Dr Shima Barakat, Director of Entrepreneurial Learning Programmes & Engagement at the Entrepreneurship Centre, Cambridge Judge Business School
Shima is an entrepreneur, director and academic obsessed with making the world a better place. She is the director of two enterprise and entrepreneurship programme at the University of Cambridge, UK supporting the development of technology entrepreneurs and the commercialisation of technology from within the university and its partners. She is Director of EnterpriseWISE as well as Director of ETECH Projects at the Entrepreneuship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School.
An engineer by training to postgraduate level, she also has an MBA and a PhD in Management focusing on corporate strategy and the natural environment. She has spent two decades helping companies, governments and international funding agencies improve their performance in an environmentally and socially sensitive manner. As an entrepreneur, Shima is one of the founders and a Director of Value in Enterprise, the responsible business consultancy company. She was also one the founders of Nahdet El Mahrousa (the most successful social enterprise incubator in the Middle East) and the Egyptian Junior Business Association (EJB) in Egypt and the Global Communities Initiative (GCI) in the US which she chaired the board of for a number of years. Shima is interested in critically studying entrepreneurship practice to explore the implications on people and the planet. Currently, she has a particular interest in gender influences.
Julie Brown, Director of HR, Cambridge Judge Business School
Julie oversees the full range of HR functions for all staff at Cambridge Judge Business School and Judge Business School Executive Education Ltd (JBSEEL) including organisational structure, recruitment and retention, pay and grading, training and development, employment relations and performance management.
Working as part of the senior management team she leads discussions and decisions relating to changes affecting staff such as reviewing staffing requirements and organisation structure and staff training and development provision. She also inputs into and influences business strategy for the School. Julie works closely with the Director of the School and the other directors an the School to ensure all HR practices are aligned with business needs and changes made and agreed actions are in line with strategic objectives.
David Llewellyn, CEO Good Lad Initiative
In 2013, David cofounded the Good Lad Initiative with a number of other students and academics based at the University of Oxford. Soon thereafter he became CEO of the organisation, and has worked to grow the team to over 35 voluntary and paid staff. Good Lad now runs workshops across the country in secondary schools, universities, business schools and professional sports teams.
Workshop: The Good Lad Philosophy
Good Lad workshops are male-facilitated workshops for usually male-only groups, such as sports teams and business groups, which provide space for men to engage with and discuss complex gender situations. The workshops are rapidly expanding throughout the UK and internationally, and have gained international media coverage, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, The Washington Times, Tthe Australian, and The New Zealand Herald. Good Lad has now run workshops with over 1,000 participants, in the UK and internationally including at Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University, London School of Economics, University of York, and the University of Durham. The workshops introduce the concept of positive masculinity, as a way to think about and engage with complex gender situations. The conceptual core of positive masculinity focuses upon the positive contribution that men can have in any given complex gender situation. Good Lad has adapted their workshop for Cambridge Judge to facilitate a mixed audience.