Julia leads the advocacy, partnership-building and fundraising work for DOT UK in support of DOT's global vision and country programs. She has spent her career addressing the needs of young people through youth enterprise projects with major UK-based international youth organizations, and as International Director of The Prince’s Youth Business Trust and International Award Association. Julia has experience establishing and building the capacity of charities, and has more recently raised funds for charities addressing the needs of marginalized young people in the UK. Julia has spent time working in eight countries of Africa, India, Hungary and Russia.
Adrian Godfrey, FRSA, is Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Investments at Pearson. Previously, Adrian held senior positions at Cisco as the director of their CSR programme, as a director of the global consulting arm of Cisco Systems Inc (IBSG), and as a member of the emerging markets public sector team. Adrian has considerable experience working at the intersection of technology and the business of education, skills development and employment. He has been involved with DOT as a board member and trusted advisor since 2006.
Janet Longmore is the founder, president, and CEO of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT), a youth-led movement of daring social innovators who are transforming communities and creating opportunities around the world.
A champion for technology-driven, community-owned, and youth-led solutions in rapidly developing regions of the world, Janet was a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals from 2014-2016 and currently sits on the WEF Internet for All Steering Committee, which aims to drive digital inclusion across the globe.
Janet is a 2016 recipient of Canada’s Meritorious Service Cross, which recognizes her as a strong example of social leadership and innovation bringing considerable honour to Canada.
Janet is a frequent speaker at international conferences. A passionate believer in the power and potential of youth and technology, Janet works tirelessly to promote respect for youth as an untapped source of creativity, energy, and talent.
Margaret is Director of Humanitarian & Education Projects for the Royal Over-Seas League, a membership organisation which develops arts and education projects in the Commonwealth. Before joining ROSL in 1993, she was Assistant Secretary General (PR) for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association and the Founder Editor of 'Award World'. Previously the Award's Press & Publicity Officer, she has an MA and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Diploma in Painting and Drawing from Central St Martins. In 2011 she was made an MBE for services to the education of disadvantaged children in Namibia.
Laura Kelly leads the Department for International Development (DFID)'s Business Engagement work. This encompasses promoting and supporting inclusive and responsible business and identifying innovative ways DFID can work with the private sector to increase development impacts while making good business sense. She has held senior roles in government and NGOs on a range of sustainable development issues, including at Action Aid where she led the agriculture and trade policy work also and the ONE Campaign, where she was the European Policy Director. She has also been part of UK delegations at international negotiations. Laura has degrees in agriculture and international development and has written and lectured on sustainable trade and development.
Simon Wakely has been involved in supporting the development of youth charities at a high level for many years. As Director of the World Fellowship at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Foundation, he was responsible for recruiting major donors and forming lasting partnerships. In 1999 he was involved in setting up a new charity, Friends of Africa, to help young Africans develop sustainable livelihoods. From 2007 he provided fundraising and administrative services for PestalozziWorld Children's Trust and is presently a Trustee. Simon worked in the diamond trade from 1969 to 1990 before joining the non-profit development sector. He was educated at Haileybury College, Hertford, and Queens' College, Cambridge.
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