Speakers & Contributors


Utsav Bains Sing

Utsav Bains Singh (Speaker)

Utsav Bains Singh is a Indian Supreme  Court Lawyer - who has been directly instrumental in the imprisonment of a self proclaimed and highly influential 'godman' called Gurmeet Ram Singh in India, for multiple rape offences of his devotees.


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Sarah Gavron

Sarah Gavron (Speaker)

Sarah Gavron directed SUFFRAGETTE  starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson and Ben Wishaw. SUFFRAGETTE opened the London Film Festival in 2015. Before SUFFRAGETTE, Sarah's feature debut was BRICK LANE, which earned her a BAFTA nomination and The Alfred Dunhill Talent Award at the London Film Festival.

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Claire Cohen

Claire Cohen (Chair)

Claire Cohen is an editor and columnist on the Daily Telegraph - heading up Telegraph Women, a daily online section filled with intelligent, insightful and irreverent articles, on everything from politics to parenting, business to relationships.


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Jane Garvey

Jane Garvey (Chair)

Jane Garvey is a highly respected journalist and presenter on BBC Women's Hour, BBC Radio 4 and Talk Radio. 


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Helen Pankhurst

Helen Pankhurst (Speaker)

Helen Pankhurst is a women’s rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, based in the UK and in Ethiopia, where she grew up and continues to spend half her time. She has also worked for international development charities including WaterAid, Womankind Worldwide and ACORD. She is a Trustee of ActionAid and WSUP.


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sophie walker

Sophie Walker (Speaker)

Sophie Walker is Founding Leader of the Women's Equality Party, Britain's first feminist political party formed in 2015 to speed up the glacial pace of change and put women's rights at the top of the agenda. In 2016 she ran for London Mayor on a manifesto to close the city's 23 percent pay gap and lack of affordable childcare and won 1 in every 20 votes cast.


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Phyll Opoku Gyimah

Phyll Opoku Gyimah (Speaker)

Phyll is the co-founder and director of UK Black Pride, an out black African lesbian woman (identifies as queer as well), she is a Diva Magazine Columnist, a Stonewall Trustee, a trade unionist, co-editor of the Sista Anthology and an equalities campaigner who focuses on intersectionality. It is safe to say that Phyll is one of the leading lights behind the amazing celebration of Black LGBTQ communities.


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Harriet Minter

Harriet Minter (Speaker)

Harriet Minter is a journalist and broadcaster, specialising in female leadership. She founded and edited the Guardian's Women in Leadership section, which focused on women in the workplace, and now writes for them on Women in Tech. She is also a columnist for Psychologies magazine and hosts The Badass Women's Hour on Talk Radio. She's written for publications including The Times, Huffington Post and The Pool.

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Anne-Elisabeth Moutet

Anne-Elisabeth Moutet (Speaker)

Anne-Elisabeth Moutet is a Paris-based journalist and political commentator. She is a columnist for the Telegraph and also writes on French affairs for CapX, UnHerd, The Conservative, and for the Weekly Standard in the US. She is a regular commenter on the 28 Minutes news talk show on ARTE-TV, and also comments on the news for the BBC, BFM-TV, Deutsche Welle, CGTN and France 24. Follow her on Twitter: @moutet.

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Farrukh Dhondy

Farrukh Dhondy (Chair)

Farrukh Dhondy is a multi award winning and acclaimed Screenwriter, Playwright, Author, Columnist and Poet. He was also Commissioning Editor for Multi Cultural Programming for Channel 4 between 1984 and 1997. Dhondy was lauded in the respected political magazine The New Internationalist, in its prestigious 'final page' which led to the resurgence of his lifelong campaign to recruit more BME talent at the BBC, with an article subsequently printed in the New Statesman (covered in The Voice newspaper).

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Stella Creasy MP

Stella Creasy (Speaker)

Stella is the Labour MP for Walthamstow , a fearless feminist and campaigner. She led the campaign to regulate the payday loan industry and last year forced the government into allowing abortions for women in Northern Ireland on the mainland. She’s currently working with other MPs on tackling sexual harassment in public life.


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Dr Diahanne Rhiney

Dr Diahanne Rhiney (Speaker)

Dr Diahanne Rhiney BCAe is a peerless leading- edge Domestic Abuse interventionist and highly- respected women’s and children’s advocate.

Strength With In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M) is the pioneering Domestic Abuse charity Dr Rhiney founded after her own horrific experience in which she survived a murder attempt at the hands of her former partner.

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Heather Melville

Heather Melville OBE (Speaker)

Heather Melville OBE, Director for Strategic Partnerships and Head of Business Inclusion Initiatives for RBS, was recognised in the Financial Times 2016 & 2017 inaugural Upstanding 100 Executive BAME Leaders Power List and was named the winner of We Are The City 2016, Top 5 Rising Star champion for Diversity.

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Homayra Sellier

Homayra Sellier (Speaker)

Homayra Sellier is the founder and CEO of Innocence in Danger; a worldwide movement to protect minors against all forms of abuse & exploitation online and off-line; including trafficking. Nominated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/UNESCO on 1999 (following the bust and dismantling of what was then considered as the biggest child exploitation network online); to carry out the action plan of the global campaign on "Sexual Abuse of Children, Child Pornography and Pedophilia on the Internet:

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Sam Smethers

Sam Smethers (Speaker)

Sam Smethers is the Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society and took up her post in 2015.  Prior to that she was the Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus for over six years. 


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Emma Grace

Emma Grace (Speaker)

Emma has instigated work in Body and Movement: Artist and researcher for 27 years, performing, studying, teaching and creating for both theatre and film, winning awards for innovation. She founded Too Too Physical Film and subsequently Theatre of the Disrupted achieving ground-breaking research in actor movement training. Whilst she worked on Hollywood films as an actor, motion capture artist and on the set of three Woody Allen films for example and later as an actor’s agent herself.

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Rebeca Riofrio

Rebeca Riofrio (Speaker)

Rebeca Riofrio is the founder of Art-Infusion TV and a marketing manager at the Anglia Ruskin University London.

Rebeca has been involved in the higher education business in the UK for the last 18 years being academic registrar for 10 years for private education sectors and Art in Fusion TV has been established since 2013.


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Taha Coburn Kutay

Taha Coburn Kutay (Speaker)

Taha is the Chair of UK Asian Business Council (UKABC). In addition, he is the Managing Director of Monkey Consulting Ltd, where he specialises in international business development and marketing focusing on the following sectors:

  • Technology
  • Media
  • Healthcare and Charity
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Lan Wu 

Lan Wu (Speaker)

Lan Wu is the Chair of the Democrats Abroad UK Women's Caucus. The caucus organizes legislative action for women's rights, provides education on American politics and intersectional feminism, and provides a community for American women abroad.

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Marchu Girma

Marchu Girma (Speaker)

Marchu Girma is a campaigner advocating for the rights of refugee and asylum seeking women. She works as the grassroots coordinator for Women for Refugee Women and is passionate about empowering refugees and asylum seeking women to speak up about their experiences, and enabling them to use their voices for change. 

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Ava Etemadzadeh

Ava Etemadzadeh (Speaker)

Labour Activist and Sexual harassment campaigner. She is MA Student at King’s College London University and Treasurer at the Young Fabians. 

She has publicly spoken about her experience with a Labour Member of Parliament, Kelvin Hopkins when she was the Chair of Essex Labour Students. She has highlighted the inequity suffered by her complaint of Sexual Harassment not being dealt with in a timely, effective and sensitive manner.


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David Mahoney

David Mahoney (Speaker)

David Mahoney works within Executive Search and has worked in the industry for 15 years working for some of the largest global and local firms. During this time Mr Mahoney has focussed on the provision of executive talent into the global Energy Markets and more recently working with some UK Industrial businesses.

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Kristiane Backer

Kristiane Backer (Chair)

Kristiane Backer Art consultant and Former MTV Europe presenter has been involved in the field of Arts, Culture and Music since she began her professional life and now works as a Fine Art consultant based in London.

Her focus is on Modern and Impressionist paintings as well as Post War and some Contemporary Art. Kristiane enjoys discovering talents and help giving them a platform. She takes a personal interest in Islamic and Eastern art and has curated a major Art exhibition by the Egyptian Calligraphy Artist, Ahmed Moustafa, in Sarajevo.

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Amal Fashanu (Chair)

Critically acclaimed TV presenter, model, musician and tireless charity campaigner, Amal Fashanu is the daughter of football legend John Fashanu and Spanish model Marisol Acuna. She shot to fame her hard-hitting BBC Three documentary Britain's Gay Footballers, one of the channel's highest rating shows of the year, with more than 1.3 million viewers.

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Jay Kamara Frederick

Jay Kamara Frederick (Speaker)

Jay Kamara Frederick is an award winning marketer, social entrepreneur who works with individuals with a social mission to create and implement effective campaigns. In 2014, frustrated with how leading news tabloids portrayed those who had experienced female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and several encouraging email exchanges with international activist Waris Dirie and photographer Chiara Ceolin, she decided to participate in a short documentary produced by Reuter’s Woman Foundation.

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Farai Mubaiwa

Farai Mubaiwa (Speaker)

Farai Mubaiwa is the Founder of Africa Matters which encourages young Africans to become active citizens, embracing African identity. Currently, it has reached out to over 5000 including those in the diaspora. Student Parliament Speaker, Head of the Women Empowerment Portfolio for the Stellenbosch, to activist roles in #EndRapeCulture and #FeesMustFall.

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Jillian Kowalchuk

Jillian Kowalchuk (Speaker)

Jillian Kowalchuk is the Founder and CEO of Safe & The City*, an active advocate for gender equality, and a woman whose mission is to eradicate an epidemic invisible to many – sexual harassment.

Jillian was born in Canada but spent her early years in Yemen. She is an avid solo traveller and visited over 50 countries. She has graduated with an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Simeon Adewole Ademolake

Simeon Adewole Ademolake (Speaker)

Simeon Adewole Ademolake: Chairman of Newham Partnership for Supplementary Schools. 

Mr. Ademolake is an accomplished Politician, Entrepreneur and a Pastor. He is the first elected Black Christian Democratic Councillor in British Electoral History. He is now an active Labour Party member.

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Jennifer Nadel

Jennifer Nadel (Speaker)

Jennifer Nadel is a qualified barrister, author and an award-winning journalist. She’s reported for the BBC, Channel Four and ITN from around the world. As ITV’s Home Affairs Editor, she was one of the UK’s most senior female television correspondents.

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Azadeh Akbari

Azadeh Akbari (Speaker)

Azadeh is a survivor of sexual violence, child sexual abuse and honour based violence. Today, Azadeh is on a mission to help fight sexism, human rights violations of freedom of expression and mental health stigma within BAME communities alongside her role as CEO and founder of Lync Media Group.

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Aisha Khan

Aisha Ali Khan (Speaker)

Aisha Ali-Khan is an activist and human rights campaigner. In her professional life, she has been a teacher for over 13 years and an advocate for the rights of women, children and those with disabilities.



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Shani Huon

Shani Huon (Contributor)

Shani has worked asa Conference producer in events for over seven years and has delivered projects across the continents of Europe, Asia and her native Australia. Specialising in B2B events, in particular, large conferences.

Shani is a confident leader and experienced in producing events for clients such as The Department of International Trade, HM Government and Qatari Investment Forum.

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James Coppen

James Coppen (Contributor)

James Coppen is the founder of Just-J Designs, a independent branding and marketing consultancy based out of South London. With experience in both production and fashion, founding his own socially aware fashion label “Commercial Rebellion”.

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Maria Chiara Franco

Maria Chiara Franco (Contributor)

Maria-Chiara Franco is a multi-awarded University of Roehampton Business Management graduate who was the first student to win 2 awards in one year: “Best Business Dissertation” and “MP Leadership and Inspiration”.
She is the founder of UnicTalks Ltd, which brings inspirational speakers to educational bodies, aiming at enriching the overall learning experience of students through an easy and accessible organisation of events that provide:
• Real world practitioners sharing their experiences
• Networking opportunities

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