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  • Olivia Sweeney

    She hosted a Tuesday morning breakfast radio show on Ujima Radio as well as working for a sustainable waste consultancy trying to make it easier for people to reduce their waste, recycle and build the circular economy. She was named one of the Top 100 most Influential Women in Engineering by FT in 2019 and one of Rife Magazine’s 30 under 30 […]

  • Dan Taylor

    He’s the author of three books, including Spinoza and the Politics of Freedom, Island Story: Journeys Through Unfamiliar Britain (shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2017), and a rather youthful and stroppy Negative Capitalism: Cynicism in the Neoliberal Era. He is a 2023 BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker where he’s exploring what England’s arterial roads can […]

  • Dan Thorp

    Previously Dan worked at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority as part of establishing the new authority and focusing on place-making. This included developing the first Local Industrial Strategy for the region and instigating the Market Town Masterplans programme. Prior to the Combined Authority Dan worked in a variety of economic development and policy roles […]

  • Festival of the Future City
    Polly Toynbee

    Polly Toynbee

    She has won numerous awards including a National Press Award and the Orwell Prize for Journalism. Her latest book is An Uneasy Inheritance: My Family and Other Radicals. If you buy books linked to our site, we may earn a commission from, whose fees support independent bookshops.

  • Kwajo Tweneboa

    Tweneboa travels around the UK shining a light on the conditions housing providers and governments have kept hidden, helping make meaningful change one home at a time. He passionately campaigns for change, having met with government officials from all sides of the spectrum including Sadiq Khan and Michael Gove. Kwajo has appeared on Sky News […]

  • Festival of Economics
    Romesh Vaitilingam

    Romesh Vaitilingam

    Romesh Vaitlingam is the author of numerous articles and several books in economics, finance, business and public policy, including The Financial Times Guide to Using the Financial Pages (FT-Prentice Hall), now in its sixth edition (2011). As a specialist in translating economic and financial concepts into everyday language, Romesh has advised a number of government […]

  • Festival of Economics
    Anna Sivropoulos-Valero

    Anna Valero

    She completed an ESRC Innovation Fellowship in 2021, obtained a PhD in Economics at the LSE in 2018, and was a Research Director for the LSE Growth Commission in 2017. Previously, Anna was a Manager at Deloitte’s Economic Consulting practice where she qualified as an ACA. Her current areas of research include innovation and its […]

  • Jane van Zyl

    She has 18 years’ experience working in the third sector and has held senior leadership positions at a number of UK charities, including Samaritans and Sands. She believes in the value of a fulfilling, balanced working life and its transformative power to create social connections, build self-esteem, and impact the wider community. She is a […]

  • Festival of Economics

    Melanie Vaxevanakis

    Prior to starting TMP, Melanie worked in documentary filmmaking and photography, working on programmes for BBC, National Geographic and having her photos featured on Melanie has always felt passionately about giving a voice to marginalised communities and at 24 felt she could have the most impact supporting vulnerable 16 – 25 year olds. Using […]

  • Kamina Walton

    For the past few years she has been developing her coaching practice empowering individuals within the creative, cultural and non-profit sectors to access their own solutions to challenges and change. She is currently working with multiple individual artists and social entrepreneurs and supports staff teams at Watershed, Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Bristol. After transitioning leadership of Rising to Euella Jackson […]

  • Evelyn Welch

    Evelyn Welch graduated from Harvard University, receiving her PhD from the Warburg Institute, University of London. She was previously Senior Vice-President for Service, People & Planning at King’s College London, and had been Vice-President (Arts and Sciences) and Provost (Arts and Sciences). She has taught at University of Essex, the Warburg Institute, and held leadership […]

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