2019 Team

Audrey Mandela

Audrey Mandela has been an advisor for TEDxLondonBusinessSchool for the past seven years. She is an entrepreneur, consultant, angel investor, board director for several tech start-ups and charities, and the chair of Women in Telecoms & Technology, a networking group. Audrey was Co-Founder of Multimap, one of the world’s leading online mapping providers. Multimap was acquired by Microsoft in 2007. She was previously Senior Vice President, International, for the Yankee Group.

Sean Phelan

Sean Phelan is a London-based entrepreneur and angel investor. He has backed over 25 UK-based start-ups and acted as an advisor and mentor to many more. Sean’s professional career followed a path that is typical to many high-tech entrepreneurs: an undergraduate degree in engineering, nine years as a software engineer, then an MBA followed by five years as a consultant in technology strategy.

Sean then started the internet mapping company Multimap.com as a bootstrap start-up in 1995. The company grew to be one of the ten most popular British web services with revenues of £12M and profits of £1M. In December 2007 the company was acquired by Microsoft, cementing its position in the ranks of Britain’s internet success stories. Sean formed Multimap.com to bring together his lifelong love of sailing and navigation with his experience with the internet and web-based technology. Through Multimap, Sean realised his vision of services based on the integration of navigation, wireless communications and the web. He is one of Europe’s original internet entrepreneurs, with a rare combination of business and technical skills. Sean holds an MBA from Institute Theseus, in Sophia Antipolis, France, and an engineering degree from the University of Sussex.


Rachel Hirsch

Rachel Hirsch is the Co-President for TEDxLondonBusinessSchool and served on the executive committee last year. Rachel worked in Finance and Consulting in New York for over five years and is currently studying for her MBA at London Business School. She is passionate about the expansion of the wellness industry and does strategy consulting work for wellness brands in the UK. Rachel is also a 600-hour certified yoga instructor and has been teaching in the US and UK for five years.

Ben Banks

Ben Banks is one of the Co-Presidents of this year’s TEDxLondonBusinessSchool, and the operations lead for last year’s conference. Born in London, he has spent time living in Canada, the US, Australia, and Scotland before finally settling back home. An ex-engineer, he loves to look around at the world and see how things work, and is always excited to learn more.

Speakers Team

Thomas Carroll

A biologist turned business-student with an interest in communication and lead of the TEDxLondonBusinessSchool2019 Speakers Team.

Arpita Bhabhera

A Chartered Accountant and CFA holder, Arpita is currently pursuing a Masters in Finance at LBS and is a member of TEDxLondonBusinessSchool’s Speakers Team. She has keen interest in art forms such as dance, drama and communication and enjoys travelling.

Annabelle Livingstone

Annabelle is a Masters in Management student with a background in and love of classics, who is part of the TEDxLondonBusinessSchool Speakers Team.

Margo Bykov

Margo, with a business undergrad from the LMU Munich, is currently a Masters in Management student at LBS. Engaged in multiple LBS clubs, such as the WTRC and G/S/A club, she is also part of the TEDxLondonBusinessSchool Speakers Team.

Christine D Gagnon

Christine is a director at Ernst & Young (EY). She was previously First Vice President at OneWest Bank and Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is as an adjunct professor in the accounting department at California State University, Fullerton. Christine is an accomplished public speaker and is the speaker coach for TEDxLondonBusinessSchool 2019.

Communications Team

Anna Norgate

Anna is an MBA 2020 and the Communications Team lead for TEDxLondonBusinessSchool.

Emily Norcliffe

Emily is a current Masters in Management student at LBS. Prior to her masters, she studied English Literature at Oxford University, worked at the Lyric Hammersmith in theatre and at global media agency Zenith Optimedia. She is on the Communications Team for TEDxLondonBusinessSchool.

Operations Team

Erin Yee

Erin is a first-year MBA2020 student and part of the Operations Team. Prior London Business School, she worked as an engineer in both R&D and manufacturing.

Melissa Bradley

Melissa is an MBA 2020 on the Operations Team. She was inspired by attending TEDxLondonBusinessSchool 2018 as an incoming student to be part of the team that brings TEDxLondonBusinessSchool 2019 to life.

Laura Bertoldi

Laura Bertoldi is Portuguese Italian and joined London Business School after her undergraduate at Durham University. She is a member of the TEDxLondonBusiness School Operations Team.

Max Maurhofer

Max has experience in data analytics, finance and lean production systems at Roche. He has also supported an energy start-up with market research. He is interested in decision making and risk. Passionate about the pharmaceutical industry, travelling and live music, he is also an avid tennis, badminton and volleyball player.

Sponsorship Team

Alison Frey

Alison is currently attending London Business School as an MBA2020 Candidate. Prior to LBS, she worked as a Senior Investor Relations Analyst at LogMeIn, and an Analyst at Progress Ventures, a small Seed and Series A venture capital fund.

Komal Pal

Komal is an MBA candidate at London Business School. Prior to the MBA, she worked in engineering and marketing roles for major semiconductor firms in the US. She has a keen interest in all things related to education and technology, and is an avid traveller.

XFactor Lead

Jaspreet Gill

Jas is an MBA 2020. Before LBS, he was working as a doctor in the NHS, specialising in Psychiatry in London.


Louis Lee

Louis is a Global Masters in Management candidate from Italy, with a degree in Finance and Economics from McGill University. Interested in TED Talk and TEDx conferences, he is now himself Treasurer of TEDxLondonBusinessSchool.