THE Student Festival: UK

6-7 October 2021 | Virtual Event | Free to attend  

THE Student Festival: UK

6-7 October 2021 | Virtual Event | Free to attend  

Want to study in the UK? Home to world-class institutions like Oxford and Cambridge, the UK is unmatched when it comes to history and culture. From vibrant metropolitan cities to charming countryside and seaside towns, everything is so easy to explore. Meanwhile, mainland Europe is a short ferry/flight/train (or if you’re brave, swim) away for long weekends and summer trips.

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Madeleine Borge

Student and Creator

I'm a 20-year-old business management student living in London. I create university, productivity and lifestyle content on YouTube and Instagram for over 650.000 followers. At university, my interests include the political economy of China, consumer behaviour and marketing. I recently conducted a consultancy project for The Female Lead on how companies can use social media platforms to empower women! My passions are business, marketing, and social issues, and I am an advocate for young girls.

Chidera Peters

Founder,C.P. Community

Chidera Peters is the founder of an online community of international students in the UK known as the CP community which is an information and resource hub providing support to students. The CP Community currently has over 2,000 student members from over 7 countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, and India.

Jim Al-Khalili

Academic, Author and Broadcaster,University of Surrey

Jim Al-Khalili is an academic, author and broadcaster. He holds a Distinguished Chair in Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey where he has taught undergraduates continuously for 29 years and continues to conduct research in quantum physics. He has written 12 books on popular science, between them translated into over twenty-six languages, as well as his first novel. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries and the long-running BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific.

Jim Al-Khalili

Academic, Author and Broadcaster,University of Surrey

Jim Al-Khalili is an academic, author and broadcaster. He holds a Distinguished Chair in Theoretical Physics at the University of Surrey where he has taught undergraduates continuously for 29 years and continues to conduct research in quantum physics. He has written 12 books on popular science, between them translated into over twenty-six languages, as well as his first novel. He is a regular presenter of TV science documentaries and the long-running BBC Radio 4 programme, The Life Scientific.

Tiara Sahar Ataii

Founder,SolidariTee

Tiara founded SolidariTee in 2017, having volunteered as an Arabic / Farsi / French / German interpreter in camps in France, Germany, and Greece. Executive Director until spring 2020, she oversaw the expansion of SolidariTee from her dorm room to the largest student-led charity in the UK. She is also the winner of the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs Award, the Diana Award, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Social Impact, and Undergraduate of the Year. She now works at the UN in humanitarian programming in the MENA region.

Tiara Sahar Ataii

Founder,SolidariTee

Tiara founded SolidariTee in 2017, having volunteered as an Arabic / Farsi / French / German interpreter in camps in France, Germany, and Greece. Executive Director until spring 2020, she oversaw the expansion of SolidariTee from her dorm room to the largest student-led charity in the UK. She is also the winner of the Cambridge University Entrepreneurs Award, the Diana Award, Vice Chancellor’s Award for Social Impact, and Undergraduate of the Year. She now works at the UN in humanitarian programming in the MENA region.

Siddartha Khastgir

Head of Verification & Validation, Intelligent Vehicles

Dr Siddartha Khastgir is the Head of Verification & Validation of CAV at WMG, University of Warwick leading various collaborative R&D projects with industrial & academic partners. His research areas in the CAV domain include test scenarios generation, safety, simulation based testing, Safe AI and many others. He has received numerous national and international awards for research contributions, including the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship and the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018 list.

Siddartha Khastgir

Head of Verification & Validation, Intelligent Vehicles

Dr Siddartha Khastgir is the Head of Verification & Validation of CAV at WMG, University of Warwick leading various collaborative R&D projects with industrial & academic partners. His research areas in the CAV domain include test scenarios generation, safety, simulation based testing, Safe AI and many others. He has received numerous national and international awards for research contributions, including the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship and the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe 2018 list.

Peter Doherty

Nobel Laureate

Australian immunologist and pathologist who, with Rolf Zinkernagel of Switzerland, received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1996 for their discovery of how the body’s immune system distinguishes virus-infected cells from normal cells.

Peter Doherty

Nobel Laureate

Australian immunologist and pathologist who, with Rolf Zinkernagel of Switzerland, received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1996 for their discovery of how the body’s immune system distinguishes virus-infected cells from normal cells.

Melati Wijsen

Founder, Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Melati Wijsen is a 20-year-old full time changemaker from Indonesia. She founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags when she was 12 years old with her younger sister and has been leading the movement driven by youth since 2013. She also started the people-powered movement One Island One Voice and the social enterprise, Mountain Mamas. Melati has spoken on world stages such as the UN, TED, and has also been selected as FORBES’ top ten most inspiring women in the country. She graduated from high school one year early in 2018 and has since been honored by TIME as part of the most influential teens in the world along with CNN Young Wonders and FORBES 30 under 30. Today, Melati is excited about her new youth empowerment project; YOUTHTOPIA, empowering youth through meaningful and short peer-to-peer programs and providing them the tools they need to be young changemakers.

Hadeel Ayoub

Founder and CEO, BrightSign Technology

Hadeel Ayoub is a lecturer, researcher, and entrepreneur. Currently finishing a PhD in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with emphasis on machine learning applications for gesture recognition at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2017, she founded BrightSign, a wearable technology start-up developing enabling innovations employing AI to facilitate communication for individuals with non-verbal disabilities.

Hadeel Ayoub

Founder and CEO, BrightSign Technology

Hadeel Ayoub is a lecturer, researcher, and entrepreneur. Currently finishing a PhD in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with emphasis on machine learning applications for gesture recognition at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2017, she founded BrightSign, a wearable technology start-up developing enabling innovations employing AI to facilitate communication for individuals with non-verbal disabilities.

Kehkashan Basu

Founder, Green Hope Foundation

In 2012, when she was 12 years old, Dubai-born Basu founded the Green Hope Foundation in Toronto, where she lives. The all-volunteer nonprofit has worked with 100,000 young people in 16 countries including India, the UAE and Liberia. Green Hope's goal is to teach and implement the UN's sustainable development goals through events and grassroots action like tree planting. A student at the University of Toronto, she is also a UN Human Rights Champion and a National Geographic Young Explorer.

Kehkashan Basu

Founder, Green Hope Foundation

In 2012, when she was 12 years old, Dubai-born Basu founded the Green Hope Foundation in Toronto, where she lives. The all-volunteer nonprofit has worked with 100,000 young people in 16 countries including India, the UAE and Liberia. Green Hope's goal is to teach and implement the UN's sustainable development goals through events and grassroots action like tree planting. A student at the University of Toronto, she is also a UN Human Rights Champion and a National Geographic Young Explorer.

Greg Autry

Clinical Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Greg Autry is a Clinical Professor of Space Leadership, Policy and Business in the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. He holds a BA in History from Cal Poly at Pomona and an MBA and PhD from the Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. Prior to joining the Thunderbird faculty he taught entrepreneurship with the Lloyd Greif Center at USC and he taught entrepreneurship, strategy, and macroeconomics at UC Irvine.