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Keynote Speakers

Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah, CEO Oxfam ‘Transformative leadership - fighting for a better future’ 

Dr Danny Sriskandarajah has been Chief Executive Officer of Oxfam Great Britain since January 2019. Prior to that he spent six years as Secretary General of CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. He has previously been Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation and held various posts at the Institute for Public Policy Research. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

From 2018 to 2019 he was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, co-chaired by Jack Ma and Melinda Gates, and from 2015 to 2016 a member of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Finance. He is a Trustee of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation and CyberPeace Security and has been a Trustee of the Baring Foundation, Comic Relief, and International Alert.


Jaz Ampaw-Farr - ‘You are only as powerful as the stories you tell, leadership resilience & stepping up’ 

Jaz Ampaw-Farr is a ‘resilience ninja’, international speaker, coach and author. Hailed in the US as ‘The British Oprah’, Jaz has travelled the world advising governments, educators and helping tens of thousands of people with her bespoke leadership development programmes, training courses and motivational speeches. As a successful entrepreneur, mum of three, and former teacher - she knows a thing or two about galvanising people into taking action!

Her TEDx talk has been viewed over 90,000 times and demonstrates how she can captivate an audience, deliver a powerful message and help drive change internally, to help everyday people become exceptional externally. With a passion for resilience, positive disruption, and a human-first approach to leadership, Jaz’s energy is infectious. Her unique style creates the space for you to think differently and gives you permission to embrace difference. When Jaz speaks you can’t help but become mesmerised and fall under her captivating spell.


Mark Stevenson, ‘the reluctant futurist, thinking beyond the pandemic to the better world we build next’

'Reluctant Futurist’ Mark Stevenson is a strategic advisor to governments, NGOs and corporates, helping them face the grand systems challenges of our time and understand their (changed) role in meeting them, or dying gracefully if they need to. Though branded a ‘futurist’ by others Mark is more, as one client puts it, ‘Chief Annoying Question Asker’. He helps organisations change the way they feel, think, invest and operate in order to answer the intertwined questions the future is asking us - on climate change, inequality, the retreat of democracy and the failures of the markets to price risk properly (to name just four).   

His two bestselling books, An Optimist’s Tour of the Future and the award-winning We Do Things Differently map out some existing and proven solutions to our current dilemmas. He is Futurist Without Borders for Medicines Sans Frontiers (UK), Global Ambassador for Client Earth and a strategic advisor of climate change to the UK Ministry of Defence. TED curator, Chris Anderson remarks, “Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason.” His hit podcast with comedian Jon Richardson and fellow systems change advocate Ed Gillespie is available on all major platforms.