Programmes
Faculty & Research
Community
Oxford
The School

Speakers

Keynote speakers

Vivienne Ming

Co-founder, Executive Chair
Socos Labs

LinkedIn profile

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

LinkedIn profile

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
Pearson

LinkedIn profile

Noa Gafni

Partner
Dalberg Media
LinkedIn profile

Tarun Varma

Initiatives Manager
LEGO Foundation
LinkedIn profile

Olya Krestyaninova

1+1 MBA Student
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
LinkedIn profile
 

Zulfiqar Ahmed

Global Director Network Programmes
Impact Hub
 

Panel 2 - The future of health careers

Matt Black

Partnerships Director
Shift Design
LinkedIn profile

Steve Reay

Head of Corporate Employee Banking
HSBC
LinkedIn profile

Ravi Janapureddy

Entrepreneur in residence
Zinc VC
LinkedIn profile

Laura Moore 

CEO & Founder
Nell
LinkedIn profile
 

Chris Paton

Group Head, Global Health Informatics
Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, University of Oxford
LinkedIn profile
 

Vuyane Mhlom

MBA Candidate
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
LinkedIn profile
 

Panel 3 – The future of energy careers

Bryce Hoover

Senior Business Analyst
Tesla
LinkedIn profile

Neil Yeoh

Portfolio Manager, Climate Change
Echoing Green
LinkedIn profile

Emma Colenbrander

Energy Markets Adviser
Practical Action
LinkedIn profile
 

Arnaud Cérèze

Director, Utilities and Renewables
ING Bank
LinkedIn profile
 

Tara Ramanathan

MBA Candidate
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
LinkedIn profile
 

Jason Downing

Global Head of Product Management
M-KOPA
LinkedIn profile
 

Panel 4 - The future of finance careers

Lars Trunin

Product Manager
TransferWise
LinkedIn profile

Mindy Venema

Senior Business Development Manager
Prodigy Finance
LinkedIn profile

Charles Wood

Principal Consultant - solution architect
Capco
LinkedIn profile

 

Tatenda Nyamuda

MBA Candidate
Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
LinkedIn profile
 

Workshop 1 - Innovative Finance

Aunnie Patton Power

Founder
Intelligent Impact
LinkedIn profile

Natalie Wong

Co-Chair, Social Impact Oxford Business Network
Oxford University - Saïd Business School
LinkedIn profile
 

Workshop 2: Exponential Technologies

Bob Yelland

European Blockchain Marketing Manager
IBM UK Ltd
LinkedIn profile

Lavinia Osbourne

Generalist
Pillar Project Worldwide
LinkedIn profile

Thaís Guimarães dos Santos 

Pillarista
Pillar Project Worldwide
LinkedIn profile

Lucas Kello

Senior Lecturer in International Relations & Director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs
Oxford University
LinkedIn profile
 

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
Linkedin profile
 

Sonia Maciuszewicz

Talent Lead
Entrepreneur First
LinkedIn profile
 

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

Simon Abrams

Head of UKI ESG Transaction Support
EY
LinkedIn profile

Julia Koskella

Associate
SYSTEMIQ
LinkedIn profile
 

Marc Ventresca

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