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5 speakers 15 minutes each
Mon 16th May 2016
5x15: 5 speakers, 15 minutes each
Sara Khan is the co-founder and director of Inspire, a counter-extremism and human rights organisation. She helped lead the national anti-ISIS campaign #makingastand. In January 2015 and 2016 she was recognised as one of Britain’s 500 most influential people, in the prestigious Debrett’s War and Peace category. Sara was named as one of the top 10 influential woman on BBC Woman’s Hour Power list 2015 for her counter-extremism work. She has written comment pieces for the Guardian, the Independent and the Telegraph. She has also appeared on numerous media channels including BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ Programme and CNN Amanpour. After the 7/7 bombings she sat on the Home Office’s Tackling Extremism and Radicalisation Working Group and is currently sitting on the Department for Education’s Due Diligence and Counter-Extremism Expert Reference Group. A born human rights activist she completed an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. Her book The Battle for British Islam will be published in October 2016 with Saqi Books.
Decca Aitkenhead is an award-winning journalist (Catherine Pakenham Award 1996, Interviewer of the Year in 2009) for The Guardian newspaper, where she interviews leading figures in public life. She was born in Wiltshire in 1971, and studied politics and modern history at Manchester University, where she began her career in journalism at the Manchester Evening News. She has been a columnist and features writer for most national newspapers and magazines, and a regular contributor to BBC radio and television. She lives in rural Kent with her two young sons. In 2000 she wrote a travel book, The Promised Land, about going around the world in search of perfect Ecstasy.
Marcus du Sautoy
Marcus du Sautoy
Marcus du Sautoy is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. In 2008 he was appointed to the University’s prestigious professorship as the Simonyi Chair for the Public Understanding of Science, a post previously held by Richard Dawkins. In 2009 The Royal Society awarded him the Faraday Prize for excellence in communicating science to the public, and in 2010 he received an OBE from the Queen for his services to science. He is the author of The Music of the Primes, Finding Moonshine and The Number Mysteries. He has presented numerous programmes on television and radio, including the internationally acclaimed BBC series The Story of Maths and the comedy maths show The School of Hard Sums with Dara Ó Briain. He lives in London with his wife and three children. His latest book is What We Cannot Know.