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Elizabeth Filippouli is a social entrepreneur. She is the Founder & CEO of Global Thinkers Forum (GTF), aglobal platform that works as an agent for positive change by connecting international thought leaders and promoting values-based leadership, collaboration and partnerships. GTF is London-based with an international advisory board and presence in 7 countries.

In 2015 GTF launched its international mentoring programme, Global Thinkers Mentors, pairing youth and women from all over the world with accomplished individuals across over 35 countries. In 2018 and as part of the women’s empowerment mission, Athena40followed as the first global ranking of the top 40most innovative women from across all industries, announced every two years.

In 2016, Elizabeth was named among Oxford University’s Said Business School’s 42 top graduate entrepreneurs. She sits on the Global Advisory Board of the Prince’s Trust International.

Twitter: @ElizaFilippouli



Sarah Hall is a pioneer of best practice in the PR industry. The holder of the CIPR’s Sir Stephen Tallents medal 2014 for exceptional achievement in public relations practice, she has an established reputation as an ethics tsar and diversity and inclusivity champion. She is a strong advocate of accountable leadership and women in business and believes in helping young talent break through.

Sarah is the CIPR's President for 2018 and a regular speaker at industry events. She was the first North East practitioner to become Chartered, a status that recognises the highest standard of knowledge, expertise and ethical practice within the PR industry and is a benchmark of professional excellence and integrity.

The founder and editor of #FuturePRoof, a series of books and community aimed at reasserting the role of public relations as a management function, Sarah co-edited a white paper with Ketchum CEO Stephen Waddington characterising the public relations agency business and another exploring the mental wellbeing of the public relations profession. She spearheaded and has led the CIPR's gender policy work from 2014 onwards and this year launched a joint initiative between the CIPR, PRCA and Career Ready to improve social mobility within the industry. 

Her other voluntary commitments include acting as a Trustee for the Sunshine Fund

Sarah holds an MA in Marketing from Northumbria University, a BA (Hons) in French and Media from Leeds University and is a Google Squared digital marketing graduate.

When she’s not at work you’ll find her busy being Mum to two boys and walking her cocker spaniel Madge. You can also catch her being rather noisy on Twitter @Hallmeister.


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Eve Livingston is a UK-based freelance journalist from Glasgow, Scotland. She specialises in coverage of social affairs, politics and inequalities, and has won awards for her writing on feminism and gender-based violence. Alongside her writing work, she is a regular commentator in the media on these issues, having made various TV and radio appearances on the likes of BBC’s Woman’s Hour.

Eve graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 with an MA (Hons) in Sociology and Social Anthropology, going on to work in campaigning and advisory roles around equality and diversity in the education sector before pursuing her freelance career. 

Eve is also co-Secretary of Women in Journalism Scotland, a campaigning, networking and training organisation which exists to represent women in Scotland at every stage of their careers, across print, broadcast, online and digital media, and communications and PR work.

You can find her work for the Guardian, the Independent, Red Magazine, VICE, Dazed, The Pool and many more at www.everebeccalivingston.com. She is on twitter at @eve_rebecca.


Ellie Papoutsani

Ellie Papoutsani is a project & events management professional.

She has studied Modern Languages (BA) at the University of Essex, before focusing on PR & Events with an MA in Media & Public Relations from the University of Newcastle and an MSc in Tourism and Events from the University of Sunderland. She has substantial expertise in entrepreneurship & startups’ education, acceleration, promotion & networking, working with ID-GC, an international organisation promoting entrepreneurship, and extensive experience in events management, working with international impact & entrepreneurship events such as Disrupt Startup ScaleUP, Global Entrepreneurship Week Greece & Cyprus and TEDMED Live Athens.

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Arianne WilliamS

Arianne Williams graduated from the University of Sunderland with a BA Hons in PR and French in 2016. Now an Account Manager at Exeter-based communications agency, KOR Communications, she develops and implements strategic communications plans and creates engaging content for a range of channels to reach target audiences.

Whilst studying, Arianne was awarded the CIPR International Douglas Smith Student Award, given to students who demonstrate aptitude in communications and an understanding of global PR. In 2017, she was shortlisted for the PRCA Reginald Watts Prize for Insight, which challenges young practitioners to write thought-provoking essays on the PR and communications industry.

She contributed a chapter to ‘My PR Stack 2’, a book designed to help communications teams and professionals make sense of available tools to create a modern workflow, as well as having been named Britain’s best PR student blogger by Behind the Spin in 2016. You can find her tweeting at @ariannewills