Keynote speakers



Bernardine Evaristo

Award-winning novelist, poet, essayist, dramatist, critic, professor of creative writing, chronicler of the culture and experience of the African diaspora – and the first black British woman to win the Booker Prize. A longstanding activist and advocate for the inclusion of artists and writers of colour – in 1982 she founded Britain's first black women's theatre company – Bernardine brings to Impact 2020 a depth of experience of story-telling and of helping communities find a voice that is not imposed, but developed from within. Join us to hear her incredible journey – and her secrets for revealing the fundamental truths we should all seek to explain.

Caroline Criado Perez

In Invisible Women, Caroline highlights the systematic, and often unconscious biases behind the data and assumptions that construct our everyday lives. From healthcare diagnoses to search algorithms, the over-reliance on men being the default standard has left women, and society as a whole, disadvantaged. Caroline’s book Do it Like a Woman also looks at female role models from around the world, and throughout history, reflecting her campaigns to see women represented on English bank notes (Jane Austen on a £10 note) and in Parliament Square (a statue of women’s suffrage campaigner Millicent Fawcett).

Jamie Bartlett

Jamie Bartlett has been chronicling some of the most important technological, social and political of the past decade for the BBC, the Telegraph and the Spectator, but he comes to Impact 2020 fresh from the success of his BBC podcast series The Missing Cryptoqueen. His explorations of the way technology is reshaping business, politics and society – from the dark web to Cambridge Analytica, AI to cybersecurity – have given him a rare insight into our future... and the technology decisions we need to take to secure it. As we contemplate the next decade, join him to open Impact 2020 with a window on 2030.

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Paddy Loughman

Paddy is a Strategy Director and Climate Activist. He's spent the last 10 years working as a market researcher, innovation consultant and brand consultant across various sectors, with Freshminds (now Decidedly), Bow & Arrow and most recently Wolff Olins. He is now taking various steps to encourage action on the climate, focused on the role business can play in transforming our economy. This includes giving this talk, which is adapted from the talk he gives on behalf of Extinction Rebellion.

Ben Page

Ben Page is Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI. He joined MORI in 1987 after graduating from Oxford University in 1986, and was one of the leaders of its first management buyout in 2000. A frequent writer and speaker on trends, leadership and performance management, he has directed thousands of surveys examining consumer trends and citizen behaviour.

Prof. Anand Menon

So, we're finally out of the EU. Brexit got done. But wait: the UK's future as part of the continent of Europe is far from settled - and that's going to have profound implications for political and consumer research. Anand Menon, director of UK in a Changing Europe, has been a voice of dispassionate analysis and rational commentary throughout the Brexit process. Here’s here to explain what the UK faces in the next ten months – and the next ten years – as Europe itself evolves.