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Ed Cooke
Co-founder & CEO at Memrise
@tedcooke

Ed is the co-founder and CEO of Memrise, a language learning app with 50 million users, and a unique approach to helping people learn, immerse and communicate in a language. Memrise was Google Play's app of the year in 2017, and has pioneered the use of rich media in learning. Ed's background is in philosophy and cognitive science, and his self-taught memory-palace skills led him to compete successfully in multiple World Memory Championships. 

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Lara Mendonca
Design Lead at Bumble
@laraisuncool

Laura leads the product design team at Bumble. Her focus is on building a collaborative and diverse team, and empowering Bumble in their mission to help people build healthy, safe and equal relationships.

Before that, she worked in product design and branding for a range of companies, including TransferWise, HSBC, Mitsubishi and Sky. She also volunteered at Pride in London, leading the redesign of their website.

When she’s not working, you can find her reading fiction novels in public spaces, watching Scorsese films at home or travelling with her sister. Born and raised in Brazil, she currently lives in London with her family and her dog Miley.

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Jess Holbrook
Co-lead, People + AI Research at Google
@jessscon

Jess Holbrook is a founder and lead of Google’s People + AI Research group (PAIR) who focus on making AI partnerships productive, enjoyable, and fair. He and his team conduct human-AI interaction research, create open-source tools and platforms to build AI responsibly, and widen the circle of who can participate in the development and application of AI through publications and events.

Prior to joining Google, he was a UX Researcher at Amazon and Microsoft. He received his Ph.D in Psychology from the University of Oregon and his undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Washington.

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Anne-Laure Le Cunff
Founder at Ness Labs
@anthilemoon

Anne-Laure Le Cunff is the founder of Ness Labs, a product and research studio with a focus on mindful productivity, helping hundreds of thousands of makers achieve more without sacrificing their mental health.

She is also an MSc of Applied Neuroscience candidate at King’s College London.

As an ex-Googler, entrepreneur, self-taught coder, and neuroscience student, her work focuses on offering tools, content, and coaching helping people be happier and healthier.

Anne-Laure runs Maker Mind, a weekly newsletter at the intersection of neuroscience and entrepreneurship, with more than 7,000 subscribers. Her work has been featured in WIRED, Forbes, Rolling Stone, and more.

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Mary Agbesanwa
Consultant & Chair at PwC Culture

Mary Agbesanwa is passionate about encouraging millennials to tap into their potential. Mary works as a Management Consultant at PwC UK advising financial services firms to help them solve operational and regulatory-driven problems. She also co-leads the firm’s Multicultural Business Network which celebrates the multiculturalism of PwC’s UK firm.

Outside of work, she blogs on her Medium blog, A Millennial’s Diary, about careers and personal development for millennials, and runs a female professional millennial community called Now You’re Talking. She was awarded Number 13 in the EMpower Top 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List, presented by the Financial Times and won the Aspiring Talent Award in the Birmingham Young Professional of the Year Awards in 2016.

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Alex Davis
Product and Growth at Mozilla
@DavisMTL

Alex has been building and growing products for 15 years. After co-founding and growing three startups, he moved on to a consulting role where he designed and optimized the referral loops for more than twenty well established e-commerces contributing up to 75% revenue growth.

Over the last 5 years, he’s led mobile growth for Mozilla Firefox and then product managed Firefox’s Accounts, Sync and Cloud Services teams. During this period, he played a core role in implementing an experimentation and data culture across both marketing and product organizations at Mozilla.

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Tam Finlay
Group Product Manager at Farewill
@tambuildsthings

Tam is now Group Product Manager at Farewill, a London-based startup on a mission to change the way the world deals with death. His team has helped tens of thousands of people get their will sorted by building trustworthy, motivational, and accessible services. Over the last 3 years Farewill have grown to become the UK’s number 1 will writer, winning National Will Writing Firm of the Year 2019 and being named Europas Hottest Social Innovation 2020.

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Alex Watson
Head of Product at BBC News

Alex Watsons' bio will be here soon!

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James Gill
CEO at GoSquared
@jamesjgill

James is the CEO of GoSquared, and dedicated to designing software that just works. GoSquared's goal is to make it easier for anyone to start and grow a SaaS business online. Something you won't find on LinkedIn: James is dangerously obsessed with Apple, to a point where he will often be found queuing for a new store opening, refreshing the Apple homepage, or just mindlessly playing with his iPad.

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Nimrod Priell
CEO & Founder at Radical
@nimrodpriell

Nimrod Priell is advising the heads of product of $1B+-valued startups in fintech, cybersecurity and adtech, as well as investing in and advising seed-stage startups ranging across B2C, SaaS and marketplaces. He's been a product manager at Facebook after being acquired into the company.

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Matt Walton
@matt_walton

Matt is a digital product leader who likes to bring together and inspire a team to make the world a better place using technology. He’s one of FutureLearn’s founding team and Chief Product Officer. FutureLearn’s purpose is to transform access to education: it offers 14m registered learners affordable short courses, microcredentials and degrees from over 150 top universities and employers. 

Matt has grown the 70+ strong product management, technology and design function and is responsible for the product vision and direction of the platform.

With twenty years of experience of developing digital products and leading teams, he’s been responsible for innovative websites and apps for the likes of the BBC, Harper Collins and BSkyB. 

After 7.5 years, Matt is leaving FutureLearn in September to take a break before starting something new.  He will share his top lessons learned from growing the company's product organisation in such a critical time for online education.

Matt loves building Lego with his son, is occasionally accused of sounding like John Peel and only ever wears brown shoes.

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Martin Matuš
Senior Product Manager at Productboard

Martin Matus is a Senior Product Manager at productboard, the PM system that helps teams get the rights products to market, faster. With over 5 years of experience both from consulting at PwC and working with productboard customers, he has implemented & delivered digital solutions across various industries, areas and more. A lover of home brewed beer, all things Chinese, Martin brings his love for detail and excellence into his work, focusing on the Segmentation and Prioritization aspects of the PM tool.

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Lea Samrani
Product Lead at Uptime

Léa has been building digital products for almost a decade for mission lead organisations. She is currently Lead Product Manager at Uptime, an early day’s education start-up, who at a time of unlimited access to information aim to provide safe and curated knowledge optimised for your mind. Uptime launched during the Covid19 pandemic and went to undergo a strategic pivot soon after to better deliver on the mission.

Previously she was part of the product team behind Bumble & Badoo dating app used by over 500 million people all over the world and was heading the product & design team at CharityJob, building the leading career hub with jobs, courses, volunteering opportunities, mentorship advices and a social network for the non-for-profit sector.

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