Global Huddle

A free online festival of inspiring ideas and empowering stories.

Ever wondered how others helped to improve in their local community? Want to learn about the journey of what someone did to create a positive impact for the world? Or find out why they decided to make a change for the better?

Join this free, online Global Huddle where you’ll learn from successful changemakers across the globe about their voyages of discovery, defeat and determination. No one is born a success so you will hear about the blood, sweat and tears it took for them to achieve their goals. Our speakers include an amazing and diverse array of passionate changemakers who have helped to make a difference for people and the planet.

Join us:

7:00 AM → 9:30 BST on 11 August 2020 register here

11:00 AM → 1:30 PM BST on 12 August 2020 register here

5:00 PM → 7:30 PM BST on 13 August 2020 register here

This is a totally free event run entirely by volunteers. If you’d like to support our efforts so that we can put on future events, feel free to send us a donation via the above Eventbrite registrations.

Confirmed speakers:

11 August:


Kumar Paudel, Kathmandu based conservationist and founding director of Greenhood Nepal

Ever wondered why people poach wildlife and what it takes to deter them from doing so? These questions took Kumar to wildlife prisoners across Nepal where he learnt about their experiences. He’ll share his conservation journey, started from uniting his undergrad classmates to advocate for rhino conservation, establishing Greenhood Nepal and now supporting a new generation of conservationists in Nepal.


Rae Ritchie, freelance writer, editor and speaker 

Rae specialises in all things sustainability and ethical living. She spends a lot of time thinking about how we, individually and collectively, can live and work in ways that better support people and the planet. She’s interested in how our own values can help us to live more sustainable lives – and that is the focus of this talk.

Tanja Burke

Tanja Burke Jensen, NGO founder of FAIR Integration  
Tanja has worked with refugees and asylum seekers across Europe and she has experienced life under occupation. She is a passionate refugee rights defender, dedicating her worklife to develop an app to help refugees navigate society and the bureaucracy of their destination country. As a passionate storyteller, Tanja’s talk will focus on her first meeting with a Syrian family – a meeting that became the catalyst of where she is now.  

Roach Nikki

Nikki Roach, conservation scientist & Fullbright Scholar

From coastal marshes to tropical forests, Nikki has worked with birds, frogs, shrimpers, and coffee farmers. Over the course of her experience as a field scientist, Nikki has learned that the most valuable knowledge lies outside the classroom. Her personal talk will highlight the importance of social connection in conservation and personal growth. 


12 August:


Lydia Tiller, elephant researcher, Save The Elephants

Lydia Tiller has worked in elephant conservation and research across Asia and Africa. She works as the Research and Science Manager at the Save The Elephants’ Human-Elephant Co-existence Program, Kenya, where she is leads their collared elephant project in Tsavo. Lydia is also an editor for the journal ‘Pachyderm’, a specialist journal about elephants and rhinos.


Rodgers Lubilo, African leader in community conservation from Zambia

Rodgers is a researcher, practitioner and facilitator helping African communities work towards sustainable development. He consults on natural resource management and community-based conservation issues with a particular focus on Southern Africa.

justineJustine Shanti Alexander, Executive Director of the Snow Leopard Network and Regional Ecologist for the Snow Leopard Trust

Justine holds a PhD in snow leopard population assessments from Beijing Forestry University and a MSc in Conservation Science from Imperial College London. Her talk will focus on how snow leopards may represent an ecology of hope for mankind and nature. Snow leopards are found in Central and South Asia mountain areas- an area often called the world’s third pole. 

Elizabeth Gowing
By Jonada Jashari

Elizabeth Gowing, TED speaker, author and co-founder of The Ideas Partnership

In 2016 the President of Kosovo awarded her the Mother Teresa medal for her humanitarian work. In 2017 she was named by British Prime Minister Theresa May a ‘point of light’ for volunteering around the world. This talk will share Elizabeth’s journey from trying to ‘help those in need’ through to ‘helping those in need to help themselves’ and on to ‘helping those in need to help others in need’ via the transformational advocacy initiatives the NGO has enabled.

13 August:


Eli Enns, CEO of IIsaak Olam Foundation, Canada

Eli Enns is a Nuu’chah’nulth Canadian political scientist and nation builder. Former co-chair of the Indigenous Circle of Experts for the Pathway to Canada Target One, Enns is passionate about knowledge mobilization and capacity development for the protection and promotion of Bio-Cultural Diversity. Eli’s talk will be about how to build resilience for indigenous protected areas.

Tanya Rosen

Tatjana Rosen, Lead, Team Bars Turkmenistan and UNEP Vanishing Treasures Technical Adviser for Kyrgyzstan

Tatjana had a successful career as an international lawyer before becoming a conservationist. Since 2011, she mostly lives in Central Asia working on the conservation of wild cats. Her talk will focus on one of the most conservation ignored leopard subspecies, the Persian leopard, inhabiting a “landscape of tears”. She will describe how its very survival and resilience inspires our own.


Iara Lacher, Landscape Ecologist at Smithsonian Institute/ Changing Landscapes Initiative, Co-Owner of Seven Bends Nursery, Content Editor for Be In the Change.

Iara is an ecologist working at the intersection of science and policy. This talk will highlight what she has learned about people, communications, and her role in conservation, while developing a scientific initiative that spans the science-policy gap. 


Rosie Watson, Climate Activist and fell runner, New Story Run

Rosie set off running from the UK in August 2019, on a 2-year 13,000km journey called the New Story Run. She’s travelling entirely on foot, mostly solo, and carrying her stuff – including wild camping kit – for this low budget, self created adventure. Along the way she is telling the stories of people and organisations who are creating a more sustainable way of living in the climate crisis. 


Mike Elm, co-founder of 2050 Climate Group; New Story Ride

Mike was trained as one of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leaders and was on the WWF Earth Hour Hero shortlist. He’s been flight-free since 2015. Inspired by Rosie Watson he is currently on the the New Story Ride, bikepacking to Mongolia finding a new story of people and projects that lead us out of the climate crisis and towards a better world. Mike and Rosie will do a joint talk sharing the experiences of discovering the meaning of a “New Story” and finding the people creating it in countries across the world through a human-powered adventure.

Think of the Global Huddle as a TED talk with the added benefit of being able to interact with the speakers. You can join any time you like during the three days so you don’t have to be free for the entire festival. We’ve scheduled the three events at different times over three days to ensure you can join at a suitable time for you, no matter where in the world you live.

The festival will be aired on Zoom and you’ll be sent joining instructions via email a few days before the event, so do make sure you check your Spam folder in case the email gets lost in there.

Use and follow the hashtag #BeInTheChange to join in the conversation in the build-up to the event.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
― Margaret Mead