press). She is a 2015-16 fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the winner of the 2011 Kerr Award from the Middle Eastern Studies Association. She is also a poet and writer, in Persian and English. Behrouzan was pursuing a PhD in Genetics at the University of Oxford, before deciding to move to the US to study Anthropology at MIT. She was an academic in the US before moving to London. She currently teaches at the Department of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. In 2014, she initiated the collaborative and multi-cited project Beyond ‘Trauma’: Emergent Agendas for Understanding Mental Health in the Middle East. This interdisciplinary project aims to bring together scholars, artists, practitioners, and policymaker, towards an inclusive approach to psychological wellbeing, by foregrounding the compelling role of diverse cultural practices, historical conditions, moral contexts, and medical pedagogies in shaping the afterlife of social ruptures. In light of today’s rapid transformations in the region and the movement of displaced individuals, the project responds to a pressing need to rethink the psychopolitics of wellbeing and health in the Middle East.

Remy Mohamed

Remy is the Grenfell Project Coordinator for the charity INQUEST. She graduated from King’s College London with a Biological Sciences degree and then attended The College of Law in London where she completed the postgraduate diploma in law and the legal practice course. After qualifying as a solicitor, Remy specialised in criminal defence law and prison law, with a focus on representing children and vulnerable adults. Remy is a senior committee member of the Association of Muslim Lawyers and volunteers for a number of community outreach projects.

Sharmadean Reid

Sharmadean Reid is an entrepreneur, founding Beautystack and WAH Nails. Her mission is to use technology to empower women, economically, socially and culturally. She is a former fashion stylist and brand consultant who started WAH as a hip hop magazine for girls in 2006 while still at university. She then founded WAH Nails as a side project in 2009. WAH completely changed the beauty landscape with its millennial voice, feminist attitude and innovative salon space. She then wrote two books, delivered global pop up nail salons for 100s of brands, created a product line with Walgreen Boots Alliance and was awarded an MBE from HRH Queen in 2015 for services to Beauty. Alongside all of this, she shared her journey by organising business events for young female entrepreneurs culminating in futuregirlcorp.com. In 2016 she opened a dreamy salon in Soho, London, showcasing a Virtual Reality Nail Design app in collaboration with DVTK and is constantly looking for ways to push the salon experience further through technology.

SWARM - Fez Endalaust

Fez is a sociology student, disabled migrant sex worker, and an activist with the Sex Worker Advocacy & Resistance Movement (SWARM). They campaign for the full decriminalisation of sex work and delivers talks on various aspects of sex work including legal models, stigma, immigration, disability, and student sex work. Fez is particularly interested in the legal conflation of sex work and sex trafficking, how anti-immigration policies are disguised as anti-trafficking efforts, and how these measures are beginning to bleed into the civil liberties of everyone - in and out of the sex industry.

Tessa Khan

Tessa Khan is an international climate change and human rights lawyer and is currently Co-Director of the Climate Litigation Network. She has spent most of the last decade working at the intersection of human rights and sustainable development policy. She has supported grassroots, regional and international human rights movements; advised governments on their human rights obligations; and supported litigation in regional and national fora.

Zrinka Bralo

Zrinka Bralo is CEO of Migrants Organise – an award winning grass roots, national organisation that provides a platform for migrants and refugees to connect, build common ground, grow their power, speak out and act for justice and dignity of all immigrants at the time of an openly hostile policy environment, intertwined with a dehumanising public narrative. Zrinka is a refugee from Sarajevo, where she was a journalist working with leading war correspondents during the siege in the 90’s. She is a founder of Women on the Move Awards that celebrates the achievement of migrant and refugee women and the winner of the 2011 Voices of Courage Award by the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York. She served as a Commissioner on the Independent Asylum Commission, the most comprehensive review of the UK protection system. As an Independent Commissioner, Zrinka successfully negotiated the end of immigration detention of children in the UK in 2010. She was a founding chair of the National Refugee Welcome Board working to welcome Syrian refugees in 2015 and successfully lobbies for the introduction of Community Sponsorship Visa Scheme. Zrinka holds an MSc in Media and Communications from London School of Economics and is a 2014 Churchill Fellow.

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London, United Kingdom

Azam Rajper

London, United Kingdom