2019 Speakers

Little Actions Lead to Big Changes – Jorge Cervera Hauser 

Having seen oceans heal first hand, underwater photographer Jorge Cervera will talk about ‘Hope Spots’ in oceans and use visual evidence to show how human actions have led to the recovery of many oceanic spots in different places. Jorge Cervera produced award-winning nature documentary México Pelágico and has been actively involved with an NGO that helps save oceans. Jorge has been featured in Wired Magazine, Natgeo among others, and has been an ambassador for Discovery Channel, Nauticam, and the Outdoor Journal.

The Power and Peril of Algorithms – Dr Gah-Yi Ban

Gah-Yi Ban is a professor of Management Science and Operations at London Business School. With a life-long passion for applying mathematics to solve real-world problems, Gah-Yi is an expert in Big Data analytics, in particular algorithmic decision-making with complex, high-dimensional and highly uncertain data. Gah-Yi hopes to help us understand the role of algorithms in our present lives, and how we can shape their role in our future.

How will Electrical Propulsion Change the World? – Nikhil Sachdeva

An Aerospace engineer and Harvard MBA with a history of expertise in the Aerospace sector, Roland Berger senior consultant Nikhil Sachdeva foresees big changes in the way we fly. He will walk us through how present and future electrical propulsion technologies will upend the Aerospace, with the potential for some big winners and losers.

Veteran Reintegration: Beyond Stereotypes – Andi Frkovich

Andi Frkovich, a current LBS MBA student and a former Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy, seeks to dispel stereotypes of veterans as ‘rigid’ or ‘overly obedient’ by explaining how military training and culture teaches service members to think critically and cultivate agility, especially in chaotic situations. In doing so, she also hopes to share some valuable lessons that can be applied in daily life.

What if your arguments don’t add up? – Dr Niro Sivanathan

Dr Niro Sivanathan is an Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the London Business School. His research explores how our psychological experience with status and power influences our judgements, decisions and behaviour. Niro will talk about how a cognitive quirk in the evaluation of information holds important implications for how to communicate to ensure our messages are effective and influential.

CEOs, Hobbies and Leadership – Emilia Bunea

Ever ditched a hobby to keep up with work? Emilia Bunea, financial-services-CEO-turned-researcher, aims to explain why pursuing non-work passions to a high level can pay big dividends for your development as a leader and help you cope with leadership’s ever shifting demands.

Me, Myself and I – Matty Dixon

Matty Dixon is a chartered mechanical engineer with nine years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He is now completing his MBA at London Business School. Matty’s talk will guide us through his personal experiences of living with depression and why he believes sharing is crucial to management of the state. He believes that the condition is misunderstood and as such is not treated as well as it could be within society.

The Power of Words – Lucy Popescu

Lucy Popescu is a writer and editor with a background in human rights. She worked with the English Centre of PEN, the international association of writers, for over 20 years. Lucy is a volunteer writing mentor for refugees at Freedom from Torture and editor of the anthologies, A Country of Refuge and A Country to Call Home. Lucy has written for the Guardian, TLS, Literary Review, New Humanist, the Independent and Huffington Post.Lucy’s talk will focus on the power of words, free expression and the experiences of refugees. Her aim is to encourage empathy for those forced to flee their homes and foster a better understanding of their plight.

The Future of Organ Transplants – Professor Sir Robert Lechler

Robert Lechler’s research interests revolve around transplantation tolerance, persuading the immune system to “tolerate” foreign organs as well as remaining fully capable of fighting off infections and cancer. Organ regrowth and regeneration are also a research focus of King’s College London and of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Science Centre of which Robert is Senior Vice President and Executive Director, respectively.

‘Stillness in the Midst of Chaos’: Slow Art – Susan Moore

Susan Moore is Associate Editor of Apollo. An art historian, art critic and saleroom columnist, she also writes regularly for the Financial Times and founded the not-for-profit Slow Art Workshop in 2017.

Fostering Creativity over the Career – Dr Pier Vittorio Mannucci

Dr Pier Vittorio Mannucci is an assistant professor at London Business School. He has published research in top academic journals on how individuals can be consistently creative over time, and on the effects of social networks and technology and on individual and team creativity.

His talk will focus on how to keep employees’ creative potential alive over their careers, and how understanding the evolution of employees’ creative needs and creative process characteristics can help companies optimising their innovative output and success.

Preventing the Post-Antibiotics Era: Influencing Future Generations – Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope

How serious really is antimicrobial resistance? Is it just scaremongering? Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope is the Lead Pharmacist for Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and Stewardship at Public Health England and has both researched and started initiatives to combat antimicrobial resistance at home and world-wide. Having presented at events such as the Science Museums exhibition on Superbugs, she brings us her vision on AMR and what you can do to help.

Reward Outputs, not Inputs, to Reduce the Gender Wage Gap – Dr Eliot Sherman

Dr Eliot Sherman is an assistant professor at London Business School. His research focuses on gender inequality in the workplace, with an emphasis on testing plausible organizational solutions. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the American Journal of Sociology, Organization Science, and Management Science. He is actively seeking firms with which to collaborate on research. He will discuss a primary cause of the gender wage gap and how it may be addressed.

A Woman’s Place in Security – Dr Joana Cook
Dr Joana Cook is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London. Despite a long history of women as security threats, and women countering violence in society, women still tend to be overlooked in international security. She will discuss the importance of considering women in all aspects of security using the example of ISIS. She considers women who joined ISIS, what should happen to them now, and how women can contribute to all aspects of security in our societies today.

From Southend-on-Sea in Essex, LONGY has christened a new genre of music, ‘Gospel Trash’. Frustrated with the typical approach to ‘Making it’, LONGY set out to play 500 gigs at 500 venues in 1 year. His album, ’The iLLUSIONIST’ is informed by his 500 day journey, and explores tales of social media, reality television, and his firm belief that the universe doesn’t give you what you ask for with your thoughts, but what you demand with your actions.