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Clare Sumner, Director of Policy, BBC

Clare was the Chief of Staff to the BBC Director General and is now the Director of Policy. She joined the BBC in January 2014 and previously worked in the Civil Service where she was the Director of the Civil Service Reform Programme.  Clare began her career in the Civil Service in 1994. She has been Private Secretary to the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, as well as working as a director in her Majesty’s Courts Service and advising the Lord Chancellor on human rights policy.

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Clare Sumner, Director of Policy, BBC

Clare was the Chief of Staff to the BBC Director General and is now the Director of Policy. She joined the BBC in January 2014 and previously worked in the Civil Service where she was the Director of the Civil Service Reform Programme.  Clare began her career in the Civil Service in 1994. She has been Private Secretary to the then Prime Minister, Tony Blair, as well as working as a director in her Majesty’s Courts Service and advising the Lord Chancellor on human rights policy.

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Catherine Miller, Director of Policy, Doteveryone

Catherine is Director of Policy at Doteveryone, a think tank which champions responsible technology for the good of everyone in society.
Catherine began her career as a journalist, producing national and international news for a wide range of programmes on BBC radio, television and online and becoming a senior producer on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.
She then joined Queen Mary University of London where she worked with Professor Mike Kenny and Lord Peter Hennessy to establish the Mile End Institute, connecting policymakers and academia.
She now leads Doteveryone’s work on Digital Understanding, ensuring people comprehend the implications technologies have on their lives.

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP, Shadow Digital Minister

Rt Hon Liam Byrne MP is a writer, reformer, and campaigner. A former Cabinet minister, Liam has done some of the toughest jobs in the British government. In the Home Office, he rebuilt the UK’s immigration system; in No 10 Downing Street, he helped Gordon Brown coordinate government during the global financial crisis, and in Her Majesty’s Treasury, he was Chief Secretary, charged with creating the Labour government’s fiscal consolidation plan. He is currently Shadow Digital Minister.

Liam graduated at the top of his class at Manchester University, where he won the Robert McKenzie Prize for Political Science and was elected leader of the Students’ Union. Before entering politics, he was an entrepreneur and a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Business School. In 2004, he gave up his successful business career to serve one of Britain’s poorest communities: Hodge Hill in East Birmingham. He has doubled his majority at every election.

Today, Liam is the founder and chairman of the All Party Group on Inclusive Growth, and the Labour think-tank, Red Shift. The paperback version of his book, a history of British capitalism, Dragons, was published earlier this year. He is also the author of Robbins Rebooted (SMF, 2014), Reinventing Government Again (SMF, 2004), and Local Government Transformed (Baseline, 1996). His most recent book is Black Flag Down, Counter-extremism, defeating ISIS and winning the battle of ideas.

Liam is one of Westminster’s leading authorities on China. He helped begin the UK-China Economic and Finance Dialogue, sits on the board of the GB-China Centre, co-founded the UK-China Young Leader’s Roundtable, and authored the critically-acclaimed Turning to Face the East (Guardian Books, 2013).

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Patrick Walker, Director of Media Partnerships, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Facebook

Patrick has over 20 years of experience in the television, radio and online media industry, always at the crossroads of content and technology.

As the Director of Media partnerships at Facebook, he is responsible for leading content partnerships with media companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa across news, sports, and entertainment. He develops publishing and audience development strategies for products including Facebook video, Instant Articles, Instagram, 360-video and virtual reality.

After a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, Patrick began his career in international media and technology as a TV producer for Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK. While living in Tokyo, he produced and directed award-winning TV programs and participated in the launch of the world’s first HDTV channel. He later joined The BBC as a senior Broadcast Journalist in Japan and South East Asia. Prior to his current role, Patrick launched and led the development of content strategies and partnerships at YouTube across Europe, Middle East and Africa, and spent several years at digital startups working on both content and partnerships.

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Patrick Walker, Director of Media Partnerships, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Facebook

Patrick has over 20 years of experience in the television, radio and online media industry, always at the crossroads of content and technology.

As the Director of Media partnerships at Facebook, he is responsible for leading content partnerships with media companies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa across news, sports, and entertainment. He develops publishing and audience development strategies for products including Facebook video, Instant Articles, Instagram, 360-video and virtual reality.

After a degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, Patrick began his career in international media and technology as a TV producer for Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK. While living in Tokyo, he produced and directed award-winning TV programs and participated in the launch of the world’s first HDTV channel. He later joined The BBC as a senior Broadcast Journalist in Japan and South East Asia. Prior to his current role, Patrick launched and led the development of content strategies and partnerships at YouTube across Europe, Middle East and Africa, and spent several years at digital startups working on both content and partnerships.

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Liv Little, Editor-in-Chief, Gal-dem

Liv Little is a curator, filmmaker and the editor-in-chief of gal-dem, a fledgling media empire ran exclusively by women of colour. Born and raised in South East London, Little has written for the Guardian, Wonderland Magazine and gal-dem on a range of topics – from women seeking asylum in the UK, to interviews with women breaking down barriers in politics and the arts. She works in TV and is currently developing her first scripted comedy pilot.

Little founded gal-dem, which operates as an online and print magazine as well as putting on talks, events and workshops, in 2015. It aims to empower and support the creative work of young women of colour through breaking down tired stereotypes and thrusting their work and thoughts into mainstream discussion in a whitewashed media environment.

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Dr David Levy, Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford

David Levy has been Director of the Reuters Institute since September 2008. His work covers the full range of issues around developments in journalism and he has particular interests in public service broadcasting, media regulation and business models, and the interaction between digital technology and media regulation both within the UK and Europe.

Before joining the Institute he was Controller, Public Policy at the BBC until 2007 where he led the BBC’s policy for the BBC Charter Review and was in charge of public policy & regulation. Prior to his BBC policy role he worked as a journalist, first for the BBC World Service and then for BBC News and Current Affairs; as a radio producer and reporter on File on 4; as a TV reporter on Newsnight, and as Editor of Analysis on Radio 4.

Dr David Levy holds degrees from the Universities of York, LSE and a doctorate in 20th century French history from Nuffield College, Oxford.

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