With thanks to our speakers
Bill McKibben is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org and the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. He was a 2014 recipient of the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel,’ and the Gandhi Peace Award. He has written over a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, published 30 years ago, and his most recent, Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
Dr. Linda Papadopoulos is a Chartered Counselling and Health psychologist, author, keynote speaker, columnist, host and broadcaster whose analysis on current affairs, trends and human behaviour is highly sought after and syndicated around the world. Her recent work on the impact of social media on mental and cognitive health has received widespread recognition and she has sat on several advisory boards for corporations including Google. Dr Linda has fronted shows for channels and networks including the Discovery Channel, National Geographic and TLC, as well as presenting features for ITV’s This Morning and Good Morning Britain, BBC’s The One Show and she is a regular commentator on Sky News. She has also presented programmes and provided commentary for numerous American and international television and radio networks including CNN, CBS, CNBC, BBC International, VH1 and MTV.
As well as a successful career on screen, Dr Linda is widely published in academic journals and has written several academic and self-help books. She has also recently launched her own podcast series The Psychology Behind addressing the issues and challenges society faces, offering topical discussion and evidence-based advice with weekly guests and contributors. Dr Linda was also the contributing editor and resident psychologist at Cosmopolitan magazine for over 15 years and also writes psychology and lifestyle features for various national newspapers and magazines.
She was recently awarded the prestigious EVCOM Fellowship Award in recognition of her outstanding and prolific academic publication record and for being an exceptional communicator, both as an author and broadcaster.
Dr. Genevieve Guenther is affiliate faculty at The New School, where she sits on the advisory board of the Tishman Environment and Design Center, and the founding director of the media-activism group End Climate Silence. Trained as a Renaissance scholar, she writes about the role of language in the politics of the climate crisis. An Expert Reviewer for the contribution of Working Group III to the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report, Dr. Guenther has been nominated for an EcoAmerica American Climate Leadership Award. You can find her on Twitter.
Polly is a journalist, newsroom leader, and media strategist. She has a uniquely broad experience having worked as a reporter, news editor, and then digital editor at the Guardian before leading HuffPost UK as Editor-In-Chief and then helping devise new membership models with the slow news start-up Tortoise. Polly served on the Cairncross Review for the future sustainability of high-quality news, was a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and most recently was Managing Director of PA Media, the UK’s national news agency. Her first book, Behind Closed Doors: Why We Break Up Families - and How to Mend Them, will be published in February 2022.
Sereena is an Independent Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Consultant, Researcher, Facilitator, Coach Public Speaker and Writer, and was formerly the Worldwide Head of Culture & Inclusion at M&C Saatchi Group.
Sereena has worked with are Sony Music, Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Soho House Group, English National Ballet, LEGO, Hanover Comms and The Mill. She has spoken on CNCB and BBC Radio and has spoken at The Guardian, European Parliament, D&AD, Google, UCL, LSE, Clear Channel, Viacom and Monzo, to name but a few. She has written for Campaign Live, Communication Arts, The Drum and has been featured in The Observer and Stylist Magazine. Sereena has contributed to titles such as Biracial Britain by Remo Adekoya, F*ck Being Humble by Stefanie Sword-Williams and The Reset by Elizabeth Uviebinene.
She currently sits on the Advisory Board for Hidden, Hudson Bec Group and OK Mentor and had previously been an Advisory Board Member for The Other Box and a Board of Trustee for the charity Sour Lemons.
Wolfgang Blau is an international media manager, journalist. He is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University where he studies the potential and challenges for journalism in covering climate change. In his last role, he was the global Chief Operating Officer & President, International at Condé Nast, overseeing all Condé Nast companies and licensing partners in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and Brazil, as well as the global functions for all markets, including the United States, such as global Content Operations, Product & Technology, Audience Data & Insight, Brand Licensing, Vogue Business, New Business Innovation and the company's global Delivery & Business Transformation teams.
Prior to Condé Nast, Blau served as Executive Director of Digital Strategy at The Guardian for the UK, US and Australia and as the Editor-in-chief of Zeit Online, a position that won him Germany’s 'Chief Editor of the Year' award.
Wolfgang is an advisor to the United Nations' climate change division UNFCCC for their resilience frontiers initiative. He is a Trustee Director of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a global pioneer in developing a circular economy.
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