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 and she is currently based in the UK and Abu Dhabi.
Sarah Virginia Brinton, Baroness Brinton, known as Sal Brinton, is a British politician who served as President of the Liberal Democrats from 2015 to 2019. In November 2010 she was nominated to the House of Lords, taking her place on 10 February 2011 as Baroness Brinton, of Kenardington in the county of Kent. 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.
Hackney Wick is a suburb in the London Borough of Hackney and Tower Hamlets in east London, England. It part of the district called Hackney, the administrative centre for the borough. It is about 4.2 miles (6.8 km) northeast of Charing Cross and had a population of approximately 11,734 at the 2011 Census.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is an economist and international development expert. She sits on the Boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Twitter, Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI), and the African Risk Capacity (ARC).
British Indians are citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) whose ancestral roots lie in India. This includes people born in the UK who are of Indian descent, and Indian-born people who have migrated to the UK. Today, Indians comprise about 1.4 million people in the UK, making them the single largest visible ethnic minority population in the country. They make up the largest subgroup of British Asians, and are one of the largest Indian communities in the Indian diaspora, mainly due to the Indian-British relations. The British Indian community is the sixth largest in the Indian diaspora, behind the Indian communities in the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Nepal. The largest group of British Indians are those of Punjabi origin, accounting for an estimated 45 percent of the British Indian population, followed by other communities including Gujarati, Malayali, Konkani, and Marathi communities.
Bill Liao is an Australian entrepreneur. He is a venture partner with SOSV and listed as an influential investor on Twitter.
Meral Hussein Ece, Baroness Hussein-Ece, is a British Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords. She is the first woman of Turkish Cypriot origin to be a member of either house of Parliament after she was appointed a Liberal Democrat working peer on 28 May 2010. She was the Liberal Democrat Spokeswoman for Equalities from 2015 until 2016, under leader Tim Farron.
David Gustave, known as Dawood Gustave, is a businessman, former youth advocate and one-time political figure.
Esha Kansara is an Indian model, dancer, television and film actress. She started her acting career in the Indian TV Serial Mukti Bandhan in 2011.
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.
Dr. Thumbay Moideen is the Founder and President of Thumbay Group, a diversified international business conglomerate headquartered at DIFC - Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), with operations across 20 sectors.
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.
Rose Josephine Hudson-Wilkin, is a British Anglican bishop, who has been Bishop of Dover since 2019: she is the first black woman to become a Church of England bishop. She had served as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons from 2010 to 2019, and previously in the Church Army and then parish ministry.
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.
Meena Upadhyaya OBE is an Indian-born Welsh medical geneticist and an honorary distinguished professor at Cardiff University. Her research has focused on the genes that cause various genetic disorders, and also particularly neurofibromatosis type I and facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy.
Heather Patricia Melville is a British banker, the director and head of client experience of PricewaterhouseCoopers UK. Before she was the director for strategic partnerships and head of business inclusion initiatives of Royal Bank of Scotland. In September 2016, Melville CCMI was appointed to the board and as chair of the advisory committee for 'CMI Women', Chartered Management Institute. Melville is a diversity, inclusion leader and founder and Global Chair of RBS Focused Women's Network. She is recognised in Financial Times 2016 inaugural UPstanding100 Executive BAME Power List and Financial Times 2017 EMpower 100 ethnic minority leaders 100. In 2017 Melville was recognised with an Order of the British Empire for her ‘services to Gender Equality’.
Kriti Sharma, is an artificial intelligence technologist, business executive and humanitarian. In 2017, Sharma was named in Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30. She was appointed as United Nations Young Leader for the SDGs in 2018. She is currently the vice president of artificial intelligence and ethics at Sage Group, one of the UK’s largest tech companies. She has been leading efforts to create more diverse and ethical artificial intelligence and “embracing botness” which means that artificial intelligence does not have to pretend to be human, instead it needs to be useful. Jeremy Wright, Secretary of State for Digital, appointed Sharma as an adviser on AI, Data Ethics and Innovation in 2018.
Mahiben Maruthappu is a British physician, academic researcher, health policy specialist and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of Cera, a tech-enabled homecare company, and was the first president of the United Kingdom Medical Students' Association (UKMSA). He co-founded the National Health Service (NHS) Innovation Accelerator (NIA), a program that supports and accelerates the adoption of new healthcare treatments and technologies, and served as NHS England's Innovation Adviser. He has published more than 100 research papers in peer-reviewed journals.
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.
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