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 Assemblyfor, applying behavioural science to policy and social change, and WithoutViolence, an organization supporting people and policies to prevent violence against children. Previously, she was COO of Fenton, the largest public interest communications firm in the US. She is an author, a regular commentator and moderator for outlets including NPR, MSNBC, CBS and the Clinton Global Initiative. She has worked in government for the City of Seattle. She is a WEF Young Global Leader, sits on the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Behaviour and serves on a board for the the U.S. Government's National Academy of Science and Engineering.
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.
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.
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, was published in September 2017. He also translates German fiction and has taught at Oxford University.
Ella Mae Lewis
Ella Mae was previously with the Global Fund to End Slavery, where she ran 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 Sutton Trust Alumna, a full Opportunities Bursar and taught herself to code.
Dr James Smith
James Smith has 20 years of experience in tech, most recently as Head of Labs at the Open Data Institute. He codes in more than 10 languages and his experience includes, in particular, API development, web development, biometrics, computer vision and flight simulation. He has also worked on carbon emissions modelling and co-founded his own grassroots political party, building the tech to crowd-source a policy manifesto. He has a PhD in computer graphics algorithms.
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.
Alex Lovell-Troy is an experienced entrepreneur and technology advisor with organizations including NewsDeeply, OneLeap and the William James Foundation. He is currently the Vice President of Transformation with Pythian where he leads strategy and analytics consulting practices. As advisor to Apolitical, he guides strategic use of data and technical leadership.