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  • Festival of the Future City

    Ammar Azzouz

    Azzouz studied architecture in the city of Homs, Syria, where he was born and raised. Since the start of the Syrian Revolution, over half of the neighbourhoods of Homs has been destroyed. In 2011, he moved to the UK to complete his postgraduate studies and received his PhD from the University of Bath. He has […]

  • Bristol Ideas
    Julian Baggini

    Julian Baggini

    Writer and philosopher Julian Baggini’s books include The Ego Trick, Welcome to Everytown, What’s It All About? Philosophy and the Meaning of Life, The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, How the World Thinks: A Global History of Philosophy, Life: A User’s Manual: Philosophy for (Almost) Any Eventuality (co-written with Antonia Macaro), and The Godless Gospel: Was Jesus A Great Moral Teacher? He writes […]

  • Festival of Economics

    Kate Barker

    She is Chair of the Universities Superannuation Scheme and also chairs the Jersey Fiscal Policy Panel. Barker was an external member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee for three terms between 2001-2010. During that time, Barker was commissioned by the government to conduct a major independent policy review of UK Housing Supply, and […]

  • Festival of Economics

    Claer Barrett

    Barrett frequently appears as a commentator on radio and TV, talking about personal finance, consumer and small business issues, and she is a regular guest on Eddie Mair’s Drive show on LBC Radio.

  • Festival of Ideas
    Laura Bates credit Siggi Holm

    Laura Bates

    Laura Bates is a feminist activist and writer, regularly contributing to the Guardian and the New York Times amongst others and won a British Press Award in 2015. She works closely with politicians, businesses, schools, police forces and organisations from the Council of Europe to the United Nations to tackle gender inequality. She was awarded […]

  • Vanessa Beck

    She is a co-author of the 2017 UK government menopause report and has been researching and working with a range of organisations, including trade unions, universities, local authorities and health providers, to introduce support for those experiencing menopause transition.

  • Alison Bevan

    She has led the institution for 10 years, transforming both the building and its work, placing it at the heart of the region’s cultural life. She is a passionate advocate for the power of creativity to enhance wellbeing, and the RWA strives to ensure that this is open to everyone. Image credit: Hemali Modha

  • Festival of the Future City
    Jess Blair

    Jess Blair

    Jess Blair holds a Masters in Welsh Government and Politics from the Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University. She was previously Policy and Projects Manager at the Institute of Welsh Affairs, a leading Welsh think tank. She was also Acting Director during 2016. Prior to that Blair worked in the Senedd and has worked in […]

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