Unlocking Innovation With Diversity of Thought

Thursday 1st July

12:00 – 12:45PM London (BST)

Eddie Ndopu embodies the idea that diversity and inclusion create possibility, and has spent his life advocating on behalf of those for whom equal rights and justice fall short. In this talk, Eddie will discuss his mission to be the first wheelchair user to travel to outer space. His mission is a call to action around relentless inclusion and accessibility, and Eddie will examine the role that technology and innovation play in breaking down the barriers to entry for people pursuing their dreams. He will also delve into intersectionality and what it means to go beyond what people expect of us and create greater possibilities in our lives.

Eddie Ndopu

Board member @ Imagine | Valuable 500 |  Verizon

Speaker

Eddie Ndopu is an award-winning humanitarian and renowned disability justice practitioner who currently serves as one of 17 eminent Advocates appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to galvanize concerted action on all 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

He is also Senior Partner at Global Goals Advisory, where he works with leaders across all sectors to align their strategic and policy objectives with the SDGs and with new, cutting-edge practices in ESG and DEI.
Eddie sits on the Boards of the United Nations Foundation, IMAGINE, and the Valuable 500. He also serves as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the New Agenda for Equity and Social Justice, as well as Verizon’s Disability Advisory Board.

Eddie is currently building the Global Access Fund, a $1 billion mechanism to shore up and bolster the global humanitarian system so that the 1 billion people with disabilities living on the planet today do not get left behind in this Decade of Action.

An African Leadership Academy alumnus, Eddie holds a Masters in Public Policy from Oxford University, and also graduated summa cum laude from Carleton University, with a Bachelors in Human Rights, Post-colonial Studies, and Critical Theory.
Eddie is signed with Aevitas Literary Agency and is currently writing his debut memoir.

Alice Choi

COO @ McCann Health

Speaker

Alice is the Chief Operating Officer of McCann Health Medical Communications, the global healthcare communications group within the McCann Worldgroup and Interpublic advertising agency networks. She is also the Executive Director for the McCann Health Global Scientific Council, a unique initiative, harnessing the power of the 450+ scientific community within the McCann network.

Alice currently chairs the Healthcare Communications Association and previously chaired the International Society of Medical Publication Professionals. She is a Governor for The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, one of Europe’s largest oncology centres and also sits on Marketing Manchester’s Internationalisation and Marketing Advisory Board. She is a “Women of Influence” mentor for Cancer Research UK and is a member of their Research Careers Committee. More recently, she has been appointed as a Board Member for the Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, where she will be leading the Business Growth Committee for the region. She has been listed as a Top 50 Northern Power Woman and was named as one of the Top 25 Women Leaders in the UK by Pharmaceutical Market Europe in 2019.

Dr Nneka Abulokwe OBE

CEO & Founder @ MicroMax | Non-Executive Director @ Davies Group | University of Cambridge

Speaker

Dr Nneka Abulokwe OBE, CEO & Founder @ MicroMax | Non-Executive Director @ Davies Group | University of Cambridge


 

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