Conduit Conversations

A podcast bringing you pioneers at the cutting edge of social change.

Ralph Lauren ‘Don’t Forget About Love’ in association with The Conduit

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In this episode, Paul’s guest is Daniel Jones the Editor of the New York Times’ Modern Love column. They discuss love in times of crisis, the role of intimacy and support in navigating the most difficult moments in your life, what it means to be truly vulnerable and let love in and why we all need to live in the moment and appreciate what we have.

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In this episode, Paul is joined by Desirée A. H. Walker, a two-time breast cancer victor, health educator and cancer patient advocate. Desirée shares why she lives each day with intention, how the loved ones of those living with cancer can move from feeling helpless to being helpful, and how a support group can benefit those at every stage of their cancer journey.

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In this episode, Paul welcomes Venezuelan photographer Ana Maria Arévalo Gosen and her husband Philipp Quante. Ana shares why she decided to photograph Philipp throughout his cancer journey, Philipp explains why it is so vital for those living with cancer to open up to loved ones, and together they reflect on the role that creativity played in helping them through such a difficult period in their lives.

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n this episode, Paul’s guest is author, podcast and campaigner Deborah James, returning to the podcast for the second time. They discuss what Deborah has learned from sharing the story of her bowel cancer with her social media community, the importance of not allowing cancer patients to be forgotten during the COVID pandemic, and her techniques for staying positive and holding on to hope.

Johnson & Johnson Center For Health Worker Innovation ‘Future Of Global Healthcare’ In Association With The Conduit

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In this episode, Paul is joined by Joanne Peter, a Director of Social Innovation for Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact. Joanne explains why strong community health systems are vital both during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the long-term, shares the lessons we must learn from tackling HIV/AIDS outbreaks, and tells Paul why she believes that a multi-disciplinary approach is best for aspiring healthcare professionals.

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Paul’s guest in this episode is Loyce Pace, President and Executive Director of the Global Health Council. She explains what equity in global health and global health leadership should look like, why national and international cooperation post-pandemic is so important and the vital role the WHO and other multi-lateral organisations play.

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Paul’s guest in this episode is Alice Lin Fabiano, Global Director at Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact. She explains the work of Johnson & Johnson in supporting frontline healthcare workers and healthcare entrepreneurs, the growth of health technology and how it can used to augment healthcare outcomes and the importance of global leadership in accelerating the transition to an equitable healthcare system.

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In this episode Paul is joined by Josh Nesbit, CEO of Medic Mobile, a non-profit organisation using technology to improve healthcare in the hardest-to-reach communities. Josh explains the impact measurement framework that guides Medic Mobile’s approach, shares how data can be used to revolutionise healthcare in remote areas, and tells Paul why impact investors need to alter their expectations in order to achieve real change.

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In this episode Paul is joined by Kieron Boyle, Chief Executive of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. Kieron explains why a place-based approach to healthcare is so important, the need for a narrative shift to see health as an asset and how we can design scalable solutions and interventions to tackle childhood obesity and air pollution.

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Paul’s guest in this episode is Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Founder and CEO of LifeBank. She speaks about the role of technology such as data, blockchain and drones, in finding creative solutions to both entrenched and new healthcare challenges, the critical need for responsive and resilient supply chains and how to develop strategic partnerships to ensure emergency healthcare provision.

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Caitlin Dolkart on the vital role of data and technology in improving emergency response across the globe

In this episode, Paul’s guest is Caitlin Dolkart, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Flare, dubbed the ‘Uber for ambulances’ by the African start-up ecosystem. She explains how Flare has been designed to support the needs of emergency workers on the ground and why every government should be paying healthcare professionals more.

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Dr. Laura Stachel on energy poverty and the role of light in providing lifesaving care

In this episode Dr. Laura Stachel, Co-founder and Executive Director of We Care Solar, joins Paul to talk about the importance of clean reliable electricity in providing quality maternal healthcare and the urgent need to eradicate energy poverty to ensure all health workers have the essential resources they need to save lives.

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Dr Betty Mirembe on how peer to peer healthcare delivery models can enable communities to thrive.

Paul’s guest in this episode is Dr Betty Mirembe, County Director of mothers2mothers in Uganda. She explains why the community healthcare model of mothers2mothers has been so successful in eliminating paediatric AIDS, how technology and data can be used to scale healthcare delivery systems in local communities and the importance of working with government and local partners to scale and increase the reach of their services.

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Peter Drobac on how we can reimagine and realise an equitable healthcare system globally.

In this episode Peter Drobac, Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship joins Paul to talk about the investments we need to make to create a more equitable healthcare system and the lessons we can learn from COVID-19, in Rwanda and beyond, to better prepare and rebuild our healthcare systems for the future.

Coutts ‘A Sustainable Life’ In Association With The Conduit

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Skye Gyngell on how we can all eat delicious, nutritious food that doesn’t cost the earth.

In this episode, Paul welcomes Skye Gyngell, award-winning chef and author. Skye explains why a produce-first, seasonal approach to cooking is so close to her heart, shares the steps she took to eliminate single-use plastic from her restaurant Spring and gives her top tips for eating more sustainably at home.

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Ruth Nic Aoidh on the innovations driving the automotive industry towards decarbonisation

In this episode, Paul welcomes Ruth Nic Aoidh, Executive Director of Purchasing, Commercial, Government Affairs & Legal at McLaren Automotive, to explain how we can all be more sustainable with our transport choices.

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Afua Hirsch on why your values should be at the heart of your purchasing decisions

Paul welcomes Afua Hirsch, writer, broadcaster, best-selling author and one half of ethical fashion brand SIKA, to discuss how we can all be more conscious with our buying habits.

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Mohammad Syed on how we can all invest responsibly for people and planet

Mohammad Syed, Head of Asset Management at Coutts, joins Paul to explore what it means to invest with purpose and how to differentiate between opportunities to have a genuine impact and greenwashing.

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Rhian-Mari Thomas on why greener homes are key to combatting the climate crisis

Rhian-Mari Thomas, Chief Executive of the Green Finance Institute, joins Paul to talk about the importance of decarbonising our homes and what we can all do to make our properties more sustainable.

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Richard Curtis on the power of pensions and designing campaigns that changed the world

Richard Curtis, writer, director and campaigner, discusses the surprising power of pensions and shares his lessons for creating tangible positive change.

Ralph Lauren’s ‘Sustainability Stories’ in association with The Conduit

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Rachel Arthur on the innovations transforming the fashion industry

Rachel Arthur, sustainability consultant and co-founder of FashMash, reflects on the importance of collaboration within the fashion sector and gives an insight into the innovations driving the industry forward.

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Oliver Steeds on the role of the ocean in sustainable development

Oliver Steeds, Chief Executive and Mission Director of Nekton, joins the podcast to explain the importance of widespread ‘ocean literacy’ and international marine conservation efforts.

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Dr Helen Crowley on creating sustainable supply chains

Sustainability and conservation expert, Dr Helen Crowley, breaks down the historic importance of the G7 Fashion Pact and explains the key steps we need to take to create more sustainable supply chains.

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Peter Semple on the second-hand fashion revolution

Peter Semple, Chief Marketing Officer at Depop, delves into what lies behind the astronomic growth of the second-hand apparel market and shares why community is so important to Depop’s success.

Season Three

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Gillian Tett on investing in a fairer, cleaner world post-COVID

Gillian Tett, chair of the editorial board and editor-at-large, US, of the Financial Times, joins us to examine the ways in which the coronavirus pandemic is transforming the impact investing landscape.

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Unravelling the Iranian Crisis

This episode of Conduit Conversations was recorded live at The Conduit in January, when Paul van Zyl moderated an expert panel on the geopolitical consequences of the latest events in the Middle East.

Highlights Episode

5 Highlights from Conversations with Changemakers

Get inspired for a new decade with our highlights episode of Conduit Conversations! Host Paul van Zyl revisits five memorable moments from the podcast so far.

Season Two

Episode 6

Chiwetel Ejiofor on balancing acting and activism

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-winning actor, talks about his work with the GEANCO Foundation and how his work in the film industry intersects with his activism.

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Simon Callow on the roles that shaped his life

Legendary English actor, writer and director, Simon Callow joins Paul on the podcast to discuss the continuing significance of being an openly gay actor in Hollywood.

Episode 4

Sian Sutherland on why brands must solve the plastic crisis

Sian Sutherland, Co-Founder of A Plastic Planet, explains why consumers aren’t to blame for the plastic crisis and reveals some innovative plastic alternatives.

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Joey Zwillinger on the story behind Allbirds’ sustainable success

In this conversation with Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Allbirds, Joey Zwillinger, he delves into what it really means to build a shoe brand that’s as successful as it is sustainable.

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Elif Shafak on how reading can change the world

Award-winning British-Turkish novelist and Booker Prize 2019 shortlistee, Elif Shafak, discusses the intersection between literature and activism, and her criticism of identity politics.

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Christiane Amanpour on the interviews that shaped her career

CNN’s Chief International Anchor, Christiane Amanpour, shares her pivotal reporting stories and explains why she’s calling for every citizen to become a ‘truthteller’.

Ralph Lauren ‘Cancer Conversations’ In Association With The Conduit

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Cally Palmer on her ambitions for the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Cally Palmer, Chief Executive of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust Cally, talks about the importance of philanthropy and personalised patient care.

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Daniel Marks on why men should open up about their health

In this podcast, Daniel Marks, Partner and Co-Founder of the charity campaign ‘Father & Son Day’, discusses why it’s so vital that men open up about their health.

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Deborah James on why she chooses to share her cancer story

Author, podcaster and campaigner, Deborah James talks about the process she went through after being diagnosed with bowel cancer.

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Andrew Fisher OBE on founding Shazam and the role of data in cancer care

Andrew Fisher OBE, former CEO and Executive Chairman of Shazam, shares the role of data in cancer care.

Good Business Mini-Series With Bloomberg Businesswee

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Joel Weber on trends and challenges for media brands

Joel Weber is Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. He talks about trends and challenges of heading up a media brand.

Episode 4

Richard Perl on waste reduction and circular economy

Richard Perl, Chief Administrative Officer of Terracycle, on LOOP, waste reduction and the challenges to scaling the circular economy.

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Harriet Lamb on redesigning urban areas

In this episode, Harriet Lamb, CEO of Ashden, talks discusses redesigning urban areas, and the cities of the future.

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Jon Moore on the future of the energy sector

Jon Moore, CEO of BloombergNEF, shares his predictions for the energy sector over the next decade, from the importance of electric vehicles to the countries leading the way.

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Jane Burston on the innovations to beat air pollution

Jane Burston, Executive Director of the Clean Air Fund, on the challenge to bring cleaner air to our cities and innovations leading the way.

Season One

Episode 10

Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General of Amnesty International

From protesting against apartheid to heading up Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo reflects on his life as an activist.

Episode 9

Sir Ronald Cohen, International Philanthropist & Venture Capitalist

Sir Ronald Cohen reflects on fleeing Egypt, and why every business model should have impact at its heart.

Episode 8

Lachlan Mackinnon, Principal, Oxford Sciences Innovation

Lachlan McKinnon on the ethics of genetic modification, the balance between deep science and positive impact, and more.

Episode 7

Shoshana Stewart, CEO, Turquoise Mountain

Shoshana on her love for Afghanistan and the market opportunity in traditional crafts and skills.

Episode 6

Mark Campanale, Founder, Carbon Tracker Initiative

In this episode, Mark and Paul talk about aligning capital markets with the realities of climate change.

Episode 5

Merlin Labron-Johnson, Executive Chef, The Conduit

Merlin Labron-Johnson, who, at 24, became Britain’s youngest Michelin-starred chef, on his childhood and cooking in refugee camps.

Episode 4

Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary of the UNFCC

Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican diplomat and an internationally recognised leader on …

Episode 3

Baroness Lola Young, Member of The House Of Lords

The Baroness discusses how her upbringing as a young black woman shaped her passion for social justice,

Episode 2

Jimmy Wales, Co-Founder of Wikipedia

Jimmy Wales talks about the role of Wikipedia in an age of fake news and much more.

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Danny Sriskandarajah, CEO, Oxfam GB

Danny Sriskandarajah from being the first Asian Australian to win a Rhodes Scholarship from the University of Oxford to heading up CIVICUS.