‘A corporate creativity guru’, David Pearl is an innovator who works in business, the arts and social change.
A performing artist by background, he was boy soloist at the Royal Opera House where he first sang with Placido Domingo at the age of 9. He has toured the world as an orchestral player, written for the great Stanley Kubrick, presented a music series on BBC2 and set up two mould-breaking opera companies.
Drawing on his eclectic background as performer, writer, director, broadcaster, consultant, experience engineer and advisor to top CEOs and their board, David helps business and those who lead them be more inspired and inspiring.
Beyond business, his non-profit venture Street Wisdom transforms ordinary city streets into extraordinary learning zones. Founded in 2012, it’s already active in 18 countries. Meanwhile David keeps his own performance skills honed in the knife-edge improvised shows of his company Impropera.
Dumi Oburota hails from South East London. A keen lover of urban music, he decided to become a music manager. After signing Tinie Tempah, a childhood friend, at the age of 20, Dumi invested his student loans in getting Tinie studio time, Proud to be a Londoner, he reflects that one of his greatest moments was having Tinie close the Olympic Ceremony in 2012 – he describes it as ‘the culmination of two guys having a dream and making it happen.’
In 2006, Dumi launched Disturbing London. In its current formation, Disturbing London comprises artist management, record label services, publishing, fashion design, brand partnerships, event curation and digital services – spanning music artists and music marketing.
His curiosity and business nous are not limited to the entertainment industry. Dumi is well known for his interest in sartorial trends and makes regular appearances on GQ’s best dressed list. He is also a keen investor and consultant who advises and develops brands with a strong vision.
Belinda Parmar OBE is an author, activist and the bright mind behind The Empathy Business. Her agency also leads the Little Miss Geek campaign, which aims to inspire women to follow careers oriented towards technology.
Belinda was a ‘Young Global Leader‘ of the World Economic Forum and is one of Fortune’s 55 most influential women on Twitter and was appointed OBE for services to the UK’s technology industry in the 2014 Birthday Honours.
Dr. Ed Roberts
Dr. Ed Roberts
Dr Ed Roberts is an honorary fellow at Imperial College. His research focuses on using neuroimaging, brain stimulation and behavioural experiments to investigate brain function in health and disease. He is also interested in the relationship between brain structure and performance on different motor and cognitive tasks, and has examined the influence of the endocrine system in financial decision making.
At age 18, Nick started Shaolin Kung Fu and not long after, he started his Mixed Martial Arts training, supporting himself by playing poker semi-professionally.
Nick became a professional MMA fighter and has since competed many times for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship), the largest and most prestigious fighting organisation in the world. He also appeared on The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom and reached the semi-finals, finally losing to DaMarques Johnson in what Dana White called one of the best fights in Ultimate Fighting history.
Taking time off from competition, he made the switch to Tai Chi Ch’uan until in June 2015 he became the first person to represent the discipline in the sport of MMA and won within the first round. Nick believes in the power of the mind both inside and out of the cage and Tai Chi is his route to achieve balance. More recently, Nick has turned his hand to painting and creates Sacred Geometry art.
James Shillcock is Vivid's Founder and CEO.
Aged 25, James launched Vivid Matcha in 2013 with an ambition to create a brand that promoted mental performance through a range of natural products developed to sharpen the mind.
In 2013 matcha was unheard of in the UK despite being a huge part of Japanese culture thanks to its potent health benefits. James had discovered matcha whilst visiting Asia. He realised the potential and set out to take on the food & drink giants by creating a range of matcha green tea drinks that would not only be a UK first but would subsequently spark the creation of all a whole new category; since Vivid's launch matcha mania has well and truly swept the UK, with Starbucks, Pret and many more jumping on the band-wagon.
Vivid is now officially the UK's number 1 matcha drink having sold over 1million units. Vivid is available in leading retailers across the UK and in over 10 countries through Europe, North America and Australasia.
James's belief is that the mind is our most important asset and he believes that a sharp and fulfilled mind is attainable for all with access to the right tools. His commitment to improving mental performance and wellbeing extends well beyond drinks and you should expect to hear about some exciting new developments pushing the boundaries in this field from James in the very near future.