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).

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

Professor Anand Menon is director of academic think tank The UK in a Changing Europe. ( He’s also professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings College London. He is co-author of Brexit and British Politics and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the European Union.