Harbinder is an Architect and Partner at Hawkins/Brown that leads the transport and infrastructure sector and is currently delivering the architectural designs for two of London's largest infrastructure projects, Crossrail and Thames Tideway. He is the principle architect for the design for Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street and Liverpool street station, three of the central section Crossrail stations and is also the principle architect leading the designs for the public realm of the central section of Thames Tideway in London. He also recently completed the practices first bridge, which was launched across an operational railway at East Croydon.
Harbinder collaborates extensively with artists on insitu installations within architecture, most notably with artist Daniel Buren for Tottenham Court Road Station.
He is a visiting critic and lecturer at a number of universities including the UCL, Royal College of Art and Manchester School of Architecture.
He is also a previous winner of '40 under 40’, a prestigious design award recognising the best young architects under 40.
Tereza Červeňová was born in Slovakia in 1991. After working as a professional fashion model and experiencing the pressures and demands of that industry, she changed direction and moved to London in 2011 to study Fine Art. She soon discovered that the medium she felt most fluent in was photography and switched courses. Immediately, things started to fall into place and numerous prestigious awards followed including the John Kobal New Work in 2015, D&AD Yellow Pencil in 2014, and Daniel Blau Gallery’s 5 Under 30 – Young Photographers’ Award in 2013. Alongside her work as a freelance photographer, Tereza is undertaking an MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art.
Art has the power to help people overcome hardships in life. Tereza Červeňová’s discovery of her fluency in photography helped her to overcome an eating disorder and use visual language to highlight the experience of women struggling with the contemporary ideals of beauty presented through the media. Feeling worthy and happy within one’s skin can be difficult, but through her work with women with inspiring stories, Tereza challenges the concepts of what success and beauty really mean.
Natalia Cohen is a travel professional, speaker, transformational coach and adventurer. Her broad range of experience in over 50 countries includes leading adventure tours, operations management, volunteer and project coordinating, walking 30 days across Northern Spain, experiencing monastic life in silent retreats and managing a remote safari lodge in Tanzania. These were just some of the journeys that she believes led her to become part of the first all-female team to row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean. For Natalia and the crew, this was an expedition of 9,000 miles from San Francisco, USA to Cairns, Australia in a 29ft ocean rowing boat. Natalia talks about this extraordinary journey that was not only a challenge of extreme conditions and perseverance but also a deepening awareness of the undeniable importance of forging connection with others, the environment and our inner world.
Having worked for 12+ years in senior digital marketing positions for global media and internet brands, and easily spending 16 hours a day connected and even sleeping with her phone, Anastasia eventually realised she needed to unplug to remain healthy and productive.
Giving up her smartphone was the first step to creating Consciously Digital - a London-based training and coaching company that helps individual and corporate clients be more productive online, so that they can have more time for things that matter.
Anastasia is a frequent speaker at global internet conferences on the topics of ethical tech and digital detox, as well as marketing in the age of digital distraction. She blogs for Huffington Post about digital detox, and is currently finalising her first book on the same subject. She is passionate about the balanced use of technology and is a mentor for a number of organisations, supporting tech startups, including Startup Direct, a governmental program supporting small businesses in the UK, and Westminster Business Council. Anastasia was born in Russia, lived in six different countries, and has an MBA from SDA Bocconi (Italy) and NYU Stern (USA), and a PhD from Moscow State University.
In her talk, Anastasia will share her 5-month journey to give up her smartphone, explain why we feel so attached to our devices, and give tips on how to overcome our gadget dependency.
Martin Elliott is Professor of Paediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at University College London, Professor of Physic at Gresham College, London, and Co-Medical Director at The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust (GOS) where he has worked since 1984. He established and leads the National Service for Severe Tracheal Disease in Children at GOS. He developed modified ultrafiltration, helped set up paediatric heart and lung transplantation at GOS, started the European Congenital Heart Defects Database for outcomes analysis and leads the chest wall reconstruction team at GOS. The Tracheal Service at GOS is the largest in World, and the Team has pioneered a number of innovative techniques, including slide tracheoplasty, tracheal homograft patch transplantation, the development of absorbable stents and, most recently, the world’s first stem cell supported tracheal transplantation in a child. Previously Chairman of the Cardiorespiratory Division at GOS, he was appointed Medical Director of GOS in 2010.
Actively interested in teamwork in healthcare, he has become fascinated by how hospital care might need to be delivered in the coming years. He has held several international visiting professorships, has over 260 peer reviewed publications to his name, has delivered >350 invited lectures, and he operates and teaches throughout the world, including to the Cabinet Office leadership program and directly to No10 staff.
Niamh Houston, also known by her stage name Chipzel, is a BAFTA nominated and award winning independent composer from Northern Ireland. In 2015, Houston received the Best Music award in XBLA Fans’ Game of the Year awards, as well as being named VGMO’s best independent composer. She has scored the original sound tracks for six video games, including the critically acclaimed Super Hexagon. Houston continues to compose music for forthcoming video game projects while working on her next studio album and touring the world.
In this talk, Niamh Houston will explore the concept of “DIY” – Do It Yourself, an ethic, which has its roots in Punk sub-culture of the 70s, but from a modern day perspective. “Generation Y”, or “Millennials” have grown up with immersive and interactive technology; they’re digitally native. It’s how they discover, understand and experience the world around them and are responsible for the majority of content shared worldwide over the web today. They are consumers with a passion for digital products and are finding ingenious ways to use these tools to their advantage; perhaps not to rebel, but to send a message they no longer need abide by the standards of the Industrial Era; they can do it by themselves.
Ed Ikin is Wakehurst Head of Landscape and Horticulture for RBG Kew, curating their 535 acre botanic garden and estate in West Sussex. Previously he worked for National Trust as General Manager and Head Gardener, leading the restoration of Nymans garden, the opening of Rainham Hall and Morden Hall Park Garden Centre. Ed is Chair of London Parks & Gardens Trust and works on the Open Gardens Squares Weekend committee.
Can botanic gardens be beautiful and credible? Can we engage visitors emotionally through stunning display whilst educating them about plant conservation, ecology and evolution? Ed will discuss humanity's evolving perception of beauty in the landscape and botanic garden's role as scientific institutions then explore where science and beauty meet, in new design concepts for Wakehurst.
Guy Shahar is an author and autism consultant. His latest book, Transforming Autism, was written earlier this year and details his family’s journey in turning around his autistic son’s quality of life. After completing this, Guy launched the Transforming Autism Project (transformingautism.co.uk), to raise awareness of the positive aspects of the condition. Together, these are intended to begin to empower other parents to understand and value their autistic children, and to dramatically improve their experience of life by creating an environment of trust and love around them.
In this talk, Guy Shahar uses the experiences and insights that he has gathered in his years as the father of an autistic boy to propose a radically different perspective on autism. Far from being a disability characterised by a set of accepted difficulties, he suggests that the underlying condition that gives rise to what we call autism is in fact one to be cherished. He described the regression in his son’s development and how he and his family were able to transform his quality of life. Through this, he presents what he has learnt about the nature of the condition, and about the true potential that autistic people possess.
Leanne Spencer is an entrepreneur, speaker and bestselling author. Born in Dorset, she spent 17 years working in the City of London before suffering burnout and leaving to establish her business and to follow her true purpose, which is to campaign for gender equality and the promotion of positive female role models for young people. Leanne now spends her time giving talks on the importance of positive female role models (“you can’t be it if you can’t see it”), and why we all need to change our attitudes towards food, fatness, fitness and most importantly, how we look.
Leanne’s first book, Rise and Shine: Recover from burnout and get back to your best promotes the benefits of relaxation techniques, sleep, nutrition and exercise as the first line of defence against serious disease, stress and burnout. Her second book, Remove the Guesswork: the highly personalised approach to health fitness and nutrition that puts you first is published in the autumn of 2016 and promotes the use of innovative technology such as DNA testing and wearable technology for optimising our mental and physical performance.
André Spicer is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass Business School, City University of London. He frequently appears in the international media to comment on business issues. He has worked with a wide range of for profit, nonprofit and government organisations. He has published six books, including 'the wellness syndrome' and 'the stupidity paradox'. Next year he will publish a book on business bullshit.
In this talk Professor Spicer will examine what drives otherwise intelligent people to do idiot things. He will consider what the consequences of corporate stupidity are. Finally, he will look at how we can make our workplaces a little less stupid.
Basky Thilaganathan was appointed in 2008 as Professor of Fetal Medicine at St George’s, University of London. Before that, he was Reader in Fetal Medicine since 2005 and appointed Director of Fetal Medicine at St George’s Hospital in 1999. His research interests are focused on obstetrics and high-risk pregnancies (Materno-Fetal medicine), with a particular interest on maternal cardiac function, placental function, fetal growth and pre-eclamspsia. He completed his postgraduate training at King’s College London and the St Bartholomew’s and Homerton Hospitals, culminating in his Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) (1995), MD in Fetal Medicine (1996) and Certificate of Completion of Training (CCST) (1998).
He undertook his undergraduate training at King’s College London, where he obtained both a BSc in genetic engineering (1995) and MBBS (1988). He was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG) and an Honorary Doctorate (PhD) from Uppsala University in 2007. His research interests include pre-eclampsia, placental development and function, fetal growth and maternal cardiac adaptation in pregnancy.
Roderic Yapp is a former Royal Marines Officer, who was fortunate enough to lead Marines on operations around the world. Highlights include, leading Marines on the front-line in Afghanistan in 2007 and evacuating civilians from Libya during the Arab Spring. He went on to specialise in counter-piracy operations completing two tours off the coast of Somalia and leading the re-capture of the 55,000-ton MV Montecristo from pirate control in 2011.
In 2012, he joined Urenco, an international supplier of enriched uranium for the nuclear fuel cycle. Roderic was responsible for delivering the Operational Excellence programme as part of Urenco’s journey to ‘World Class Enrichment’. He coached leaders across the organisation developing specialist experience in areas where leadership failure usually leads to death or serious injury.
In 2015, he founded Leadership Forces, a specialist consultancy focused at developing leaders who can create high performing teams and deliver sustainable change.
Roderic has significant experience in leadership development, major business transformations and operational excellence with companies such as Deloitte, Fidelity, the John Lewis Group, and Jaguar Land Rover.
George Zarkadakis is a science writer, novelist, playwright, entrepreneur, and management consultant. He has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and is the Digital Lead of Willis Towers Watson, an international consulting firm advising Fortune 500 companies on human capital management, where he specialises in strategy consulting for the future of work, particularly in the light of major technological disruptions such as digital transformation and artificial intelligence. Prior to that he worked for a number of IT companies including Silicon Graphics and Accenture, founded several start-ups, edited the biggest popular magazine in Greece, wrote the most popular science television program in Greece, and organised numerous public engagement events around the world as a science communicator for which he was awarded a knighthood by the French government.
He is interested in the impact of AI in the workplace, as well as in the cross-section of science and humanities, a theme he explores in his book ‘In Our Own Image: Will artificial intelligence save or destroy us?’
Rebecca Rideal is the author of 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire. A former specialist factual television producer and writer, her credits include: Adventurers’ Guide to Britain, Bloody Tales of the Tower, and the triple Emmy award winning series David Attenborough’s First Life. She also runs the online history magazine, the History Vault, and is currently studying for her PhD on the use of spaces in Restoration London during the Great Plague and the Great Fire at University College London.
When the Great Fire of London broke out on 2 September 1666, many believed it to have been divine retribution for the nation’s sins, others were convinced it was a work of arson from Dutch and/or French enemies and more still connected it to the plague of the previous year and the humiliating maritime defeat, known as the Four Days Fight, at the hands of the Dutch. In this talk, Rebecca Rideal illuminates the lives of those caught up in these devastating events.
Casey Bailey is a poet, spoken word performer, rapper, song writer and also teaches at a secondary school in Birmingham. He runs Bailey’s Rap and Poetry (BRAP), and through this initiative has performed and spoken at events in the UK, as well as run workshops in rap, poetry, music and song writing.
Casey has variously been described as a ‘lyrical and literal poet, a conscious Hip Hop artist and a thoughtful and reflective writer’. He provides social commentary and analysis through his poetry, lyrics and articles. Casey is most comfortable when he consciously expressing his thoughts and feelings, which go on to have an impact on the thoughts and feelings of others.
Australian born singer/songwriter and guitarist Sarah Bird is an Indie Folk Pop artist. At 18 she moved from a small town in Glen Innes to pursue her music career in Sydney. She went on to score work for Sarah McLeod (SuperJesus), Taxi Ride and Russell Morristo. Having picked up a set of music industry awards she is now in London having released her latest album Break Or Bend – after successfully crowd-funding campaign, through crowd-funding site, Pozible.
Since moving to Europe she has already played at several on world stages including The Cambridge Folk Festival, Edinburgh Fringe and The Fete De La Musique Festival (Berlin).
Dublin-born singer/performer Michael Costello is currently a student at South Thames College studying Performing Arts. As a child, Costello sang at Butlin’s holiday camp and for hospitals and homes with Jomac Productions. He was involved in Dublin Choral Foundation Choir for 12 years and was classically trained by Dr Veronica Dunne at Griffith College. Since joining South Thames College, Michael has starred in several productions and worked at the Lyric Theatre. He hopes to work on stage as a West End star performer in the future.
Having played piano for the past ten years Eloise Sinclair is now studying music at South Thames College. She’s had some commercial success having recently performed at the Merton Best Business Awards at the All England tennis Club. She also performs with a choir and teaches piano to private students.
Vanessa Downie is a choreographer/dancer. Since 2013 she has been the Creative Director at the Ajos Dance company where she works with young people to explore life issues through dance, examining themes such as loss, homelessness, and spirituality.
Vanessa’s career has spanned the Royal Opera House and Khyal Arts. Currently she is the artist in residence at Space @ Clarence Mews where she developed Ancestral Whispers, a re-enactment of a dramatic dream by native American ancestor Kanawha Madonna.
Vanessa collaborates across various art forms, including Hip Hop/spoken word and digital video.
Ajos Dance makes work that delves into human issues at the centre of everyday life; themes such as fear, love, loss, insecurity, homelessness, spirituality, prompt us to ask deeper questions about our very existence. As well as making work, Ajos Dance presents platforms to present dance in an inclusive, accessible way, hereby developing new audiences for dance.
Comments about Ajos' work include:
"I felt extremely drawn in and emotionally connected to the dance"
"Your dance made me cry"
Ancestral Whispers is supported by an artist residency at Moving SPACE @ Clarence Mews.