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Tim Peake was the European Space Agency’s first British astronaut to travel to the International Space Station. Previously an Army Air Corp officer and test pilot, his work on the ISS and active engagement with the public back on Earth has made him a household name and role model to millions. Having first flown as a teenager, Tim applied to the Army Air Corp and after serving on the ground in Northern Ireland gained his wings and served in search and rescue. He worked providing humanitarian aid in the aftermath of the Bosnian war, trained the first British Apache helicopter crews, and supported Special Forces in Afghanistan. Following a distinguished military career and rising to the rank of major, and a period as a test pilot in the private sector, Tim applied to the ESA’s astronaut programme. Beating over 9,000 other applicants, he undertook a gruelling training programme that covered everything from living in Sardinian caves to spending 12 days underwater.
Travelling to the ISS on board a Soyuz vessel, Tim and two fellow astronauts led the Principia mission, a six-month scientific research mission. Tim undertook over 250 experiments, a spacewalk to repair the ISS power supply, helped to dock two spacecraft, and piloted a simulated Mars exploration. Much of his mission focused on not just the scientific work of the ISS but in communicating it to the public. In regular contact via video and social media with Earth, Tim spoke to over 1.5million schoolchildren across Europe from 400km above the planet. He even ran the London Marathon on a treadmill and delivered a New Year’s message on the BBC. Tim is a passionate ambassador for STEM subjects, appearing extensively in the media speaking about the importance of science. In his book Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space, Tim answers all the most common questions on life in space, from the feeling of travelling at 8km per second to sleeping and eating in weightlessness.
Comedian, Television Host, Author
Dara Ó Briain has earned a reputation as one of the finest comedians of the times. He is an assured and silver-tongued performer, maestro of Mock the Week and, in the eyes of The Sun, the best guest presenter on Have I Got News For You. In cabaret, Dara draws audiences into his confidence and never lets the laughter fade. His relaxed but quick-fire delivery draws on surreal aspects of everyday life, commonplace situations and the headlines of the day. Dara has sold out shows all over the world, from Melbourne to Shanghai. In his first appearance at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, he made such an impact that space had to be made for him in the gala bill hosted by Joan Rivers. The previous host of The Apprentice: You're Fired! and a regular on QI, Dara has also starred with Rory McGrath and
Dara has also exposed his love of all things science co-hosting Stargazing with Prof. Brian Cox and hosting Science Club and Six Degrees of Separation. Dara is also both producer and host of the popular Irish satirical show, The Panel. Latterly he has turned his hand to writing, with a sports column in the Guardian newspaper, and his first book, Tickling The English.
AI Expert and CEO Satalia
Daniel Hulme is the CEO of award-winning AI solutions company Satalia, and Director of University College London’s Business Analytics Masters degree. He looks at how AI can solve the most challenging problems and deals with its business, ethical and social implications, as well as wider technological and economic developments. Passionate about creating a positive technological future, Daniel sees his mission as making AI accessible and understandable whilst also providing a framework for avoiding the potential pitfalls. He works at the intersection of technology, innovation, organisation and ethics. After studying computer and cognitive science, as well as management and computational complexity, and gaining a doctorate in AI, Daniel has since balanced work in both academia, public and private sectors. He's worked as a consultant for a range of technology companies in the UK and US. He’s served on and founded advisory bodies and steering groups largely focused on the economic, employment and ethical implications of technology, data and AI. He's also contributed to numerous books, articles and podcasts on AI and the future of work. He looks at how organisations can thrive, how they will innovate faster and more naturally, but also how the ethics and values of consumers and employees have to be incorporated.
Former CMO and Co-Founder of Fetchr
Businesswoman, motivational speaker ,serial entrepreneur and advisor, Joy Ajlouny is a flash-bang grenade thrown into the Middle East. Born and raised in California to Palestinian refugees, Ajlouny has built a reputation for her success in startups and ventures worldwide, all the while disrupting the status quo of women in buisness. Belonging to the top one percent of female entrepreneurs, the self-made entrepreneur has “gamified rejection” and carved her space in the business world.
In 2015 Ajlouny co-founded Fetchr, the Silicon Valley-backed tech company that was created to tackle the Middle East’s “no address” issue, which has been long been a hindrance to growth in emerging markets. She facilitated $11 million in initial investments in Fetchr, as well as $41 million in a series B round in 2017.
Ahead of founding Fetchr, Ajlouny was the driving force and sole entity behind the e-commerce luxury fashion platform Bonfaire. Over the last decade, her unmatched knowledge and expertise in funding and investment, startups and marketing strategies has compounded into what’s known as the “Joy effect,” a term that refers to the ripple of her influence on a multitude of new and once suffering companies. Considered an expert in emotional marketing, she follows the rule of thumb that in order to be successful, you have to “fall in love with your customer.”
As a self-made woman in the industry, Ajlouny is passionate about encouraging and investing knowledge into the young women of tomorrow. Her talks are not only centered upon her businesses, but on the realities of being a female entrepreneur, the double bind and the relentlessness it takes to secure a position that counters the traditional roles allocated for women.
Former M.D. McLaren, Electronics, Data and Tech Division
Peter Van Manen spent over 20 years at one of motorsport’s most famous names, McLaren. As MD of the company’s electronics, data and technology division, he led developments in both the F1 team as well as partnerships outside sport from aviation to healthcare. Before joining McLaren Electonics (later to become McLaren Applied Technologies), Peter worked in areas from coal mining to transport and defence.
A career engineer he has been involved in technological developments that have changed industries and been adopted as standards. In Formula 1, Peter has been a part of huge advances, from the first introduction of active suspension to today, where each car produces over 750 million data points from 500 parameters in real time over the course of a race.
Away from motorsport, he also looks at what working with data has taught McLaren in order to help other sports and industries. He examines the use of F1 methods of telemetry and data collection in applications like the intensive care baby unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital, where the use of real time analysis has seen a 25% decrease in life-threatening incidents. He also looks at how technology will be used in the smart city of the future, adopting data platforms and systems to monitor environment, transport, energy, utilities and infrastructure.
Adventurer and Mountain Climber
Always a curious child, for as long as she can remember, Raha dreamed of challenging adventures, seeing the world and perhaps even changing it. From a young age her eccentricity was obvious, blessed with parents who never asked her to change, teaching her to dream big and live even bigger, and raised her with the belief that life is what she makes of it and her dreams are a reflection of the endlessness of her capabilities.
Graduating with a bachelors in Visional Communications from the American University of Sharjah then started her career at a leading advertising agency, Raha’s life changed the day she summited Kilimanjaro and challenged herself, her society, and culture. It was there, between the clouds, standing on Africa’s roof where her spirit could no longer be silenced and nothing could hold her back from her love of adventure, Kilimanjaro open the doors to 8 more summits, yet still her love affair with altitude was insatiable, and her curiosity as to where her limits were grew fierce, just when she thought she found them, she set eyes on Everest, and the dream that turned her into an accidental role model was born, on may 18th 2013 a year after seeing the legendary mountain Raha made history by being the first Saudi woman to summit Everest, forever proving we could attempt the impossible and maybe even achieve it no matter where we are from, she’s living proof that if children are raised confident and curious, unapologetically who they are, then we’re capable of anything, Even for a Saudi woman to stand on top of the world.
Moharrak is a well-known speaker and has held motivational and inspirational speeches across the region and has received fantastic reviews from the audience. She has also been seen on TV, Radio and in numerous newspapers. She presents both in Arabic and in English.
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