One of the few women to have served at the top of the British fire service, Sabrina combines her work on the frontline with academic research into the neuroscience and psychology of decision-making under pressure. Alongside that, her personal story, finding herself homeless aged 15, selling The Big Issue, joining the fire service and putting herself through university, is an inspiring story of resilience and leadership.
The former Chief Economist at Spotify has played a key role in revolutionising how the music industry values copyright and their recorded music catalogues. He states that for a variety of reasons the music industry has a 20-year head start on most others in the lessons of fundamental disruption. As in his book Tarzan Economics: Eight Principles for Pivoting through Disruption he examines how and when to know to move from gripping comfortably on to an ‘old vine’ and how to identify the right ‘new vine’ to grasp in order to grow and progress.
Journalist, broadcaster and trans activist, Paris has been at the forefront of LGBT+ campaigning and awareness in the media. After an early life that included a spell in prison, Paris turned her life around through education and realising her own gender identity. She founded her own magazine, and went on to become a Contributing Editor at Vogue and a regular voice in broadcast and print, in particular working with the media to highlight and remove transphobic and insensitive material.
Fumbi has served as CIO with some of the biggest consumer brands in the world. She was CIO at Adidas, and before that at Fox Networks, Burberry and Walmart. She combines expertise in digital transformation strategy, especially in the context of growth and turnaround, with a role as a culture change agent. Her C-level experience gives her an insight into the importance and realities of diversity, gender and leadership, whilst a life that has taken her from Nigeria to the UK, US, Asia and Europe gives her a truly multicultural perspective.
The author of the acclaimed A Dutiful Boy: A Memoir of a Gay Muslim’s Journey to Acceptance, Mohsin has become a leading voice on LGBT rights, BAME representation, and social mobility. His inspiring story recounts life growing up in social housing and within a devout Muslim community to being the first in his family to attend university, his mental health struggles whilst studying at Oxford, coming to terms with his sexuality, and going on to become a top criminal barrister working on high profile cases including a UN war crimes trial and inquires in to undercover policing.
A&E medic, campaigner and broadcaster, Alex has combined working on the NHS frontline throughout the Covid-19 pandemic with his role as an influencer on mental and physical health issues. An advocate for integrating mental health into the school curriculum, Alex is also a podcaster and a regular in the media, but first came to public prominence as a contestant on ITV’s Love Island.
The first woman to be the Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, Sonita is also the first black person to lead any Oxbridge college. Before her Cambridge role her career took her from music journalism to setting up and serving as CEO of her own successful media production company and serving on the BBC Trust, the body overseeing all aspects of the broadcasters output.
Social entrepreneur and campaigner Shani is a leading advocate for disability rights. Her projects stretch from a business that attempts to level up some of the financial costs associated with disability to the Asian Woman Festival, an event celebrating the achievements of women of South Asian heritage whilst also challenging stereotypes. As well as a regular in the news media she has appeared on programmes from BBC 2’s Nadiya’s Time to Eat to Channel 4’s Divided Britain: The Lockdown Debate, and featured in LinkedIn’s biggest UK print and TV advertising campaign.
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