Guests in March: Jude Kelly CBE, Founder, WOW (Women of the World) Foundation and more
1 April 2022
In March’s Change Makers episodes, Michael Hayman is joined by Jude Kelly CBE, Founder, WOW (Women of the World) Foundation; Mark Campanale, Founder, Carbon Tracker Initiative; Garvita Gulhati, Founder, Why Waste?; Juergen Maier CBE, Co-founder, vocL; and Melissa Morris, CEO & Co-Founder, Lantum
Courage to change: the urgency of gender equality – Jude Kelly CBE, Founder, WOW (Women of the World) Foundation
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Michael was joined by Jude Kelly CBE, the award-winning theatre director, producer and founder of WOW (Women of the World) Foundation, the global movement that says a gender equal world is desirable, possible and urgently required. Through its flagship WOW festivals as well as year-round events and school programmes, WOW was designed to ensure a high-profile cultural space existed for women’s stories to be shared.
Described by the Financial Times as someone who has never changed down a gear in her life, Jude describes that moment in 2010 when WOW was launched as the moment that she “truly came out as a woman” and, in 2018, she chose to step back from her role as Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre to focus on growing this incredible initiative, which is now the world’s biggest and most comprehensive festival, celebrating women girls and non-binary people.
With WOW Festival 2022 set to kick off next Friday, Jude joins us to share her journey from artist to activist, the cultural moments and movements that shaped her world view, and the importance of self-identity.
Ending finance’s carbon footprint: mobilising against climate change – Mark Campanale, Founder, Carbon Tracker Initiative
Mark Campanale is a leader described as opening “a different front in the fight against global warming.” He is an Ashoka Changemaker and the founder of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, an independent think tank that looks at the impact of clean energy transition and a move away from fossil fuels on the financial markets. The aim is to change how financial analysts and fund managers determine investment risk and mobilise shareholders to align their business priorities with the climate agenda.
And as co-founder of Planet Tracker, Mark’s goal is to align capital markets with natural ecological limits to growth, based on his ‘unburnable carbon’ thesis, which i