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Actor Writer Director
Robert Myles (robmyles.co.uk) is an actor-writer-director and creative consultant, creator of The Shakespeare Deck and co-creator of The Show Must Go Online, while moonlighting as an historical adventure novelist. His specialism is in Shakespeare, which he both performs and directs, as well as offering products and workshops to help people engage meaningfully with his work. When not working in theatre, Robert offers creative support to innovation projects, including new product development, branding and claims, and capabilities. In 2020, he directed 37 plays in 36 weeks, working with over 500 actors and creatives from 60 countries.
Veteran BBC broadcaster and events host
Clare has been working in journalism for over thirty years, spending the majority of her career as a prime time radio presenter for BBC Scotland. She also worked for BBC Radio Four for six years where she presented the drive time news programme PM. When she first started out in journalism, all eyes were on South Africa and Nelson Mandela and the ANC’s struggle against apartheid. It made a huge impression on Clare and her young BBC colleagues at that time. She is a non exec on the board of Women’s Enterprise Scotland and her broadcasting skills are regularly maintained hosting live events at the Edinburgh Festival, the Edinburgh Book festival, TEDxGlasgow and a variety of other cultural events around the country. She has recently produced and presented podcasts- Ripples. Above all, Clare loves to use her experience to tell people’s stories.
Strategy & Ops, Google
Based in Palo Alto California, Grace has led global, cross-functional teams navigate complex environments at some of the world’s foremost technology companies, including Google, Facebook, British Telecom and Samsung Electronics. She has a passion for leading-edge technology innovation, especially in emerging markets, and has shaped strategies and set up infrastructure to establish new businesses. Her professional journey has taken her across continents twice, starting out in Asia, moving to Europe and more recently to North America, where she is currently living and working in Silicon Valley.
Her academic achievements include an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Masters in International Business and Emerging Markets from the University of Edinburgh, and an MS in Computer Science from India. She was recently recognized as one of University of Edinburgh Business School’s Alumni 100 List.She was recently recognized as one of University of Edinburgh Business School’s Alumni 100 List.
DR. ROSEMARY KING
Rose has served as a speechwriter and speech coach for national leaders in the charitable community, across the private sector, and at the highest levels of US government. Career highlights include serving as a speechwriter for the Secretary of Defense, 4-star generals, Members of Congress, CEOs, and nationally-recognized journalists. She served 24 years in the Air Force, including six at the Pentagon, and holds degrees from both Arizona State University and Harvard. Rose’s work has been quoted in the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times and USA Today. Rose is the author of Border Confluences (University of Arizona Press, 2004) and numerous literary articles and book reviews. Rose serves on the Advisory Board of the Professional Speechwriters Association. When not reading or writing, you'll find Rose at the local hockey rink teaching girls about a game she loves and the life lessons she's learned from playing sports.
TED Senior Fellow
Peter Haas (https://PeterHaas.co) is the Associate Director of the Brown University Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative where he works in research on AR, VR and MR interfaces for robots, social robotics for the elderly, autonomous vehicle crashes, UAV teaching platforms, and Moral norms in AI. He is a competitor in the Avatar X-prize to develop VR controlled robotic Avatars. He was the Co-Founder and COO of XactSense, a UAV manufacturer working on LIDAR mapping. Prior to XactSense, Peter founded AIDG – a small hardware enterprise accelerator in Haiti and Guatemala. AIDG did design for extreme affordability work and provided seed funding to local entrepreneurs. Peter received both TED and Echoing Green fellowships. He has been a speaker at TED Global, The World Bank, Harvard University and other venues. He holds a Philosophy B.A. from Yale.
Leonoor Russell is a senior speechwriter at the Netherlands Ministry of Defence. In this capacity she writes speeches for the Minister, State Secretary and Chief of Defence. In the past, Leonoor worked as speechwriter to the President of the Dutch Senate. So far, one of her professional highlights has been a speech that was delivered in a stadium of three thousand people, accompanied by an orchestra of 200 military musicians. In her work, Leonoor tries to find creative ways of capturing an audience’s attention and to make as many puns as humanly possible.
Public Speaker and Moderator, Founder of spreadable.io
Dan had joined the cabinet of the Vice President of the European Commission in 2015 as a speechwriter. While crafting the language became his new responsibility; finding the right technological platforms to communicate - quickly became his new passion. He found himself on a wild digital ride, moderating live interactive interviews from a self-driving car or a solar plane crossing the Atlantic, VR of EU satellites shot into space, crowdsourcing live EU policies among youth, climate activists, or even space scientists through digital platforms, using smartphones for live voting at EU startup pitching competitions, and more. reviously, Dan had worked on large-scale digital campaigns with various international organisations, such as the EU Humanitarian Aid Dept. (DG ECHO), OCHA, UNICEF, UNESCO, the Slovak EU Presidency, and others. In the field of tech, Dan presents and moderates events (Viva Tech, EU Startup Prize for Mobility, Huawei Academia Salon, Beautiful Software Awards, FEM Smart Logistics Challenge, Crowdsourcing Week, Tincon and more). He also blogs and lectures about the interplay between technology, society, and politics. In 2019 Dan moved from Brussels to Berlin with his husband and their two children.
Olof Gill is the European Commission Speechwriter for Trade and Investment Policy. In this role, he writes speeches and provides strategic communications advice to Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis and Director-General Sabine Weyand. An Irish-Swede, he is a passionate advocate for the European Union, having previously worked for the Irish government and in the European Parliament. He holds a Master’s Degree from University College Cork, and spent time studying in Sciences-Po Paris and the University of Maine, USA. In his spare time, he enjoys ballad-singing, hiking, and paddling his kayak: anything to distract from the horror of Brexit and other populist misadventures.
LAUREN CURRIE OBE
CEO of Stride and Founder of UPFRONT
Lauren Currie OBE is the CEO of Stride; on a mission to democratise leadership development. She is the Founder of UPFRONT; on a mission to change confidence. Lauren is a Trustee of the Design Council and Pregnant Then Screwed. In 2017, Lauren was awarded an OBE for her services to design and diversity.
Senior News Editor of The Brussels Times
Jules Johnston is a journalist, senior news editor of the Brussels Times, and a fan of talking in general. After years of bouncing around jobs in the Brussels Bubble, he grew tired of policy, realising he was far more passionate about making sure people saw the news directly applicable to their lives. In his work, he helps set the tone for the publication, working alongside reporters to identify areas relevant to the international community in Belgium and beyond. Jules would always rather the news felt like a good conversation, something you come away from understanding more that you did before, not feeling like you received a lecture from an elitist friend.