Our Amazing Lineup!

Find more information on our speakers and our moderator below.

Adam Fletcher

“I’m a 34 year old bald Englishman, based in Berlin. A writer of words and an eater of chocolate, I’m the author of seven traditionally published books, and have sold just short of two hundred thousand copies (not all of which were to my mother, or so I hope).

I’m interested in and spend a lot of time talking about technology and how it’s changing everything (too quickly), and the weird things humans do to each other when they think no-one else is looking.”

Brit-Agnes Sværi

“I am the founder of Women`s March Norway, Oslo, and one of seven women who coordinated the 198 marches outside the U.S. I have worked as a manager for 20 years, usually being the only female in the teams I have been a part of. I see a very high value in diversity and equality. In my everyday life I do voluntary work, both as a mentor for women and as a refuge guide, this to empower women to reach their full potential. From organizing Women`s March, I have learned that anyone, with passion and engagement, can make a difference. Women`s March is now being named the fourth feminist movement. A documentary about the ordinary women who organized marches on all seven continents is currently in production and is scheduled to be released on the anniversary of the march, Jan. 21 2018.

I hope to inspire others to engage in their society, by telling the story of how women mobilized 5 million people to stand up for equality, diversity and inclusion.”

Jasvinder Kaur Sanghera 

“I was born in Britain and of Indian heritage, I grew up in England which is the only country I know. I escaped a forced marriage aged of 16 as a result my family have disowned me for over 37 years. I regard myself to be survivor and dedicated the past 25 years to campaigning against these abuses so all may embrace democracy, rule of law and independence.

I wish to share how safeguarding must trump cultural issues and the consequences on the victim and society if we prioritise culture before risk.”

Julia Shaw

“I will take you on a trip through the various ways in which our brains deceive us into believing that we can reliably form memories – particularly memories of our life experiences. In a turbulent overview of the rich world of the science of our personal past, I will discuss the neurological, perceptual, and social aspects of memory illusions. By the end of it I’ll have you questioning all your memories, and wondering why we all remember a past that never was.

I am a memory scientist at University College London who loves to dispel misconceptions and challenge notions of reality. In my research I convince people that they committed crimes that never actually happened. When I’m not hacking into peoples’ memories, I am ineffectively Tweeting, or pouring my heart into my writing. In 2016 I published a bestselling popular science book called “The Memory Illusion” which was translated into 14 languages.”

Kimberly Larsen

“When I was twelve I started using serious drugs, I was in and out of youth homes, and I was a single teenage mom at the age of seventeen. Little did I know then, at the lowest time of my life, that this experience would be the reason for my success today.

I´m going to tell you the story about how ambitions saved my life.”


Mark Shephard

“I am Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Strathclyde. I am interested in less than optimal behaviour both by the public and politicians both online and offline. I was the recipient of an ESRC/AQMeN funded project (part of the Future of the UK and Scotland) on the impact of social media on sentiments and opinions towards Scottish independence and other political issues.

Derived from this, in 2014 I did a TedxGlasgow talk covering 5 F’s to avoid online which has been used by Education Scotland as a teaching resource. This then developed into an International Public Policy Institute brief where I also cover 5 F’s to consider when online.”

Tazeen Ahmad

“After two decades in investigative and international reporting, I turned my hand to a proper challenge: the investigation of the self. Hearing and telling people’s stories for over 20 years for the BBC, ITN, Channel 4 and NBC News has been fascinating but I soon wanted to help individuals also make sense of their stories. To me, Journalism and Psychology are sister professions, requiring engagement of the head, heart and gut to understand ourselves and our roles in the world. Surely if we can conquer ourselves, we can conquer our hurdles? We can do this by growing our emotional intelligence. While reporting on difficult stories, I use emotional intelligence to handle challenging situations and people – my rational mind can’t do the job alone.

As the Founder of ‘EQ Matters’, I now help individuals and leaders harness their emotional intelligence for success and want every company on the planet to value EQ as much as they do IQ.”


Majken Gilmartin and Rikke Rønholt

Once upon a time in the good old days, sport was created for men, by men. Women came along, and were gradually allowed to participation sport, as long as they accepted the rules and values of the game… Until two friends decided to build a new amateur soccer World Cup for Women that is rethinking everything – Even the ball.

Majken Gilmartin is a former soccer player, coach and film maker. Rikke Rønholt is a former elite runner and international development professional. We noticed with concern, that our beloved world of sport was losing relevance as part of the solution to the challenges that humanity is facing today. Our answer: The Global Goals World Cup is a sport-activism hybrid, that aims to give women a new sense of meaningfulness, belonging and power through sport.

Ben Crystal

“I’ve been acting, writing about, and producing Shakespeare all my life. Well, not all my life – ever since I stopped hating him in school and started learning his words by heart instead of mind, performing them instead of being examined on him.

My colleague has led me down more paths than I would have ever imagined. I’ve found myself exploring the spaces we learn in, and how they might be better designed; the way our memories work; why we’ve forgotten how to play with each other; the power of learning how to speak in public, of eloquence, and of oracy; and why we rarely teach any of this in schools.

I’m fascinated by how they made theatre 400 years ago, and how that might help us better entertain today, as we build more and more theatres in the mould of those from centuries past.

Shakespeare has taken me to conversations with mathematicians, architects, scientists, stand-up comics and clowns, finding like-minded folk that treat their work as a craft to be honed, rather than a job to be done.”

Belinda Parmar

”I want to transform the business world to make it more empathic. According to Gallup, only 13% of people are engaged at work. I am revolutionising the workplace and holding up a mirror to an organisation using workplace analytics which give a data driven approach to empathy. Being emotionally intelligent is not enough, we need not just to be in tune with people’s feelings but understand our impact at work on others and take ownership of the impact we are having. I will share some practical examples of how I have created empathic change in Fortune 500 companies through changes to the environment, to the process, language and the style of meetings. I combine something that is so natural to us “empathy”; with something that is new to us “technology”; and reminds us that empathy is not the new superpower but the oldest and most precious gift we all possess.”

Meet our Moderator:

Federico Lozano

Federico is an educator and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping all sorts of people create and innovate. He’s the founder of Pracademy, a global design-thinking training company; Asst. Professor of Innovation II at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU), where he was recently awarded the Teacher of the Year prize; and Academic Director of DT Bergen, a cross-disciplinary executive-education program in collaboration with NHH Norwegian School of Economics and other universities. He earned his MBA from Stanford University, where he received the Social Innovation Fellowship.

Upon graduation, Federico launched Puentes Global, an entrepreneurial-training social venture in Spain, which received seed funding from Stanford. Federico is also the co-founder of the DT Lab in Tromsø, and served as one of the first employees at d.light, a global design-driven social enterprise based in India and founded at the Stanford d.school.

Pracademy (pracademy.co) is a design thinking training consultancy based in Norway, which operates in over twenty countries and offers transformative innovation-training and coaching programs for private- and public-sector organizations.

Pracademy shapes design thinkers who touch people deeply by observing mindfully, listening empathically, and being vulnerable. We train people to embrace diversity, radical collaboration, and ambiguity.  All while learning through rapid prototypes and failure.

We also have tons of serious fun. Above all, Pracademy helps companies embrace the fact that innovation starts and ends with human connection. Period.  Some of the organizations we work/play with: Telenor, LG, DNB Bank, Kongsberg Group, Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Statoil, Shell, Tine, Samsung, Total, Tryg, SAP, Baker Hughes, Scandinavian Business Seating, SINTEF, NHO, Innovation Norway, Bergen Kommune, among others.

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