Keynote Speakers

Cambridge Judge Business School
Simon Stockley is a Teaching Fellow in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge Business School and Deputy Director of Accelerate Cambridge, the School’s new enterprise accelerator. Prior to his recent appointment at Cambridge, Simon spent 10 years at Imperial College Business School as director of the full-time MBA programme and a principal teaching fellow. His MBA course in entrepreneurship was ranked 3rd in the world by the Financial Times. Outside work, Simon is a social entrepreneur and an advocate for trafficked women, in which capacity he has advised Parliament. He holds several non-executive directorships and has advised well over 100 technology start-ups.

The Social Investment Company UK

Jake is the CEO of The Social Investment Company UK. He co-founded the firm following four years working in New York with the foundation arm of the social-purpose business Peaceworks. Jake has a degree in History from Nottingham University and won a fellowship to Columbia Business School’s executive education programme on social enterprise. He is also an UnLtd social enterprise award winner and has a certificate in Global Health from Imperial College, London. Jake is an investor in a number of start-up businesses and, through his role at TSIC, co-founded the award-winning Future First programme which provides innovative career support to over 10,000 young people in the UK each year.

The Big Issue
John Bird is a British social entrepreneur and co-founder of The Big Issue, a magazine edited by professional journalists and distributed by street vendors affected by homelessness. The magazine offers people affected by homelessness the chance to earn a legitimate income and today is published in four continents and in multiple languages. Bird himself became homeless at the age of five and has been in prison or on the streets a number of times since – he prides himself on being someone who once was part of the problem and is now part of the solution. He was awarded an MBE for services to homeless people in 1995.


Sonal is the Founder and Executive Director of Protsahan, a social enterprise that uses creative education and art innovation to empower street children and young adolescent girls in India.  Sonal quit her corporate job and is now using her skills to gradually revolutionise the education delivery mechanism for children at the bottommost of the social pyramid.  Sonal is one of the youngest social entrepreneurial women in India to lead an international non-profit, and has been the recipient of several national and international honours.  Sonal is also a corporate social responsibility consultant for national and international non-profits and a UN Advisor on Children’s Project.  Sonal has spoken at several TED events and has become a widely recognised youth icon in her striving to deal with some of the most pressing problems faced by the developing world.

Belinda is a social entrepreneur who has established and grown a number of organisations.  She is also an experience consultant having worked across the social enterprise sector, in particular where it meets the private and public sectors, for over a decade.  Belinda provides bespoke support to enterprises including business planning and development, financial modelling and mentoring.  Belinda also established Suffolk Circle and Foundation East which is a highly regarded social finance organisation operating across the East of England.

Vertigo Ventures

Bokani is the COO and co-founder of Vertigo Ventures and responsible for sales lead generation and all marketing activities. Vertigo Ventures exists to support individuals and organisations to understand and measure their social, financial and environmental performance and impact in order to better serve their clients, access investment funding and/or gain new customers. Bokani began her career at JP Morgan at the start of the credit crunch and quickly formed the view that current business methods were unsustainable. She went to join the bank’s microfinance group, which led her to explore how businesses could meaningfully benefit from corporate social responsibility.


Ian is the CEO and Founder of Afrinspire, an organisation that works through constructive relationships with community leaders in Africa, providing tailored support to aid indigenous development initiatives across East Africa.  Ian is a Chartered Civil Engineer with specialism in water and irrigation engineering.  He has also worked in ICT and Facilities within a global pharmaceutical company and carries a range of skills and knowledge from commercial business.  Ian has initiated many social start-up projects, community groups and community initiatives and is currently a trustee of three UK charities.


Jacqueline is a Manager at Volans where she is delivering breakthrough innovation strategy and programming on a range of client projects. Jacqueline brings with her years of experience in the social welfare sector working in Singapore’s Ministry of Community Development.  In 2007, Jacqueline was selected to become a StartingBloc Fellow at the Global Institute of Social Innovation held in London.

On Purpose/Volans

Josephine is an Associate with the On Purpose leadership programme for young professionals wishing to transition into social enterprise from a more corporate background, and is currently on a placement at Volans.  The focus area of Volans is in working with companies to achieve social and environmental impact, not simply as a corporate social responsibility initiative, but through the business.  Prior to this placement, Josephine had a ten year career in Investment Banking, most recently with JP Morgan, where she worked primarily in Hedge Fund Relations and Prime Brokerage.

Shallow Waters
Shallow Waters is working on a long term, community led coral reef management programme in Cambodia’s Koh Sdach archipelago.  Shallow Waters host international volunteers at their research outpost on the island of Koh Sdach, whether they are students looking to undertake their own research in a unique marine environment, or those seeking to gain scuba qualifications whilst practically contributing to marine conservation in a developing country.  Set up by Sarah Wilson and Luca Budello in 2011, Shallow Waters believes that truly sustainable conservation projects must come from the people who are guardians of and dependent upon, their local natural resources.

Cambridge Marketing College

Natacha has over ten years’ of experience in strategic marketing and marketing communications across Europe and international markets.  Having studied Economics and Marketing in Paris, Natacha began her career in media planning in an advertising agency in the city.  Natacha then moved to Cambridge where she designed and delivered numerous international marketing plans and campaigns for start-ups and small and medium enterprises, primarily in the software/high-tech sectors.  Natacha then moved to the Higher Education sector and worked as a senior marketing professional for Cambridge University Judge Business School and most recently, she has been a tutor at Cambridge Marketing College and an Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Professional Enterprise and Career Coach

Neil is a Professional Enterprise and Career Coach with 10 years experience working with hundreds of business leaders looking to enhance their performance and grow their enterprises. He specialises in showing entrepreneurs how to define and communicate their mission so that people want to do business with them. He has developed several models of coaching and has helped train over 600 coaches in 4 nations. His passion is to see people achieve the work they’re meant to do.

Social Enterprise UK

Nick is currently the Director of Business and Enterprise at Social Enterprise UK, the national body for social enterprise which supports and helps the growth of the social enterprise movement.  Nick has also co-founded and helped run POPse!, the world’s first pop-up social enterprise think-tank, and is on the board of the Social Return on Investment Network which aims to increase social equality, environmental sustainability and wellbeing.  Nick was previously the Director of Policy and Communications at the School of Social Entrepreneurs, with responsibility for all communications, policy work with the government, and overseeing evaluation and research.  Before that Nick was also a Director of the Global Ideas Bank which runs social inventions workshops and promotes creative solutions around the world, amongst other things.

Social Enterprise East of England
Nicky is a specialist in Social Impact Measurement and has undertaken research in this area and developed a range of practical tools to help small organisations measure impact.  She is co-author of ‘Getting Started in Social Impact Measurement’, Social Impact Measurement Tool Box’, ‘Exploring Your Impact’ and ‘Measuring making a Difference’.  Nicky is also an accredited Social Return on Investment practitioner.  She has also worked for many years to develop opportunities for third sector opportunities in public sector procurement and commissioning.  Nicky was a founder member of Social Enterprise East of England and sits on its board.  She is also on the board of the Full Circle Fund, a micro loan fund for women’s businesses.  Previously, Nicky was a partner in The Guild, a consultancy business specialising in work with the voluntary and community and social enterprise sectors.

Crowd Mission

Paul is a seasoned business development professional who initially cut his teeth in the cable and satellite industry in the 1990s. He went on to run his own successful events company as well being involved in a number of start-ups and passionately believes that SMEs will always at the forefront in the drive for change in the UK economy . As such, he was ideally positioned to help CrowdMission launch in 2013 as the first platform solely focused on crowdfunding for companies in the cleantech, biotech and social enterprise areas.  Paul now also does workshops and seminars all over the UK to raise the awareness about crowdfunding to businesses, Universities and the wider community.


Rebecca is a Programme Manager at Enactus, a global community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world.  Rebecca is responsible for managing 19 Enactus teams across the UK and running training sessions around the themes of impact measurement, leadership skills, marketing and sustainability amongst others.  Rebecca is also currently an Advisory Board Member of the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship based in Canada, which educates people, especially children and youths, to live out sustainable development as a lifestyle and foster creations of youth-led community projects with the spirit of stewardship.

Shallow Waters
Sarah is co-founder of Shallow Waters alongside her partner Luca Budello. After studying Ecology and Conservation at undergrad level, Sarah went on to do an MSc in Science Media Production. She coordinates the volunteer programme and looks after Shallow Waters online presence and communications.


Simon is the CEO of Azuri, a company whose objective is to bring affordable solar power at scale to off-grid customers worldwide, providing basic needs that are regarded as routine in developed countries.  Simon has 25 years global experience in building rapid growth, technology-based businesses including 7 years at Symbian, the phone OS maker, where he was a member of the Leadership Team and VP Global Marketing.  He was founder of Myriad Solutions Ltd and was formerly an Industrial Fellow at the London based Royal Society.  Simon was also been named a Global Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2013.


Sobia is an avid technologist and passionate about facilitating massive positive change through ethical and sustainable business practice. Sobia founded DataGiving, a new online technology to help charities fundraise through revealing impact. Sobia is an UnLtd HEFCE Social Entrepreneurship Catalyst Fellow. Her work at CfEL involves exploring provision of support initiatives for high-growth potential technology companies. Sobia graduated from the University of Cambridge with a PhD in Genetics.


Stephen is an entrepreneur specialising in technology for education. He is the founder of Reiyn Andaz, a company that focuses on adaptive personalised learning, with a goal of providing learners with ways to learn any time, anywhere. He has a background in private equity and education management, having worked in Beijing and Shanghai previously as the general manager of BE limited. Most recently, he has cofounded Go Enrol, an education startup developing a new platform to make it easier for institutions to find students and for students to make better informed decisions.