James Berry

JamesBerryJim Berry is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Department of Management Science and Innovation (MS&I) at University College London. He earned his PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also teaches negotiations in their Global MBA program.

Jim is primarily engaged in the areas of creativity, innovation, negotiations, and strategic planning. His research is focused on how leaders can maximize the creativity of their employees and stakeholders to innovate and provide strategic direction for their organisations. His research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Research Methods. In practice, he has facilitated innovation and strategic planning efforts for groups including: Apple, the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Honeywell, and the Red Cross, among many others. Jim brings a diverse background: founding a software company, starting a strategic consultancy group, leading technology R&D efforts, coaching Olympic athletes, and writing anti-terrorism textbooks.

Charlie Jackson

Charlie-Jackson-269x200Charlie is an engineering graduate in product design and manufacture. He has written a paper on the future of home design and has been exploring his own design startup for the last 3 years. Since being at UCL, studying an MSc in Technology Entrepreneurship, he has become more involved in the internet of things scene in London. Charlie has previously designed a range of wifi colour changing lights and is currently redesigning the digital photo frame for his company Nine Studios Ltd.

Daniel Hulme

daniel_hulmeDaniel is the Founder and CEO of Satalia (NPComplete Ltd), a company that provides a unique algorithmic technology and professional services to solve industries optimisation problems. He is passionate about emerging technology and regularly speaks at events with interests in Algorithms, Optimisation, BigData and the Future Internet.

Daniel has been awarded a Masters in Computer Science with Machine Learning and Doctorate in Computational Complexity from UCL. Daniel has Research Associate and teaching positions in Information Security and Technology Entrepreneurship at UCL, and is also a Visiting Fellow of the Big Innovation Centre.

Daniel is an advisor to cross-Atlantic start-ups in the area of Data Analytics and BigData, and is involved with several global organisations in their Open-Innovation initiatives. He holds an international Kauffman Global Entrepreneur Scholarship and actively promotes entrepreneurship and technology innovation in the UK and US.

Jaideep Prabhu

JaideepPrabhuJaideep Prabhu is Professor of Marketing and Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He has held positions at Cambridge, Imperial College London, Tilburg University (the Netherlands), and UCLA. His research interests are in marketing, innovation, strategy and international business. In particular, he studies various cross-national issues concerning the antecedents and consequences of radical innovation in high-technology contexts. His current research is mainly on how multinationals are using emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and Africa as a lab to do affordable and sustainable innovation for global application. He is the co-author of Jugaad Innovation described by the Economist as “the most comprehensive book yet” on the subject of frugal innovation.

Matthew Stafford

MatthewStaffordInnovation and creativity seldom come from a single person – they happen when great minds come together. Having spent the last three years immersed in the London tech startup scene Matthew has seen at first hand the importance and value of a diverse, trusted and loyal network. He is co-founder of the international networking group @9others and the startup accelerators @Collider12 and @StudentUpstarts. In 20011 he created @ycldn, the only event to bring Y Combinator to London.

Blaine Landis

BlaineLandisBlaine Landis is a PhD student in organizational behavior at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on the psychology of social networks – how cognition and behavior influence social connections, and the consequences of these connections for individuals in organizations.



Charlie Mawer

Charlie Mawer 191012__1369143619_31.54.122.22As Executive Creative Director of Red Bee Media, Charlie Mawer has overseen complex network re-brands and promotional campaigns for the BBC,
UKTV, Virgin Media, Disney, NBCUniversal, BT Sport and a myriad of other international broadcasters. He has also created content for non-broadcast brands including Bacardi, Barclays, Ikea, Renault, and Nike.

In his 19 year career, predominantly within the BBC, Charlie has won countless creative awards including a BAFTA nomination. He was selected as one of Broadcast magazines “Hot 100” faces of the television industry following the launch of the “circles” BBC One identity.

He has spoken widely around the world, including guest speaker slots at the BFI, Nottingham University and Viseult in Oslo. He has chaired Promax UK, headed judging panels for D&AD and sat on D&AD Education Council, been published in several industry books including Broadcast Design (Daab), Ephemeral Media (Macmillan), and Branding Television (BFi).

Mark Brill

Mark BrillMark Brill is a mobile marketing strategist and innovation consultant. He brings 20 years experience in digital channels, and has delivered major projects to global brands in FMCG, finance, automotive, health care, luxury and retail. He is chair of the Direct Marketing Association’s Mobile and Connected Council and a Senior Lecturer in Future Media at Birmingham City University.

Nicholas Maxwell

Nick-1-269x200Nicholas Maxwell has devoted much of his working life to arguing that we need to bring about a revolution in academia so that it seeks and promotes wisdom and does not just acquire knowledge.  He has published six books on this theme: What’s Wrong With Science? (1976), From Knowledge to Wisdom (Blackwell, 1984), The Comprehensibility of the Universe (Oxford University Press, 1998), The Human World in the Physical Universe (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001), Is Science Neurotic? (Imperial College Press, 2004), and Cutting God in Half – And Putting the Pieces Together Again (Pentire Press, 2010).  He has appeared on BBC Radio 4 “Start the Week”, and on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s  “Ideas” Programme.  He has lectured in Universities and at Conferences all over the UK, in Europe, USA, Canada, and Taiwan.


Patrick Bergel

PatrickBergelPatrick is one of the inventors of Chirp (http://chirp.io) He previously founded mobile search startup L6 Research, has carried out doctoral research into audio control surfaces and ubiquitous computing systems, and worked as a creative director for clients including Microsoft and Ray-Ban. Patrick is an Honorary Research Associate at University College London, Dept. of Computer Science and an Associate Director of the New Radiophonics Workshop. He likes birds, synthesizers, and so on.

Hira Virdee

HiraVirdeeHira is studying for a PhD in modelling the orbital dynamics and tumbling of space debris, in conjunction with the United States Air Force Research Laboratory. His background is in physics. His interests include the numerical simulation of complex systems, photography, rowing and automotive engineering.

Alistair Fee

AlistairFeeAlistair Fee  is a businessman,  sportsman   and  academic with feet in many camps . He spends his life observing the world in airport lounges and across Board Room tables as he negotiates and  travels around the planet. From the Khyber Pass to the Ritz Hotel via Annapurna he has learned much , made many  mistakes  and still  attacks life full on.

He spends time in the company of great professors and engineers at Queens University Belfast, Stanford, Trinity College Dublin, Oxford, Yale, UCL   and  the European Business School. He enjoys getting inside Innovative companies including Lufthansa, BMW , Tesla Roadsters and Google, Chain Reaction and Wrightbus.

Alistair  believes that the time has come for us to be  Samurai Warriors. From Afghanistan,   China, Kyrgystan and Zimbabwe not to mention Darkest Silicon Valley he has creative  and innovative  ideas to share with you at TED X

Mark Ronan

MarkRonanMark Ronan’s mathematical career has been spent in America, Britain and Germany, and he is now honorary professor of mathematics at UCL, and emeritus professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. As well as extensive research, and teaching at all levels, he has promoted mathematics to a general audience with his book Symmetry and the Monster, describing the quest to find all the basic building blocks for symmetry, and it was featured in a series of four BBC Radio 3 broadcasts in 2008, chosen for Pick of the Week on Radio 4.

As well as research and teaching in mathematics Mark has also taught university courses in the Humanities: on the ancient literature of Mesopotamia — including the Epic of Gilgamesh — and the history of the calendar.

He also writes regular essays and book reviews, contributes occasional opera reviews to the Daily Telegraph, maintains an on-line review site for opera, ballet and theatre performances, and has served on the Olivier Awards Committee for Opera.

Ayub Hanif

AyubHanifAyub Hanif is a Fellow at the Institute for Applied Computational Science at Harvard University and a PhD research student in the Financial Computing group at UCL. Prior to pursing his doctorate, he worked in market intelligence for a global investment bank in New York and London. He holds Masters Degrees from UCL and Queen Mary, and is in the final stages of his PhD at UCL. His research interests are in algorithmic and systematic trading models with a focus on high-frequency financial forecasting and statistical arbitrage. He is a member of the Harvard Investment Association, Harvard Debate Society and was President of UCL Union Debating last academic year.

Sofie Sandell

sofieSandellSofie is a Swedish Londoner, she is an entrepreneur with interests spanning from technology and leadership to art and sailing. In the past Sofie has had a number of leadership roles in non-governmental organizations. In 2011 she was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her service to the city.

Sofie is a lecturer in digital marketing and digital tools at INSEEC university, London. She is also a regular contributor to the technology radio show #TechTalkfest. Her aim is to teach and inspire people to use creativity and digital tools to become more successful. She is the author of a book about digital leadership and creativity, soon to be published.

For many years Sofie has also been involved in Junior Chamber International (JCI), a global network for young professionals whose mission is to empower young people to create positive change. In 2008 she was President of JCI London and the organisation more than doubled the membership during that year.

For over 15 years Sofie has been exploring what it is that makes an organisation or a team to work well together and perform above expectation. She has been pushing boundaries in her research on creativity, exploring its many aspects from creativity in business and strategy, improvisational theatre, and creative art to Buddhist creative awareness.

Celina Gorre

CelinaGorreCelina Gorre is the Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. In that role, she heads up the GACD Secretariat team based at UCL in London. Previously, Celina was the Managing Director of the Foundation for the United Nations Global Compact where she headed up the private sector funding team and lead the  management of the New York-based 501(c)3 non-profit. From 2007-2009, Celina was in the field with the UN in Angola advising the government on its HIV strategy, child survival and nutrition programmes, and companies on their social and community investments.

Celina has had extensive experience developing health and social programs for multinational companies.  She was  the Technical Manager for the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria where she advised companies such as Nike, American Express, and Chevron, on their strategy implementation for employees, consumers, and in communities. Celina also led global training for Gap Inc.’s Social Responsibility department, to conduct social and environmental audits in factories.

A rock climber, yogi, cyclist, avid traveler and foodie, Celina holds a Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology from UCLA and a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Narinder Kapur

NarinderKapurNarinder Kapur trained at Queen’s University Belfast, also with stints at the University of Reading and Boston University School of Medicine (Boston VA Hospital). He has previously worked as Head of Neuropsychology at the Wessex Neurological Centre in Southampton, and at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He currently visiting Professor of Neuropsychology at University College London. He also has a private practice in London.

He is past President and a founder member of the British Neuropsychological Society. His main research interest is human memory disorder, and in conditions such as Transient Epileptic Amnesia. He has a major interest in paradoxical phenomena relating to the human brain, which is the subject of his most recently published book The Paradoxical Brain, Cambridge University Press.  He has an interest in how memory aids may benefit neurological patients, having set up the first Memory Aids Clinic in the country while in Cambridge. His publications include papers on malingering and psychogenic memory loss, and on applying Gandhian principles to healthcare and to academia.

Sarah Hawkes

SarahHawkesSarah Hawkes is Reader in Global Health and focuses on generating and disseminating evidence on the burden of sexual ill-health and transgressions of sexual rights,  particularly among men and women in south Asia where she has lived and worked for much of the past 20 years. Sarah is interested in the link (or, often, lack of a link) between empirical evidence and policy responses. She is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in International Public Engagement, where she works on how research influences policy. Sarah runs several research programmes in south Asia looking at gender-based violence from the perspectives of both men and women.

Sarah has worked extensively with WHO as a member of various expert committees in sexual health, and has a particular passion for ridding the world of congenital syphilis.

John Guillebaud

JohnGuillebaudJohn Guillebaud [“Gil-boe”] is Emeritus Professor of Family Planning & Reproductive Health, UCL.  Born in Burundi, still makes regular training and support visits for healthcare professions in Africa (Central and South).

Ex-Medical Director of the Margaret Pyke Centre and currently Research Director at the Elliot-Smith Clinic, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, he collaborates on the world’s first non-hormonal male pill that produces a semen-free (but otherwise normal) orgasm, potentially reducing male-to-female HIV transmission.

He is author/co-author of c 300 publications on environmental sustainability, population and contraception, including of eight books available in 10 languages including Bulgarian and Japanese.

Jeff Skinner

JeffSkinnerJeff Skinner is Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. He also directs a variety of MBA entrepreneurship electives and co-curricula student activities at the School.

Prior to this, as Commercial Director at University College London, he conceived, built and ran UCL’s Technology Transfer division – including the creation of two early-stage seed funds and separate units managing consultancy, collaborative research and new venture creation.  Working alongside senior faculty, he co-founded over thirty technology-based spin-outs that, in aggregate, raised over £30 million first round finance.

He is past president of and remains closely involved with the leading UK and European Tech Transfer Associations (PraxisUnico and ASTP). He talks, trains and consults widely throughout Europe in the field of technology commercialisation. He chairs the professional accreditation panel for the worldwide Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals.

Before joining UCL he was Technical Marketing Manager at Hoechst Celanese Corporation in New Jersey and prior to that, Photonics Research Manager at General Electric.  His first degree was in physics and he holds a PhD in thin-film photonics (UCL) and an MBA (with distinction) from London Business School.

Chris Grant

ChrisGrantChris is a Research Fellow in Biochemical Engineering at University College London and cofounder of the UCL Synthetic Biology Spinout Synthace. His work has been focused toward systematically integrating synthetic biology, protein engineering and process engineering with a goal of building scalable tools needed for more efficient production of pharmaceuticals, chemicals and fuels. Chris has an Engineering Doctorate in Biochemical Engineering and bioprocess leadership from UCL in collaboration with Procter and Gamble.  Whilst writing up his doctorate he conceived and led a proof of concept project in collaboration with UCL Business and led a team to second place in the Cleantech challenge.

Julie Hall

JulieHallJulie Hall is the founder of Women Unlimited and Champion for the Micro-Entrepreneur.  She is absolutely passionate about helping people to build and grow a successful micro-enterprises after her own trials and tribulations as a micro business owner.

Women Unlimited, is the UK’s fastest growing organisation focused on supporting women business owners and was launched in September 2008, following 6 years running her own business, Springmedia (the web design agency that built the website for Julie Meyer’s Ariadne Capital).  Julie created Women Unlimited after spotting a gap in the market for a learning and support network for women entrepreneurs.  An innovative thinker, Julie is not afraid to challenge the status quo and take new ideas and thinking forward. Her favourite quote is “The best way to predict the future is to create it” by Peter Drucker.


Azusa Murakami & Alexander Groves

Azusa&AlexanderStudio Swine is an interdisciplinary design practice founded by Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves. Azusa graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL and Alexander from the Ruskin School of Fine Art Oxford before both gaining an MA in Design Products at the Royal College of Art. Creating eyewear out of human hair and trawling the sea for plastic, Studio Swine explores design through material innovation and creating new sustainable systems whilst placing an equal importance on aesthetics, believing that desire is the greatest agent of change.

Operating in the fields of design, fashion & architecture, Studio Swine has exhibited at the Barbican, V&A, New York & London Fashion Week and Gwangju Biennale curated by Ai Wei Wei.

Swine has received international awards including the Gold Prize at BIO23 Biennale of Design Slovenia, Wallpaper* Design Award and recently nominated for Designs of the Year Award 2013 at the Design Museum London.

Talha Timol

TalhaTimolTalha began his entrepreneurial journey after graduating from The Bartlett, UCL in 2009, having set up his own business consultancy advising young creative companies develop their brand identity and operational business structure.

In 2012, Talha launched Velsvoir, a luxury fashion brand specialising in menswear and womenswear accessories. Velsvoir has made its name through its eclectic mix of handmade Bow Ties (for both men and women) which sold out within 6 weeks of launching. Despite trading for just over a year, Velsvoir has launched in Dubai and shown at the last two seasons of London Fashion Week. Velsvoir will also be making its debut at the newly coveted fashion event, London Collections: Men.

Paul Gladstone Reid

PaulGladstoneReidPaul Gladstone Reid is an award-winning composer-musician and media producer,  who also enjoys extending creativity and innovation in the fields of cultural leadership and social enterprise. , As an artist,  working across genres of classical music and contemporary culture,  his compositions have been performed by orchestras such as The London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie,  Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra; whilst he collaborates with hip hop artists such as Akala and world music artists such as Baba Maal. His work is performed at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall,  Royal Festival Hall,  The Barbican,  Wembley Arena,  Sadlers Wells,  Tate Britain and also at Buckingham Palace. , He has been an advisor to the Home Office; Department of The Environment The Royal Commonwealth Foundation,  Royal Commonwealth Society,  Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music,  Duke of Edinburgh Award,  The Arts Council of England,  Octavia Hill Trust,  Voices Foundation,  Friends of The Elderly,  South Bank University,  Channel 4,  South bank Centre,  The BBC,  London 2012 Olympics and has given guest lectures at City University,  Bristol University,  Cambridge University,  Bath University,  School of Sound (London Film Academy) and many more… , Renowned for is youth,  community and educational work,  he is co-founder and former chairman of the award-winning,  Rising Tide Trust,  developing young people for creative industry careers. He founded a Youth NGO/Think Tank,  Foundation for Youth / Atlantic 2000,  which held bi-monthly symposia at The House of Lords; and partnered with The Euro-Atlantic Group,  Commission for Europe,  Africa‐European Union Economic Forum,  European Commission’s Lome Convention,  Standing Conference of Atlantic Councils,  NATO,  and alternative events such as Green Gathering,  The Warp Experience,  and Human Being Club Experience. , As co-founder of Creative Intelligence Network,  he hosts monthly home-cooked supper-symposiums,  for an international group of Global Changemakers and Social Entrepreneurs. , Paul Gladstone Reid was awarded an MBE for services to music and community in the 2007 Birthday Honors List and was formally invested by HM The Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on the 23rd October 2007.

Timothy Barnes

TimothyBarnesTim likes starting things. He has been involved in starting companies, charities, political campaigns and a variety of other activities. At present, he is the Director of Enterprise Operations at UCL and also the Director of UCL Advances, the centre for entrepreneurship at University College London.

As head of Enterprise Operations since 2011, Tim oversees the resources allocated by the university to business engagement.  He became director of UCL Advances in 2007 when the centre was first launched and has built it into one of the largest such activities in Europe, offering thousands of places to UCL students each year to undertake entrepreneurial activities and offering direct support to hundreds of businesses with their routes outside of UCL.

Prior to 2007, Tim spent six years running his own business, which helped universities and large corporations to spin-out high technology companies.  Tim has also worked as an investment manager at a pan-European investment firm that specialised in early-stage technology ventures and as a management consultant at one of the largest professional services firms in the world.

In 2010, Tim started Citrus Saturday, an international project to teach entrepreneurship in schools. He is currently a director of UCL Consultants Ltd, the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs Ltd (NACUE) and Capital Enterprise Ltd. He graduated from UCL in 1997.