Garvin Brown is the Chairman of the Board of Brown-Forman Corp., the American global drinks company founded by his great, great grandfather in 1870. The company’s brands include GlenDronach Single Malt Whisky, Slane Irish Whiskey, Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. Garvin was raised in Montreal, Canada, and is a graduate of McGill University (B.A. Political Science & History), the University of British Columbia (M.A. Political Science) and London Business School (M.B.A). He resides in London and is a Trustee of Open Age, a charity that provides educational and recreational activities for older people in London. Garvin is also a Member of the President’s Circle at Chatham House and a Patron and Advisor to Future Foreign Policy.
Stephen is Executive Director of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. After a decade studying and teaching philosophy, he was awarded his PhD in metaphysics from the University of Cambridge in 2001. He then spent another decade as a diplomat, negotiating international treaties on behalf of Her Majesty. His internationally acclaimed book, Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization, was published in English and other languages in spring 2012. He has also written essays, features and reviews on many philosophical, ethical and scientific subjects, from human nature to robot warriors and animal rights, for the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Guardian, the Financial Times, Wired and many others. And he has appeared on radio on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Deutschlandradio, NPR; and on television on PBS, CBC, National Geographic and elsewhere.
Marisol Grandon is CEO of Unfold Stories, a British startup specialising in digital storytelling for international development and purpose led brands. Marisol spent 10 years in UK government including 8 years at Department for International Development as Head of Creative Content where she pioneered innovative content, immersive films and engaging social media campaigns on global issues. She started her career in journalism and writes about virtual reality for Sight&Sound magazine. Marisol is also the founder of @VRWomen, a social media initiative to rally a generation of inspiring female VR directors.
Priya is the UK Ecosystem General Manager for Rocketspace and has been a British diplomat for 20 years serving in Spain, India and most recently the USA where she was the first female British Consul General to San Francisco. In that role she led the UK Government’s operations in the Northwestern United States, strengthening political, economic, trade and people-to-people ties. Focusing on supporting transatlantic business, she assisted US technology companies expanding internationally into Europe and UK companies expanding into and seeking funding from the US market, as well as promoting the UK to the media and other influential local audiences. Priya used her platform to support women in business, bringing out two delegations of UK female tech entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley in collaboration with Silicon Valley Comes to the UK. In her previous roles, Priya specialised in Indian politics and the UK-India relationship, the European Union and communications. Priya holds a BA (Hons) degree in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge (Christ’s College).
Debbie Forster is a recognised figure in the areas of tech, innovation, diversity and education sectors. Described by WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) as “an exceptional and inspirational woman... an extraordinary role model”, Debbie is an experienced leader and speaker with extensive expertise within the start-up, charity and education sector and in cross-sector working. Debbie was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for services to Digital Technology and Tech Development and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) named her Woman of the Year for 2016 and Computer Weekly has described her as one of the "25 Most Influential Women in UK IT" for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Debbie has a passion for education and using technology to give people of all backgrounds the best life chances and she is a powerful voice in improving the diversity within Tech and wider STEM sector. Debbie joined Apps for Good in 2010 and took the organisation through a period of exponential growth, from 2 centres in London to almost 1000 schools in the UK, Spain and Portugal and the US; scaling from 50 to 75,000 young people in just 5 years, with 50% of its students being female.
Stephen Pattison is currently VP Public Affairs at ARM, a leading global high tech company based in Cambridge. He is responsible for ARM’s contributions to public policy thinking across the world. His focus is London, Brussels, Washington and China. He was the first person to be appointed to a Public Affairs role at ARM, in 2012. Key issues on which he is working include Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Data Protection, Energy Efficiency, and Security. He also oversees ARM’s Corporate Responsibility Programme.
Prior to joining ARM, Stephen was CEO, International Chamber of Commerce UK, where he represented the interests of a range of companies and focussed on various policy and international trade issues. Before that he worked for James Dyson (Vacuum cleaners etc) as Head, International Business Development, where he introduced new products into new markets as well as accelerating growth in existing markets.
Stephen spent much of his career as a British Diplomat, working on UN and International Security issues in London, Washington, New York and Geneva. He also had postings to Warsaw and Nicosia. He left the Diplomatic Service in 2007 as Director International Security. Stephen has a Master’s Degree from Cambridge University, and a Doctorate from Oxford. In 2003-4
he spent a year at Harvard as Fellow in International Affairs at the Weatherhead Center. He is also a
Fellow of the British Computing Society.
In 2014 Jon became the first Director of the new FCO Diplomatic Academy. Jon’s Civil Service career began in 1990 when he became a desk officer in the East African Department of the FCO. From 1991-1993 Jon undertook full-time Arabic Language training, ahead of a posting in Kuwait. After a stint from 1996-1998 in the Cabinet Office Assessment Staff, he became head of the FCO’s Iraq Section. He then had a break from the Middle East, first in Madrid, then heading the Tsunami Unit in Consular Directorate, before spending 2005- 2007 as Deputy Director of Communications. From 2007-2010 Jon was Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Cairo. In 2010 he returned to London as Iran Co-ordinator, and from 2011-2013 he was also Director, Middle East and North Africa. Jon studied Classics at Oxford University from 1986–1990. He is married to a fellow member of the Diplomatic Service. They have 2 sons.