Written by Marc Astley

It appears, yet again, that we have a fascinating line up of speakers for this year’s TEDxExeter event.

Yesterday I wrote in praise of our visionary city council Chief Executive Karime Hassan: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hats-off-exeter-city-council-chief-executives-brave-vision-astley/

And in the licensee and curator of TEDxExeter we have another exceptional individual helping the city to punch well above its weight.

Former refugee lawyer Claire Kennedy has done an exceptional job in establishing the event and growing its reputation globally.

This year’s line up is as follows:

*Ciara Eastell, chief executive of Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited;

* Dan Dicker, founder of circular design practice ashortwalk;

*Jess Leigh, a member of Plan International UK’s youth advisory panel;

* Apprentice Izzy Clarkson and Exeter College student Jess Pepperell, both local youth board members for the National Citizen Service;

* Lee Elliott Major, Professor of Social Mobility at the University of Exeter and chief executive of the Sutton Trust;

* Naimah Hassan, programme director of Global Media Campaign, which works to end FGM;

* Philosopher, filmmaker, artist and author Raoul Martinez;

* Beatboxer and electronic singer-songwriter SK Shlomo;

* Marine biologist Steve Simpson, whose work was featured on Blue Planet II;

* Thore Graepel, a research group lead at Google DeepMind and chair of machine learning at University College London;

* Kat McHale, a public health doctor and mother-of-three, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2018;

* June O’Sullivan, chief executive of London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) Nurseries and a regular commentator on early years, social business and child poverty;

* Alex Kenmure, head of business development at GoodGym, a community of runners that combines getting fit with doing good;

* Lucy Clayton, curator and co-host of the Dress: Fancy podcast

It is an inspired and eclectic line up and the event will, as in previous years, sell out in minutes.

Claire said: “We’re hugely excited about the speakers who are coming to share their ideas at our event this year. With a mix of inspirational young people and leaders in science and the arts, it promises to be another uplifting and thought-provoking day.”

Well done to her and her hard working team for once again organising what will be a day to remember.

We are lucky to have people like Karime and Claire batting for our city and we should remind ourselves more often what an amazing place Exeter is to work, rest and play.

For more on the TEDxExeter event, go to https://www.theexeterdaily.co.uk/news/business-daily-local-news/tedxexeter-2019-speakers-revealed