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October 17, 2023
London, London, City of
United Kingdom

Forget hopeless narratives, complex numbers and unreadable graphs. For the first time ever, we’re showcasing leading voices across the climate sector on the TEDxLondon stage. With our unique, intersectional lens, you can expect climate solutions, actions and ideas that empower and inspire curiosity.

UCL The Bloomsbury Theatre and Studio
15 Gordon Street
London, London, City of, WC1H 0AH
United Kingdom
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Amy Powney

Fashion Designer
Amy Powney is a UK based fashion designer. She is the Creative Director and Co-Owner of sustainable fashion brand, Mother of Pearl. Amy’s trailblazing mission to create a transparent and sustainable collection from field to finished garment and transform the way we engage with fashion, forms the subject of ‘Fashion Reimagined’, an award-nominated, independent documentary released in 2023.

Angela Gallego-Sala

Angela is a biogeochemist with expertise in how climate regulates carbon cycling in terrestrial ecosystems - in plain English - that means Angela works towards a better understanding of how carbon moves through the Earth’s biosphere. Currently, Angela is researching how peatlands function in different climatic zones, including the tropical, Arctic and temperate biomes (the UK and Europe). She wants to build a global perspective to understand how climate change will affect peatlands and vice versa. Angela is a Professor at the University of Exeter and teaches Geography to undergraduates, when she is not happily doing remote field work or working with her research team in Exeter.

Clover Hogan

Youth climate activist
Clover is a 24-year-old climate activist and the founding Executive Director of Force of Nature - the youth non-profit turning climate anxiety into action. She has worked alongside the world’s leading authorities on sustainability, consulted within the boardrooms of Fortune 50 companies, and counselled heads of state. Clover has taken the stage with global change-makers such as Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva, and interviewed the 14th Dalai Lama. Her first TED and TEDxLondon talk, What to do when climate change feels unstoppable, has been viewed 1.9 million times. At 22, she was recognised on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and has featured in outlets including The Guardian, the BBC, the New York Times, the FT and Vogue.

Deborah Mensah-Bonsu

Founder of Games for Good
Deborah Mensah-Bonsu is the founder of Games for Good, which focuses on harnessing the power of video games and the video game industry for social impact and climate action. She consults for console and mobile studios, NGOs and the United Nations Environment Programme where she co-created the Green Game Jam. She thrives on collaborating to create healthier cultures, products and communities and has worked with some of the most influential names in games and entertainment. She is a Special Effect Ambassador, Develop: Diversity Star Nominee 2022, named one of the Top 100 Women in Games in 2019, and has been a speaker at conferences around the world.

Josephine Philips

Founder of SOJO
Seeking an alternative to the environmentally destructive fast-fashion industry, Josephine became interested in sustainable clothing while studying physics and philosophy at King's College London. She created SOJO, a platform that simplifies the process of repairing and altering your clothes. After you book your repair or tailoring needs on their app, SOJO collects your clothing, fulfills your request and delivers the fixed items back to your door within a week. By the age of 24, Philips raised $2.4 million for SOJO, earning a spot on Forbes's "30 Under 30" and Vogue Business's "100 Innovators" lists. The startup established its first in-house tailoring and repairs studio in 2023, and while services are currently available in London, Philips has plans to expand to other locations in the UK and beyond.

Joycelyn Longdon

Conservation Data Justice Researcher
Joycelyn is an environmental justice advocate and academic. Her PhD research centres on the design of justice-led conservation technologies for monitoring biodiversity with local forest communities in Ghana. She is also the founder of ClimateInColour, an online education platform and community for the climate curious, making climate conversations more accessible, diverse and hopeful.

Kris De Meyer

Neuroscientist & Director of UCL Climate Action Unit
Kris is a neuroscientist and director of the Climate Action Unit at University College London. He brings insights from neuroscience and psychology to how we tell stories about climate change, communicate about climate risk, and create opportunities for climate action. He trains journalists and communicators in how to tell stories of action, rather than stories of concern. With storytelling studio Fast Familiar and NESTA, he developed The Strategy Room, an interactive story scenario showing the positive future we can create by acting on climate change.

Mauricio Porras

Co-Founder & Chief Mobilization Officer of HERO
Mauricio is the Co-Founder and Chief Mobilization Officer of HERO |, the first subscription platform for citizens to directly fund a stable, monthly income to climate campaigners worldwide. He has more than 10 years of experience as a creative communicator, political strategist, social mobilizer and innovation consultant. His expertise spans corporate social responsibility, activism, conflict resolution, movement building, social entrepreneurship and human-centred storytelling. Mauricio is dedicated to positive global transformation by uniting people at the intersection of technology, purpose and collective action.

Miriam Turner

Co-Executive Director, Friends of the Earth
Miriam is Co-Executive Director at the environmental campaigning organisation Friends of the Earth in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She studied ecology, has a background in innovation and believes in the power of collective action to create the fast and fair changes we need. She is a Trustee and founding member of The League of Intrapreneurs. Miriam is also on the board of COAST 4C, a social enterprise founded following the award winning Net-Works partnership, which she co-founded to reduce marine plastic with coastal communities in SE Asia.

Neil Vora

Disease detective, physician & conservationist
Neil is a physician with Conservation International, where he leads its efforts on pandemic prevention. He served for nearly a decade with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In 2013, Neil led an investigation in the country of Georgia of a newly discovered poxvirus related to the viruses that cause monkeypox and smallpox. Neil deployed for CDC to Liberia in 2014 and to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2019 to assist in the responses to the two largest Ebola outbreaks ever. From 2020-2021, Neil developed and led New York City’s COVID-19 contact tracing program, overseeing a team of over 3,000 people. He still sees patients in a public tuberculosis clinic in New York City.

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