Dr Tia Kansara is a sustainable design expert and co-founder of Kansara Hackneyin 2008 with architect Rod Hackney. She is also a visiting professor at CEPT University architecture school.
Kansara achieved her Duke of Edinburgh Award in 1999 while studying at Birmingham's City Technology College and was an International Baccalaureate ambassador to the UK Government.
In 2005 she graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London with a degree in Economics with South Asian Studies and then moved to Japan for three years teaching English and studying Japanese. Following the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, recorded a fundraising song.
In 2016 she completed her PhD research at University College London on the theme of sustainable cities.
In November 2018, Kansara was named to the Financial Times' list of the 'Top 100 minority ethnic leaders in technology.'
Her family was originally from Gujarat, India and she is currently based in the UK and Abu Dhabi.
Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos,, is a British Labour Party politician and diplomat who served as the eighth UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Before her appointment to the UN, she served as British High Commissioner to Australia. She was created a life peer in 1997, serving as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council from 2003 to 2007.
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Sarah Virginia Brinton, Baroness Brinton, known as Sal Brinton, is a British politician who served as President of the Liberal Democrats from 2015 to 2020. In November 2010 she was nominated to the House of Lords, taking her place on 10 February 2011 having been created Baroness Brinton, of Kenardington in the County of Kent on 4 February. After Jo Swinson lost her seat at the 2019 United Kingdom general election, Brinton and Sir Ed Davey became acting co-leaders of the Liberal Democrats.
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Bill Liao is an Australian entrepreneur. He is a venture partner with SOSV and recognised as one of the Top 100 minority ethnic leaders in technology by the Financial Times.
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Polly Billington is a former BBC journalist who worked on the Today programme before becoming a special advisor to Ed Miliband. She was the media director for his successful bid in the 2010 Labour leadership election. Billington was the Labour Party's parliamentary candidate for Thurrock at the 2015 general election and a Labour Party official. She is the director of UK100, and councillor for De Beauvoir ward in the London Borough of Hackney.
Nathaniel Peat is a social entrepreneur and international motivational speaker. At age 25, he founded the nonprofit organization The Safety Box, which uses grassroots methods to interrupt violent behaviour, build entrepreneurship and foster achievement in young people using alternative curriculum in British schools. He is a regular television and radio commentator on youth and education.
Leena Nair is the first female, first Asian, youngest ever Chief Human Resource Officer of Unilever and member of the Unilever Leadership Executive (ULE), which is responsible for delivering Unilever's business & financial performance.
Angel Chang is an American fashion designer and early pioneer in the cross-over between fashion and technology. She received the Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Award and Cartier Women's Initiative Award in 2007. The revival of endangered traditional Chinese hand-craftsmanship translated into modern designs is the philosophy behind her current womenswear label ANGEL CHANG.
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Eileen Burbidge MBE is an American venture capitalist resident in London and a founding partner of Passion Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm that has invested in the likes of Monzo, Go Cardless and Lulu, a private social network for single women. In July 2015 she was appointed as the British Treasury's "special envoy" for fintech.
Kriti Sharma is an artificial intelligence technologist, business executive and humanitarian. As of 2018, she is the vice president of artificial intelligence and ethics at UK software company Sage Group. Sharma is the founder of AI for Good UK, which works to make artificial intelligence tools more ethical and equitable. Sharma has been named to Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology list, and appointed as a United Nations Young Leader. In 2018, she was appointed as an advisor to the UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Sharma's initiatives include Pegg, an accounting chatbot, and rAInbow, a platform to support survivors of domestic violence. She has called for a philosophy of "embracing botness", arguing that artificial intelligence should prioritize utility over human resemblance.
Patrick Philip Vernon is a British social commentator and political activist of Jamaican heritage, who works in the voluntary and public sector. He is a former Labour councillor in the London Borough of Hackney. His career has been involved with developing and managing health and social care services, including mental health, public health, regeneration and employment projects. Also a film maker and amateur cultural historian, he runs his own social enterprise promoting the history of diverse communities, as founder of Every Generation and the "100 Great Black Britons" campaign. He is also an expert on African and Caribbean genealogy in the UK. He was appointed a Clore Fellow in 2007, an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for "services to the Reduction of Health Inequalities for Ethnic Minorities", and in 2018 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton.
Dr. Vivian Chan is a British-Australian entrepreneur and businesswoman. She is the co-founder and CEO of Sparrho, a London-based startup blending machine learning and expert human curation to democratise science.
Vanessa Kingori MBE is the Publishing Director of British Vogue. Prior to that, Kingori was the Publisher of British GQ across all platforms. She has worked for media publishing house, Condé Nast UK for nine years.
Chantelle Bell is a British entrepreneur and a graduate of the Bioscience Enterprise postgraduate course at The University of Cambridge.
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