Meet our

Speakers.

Meet our

Speakers.

Sir Richard Branson

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Lonneke Holierhoek

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Amy Powney

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Dr. John Demartini

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Prof. Johan Rockström PhD

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Richard Quest

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Mandy Hickson

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Dr. Martyn Newman PhD

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Tara Button

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Pandit Dasa

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Sian Sutherland

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Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson will take part in a dynamic interview with questions posed by renowned journalist Richard Quest (CNN).

Virgin is known for challenging the status quo - taking on industry giants and championing people and the planet. The Virgin Group has reached 35 countries around the world, with nearly 70,000 employees handling affairs in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Canada, Asia, Europe, South Africa and beyond.

Our acclaimed keynote speaker, Sir Richard Branson will share learnings from his own experiences on how businesses can be a force for good and how we can make the world a better place. Branson will also reveal how he’s established pioneering systemic change beyond the Virgin Group.

Lonneke Holierhoek

Lonneke Holierhoek is Director of Operations and a member of the management team at The Ocean Cleanup. She has over 20 years’ experience in the maritime and offshore construction industry, from companies such as the Dutch Dredging, offshore contractor Van Oord and Elixir Engineers. She also has a Master of Science in Technical Mathematics from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

Amy Powney

Amy Powney is Creative Director at contemporary and sustainable womenswear brand Mother of Pearl. She will share her journey and mission on how Mother of Pearl has reduced its impact on the planet. Amy has been on a mission for Mother of Pearl to reduce its impact on the planet. Her collections have been shown at London Fashion Week and Copenhagen Fashion Week and are stocked by prestigious global retailers including Net-a-Porter, Harrods, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Goop.

Dr. John Demartini

Dr. John Demartini is widely considered one of the world’s leading authorities on human behaviour and personal development.

He is the founder of the Demartini Institute, a private research and education organisation with a curriculum of over 72 different courses covering multiple aspects of human development.

Prof. Johan Rockström PhD

An internationally recognised scientist on global sustainability issues, Rockström is a consultant for several governments and business networks. He also acts as an advisor for sustainable development issues at international meetings including the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC).

Richard Quest

Richard Quest is CNN’s foremost international business correspondent and anchor of Quest Means Business, the definitive word on how we earn and spend our money. Based in New York, he is one of the most instantly recognisable members of the CNN team.
He has regularly reported from G20 meetings and at the Awaken Business Summit, he’ll be interviewing Sir Richard Branson.

Mandy Hickson

A former Royal Air Force pilot, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and trained Human Factors facilitator, Mandy Hickson will share her remarkable journey.Mandy will reveal her valuable experiences of decision-making under pressure, calculated risk taking and the critical role of humans in advanced systems.

Dr. Martyn Newman PhD

A clinical psychologist and a global authority on emotional intelligence and mindfulness, Dr. Martyn Newman is the author of the bestselling book ‘Emotional Capitalists – The Ultimate Guide to Developing Emotional Intelligence for Leaders’.Martyn’s keynotes are a lively and entertaining affair that combine a light touch with serious research based practices and techniques for improving emotional intelligence.

Tara Button

The Founder and CEO of BuyMeOnce, Tara Button has become a disruptive environmental voice. Ove the past four years she has spoken about the crucial role of product durability and the Circular Economy at Cambridge University, UCL, LSE on CNBC and BBC radio. Her company finds the longest lasting and most sustainable products on the planet, challenging manufacturers and campaigning for more environmentally responsible, future-proof products.

Pandit Dasa

Pandit Dasa is a highly regarded mindful leadership expert who has spoken at TEDx Conference and SHRM National Convention. Dasa has featured in the NY Times, Wall Street journal, Inc. Magazine and he writes for the Huffington Post.
Dasa will share how to transform workplace culture to create a more collaborative and engaging environment.

Sian Sutherland

Co-Founder of A Plastic Planet, Sian Sutherland is a multi-award winner, including Female Marketer of the Year, CEW Achiever Award, Entrepreneur of the Year and British Inventor of the Year. In 2017, Sian and Frederikke Magnussen founded A Plastic Planet; a global social Impact movement with a single goal - to ignite and inspire the world to turn off the plastic tap. A Plastic Planet works collaboratively with industry, retailers, health scientists, Governments, legislators and the UN; to accelerate the pace of change in plastic reduction.