Archives: Speakers

Sheena Cruickshank
Sheena Cruickshank Immunologist @sheencr mig.ls.manchester.ac.uk Biography Professor Sheena Cruickshank is an immunologist in the University of Manchester. Our immune system is crucial to recognise infections but also has to cooperate with helpful microbes like the ones that live in our gut and her research focuses on the way the body’s immune system interacts with a...
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Liv Boeree
Liv Boeree Poker Champion @Liv_Boeree livboeree.com/ Biography Liv is the current #1 ranked European female poker player with over $4,000,000 in career winnings. She is the only woman to ever win both European Poker Tour and World Series of Poker Championship open titles. With an academic background in Astrophysics, Liv is a keen promoter of...
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Tez Ilyas
Tez Ilyas Entertainer @tezilyas tezilyas.com/ Biography CHORTLE BEST BREAKTHROUGH NOMINEE 2017 ★★★★ ‘Tez Ilyas’s political stand-up is candyfloss with a razorblade inside: sweet and familiar at first, then shockingly, painfully sharp. It’s the kind of manoeuvre that takes serious talent to pull off.’ The Telegraph ★★★★ ‘Ilyas has a slickness more reminiscent of US comics,...
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Rasmus Ankersen
Rasmus Ankersen Performance Developer @RasmusAnkersen rasmusankersen.com/ Biography Rasmus Ankersen is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, speaker on performance development and a trusted advisor to businesses and athletes around the world. In 2012 Rasmus published The Gold Mine Effect, in which he explores how some countries and cities develop a disproportionate amount of top talent. In 2016...
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Jamie Bartlett
Jamie Bartlett Author @JamieJBartlett demos.co.uk Biography Jamie Bartlett is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he specialises in online social movements and the impact of technology on society. He is author of Radicals (2017) covering the recent rise of political outsiders and The Dark Net...
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Vikas Shah
Vikas Shah Thought Economist @MrVikas thoughteconomics.com Biography Professor Vikas S. Shah is an Honorary Professor of Business & Entrepreneurship at the University of Manchester Alliance Business School and Professor of Entrepreneurship for the MIT Sloan Lisbon MBA. His portfolio career includes being CEO of Swiscot Group (a diversified international trading business), a venture investor in...
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Kabantu
Kabantu Band @kabantumusic kabantu.com Biography Kabantu means ”of the people” and is an award-winning, five-piece music group hailing from Manchester but representing sounds from around the world. Vocal harmonies from South Africa coalesce with everything from Celtic reels and Brazilian samba to Balkan folk music and beyond. Kabantu will be releasing their debut album in...
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Nadine Shenton
Nadine Shenton Voiceover Artist @femalevoiceover nadineshenton.com Biography Nadine Shenton’s performance career started on London’s West End where she appeared in a number of highly successful musicals such as ’Barnum’, ‘Sweet Charity’, ‘Cabaret’, ‘Charlie Girl’ and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ alongside industry leaders such as Kenneth Branagh, James Nesbitt, Cyd Charisse, Michael...
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Rachel Clarke
Rachel Clarke Doctor / Author @doctor_oxford doctoroxford.com Biography Rachel Clarke is a palliative care doctor in the NHS where she specialises in caring for terminally ill patients and their families. She shot to fame in 2016 to protest the changes being proposed by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Prior to becoming a doctor Rachel was a...
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Lucinda Belle
Lucinda Belle Music Maker @lucindabelle lucindabelle.com Biography Lucinda Belle is a harpist, singer and songwriter. Much like her hero, Harpo Marx, Lucinda’s path has been an unusually curvy one. From the stages of the UK’s greatest classical concert venues as a child harpist with the National Children’s Orchestra, she would eventually go on to work...
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