Bonya Ahmed

Bonya Ahmed

Bonya AhmedRafida Bonya Ahmed is a published author, moderator at Mukto-mona blog, the first online platform for Bengali speaking freethinkers, and has been a Visiting Research Scholar at UT Austin since 2016, working on the rise of Islamic fundamentalism.

Bonya is the widow of Avijit Roy, a well-known writer, blogger, and activist who founded Mukto-mona. Avijit was murdered when they were attacked by Islamists during a book signing trip to Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2015. Bonya was gravely injured during the attack.

 

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Glass Parachutes

Glass ParachutesGlass Parachutes are Fionn Connolly, Finlay Stafford, David Nunn, and Freddie Redding, an Alternative band based in Cambridge. Their singles Midas and Overthinker will be released soon. Glass Parachutes grew from the solo project of frontman Fionn Connolly, who has volunteered and performed in the Great Hall at TEDxExeter since 2012. His solo album “Lyra, Lyra” is available on iTunes and Spotify.

Sophie Scott

Sophie ScottSophie Scott is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, where she is Deputy Director of the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience and group leader for the Speech Communication Lab. She had a Wellcome Trust Career Development Fellowship from 2001 to 2004, and a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship from 2005 to 2016. Her research addresses the neurobiological basis of verbal and non-verbal aspects of vocal communication. She pioneered the study of the human voice as a social signal, and has recently started to address the ways that non-verbal emotional expressions like laughter are used socially. She was the 2017 Royal Institution Christmas Lecturer.

 

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Kate Garbers

Kate GarbersKate Garbers is a founder and director of Unseen, a charity that provides safety, hope and choice to survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery. As well as providing 24/7 supported safe accommodation for survivors and the UK’s National Modern Slavery Helpline, Unseen works to raise awareness of this crime. Kate has spent the last ten years working directly with survivors, law enforcement agencies and governments to work out how we can effectively tackle the issue of trafficking and slavery.

 

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