• David Adam
    Founder & Principal
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    David Adam is Founder and Principal of Global Cities and a consultant to cities, commercial and cultural organisations on global positioning. He has worked with public and private institutions in BRIC markets, including China and India, having established the Mayor of London’s economic development presence in Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai, Delhi, and Moscow. He is an experienced speaker on global, urban, economic and future trends, the business of branding and commercialisation for places, and the importance of liveability in economic development, and contributes regularly to the MIPIM World Cities blog. He is an expert for the Urban Land Institute having advised the Mayor of Moscow on the city’s status as a global city in 2011. Most recently David has established a number of flagship thought-leadership and cultural exchange projects between London and China during the London 2012 Games.
  • Rebecca Adlington
    Ex Olympic International Swimmer
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    Great Britain's most successful ever swimmer, Becky Adlington, announced her retirement from international competition in February 2013, and immediately set out her vision for her legacy, which she sees as her greatest challenge in swimming.

    During a stellar career, Adlington won multiple Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth Games gold medals. She competed in four Olympic finals, winning two Gold and two Bronze medals in Beijing and London respectively.

    She remains the current world record holder in the 800m Freestyle, and undoubtedly the greatest swimmer that Great Britain has ever produced, not to mention one of the most successful female athletes in British Olympic history.
  • Kamal Ahmed
    Business Editor
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    Kamal Ahmed is the Business Editor of the BBC, a position he took up in March 2014. He leads the BBC's on air business coverage and makes regular appearances on the Today programme, the Six and Ten O'clock news bulletins as well as Newsnight and documentary programmes across television and radio. Kamal joined the BBC from the Telegraph Media Group, where he led the editorial team delivering The Telegraph's annual Festival of Business. Between 2007 and 2009 Kamal was Group Director, Communications, at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.Before joining the Commission in 2007, Kamal was Executive Editor, News, at The Observer with responsibility for the news section of the paper. Between 2000 and 2004 he was Political Editor of The Observer covering Tony Blair’s government and the lead up to the Iraq war. Between 1996 and 2000, Kamal worked for The Guardian as the Media Editor. Kamal is an industry mentor for the Media Trust, that aims to increase diversity in the media.
  • Sir Ben Ainslie
    Team Principal and Skipper
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    Sir Ben Ainslie is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time. At his first ever Olympic Games, aged 19, he won an Olympic silver medal and went on to establish himself as the world’s best by winning consecutive gold medals at the next four Olympic Games.

    Fresh from his London 2012 success, Ben turned his focus to the next challenge, competing with Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) on the 2012/13 America’s Cup World Series. In the summer of 2013, he went on to join ORACLE TEAM USA on-board for their defence of the 34th Cup, helping the American team win the event, 9-8, against Emirates Team New Zealand.

    He was an instrumental part in one of the greatest comebacks sport has ever seen, becoming the first Briton, for 110 years, to be part of a winning Cup team.

    Now stepping into a new role, as BAR Team Principal, Ben will develop and lead a British entry into the 35th America’s Cup, with the aim of bringing the Cup back to Britain where it all began in 1851.
  • Dawn Airey
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    Prior to Yahoo Dawn worked in television for 30 years and has held senior positions in the majority of the commercial broadcasters in the UK. Until April 2013 Dawn was President of CLT-UFA UK TV (part of RTL Group). She joined in September 2010 from Five where, as Chair and CEO, she oversaw the sale of the business to Northern and Shell. Previously she was Managing Director, Global Content at ITV where she oversaw its UK and International production and content businesses. Prior to that, she was BSkyB’s Managing Director, Channels & Services. She has also held senior posts at Channel 4 and between 2000-02 was Five’s CEO, having been the broadcaster’s Director of Programmes at launch. Dawn was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Television Society in June 1998. She is a Vice President of the RTS and a non-executive Director of Thomas Cook PLC. In December 2011 Dawn Airey was appointed Chair of the National Theatre of Great Britain.
  • Wendy Aitken
    Learning Director
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    Wendy Aitken is the Global Marketing Learning Director at Unilever.

    She has spent her career working on a range of FMCG brands from biscuits at Danone to tea at Twinings and global brands like Knorr, Hellmann’s, SlimFast and Pot Noodle at Unilever.

    For the last five years she has been applying her marketing skills to the learning space. First on Unilever’s long standing and highly successful Marketing Foundation course where she co-created the Unilever Google Talent Exchange with the Google Digital Academy; and latterly leading the Marketing Learning team. She has designed a range of training programmes and materials to build the skills of global brand teams across the breadth of Marketing including digital.

    When not at work, she runs the 4,000 strong Streatham Mums’ Network on Facebook.
  • Patrick Albano
    VP, EMEA, Advertising Solutions
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    Patrick Albano is the Head of Solutions at Yahoo, covering Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. In this role, he is in charge of delivering strategies and specialist sales efforts across all markets in the EMEA region. Patrick leads the efforts to deliver innovative positioning, unique content solutions, go-to-market strategies and product expertise which maximise content, rich data and advertising products.

    In his former role as Vice President of Social, Mobile and Innovation Sales at Yahoo, he led a team responsible for working with marketers to deliver solutions across Yahoo's most innovative and first-to-market products.

    He was previously Vice President of Global Sales at Citizen Sports, a social sports start up focused on Facebook and smartphone applications, acquired by Yahoo in April 2010. While at Citizen Sports, his team helped define the social marketing landscape, selling some of the first large-scale, shareable, brand integrations within Facebook and iPhone platforms. Prior to his role at Citizen Sports, Patrick was National Director of Digital Sales at Sports Illustrated. An industry veteran since the 90\\\'s, he has also held digital sales leadership positions with About.com, InfoUSA.com, and Medsite.com.
  • Jonathan Allan
    Sales Director
  • John Allert
    Brand Director
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    John Allert is the group brand director of McLaren - the iconic British Formula One racing team and supercar manufacturer.

    Originally qualifying as a graphic designer in Australia, John has over 20 years experience advising leading global brands in Asia Pacific, Europe and the UK, where he has been based for the past decade. Prior to joining McLaren, John was Chief Executive of Interbrand’s UK business, and sat on Interbrand’s Global Board.

    Throughout his career, John has been a frequent speaker, writer and lecturer on branding, and during his time at McLaren has built a reputation as one of the UK’s leading practitioners in digital branding and brand integrated content, pioneering the acclaimed ‘Tooned’ cartoon series in 2012, in collaboration with Framestore.

    John’s work at McLaren has attracted recognition, including a One Show Gold Pencil, British Market Research Award, British Retail Design Award and a Cristal Award for Branded Content.
  • Maggie Alphonsi
    MBE (England Rugby), World Cup Winner
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    Born with a club foot, Margaret, known by many as Maggie the Machine, has turned early adversity into a remarkable career which has seen the Saracens flanker awarded an MBE in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for Services to Rugby, something the experienced player described as “incredible”.
    She has played in three XVs Rugby World Cups and in 2014 she played an influential part in the England team winning the World Cup. In 2012 she also shared in a record-breaking seventh successive Six Nations title and a sixth Grand Slam in seven years with the England team.
    Maggie has also picked up a number of high-profile awards. In 2011, she was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Bedfordshire for her services to rugby, she has been named in the Powerlist for three years running, a highly respected publication which profiles 100 of the most influential people of African and African-Caribbean descent in Britain. There was also the Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year
  • Tess Alps
    Executive Chair
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    Tess is the Chair of Thinkbox, the body owned by the UK broadcasters, whose role is to help advertisers get the best out of today’s diverse, multi­platform TV. She set up the company in 2006 and was its first CEO.

    Immediately prior to this she was the Chairman of the PHD Group in the UK. In her 13 years with
    PHD she played a variety of roles and set up several of its specialist divisions.

    After university and drama school, she fell into advertising by accident, and ended up as an ITV Sales Director before joining PHD.

    Tess is a past President and Honorary member of WACL, Fellow of the Marketing Society, Fellow
    of the RTS, a member of BAFTA and the MGGB. She sits on advisory boards for the ASA and

    In 2007 she won the Outstanding Achievement award from Women in Film and Television and in
    2013 she was voted Media Industry Leader of the Decade by readers of Haymarket’s brand titles.
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  • Omid Ashtari
    General Manager
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    Omid Ashtari is Citymapper's General Manager and is responsible for getting things done. Before joining Citymapper, Omid was heading up foursquare Europe as Managing Director and was focused on growing the international user base and revenues. Before that he spent 7 years with Google in Dublin, London and San Francisco. During his Google tenure he held multiple positions in sales and business development. Omid holds a bachelor's degree in European Business Administration from Cologne Business School Germany and graduated with Honors
  • Neil Ashton
    Football News Correspondent
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    Football news correspondent at The Daily Mail. Presenter of the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports 1.
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    Director of WW Marketing, Advertising
  • Richard Ayoade
    Comedian, Actor, Writer, Director
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    Richard Ayoade went to St. Catharine's College, Cambridge where he was president of the prestigious Footlights. In 2000, he appeared in Garth Marenghi's Fright Knight, a show he co-wrote with Matthew Holness. A year later its sequel won the Perrier Comedy Award. He and Holness took the Marenghi character to Channel 4, and this spawned the cult horror comedy series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace which Richard directed, co-wrote and starred in.

    Richard also appeared in the cult series The Mighty Boosh (2003-2007) alongside Noel Fielding, and won a BAFTA for Best Male Performance in a Comedy Programme for his work as Moss in The IT Crowd (2006-2013).

    As a feature film writer/director, Richard's directorial debut Submarine premiered at Toronto Film Festval in 2010, and won Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards. His second film The Double also played at Toronto and was nominated Best British Film at the BIFAs, and Best Film at the London Film Festival.