2018 Speakers

Catherine Mayer
President, Women's Equality Party
Catherine is a bestselling author and award-winning journalist with a career spanning The Economist, the German news weekly FOCUS and TIME magazine. Her most recent book 'Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World!' includes the story of why in 2015 she co-founded the Women’s Equality Party with Sandi Toksvig. She served as elected president of the Foreign Press Association in London, is on the founding committee of WOW - The Women of the World Festival and is a judge for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Catherine is the President of the Women’s Equality Party.
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Deputy Editor, Financial Times
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Kirsty Lang
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Dr Tara Swart
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Melanie Richards
Deputy Chair and board Member, KPMG UK
Elif Shafak
Novelist
Ben Brabyn
Head of Level39
Jaspreet Sangha
Poet
Marina Mahathir
Writer and Activist
Robert Hannigan CMG
Former Director of GCHQ and currently Executive Chairman of BlueVoyant cyber security
Annu Nieminen
Founder and CEO, The Upright Project
Joumanna Bercetche
Reporter, CNBC
Elizabeth Linder
Founder & CEO, The Conversational Century
Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE
Former Senior Partner and Director, McChrystal Group’s European Office and Specialist Military Unit Officer
Bia Bedri
Cyber Security Partner, KPMG
Ed Williams
Vice Chairman of Edelman Europe and CEO of Edelman's UK&I
Pinky Lilani CBE DL
Founder and Chairman, Women of the Future Programme
Melanie Richards
Deputy Chair and Board Member, KPMG UK
Catherine Mayer
President, Women's Equality Party
Koen Vandecaveye
Innovation & Life Sciences Lead, London & Partners
Sacha Romanovitch
CEO, Grant Thornton
Saker Nusseibeh
Chief Executive Officer, Hermes Investment Management
Jacqueline de Rojas CBE
President, techUK