John C. Mankins, President of Artemis Innovation Management Solutions LLC, is a leader in systems / technology innovation and R&D best practices. His 25-year career at NASA and CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory ranged from mission projects and operations, to systems level innovation and advanced R&D management.
Mankins is the leading expert on the topic of Space Solar Power (SSP) – harvesting solar power in space for delivery to Earth. In 2008, he led the demonstration presented in the Discovery Channel’s “Orbital Power Plant” program. He led the 2008-2011 International Academy of Astronautics SSP study, and created the novel “SPS-ALPHA” SSP concept (selected by NASA for a 2011 NIAC program award).
At NASA, he led advanced concepts studies for 10 years and managed an $850M/year technology program comprising more than 100 projects. He received the NASA Exceptional Technology Achievement Medal and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physics, and an MBA.
While studying Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, Alex found his passion in energy and the future of transportation. He realised that the technology for sustainable transportation was already present, but that the public were ill-informed about its potential. In January 2009, Alex set up Racing Green Endurance; a project aimed at designing and building the world’s longest range electric car, and then proving this technology to the world by driving it the 26,000km long Pan-American Highway from Alaska to Argentina! Documented by the BBC, the project was well received throughout the world, and helped change public perception about electric cars forever. In January 2011 he co-founded Vantage Power, a company specialising in the development of an innovative hybrid powertrain for buses.
Hosam is an architect who received his degree in Architecture from Damascus University. His practice led him to seek out and train under the recognised authority in traditional Islamic architecture, Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil. After working with El-Wakil, he returned to his home country where he was struck by the need for new solutions to the problems faced by those who desperately needed housing in rural areas. Basing his solutions on local knowledge and traditional principles, rather than on methods imported from the West, he was able to develop means of working which took into account many factors; economic, environmental, cultural and qualitative. In a pilot project in rural Syria he worked with villagers to build a house that was cost efficient, sustainable, offered improved living conditions, and also a dignified way of work for those who built it.
Adam has been fascinated by everything since it ever began, but it was a fascination with the spectacle of films that led him to becoming a filmmaker and pursuing a degree in film production. At university, Adam dedicated himself to dividing his time between his own directorial pursuits and taking on key roles in various other productions. He began teaching himself compositing and ,following his graduation in 2008, was hired by Oscar winning visual effects company, Framestore.
Undoubtedly, it’s Adam’s keen eye for visual artistry that has led to his contributions to recently
completed high-profile feature films including Steven Spielberg’s War Horse and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. He was also a part of the ground breaking visual effects teams that brought James Cameron’s Avatar to life. Outside of his professional setting, Adam is a founding member of an independent film production collective, Flock of Condors.
Canadian born, Gwilym David Blunt is a PhD candidate at University College London’s School of Public Policy. His thesis, entitled “Transnational Philanthropy, Justice, and Domination,” argues that, despite their good intentions, philanthropic NGOs and foundations exercise power over the world’s most vulnerable persons in a way that raises a problem of justice. Consequently, there is a need to regulate and reform these organisations so that they empower those whom they seek to help. This project is part of his broader interest global poverty, transnational justice, and practical philosophy.
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Boghuma Titanji is a Cameroonian born medical doctor who is currently an MPhil/PhD candidate at University College London ( UCL). Her present research focuses on the study of HIV drug resistant viruses, to better understand the mechanisms of drug resistance and identify new ways of targeting resistant viruses within the host. Having worked as a clinician with HIV patients in Cameroon, she hopes to apply her research training to conducting translational HIV research in a developing world setting.
Boghuma believes that a lot of countries in the developing world, especially Africa are promising yet litigious sites in the search for the cure for AIDS. The research ethics around many HIV clinical trials are not tailored to the communities under study . Often researchers seeking to answer important scientific questions do this at the disadvantage of the less fortunate citizens of developing countries. As a young African clinical researcher , with an understanding of the social, cultural and economic issues that surround research in this context , she hopes to promote ethically sensitive and less exploitative HIV research in Africa.
Roxana is finishing her PhD in the Sociology Department at London School of Economics and Political Science. Her interests are close to Criminology and Sociology of Crime. She has extensive experience in studying crime at national and trans-national levels, focusing on organized crime, corruption, trafficking in human beings and money laundering. Her ethnographic fieldwork in Romania has put her on both sides of the legality. When not studying crime and entrepreneurship, Roxana likes running. As she enjoys a good challenge, she decided to run the Virgin London Marathon in 2012 to raise money for charity in order to support international students in higher education.
Priya Kumar is currently working towards a doctorate in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS London). Under the supervision of Dr. Fiona Adamson and Dr. Rahul Rao, her dissertation “Wireless Platforms and Borderless Grievances”, investigates the role of the web in the construction of diasporic identities. Between the virtual and physical, emphasis is placed on understanding the nature of contemporary community narratives in the context of transnational networked linkages. She is also a research associate for the E-diasporas Atlas Project (ICT-Migrations Research Program, Foundation de la Maison des Science de l’Homme, Telecom ParisTech), focusing on the exploration and interpretation of diasporas in the digital realm. She holds a Masters from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa, Canada. Priya’s current research interests include demographic trends associated with (im)migration, e-politics, social networking and the impact of viral videos.
Goor Tsalalyachin is currently a Visiting Research Fellow for International Security and the Middle East at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. He is also writing his PhD thesis in War Studies at King’s College London under academic supervision of Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman. This follows a career in government and media.
Goor developed his interest in defence and security as a journalist, covering defence, security and later diplomatic affairs for leading Israeli radio and television networks: GLZ radio, Channel 1 and Channel 10 News. Under these capacities, he covered most of the dramatic events of the time, providing on-the-ground intense conflict reporting and analysis, as well as coverage of the unfolding dramas of Israel’s vibrant political scene and their international linkages. Goor subsequently served as the Media Adviser to two ministers of defence, and as spokesman for security affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office – both positions afforded him with critical experience in high-level government work and emergency crisis management. Goor holds an MA (Honours) in Intelligence and International Security from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He graduated the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy of the Interdisciplinary Centre (IDC Herzliya, Israel) in Government Studies with specialisation in Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security. He was awarded the Chevening scholarship by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council, the Legacy Heritage Fellowship and other awards.
Mark N. Gasson was a senior research fellow at the School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading in the UK and now holds the post of visiting research fellow. He obtained his first degree in Cybernetics and Control Engineering in 1998 from the Department of Cybernetics at Reading, and obtained his Ph.D. in 2005 for developing an experimental invasive interface between the nervous system of a human volunteer and a computer system. His interdisciplinary research interests predominantly centre around user-centric applications of emerging technologies, with specific focus on pushing the envelope of Human-Machine interaction. In 2009 he demonstrated the privacy issues of creating detailed behavioural profiles using GPS in mobile phones, and the following year became the first human to be infected by a computer virus using an RFID device implanted in his hand. In 2010 he was the General Chair for the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 2010) in Australia.
John Bunzl is a business man with a simple and yet powerful new vision for global governance: simultaneous policy action.
In 2000 John founded the International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO) and launched the Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) campaign; an exciting new way for citizens to actively use their votes to propel their governments to act together to solve global problems.
He is a passionate speaker on global simultaneous policy, and its relevance for a wide range of topics: from tax justice and regulation of financial markets; sustainability standards; to global warming. John has spoken at a number of events, including the World Trade Organisation and the World Social Forum.
Ever since the Simpol campaign started John has worked tirelessly to reach out to citizens, activists, non-governmental organisations, politicians and business people to raise both their awareness and understanding of what global simultaneous policies could mean for humanity, prosperity and peace.