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

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

One of eight members selected by Google for its AI ethics council ATEAC and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering.

Sophie Hackford

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

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

AI and the Post-Work World

Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures and president of Sinovation Ventures Artificial Intelligence Institute.

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

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against SARS-CoV-2

Oxford University research scientist and leader of the Jenner Institute programme in influenza vaccine development.

Assaf Biderman

Mobility and the Future of Cities

Founder and CEO of Superpedestrian, expert on micromobility, author, and technology inventor.

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 with Paul van Zyl

Empowering Women

Consultant in training development and life skills at Self Empowerment International speaks to Paul van Zyl about women’s empowerment.

Sinead Bovell

How Tech Will Change The World

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

Dr. Vas Narasimhan

Reimagining Medicine and Leadership

CEO of Novartis, making him one of the youngest CEOs leading a Fortune 500 company.

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

Our Future in Virtual Worlds

Co-founder and CEO of Improbable, the London-based technology startup creating the computation platform SpatialOS.

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, and actress who represented Israel in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest with Noa.

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 Forest

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

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

National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi discusses art and justice with justice reform advocate Yusef Salaam.

Alex Dehgan

Hacking Conservation

CEO of Conservation X Labs, Professor of Sustainability and the Global Futures Fellow at Arizona State University.

Dr. Afton Halloran

Navigating the Future of Food

Independent consultant advising governmental agencies and organisations on sustainable food systems transitions.

Nicola Benedetti with Matthew Stadlen

The Power of Music

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

Rebecca Henderson

Reimagining Capitalism

John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard University who teaches the Reimagining Capitalism course.

Rachel Clarke

The End of Life - What Really Matters?

Specialist in palliative medicine and author of two Sunday Times bestsellers, Your Life in My Hands and Dear Life.

Kenneth Roth

Human Rights After the US Election

Executive Director of Human Rights Watch who served as a federal prosecutor for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington, DC.

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 and Chairman of DeepGreen George Barron joins Danish architect Bjarke Ingels to discuss building a net-zero carbon future.

Po Bronson and Arvind Gupta

Decoding the World

Managing Director of IndieBio Po Bronson in conversation with the founder of IndieBio Arvind Gupta.

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

Two 10-Minute Presentations

Aditya is a climate activist and Founder of #RefuseIfYouCannotReuse. Ndeye is a civil engineer and climate activist.