Speakers

For the Festival of ThinkIns, we gathered together some of the best-known people from across the board – politics, business, sport, culture and the media.

Amol Rajan

The BBC’s media editor and former editor of The Independent.

Spoke at The future of the party: the Conservatives

Andrew Feldman

Barrister, Conservative fundraiser and politician.

Spoke at The future of the party: the Conservatives

Asad Dhunna

Founder of The Unmistakables and director of communications for Pride.

Spoke at Is Britain becoming more intolerant?

Bobby Seagull

Academic, television personality and maths teacher.

Spoke at Should university be free? 

Carwyn Jones

Former First Minister of Wales. Leader of Welsh Labour Party, 2009–2018.

Spoke at The future of the party: Labour

Claire Fox

Director of the Academy of Ideas.

Spoke at Is Britain becoming more intolerant?

Claudia Winkleman

Television presenter, film critic, radio personality, and journalist.

Spoke at Should university be free? 

Douglas Alexander

Labour politician, cabinet minister from 2006–2010.

Spoke at The future of the party: Labour

Gina Miller

Activist, campaigner and businesswoman.

Spoke at Abortion and abuse: are women under threat like never before?

Helena Kennedy

Scottish barrister, broadcaster, and Labour member of the House of Lords.

Spoke at What is Britain’s role in the world now?

Jo Johnson

MP for Orpington since 2010, former Universities Minister.

Spoke at Should university be free? 

John Sawers

Diplomat, civil servant and former Head of MI6.

Spoke at What is Britain’s role in the world now?

John Browne

Executive Chairman L1 Energy, former CEO of BP.

Spoke at What is Britain’s role in the world now? 

Julie Bindel

Writer, radical feminist, and co-founder of law-reform group Justice for Women.

Spoke at Abortion and abuse: are women under threat like never before?

Kamal Ahmed

Editorial director, BBC News.

Spoke at Pay and perks: is inequality the price of prosperity? 

Laura Citron

CEO London & Partners Limited since May 2017.

Spoke at What is Britain’s role in the world now?

Libby Purves

Journalist and broadcaster.

Spoke at Things that cannot be said

Michael Marmott

Director, Institute of Health Equity, UCL.

Spoke at Pay and perks: is inequality the price of prosperity?

Mandu Reid

Women’s Equality Party leader and the first black leader of a UK political party.

Spoke at Abortion and abuse: are women under threat like never before?

Matt Lodder

Senior lecturer in Art History at the University of Essex.

Spoke at Tattoos: an Inkin

Orysia Lutsevych

Research fellow and manager of the Ukraine Forum at Chatham House.

Spoke at Democracy: Zuckerberg and Putin, partners in crime?

Peter Jukes

Author, screenwriter, playwright, literary critic and blogger.

Spoke at Democracy: Zuckerberg and Putin, partners in crime?

Peter Westmacott

Senior diplomat, former ambassador to the United States.

Spoke at What is Britain’s role in the world now? 

Rachel Wolf

Founding partner at Public First.

Spoke at The future of the party: the Conservatives

Rowland Manthorpe

Technology correspondent, Sky News.

Spoke at Democracy: Zuckerberg and Putin, partners in crime? 

Roya Nikkhah

Journalist and commentator.

Spoke at A family of brands: have the Royals pulled off a marketing coup? 

 

Sally Osman

Former Director of Royal Communications.

Spoke at A family of brands: have the Royals pulled off a marketing coup?

Scarlett Curtis

Writer, journalist, blogger, and curator of Feminists Don’t Wear Pink & Other Lies.

Spoke at Things that cannot be said

Shakira Martin

President of the National Union of Students.

Spoke at Should university be free? 

Tasnime Akunjee

Criminal defence lawyer who specialises in terrorism law.

Spoke at Is Britain becoming more intolerant?