How to Change the World 2020 | How To Academy


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 tech innovators like former President of Google China, Kai-Fu Lee, 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.

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De Kai

The Future of Artificial Intelligence

One of eight members selected by Google for its AI ethics council, De Kai is one of the world’s leading machine translation experts.

Sophie Hackford

Satellites, Sensing, and Spaceports - extraterrestrial tech changing life on Earth

Futurist and co-founder of Oxford’s 1715Labs, Sophie Hackford’s clients include Adobe, Deep Mind and Vogue.

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

CEO of Sinovation Ventures and former President of Google China

Simon Callow

This Wide and Universal Theatre

Actor, author and director. His films include A Room With A View and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Sarah Gilbert

Professor of Vaccinology, University of Oxford

Professor of Vaccinology, University of Oxford

Assaf Biderman

Mobility and the Future of Cities

Inventor, entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Superpedestrian, Assaf Biderman develops robotics to make cities more liveable.

George Monbiot

Ways to Save the Planet

GUARDIAN columnist, environmental campaigner, and author of bestselling books HEAT, FERAL, and OUT OF THE WRECKAGE.

Dr. Makaziwe Mandela and Paul van Zyl

Leadership for the Future

Consultant and Chairman of the House of Mandela, Makaziwe Mandela, in conversation with social entrepreneur Paul van Zyl.

Sinead Bovell

How Tech Will Change The World

Sinead Bovell is a Futurist and the Founder of WAYE, an organization that prepares youth for a future with advanced technologies.

Dr. Vas Narasimhan

Reimagining Medicine and Leadership

CEO of Novartis, one of the world’s largest medicines producers, and one of the youngest Fortune 500 CEOs.

Emmanuel Jal

The Path to Peace

Acclaimed recording artist and peace ambassador who began life as a child soldier in the war-torn region of Southern Sudan.

Herman Narula

CEO of Improbable

Sinan Aral

How Social Media Disrupts Our Elections Our Economy and Our Health

David Austin Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and Professor of IT & Marketing.

Mira Awad

An Acrobat of Identities

Arab-Israeli singer, songwriter, actress, composer and cultural activist.

Jimmy Nelson

The Last Sentinels

Award-winning photographer, creator and author of BEFORE THEY PASS AWAY and HOMAGE TO HUMANITY.

Jenny Bonello

Securing the World's Forests

16-year-old conservationist and Founder of environmental activist organisation Secure Forest.

William Jayne with John Markoff

Robotics and the Future of Food in a Hydrogen Based Global Economy

Serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist William Jayne speaks to Pulitzer Prize winning journalist John Markoff.

Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

How to Fight Social Injustice through Art

Novelist Ibi Zoboi explores the power of art to change the world with member Yusef Salaam of the Exonerated Five,

Dr Alex Dehgan

Hacking Conservation

Conservation X Labs, CEO

Dr. Afton Halloran

Navigating the Future of Food

Food Systems Transitions Consultant

Nicola Benedetti with Matthew Stadlen

The Power of Music

One of the most sought-after violinists of her generation discusses the power of music with Matthew Stadlen.

Rebecca Henderson

Reimagining Capitalism

A Professor at Harvard University and at Havard Business School, Rebecca Henderson is a Financial Times ‘Director of the Year’.

Rachel Clarke

The End of Life - What Really Matters?

Pallative medicine specialist Dr Rachel Clarke is the author of two SUNDAY TIMES bestsellers, YOUR LIFE IN MY HANDS and DEAR LIFE.

Kenneth Roth

Human Rights After the US Election

A former New York federal prosecutor, Kenneth Roth is Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.

Phillip Agnew

The Power of Activism

Co-founder of the Dream Defenders, dubbed one of the 100 most influential African Americans in the nation.

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

Power of the DNA: Democratising Healthcare Through Genomics

Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Global Gene Corp (GGC) and Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine. 

Gerard Barron and Bjarke Ingels

Giving Form to a New Frontier

CEO of DeepGreen Gerard Barron joins award-winning architect Bjarke Ingels to explore a net-zero carbon future.

Po Bronson and Arvind Gupta

Decoding the World

The founders of the world’s largest biotech accelerator, IndieBio, share their insights into the future of the life sciences.

Arvind Gupta

Decoding the World

Founder of IndieBio and venture capitalist

Ndeye Marie Aida Ndiguene

Entrepreneurship for the Planet

Civil Engineer and Climate Activist, Leader of Nawari and Environnementalistes

Aditya Mukarji and Ndèye Marie Aïda Ndiéguène

Climate Activism

Adita and Ndeye are young climate activists from, respectively, India and Senegal, leading globally-acclaimed environmental initiatives.