Guest Speaker Series

Discover the great line-up of guest speakers we will be hosting on our campuses. In order to ensure that our students never lose sight of the different reality that so many others in the world experience on a daily basis, we feel it is important to expose them to first hand testimony from people with personal stories that challenge their world view.

Talks have so far covered topics as diverse and wide ranging as environmental issues, race relations, human and civil rights, conflict and reconciliation, science, the problem of homelessness and even Ancient Greek philosophy!

Many of our speakers are household names such as IVF pioneer Professor Lord Robert Winston, politician Vince Cable, Pascal Couchepin and David Lammy, feminist and academic Germaine Greer, pioneer Bertrand Piccard, astronaut Al Worden, journalists Jon Snow, Nick Robinson and Gary Gibbon, cartoonists Chappatte and Plantu, authors Gillian Slovo and John Carlin, Nobel prizewinner Jacques Dubochet, and athletes Hannah Cockcroft, Graeme Le Saux or Howard Gayle.

Others, such as Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, human rights activist Marina Litvinenko, and anti-FGM activist Leyla Hussein deserve more recognition. Click here for the full list of past speakers.

Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic and the rules currently in place to protect the health of Ecolint students and staff, we are currently unable to welcome external participants to our Guest Speaker Series. When possible, we will endeavour to livestream the conferences. If you are interested in viewing these remotely, please register by clicking on the links next to each speaker and if livestream options are available, we will share these with you.

Upcoming 2020-2021 Speakers

Speaker Date & Time Description

Margaret Harris

21 September 2020

Time TBC

Online conference

Margaret Harris is a Spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), a member of their Covid-19 response team based in Geneva and a public health doctor. 

Harris previously worked on the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone of December 2013-January 2016, the most severe Ebola outbreak in recorded history in regards to the number of human cases and fatalities. 

Lorenzo Niola

29 September 2020

10:55-11:40

Online conference

Lorenzo Niola gets his hands dirty with impact tech ventures and impactful projects that can solve humanity’s grand challenges as well as drive social change, working closely with different stakeholders to foster equality and better humanity.

He supported 200+ entrepreneurs and brings a financial/analytical background & experience in operations and community management in both the start-ups’ ecosystem and international cooperation. He is a member of the Global Shapers Community and the co-director of former start-up Grind Milan and is an ex-AIESECer too.

Passionate about impact tech and frugal innovation, Niola is a coffee lover and former rugby player and has a true love of snowboarding in the Alps. 

Niola will give a conference on impact tech solutions and challenges.

Josh Bayliss

10 November 2020

Time TBC

Online conference

Josh Bayliss is CEO of the Virgin Group and is responsible for the management of the Group’s capital investments and the Virgin brand. He has been with Virgin since 2005, previously serving as the Group’s General Counsel before taking on the CEO role in 2011. He has extensive experience as a director of a large number of companies across the Virgin Group globally and across all of Virgin’s core sectors.

Bayliss was previously a Senior Associate at leading international law firm Slaughter and May from 1999 to 2005. He holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Gib Bulloch

1st December 2020

Time TBC

Online conference

Gib Bulloch is a speaker, writer and facilitator whose 25 years in the business world at three of the world’s largest companies – BP, Mars and Accenture – has given him a unique perspective on the role of business in society.

During his time at Accenture, he set up the award-winning Accenture Development Partnerships, a corporate social enterprise that provided development sector organisations access to Accenture’s top people, knowledge and assets on a not-for-profit basis.

Named Sunday Times Management Consultant of the Year in the Best Partner/Director category in 2008, Bulloch serves on the US Board of the END Fund for Neglected Tropical Diseases and served on the UK Secretary of State for International Development’s Economic Development Advisory Group. He has also played a key role in promoting the emerging concept of social intrapreneurship as co-founder of The League of Intrapreneurs, and as a Visiting Fellow at the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University. Bulloch is the author of The Intrapreneur: Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent (2018).

Today he works with organisations, individuals and teams to develop a sense of responsibility at both a personal and collective level to create meaningful impact.

Nicolò Govoni

1st December 2020

10.55-11.40

Online conference

Nicolò Govoni is an Italian writer and human rights activist. He is the President and Executive Director of the non-profit organisation Still I Rise and has been nominated for the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. At the age of 20, he began his first voluntary mission in an orphanage of a small village in India. In 2017 he self-published the e-book Bianco come Dio to sponsor the education of children in the orphanage. 

Govoni later moved to Samos, Greece, to work in a refugee camp. In 2018, together with two other volunteers and seven founding partners in Italy, he founded the non-profit organisation Still I Rise and opened Mazì, the first youth centre for refugee children and adolescents on the island of Samos. The inhuman conditions in the camps led Govoni to write his second book, Se fosse tuo figlio (2019), a denunciation against the abuse perpetrated by Greek authorities on refugees. All proceeds from the sale of the book have been used towards the construction of a new Still I Rise school in Turkey. 

In 2020, Still I Rise plan to open Beraber, the first international school for refugee and underprivileged children in Gaziantep, Turkey, as well as Ma'an, an educative centre in the city of Al Dana, Syria. In June 2020, Govoni was awarded the CIDU Prize for Human Rights by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for his awareness-raising activities on refugees and migrants. 

Govoni graduated in journalism from Symbiosis International University in India.

James Breiding

8 December 2020

10.55-11.40

Online conference

James Breiding is the author of Swiss Made, The Untold Story Behind Switzerland's Success. Available in 9 languages, the book has become the most authoritative work on 'Swissness'. Breiding’s writing on Swiss issues has appeared in The Economist, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. He has lectured at Harvard, Princeton, Beijing, Kyoto, NUS and Cambridge universities, and was elected a fellow at Harvard's Centre for International Development.

Breiding is the founder and owner of Naissance Capital, a Zurich investment firm, and the founder of S8 Nations, an organisation inspired by his book, Too Small to Fail: Why Some Small Nations Are Outperforming Larger Ones and How They Are Reshaping the World.

Bill Morrison

12 January 2021

10.55-11.40

Centre des arts, Auditorium

Bill Morrison is an author, speaker and consultant who has worked in the world of international sales and marketing for over thirty years. He is currently EMEA Managing Director for Sandler, the world’s largest sales training and consulting company. He is passionate about helping people develop their professional skills and capabilities. 

Originally from Scotland, Bill has worked for major companies around the world, including Rolls Royce. As a consultant he has worked with many international companies in the areas of sales and business development. He has published his work academically on topics such as Nudge Theory and has spoken at universities in several countries.

No Apologies

Date TBC

Time TBC

No Apologies describes the state of physical and mental siege of underprivileged Black people living in Lausanne. Unable to film in the street and faced with the need to safeguard anonymity, No Apologies sought a way for protagonists to express themselves freely. Masked or bare-faced, they share their personal experience of daily survival, of police brutality, and in so doing question their place in the Swiss society which considers them to be pariahs.

Fruit of the alliance between those affected and professionals from the cinematographic world, this collective film project was produced in an emergency situation, in guerrilla mode, and is free of any constraints stemming from institutional financing.

Click here to view the trailer.