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Stella Kanu

Founder & Executive Producer, Black Women in Theatre and Executive Director, LIFT Festival

Stella Kanu is Executive Director at LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre) previously as Executive Producer at Ovalhouse she spent 4 years overseeing a comprehensive artistic, organisational and community-led transition as Ovalhouse constructed London’s newest purpose built £15m theatre in Brixton. She has worked in the theatre, festival and cultural sector for over 27 years shaping ideas, communities, events, people and organisations for great shifts. Working in the UK & US including Soundwave Cumbria where she was CEO, Cardboard Citizens Theatre Company, Harlem Stage, Dance UK, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Women and Girls Network and Clean Break Theatre, as well as arts, and regeneration directorates at numerous local and city councils. Stella created The Pivotal Place to coach and mentor emerging, mid-career and established leaders across multiple sectors, and is a long-term leadership mentor on Engage’s UK wide Leadership Programme, Extend. Stella is a former Powerbrokers International Leadership Fellow (Cultural Leadership Programme, 2008), she is a sought-after speaker, strategic brain and trainer on topics including Diversity in Theatre, Inspired leadership, Artivism and women & power. She has served on boards including Creative Margate (including interim Chair) and New Writing South, Stella is currently Chair at Eclipse Theatre, a Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and the UK’s Black Theatre & Production Company.

Photo credit: Sharron Wallace

Vince Kadlubek

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Robert Lowe

Head of Value Creation, LEGO Ventures

Elizabeth Kanter

Director of Global Public Policy, TikTok

Stella Kanu

Founder & Executive Producer, Black Women in Theatre and Executive Director, LIFT Festival

Will Dean MBE

Co-Founder of Electronic Theatre & Tough Mudder

Clive Humby OBE

Clive Humby OBE - Chief Data Scientist, Starcount & Co-founder, Dunnhumby (created Tesco Clubcard & ACORN geodemographic system)

Wayne McGregor CBE

British Choreographer & Director, and Artistic Director, Studio Wayne McGregor

Kiruna Stamell

Actress, inc. National Theatre, Life’s Too Short, Moulin Rouge - on representations of disability and the disabled experience

Catherine Devine

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Axel Rüger

Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Arts (formerly Director, Van Gogh Museum)

Alex Beard CBE

CEO, Royal Opera House

Liz Tran

Founder, Reset (NYC) (Wellness advisers for Facebook, MTV & formerly VP Talent, Thrive Capital - Warby Parker, Kickstarter, Harry's, Slack & More)

Arike Oke

Director, Black Cultural Archives

Siobhan Reddy

Studio Director, Media Molecule (Sony Interactive Entertainment; Creator, LittleBigPlanet & named in Fortune's '10 Most Powerful Women in Gaming')

Rankin

Photographer, Publisher & Film Director, Co-Founder, 'Dazed & Confused'

Maria Adebowale-Schwarte

Executive Director, Foundation for Future London

Marcus Davey

Chief Executive & Artistic Director, The Roundhouse

Clare Reddington

CEO, Watershed & Visiting Professor, University of the West of England

Patrick Foret

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Jennifer Coleman-Peers

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Institute of Imagination

Rafe Offer

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Stella Hall

Festival Director, Festival of Thrift (Winner, The Observer Ethical Awards)

Alex Fleetwood

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Katrina Larkin

Co-Founder, Fora & Co-founder, The Bill Chill festival

Robert Diament

Co-host (with Russell Tovey), Talk Art podcast & Director, Counter Editions & Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate

Annette Mees

Head of Audience Labs, Royal Opera House

Guy Armitage

Founder & CEO, Zealous

Alice Mayor

Founder - We Built This City

Simon Walker

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Sophie Harding

Trends & Insights Director, Mindshare UK

Leo Kellgren-Parker

Founder, LIVR - the world’s first virtual reality content platform dedicated to theatre

Charlotte Appleyard

Director of Development & Business Innovation, Royal Academy of Arts

John Cassy

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Jonny White

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Matt Muir

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