x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Mind the Gap

This event occurred on
February 2, 2021
London, London, City of
United Kingdom

TEDxLondonBusinessSchool is one of the premier innovation and thought-leadership events in London, run by students of London Business School. Every year, LBS welcomes world leaders in business, technology, science and the arts to share their Ideas Worth Spreading.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances this year, our event will be streaming online on 2nd & 4th February 2021 with the theme Mind the Gap. We are surrounded by different types of gaps in our lives, which we tend to overlook or take for granted. It is time we mind those gaps – we should examine the presumed, listen to the voiceless, and seek out the missing. Through their stories, our speakers will enlighten us about the gaps our society faces and the opportunities that arise.

Last year, our event was themed around Order & Chaos. To recap the inspiring talks from last year, we have prepared for you our special TEDxLondonBusinessSchool 2019 playlist archive.

What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxLondonBusinessSchool, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxLondonBusinessSchool event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.

London Business School
Regent's Park
London, London, City of, NW1 4SA
United Kingdom
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Arthur Snell

Former diplomat
Arthur Snell worked in Britain’s foreign service for 16 years. His career took him to Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan, among other places. From 2010 to 2014 he was Britain’s High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago. Since 2014, Arthur has worked as an advisor on international politics and security to a range of corporations, institutions and governments. He is writing a book on Britain and the breakdown of the global order.

Catherine Loveday

As a graduate of of the University of Westminister (formerly PCL) , Catherine began her career with a PhD in the neuropsychology of memory and ageing and continues to focus on the nature of normal and impaired memory. Catherine is an active member of the BPS, as Chair of the Psychologist Digest Editorial Advisory Committee and a member of the Research Board. She has a passion for public engagement with science and is regularly invited to give public lectures at festivals, community events and in schools. Catherine is author of “The Secret World of the Brain” and frequently appears as an expert psychologist on BBC Radio 4’s All In The Mind, as well as many other radio and television programmes.

Daniel Effron

Associate Professor, London Business School
A social psychologist by training, Daniel A. Effron is an associate professor of organisational behaviour at London Business School. He conducts behavioral experiments to understand why good people do bad things, and what leads us to let ourselves and others off the hook for wrongdoing.

Ganda Boys

Ganda Boys bring a fresh light to joyous African songs & chants, with sprinklings of English lyrics by band member/lyricist, Craig Pruess. From Uganda, lead singers Denis Mugagga and Daniel Sewagudde are internationally recognised, with 21 GRAMMY artists joining their song “The Forgotten People” in Studio City, Los Angeles. Stevie Wonder is a fan of the Ganda Boys, appearing in public with the band during 2019 to support their work.

Giri Kesavan

LBS Student
With a background in engineering, finance & technology, Giri Kesavan is particularly interested in the intersection of business and technology and works with The Wheeler Institute for Business & Development. Passionate about microfinance and business development in emerging economics, he believes that complex socio-economic problems can be mitigated by startlingly simple solutions.

Julia Ebner

Senior Research Fellow
Julia Ebner is the author of the bestselling books Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives of Extremists and The Rage: The Vicious Circle of Islamist and Far-Right Extremism. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, where she leads projects on online radicalisation, disinformation and hate speech. Julia has acted as a consultant for the UN, NATO, and the World Bank. Her journalism has appeared in the Guardian, Independent, Prospect and Newsweek, and she was a key contributor to a documentary for ITV on militant responses to Brexit, and a Radio 4 piece on women in the far right.

Oliver Double

Reader in drama, University of Kent
Oliver Double teaches and researches comic and popular performances. He worked as a stand-up comedian on the national comedy circuit and set up the Last Laugh, Sheffield’s longest running comedy club. He continues to perform occasionally. He has written a number of books, chapters and articles on stand-up comedy, variety theatre and popular performance, and helped to establish the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive, based at Kent’s Templeman Library. His latest book Alternative Comedy: 1979 and the Reinvention of British Stand-Up was published 2020.

Ray Rieder

LBS Alumna
Ray Rieder has a background in public health, women’s empowerment, and human rights. She has worked at the intersection of these spaces around the world, including in Nepal, Jordan, Chile, Ghana, Tanzania and in her home country of the United States. Ray appreciates science, nature, and most forms of art. She has a stellar sense of direction and likes to run long distances but is not particularly fast. Ray is passionate about food, and enjoys making it, eating it, and sharing it with others.

Sarah Ellis

Director of Digital Development, Royal Shakespeare Company
As an award-winning producer, Sarah Ellis currently works as Director of Digital Development for the Royal Shakespeare Company to explore new artistic initiatives and partnerships. The latest partnership for the RSC is the Audience of the Future Live Performance Demonstrator funded by Innovate UK – a consortium consisting of arts organisations, research partners and technology companies to explore the future of performances and real-time immersive experiences.

Siegfried Wagner

Research Fellow and ophthalmologist
Siegfried Wagner is a Research Fellow and ophthalmologist at University College London and Moorfields Eye Hospital. Inspired as a medical student by the role of eye exams in diagnosing people with HIV and Tuberculosis in South Africa, Siegfried uses statistical modelling and artificial intelligence techniques to understand how changes in our eyes can represent overall health, from heart disease to dementia.

Stee Moglie

Born and raised in South East London, Stee Moglie is a 24 year old singer, rap artist and songwriter who isn't afraid to keep an English accent in her music. She is an up and coming, multi-genre artist who uses her uniqueness to her advantage!

Sue Mitchell

BBC Documentary journalist
As an award winning investigating journalist, Sue Mitchell highlights the plight of refugees illegally detained in the UK. She follows on what happens once they arrive, interviewing smugglers and government agencies in the process. Her work in newspapers won her the title of Campaigning Journalist of the Year in the British Press awards. Her recent BBC Radio 4 podcast series, Girl Taken, gained widespread international coverage and has brought women issues to the central stage.

Organizing team


London, United Kingdom


London, United Kingdom
  • Abdulelah Alrifi
  • Alison Shen
  • Andrew Hadad
  • Ani Keshishyan
  • Anshika Agarwal
  • Beth Faus
  • Cindy Liu
  • Duarte Rosa
  • Hani Elwan
  • Jiabo Wan
  • Juliana Valente Zero
  • Sean Phelan
    Team member
  • Veronica Yin