TEDxLSE 2017 Speakers

Talk Title: On the brink of understanding organisations

Colin Price is the Executive Vice President and Global Managing Partner of the Leadership Consulting Practice and based in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office. Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Colin served as chairman of Co Company, an organizational development consulting firm acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2015. Colin has published widely, and is author and co-author of seven books, including Beyond Performance: How Great Organisations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage, with Scott Keller of McKinsey & Co. Colin is an associate fellow of Saïd Business School, Oxford University and visiting professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London. He holds degrees in economics, industrial relations, behavioral psychology and organization behavior.

Talk Title: A revolution in banking is coming

Tom Blomfield is CEO of Monzo – a new smartphone-based bank. In 2013, he was nominated one of the top 5 Entrepreneurs under 30 by the European Commission. In 2016, he became the youngest ever CEO of a UK bank. He previously founded GoCardless, a fintech startup that has gone on to raise $25m. He blogs at tomblomfield.com and tweets as @t_blom.




Talk Title: On the brink of changing the way medicine works

Martyn Boutelle graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in Chemistry and a PhD in fundamental electrochemistry. He then moved area to neuroscience working in Oxford with Dr Marianne Fillenz. He is now Professor of Biomedical Sensors engineering in the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London. His biomedical monitoring research group is multidisciplinary, combining the development of measurement methods, instrumentation and data analysis methods with a program of clinical research collaborating with surgeons and clinical care teams in London’s major hospitals.





Talk Title: Hope and harnessing the power of our own bodies to treat cancer

Dr Charles Akle is the founder and CEO of Immodulon Therapeutics which he established in 2007 with the philanthropic support of a former patient. His ambition from the start was to bring to market an affordable immunotherapy treatment that would transform the way that cancer is treated in the world today. Since then, Immodulon has become a leading independent biopharmaceutical company with one of the longest running research projects in this area. Charles received his medical training at Guy’s Hospital in London and acted as a leading surgeon for more than 30 years, pioneering the innovation of laparoscopic surgery which established minimally invasive procedures as an alternative to major operations.




Talk Title: A Positive Extinction?

Chris Stephens has 10 years’ experience related to low-carbon development and climate change policy in emerging economies. He leads the Carbon Trust’s engagement in South East Asia and is currently managing a portfolio of projects that advises the governments of Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam on clean energy policy. He also leads the Carbon Trust’s engagement with a range of international climate funds, including the Green Climate Fund (GCF).





Talk Title: The future of activism in a pussy-grabbing world

Julie Chappell OBE is a partner at the communications consultancy Hawthorn Advisors which she joined in 2014. Previously, she headed up the National Security Council’s Emerging Power strategy and the GREAT Britain Campaign team in the Foreign Office. From 2009 to 2012, she served as Britain’s youngest ambassador. During her career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Julie was based in London, Guatemala City, Addis Ababa, Washington DC, Baghdad and Amman. She was educated at Oxford University.



Talk Title: Content, not technology, will save education

Sofia Fenichell is the Founder and CEO of Mrs Wordsmith. Mrs Wordsmith is  on a mission to illustrate the English language with the award-winning artists behind Madagascar and Hotel Transylvania – so children fall in love with learning words. She has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in History from Northwestern University.  She is also an agented writer on a novel in the works.



Talk Title: Are we on the brink of a global emotional crisis? Neuroscience and nationalism

Dr Tara Swart is a neuroscientist, leadership coach, award-winning author and a medical doctor. She works with leaders all over the world to help them achieve mental resilience and peak brain performance, improving their ability to manage stress, regulate emotions and retain information. Tara is the only top-tier leadership coach with both a PhD in neuroscience and former medical career as a psychiatrist. Educated at Oxford University and King’s College London, her role as Senior Lecturer at MIT ensures that she remains at the forefront of the latest developments in her sector.



Talk Title: The job of going from campus to career

Vincent Karremans is the founder of Magnet.me – an online network where students discover and connect with all potential employers. He studied both law and economics in Rotterdam and it was then when Vincent discovered that exploring your career opportunities as a students was hard, impersonal and often limited to a few of the big companies. So, rather than pursuing a corporate career, Vincent decided to change that and founded Magnet.me whilst in university. Tens of thousands Dutch and British students now use Magnet.me to apply and land their dream jobs. Ironically enough, Vincent never applied to any job.




Talk Title: Why we should have known

Dr Denisa Kostovicova is a political scientist who studies how peace can be built in societies torn apart by contemporary conflicts. Denisa is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at the Department of Government at London School of Economics and Political Science. She has was educated at Central European University and Cambridge University. Prior to pursuing her academic career, she was a journalist during the bloody disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. Her research has furthered our understanding of challenges posed by mass atrocity to post-conflict reconstruction. She contributes regularly to international and national policy-making by bringing in the voices from the people on the ground.

Talk Title: Chronic Disease: Accountability is not responsibility

Candy Gan is a 3rd year Politics and Philosophy student at the LSE, and winner of the TEDxLSE Student Competition this year. She has lived with chronic illness her entire life, but never publicly discussed it until now. Her passion lies in healthcare policies and reform,
specifically how society affects individual health. Tonight, she will be talking about accountability and responsibility, inspired by her personal experiences with chronic illness.





Talk Title: Rethinking the future of plastics

Michiel de Smet works as a project manager in the New Plastics Economy initiative team at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. By closing knowledge gaps and informing policymakers, he aims to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy for plastics. Before, Michiel consulted management executives in both private sector, working at McKinsey & Company, and social sector, through the OnPurpose leadership programme. He also has experience with fundamental research, holding a PhD in mathematical logic, and with the thrills of beekeeping.


Talk Title: Thriving in real time reality

Lauren Hurwitz is a change-maker who is passionate about innovation in talent management practices and crafting corporate culture. She began her career in London on the precipice of the Financial Crisis and has since held various roles within the financial sector spanning transition planning, M&A advisory, management, strategy and operations. She is currently the Business Manager for EMEA at Moelis & Company,  global independent investment bank. Lauren was named to the 2016 Forbes “30 Under 30” Finance List and the CITYAM “Power 100 Women” list.  She also serves on the Development Committee of the Photographers Gallery in London, the board of the Wellesley UK Club and is an avid marathon runner.  Lauren holds a degree in economics from Wellesley College and an MSc in Finance from the London School of Economics.

Talk Title: Hope is Humanity’s Last Weapon

Hasna Syed is pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Rights at the LSE. She is a youth advocate and activist. Hasna’s initiatives have lead to several accolades and widespread attention. She has been featured in media outlets including the Canadian Broadcasting Company and Huffington Post. Her song, Raise Our Voices, co-written with her siblings is currently featured on United Nations’ websites as part of the ILO’s Music Against Child Labour Campaign. Hasna co-founded Global Youth Impact (Facebook: GYI – Global Youth Impact), an NGO that gives youth a platform to make a difference locally and globally through campaigns, workshops, and other initiatives.