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Susanna Kempe

CEO, Laidlaw Foundation
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Ngoc Chau Tran

Undergraduate Student, Hong Kong University

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Charles Thiede

CEO & Co-Founder, Zapnito

My background is in technology, professional services and digital media. I co-founded Zapnito due to a number of related observations from my time in these sectors: 1) the social web is creating a huge amount of noise 2) expertise that brands have built up over decades is being drowned out and hidden from those that need it 3) these brands are therefore losing their audience to often undeserving and unhelpful sources, and 4) people are finding it harder to access the expertise that they truly value. I therefore decided to create Zapnito, a white-label platform to help trusted brands reclaim their audiences via expert-driven knowledge networks.
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Farida Augustine

student , Miss

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Patrick Laske

Student, University College London

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Third year PPE student, Univeristy of York

I am a third year PPE student, my interests lie in peace-building, immigration policy and diplomacy. As an aspiring diplomat, my aim is to reform the 'existing' EU migrant crisis system, as the current system is not sustainable for the climate migrant crisis coming in 2050. During my time at university I have been press and publicity in club of PEP, president of Amnesty International as well as having an internship at Amnesty international. I am currently the president of International Development Society. The ambition I have as a president is to reform the society to become a common platform for students that do not necessarily know what they want to do, but know they want to have a positive social impact on the world. Knowing you want to do this, should be. drive enough to get any job (in my opinion). We are planning various of creative, as well as informative events. The biggest event we are planning at the moment is to host the a student run networking conference where our aim is to demonstrate to students across the UK that you can do 'good' in every profession. I am therefore currently looking for speakers, if you are interested, please do get in contact!
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Paul Burgum

CEO & Founder , BCT Aspire CIC

I have spent the last 10 years working on the concept of mental fitness, as counter to the old stigmatized concept of mental health. I am hugely interested in how people can develop resilience and endurance. This has led me to studying applied psychology. My Laidlaw scholarship research project has been looking into the effects of emotion on the performance of Ultramarathon runners at distances of both 60 miles and 110 miles. This is the first sports psychology study that has attempted to measure this actually within-race rather than just pre and post race. Since suffering a nervous breakdown in 2009, and finally admitting to himself his own mental health and alcohol problems. A period of his life that is now looked upon as the positive beginning of a new chapter. Paul has gone on to build an awarding social enterprise BCT Aspire CIC, completed numerous high-profile endurance challenges and applied his learning to helping others and now supporting his academic journey as a mature student. BCT Aspire CIC has over the last decade delivered thousands of successful youth sessions and activity programmes for local children & young people on Teesside. Currently BCT Aspire delivers five youth sessions every week in Billingham including; Youth clubs, fitness sessions, music lessons, Duke of Edinburgh Awards and community events all with a voluntary team. A former talented Rugby player who represented England North at his peak, Paul’s attempt to get to grips with his problems led him to begin walking. This resulted in a 3000 miles adventure spanning the length of Europe, from the Southern Tip of Italy to the edge of the Orkney Islands, also passing through France, England & Scotland. All completed without support and relying on the human kindness of strangers. This has been followed up by running single stage ultramarathons up to 160 miles and last year completed the Wainwrights Coast to Coast completely barefoot to raise funds for his work and supporting his belief in positive thinking. Paul’s first two EBooks from the “Jumping the Cliff” series have topped the Amazon EBook charts for both Depression, Anxiety & Mental Health sections, with his next book from his six-week journey across Italy now out in paperback. Paul started his speaking career talking to pupils at a school with children who had behavioural problems, a place where Paul gained the courage to talk about his own way of trying to reset his own learnt behaviours. Since then he has given talks to a cross section of people including business people, professional sportsmen, youth groups, colleges & universities. Paul has also won numerous Business & Community Awards for his diverse range of work including; Entrepreneurs Forum Emerging Talent 2012; Evening Gazette’s Community Champion for Children & Young People 2012; Gazette Community Awards Finalist twice (Ambassador & Fundraising), Teesside Philanthropic Charity – Teesside Hero Paul is a qualified outdoor leader with BCT Aspire CIC who enjoys sharing these skills with people aiming to build confidence and also relaxing on the hills with his dog Molly and now his young son Pavel. Paul currently mixes his role as Managing Director of BCT Aspire, with speaking work, and studying applied psychology at Durham University. This also includes holding a prestigious Laidlaw scholarship for emerging global research talent, currently researching the mental approaches of endurance athletes. Furthermore, a trustee of Catalyst Stockton on Tees the VCSE infrastructure body for the area.
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Navya Lobo

Research Scholar in Geography at Laidlaw Foundation, Naturvation

Londoner studying Geography, interested in Community Gardens and their wider impact in society. Interested in Urban Agriculture and Sustainable Cities. Passionate about product design, gender equality and co-founder of the Amazon Rainforest Initiative.
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Alexander Stanley

Leadership Developer, University of St Andrews

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Hira Khanum

consultant, Columbia Business School

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Georgina Sánchez

Digital Content, The Laidlaw Foundation

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Holly Shorey

Human rights defender focusing on children's rights, and undergraduate researcher, Amnesty UK Children's Human Rights Network

I am a human rights defender focusing on children's rights. I am the vice chair and empowerment and involvement officer of the Amnesty UK Children's Human Rights Network. The network is a dynamic, and change-making group of activists who campaign with children to make their rights real. My research this summer has focused on understanding how certain linguistic structures are used by organisations, movements, and individual activists to take action on human rights issues.
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Lottie Emily Doherty

Student , University of St Andrews

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Andrew Harston

Director of Development & Alumni Relations, Durham University

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Nikol Chen (she/her)

Marketing & Design, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! I am fascinated with all things human- & design-related. My university research focused on the effects of design on patient wellbeing in hospitals. I employed ethnographic methods to investigate whether design elements, such as colour, light, and form can have a significant impact on medical recovery. Throughout my degree, I also took modules in ethnographic documentary filmmaking, philosophy of science, and anthropology of architecture among other (less interesting-sounding) things. If you need any guidance on using the site (or if you just want to chat), contact me using the chat app on the Network website, or drop a line at nikol.chen@laidlawfoundation.com!
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Susan Balch

Associate Dean, London Business School

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Emma Franck-Gwinnell

Future Trainee Solicitor, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

I graduated from Durham University in July 2019, having completed my Laidlaw Undergraduate Scholarship in Research and Leadership, where I focused on business' responsibilities to stop modern slavery in their supply chains, and the impact that the law can have on this. Since February 2020, I've been studying the Legal Practice Course in London, and will be joining Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP as a Trainee Solicitor in August 2020. I'm passionate about entrepreneurialism, getting more women into business, and ending slavery in supply chains. Please don't hesitate to contact me to talk about careers in commercial law, student leadership while at university, and anything else you think I might be interested in.
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Susan Preston

Human Geography Student and Laidlaw Scholar for Travel Time Use, University of Leeds

Laidlaw Scholar Researching "How people use their time during journeys?". In summer 2018 I conducted ethnographies in London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam on trains and in Leeds on buses. Summer 2019 I have created a survey and done 2 focus groups. I visited the Royal Geographical Society Conference at Cardiff University in 2018 and will attend the same event in London this year, presenting my poster. In addition to my Laidlaw Scholarship, I have recently completed the Q-Step quantitative training placement at Leeds City Council. This project focused on "redefining the city's boundary". I am an incoming Equality and Inclusion project assistant at the University of Leeds. I have previously had nearly 3 years experience as a Maths Tutor, during my studies. I have been an open day ambassador for the School of Geography. I have also worked as a kitchen assistant.
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Arya Sudhir Rao

Laidlaw Scholar, Columbia University

Researcher in population genetics
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Lorenzo Molinari

Student, University College London (UCL)

Hi all! My name is Lorenzo and I am an Engineering Undergraduate student at University College London. As part of my Laidlaw experience I specialised in Autism Research, from a psychological and engineering perspective. Among all the tasks that I performed, I conducted workshops with autistic and neurotypical adolescents, analysed psychometric data using SPSS and created MATLAB scripts to analyse medical imaging data of infants' brains. Alongside Autism Research, I am interested in the Education Sector, particularly in how the emerging technologies and positive role-models can be leveraged to tackle educational inequality in the UK.
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