ANNIE OTHEN, CONFERENCE HOST   Annie Othen is a journalist and broadcaster. After graduating from the University of Warwick, she pursued postgraduate studies in education. She began working in commercial radio in 1983,  joining the BBC in 1993 where she has presented both national and regional radio shows. She broadcast on BBC Radio 2 for two years and has been a contributor to Radio 4. With a keen interest in political journalism, notable interviews have made national headlines including the then Home Secretary Jack Straw and Prime Minister David Cameron. She has also presented on BBC TV. She has lectured at universities giving master classes on journalism and continues to work as a freelance broadcaster, journalist and event host.

ANNIE OTHEN, CONFERENCE HOST

Annie Othen is a journalist and broadcaster. After graduating from the University of Warwick, she pursued postgraduate studies in education. She began working in commercial radio in 1983,  joining the BBC in 1993 where she has presented both national and regional radio shows. She broadcast on BBC Radio 2 for two years and has been a contributor to Radio 4. With a keen interest in political journalism, notable interviews have made national headlines including the then Home Secretary Jack Straw and Prime Minister David Cameron. She has also presented on BBC TV. She has lectured at universities giving master classes on journalism and continues to work as a freelance broadcaster, journalist and event host.

  MAGNUS MACFARLANE-BARROW   Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE is founder and chief executive of Mary’s Meals, a global charity that provides a daily meal in a place of education to more than one million of the world’s poorest children. The meal attracts children to the classroom, where they gain a basic education that can provide an escape route from poverty.  During a trip to Malawi in 2002, Magnus met a family whose predicament was to spark a change in not only his own life, but in the lives of thousands of others. Lying on the floor of a hut was a mother named Emma, who was dying of AIDS. Her six children were around her and Magnus asked the eldest son, Edward, what he hoped for from life. “To have enough to eat and to go to school one day,” was his answer. Edward’s words inspired a mission to attract children to school by providing daily meals, and it was from this that Mary’s Meals was born. One child at a time, through Mary’s Meals, Magnus has let children all over the world know they matter.  From feeding just 200 in southern Malawi in 2002, the charity now works with communities in 12 countries, providing a meal for 1,187,104 children every school day. The cost of feeding a child for a whole school year with Mary’s Meals is just £12.20.

MAGNUS MACFARLANE-BARROW

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow OBE is founder and chief executive of Mary’s Meals, a global charity that provides a daily meal in a place of education to more than one million of the world’s poorest children. The meal attracts children to the classroom, where they gain a basic education that can provide an escape route from poverty.

During a trip to Malawi in 2002, Magnus met a family whose predicament was to spark a change in not only his own life, but in the lives of thousands of others. Lying on the floor of a hut was a mother named Emma, who was dying of AIDS. Her six children were around her and Magnus asked the eldest son, Edward, what he hoped for from life. “To have enough to eat and to go to school one day,” was his answer. Edward’s words inspired a mission to attract children to school by providing daily meals, and it was from this that Mary’s Meals was born. One child at a time, through Mary’s Meals, Magnus has let children all over the world know they matter.

From feeding just 200 in southern Malawi in 2002, the charity now works with communities in 12 countries, providing a meal for 1,187,104 children every school day. The cost of feeding a child for a whole school year with Mary’s Meals is just £12.20.

  RESH SIDHU   Resh Sidhu is one of the most well-regarded names in Virtual Reality and one of a handful of women driving the medium forward with her fearless creativity and innovative approach. Resh’s role extends well beyond the scope of creative leadership, she lectures and talks extensively all over the world on designing compelling human experiences in VR. She continues to challenge the industry to stop cannibalizing the medium and delivery content that makes it truly indispensable as she pushes the boundaries of the medium with the imaginative application of art and technology. Since joining Framestore’s VR Studio her influential work is recognized worldwide for its pioneering approach that continues to define and lead the Virtual industry. Resh was recently named as a leading female pioneer in VR by Marie Claire Magazine.

RESH SIDHU

Resh Sidhu is one of the most well-regarded names in Virtual Reality and one of a handful of women driving the medium forward with her fearless creativity and innovative approach. Resh’s role extends well beyond the scope of creative leadership, she lectures and talks extensively all over the world on designing compelling human experiences in VR. She continues to challenge the industry to stop cannibalizing the medium and delivery content that makes it truly indispensable as she pushes the boundaries of the medium with the imaginative application of art and technology. Since joining Framestore’s VR Studio her influential work is recognized worldwide for its pioneering approach that continues to define and lead the Virtual industry. Resh was recently named as a leading female pioneer in VR by Marie Claire Magazine.

  MADS FIBIGER   Mads Fibiger, 25 years old, is the founder and CEO of Organic Basics.  The brand produces high-quality, sustainable go-to basics, without the consumer having to pay extra for expensive branded logos. They furthermore eliminate the need for shopping new underwear, by offering their products on a subscription basis.  In 2016 they experienced more than 500% growth, and created the most funded Scandinavian fashion crowdfunding campaign ever. A big observed demand for their products in the States, and due to significant interest from American VC’s led to Organic Basics moving their company to San Francisco in January 2016 While working full-time on Organic Basics, Mads is currently finishing his MBA in Accounting, Strategy and Control from Copenhagen School of Business.

MADS FIBIGER

Mads Fibiger, 25 years old, is the founder and CEO of Organic Basics.

The brand produces high-quality, sustainable go-to basics, without the consumer having to pay extra for expensive branded logos. They furthermore eliminate the need for shopping new underwear, by offering their products on a subscription basis.

In 2016 they experienced more than 500% growth, and created the most funded Scandinavian fashion crowdfunding campaign ever. A big observed demand for their products in the States, and due to significant interest from American VC’s led to Organic Basics moving their company to San Francisco in January 2016
While working full-time on Organic Basics, Mads is currently finishing his MBA in Accounting, Strategy and Control from Copenhagen School of Business.

 
  OLIVIA WOLLENBERG   Olivia Wollenberg, founder of Livia's Kitchen, specialises in creating delicious and nutritious desserts, providing the option for people to satisfy their sweet cravings in a healthier way without ever compromising on taste. She left behind a career in neuroscience to start the company in 2014 having herself been diagnosed with multiple food intolerances. Her first product range launched into Selfridges in October of that year and since then, her Raw Millionaire Bites have been bestsellers in Selfridges, Planet Organic and Wholefoods and can also now be found in Waitrose.   Alongside Olivia's expanding product range, she also has a popular food blog, a bestselling cookbook in Amazon's desserts category and runs monthly ‘cream-free cream tea’ events in London. Across all ventures Olivia’s focus remains not only on what her treats are free-from but also on what they are made with, using only natural and nutritious ingredients, enabling people to indulge in a more nutritious way.

OLIVIA WOLLENBERG

Olivia Wollenberg, founder of Livia's Kitchen, specialises in creating delicious and nutritious desserts, providing the option for people to satisfy their sweet cravings in a healthier way without ever compromising on taste. She left behind a career in neuroscience to start the company in 2014 having herself been diagnosed with multiple food intolerances. Her first product range launched into Selfridges in October of that year and since then, her Raw Millionaire Bites have been bestsellers in Selfridges, Planet Organic and Wholefoods and can also now be found in Waitrose.


Alongside Olivia's expanding product range, she also has a popular food blog, a bestselling cookbook in Amazon's desserts category and runs monthly ‘cream-free cream tea’ events in London. Across all ventures Olivia’s focus remains not only on what her treats are free-from but also on what they are made with, using only natural and nutritious ingredients, enabling people to indulge in a more nutritious way.

  JAMES HILTON   James Hilton co-founded the globally respected agency AKQA when he was 21, and creatively led the company for over 20 years. WPP bought a majority stake for $540 million in 2013 and by the time Hilton departed in 2015 AKQA employed over 1,500 people in 14 offices around the world.  Hilton left AKQA to form AtelierStrange: an experimental design studio working with technology-infused furniture and  objects, as well as assisting a select list of global clients with brand and strategy work.  As well as this, he founded the custom motorcycle company Death Machines of London. Launched at the BikeShed Paris show in April 2016 with their Moto Guzzi Airtail; the bike, and the brand, were an immediate hit and received global coverage. Their second machine entitled 'Up Yours Copper' earned the brand worldwide recognition as a leader in the design and execution of custom motorcycles with coverage in Highsnobiety, British GQ and Esquire. The third machine is currently in-build and DMOL clothing is now sold all over the world.  In December 2016, Hilton took a step back from AtelierStrange to become Chief Creative Officer at Native Design, the world-renowned multi-disciplinary design & invention studio.  He lives in South London with his partner, their clinically insane Whippet, and a collection of dead things.

JAMES HILTON

James Hilton co-founded the globally respected agency AKQA when he was 21, and creatively led the company for over 20 years. WPP bought a majority stake for $540 million in 2013 and by the time Hilton departed in 2015 AKQA employed over 1,500 people in 14 offices around the world.

Hilton left AKQA to form AtelierStrange: an experimental design studio working with technology-infused furniture and  objects, as well as assisting a select list of global clients with brand and strategy work.

As well as this, he founded the custom motorcycle company Death Machines of London. Launched at the BikeShed Paris show in April 2016 with their Moto Guzzi Airtail; the bike, and the brand, were an immediate hit and received global coverage. Their second machine entitled 'Up Yours Copper' earned the brand worldwide recognition as a leader in the design and execution of custom motorcycles with coverage in Highsnobiety, British GQ and Esquire. The third machine is currently in-build and DMOL clothing is now sold all over the world.

In December 2016, Hilton took a step back from AtelierStrange to become Chief Creative Officer at Native Design, the world-renowned multi-disciplinary design & invention studio.

He lives in South London with his partner, their clinically insane Whippet, and a collection of dead things.

  SIANA BANGURA   Siana Bangura is a writer, blogger, poet and performer hailing from South East London. She is the editor of Black British Intersectional Feminist platform, No Fly on the WALL, and the founder of independent publishing house, Haus of Liberated Reading. Siana is the author of 'Elephant', a bold debut collection of poetry exploring themes of Black British womanhood, racism, sexism, gentrification and more; and is also the producer of '1500 and Counting', a documentary investigating deaths in custody and police brutality in the UK. She has written for, and featured in, a number of publications including VICE, The Fader, Media Diversified, Black Ballad, Gal-Dem, Consented, The Times, Huffington Post, The Guardian, and has spoken and performed in venues and to audiences across the UK and Europe.

SIANA BANGURA

Siana Bangura is a writer, blogger, poet and performer hailing from South East London. She is the editor of Black British Intersectional Feminist platform, No Fly on the WALL, and the founder of independent publishing house, Haus of Liberated Reading. Siana is the author of 'Elephant', a bold debut collection of poetry exploring themes of Black British womanhood, racism, sexism, gentrification and more; and is also the producer of '1500 and Counting', a documentary investigating deaths in custody and police brutality in the UK. She has written for, and featured in, a number of publications including VICE, The Fader, Media Diversified, Black Ballad, Gal-Dem, Consented, The Times, Huffington Post, The Guardian, and has spoken and performed in venues and to audiences across the UK and Europe.

 
  LISA MARIE HUSBY   In 2011, whilst working in a summer camp in Utøya, Norway, Lisa Marie was involved in a terrorist attack in which 69 young people were killed, which included several of her friends and those she was taking care of. Having subsequently been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and a muscle disorder, which would affect her for several years to come, Lisa Marie now strongly believes that her life is better than it has ever been. This is because of the change that took place in her life as soon as she started to be open about her mental health issues, which she says is the essence of what made her better. Lisa Marie thinks that we can always change our lives if we put our mind to it. She personally never thought she would be able to go back to university but here she is, 25 years old and a first year student of Management and International Relations at St Andrews - her own new beginning.  

LISA MARIE HUSBY

In 2011, whilst working in a summer camp in Utøya, Norway, Lisa Marie was involved in a terrorist attack in which 69 young people were killed, which included several of her friends and those she was taking care of. Having subsequently been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and a muscle disorder, which would affect her for several years to come, Lisa Marie now strongly believes that her life is better than it has ever been. This is because of the change that took place in her life as soon as she started to be open about her mental health issues, which she says is the essence of what made her better. Lisa Marie thinks that we can always change our lives if we put our mind to it. She personally never thought she would be able to go back to university but here she is, 25 years old and a first year student of Management and International Relations at St Andrews - her own new beginning.  

  JAMES GOLDING   On 26th February 2009, just before midnight as he was rushed into emergency surgery, doctors told James Golding’ family he probably wouldn’t make it through the night. Eight years later James has an impressive accolade of events and challenges next to his name and yet continues to strive for more.  In November 2008 doctors found an 11cm tumour wedged between his spine, kidney and bowel, by late February he’d dropped from 14 stone to 6 stone in weight, he’d lost the ability to walk and was being rushed into emergency surgery with less than 5% chance of survival.  After his operation, and two weeks in an induced coma, he started his long road to recovery.  Since relearning to walk and taking his first steps James has gone to cycle many events and challenges including across America, Mexico and France. He’s ridden John O’Groats to Land’s End, London to Paris a number of times and has been an ambassador to the World’s toughest and highest sportive, The Haute Route, which he’s now completed eight times, more times than any other brit. In 2014 to commemorate 5 years since walking out of hospital, James attempted the Seven Day Cycling World Record riding 1100 miles in four days before his crew stopped the ride due to a sudden change in weather conditions.  With over £3 million raised James has significantly contributed to UK Cancer Charities and is now working as cycling consultant for Cancer Research UK and an independent motivational speaker. James is working towards his biggest global challenge in 2019 and in the build up will look to inspire others by taking on tougher and tougher targets and records whilst sharing his story and journey along the way.

JAMES GOLDING

On 26th February 2009, just before midnight as he was rushed into emergency surgery, doctors told James Golding’ family he probably wouldn’t make it through the night. Eight years later James has an impressive accolade of events and challenges next to his name and yet continues to strive for more.

In November 2008 doctors found an 11cm tumour wedged between his spine, kidney and bowel, by late February he’d dropped from 14 stone to 6 stone in weight, he’d lost the ability to walk and was being rushed into emergency surgery with less than 5% chance of survival.  After his operation, and two weeks in an induced coma, he started his long road to recovery.

Since relearning to walk and taking his first steps James has gone to cycle many events and challenges including across America, Mexico and France. He’s ridden John O’Groats to Land’s End, London to Paris a number of times and has been an ambassador to the World’s toughest and highest sportive, The Haute Route, which he’s now completed eight times, more times than any other brit. In 2014 to commemorate 5 years since walking out of hospital, James attempted the Seven Day Cycling World Record riding 1100 miles in four days before his crew stopped the ride due to a sudden change in weather conditions.

With over £3 million raised James has significantly contributed to UK Cancer Charities and is now working as cycling consultant for Cancer Research UK and an independent motivational speaker. James is working towards his biggest global challenge in 2019 and in the build up will look to inspire others by taking on tougher and tougher targets and records whilst sharing his story and journey along the way.

  NATASHA WADDELL   Natasha Waddell is a second year History of Art student at St Andrews and is the Founder of the online publication Lips Magazine and a passionate feminist. When recently chatting to some female friends, Natasha realised that most girls were far too easily able to draw upon personal stories of everyday sexism, whether this be the result of receiving catcalls on the street or being felt up on the tube, she immediately wanted to bring these issues to light.   Believing that everyday sexism is drowning out the few writings and campaigns on the issue, she encourages us to initiate a new forward movement; a movement, which is  beyond the stigma and the “locker room chat”. This is why she co-founded Lips Magazine, an online publication, which hopes to encourage students to “get their lips moving,” as it acts as a creative platform for male and females to  express their feelings on sexism and their own personal experiences, as Natasha believes the best way to break down these walls is to start the conversation.

NATASHA WADDELL

Natasha Waddell is a second year History of Art student at St Andrews and is the Founder of the online publication Lips Magazine and a passionate feminist. When recently chatting to some female friends, Natasha realised that most girls were far too easily able to draw upon personal stories of everyday sexism, whether this be the result of receiving catcalls on the street or being felt up on the tube, she immediately wanted to bring these issues to light.


Believing that everyday sexism is drowning out the few writings and campaigns on the issue, she encourages us to initiate a new forward movement; a movement, which is  beyond the stigma and the “locker room chat”. This is why she co-founded Lips Magazine, an online publication, which hopes to encourage students to “get their lips moving,” as it acts as a creative platform for male and females to  express their feelings on sexism and their own personal experiences, as Natasha believes the best way to break down these walls is to start the conversation.

  TALAH ANDERSON   Talah Anderson is a joint Biblical Studies and Medieaval History student with a strong passion for trans rights. She’s been heavily involved with Saints LGBT+, acting as Gender and Sexualities Officer, which included organising the University’s first Transgender Awareness Week festival. Talah also extended her work spotlighting issues relevant to trans and gender non-conforming people to the arts in St Andrews, directing both the performance piece ‘The Joan of Arc Experience’ and ‘Salome’ by Oscar Wilde, addressing various (trans)gender issues within. Breaking outside of St Andrews, Talah recently walked Charles Jeffrey’s show, LOVERBOY, at London Fashion Week – a show expressing fashion strictly without any qualifications.   Talah is particularly fascinated by the ancient Near East, and aspires to continue to study the region at postgraduate level. Her talk will address the royal iconographies of Pharaohs Hatshepsut and Akhenaten, and the blurring of binary gender categories therein.

TALAH ANDERSON

Talah Anderson is a joint Biblical Studies and Medieaval History student with a strong passion for trans rights. She’s been heavily involved with Saints LGBT+, acting as Gender and Sexualities Officer, which included organising the University’s first Transgender Awareness Week festival. Talah also extended her work spotlighting issues relevant to trans and gender non-conforming people to the arts in St Andrews, directing both the performance piece ‘The Joan of Arc Experience’ and ‘Salome’ by Oscar Wilde, addressing various (trans)gender issues within. Breaking outside of St Andrews, Talah recently walked Charles Jeffrey’s show, LOVERBOY, at London Fashion Week – a show expressing fashion strictly without any qualifications.


Talah is particularly fascinated by the ancient Near East, and aspires to continue to study the region at postgraduate level. Her talk will address the royal iconographies of Pharaohs Hatshepsut and Akhenaten, and the blurring of binary gender categories therein.