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Alison Baverstock

Dr Alison Baverstock is an academic, author and mother of four.

Andrew Simms

Andrew Simms is the author of several books including the bestselling Tescopoly. He is a Fellow of nef (the new economics foundation), trained at the London School of Economics and was described by New Scientist magazine as, 'a master at joined-up progressive thinking.' He is also one of the UK's leading campaigners who coined the term 'Clone Towns,' co-authored the groundbreaking Green New Deal, was one of the original organisers of the campaign to cancel poor country debt, and devised how to mark the day in the year when the world enters 'ecological debt.' Andrew witnessed first hand for more than twenty years failed international efforts to solve critical economic and environmental problems, from extreme poverty to climate change.Andrew Simms is Policy Director of the New Economics Foundation (NEF) and a board member of Greenpeace UK. He is the author of Tescopoly and writes on various issues including climate change and globalisation.

Annalee Newitz

Annalee Newitz is an American journalist, editor and author of both fiction and non-fiction. She is the recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship from MIT, and has written for Popular Science, Wired and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. She co-founded the science fiction website io9 and served as editor-in-chief from 2008-2015, and subsequently edited Gizmodo. As of 2016, she is tech culture editor at the technology site Ars Technica.

Anne Keenan Higgins

Anne Keenan Higgins began her career as an art director for advertising agencies in Detroit after earning her degree from the Michigan School of Art & Design. Later starting her own illustration business, Anne developed a signature whimsical style and began licensing her artwork to the greeting card and giftware industries. She has illustrated over 100 book covers, is the illustrator of Starring Jules by Beth Ain, and Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic series. Anne resides in Detroit, Michigan.

Anthony Gell

Anthony Gell is the founder and CEO of LeadersIn, an online and offline community dedicated to sharing wisdom from world leaders in their field. Before launching LeadersIn in 2012, Anthony was a producer in a London based B2B publishing and conference company. During his ten years with that company, he was part of the launch team for the Asian HQ in Singapore, oversaw the turnaround of the New York office, and then became Regional CEO, launching offices in South Africa, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Dubai and Shanghai. In 2008, he launched both a consulting business, and The Business Voice (bvo.com), which provides a free library of interviews under the brand 'Leaders In Business'. Anthony has written many leadership, success and business articles and is an avid public speaker. He has been asked to interview business leaders at many leading institutions including London Business School and Imperial College, London.

Bob Ross

Robert Norman "Bob" Ross (October 29, 1942 - July 4, 1995) was an American painter, art instructor and television host. He was widely known as the creator and host of The Joy of Painting, an instructional television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS in the United States, and also aired in Canada, Latin America and Europe. With a soft voice and a permed afro. Ross went from being a television personality in the '80s and '90s to an Internet celebrity popular with fans on YouTube and many other websites

Chip Carter

Chip Carter began his trek into the written world with numerous STAR TREK trading cards. After selling a story pitch to STAR TREK: VOYAGER, he wrote the Obsessed With Star Trek trivia book, gift books highlighting Star Trek technology, and continues to work on other licensed products including thousands of questions for licensed Trivial Pursuit sets for THE WALKING DEAD, HARRY POTTER and of course, STAR TREK.

Christine Lagorio-Chafkin

Christine Lagorio is a senior writer at Inc Magazine and has been covering startups and entrepreneurship for the last seven years. She has previously written for Congressional Quarterly, CBS News, The Village Voice, The New York Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle. This is her first book.

Christopher Witt

With over a quarter of a century of professional speaking experience, Chris Witt has helped CEOs win board approval and company-wide support for their initiatives, turned technical experts into speakers anyone can understand. He is the founder and president of Witt Communications and holds a doctorate from Catholic University of America.

David Owen

David Owen achieved 1st class honours in BA Creative Writing and MA Writing for Children at The University of Winchester, where he went on to teach on the BA Creative Writing course for three years. He hopes that one day all of his students will surpass his own achievements.David's debut YA novel, Panther (2015) received rave reviews, and was nominated for the Carnegie medal. He is the Content and Social Media specialist for gapyear.com and a former freelance games journalist. David spends most of his time thinking about biscuits.

David Sedaris

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America's pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames and his most recent book, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller. The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls was a Grammy nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the New York Times-bestselling collection of fables entitled Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Wicked Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris's pieces appear regularly in the New Yorker and have twice been included in 'The Best American Essays'. There are a total of ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into twenty-nine languages.

Doree Shafrir

Doree Shafrir is a senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News and has written for New York Magazine, Slate, The Awl, Rolling Stone, Wired and other publications. A former resident of Brooklyn, she now lives in Los Angeles with her husband Matt Mira, a comedy writer and podcaster, and their dog Beau.

Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm was a Fellow of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Before retirement he taught at Birkbeck College, University of London, and after retirement at the New School for Social Research in New York. Previous books include AGE OF EXTREMES, THE AGE OF REVOLUTION and THE AGE OF EMPIRE. He died 1st October 2012

Gill Hines

Gill Hines is an educator of huge experience. She has worked with a large number of parents, young people and teachers, offering workshops, mentoring and support in a wide variety of issues.

Greg Lockwood

Greg Lockwood is a partner at venture capital firm Piton Capital. He has a Masters of Management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and is the co-author of SUPERCONNECT with Richard Koch.

Heather Child

Heather Child's experience in digital marketing has brought her into close contact with the automation and personalisation technologies that herald the 'big data' age. She lives in Bristol and Everything About You is her debut novel. Find her on twitter at @Heatherika1.

Ian Durston

Ian Durston has worked in industry and business for 13 years, including a role at Deloitte Consulting, where his clients included Vodafone, Barclays Bank, General Motors and the Ministry of Defence.

ILYA

Writer and artist ILYA draws on more than thirty years of professional experience - as an internationally published comics creator and author, but also as an educator. Since 1990 he has designed and delivered workshops on the art of drawing for schools, colleges, galleries, museums, libraries, youth groups and prisons, across the UK as well as abroad. His Manga Drawing Kit (2005) was an international bestseller, resulting in co-editions in French, German, Spanish and more. How to Draw Comics is a new title for 2016. Other book titles by ILYA include the award-winning graphic novel series, The End of the Century Club, Manga Shakespeare's King Lear, and Room for Love; as compiling editor: The Mammoth Books of Skulls, The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics and three volumes of The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga, also Colour Me Bad. 2017 sees the debut of the all-ages sci-fi action adventure, Kid Savage, produced in collaboration with a co-creator of Ben10, Deadpool/Spider-man wrangler Joe Kelly.

Jeffrey Jenkins

Jeffrey Jenkins is a photographer, graphic designer, and multimedia artist. He lives in New York City.

Jo Haigh

Jo Haigh is a corporate financier who has owned her own company for nearly ten years, helping people buy and sell businesses. She was named South Yorkshire Business Woman of the Year in 2005.