Take a look at our programme from Emerge 2017

Emerge Session Tracks

Plenary speakers – inspirational speakers to spark ideas and frame key issues
Panel – discusssion between a panel of experts themed around current issues or trends
Mixed bag – Haribo, playlists, and melting pots oh my!
Experience – immerse yourself, well as much as you can within our four walls
How to – learn new skills or tool to “just do it”!

  • 09:00 – 09:50

    Registration, Networking, & Coffee

    09:50 – 10:00

    Welcome to Emerge

    Dr Peter Drobac, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

    10:00 – 10:30

    Opening Plenary

    Andy Middleton, Project Slipstream

    10:30 – 10:45


    10:45 – 12:00


    Finding pathways through the sustainable growth paradox

    As economic and population growth continue to accelerate, so too does our use of limited natural resources. Is it possible for us to ensure that future generations will be able to meet their most basic needs, if industry and production keep growing? Furthermore, can current sustainability practices actually drive economic growth, rather than restrain it? In this session, we’ll deconstruct this apparent paradox, look at the circular economy as a way out of this conundrum, and consider new models of growth which are neither dependent nor fuelled by finite resources.

    Nikhil Dugal, Aadhan Infrastructure
    Claire Mueller, Ananas Anam
    Joe Murphy, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

    Discussion Catalyst: Kresse Wesling MBE, Elvis & Kresse

    10:45 – 12:00

    Mixed bag

    Corporate venturing: the 19 trillion dollar opportunity

    According to recent research by Global Corporate Venturing and Saïd Business School, corporations hold $19 trillion in cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments on their balance sheets. Instead of war chests for dividend pay-outs and shareholder buybacks – corporations that want to survive and thrive in the 21st Century should look at allocating more of this resource towards corporate venturing activity – incubators, accelerators, and corporate venture capital funds. Join us for a conversation on how leading companies are creating strategic returns whilst also tapping into new opportunity areas in sectors represented by the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Colleen Ebbitt, UK Government Inclusive Economy Unit
    Sam Salisbury, Centrica
    Clara Shen, Mars Catalyst

    Mixed Bag Moderator: James Mawson, Mawsonia

    10:45 – 12:00


    Out of the shadows: ending human trafficking

    The trade of humans is one of the most critical social issues we face – and its hidden nature means that its extent is difficult to quantify. How can we better understand trafficking; its many forms; its consequences; and how it is being tackled? Join us for a mix of performance and conversation, as we unpack one of the defining human rights challenges of our time.

    Chris Blythe, The Chartered Institute of Building
    Emilie Martin, Salvation Army
    Anja Meinhardt, Justice in Motion
    Emma Webb, Justice in Motion

    Experience Emcee: Hannah Darnton, Skoll Foundation

    10:45 – 12:00

    How to

    Going beyond measuring financial returns

    You’re determined to make a difference and are doing something to make it happen. But how do you ensure your actions are creating the outcomes you seek for the right beneficiaries? You know you need to be articulating and tracking your impact, but what’s the best way to do it? Join us to learn how to create a theory of change that helps you define your impact goals, achieve the results you’re after, and report back on your progress!

    Karim Harji, Purpose Capital

    12:00 – 13:30

    Lunch & Activities

    EuroTrump Film Screening: followed by Q&A with filmmakers

    EuroTrump is a documentary about right wing populist and the world’s most notorious anti-Islam politician, Geert Wilders. As the leader of the 2nd biggest party in the Netherlands, Wilders, lives under 24/7 security protection due to credible threats on his life from radical groups, ISIS and Al Qaeda. The film showcases Wilders’ rising influence, and focuses on why “The Dutch Donald Trump” wins even when he loses. Check out the film over lunch, and join the filmmaker, Stephen Robert Morse, for a Q&A session afterward. Seating is first come first served, so don’t be late!

    Watch the trailer

    Speed Networking with Nazia Ali, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

    13:30 – 14:45


    Universal Basic Income: a social experiment of the 21st century

    Universal Basic Income is the concept of ensuring that every citizen is provided with a sum of money to meet their basic needs. Its champions claim that it has the potential to eradicate poverty entirely. Critics argue that it is too simplistic – a costly initiative that will defund public services and sap individuals’ desire to work. Join this session to understand this approach from those who are well versed in it and even implementing it – and make up your mind for yourself!

    Stewart Lansley, City University
    Joanna Macrae, GiveDirectly
    Anthony Painter, RSA

    Discussion Catalyst: Dinah McLeod, The B Team

    13:30 – 14:45

    Mixed bag

    Mapping systems: understanding tools for “systempreneurs”

    Chances are you’re working on a complex problem if it’s a) changing over time, b) there are a ton of stakeholders who don’t all agree about what to do, and c) despite your best efforts the problem keeps popping up. But what if you could zoom out and make sense of the big, messy picture? And once you’ve done that, what if you could determine where to apply your valuable resources to get maximum impact and have the confidence to pivot as you figure out what’s working? Join us for an out-of-your-seat session to learn the why and what of systems mapping. As a bonus, you’ll even be given some resources to take home that explain the how!

    Becky Richeson, The Omidyar Group

    13:30 – 14:45


    The Circular Economy Make-a-thon

    The circular economy is an opportunity for environmental preservation that entrepreneurs have embraced. It takes us from a ‘make, use, dispose’ model to one in which resources are preserved for as long as possible. Learn how one entrepreneur is using design to fight waste, and build one of her luxury reclaimed leather rugs from scratch – with a chance to win it at the end of Emerge!

    At the end of this session, the make-a-thon will teleport to the Entrance Hall. Don’t miss out on your chance to join in!

    Kresse Wesling MBE, Elvis & Kresse

    13:30 – 14:45

    How to

    How to shape the political system we want now

    Wondering how you can make your political system work for you and the greater good? Then come along to this interactive session about how personal values are built into political campaigns, how policy makers can share best practices, and how we as private citizens can hold elected officials accountable. Let’s learn how to make our political system work for us (not the other way around).

    Aaron Bartnick, Saïd Business School
    Gillian Benjamin, Saïd Business School
    Austin Rathe, More United
    Alex Starritt, Apolitical

    14:45 – 15:00


    15:00 – 16:15


    What can I do about the refugee crisis? Today

    It is now six years since the breakout of war in Syria, which has displaced 11 million people. And this is just one of the many refugee crisis situations we face today. As more time passes, many of us feel increasingly helpless about our role in supporting refugees and migrants, despite our desire to get involved. In this session, we’ll debunk the myths surrounding the best ways to help and take a practical look at what you can do to support those affected by the crisis.

    Megan Karlshoej-Pedersen, The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network
    Rachel Mantell, Refugees at Home
    Marko Oroz, Refugee Open Ware (ROW)
    Amaf Yousef, Rethink Rebuild Society

    Discussion Catalyst: Hannah Darnton, Skoll Foundation

    15:00 – 16:15

    Mixed bag

    21st century Medici: creating spaces for creative collisions

    From the 14th to 16th centuries, the Medici family helped enable the breakthroughs which led us into the light of the Renaissance. They did this by creating spaces where leading artists, inventors, thinkers, philosophers, and architects could come together to learn from one another’s specialties. Today, more than ever, our world needs this kind of interconnectivity – bringing together people from different disciplines to focus on accelerating a cultural, social, and economic revolution. In this experimental session we bring together diverse thinkers to explore how to create the conditions where interdisciplinary connections can be made.

    Micol Alexandria Chiesa, University of Oxford
    Juan M. Galeazzi, University of Oxford
    Michael Plant, University of Oxford
    Shelley Sacks, Oxford Brookes University

    Mixed Bag Moderator: Charmian Love, B Lab UK

    15:00 – 16:15


    Using virtual to create a new reality: VR’s role in social innovation

    Virtual reality is opening up paths for social innovation that we never could have imagined – and we’ve barely scratched the surface. From standing in the shoes of others to rebuilding memories, the possibilities of created reality experiences are vast and exciting. Here, we will learn from two film teams about how they have used VR to focus global attention on desertification in Africa and girls’ rights.

    Ever tried to find enough VR kits for 450 Emerge attendees? Yeah, it’s hard – we didn’t manage. So if you want to see these films with the full VR experience, you can during our lunch time activities!

    Alexander Asen, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
    Erfan Saadati, Surround Vision

    Experience Emcee: Katie-Coral Sicora, Saïd Business School

    15:00 – 16:15

    How to

    Show me the money: taking ownership of the effects of your pension

    Pension funds globally hold over $35 trillion in assets. This quantity of money has the potential to create systemic social and environmental change – but where is it invested, and what is it funding? Money doesn’t sleep – so while you’re in bed it could be at work supporting systems you don’t believe in. In this session, leading experts will unpack why our pensions matter – and help you figure how to make sure your money is working for you, your fellow humans, and the planet.

    Catherine Howarth, ShareAction
    Meryam Omi, Legal & General Investment Management
    David Pitt-Watson

    How to Host: Kelly Clark, Finance Dialogue

    16:45 –18:15 Emerge Debate

    “This house believes business is the best vehicle to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals”

    Held at the Blavatnik School of Government. (There is limited seating, so arrive on time!)

    For the proposition:
    Mike Quinn, Zoona
    Katie Hill, B Lab UK
    Susanne Stormer, Novo Nordisk

    Against the proposition:
    Gib Bulloch, Independent Consultant, Writer & Speaker
    Erinch Sahan, Oxfam GB
    Tami Kesselman, Aligned Investing Global

    18:45 – 20:15

    Dinner at Crisis Café

    (you must have pre-purchased a ticket to attend, the dinner is not included in the Saturday, Sunday, or Weekend conference ticket)

    20:30 – late

    Emerge Spotlight: Evening Entertainment Night at Crisis Café

    After dinner join us for the Emerge Spotlight entertainment night.

    This event is free to all Emerge delegates, but due to the small, intimate venue, the seats will fill up quick – be sure to arrive on time.

    Host: Sandra Fisher-Martins, Saïd Business School

  • 09:30 – 10:10

    Registration, Networking, & Coffee

    10:10 – 10:15

    Strategic Partner

    Jyoti Chopra, BNY Mellon

    10:15 – 11:45

    Emerge Pitch Competition

    Supported by Mustard Seed

    Host: Amanda Feldman, Impact Management Project & Bridges Impact+

    Alexander Pitt, Mustard Seed Impact Limited
    Marc Zornes, Winnow

    11:45 – 12:00


    12:00 – 12:30


    Rosie Brown, COOK
    James Rutter, COOK

    12:30 – 14:00

    Lunch & Activities

    Speaker Hosted Lunch Tables

    Karim Harji, Purpose Capital
    Henry Tsai, Hi From The Other Side
    Andy Middleton, Project Slipstream
    Kevin Warner, Saïd Business School
    Amanda Feldman, Impact Management Project & Bridges Impact+
    Bibi Bleekemolen, Fairphone
    Mara Gleason, One Solution
    Rosie Brown, COOK

    Speed Networking with Nazia Ali, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

    14:00 – 15:15


    Solutions journalism: stories that drive change

    Over the last few years we’ve seen first-hand the profound role media plays in our world. Solutions journalism takes a different approach to reporting the news – focusing on better understanding the solutions rather than anchoring the story on the problem. This more rounded look at issues can provoke more constructive engagement by readers and followers alike. Join us to learn about the possibilities of solutions journalism from those who are using and advocating this approach.

    Solomon Elliott, The Student View
    Giselle Green, NCVO
    Emily Kasriel, BBC

    Discussion Catalyst: Ella Saltmarshe, The Comms Lab

    14:00 – 15:15

    Mixed bag

    How fair is your phone? The hidden story behind your tech

    Most of us use our smartphones every day, but how often do we think about what’s inside them or where those materials come from? Today’s phones contain around 40 different minerals. Did you know their extraction is linked to soil, air, and water pollution; landscape destruction; armed conflict; human rights abuses; and severe health problems for local communities? Join this session to explore your phone’s secret history, meet the NGO empowering communities to fight back against mining corporations, and the pioneering phone-maker changing the industry.

    Bibi Bleekemolen, Fairphone
    Laura Grassi, Source International

    Mixed Bag Moderator: Julian Cottee, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

    14:00 – 15:15


    In our shoes: a day in the life of a venture capitalist

    Over $100 billion in venture capital is deployed annually. That’s a lot of investment – and getting to be one of the people who figures out who gets that funding must be fun, right? In this session, we’ll find out what the life of a VC is really like – what they love, what they hate, how they really spend their time, and how they make tough investment decisions. You’ll also get a chance to try your hand at evaluating a deal yourself!

    Sam Gray, Apposite Capital
    Mila Lukic, Bridges Fund Management

    14:00 – 15:15

    How to

    The personal is global: how to have increased resilience

    As human beings it’s tempting to jump into the moving parts of global issues in order to solve them. But without an understanding of our own mind, we can quickly get stressed and overwhelmed, become unfocused, and lose our ability to affect change. In this session you’ll learn how any individual or system can gain leverage in the form of greater clarity and enhanced creativity just by understanding the principles that underpin resilience. In the process, you will uncover a better understanding of your own mind and how individuals’ understanding of their mind is at the crux of all global change.

    Mara Gleason, One Solution
    Eirik Olsen, One Solution

    15:15 – 15:30


    15:30 – 16:45


    Unicorns & zebras: Tech for good

    This session will explore where and how technology is increasingly becoming a force for good. Moore’s law indicates that the processing speed of computers doubles every 18 months. This exponential growth in digital capacity, coupled with its plummeting costs, means the rate of technological innovation continues to accelerate. Does this mean anything for the critical social or environmental problems of our time? Will unicorns and/or zebras rule the future? Join this session, moderated by James from WIRED UK, to discuss trends, business models, and pathways to scale for tech businesses in the UK and beyond.

    Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, Patients Know Best
    Sophie Deen, Bright Little Labs
    Paul Miller, Bethnal Green Ventures

    Discussion Catalyst: James Temperton, WIRED UK

    15:30 – 16:45

    Mixed bag

    Building blocks: Mental wellbeing. Healthy societies.

    Mental health is an area that has experienced varying levels of attention by businesses and governments over the years. Some see the attempts to de-stigmatize mental health challenges as not having the necessary depth to truly break-through. This is a big problem because healthy minds are the building blocks of thriving economies. The good news is that there are entrepreneurs and innovators working across sectors to make this issue much more mainstream with meaningful and holistic prevention and intervention models. Join our speakers who come from corporate, NGO, and start-up spaces as they share their lived experiences and hopes for where this space will go next.

    Geoff McDonald, Geoff McDonald Consulting
    Chris Underhill MBE, citiesRISE

    Mixed Bag Moderator: Tatiana Taylor Salisbury, King’s College London

    15:30 – 16:45


    Rewilding: bringing landscapes back to life

    Rewilding is an emerging conservation movement aiming to restore ecological processes and large animal assemblies across significant tracts of land. By working with the forces of nature, culture and enterprise, rewilding also creates new entrepreneurial opportunities based on the experiential value of wilder landscapes. In this session we will explore human responses to nature, and the possibilities of rewilding as an approach to revitalise rural economy and society in the face of broader trends such as ecological degradation, rural depopulation, and land abandonment.

    Ilko Bosman, Rewilding Europe
    Paul Jepson, University of Oxford

    Experience Emcee: Julian Cottee, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

    15:30 – 16:45

    How to

    Red+Blue=Purple: a new kind of dialogue

    Recent political unfoldings have highlighted divisions in society, and many of us are starting to realise that spending time only with those whose views reinforce our own can deepen a monolithic view of the world. However, there are innovations emerging which can help us to better understand the perspectives of those who see the world differently, creating empathy which replaces mistrust and misunderstanding. Join us to talk to each other a little more and understand each other a little better – let’s give it a try!

    You’ll need an internet enabled device to participate!

    Henry Tsai, Hi From The Other Side

    16:45 – 17:00


    17:00 – 17:30

    Closing Plenary

    Dr Peter Drobac, Skoll Centre fo Social Entrepreneurship

    17:30 – 18:30

    BNY Mellon Drink Reception

    Generously provided by our strategic partner