It's going to be a good one. Here are our first ten speakers who will be taking the stage at DO Wales this June. They'll be sharing their stories, their journey and their passion. Let the magic begin.
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Anna Jones, cook, food writer and stylist.
She worked for many years as part of Jamie Oliver’s food team – styling, writing and working behind the scenes on books, TV shows and food campaigns – and went on to work with some of the UK’s biggest food brands and best-known chefs.
Anna believes that vegetables should be put at the centre of every table, and is devoted to helping people make a long-term commitment to eating well and feeling amazing. She is led by the joy of food - the spritz of freshness when you peel an orange or the crackle and waft of deep savoury spice when you add curry leaves to a pan of hot oil – and thinks that healthy eating is as much about pleasure as anything else.
Anna is the author of the acclaimed A Modern Way to Eat, picked out as a book of the year and the best new vegetarian cookbook across the media. Her next book will be published in summer 2015.
She lives, writes and cooks in Hackney, East London.
Ciara Judge and Émer Hickey, Winners, Google Global Science Fair 2014.
Ciara and Emer are seventeen year old students from Cork, Ireland who with their teammate Sophie won the Google Global Science Fair, for an innovation which it is hoped will improve food crop productivity thereby reducing world hunger. Ciara and Emer continue to develop their innovation with experts in the field and in October 2014 they were recognised by Time magazine as being amongst the top 25 most influential teenagers in the world.
Ben Edmonds, founder of Blok Knives.
Ben Edmonds, the chap behind Blok Knives, has a passion for craft and design. Blok Knives have become the UK’s premium manufacturer of meticulously crafted kitchen utensils. Ben designs knives for the working chef or the budding home cook. Based in the heart of Derbyshire, all the materials used (whenever possible) are supplied by British manufactures—from the packaging to the heat treatment, its all local.
Dan Germain, head of brand and creative at Innocent.
Dan is Group Head of Brand and Creative at innocent, the healthy drinks company. He’s worked there since the company started in 1999, and in 2014 was named Designer of the Year in the UK, beating Apple’s Sir Jonathan Ive and Sir Paul Smith among others. These days his duties include overseeing the creative direction of the brand; everything from ads to products to digital to packaging, right across Europe. He also works in the areas of culture, sustainability, innovation and ethics, maintaining the brand's most important values, and figuring out where that might take innocent in the next 10/20/50 years. Creating the tone of voice and the brand culture from scratch are Dan's proudest achievements, and he is still searching for ways to keep the business both useful and interesting.
Dan Kieran, CEO and co-founder of publishing platform Unbound
Dan Kieran is the CEO and co-founder of the award winning publishing platform Unbound. An author and travel writer, he spent ten years writing books (including a Sunday Times Bestseller) until a combination of the crash of 2008 and the dominance of amazon led to a drastic cut in his and his fellow author's earnings. Convinced that publishing could be re-shaped to serve authors and readers, he launched Unbound with two friends and fellow authors in 2011.
David Marquet, author of Turn the Ship Around.
David Marquet is the author of Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders, based upon his leadership while captain of the nuclear submarine, USS Santa Fe. Fortune magazine named it the #1 must-read business book in 2012 and USA Today named it one of the 12 best business books of all time in 2014.
Jack Adair Bevan, a quarter of The Ethicurean.
Jack is a quarter of The Ethicurean, a beautiful restaurant within a Victorian walled garden in Somerset. Hailed as the UK’s answer to Noma, the team forage, ferment, hunt and cure the majority of their menu with fresh produce grown in view of the restaurant onsite. Their cookbook, published in 2013, received critical acclaim. Jack has won a number of awards for his cocktail making that focuses on British ingredients and foraged elements. Along with his three friends he launched The Collector Vermouth, in November 2014, made from herbs grown in the walled garden and botanicals picked on the Mendip Hills in Somerset.
James Wallman, futurist, journalist and author.
James has written for, and his opinions have appeared in, many of the world’s leading publications, from the New York Times to the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and Wired. He has appeared on some of the world’s leading current affairs TV programmes, including ABC's The Drum, MSNBC's The Cycle and the BBC's Newsnight.
His book Stuffocation was published in 2015 by Penguin. This seminal work is about what James believes to be the defining problem, and most important cultural trend, of the 21st century: we have too much stuff, and our culture's materialism has to change – and it is changing.
Matt Lane, founder of Beerbods.
Matt Lane is on a mission to get us drinking better beer and see if he can’t just shake up conventional business thinking in the process. After attending the Do Lectures in 2012 Matt founded BeerBods, an online beer club and subscription service. He had no business plan and no investment, he went about it all wrong. BeerBods is currently four people, two dogs and over 3,000 customers with no plans to start doing things right.
Miranda West, Co-founder and publisher at The Do Book Co.
After watching a Do Lecture online back in 2011, Miranda got in touch with the founders and went on to set up the Do Book Company. Since launch in 2013, titles have featured in the Guardian, Observer and FT; are now stocked by Conran Shop, Paul Smith, Urban Outfitters, and are distributed in the UK, US and Australia. In 2014 she was selected as one of ten ‘Creative Entrepreneurs’ in the UK by the Hospital Club/ British Council. Miranda has worked in the book industry for over 15 years, from indie publishers to Penguin Random House. Remembering she once told her school teachers that she’d like to work ‘in business’ (whatever that meant), she thought she’d better get on with it. It has been, in equal measure, much harder and more rewarding than she imagined.