Ambassador Stefan Haukur Johannesson
Ambassador Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson took up his position as Ambassador of Iceland to the United Kingdom on 16 November 2017. Stefán Haukur Jóhannesson is an experienced diplomat and negotiator. His former positions include having served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland, as Chief Negotiator in Iceland's accession talks with the European Union 2009-2013, as Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, as Ambassador to the EU, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, as Chairman of the Working Group on Russia's accession to the WTO, and as Director of the External Trade Department and the Department of Administration at the Ministry. In 2014, he was team leader with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.
Professor Mary Evans
Mary Evans is LSE Centennial Professor at the Department of Gender Studies. Prior to coming to the LSE as a Visiting Fellow she taught Women's Studies and Sociology at the University of Kent. The primary focus of Professor Evans' work is those narratives (be they fictional or otherwise) through which we construct our social identity. Professor Evans is particularly interested in the part that gender and class play in these narratives and the ways in which narratives of ourselves are a essential part of what we define as the modern.
Molly Bedingfield is an inspirational speaker and social entrepreneur who helps audiences to understand the secrets to truly nurture talent and bring out the
best in any team. Molly is the mother of international pop stars Daniel and Natasha Bedingfield, successfully home-schooling her four children through their secondary education, with a strong emphasis on creating the right environments for creative ability to flourish. Her children’s extraordinary careers owe a great deal to Molly’s unique perspective on how to effectively nurture and develop talent.
Over the course of a career spanning more than 25 years, she has been involved in business management, leadership development and mentoring; experiences
that enable her to tailor her business-critical messages in a relevant way which can be practically applied by any organisation.
In 2004 Molly established the internally renowned ‘Global Angels Foundation’, a charity with a unique 100% promise, which has primarily been built on Molly’s ability to create effective teams, win people’s hearts and minds and take them on the journey with her.
Her perspective on facilitative leadership and talent development is based firmly on real-life, practical experience, and communicated with charisma, passion and immense warmth through her inspiring keynote speeches.
Pam Cole is the Current Chair of the WBG. Pam has been an active member of the Women’s Budget Group for over 12 years, serving on the management committee, participating in the policy sub-group and contributing to analysis and responses on public sector and employment issues. Following an earlier career in public libraries, Pam worked for 14 years in research, policy and equality officer roles for a public sector trade union. In this role she worked closely with the TUC, the EHRC and other organisations in developing policy and good practice guidance on a wide range of gender equality issues, including equal pay, flexible working, family rights, health and well-being.
Runa is the co-author of The Story Of Boxes, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (out November 11.11.18), leader of the #NoMoreBoxes movement and founder of The Change Makers. She is an internationally acclaimed personal branding specialist, author of Branding Your X Factor, and awarded multi-entrepreneur.
She was the past vice president for FKA (The Icelandic Association for Women Business Leader) and sits on the Global Advisory Boards for Enterprising Women Magazine and Impact Leadership 21 Organisation. She also holds the position to be the Ambassador for International Women in Business Organisation (IWIB) and was one of 100 women that received the TIAW World of Difference Awards 2009.
Rúna has now transformed her career and currently dedicates her work to supporting leaders to become the change they want to see in their organisation, community or country.
He is the Kindness Ambassador, founder of the Five Institute and creator of The Vitality Test. He works with a diverse range of companies, individuals as well as large organisations such as the NHS, educational centres, governments and most recently the United Nations.