The Leonardo group acts as a 'brain trust' of Science Gallery, drawing together a group of exceptional people from a range of backgrounds – science, technology, the arts, media, education and business. This is where themes for the new exhibitions are inspired and where collaborations are sparked.
Aleks is one of the leading national broadcasters of her generation. She has won Emmy, BAFTA, Radio Academy and Royal Society awards. She has presented BBC Radio 4’s The Digital Human, BBC World’s The Virtual Revolution and the Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast.She holds fellowships at University of Oxford and the London School of Economics.
ALEXANDRA DAISY GINSBERG
Daisy is an artist, designer, and writer, critically exploring values that shape design, science and technology. She experimentally collaborates with scientists, engineers, artists, designers, social scientists, museums, and industry around the world. Daisy is lead author of "Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature" (MIT Press, 2014), and in 2017 completed her PhD at London's Royal College of Art, on the imaginary of the 'better' future. Photograph © Harry Borden
Freelance Creative Producer and Consultant, Amanda’s clients have included Channel 4’s Random Acts and Maverick TV where she produced short films made by young people aged 16 - 24. Amanda was previously Strategic Partnership Director at IdeasTap, where she developed opportunities and partnerships to attract a membership of over 200,000 young creatives.
Andrew is consultant anaesthetist at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals with research interests in pharmacology, genetics and the brain. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, he has created many public engagement projects to bring together scientists and healthcare workers with artists, writers, musicians, historians and curators.
British-Bengali Musician, Artist & Performer, Bishi explores multimedia performance and projection. She has recorded two albums: Albion Voice and Nights at The Circus. Bishi’s collaborators include London Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Sean Lennon, Whitechapel Gallery and Nick Knight’s Showstudio. Bishi is Co-Founder of WITCiH celebrating Women In Technology.
Photograph © Austin Young
Callum is Digital Director at Balance Publishing Limited, and a trustee of the Thomas Ap Rhys Pryce Memorial Trust that helps less advantaged young Londoners achieve their full potential. Callum was previously Executive Creative Director of the award-winning youth specialist agency Livity and editor of Dazed & Confused. He has written for Rolling Stone, NME, BBC, The Times and others.
Photograph © Paul Bray
Carina is CEO and co-founder of HelixNano, a health technology company backed by Johnson and Johnson Innovation working to revolutionize how our bodies are monitored and treated. Carina was recognized as the BioBeat Rising Star of British Biotech and a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper’. She graduated with first class honours from Oxford University and was awarded a full Google scholarship to attend Singularity University in 2013.
Fiona is internationally recognised for her work on stem cells. Fiona has Cambridge and Oxford degrees and was a postdoc at MIT. In 2012 she founded the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at King's College London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.
After The Brit School and a brief stint in fashion, Gemma’s infectious broadcasting style was swiftly spotted by the BBC and has since presented the BBC’s Glastonbury festival coverage and the breakfast show and The Surgery on BBC Radio 1. She has has been awarded two Sony Golds for her radio documentaries and is an ambassador for Oxfam and Women’s Aid.
Hannah is the founder of Bold Tendencies Community Interest Company and the Hannah Barry Gallery in Peckham. Bold Tendencies enables an annual world-class arts and cultural programme and civic space open to the public - commissioning site-specific sculpture, architecture, orchestral music and opera. With immersive public spaces and spectacular views across London, the project has attracted more than 1.5 million visitors so far.
Kentaké is a pioneering Creative Producer and Hip Hop activist. She established the London Hip Hop Festival in 2000, served as Chair of Arts Council England, Southeast 2005-2009 and was awarded a NESTA Cultural Leadership fellowship in 2006. Kentaké also helped deliver the Olympic Torch welcome event for the London Borough of Hackney in 2012.
Professor Kevin Fenton is the Director for Health and Wellbeing at the London Borough of Southwark. In this role, he works across the entire Council to champion and promote health, wellbeing, sustainability and equity in all policies and programmes. Kevin is on secondment to Southwark Council from Public Health England, where he was the National Director for Health and Wellbeing.
MARCUS DU SAUTOY
Marcus is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is author of four popular science books including What We Cannot Know. He has presented numerous radio and TV series including The Story of Maths.
Matt has been Principal of Ark Globe Academy in Elephant and Castle since 2012 and has achieved the Academy’s best ever outcomes for children in all Key Stages. In 2014-15 Ark Globe was one of ten schools featured in the Department of Education's Parliamentary Review as an example of excellent practice. He is also Chair of Southwark Secondary Heads and is driven by social justice and mobility.
Matt is the Founder of Storythings. Prior to this he was Head of Innovation at BBC New Media and led the Education department at Channel 4, commissioning cross-platform projects for 14-19 yr olds. He also developed cross-platform projects for Channel shows including Big Brother, Million Pound Drop and the 2012 Paralympics.
Melanie is Director of Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) a pioneering visual arts organisation that presents an artistic programme which reflects on the social and political impact of globalization. Melanie is an Independent Advisor to the Government Arts Collection, and sits on the Suffrage Commission Panel convened by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to commission a new public sculpture for Parliament Square in 2018.
Mischa is Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is also; Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder of the company Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Arts, and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence.
Nikki trained in dance and went on to make a career first as a dance practitioner and then in arts strategy, funding and development. Most recently as Head of Arts Strategy at Guy's & St Thomas' Charity, Nikki developed and managed an £8 million portfolio of arts and health programmes both in hospital and community settings. Nikki is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Oron is Director and co-founder of SymbioticA, the Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, The University of Western Australia. He is a Professor of Contestable Design at The Royal College of Arts, London, Visiting Professor at the School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University, Helsinki and is also an artist, researcher and curator. Oron is featured in 60 Innovators Shaping our Creative Future and one of by Icon Magazine’s top 20 Designers.
Peter is a consultant in Emergency Medicine and Director of Simulation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals (and Simulation lead for King’s Health Partners Academic Health Centre. He set up the College of Emergency Medicine National simulation committee and embedded simulation training into the Emergency Medicine curriculum.
Richard is a neuroscientist and Head of Anatomy at King’s College London. He has a DPhil in Neurophysiology from Oxford University and has held MRC and Wellcome research Fellowships. He has curated two exhibitions for the King’s Cultural Institute and acted as scientific advisor for Wellcome Collection’s “Brains: Mind as Material” exhibition.
Robin is an award-winning comedian and populariser of scientific ideas. He co-hosts Robin and Josie’s Book Shambles and presents the BBC Radio 4 series The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox. He has also appeared on Just a Minute, Mock the Week and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Robin has an Honorary Fellowship from UCL, an honorary doctorate from University of London and is a fellow of the British Science Association.
Professor Sir Robert Lechler is currently Vice Principal (Health) at King’s College London, Executive Director of King’s Health Partners and President of the Academy of Medical Sciences. His clinical and research career have been focused on the pursuit of clinical transplantation tolerance and he has published over 200 papers in this field.
Sara is Managing Director of Intelligence Squared. She started her career as a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, before moving to the music industry at EMI. Originally from Sweden, Sara studied at the Beijing Language and Culture University and received degrees in Political Science and Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.
Sarah is CEO of Thalamic Ltd, a bespoke consultancy specialising in philanthropic advisory services, strategy development and salon/workshop curation. She has advised individual philanthropists and organisations on research strategy and investments across the globe. She currently serves on a number of boards, including the Science Museum. She is a former guest curator and presenter for TEDGlobal and the Skoll World Forum.
LORD VICTOR ADEBOWALE
Victor has been Chief Executive of Turning Point since 2001. He is a Visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln and holds numerous honorary doctorates. In 2000, Victor was awarded a CBE for services to unemployed and homeless young people and was appointed a cross bench member of the House of Lords in 2001.
Wayne is a multi award-winning choreographer and director, internationally renowned for trailblazing innovations in performance that have radically redefined dance in the modern era. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the British Science Association. He is also Resident Choreographer at The Royal Ballet. In 2011, he was awarded a CBE for Services to Dance.