Glen Mehn, Social Innovation Camp
Glen is the Managing Director of Social Innovation Camp. He has been consulting for social ventures in the UK, sub-Saharan Africa, and the US since 2008. Glen has 15 years of operational and technical experience, including running his own social performing arts group in New Orleans, managing the IT operations for Burning Man and managing IT and operations departments in Silicon Valley. Glen is a trustee for Appfrica, a school governor for St John’s Angell Town primary school, and on the advisory board for In the Picture. Glen holds a BA in English Literature and Sociology from the University of New Orleans and an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Stephen Rockman, Founder Merism Capital
Stephen is a serial entrepreneur and experienced early stage investor. He has previously spent twenty years working in IT, in various commercial roles with global software and services companies. He became an ‘angel investor’ and advisor to start-up web and mobile companies in Europe and Israel. He founded Merism Capital in 2010 to provide seed funding for early stage social businesses. In 2011 Stephen co-founded Hub Venture Labs, the first incubator in Europe to invest in, and support, social entrepreneurs and innovation. Stephen is a guest lecturer on social investment at Goldsmiths College.
Tosh Zuma, iHub
Tosh Juma is a manager at *iHub_. *iHub_ aims to develop the scale of Nairobi’s technology innovators. Tosh has experience in community building and strategic planning. He is passionate about bringing people together through a combination of online communities and physical events. Tosh comes from a creative background and has worked extensively in the field of digital design. He is passionate about brand identity and has considerable experience providing high end branding, corporate identity and marketing solutions for some of Kenya’s most successful firms.
Tim Kindberg, Freelance creative technologist
Tim Kindberg is a computer scientist turned creative technologist based in Bristol UK. He has held academic positions including visiting professorships, he worked in Hewlett Packard Labs in Silicon Valley and Bristol, and was research director at the Pervasive Media Studio. He is principal at matter2media.com, where he develops mobile/pervasive computing platforms and installations for the creative industries. He has a PhD in computer science and a BA in mathematics. Tim is a writer in his spare time. See champignon.net for more information.
Ryan Bowman, Circle Digital
Ryan is a director and co-founder of Circle Digital, a digital agency with offices in London and Nairobi. Before Circle Digital Ryan worked for the Financial Times designing information graphics, and co-founded Shakeup Media, an award-winning media strategy firm that redesigned newspapers and magazines online and in print across the world including in Uganda, Kenya, Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. He has written for the Financial Times about Republican politics, and Good Magazine among others about the intersection of new media, design and politics. He holds a MA in Literature from UCL and is a fellow at the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts.
Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) is Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space dedicated to catalysing creative social technology ventures. The Hub founders, Bosun Tijani and Femi Longe, first observed the impact of cooperative social innovation at the Social Innovation Camp Nigeria. The hub acts as a cushy nest and is designed to accelerate the development of social technology ventures through providing business support resources and services, developed and orchestrated by the hub management and offered both in the space and through our array of partners. Deploying their open innovation methodology, CcHub has run a series of co-creation projects, which have resulted in seventeen social technology ventures, in areas including Governance, Health, CyberCrime Prevention, Education and Security. In the fifteen months since formation, CcHub has delivered services to Omidyar Networks, The Indigo Trust (part of the Sainsbury’s Family Trust in the UK), Google Africa, The Schmidt Family Foundation, MainOne Cable Company, Nokia etc.
Andy Young, Snook
Andy is a designer at Snook, a social innovation and service design outfit based in Glasgow. He works with Snook to make their mission of transforming the way services are delivered in Scotland happen through design, people and practical action. He is committed to helping improve the lives of others, by engaging those who are open to sharing their knowledge, expertise and willing to learn. Andy’s skills lie with his ability to listen to people and help them understand and articulate the various challenges they face.
Paul Gudgin, Festivals and events
Paul has been involved with festivals and events for over 20 years. Career highlights include: concerts manager at Aldeburgh Festival, manager of the Burry St Edmunds Festival, general manager of the Queen’s Hall and director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Paul, keen to pass on the experience he has accumulated working in festivals and events, went on to become the Visiting Professor of Festivals and Events within the UK Centre for Event Management at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has subsequently taken up the position of Senior Consultant to the Edinburgh Institute for Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University. He worked on consultancy projects and delivered lectures, workshops and seminars in Australia, the US, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, South Korea, Zimbabwe, Canada, Ireland and many other countries. Paul was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Edinburgh in recognition of “His very significant contribution to the life of the city of Edinburgh” and the Arts and Business Scotland Award for leadership.
Kelly Clark, Marmaine Consulting
Kelly Clark is the Managing Director of Marmanie Consulting, an impact investment and advisory firm that she founded in 2006, the Managing Director of Marmanie Leadership, a strategy and leadership business she founded in 2011 and the Director of Tellus Mater, a family foundation dedicated to supporting innovation and leadership through environmental philanthropy. Kelly integrates vision and values into all of her work, using a strategic systems approach that is grounded in years of experience with financial and philanthropic investments as well as emerging market field work. In addition, she works with organisations and enterprises to assist them in aligning their strategic focus with sustainable growth and investor requirements. Prior to launching Marmanie, Kelly spent 10 years as a private banker in the US, London and Hong Kong. She began her career at Merrill Lynch before moving to UBS where she was ultimately positioned as the Hong Kong-based Head of South East Asian private banking, and managed a team of 25 across five emerging markets.
James Baster, Freelance developer
James Baster is a professional developer who has worked on a range of projects including: a website designed to enable groups of people to organise care for elderly people, a website designed to help finding new friends at festivals, games based on the contents of festival programmes. James has also created a tool for recording and playing back tweets. With his extensive experience of getting projects going, James hopes to offer useful feedback and advice.
Alex Overtoom, Co-founder and director of Hub Johannesburg
Alexander Overtoom is co-founder and director of Hub Johannesburg. After graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science in 2006, Alexander was worked in organisational development consulting for three years in different companies throughout Holland. During this time he specialised in designing group interventions and dealing with change. After moving to South Africa in 2009, he co-founded the Hub and got involved with building and activating networks for social entrepreneurs. His work is concerned with enabling grassroots entrepreneurs to develop by linking members up with opportunities in the field. Alexander is passionate about creating the necessary conditions for entrepreneurs to thrive.
Lesley Donna Williams, Co-founder of Hub Johannesburg
Lesley is co-founder of Hub Johannesburg and has also co-founded Africa++, a social enterprise that promotes collaborative action with multiple stakeholders to address socio-economic challenges acrossAfrica. Lesley designs and facilitates dialogue and change processes. The focus of her work is to build vibrant, inclusive and sustainable communities using participatory methods. Lesley has worked and lived inSouth Africaand theUnited Kingdom. Her passion for sustainable development, incubating social entrepreneurship and developing learning organisations has led her to convene and deliver or participate in learning journeys and workshops across Europe, South America and Africa.
Stephen Rockman, Founder Merism Capital
Sarah Drummond, founder and director of Snook
Sarah founded Snook, an award winning social innovation and design outfit based in Glasgow. Snook tries to make society better through service design. During 2010, Sarah was sponsored by Skills Development Scotland to work alongside their Service Design and Innovation Directorate to implement the design process in their organisation. She thrives from leading processes of change, putting design at the heart of organisations. Her work challenges the role of design within the public sector. As the winner of the first Scottish Social Innovation Camp, Sarah is ambitiously challenging the way governments operate and make policies through initiatives such as MyPolice. Sarah also teaches at universities all over the world, fromTaiwan toAustria, specialising in service design, prototyping, visualisation skills and co-design.
Ramy Habeeb, Creator of Kotobarabia
With a passion for promoting Egyptian and Arab culture, and the drive to have his own business, Ramy created Kotobarabia (KA), the first Arabic ePublishing House and Arabic Digitisation Center. Starting out in a small room with two computers and $5,000, today KA employs over 50 people and operates three main lines of business: ePublishing, digitisation and consulting. In April 2007, Ramy was awarded Young Egyptian Publisher of the Year by the British Council. Ramy now consults on the merits of ePublishing as a method for engaging with emerging economies and has worked with companies from London, Frankfurt, Washington DC, New York, Delhi, Cairo, Amsterdam, and Abu Dhabi.
Tarim, Freelance Technologist
Tarim works as a technologist to implement his ideas, and those of artists, in the real world. He works closely with Bristol’s Pervasive Media Studio, for whom he creates Media Playgrounds, installations which people can both play with and build new and different places to play in. Tarim helped set up and run Bristol Hackspace, a social enterprise which aims to open up technology to anybody who takes an interest in it and committed to the principles of Open Source and Open Knowledge.
Karen McGregor, Chief Executive of Firstport
Karen is Chief Executive of Firstport, a Scottish based organisation that provides business support and start-up funds for new and emerging social entrepreneurs. Karen joined Firstport in 2009 to set up their awards programme, which has since distributed almost £1.8m in start up funds to 340 new social entrepreneurs acrossScotland. Prior to Firstport, Karen has worked in the private and public sector. She spent seven years with the Big Lottery Fund, which has given her an excellent understanding of developing new funding programmes and, designing and implementing customer focussed pre-application support and outreach services.