Speaker line-up 

Hera van Willick

Hera van Willick was born in the city of Tilburg in the Netherlands in 1985. She studied music, with singing as her main subject, at the conservatory of Utrecht. After graduating she took theater and acting courses at different academies. At the age of 24, driven by a deep rooted desire to see the world and go on an independent adventure, she set off on a 6 month solo bicycle trip around south east Asia. After four more years of studying and working as a singing and acting teacher she decided to no longer pursue a career in theater.

          Her craving to see the world had grown too strong to negate. She cycled from the Netherlands to Thailand and back from Turkey to the Netherlands over the course of 14 months. Back home she started speaking at different occasions about her travels and the insights she gained along the way. In 2014 she set off on another 13 month trip, this time crossing north and central America, from Alaska to Costa Rica. Today she lives in a small cabin in the Dutch countryside, works as a bicycle messenger and inspirational speaker and studies philosophy at the Radboud University.

Sander van der Linden, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Social Psychology in Society and Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. He has won numerous awards for his research on human judgment, communication, and decision-making, including the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS), the Sage Early Career Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), the Frank Prize in Public Interest Research from the University of Florida and the Sir James Cameron Medal for the Public Understanding of Risk from the Royal College of Physicians. 

    His research papers have received awards from organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA), the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). His research is regularly featured in outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, and the BBC and he has been described by WIRED magazine as one of “15 top thinkers” and by Fast Company Design as one “four heroes who are defending digital democracy online”. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Environmental Psychology and the book “Risk and Uncertainty in a Post-Truth Society” (Routledge, 2019). Before joining Cambridge, he held academic positions at Princeton, Yale, and the LSE.

Sander van der Linden

Josine Peters

Josine Peters started her career as a communications consultant and later worked at AkzoNobel, where she became Global Head of Culture. In this position she led the global

roll-out (in 25 languages) of the new company values amongst 50.000 employees.

    With the move to General Director of The School of Life she followed her own motives to support people and organisations to give meaning to their lives and activities. At The School of Life she gives courses on Leadership, Purpose and Corporate Culture.

Moumita Sen

Originally from India, Moumita was actively engaged in various community service initiatives including education for the underprivileged, women empowerment as well as fighting against malnutrition throughout her school years. Fascinated by the idea of social entrepreneurship during her studies at Brown University, USA, she decided to pursue a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in entrepreneurship, at the University of Amsterdam, where she currently studies. 

    She regularly volunteers with several non-governmental organizations across the Netherlands and also helps run an NGO supporting women from marginalized communities in India that she co-found with her mother. 

    In her free time, she can be found reading biographies in the corner of a quaint cafe, trying experimental cooking, or taking/ teaching dance lessons.

Inge Bryan

Inge Bryan was knighted for her long term efforts in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism and was awarded ICT Personality of the Year 2017 for being an advocate of public-private cooperation and making cybersecurity comprehensible to the general public.

    Inge has seen all sides of (cyber-) espionage and crime when dealing with counter-terrorism and serious organized crime such as drug trafficking, armed robbery, money laundering, and high-tech crime. 

    She laid the basis for the use of the internet in intelligence work in The Netherlands and was a pioneer in the use of big data in intelligence and law enforcement. 

She strongly believes that facing cyber risks can be a catalyst for positive change in any professional environment. She is a trusted advisor to policymakers and she is frequently asked to contribute to cyber strategy issues on a national level.

He teaches Philosophy at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Onyebuchi received his PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in History and Cultural Reflection from Universität Witten-Herdecke, Germany and a PhD in Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge. 

    Until recently, he was a docent in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, visiting scholar at the Center for African Studies Stanford University and research associate at the Martin Luther King Jr., Research and Education Institute, Stanford University. He was a Stiftung Mercator Foundation Research Fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities) in Essen, Germany from 2006-2009.

    He has participated in many community development projects in Africa and has and taught in Universities in Africa, Europe and the USA. He has published many academic and nonacademic books and essays.

Michael Onyebuchi Eze

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