We are delighted for Think Equal to be opening the Sir Ken Robinson Stage at the World Education Summit this march. Sir Ken Robinson sadly passed away last year and we have decided to dedicate an entire stage to his life and legacy. Sir Ken Robinson believed in creativity and advocated for educating the mind as well as the heart. He fought for a global system change with the help of Think Equal, where he was a founding patron.
We are delighted to welcome the Think Equal team to help us remember the impact Sir Ken Robinson had on learning and ensure his legacy lives on.
Those on the Sir Ken Robinson Tribute stage will be:
Actor and Writer, and Sir Ken Robinson’s son
Founder and Executive Chair of Think Equal. A former filmmaker and actress. Leslee now dedicates her life to Think Equal and campaigning for a system change in education. She has won an array of awards including: the UN Women for Peace Activist Award in 2019, the Swedish Anna Lindh Human Rights Prize (formerly won by Madeline Albright), and was voted the New York Times’ No. 2 ‘Most Impactful Woman’ of 2015, second to Hillary Clinton.
Ruby Wax OBE
Actress, comedian, writer, mental health campaigner, and lecturer. Ruby holds a master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. She is the Chancellor of the University of Southampton. Ruby’s published memoirs have both reached number one on the Sunday Times bestseller list.
One of the BBC’s main national news broadcasters and journalists. Kate regularly writes on developmental psychology along with children and adolescent mental health issues. Her academic roots are in Child Developmental Psychology and Psychotherapy and she is currently training as a Psychotherapist to work in schools. She is also the author of upcoming book called ‘There’s No Such Thing as Naughty’.
President of Montessori Europe. Barbara has contributed to all of the course developments at Montessori Centre International. She has trained teachers at Montessori St. Nicholas, London Montessori Centre and MCI. She is committed to championing the Montessori approach of nurturing individual potential to transform the world.
Lord Michael Hastings CBE
Former Head of Public Affairs at BBC, Lord Hastings is the Chancellor of Regents University. He was appointed CBE in recognition of his services to crime reduction and served as Commissioner on the Commission of Racial Equality. Michael is listed as one of the hundred most influential Black people in the UK. He has been appointed as one of the Vice-Presidents of UNICEF, and the Director of Junior Achievement worldwide.
Founder of Indrani’s Light Foundation, a foundation committed to ending gender-based violence. Indrani has been advocating for women’s rights, wellbeing, and health for more than six decades. She gives her time and energies to empowering women around the world with tools she creates, curates, and delivers personally. She has worked with global health organisations, PSI, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United Way and UNESCO.
CEO of Think Equal. Giulia has expertise in technology, education, social transformative projects, and government relations. With a special focus on emerging and developing countries. She was formerly the CEO of One Laptop Per Child, where she led the growth of the programme in expanding it in over eighty-five countries. Giulia has been developing products, programs and youth policies for LEGO, MIT Media-lab, and the Italian Government.
Dr. Robin Stern
Co-Founder and Associate Director for the Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, and an Associate Research Scientist at the Child Studies Centre at Yale University. She is a licensed psychoanalyst with thirty years’ experience, and co-developer of the RULER Programme, an evidence-based research of Social and Emotional Learning. Robin has consulted with Facebook and Google, co-developing a number of products.
Chief Science Officer at the Bezos Family Founder, Executive Director of Mind in the Making, President of the Families and Work Institute and Author. Ellen has written over one hundred books and reports, and her life’s work revolves around identifying important societal questions as they emerge, conducting research to seek answers, and turning the findings into action.
Professor Richard Davidson
Founder and Director of the Centre for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Times Magazine named Professor Richard Davidson one of the one hundred most influence people in the world in 2006. Best known for his ground-breaking work studying emotion and the brain, friend and colleague of the Dalai Lama, his research is broadly focused on methodologies to promote human flourishing.
Laureate of the Yidan Prize for Education Development and WISE Prize for Education, and Founder and Director of the Fundación Escuela Nueva. Vicky is a graduate of Sociology of Education and Comparative International Education at Stanford University, USA. She served as the Vice Minister of Education of Colombia, and has been recognised by several awards, including the SKOLL Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Clinton Social Citizen Award and Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the World Economic Forum.
CEO of Lifelines Fund and sits on the Finance and Governance Committee of the British Association of Counselling Psychotherapists. Madhavi is an Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, working within schools and with refugee organisations. Her focus is on women and children from disadvantaged communities, with a view to education-led transformation. She has worked with Sense International, as well as the Refugee Council.
Please set aside this day to join hands with us in tribute to Sir Ken Robinson’s visionary influence and his extraordinary legacy and to learn about Think Equal, the organisation he poured so much of his heart and expertise into.
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