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Change Makers: Kate and Ella Robertson, Russ Shaw

Senior global leaders have taken different steps to try and control the coronavirus pandemic, but according to Kate and Ella Robertson, it is the world’s young leaders who are stepping up and making the real difference. In this episode of Change Makers, the co-founder and managing director of the global forum for young leaders One Young World argue that young people are the ones driving the solutions to global issues including the current crisis, and now is the time to recognise them for it.

One Young World’s mission is to create a better world, with more responsible and more effective leadership. Every year, One Young World achieves this by identifying, promoting and connecting the world’s most impactful young leaders. Kate Robertson launched the summit in London in 2010 with David Jones, and each year since it has brought more than 2,000 young leaders and hundreds of influential global counsellors to cities around the world from Bangkok to Bogota, to drive solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. Ella has overseen the annual summit as its managing director for the past five years.

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He’s the leader with his finger on the pulse of the global tech community, and now Russ Shaw’s attention is on guiding it through the current crisis. In this Change Makers interview, Russ shares the work Tech London Advocates is doing to combat the economic impact of coronavirus on the sector, as well as stories of bounced cheques at his first job in Phoenix, Arizona, how being late for a lecture led him to meet his future wife, and how he turned an idea for a network of London tech leaders into a powerful global movement.

Born in the USA, today Russ Shaw is the man on a mission to turn London into the world-beating home of tech. Launching Tech London Advocates seven years ago to give the tech sector an independent voice, it has since been described by the Evening Standard as “London’s most influential business network”. Now an established titan of tech himself, Russ has taken the Advocates model around the world to help more cities build their tech ecosystems.

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