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Phil James
Phil James @geoanorak urbanobservatory.ac.uk/ Biography   Phil James is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at Newcastle University, director of the Newcastle Urban Observatory, the UK’s largest urban environmental monitoring programme and leads the UK National UK Urban Observatory Programme. His research is at the intersection of Engineering and Computer Science with a recent focus on...
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Shazia Mirza
Shazia Mirza @shaziamirza1 shazia-mirza.com Biography   Shazia Mirza is a British stand-up comedian and writer and has been recognised by The Observer as one of Britain’s 50 funniest comedians. She is perhaps best known for her hugely successful stand-up show The Kardashians Made Me Do It which toured across the UK, USA and Europe. Shazia’s...
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Jonathan O’Halloran
Jonathan O'Halloran @BiotechRockstar www.quantumdx.com  Biography   Jonathan is the co-founder of QuantuMDx, a Newcastle-based biotech startup looking to revolutionise medical diagnostics around the world. Jonathan’s professional journey began at Lewes Old Grammar School in Sussex where he discovered a passion for genomics. Eventually this led to he and co-founder, Elaine Warburton, to startup QuantuMDx. Working...
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Hannah Underwood
Hannah Underwood @HannahUnderwd www.thekey.org Biography   Hannah is a self-confessed charity and data geek with an unquenchable desire to improve as many young lives as possible. In her early career Hannah learned how to measure performance and use data to improve organisations. At the age of 25, Hannah became CEO of The Key, a charity...
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Wilfrid Wood
Wilfrid Wood @wilfridwoodsculptor www.wilfridwood.com Biography   After dumping a career in graphics, Wilfrid plunged into prop making at cult classic British television show, Spitting Image. Here he learnt his trade as an ‘apprentice headbuilder’, starting in the Eyeballs and Blinks department and moving on to Dogs and Sheep. 25 years later he is now a...
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Gary Turk
Gary Turk @Gary_Turk garyturk.com/ Biography   Gary Turk is an award-winning poet, storyteller and filmmaker who became an Internet sensation following the success of his viral video ‘Look Up’. The video is a five minute spoken word poetry performance mixed with a filmed narrative which looks at how the overuse of smartphones and social media...
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Catherine Wikholm
Catherine Wikholm @c_wikholm catherinewikholm.com/ Biography   Millions of people around the world meditate regularly but what does science say about the impact of meditation? In 2012 Dr Catherine Wikholm was based at the Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford University, where she conducted research investigating the psychological effects of yoga and meditation on prisoners. The findings...
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Bruce Daisley
Bruce Daisley Twitter @brucedaisley Biography   Bruce Daisley is the author “The Joy of Work: 30 Ways to Fix Your Work Culture and Fall in Love with Your Job Again” which reached the no 1 position on the Sunday Times business bestseller list. It was the FT Book of the Month and has been translated...
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Kabantu
Kabantu @kabantumusic kabantu.com Biography   Hailing from Manchester and graduates from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Kabantu is an award-winning, five-piece music group. Kabantu means “of the people” stemming from the South African philosophy of Ubuntu - "I am what I am because of who we all are". This terrific young quintet brilliantly...
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Clara Gaggero Westaway
Clara Gaggero Westaway Special Projects @ClaraGaggero specialprojects.studio/ Biography   Like any great designer, if Clara has a superpower it would be her ability to see the world differently to the mainstream. Clara is an intrepid designer, inventor and creative director committed to enriching the lives of people through hopeful product innovation. The daughter of a...
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