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Eddie Obeng

Agent of Innovation: Eddie Obeng

There’s something about Eddie. We first discovered Eddie Obeng when MTV’s former Global Head of Music told us we had to get connected with him back in 2011 and we’ve remained fans of his work ever since. On the surface he’s a hugely intelligent, provocative, funny and high-energy speaker who really knows how to engage an audience. Dig a little deeper and you’ll learn he’s earned a double first in chemical and biochemical engineering, at age 32 he became Europe’s youngest leader of a business school (Ashridge), he’s a helicopter pilot and a TED Conference speaker.

Dig deeper still and you’ll see Eddie isn’t just telling others to be risktaking and innovative. He’s drinking his own Kool Aid having left a safe academic career years ago to setup his own independent consultancy called Pentacle to help ensure he practices what he preaches. In addition to consultancy and training, they’ve invested building Qube, their own collaborative virtual learning platform.

If innovation is part of your job, then you can’t miss Eddie Obeng’s talk which will open Thinking Digital Manchester at 930am on Tuesday, 3rd November.

More? How about our Humanitarian Technologist ?

Patrick Meier (PhD) is an internationally recognised thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience. He presently serves as Director of Social Innovation at QCRI where he develops and prototypes Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies with multiple humanitarian organisations. He is on the Innovation Team of the UN Secretary-General’s World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) and author of the new book “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response” (2015). Patrick has also held multiple fellowships: UNICEF Humanitarian Innovations Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation Fellow and PopTech Fellow. He is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and also serves as “Ambassador” for Drone Adventures. His influential and widely-read blog iRevolutions has received well over 1.5 million hits. In 2010 he was publicly praised by Clinton for his pioneering digital humanitarian efforts. Prior to QCRI, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping & Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi. He has consulted extensively for several international organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank. Patrick also founded/co-founded CrisisMappers, Digital Humanitarians, MicroMappers, Humanitarian UAV Network and the award-winning Standby Task Force, and sits on the Boards of People’s Intelligence and iLab Liberia. He often serves on judging panels for various competitions which have included GSMA’s Global Mobile Awards, UAE’s Drones for Good Award and the DroneSocial Innovation Award. Patrick is an accomplished speaker, having given talks at the White House, UN, Google, Harvard, Stanford and MIT. He has also presented at major international conferences including the Skoll World Forum, Club de Madrid, Mobile World Congress, PopTech, Where 2.0, TTI/Vanguard, SXSW and several TEDx’s.

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