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Claire was a young field nurse in Ethiopia when Michael Buerk interviewed her for a BBC report on the famine. She was irritated by his ‘stupid questions,’ but told him her grimmest task was to decide which children might survive if let in to the feeding station, and which must be left to die. The report inspired Geldof to set up Live Aid. Claire explains that everybody can make a difference and create value, not just be a consumer.

As Home Secretary David was in charge of security, immigration and policing. He is now Chairman of a multi-Academy Trust and an advisor to easyJet. As well as sharing insights on cyber-crime and crisis management, David considers how leaders can best engage with the public and counter the widespread sense of grievance. He argues for business to take a lead: “You are a part of our communities, not just employers of people with certain skills.” After dinner he takes a lighter look at a life in politics - both highs and lows – from The Queen offering to cut up his meal, to Sarkozy claiming to have intercepted his emails.

Working with Dave Brailsford, Steve Peters, Chris Boardman and others in the Marginal Gains group, Phil offers a unique insight into how British Cycling became world-beaters. With examples from the likes of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Hoy, he considers innovation, elite performance, and leadership culture from one of the few areas that had input in almost every aspect of the team from medical to training to equipment design.

Clarke made over 500 senior level appearances and led the football players’ union. He has also written a powerful memoir. Clarke is open about his struggles with alcohol, depression and gambling – the strains of a multi-billion pound industry in which both fans and club believe they own you. He’s similarly candid about racism and the Kick It Out campaign. Clarke talks about diversity and culture change in a game traditionally associated with macho behaviour.

Ara Darzi is a world-renowned surgeon and head of Imperial College’s research team. They use scientific and engineering disciplines to make breakthroughs in medical image computing, minimally invasive and robot-assisted surgery. Professor Darzi believes that the time is coming when preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic services must be designed to individuals’ specific biomarkers. He considers the consequences, for providers and patients themselves.

Former Co-Medical Director at The Great Ormond Street Hospital and one of the country’s leading paediatric surgeons, Martin considers his career in this most sensitive and high-pressure of worlds. From working with McLaren F1 to improve interaction between teams to developing stem-cell based transplants; from managing departments to taking the lead in the theatre, he has lessons that apply to any organisation seeking to improve what they do, innovate or understand culture, leadership and teamwork.

Kevin is both astrophysicist, medical specialist and a natural storyteller. After working with NASA he specialised in lessons from the effects of extremes on human physiology. He is also part of hospital Emergency Response and Major Incident Planning, as well as an air ambulance Emergency Doctor. All of this provides a unique insight into how we all cope with risk and making decisions under pressure, as well as teamwork. He’s published Extremes – probing the limits of the human body, and presented science programmes covering everything from travelling to Mars to the Klondike gold rush.

Bob has inspired hundreds of projects across Africa and ensures it remains on the political agenda and in the public consciousness. In a rousing speech on social responsibility, Bob reminds us that we are all defined by what we do, not what we say. This isn’t confined to philanthropy. He might also confess to some pride at the thought of becoming the first Irishman (and the first genuine rock star) in space.

A natural and enthusiastic communicator on the world of science, Daniel considers what we can learn when the artistic meets the scientific. Examining creativity, decision making and emotions from the position of neuroscience he reveals how understanding how the brain works can inform every aspect of what we do from how people react to music to how to be a better leader to what marketing has the best results.

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