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Keynote speakers

Vivienne Ming

Co-founder, Executive Chair
Socos Labs

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Dr. Vivienne Ming was named one of 10 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. Magazine, she is a theoretical neuroscientist, entrepreneur, and author. She co-founded Socos Labs, her fifth company, an independent think tank exploring the future of human potential. Dr. Ming launched Socos Labs to combine her varied work with that of other creative experts and expand their impact on global policy issues, both inside companies and throughout our communities. Previously, Vivienne was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, pursuing her research in cognitive neuroprosthetics. In her free time, Vivienne has invented AI systems to help treat her diabetic son, predict manic episodes in bipolar suffers weeks in advance, and reunited orphan refugees with extended family members. She sits on boards of numerous companies and nonprofits including StartOut, The Palm Center, Cornerstone Capital, Platypus Institute, Shiftgig, Zoic Capital, and SmartStones. Dr. Ming also speaks frequently on her AI-driven research into inclusion and gender in business. For relaxation, she is a wife and mother of two. 


Yusuf Randera-Rees

CEO and Co-Founder
the Awethu Project

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Yusuf is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Awethu Project, which he started after completing his postgraduate studies at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, his undergrad at Harvard, and working at Credit Suisse in New York and Zurich. Awethu’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to build a more fair world in which all people have the opportunity to realise their potential. Awethu’s micro-business incubator and SME equity fund manager were started in South Africa, and are now two of the leading models of their kind in emerging markets. He loves working on impact at scale, Liverpool Football Club, and his boxer dogs Pele and Samba.

Panel and workshop speakers

Panel 1 – The future of education careers

Gemma Terry

Community Manager - Social Innovation

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Noa Gafni

Dalberg Media
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Tarun Varma

Initiatives Manager
LEGO Foundation
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Olya Krestyaninova

1+1 MBA Student
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
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Zulfiqar Ahmed

Global Director Network Programmes
Impact Hub

Panel 2 - The future of health careers

Matt Black

Partnerships Director
Shift Design
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Steve Reay

Head of Corporate Employee Banking
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Ravi Janapureddy

Entrepreneur in residence
Zinc VC
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Laura Moore 

CEO & Founder
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Chris Paton

Group Head, Global Health Informatics
Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford
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Vuyane Mhlom

MBA Candidate
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
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Panel 3 – The future of energy careers

Bryce Hoover

Senior Business Analyst
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Neil Yeoh

Portfolio Manager, Climate Change
Echoing Green
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Emma Colenbrander

Energy Markets Adviser
Practical Action
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Arnaud Cérèze

Director, Utilities and Renewables
ING Bank
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Tara Ramanathan

MBA Candidate
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
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Jason Downing

Global Head of Product Management
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Panel 4 - The future of finance careers

Lars Trunin

Product Manager
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Mindy Venema

Senior Business Development Manager
Prodigy Finance
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Charles Wood

Principal Consultant - solution architect
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Tatenda Nyamuda

MBA Candidate
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
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Workshop 1 - Innovative Finance

Aunnie Patton Power

Intelligent Impact
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Natalie Wong

Co-Chair, Social Impact Oxford Business Network
Oxford University - Saïd Business School
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Workshop 2: Exponential Technologies

Bob Yelland

European Blockchain Marketing Manager
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Lavinia Osbourne

Pillar Project Worldwide
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Thaís Guimarães dos Santos 

Pillar Project Worldwide
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Lucas Kello

Senior Lecturer in International Relations & Director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs
Oxford University
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Workshop 3: An 'unworkshop' session on Corporate Venturing 

Carlos Samame

Head of Acceleration
Wayra UK


Charmian Love

Entrepreneur-In-Residence (Skoll) Chair (B Lab UK) Founder (Corporate Impact X)
Skoll Centre, B Lab UK, Corporate Impact X

Chris Wiles

Head of Start-Up Labs
Centrica Innovations
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Sonia Maciuszewicz

Talent Lead
Entrepreneur First
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Workshop 4 - Problem Solving & Design Thinking - How to apply unconventional frameworks to solve social problems

Simon Abrams

Head of UKI ESG Transaction Support
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Julia Koskella

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Marc Ventresca

Associate Professor of Strategic Management
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
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