The speakers for TEDxGlasgow 2017 have been announced. They include a pioneering inventor, a product designer at Facebook, a war reporter and a forensic psychologist. Richard Browning, the founder of human propulsion technology start-up Gravity, is an ultra-marathon runner, an ex-Royal Marine reservist, ex-City commodity trader and now a pioneering inventor. Launched in March, Gravity has invented, built and patented an ‘iron man like’ flight system: “The dream was to reimagine an entirely new authentic form of human flight leaning on an elegant collaboration of mind and body augmented by leading edge technology.”
Jonah Jones is a product designer who has had the privilege to design for two of the top five most used apps in the world today. He currently manages design teams across Facebook, and previously at Google. At Facebook, Jonah has led a number of diverse product design teams. From building tools to help nearly two billion people share on Facebook, through the launch of tools to connect the workplace, to creating solutions to help publishers to thrive, his unique design experience spans across the full spectrum of consumer and business domains. Prior to Facebook, Jonah worked at Google for eight years in Mountain View, Sydney, and Zurich. He managed the design team for Google Maps, leading the biggest redesign in the company’s history.
Quentin Sommerville is the BBC’s middle east correspondent, based in Beirut and covering, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Before that, he lived in the Kabul for three years as the Afghanistan correspondent. His first foreign reporting gig for the BBC was as Shanghai correspondent, before he headed north to Beijing. Born in Townhead, Glasgow, he grew up in Stirling and studied politics at the University of Edinburgh. “As we get used to the images of horror being shown on the news we lose contact with the people caught at the very centre. Using images, Quentin will show what we are used to seeing: Battles, shooting, ISIS, conflict. This is about reporting the facts, real news not politics”.
Kerry Daynes is a consultant and chartered psychologist, as well as being an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She is a HCPC Registered and Practitioner Forensic Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. She has gained a reputation for her ability to engage with and treat the most complex and dangerous patients and is known as an expert in the psychology of psychopaths and serial killers. In 2003, Kerry set up her own successful private practice acting as a trusted psychological specialist in criminal and family law cases, advising major police investigations and government agencies. Kerry published her first book “Is there a psycho in your life?” in 2011. In 2016, she began corporate training and consulting, allowing the business world to benefit from her unique forensic knowledge and perspective for the first time. She currently boasts several high-profile business leaders, sports personalities and celebrities as private clients.
TEDx Glasgow 2017 is on Friday 2 June.