Anne-Marie co-founded and became the CEO of Stemettes in 2013. Through this social enterprise, she aims to inspire and promote the involvement of the next generation of women into scientific, technologic, engineering, and mathematics centred subjects (STEM) and careers. Within three years, Stemettes has attracted over 7000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe to their events. A child prodigy, Anne-Marie’s passion and success in the STEM scene started at an early age, with passing two GCSEs at the age of ten, and being the youngest girl ever to pass A-Level Computing. In recognition of her influence and achievements, Anne-Marie was awarded an MBE in 2017.
Karel is a Czech anti-corruption activist, mathematician and social-reformer, who is using his skills to rethink how democracy functions. Following a series of corruption scandals in 2013 that threatened to bring down the Czech government, Karel engaged in a number of initiatives aimed at improving governmental accountability through citizen action and electoral reform. One of these is Democracy 2.1 (D21), primarily based on the possibility to vote against a candidate. This concept is currently used by the cities of Prague and New York, and was also tested by the UK National Health Service (NHS).
Derek Johnson is the Executive Director of the Global Zero movement for a world without nuclear weapons. Since 2010, he has led an international campaign powered by an eminent group of 300 world leaders and luminaries, a high-impact grassroots action corps and hundreds of thousands of members online. An experienced strategist and creative campaigner, Johnson works on the frontiers of catalytic advocacy, foreign policy and social change. By combining media, online and grassroots campaigns with cutting-edge policy initiatives and direct dialogue with key governments, he has spent the last six years positioning Global Zero as a disruptive force for nuclear disarmament in all of the nuclear-armed regions of the world. Before taking the helm at Global Zero, Johnson worked to enhance access to justice, human rights and rule of law. He also consulted for a number of organisations dedicated to advancing interfaith dialogue and cooperation.
Owen is an author, commentator and political activist. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian, having previously written for the Independent. He has made several television appearances on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky News as well as on ITV’s Daybreak and BBC One’s ‘Question Time’. His work also appeared in several publications, including the Sunday Mirror and Le Monde diplomatique. In 2011, Owen published his first book, ‘Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class’, which received favourable critical reviews, including from the New York Times. He was named one of the top 50 Britons of the year by the Independent on Sunday in 2011 and was awarded the Young Writer of the Year prize at the Political Book Award in 2013.
Sarah is an award-winning all platform journalist with a passion for attracting young
audiences to hard news. Over 67,000 people are supporters of her Sarah Jones Reports on social media. In 2013, she moved to New York for a full-time news gathering position with Al Jazeera America. She left her job two years later to pursue a fellowship with the International Reporting Project where she was given the opportunity to report on health and development in the Philippines. In 2016, she was selected as one of the top one thousand most influential Twitter profiles from across the worlds of marketing, advertising, digital and media. Prior to joining Al Jazeera America, Jones was freelancing as an International Assignment Editor for CNN at its headquarters in Atlanta; as an online and print journalist for Gulf News (Dubai); and as an online journalist for ITN’s Channel 4 (UK).
Janis is a Latvian author and literary critic. He is best known for his debut novel Jelgava'94, which explores the transition from the Soviet Union to a ‘new Europe’. His novel was a bestseller upon its release in 2013, and went on to win the European Union Prize for Literature, drawing attention to Latvian and Baltic literature. Evoking the youth of his country in the post-communist 1990s, the novel describes places of counter-culture, the sound of heavy metal, of saturated guitars and scary voices. Through his work he explores the role of subcultures, such as the heavy metal scene, in shaping Latvian national identity, how they interact with the dominant culture, and shape interactions between the new and older generations.
Selina is an activist widely known for her work in promoting the reduction of food waste, featured on BBC and CNN. She founded the non profit organisation Stop Wasting Food, which led Denmark to engaging in the fight against food waste from farm to fork. Selina has authored over 190 articles on food waste, she is a blogger for The Huffington Post USA and published a leftovers cookbook. She has received numerous awards for her work, the most notable are Dane of the Year 2014 and Winner of Nordic Council Nature and Environment Prize 2013. She works with the EU and the UN and is a member of global coalition against food waste Champions 12.3.
Kaja started her career as a lawyer in Estonia. In 2011, she was elected Member of the Estonian Parliament and Chair of the Committee on Economic Affairs. In 2014, she was elected to the European Parliament, where she sits on the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. A member of the ALDE Group, Kaja is also part of the European Parliament Intergroup on the Digital Agenda, an informal network of MEPs interested in digital technologies and their benefits to society. She is a proponent of innovation and frequently emphasises that regulations should not hinder the technological revolution. Kaja has authored five reports in the European Parliament, including of an own-initiative report on the Digital Single Market.
Zanda has held positions in both local and national governments in Latvia, including in Jurmala’s city council, the Ministry of Regional Development, and the Strategic Analysis Commission where she advised President Valdis Zatlers on strategic planning. During her mandate in the Latvian Parliament, she chaired the Committee on European Affairs and the Reform Party parliamentary group. Appointed to Parliamentary State Secretary in 2014, Zanda’s role is to ensure cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Latvian Parliament and the European Parliament.
Sony is the Director of the international think-tank Re-Define. He is an influential economist, financial sector expert and development practitioner. Sony advises the EU, central banks, large investors, governments, regulators and multilateral institutions on economic, fiscal, investment and financial policy. He has a multidisciplinary role at the London School of Economics as Strategy Adviser to the Systemic Risk Centre and Senior Visiting Fellow in Development and Public Policy. He is also a special adviser to the UNEP on green finance. Before Re-Define, Sony worked for ICICI, India’s largest investment bank. Sony co-founded the International Tax Justice Network, Europeans for Financial Reform and Finance Watch, and launched the inter-governmental Illicit Finance Task Force. His substantial contribution to financial reform, tackling the euro crisis and promoting development has been recognised by the World Economic Forum naming him a Young Global Leader and by the Royal Society of Arts electing him a Fellow.