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Theme: Alternative Paths

This event occurred on
May 21, 2021
London, Kensington and Chelsea
United Kingdom

What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a question many of us have asked and been asked. As children, we can never imagine the challenges that lie ahead for us - from blockers and minor upsets to experiences that nearly break us. The path to our achievements are rarely smooth. Our theme of Alternative Paths inspires us to view every step as a gift and embrace the determination and resilience of humanity.

The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High St
London, Kensington and Chelsea, W8 6AG
United Kingdom
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Donna Murray-Turner

Donna Murray-Turner is the polar opposite of a bystander. She is involved. Whether that’s through advising New Scotland Yard (she sits on four advisory forums), or running ANOS (Another Night of Sisterhood) the community group she founded, chairing the Trustee Board of a local school, or chairing Croydon’s Safer Neighbourhood Board – she is leading change at every level. Donna has a degree in child development, and works with London’s City Hall on reducing violence against women and girls. She is currently researching community engagement and the role of place in public trust and confidence in the police.

Eric Lonergan

Eric Lonergan is an Irish-born economist, writer and macro hedge fund manager. He is the author of two books, the most recent, Angrynomics; is an exploration of the power of anger to disrupt economics and politics and the need to reimagine the institutions required for a fairer world. He has also written for Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, and The Economist and advises and policymakers. Eric was an initial limited partner in BII’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund LP (the investment arm of The Big Issue) and advises The Empathy Museum.

Ghino Parker

Ghino is a Youth and Community strategist. She started out as a youth worker supporting female participation and inclusion for young people with special needs & disabilities. As a young Kurdish refugee, she found a new home in London, and her formative experiences continue to inspire her work within communities. She holds a postgraduate qualification in Law and a MA in Applied Anthropology and hopes to continue research in the way language & stories shape our environment. Ghino has shaped youth engagement strategies to effect change within communities, both in the U.K. and abroad. She has also worked with the business sector to develop meaningful Social Responsibility models. Currently, Ghino is working to improve outcomes for those affected by serious youth violence.

Jason Arday

Dr Arday is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Durham University. He also has Autism, a hybrid form called global developmental delay and Asperger’s syndrome. By embracing his neuro-diversity, Jason has become a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University (Diversity and Inclusion), an Adjunct Professor at Nelson Mandela University (Higher Education Transformation) and a trustee of many different trusts, including the UK’s leading Race Equality Thinktank, the Runnymede Trust. Jason has a personal passion for raising money for charity – over £4.5 million pounds for 80+ national charities – and he was selected as an Olympic Torchbearer at the London 2012 Olympics.

Jessica Huie

Jessica Huie MBE, Founder of the Transformational Visibility Academy, is an entrepreneur and the author of PURPOSE published by Hay House. Jessica enjoyed a glittering career as a journalist and publicist and has worked with some of the world’s best-known stars and business people, including Samuel L. Jackson, Simon Cowell, Kelly Rowland & Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle. In 2006 Jessica launched Color Blind Cards, a multi award-winning multicultural greeting card company which drove an early conversation around the importance of ethnic representation in retail. In 2014 Jessica was honoured with an MBE for entrepreneurship and her contribution to diversity. The Transformational Visibility Academy, a programme supporting purpose driven small business owners in embracing visibility from the inside out. The annual PURPOSE Retreat takes place in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica, contributing to the Jamaican parish of Jessica’s heritage.

Sergey Young

Sergey Young is a longevity investor and visionary with a mission to extend healthy lifespans of at least one billion people. To do that, Sergey founded Longevity Vision Fund to accelerate life extension technological breakthroughs and to make longevity affordable and accessible to all. Sergey is also a Top-100 Longevity Leader, who is transforming the world, one workplace at a time, with Longevity@Work – the first non-profit corporate longevity program of its kind. As the author of books such as ‘The Science and Technology of Growing Young’ and the mastermind behind the online life extension platform, Sergey is passionate about sharing news from the exciting world of longevity.

Sir Julian Le Grand

Sir Julian Le Grand is a professor of social policy at the Marshall Institute at the London School of Economics. He was a Senior Policy Adviser and a principal architect of the Blair Government’s public service reforms. An economist by training, he is author, co-author or editor of over twenty books and more than a hundred academic articles. He writes regularly for the national and international press and often appears on radio and television. He has served on a multitude of public policy boards and commissions and has advised organisations including the European Commission, the World Bank and the World Health Organisation. He was named as one of the top British public intellectuals by The Guardian and Prospect and was awarded a knighthood in 2015 for services to social sciences and public service.

Sophie Lodge

Sophie Lodge is a Carnival Artist with a background in visual effects. She set up 24hearts after the Grenfell Tower tragedy. This was to bring visual positivity to the North Kensington community through locally created art projects. Since then her work has transformed local spaces and public buildings in West London and beyond. Most recently during St Patrick’s in her new home of County Kerry. She has a passion for working with willow and for community art projects that bring people together. Sophie always has one foot in the Grove and has continued to design and support local art projects through Covid-19.

Sulaiman Khan

Sulaiman is an independent consultant, speaker, and writer on Disability, Creativity, and Equitability. Sulaiman [he/him/Disabled] loves to create relationships, stories, and magic. He is the award-winning Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of ThisAbility Limited, a disability-led equity business. ThisAbility helps socially conscious organisations focused on sustainability, technology, or design to increase revenues by engaging the estimated $8 Trillion disabled market. Sulaiman is also the Co-Founder at Cripjoy, a transnational, majority-BIPOC community of practice reworlding mental health through an intersectional, anti-ableist, and anti-sanist lens. With over 35-years’ lived-experience of disability and over 10-years’ experience in the creative industries, he works tirelessly to ignite, invest in, and amplify disabled creativity across the world for a Just tomorrow for disabled people.

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