We come from entrepreneurship, journalism, government and business. We are united by our belief that government is a powerful force for good – and can be even more so
Lisa co-founded Assembly for, applying behavioural science to policy and social change. Previously she was COO of Fenton, the largest public interest communications firm in the US. She has been a commentator and moderator for outlets including NPR, MSNBC, CBS and the Clinton Global Initiative. She has worked in government for the Seattle City Council. She is a WEF Young Global Leader and sits on the Global Agenda Council on Behaviour.
Robyn previously co-founded OneLeap, a London based executive education company, and Level Up, which teaches coding to vulnerable young people in South Africa. She has written an acclaimed memoir about growing up in Botswana. She is an ambassador for the Access to Medicine Index, an advisor to the Responsible Mining Index, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Gates Scholar. She has a BSc in Bioinformatics from Auckland and a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise from Cambridge.
Alex is a journalist, columnist and novelist who has worked in print, radio and television. He has written for The Guardian, The Spectator, The Huffington Post, The Times Literary Supplement and Fast Company, among others. His debut novel, The Beast, is published in September 2017. He also translates German fiction and has taught at Oxford University.
Ella Mae Lewis
Ella Mae worked previously at the Global Fund to End Slavery, where she handled the data analytics and fieldwork portfolio for Africa. Prior to joining the Fund, Ella Mae worked on supply chain systems at the Walk Free Foundation, including lobbying with members of the House of Lords around the UK Modern Slavery Bill. She studied Modern History at Oxford, was a full Opportunities Bursar and taught herself to code.
Burhan is an award winning journalist and a former Head of Opinion at Al Jazeera. He has previously worked at The Observer and The Times, and was part of the core team which launched The National in the United Arab Emirates in 2008, where he was Weekend Editor.
Nitika was formerly a senior policy advisor at the UK Government’s Treasury. She has advised ministers on financial and budgetary policy, led negotiations in Brussels on the UK’s behalf, served as Chief of Staff to the UK Ambassador to the EU, and driven commercial reforms in the public sector. She has also worked in India and France with human rights NGOs and holds a degree in PPE from Oxford University.
Paul Kirby is a non-executive director of the UK Cabinet Office and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously Paul served as Partner and Global Head of the Government and Public Sector Practice at KPMG and Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit. He studied at Oxford University.
Sheila Lirio Marcelo
Sheila Lirio Marcelo is the Founder, Chairwoman and CEO of care.com; a public company that is the world’s largest online care destination with 20.7 million members in 18 countries. Sheila frequently speaks about women, technology and leadership, and has presented alongside former US President Barrack Obama. Sheila has been named a ‘Top 10 Women Entrepreneur’ by Fortune, is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and was recently appointed to the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. She graduated from Mount Holyoke, where she also holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, and received her JD/MBA from Harvard University.
Lindiwe Mazibuko is the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. At 31 she was elected to be her party’s youngest ever parliamentary leader. She successfully prosecuted a Constitutional Court case against the Speaker of the National Assembly that vindicated the right of Members of Parliament to move a motion of no confidence in the President. She studied at Cape Town and Harvard University and was a Fellow of Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
Dr Adam Parr
Dr Adam Parr is an entrepreneur and investor based in Oxford. He chairs the Oxford University machine-learning spin-out, Mind Foundry, and is a director of Cosworth Group and an advisor to OneLeap. Adam raised the finance for Ingenie.com and QuantumBlack, start-ups respectively acquired by Watchstone Group and McKinsey & Co. A barrister by training, he served as chief executive and chairman of the Williams F1 team between 2006 and 2012. He is a graduate of Cambridge University and holds a PhD from University College London.
H.R.H. Jaime de Bourbon de Parme
H.R.H. Jaime de Bourbon de Parme is the Netherlands’ Ambassador to the Holy See. Previously, Jaime was the Special Envoy on Natural Resources at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. His main focus was long-term and sustainable security of supply of energy, metals and minerals. In this capacity he initiated the Responsible Mining Index. He set up the Conflict Free Tin Initiative, which brings traceable minerals from conflict prone areas in Congo to the international market. He also brokered a deal with Bolivia, which has the greatest deposits of lithium in the world, to help industrialise their lithium sector.