Speakers

Declan Curry
Declan Curry

Declan Curry is a writer, broadcaster and public speaker, specialising in business, the economy and politics. He chairs conferences around the UK and internationally.

He speaks with the authority and clarity of an experienced working journalist. He has been a writer and broadcaster for more than twenty-five years. He was the business presenter on BBC One’s breakfast TV for almost a decade. He presented his own regular programmes on BBC Two and Radio 5 Live, wrote documentaries for BBC Radio 4 and reported for programmes as diverse as “Panorama” and “The One Show”.

He is an occasional commentator on the day’s business and economic news on LBC Radio. He has broadcast in Ireland, the United States and Australia. He has been published in newspapers and magazines in the UK, Europe and the United States. He wrote a regular column for the FT’s “Investors’ Chronicle” magazine. He has won several awards for his broadcasting, and is an honorary doctor of Middlesex University.

Emma Cusdin
Emma Cusdin
People Director
Aviva

Emma Cusdin has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources having worked for global financial services organisations. She is currently a People Director with Aviva and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development. Emma is an openly trans woman, having transitioned in 2009, and she is passionate about raising awareness of trans & non-binary issues.

Emma has spoken at many trans & non-binary events organised by leading private sector companies. She has been featured in the Financial Times and has written a number of blogs including for the Huffington Post and HR Zone. Emma was a Trustee for the Gender Identity Research & Education Society (GIRES) and she chaired the National Trans Youth Conference for 2 years in succession. She also was a co-founder for Trans*formation. She was delighted to receive the Positive LGBT Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards and she appeared in the OUT at work top 50 UK LGBT Executives.

In 2019, Emma was delighted to receive the Prime Minister’s Office Points Of Light recognition for her tireless work in trans & non-binary inclusion.

In addition to her full time job at Aviva, she is a Director at Global Butterflies, a company that has been extremely successful in bringing about trans & non-binary inclusion and acceptance within corporate organisations in the UK, US and Canada.

Jason Ku
Jason Ku
CEO
Aspirant Analytics

Jason Ku is the Founder and CEO of Aspirant Analytics. Jason is a recognised global thought leader in human capital bringing a unique blend of strategy, data analytics, and technology to delivering value. Prior to founding Aspirant Analytics, Jason was a manager at McKinsey & Co., and software development leader for Bloomberg L.P. He holds an MBA from INSEAD.

Reggie Nelson
Reggie Nelson
Fiduciary Client Analyst
Legal & General Investment Management

Reggie Nelson is most recognised by the media as the young man who went ‘from East London to the City’. On his journey, Reggie completed five internships at various asset managers and a hedge fund in the city, the most notable being BlackRock and Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Reggie is a Graduate Analyst at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), working in the fiduciary client and investment teams, Group Chair of the ACCA Emerging Talent Advisory Group, Founder of K3D – a social mobility enterprise, and is a youth mentor for one of the largest youth networks in the UK. Reggie has previously worked with the Cabinet Office, as they continue to address ethnic disparities in higher education, and in the workplace. He is described by the former Prime Minister, Theresa May, as a “persistent and inspiring young person”.

Reggie holds a BSc in Economics, studied Mandarin alongside his degree, and has recently completed a short leadership programme at the University of Oxford, which was centred around finding the next BAME future leaders.

Katherine Templar Lewis
Katherine Templar Lewis

Katherine is lead Head of Discovery and Futurist at DH READY, a Cross Disciplinary Creative Agency that brings cutting edge research into the public and creative realm.

She is a specialist in future technology and creative intelligence connecting the realms of AI, Behavioural Psychology and Neuroscience. She frequently speaks at, curates and moderates modern culture and technology panels and events across the globe that explore the effect of new technology on the human condition and society as well as frequently appearing as a futurist and digital technology expert across TV and radio and works as a science writer for a range of UK and global publications. At all other hours of the day she is connecting, curating and collaborating.