Plenary Sessions

Plenary session with Alex Steele

Wednesday 13 June, 9.30 - 10.45am

Four experiments in the art of collaboration & innovation

This is a plenary session with a difference. Alex Steele will be running an interactive session, featuring a jazz quartet, to explore a range of cutting-edge approaches to collaboration and innovation. Through a series of experiments with the audience and with the jazz musicians, the session will give the audience the opportunity to play with a brand-new toolkit of skills and techniques to enhance collaboration, and to stimulate new thinking and innovation.

By day, Alex is an organisational development consultant and coach, academic and educator; and by night, Alex is a professional jazz pianist. Alex works with organisations around the world, as well as with leading universities and business schools, to explore new insights into practical behaviours and skills which enhance leadership, collaboration, innovation and transformational change.

This session will wake you up, get you inside the mind of a jazz musician, and make you look at the world around you in a brand-new way. You don’t have to be musical to take part, and you don’t even need to like jazz! But we guarantee that you’ll go away inspired, with plenty of new ideas which you can implement straight away. Get ready to be inspired, to collaborate, and to innovate! 



Closing Plenary by
Jeremy Bowen

Wednesday 13 June, 12.30 - 1.30pm

Jeremy Bowen
BBC Middle East Editor, Author, Presenter

Jeremy Bowen is a journalist with vast knowledge and experience of the Middle East.  From 1995-2000, he was based in Jerusalem as the BBC’s Middle East Correspondent, winning awards from television festivals in New York and Monte Carlo, as well as a Best Breaking News report from the Royal Television Society on the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.  During the Kosovo crisis of 1999, he reported extensively from the region, often in dangerous conditions, which included being robbed at gunpoint by bandits whilst reporting from the Albanian border. Since June 2005, he has been working in the newly-created role of BBC Middle East Editor.

Seasoned war correspondent Jeremy Bowen provides riveting anecdotes from a life reporting on the front line at some of the most fraught conflicts of the past twenty years. Jeremy has covered hostilities from over 70 countries ranging from El Salvador, Somalia to the West Bank and his current role as the BBC’s Middle East Editor enables him to cast a welcome light onto one of the most complex areas of the world.