Full Day

Fri, 4 December 2020

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm GMT

How to Change the World 2020

A Three Stage Digital Conference

How To Academy’s flagship conference brings together the inspirational individuals and organisations forging a better future for our planet. From technology to architecture, social innovation to green energy, you’ll meet the men and women making the world of tomorrow.

Curated in partnership with The New York Times, How to Change the World 2020 will offer unrivalled insight into the innovations changing our lives, communicated through short, powerful, visionary talks by the individuals at the cutting edge of their industries.

In response to the pandemic, this year’s conference will take place online, and we’re taking full advantage to curate a truly global line-up – with guests from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv, Beijing to NYC.

With three virtual stages and more than 30+ speakers, you’ll hear from household names like former Secretary of State and founder of World War Zero, John Kerry, and Gaia theorist James Lovelock; scientists at the forefront of fighting COVID, like Oxford vaccinologist Sarah Gilbert, and from artists and activists engaged with the urgent political struggles of our time.

And you’ll meet the visionaries driving exhilarating innovations in AI, energy, transport and more – with consequences for those already born and generations beyond.

Every conference ticket includes exclusive access to a complete archive of every talk, available within 24 hours of the event ending – so you don’t need to miss a single speech, conversation or performance.

This conference takes place 12pm – 7pm GMT

Below you’ll find a small selection of the full line-up of 30+ speakers, with more names to be announced in the coming weeks.

John Kerry

The World in 2021

John Kerry is an American politician and diplomat who served as the 68th United States Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017.>>

De Kai

The Future of Artificial Intelligence

De Kai, one of eight members selected by Google for its AI ethics council ATEAC, is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at HKUST.>>

Sophie Hackford

Tech in 2020 and Beyond

Sophie Hackford is a futurist, co-founder of Oxford’s 1715Labs, and on the board of two growth-stage startups.>>

Yusef Salaam

How to Fight Social Injustice through Art

Dr. Yusef Salaam was just fifteen years old when his life was upended after being wrongly convicted in the “Central Park jogger” case.>>

Kai-Fu Lee

The Post-Work World

Kai-Fu Lee is chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and president of Sinovation Ventures Artificial Intelligence Institute.>>

Simon Callow

The Power of Theatre

Simon Callow is an actor, author and director. His films in-clude A Room with a View and Four Weddings and a Funeral.>>

Sarah Gilbert

Oxford’s Vaccine for COVID-19

Dr Sarah Gilbert is a research scientist at Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Medicine. She leads the Jenner Institute programme in influenza vaccine development.>>

Assaf Biderman

Mobility and the Future of Cities

Assaf Biderman is an entrepreneur, author, and technology inventor. He is the founder and CEO of Superpedestrian.>>

George Monbiot

Ways to Save the Planet

George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner.>>

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela

Empowering Women

Dr. Mandela previously sat on the Boards of Rand Water Services, Myriad Medical, Envirosev and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.>>

Sinead Bovell

CEO of WAYE, an organization that prepares youth for a technology-based future.

Vas Narasimhan

Reimagining Medicine and Building Trust with Society

Vas Narasimhan, M.D., has been Chief Executive Officer of Novartis, one of the world’s largest medicines producers, since 2018.>>

Emmanuel Jal

The Path to Peace

Emmanuel Jal has come through a huge number of struggles during his life to become a successful and acclaimed recording artist and peace ambassador.>>

Herman Narula

Virtual Worlds

Herman is the co-founder and CEO of Improbable, the London-based technology startup creating SpatialOS.>>

Sinan Aral

How Social Media Disrupts Democracy

Sinan Aral is the David Austin Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is a Professor of IT & Marketing.>>

Mira Awad

Walking a Tightrope

Mira Awad is an Arab-Israeli singer, songwriter, actress, TV content creator and a cultural activist.>>

Jimmy Nelson

Seeing the Bigger Picture

Jimmy Nelson is an award-winning photographer, creator and author of Before They Pass Away and Homage to Humanity.>>

Jenny Bonello

How to Stop Deforestation

Jenny Bonello is a 16-year-old conservationist and Founder of Secure Forest, an environmental activist organization.>>

William Jayne

Robotics and the Future of Food

William Jayne is a serial, cross-discipline entrepreneur.>>

Ibi Zoboi

How to Fight Social Injustice through Art

Ibi Zoboi holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her novel AMERICAN STREET was a National Book Award finalist.>>

Alex Dehgan

How Tech Innovation Can Drive Conservation

Dr. Alex Dehgan is the CEO of Conservation X Labs, Professor of Sustainability and the Global Futures Fellow at Arizona State University.>>

Dr. Afton Halloran

As an independent consultant in sustainable food systems transitions, Dr. Afton Halloran advises governmental agencies and organizations across the globe on issues of food production, diet, and policy.>>

Nicola Benedetti

The Power of Music

Nicola Benedetti is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation. She won the GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo in 2020.>>

Rebecca Henderson

Reimagining Capitalism

Professor at Harvard University and named ‘FT’s Director of the Year’

Rachel Clarke

The End of Life - What Really Matters?

Dr Rachel Clarke specialises in palliative medicine, caring deeply about helping patients live the end of their lives as fully and richly as possible.>>

Kenneth Roth

Executive Director of Human Rights Watch and ex-federal prosecutor.

Phillip Agnew

The Power of Activism

Phillip Agnew co-founded the Dream Defenders in 2012 after the murder of Trayvon Martin and has been dubbed “one of this generation’s leading voices”.>>

John Markoff

Robotics and the Future of Food

John Markoff was one of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.>>

Sumit Jamuar

Democratizing Healthcare Through Genomics

Sumit S Jamuar is the co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Global Gene Corp (GGC).>>

Gerard Barron

Our Net-Zero Carbon Future

Gerard Barron is on a mission to help wean humanity off fossil fuels and transition to a circular resource economy.>>