Speakers

This was our Speaker lineup for TEDxGlasgow 2016 “A Disruptive World”.

  • Pam Hogg

    Pam Hogg is a legendary fashion designer, rockstar and artist who appeared on the cover of the raw issue of I-D in 1989. Pam has supported Debbie Harry and the Pogues, is friends with Siouxie Sioux and Bobby Gillespie, and has had her fabulous fashions worn by everyone from Kylie to Rihanna. Scottish born and bred, and holding the Newbury Medal of Distinction from the Glasgow School of Art, Pam cuts a striking dash wherever she treads, is a fabulous raconteur, great fun and an incredible talent.

    Talk: Divine Disorder

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  • James Watt

    James was a fully qualified deep sea Captain, having earlier completed an honours degree in Law & Economics. He traded in being a salty sea dog to become a BrewDog in 2007, pursuing his passion for great craft beer by setting up the company with Martin Dickie. James was awarded Great British Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014/15 and was Europe’s first Master Cicerone.

    Talk: Internal = External

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  • Mark Muller Stuart QC

    Mark Muller Stuart QC is the founder of Beyond Borders Scotland, an Edinburgh-based organisation dedicated to facilitating cultural dialogue and exchange between nations. He has been a UN Standby Mediation Expert since 2015, in support of the Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and Georgia peace processes. He is a senior British barrister (Queen’s Counsel) and international lawyer specialising in public international law and human rights and was the Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee between 2005-12. For several years he advised international bodies on conflict resolution and mediation, confidence-building, ceasefires, power-sharing, international law, human rights, and dialogue processes, including several mediation organisations including non-state mediators such as the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Beyond Conflict and Inter Mediate. He has first-hand experience of negotiations between governments and armed groups and has worked in a number of conflict zones including Afghanistan, Georgia, Iraq, Palestine Libya and Syria. Mark is a founding director of the Delfina Foundation and fellow of Harvard Law School.

    Talk: The Power of Small Nation and Non-State Diplomacy in the 21st Century

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  • Dr. Ravinder Dahiya

    Dr. Ravinder Dahiya is Reader and EPSRC Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering. He is the leader of Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group. His multidisciplinary research interests include Flexible and Printable Electronics, Electronic Skin, and System Integration. He has published more han 120 articles, 4 patents, 4 books and many book chapters. He has worked on a variety of EU projects (ROBOSKIN, RobotCub, and FLEXSENSOTRONICS) and is currently leading the EU funded Marie Curie ITN – CONTEST (www.contest-itn.eu), and EPSRC Fellowship for Growth: Printable Tactile Skin.

    Talk: Animating the Inanimate World

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  • Luke Robertson

    Luke Robertson is no stranger to overcoming challenges. After recovering from having an artificial pacemaker fitted and more recently from undergoing extensive brain surgery, in early 2016 he became the youngest Brit, the 2nd youngest in history and the first Scot to complete a solo, unsupported and unassisted expedition to the South Pole, Antarctica. He is an ambassador for Marie Curie and for the Polar Academy, has been on expeditions to Norway and Greenland and competes in a variety of long distance, extreme, endurance events.

    Talk: The other side of fear

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  • Anne Ellis

    Retired University of Glasgow Lecturer and former  Property Manager and Curator at The Hill House, National Trust for Scotland. Anne is currently a writer, journalist and broadcaster.

    Talk: Rising from the Ruins

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  • James Lyne

    James Lyne is global head of security research at the security firm Sophos. A self-professed ‘massive geek’, his technical expertise spans a variety of the security domains. He is a certified instructor at the SANS institute and often a headline presenter at industry conferences.

    Believing that one of the biggest problems of security is making it accessible, James takes every opportunity to educate the public on security threats. James has given multiple TED talks, including at the main TED event. He’s also appeared on a long list of national TV programs to educate the public including CNN, NBC, BBC News and Bill Maher.

    Talk: Hacking with words and smiles

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  • Dr. Mark Payton

    A Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis is perhaps an unusual start to a career in tech. But for 15-year old Mark Payton, as he lay in a hospital bed with his grandparents arguing over the genetic heritage of his newly detected disease, a potential career in the military fell swiftly by the wayside and research into the science of “why me” took centre stage. After a degree in Biochemistry, a PhD in the molecular Immunology of Type 1 Diabetes and working with some of Oxford University’s most acclaimed researchers, Mark was fortunate enough to be part of a team that developed a predictive test for diabetes with his research leading to a start-up business that subsequently listed on the London Stock Exchange. Continuing the theme of good fortune, Mark was offered the first academic appointment with Oxford University’s technology transfer office, Isis Innovation. During his tenure there he span out a further five start-ups before joining one of them. All five went on to deliver profitable returns for the investors through IPO or trade sales. More recently, Mark led a management buyout to form what is now Mercia Technologies PLC to invest in and support start-up businesses.

    Talk: Successful startups; ‘what’s luck got to do with it?’

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  • Angus Farquhar

    Angus Farquhar has been Creative Director of NVA since its inception in 1992. Based in Glasgow, it one of the UK’s most successful independent public arts organisations. This followed 10 years performing as a founding member of the radical 80’s music group Test Dept.

    NVA specialises in creating complex permanent and temporary artworks and initiatives often in unusual settings. NVA’s vision is to make powerful public art articulating the complex qualities of a location through collective action. The practice engages participants physically and creatively in redefining urban and rural landscapes.

    Angus is married to Ann and has twin daughters, Ava and Calla, born in 2002. Other interests include hill-running and food growing.

    Talk: Reclaiming the future

    From being in an industrial band in the 1980s through to the last 8 years saving St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, known as our most important post-war building, Angus Farquhar has spent his adult life exploring ruined landscapes. This is a story about how you can find value where there appears to be little, how from the seeds of destruction creativity can flourish. In his talk, Angus will explore the ambition and optimism that spurred two young architects to dream of a better world 50 years ago in their creation of St Peter’s Seminary. He will look at the idea of how social change might be embedded into bricks and mortar and propose a new model for regeneration based on imagination and a spirit of collective endeavour.  

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  • Ellis Watson

    Ellis is CEO of DC Thomson, one of world’s largest family-owned media companies, and previously ran big media owners in newspapers and TV; News International, Mirror Group, Celador TV Simon Cowell’s Syco TV. Usually asked to fix broken companies or accelerate global expansion. Appointed a Global Scot in 2013 by Alex Salmond. Lives in Scotland, has 30”: inside leg and is a surprisingly good dancer when drunk.

    Talk: Disrupt yourself or die trying

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  • Laura Beveridge

    I’m Laura. I grew up in care.

    My life before care was a collection of trauma, rejection and physical pain. When I was taken into care, life was disruptive in a different way. I was moved around a lot. Everything that I did was recorded and risk assessed. From jumping on a trampoline to a sleepover with friends. A strict and nervous system was my parent.

    I know who I am now. I know it wasn’t anyone’s fault. I know that we need to change things and I now work with young people like me to help them realise that too.

    Talk: Kids in care: Let’s start a revolution!

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  • Dr. Craig Robertson

    Craig is the founder of a company which develops intellectual property in the domain of image, data and signal processing. His current project is a medical device which is particularly tuned to the detection of retinopathy. Craig’s background is in invention, mathematical problem solving and algorithm development. He invented 3D data acquisition systems, hold patents in the fields of optics, software and medical devices and has been a programmer for over 30 years. Craig has produced over thirty peer-reviewed papers, co-authored three books and produced many technical reports on subjects ranging from automated diagnosis to evolutionary optimisation and Open Source business integration.

    Talk: 350 million reasons to disrupt the medical device industry

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  • Steve McCreadie

    Steve has 20 years operational and business development experience, a Masters in Leadership and was a finalist in the IoD Director of Year Awards 2015. He has led award-winning services and, inspired by the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem, he created The Lens. This unique programme develops intrapreneurship, creating innovation capability and ideas from front line staff. The Lens ran successfully and Steve was invited to meet the Deputy First Minister. With his backing The Lens is working with charities across Scotland. A Fellow of RSA and Leader in Entrepreneurial Scotland Steve is committed to improving people’s lives.

    Talk: Intrapreneurship - more than a spelling mistake?

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  • Graham Hogg

    Graham Hogg is a director at Lateral North, an architecture, research and design collective based in Glasgow, Scotland. Working on community projects through to national strategies, Lateral North looks to investigate Scotland’s new place and identity within an economically emerging northern region; exploring the relationship between people, culture, places, industries and economies.

    Graham studied architecture at Roma Tre University and University of Strathclyde, with the latter being where himself and Tom Smith began Lateral North.

    Talk: Scotland 2066

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  • Brianna Elyse Robertson-Kirkland

    Brianna graduated with 1st class honours from The University of Glasgow, Bachelor of Music degree. She was granted the Edward Caird Award to allow her to continue her studies in a joint degree course between the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of Glasgow studying for a Masters of Historically Informed Performance. She is currently undergoing PhD research on the 18th century castrato singer Venanzio Rauzzzini and his students funded by the University of Glasgow College of Arts Internship scholarship.

    Talk: The Castrated Opera Singer

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  • Jason Leitch

    Jason is the National Clinical Director at the Scottish Government and an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee. Jason was the HFMA 2011 UK Clinician of the Year. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). He was a 2005-06 Quality Improvement Fellow at IHI, in Boston, sponsored by the Health Foundation.

    Jason is also a trustee of the of the Indian Rural Evangelical Fellowship which runs orphanages in south-east India. He has a doctorate from the University of Glasgow, an MPH from Harvard and is a fellow of the three Royal Colleges.

    Talk: “What Matters To Me” – a new vital sign

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  • Marco Plas

    Marco Plas has a triple masters degree in Economics, Informatics and Applied Mathematic. He is the Head of Research at I.R.I.S. (Int. Research Institute of Infant Studies), the course director of the Wonder Weeks Academy and the head of production at Kiddy World Publishing. With his team, he conducts research into the mental development of infants in the age-range of 0 to 5 years (with a particular focus of the range between 20 and 60 months). He continues the work of researching the theory of infant development started by the founders of the Wonder Weeks, Dr. Frans Plooij and Dr Hetty van de Rijt.

    Talk: The Wonder Weeks

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  • Ruairidh Wynne-McHardy

    Lawyer, legal technologist and startup founder. I’ve lived in three countries, speak two languages, and want to do one thing – change the face of the legal profession by encouraging the use of legal technology.

    Talk: What makes lawyers click?

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