John Mullins

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John Mullins

"Break the Rules!"

John Mullins is an Associate Professor of Management Practice at the London Business School. He earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. An award-winning teacher and scholar and one of the world’s foremost thought leaders in entrepreneurship, John brings to his teaching and research 20 years of executive experience in high-growth retailing firms, including two ventures he founded and one he took public.

Since becoming an entrepreneurship professor in 1992, John has published five books, more than 50 cases, and more than 50 articles in a variety of outlets, including Harvard Business Review, the MIT Sloan Management Review, and The Wall Street Journal.

John’s books include The New Business Road Test: What Entrepreneurs and Executives Should Do Before Launching a Lean Start-Up (1e 2003; 5e, London: FT 2017), Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model (Boston: Harvard Business Press 2009 – co-authored with Randy Komisar, “Best Books of 2009” lists by BusinessWeek and INC Magazine), and The Customer-Funded Business: Start, Finance or Grow Your Company with Your Customers’ Cash (Jersey City: Wiley 2014 – one of five “not-to-be-missed books” for 2014 by Fortune).

John’s newest book, Break the Rules! The Six Counter-Conventional Mindsets of Entrepreneurs That Can Help Anyone Change the World (Jersey City: Wiley 2023), identifies what makes entrepreneurs “entrepreneurial” and provides a roadmap for how anyone can adopt and master these mindsets to challenge assumptions, overcome obstacles, mitigate risk, and perhaps change the world.

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Lynda Gratton

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Lynda Gratton

"The Future of Work"

Lynda Gratton is one of the foremost global thought-leaders on the future of work, named by ‘Business Thinkers 50’ as one of the top fifteen business thinkers and described as a ‘rock star’ teacher. Lynda is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School, where she received the ‘teacher of the year’ award and designed and directs ‘the future of work’ elective, one of the school’s most popular electives.

Her research on hybrid work was featured as the cover article for Harvard Business Review in May 2021 and she explores issues of work in her MIT Sloan column. Over a decade ago Lynda founded HSM-Advisory, which has supported more than ninety companies around the world to future-proof their business strategy. Her eleven books, including Redesigning Work and The 100-Year Life, have sold over a million copies and been translated into more than fifteen languages.

Lynda serves as a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and co-chairs the WEF Council on Work, Wages and Job Creation. Lynda has sat on the advisory board of Japan’s Prime Minister Abe and serves on the advisory board of a number of global companies.

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Cameron Hepburn

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Cameron Hepburn

"Environmental Economics"

Cameron Hepburn is Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment. He also serves as the Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme, based at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School.

Cameron has published widely on energy, resources and environmental challenges in the world’s leading journals (such as Nature and Science) and across disciplines including engineering, biology, philosophy, economics, public policy and law, drawing on degrees in law and engineering (Melbourne University) and masters and doctorate in economics (Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar).

He has co-founded three successful businesses – Climate Bridge, Vivid Economics and Aurora Energy Research – and has provided advice on energy and environmental policy to government ministers (e.g. China, India, UK and Australia) and international institutions (e.g. UN, OECD, World Bank).

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Ferren Gipson

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Ferren Gipson

"The Ultimate Art Museum"

Ferren Gipson is a British-American art historian, writer, and textile artist. Her words can be found across mediums, including her books The Ultimate Art Museum (Phaidon) and Women’s Work (Frances Lincoln); articles in the Financial Times and WeTransfer’s online magazine WePresent; and the visual arts podcast Art Matters.

She is a strong advocate for broadening the audience for art historical content, and topics in her research include explorations of the intersections between art and popular culture, highlighting the work of marginalised artists, and researching political themes in modern Chinese art. She has also delivered talks and hosted interviews for brands and institutions, including Tate, Esquire Magazine, National Gallery, The Design Museum and more. Within her textile art practice, she explores themes of labour, matrilineal connections, materiality, and colour.

She is currently a doctoral researcher at SOAS, University of London.

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