Hiut Denim Co
29 min readJan 31, 2020


Each year we compile a list of the one hundred+ people that got us to utter those words ‘I wish I had done that, made that, invented that, thought like that, changed that’. These are the people who have shone the brightest for us in 2019.

Maker of the Year

Alberto Candiani

DJ + Head of Candiani Denim Mill

A desire to clean up the denim industry is what fuels Alberto Candiani’s relentless search for better and more sustainable ways to produce denim through the Candiani denim mill.

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Maverick of the Year

Greta Thunberg

Climate Change Activist

It’s probably no surprise Greta Thunberg is our Maverick of the Year. But we know she won’t thank us. Greta doesn’t want awards, accolades or plaudits. She wants action. And to go to school.

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Sid Kouider

Founder, NextMind

With Sid Kouider at the helm, NextMind wants to make brain-computer interfaces accessible without needing surgery. Just strap on the device and think.

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Brian Gitta

Co-Founder + CEO of Matibabu

Brian Gitta has developed a portable device that detects malaria without a blood sample in just two minutes by shining a red beam of light on the patient’s finger. This is a game-changer.

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Diego Saez-Gil

Co-founder + CEO, Pachama

Protecting and restoring the forests is the most effective way to recapture CO2 from the atmosphere to fight climate breakdown. Pachama’s carbon offsetting platform is the first to use AI to verify and monitor carbon captured by forests worldwide.

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Dr Joe Cook


Explorer and Glaciologist Dr. Joe Cook, is using AI to make accurate maps of vast, icy landscapes as they disappear. He is also the Co-founder of Ice Alive a science organisation that aims to bring art and science together.

Twitter + Blog

George Gilder

Investor, Writer, Economist + Co-Founder of the Discovery Institute

He is known as one of the world’s leading thinkers on technology. As far back as 1993 he was predicting the essentials of the upcoming 5G.


Max Schrems

Author + Activist

Austrian privacy activist, Max Schrems has been in a seven-year battle against Facebook for his personal data. His story means a change in the way companies can handle our privacy data.

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Bas van Abel

Founder, Fairphone

He invented the world’s first sustainable, modular smartphone, the Fairphone, which became the fastest-growing tech start-up in Europe in 2013.

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Amanda Johnstone

CEO & Co-Founder, Transhuman

After losing several friends to suicide who all cited that ‘reaching out’ was too difficult, Amanda Johnstone created Be A Looper, to make reaching out an easy process, an app to help people check in with five friends daily.

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Tobias Lütke

Founder + CEO, Shopify

Shopify is on a quest to be the anti-Amazon. In 2019 Shopify, with Tobias at the helm passed a major milestone: the service now powers over one million businesses in more than 175 countries.

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Kazuhide Sekiyama

Founder, Spiber

Japanese community focused biotech startup Spiber has pioneered tech for a sustainable way to produce synthetic spider silk. It’s environmentally friendly and highly customisable.


Raia Hadsell

Research scientist at Google DeepMind

AI expert, Raia Hadsell brings robots to life using advances in neuroscience including neural networks, deep learning, and reinforcement learning.

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Duck Duck Go

Unlike its competitors, this is the search engine that gives you freedom. It doesn’t track or store its users' search history.

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Matthew Walker

Sleep Expert

British scientist and professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on the impact of sleep on human health and disease.

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Jameela Jamil

Actress, Radio Presenter, Model + Writer

After having spent years in the limelight being reduced to a number on the scales, Jameela started her ‘I weigh’ campaign to focus on the idea that women are so much more than their appearance.


Stanley Brothers

Co-founders, Charlotte’s Web

Their mission is to ‘improve lives, naturally’. They do this through their range of CBD oil-based products, designed to help support the body and mind.

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George Bettany + James Routledge

Co-founders, Sanctus

Sanctus is the brainchild of George and James. A mental health organisation that aims to get mental health talked about as much as physical health. They hope to one day get a mental health gym on to the highstreet.

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Jerry Colonna

Co-founder, Reboot

Jerry Colonna helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed— yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being.

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Sahara Rose

Author + Ayurveda Advocate

An expert in the mind-body connection using the ancient Ayurvedic methods, Sahara Rose has a successful podcast on the subject as well as a best selling book.

Twitter + Web

Dave Asprey

Founder, Bulletproof 360

Dave Asprey has spent two decades “biohacking” himself. This means hacking sleep, memory, diet and stress to name just a few of the areas he is now treating with supplements, devices and neurology equipment. He aims to live to 180 years old.

Twitter + Web

Stan Collymore

Former Professional Football Player + Pundit

Stan is well known for using his Twitter account to connect with his followers and highlight several issues and stigmas surrounding mental health and aims to shatter stereotypes amongst his following.


Carla Oates

The Beauty Chef

Carla’s aim is to help people look good whilst helping them feel better too. With a focus on bio-fermented, wholefood nutrition with prebiotics & probiotics for a healthy gut and glowing skin.

Instagram + Web

Bill Anthes

Founder, Between the Ears

A former Green Beret, Bill founded Between The Ears with the intention of helping people to be better humans through physical, mental, and emotional fitness.

Instagram + Web

Ted Dinan + John Cryan

Professors at University College Cork (UCC)

A 14 year study has shown that people who are clinically depressed have less diversity in the microbiota in their gut than people who are not depressed. Their research could revolutionise the treatment of depression.



Richard Walker

Managing Director, Iceland Foods

Under his leadership, Iceland has taken a range of world-leading sustainability initiatives which includes the removal of palm oil from its own-label products.

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Massimo Bottura

Owner + Head Chef, Osteria Francescana

His project “Food For Soul” has been committed to spreading the culture of food and creative cuisine as an act of social inclusion and social sustainability. His restaurant, Osteria Francescana is ranked number 1 in the World.

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Nathaniel Ru, Nicolas Jammet + Jonathan Neman

Co-founders, Sweetgreen

The idea that fast food can’t be healthy is firmly in the past now with chains like Sweetgreen creating simple, seasonal, healthy salads and grain bowls made in-house from scratch, using whole produce delivered that morning.

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Kei Kobayashi

Owner + Head Chef, Kei Restaurant

Kei Kobayashi has become the first Japanese chef in France to win the maximum of three Michelin stars. Kei, who opened his restaurant in Paris nine years ago, has wowed discerning diners and critics alike over the past decade with his signature dishes.

Instagram + Web

Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll

It is undeniable. Greggs took the British culinary world by storm last year for all the right reasons. The vegan sausage roll has already become a British food staple. It was a true cultural moment in 2019.

Twitter + Web

Tunde Wey

Discomfort Food

The NOLA-based Nigerian chef likes to serve up a side of political performance art with his food, like charging customers different prices to mirror wealth disparity in America.

Instagram + Web

Chrissy Teigen

Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

Teigen’s ‘Cravings’ blog is the perfect place to experience her famous fast-paced wit served with a side of inspirational recipes from around the world.

Twitter + Web

Saasha Celestial-One + Tessa Clarke

Co-founders, Olio

The average family throws away £800 of wasted food each year. Olio aims to cut that number and strengthen communities by connecting people who can share unwanted food items with those who need them.

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Douglas McMaster

Founder + Head Chef, Silo

He opened Silo with the hope of changing the unsustainable practices of modern food systems. His aim was simple, yet frighteningly ambitious — create a menu using a zero-waste food system designed from scratch.

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Marie Mitchell

Co-founder + Head Chef, Island Social Club

Marie Mitchell brings high-quality Caribbean food to the UK. But above all, she has built a life for herself with a background of a family tragedy, finding her voice through food.

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Platforms of Influence

Earthshot Prize

The name is inspired by the moon landings of 1969, the Earthshot Prize is an ambitious set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.

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Fridays For Future

The movement founded by Greta Thunberg, Fridays for Future, refers to how she strikes every Friday to protest the lack of effective climate legislation on a governmental level.

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Camerados is a growing movement of people from Baltimore to Blackpool who get through the tough times that we all face by looking out for each other.

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Backyard Nature

There is a nature crisis in the UK. Plants and wildlife in our own backyards are under serious threat. Backyard Nature’s goal is to get all children to spend more time enjoying and protecting nature where they live.

Instagram + Web

Extinction Rebellion

A global environmental movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience to fight against biodiversity loss, and the risk of social and ecological collapse.

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A UK charity tackling the negative social and environmental impacts of producing, consuming and wasting clothes by raising funds and awareness.

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Craftivist Collective

An inclusive group of people committed to using thoughtful, crafted works to help themselves and encourage others be the positive change they wish to see in the world.

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Established by TV presenter George Lamb, GROW is a life skills education programme that gives children the opportunity to interact with nature, teach them about nutrition and provide a sustainable source of food for schools.

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IKEA Today

Ever wonder what happnes behind the scenes at Ikea? Get behind the scenes at IKEA product development and experience what they are working on and how they make it happen. Follow the journey from idea to final product.

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Purpose Driven

Hugo Tagholm

Chief Executive, Surfers Against Sewage

Since taking over the reins at Surfers Against Sewage in 2008, Hugo Tagholm has made the country sit up and not only take note of the plastic pollution that is invading our coastlines, but take action.

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John Kornerup Bang

Head of Sustainability Strategy, Maersk

Maersk have committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. The challenge is greater than it looks. To reach this target the Maersk fleet needs to be operating with new technology by 2030— technology which hasn’t been invented yet.

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James Timpson

Chief Executive, Timpson

Timpson are the biggest recruiter of ex-offenders in the country. At Liverpool prison Timpson train 14 prisoners every day. On the day of their release, they are met by their mentor and start work the very next day.

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Youmna Chamcham

Co-Founder & Designer, Live Love

As an artist and designer Youmna is interested in storytelling and community building. In 2012, she started Live Love Beirut a crowdsourced campaign to share the beauty of Lebanon.

Instagram + Web

Dan Burgess

Designer, Speaker, Climate Activist + Earthling

Dan helps develop products, brands, communications and campaigns fit for purpose in a planetary context: purposeful, regenerative, considered, generous, circular, beautiful, open.

Twitter + Web

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

American politician + Activist

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Since her arrival on Capitol Hill, Ocasio-Cortez has convinced every major 2020 presidential candidate to support her Green New Deal.

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Chris Packham

TV presenter + Naturalist

Famous for being the heart and soul of nature shows such as Springwatch, his passion for the conservation of the Earth and wildlife is at the forefront of all he does.

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Margaret Aspinall

Chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group

As the chairperson of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, Margaret has dedicated two decades of her life working tirelessly towards justice for her son, James, and all 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives in a fatal crush during an FA Cup football match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, on 15 April 1989. She is a true inspiration.


David Miranda

Journalist, Politician + LGBT Activist

Standing up to the far right of Brazilian politics. Journalist and politician David Miranda is the voice of the LGBT community in Brazil.



Neri Oxman

Architect, Designer + Professor at the MIT Media Lab

From beautiful 3-D printed exoskeletons to biodegradable architecture, Neri Oxman is pioneering new hybrids of engineering and biology.

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Ed Hawkins MBE

Professor of Climate Science, University of Reading

Creator of the #showyour stripes climate warming stripes that show the warming of the globe from 1850 to 2019. Making the science of Climate Change visible, easy to understand and hard to ignore.

Twitter + Web


Co-founder, ustwo

Mills co-founded ustwo back in 2004 is now the head of ustwo adventure: a startup fund and incubator that supports early stage startups and digital companies.

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Nils Leonard

Co-founder, Uncommon

Nils Leonard co-founded Uncommon in 2017 which aims to be “a creative studio building brands the real world is happy exists”. Not content with kicking adland’s ass, he’s also behind Halo, the sustainable coffee-pod brand.

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Jay Blades

Furniture Restorer + TV Presenter

Bringing a fresh approach to furniture design and restoration Jay Blades is breathing a new life into an overlooked art. As a presenter of the much-loved TV programme ‘The Repair Shop’ his passion for his craft shines through.

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Led By Donkeys

A unique campaign that uses satire to fight against and highlight what they call ‘thermonuclear political hypocrisy.’

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John C Jay

Global Creative Director, Fast Retailing + Uniqlo

From overseeing legendary Nike ads and spearheading ad agency, Wieden+Kennedy’s international growth to creating its multidisciplinary creative agency W+K Garage and putting Uniqlo on the map, John C Jay is truly one of a kind.

Instagram + Web

Cold War Steve

Collage Artist + Satirist

Christopher Spencer is the man behind Cold War Steve, a satirical collage artist who adds a pinch of humour (and more often than not a nod to Eastender’s Phil Mitchell) to the darker times that we find ourselves in.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Actress, Writer + Producer

If it wasn’t enough to write and produce the acclaimed television thriller series Killing Eve. Phoebe Waller-Bridge also wrote, produced, and starred in Fleabag. Arguably one of the greatest British comedy series. Ever.

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Drieke Leenknegt

Global Brand Innovator

Drieke Leenknegt is a Global Brand Innovator and Marketing Executive who worked at Nike for twenty years. Her work was crucial in Nike’s early development of Nike Sportswear, Nike Energy Marketing and Nike collaborations to name a few.

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Eliud Kipchoge

Long-distance Runner

Eliud Kipchoge proved no human is limited when he became the first person in history to run a sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna on 12th October 2019. Crossing the fininshing line on 1:59:40.

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Ramla Ali

Model + Boxer

British-Somali boxer Ramla Ali started boxing as a consequence of being bullied in her teens. She is the first Muslim woman to win an English boxing title.

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Jürgen Klopp

Professional Football Manager, Liverpool Football Club

On Thursday 8 October 2015, Liverpool FC arguably made their most important signing in a generation. Another important date in the clubs history will be Sunday 17 May 2020, when “The Normal One” will deliver the Reds their first Premier League title in over 30 years. YNWA.


Fallon Sherrock

Professional Darts Player

Sherrock made history at the PDC world championship in 2019, becoming the first woman to beat a man in the tournament and going on to reach the third round.

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Juan Mata

Professional Football Player

A midfielder for Manchester United and the Spain national team. But that’s not why he’s on our list. Mata donates 1 percent of his earnings to charity and called on his fellow players to follow suit and “define a shared social agenda for football.”

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Megan Rapinoe

Professional Footballer Player

From winning the World Cup to becoming a cultural icon to winning the 2019 Ballon d’Or, US football superstar Megan Rapinoe has had a year for the ages.


Naomi Osaka

Professional Tennis Player

Naomi Osaka is a two-time Grand Slam champion. And has been ranked №1 by the Women’s Tennis Association — the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles.

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Raheem Sterling

Professional Football Player

Voted the 2019 Footballer of the Year by the Football Writers’ Association, he is considered one of the world’s best players. More than that, his courage to fight racism will leave a legacy not just for future generations in football but society as a whole.

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Charlie Engle

Ultramarathon Runner + Author

Charlie is a recovering addict-alcoholic, choosing sobriety over addiction. Since then, Charlie has challenged himself to experience all that life has to offer. In 2019, Charlie started on his journey to be the first athlete to trek from the lowest point to the highest summit on every continent.

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Founded in 2009 in Jharkhand, the Indian state with the highest rates of female illiteracy, child marriage, and human trafficking. Through positive peer pressure, Yuwa’s village-based football teams encourage each member to stay in school.

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Tesla Cybertruck

The Tesla Cybertruck is an all-electric battery-powered utility vehicle with the performance of a sports car. Set for production in late 2021, the Cybertruck has already received over 150,000 orders to date.

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SeaCell is a silk-like fibre composed of seaweed and eucalyptus. SeaCell aims to be a sustainable alternative to disposable nappies and the materials used in the fashion industry.


The LARQ Bottle

The World’s first self-cleaning bottle is here. 1% of all their proceeds go towards funding water projects and fighting plastic pollution all over the world.

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Waes make plastic-free shoes. The project started out as a Kickstarter which was more than 200% funded. This sets the bar as the absolute first of its kind on the planet.

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Lia Pregnancy Test Kit

There hasn’t been a major update to the pregnancy test in over 30 years. Lia is the first and only pregnancy test engineered to be discreet and better for the environment, without sacrificing accuracy.

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MarinaTex is a biodegradable bioplastic is made from red algae and organic waste from the fishing industry, designed to serve as an alternative to single-use plastic. It is translucent and stronger than LDPE plastic.

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Zappos Adaptive

Disability conscious clothing, Zappos Adaptive have designed functional clothing that still looks fashionable too for men, women and children.

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Designed in California and hand-crafted in Finland, the Omata One marks a new standard in bike computing. Created for the cycling purist, this smart GPS records your ride with the highest level of precision.

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Halo Coffee

The world’s best coffee in a way that’s best for the world. Made with 100% compostable paper capsules, Halo proves you don’t have to compromise — you can have great coffee and a positive impact on the environment.

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Bluebell has revolutionized the way that parents can monitor their babies. From a change in temperature, to letting you know when your baby has turned over, this is the very best in a smart monitoring system.

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Lizzo was recently named Time’s Entertainer of the year and it’s easy to see why. With her self-love attitude and body-positive message she is a breath of fresh air. You couldn’t turn the radio on last year without hearing her smash hit ‘Good as Hell’.

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Since being named as one of the BBC’s artists to watch in 2015, Stormzy has soared to success, and in 2019 he achieved his first number-one single. Alongside his music, he is well-known for his views on UK politics and knife crime.

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Hildur Ingveldar Guðnadóttir

Classically trained cellist and composer, Hildur has written and produced scores for mini-series Chernobyl and the movie, Joker, for which she became the first solo woman to win a Golden Globe for Best Original Score.

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Maggie Rogers

It’s hard to believe it was only 2016 that the now Grammy award-nominated Maggie Rogers first shot to fame, her folk-pop songs have resonated with audiences all over the globe making her a real pop sensation.

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BTS or Bangtan Boys are the seven-member strong South-Korean boy band taking over the world. Their lyrics, often focus on personal and social commentary and touch on the themes of mental health.

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Billie Eilish

Last year she became the youngest female artist ever to have a UK number 1 hit. Her debut album was recorded in her L.A. home. No studio. No exec producers. Just Billie and her brother crafting musical magic.

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Tyler, The Creator

As the defacto leader of alternative hip hop collective Odd Future, he has appeared on nearly all their singles and designed their clothing range. As a solo artist he has won the Wall Street Journal Award for the 2019 Music Innovator of the year.

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The teenage British indie singer-songwriter who is making vulnerable, relatable gold. She is one to watch this year. That’s for sure.

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The twenty-four-year-old London-based artist has stepped out of the studio after producing records for several years to produce his own EP last year; Judas.

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Rage Against The Machine

The reunion we didn’t know we needed. Tom, Tim, Brad & Zack are set to reunite for a string of comeback shows in 2020.

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Sebastian Serrano

Co-founder + CEO, Ripia

As the co-founder of Ripio, one of the oldest crypto companies in the world, Serrano’s objective has always been to offer financial solutions to everyone especially those historically left aside by the traditional banking system.

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Zach Perret + William Hockey

Founders, Plaid

In 2012 when Perret and Hockey were setting up Plaid, they hid their ages from their LinkedIn profile for fear that their age would make them seen inexperienced, fast forward almost 10 years and Visa recently bought Plaid for $5.3 billion.

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Financial Times Cover

In the midst of widespread global protests calling on Governments and big business to address climate breakdown and species loss, the Financial Times put out an edition calling on business to re-think the path it’s on. A bold and unexpected move from ‘the city’s bible’.

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Alex Dunsdon

Entrepreneur + Investment Director

Alex is an Investment Director at SaatchInvest, a seed fund in London that backs truly great entrepreneurs solving big human problems. He also founded The Bakery London, an ad-tech accelerator that helps big brands integrate technology into their marketing strategies. His Tweets are refreshingly human, too.

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Brian Armstrong

Co-Founder + CEO, Coinbase / Founder, Give Crypto

After co-founding Coinbase, Armstrong turned his attention to Give Crypto a non-profit that aims to empower people and communities by distributing cryptocurrency to those living in poverty with the aim to connect them to an open financial system.

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Joe Lubin

Founder, ConsenSys / Co-founder, Ethereum

Joe Lubin has established himself as a guiding force in the fast-growing blockchain industry and a powerful advocate of decentralized technology.

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Teeka Tiwari

Editor, Palm Beach Letter

Teeka Tiwari is a former Wall Street trader turned cryptocurrency expert. He is the editor of Palm Beach Letter which is considered to be the World’s best financial newsletter.

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Simon Harman + Kee Jefferys

Co-founders, Loki

Simon Harman and Kee Jefferys want to give their users total privacy with their messaging platform. Loki is a decentralised application for all platforms. Have peace of mind with anonymity and an unstoppable messaging app.

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Pradeep Goel

Founder + CEO, Solve.Care

Pradeep Goel has founded a revolutionary healthcare platform that is driven by blockchain technology, to eliminate current issues in healthcare. This could change the healthcare industry as we know it.

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Isaac Thomas

Founder + CEO, VeganCoin

Israel-based VeganNation launched VeganCoin. Designed to serve as the currency for a global vegan economy. They can remember where they have been and can be programmed so they only go to vegan spaces.

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Desert Island Discs with Lauren Laverne

Some of the world’s most interesting, unexpected, talented, controversial, pioneering and successful guests choose eight tracks, a book and a luxury take to a desert island.


On Second Thought with Trevor Noah

Trevor uses his Podcast to explores unfamiliar angles, embrace differing viewpoints, and celebrate the contradictions that make the modern world both bewildering and exciting.


Finding Mastery with Michael Gervais

Host and high-performance psychologist, Dr. Michael Gervais, interviews people excelling in the most hostile environments to discover the mental skills used to push the boundaries.


Blind Boy Podcast

Hosted by Blind Boy of the Rubberbandits comes an eclectic podcast containing short fiction, interviews and comedy.


Rich Roll Podcast

Ultra-athlete, and bestselling author Rich Roll delves deep with the most thought-provoking leaders to educate, inspire and empower people to unleash their most authentic self.


Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

The award-winning and critically-acclaimed podcast from George the Poet delivers a fresh take on inner-city life through a mix of storytelling, music, and fiction.


Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu

Impact Theory is a business and mindset-focused interview show that will teach anyone aspiring to greatness the secrets to success.


Under The Skin with Russell Brand

Russell Brand’s podcast gets to what’s beneath the surface — of people we admire, of the ideas that define our time, of the history we are told. Speaking with guests from the world of academia, popular culture and the arts.


The Dropout

Jarvis hosts The Dropout which chronicles the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, health technology corporation Theranos.


Living Adventourously with Alastair Humphreys

Ever since he spent 4 years cycling around the world, Alastair Humphreys, has been interested in the idea of living adventurously. Last year he got back on his bike and spent a month asking people what living adventurously means to them.


Words that Matter

Choose Wonder Over Worry, Amber Rae

Choose Wonder Over Worry is a very personal journey of moving from self limiting beliefs to the author’s true self. It offers inspiring insights and lessons for anyone wanting to unfold their infinite potential.

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Anti-Defamation League Speech, Sacha Baron Cohen

In a blistering speech at the Anti-Defamation League in November 2019, actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen attacked Facebook and other social media platforms for enabling hate speech and misinformation.

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Do Death, Amanda Blainey

If we let it, death can be our greatest teacher. In Do Death, Blainey seeks to redefine our relationship with death with this uplifting take on death and dying.

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Myanmar Burning, Staff of Reuters

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting was awarded to the Staff of Reuters, for exposing the military units and Buddhist villagers responsible for the systematic expulsion and murder of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.

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Facebook’s role in Brexit — and the threat to democracy, Carole Cadwalladr

Carole Cadwalladr is a British author, investigative journalist and features writer. In her 2019 Ted talk Cadwalladr calls out the “gods of Silicon Valley” for being on the wrong side of history and asks: Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?

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Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad, Austin Kleon

‘Keep Going’ and its timeless, practical, and ethical principles are for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.

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No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference, Greta Thunberg

The history-making, ground-breaking speeches of Greta Thunberg, the young climate activist who has become the voice of a generation.

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Stillness is the Key, Ryan Holiday

Stillness is the Key, is the book that completes the trilogy that began with The Obstacle is The Way and Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday argues that stillness is the key to being better at anything you do.

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Know My Name, Chanel Miller

Long known as ‘Emily Doe’, the survivor in the January 2015 Brock Turner sexual assault case, tells her powerful story and offers hope.


In Praise of Walking, Shane O’Mara

In this hymn to walking, neuroscientist Shane O’Mara invites us to marvel at the benefits it confers on our bodies and minds. In Praise of Walking celebrates this miraculous ability.


Brave New Wales

Global Welsh

GlobalWelsh is an independent not-for-profit diaspora organisation, creating a global community for Welsh people and friends of Wales.

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Dan Bettridge


Every time rock ’n’ roll stumbles or hits a pothole, someone comes along to breathe new life and spirit into its lungs. Enter Dan Bettridge with his soul-filled voice, he’s sure to go far.

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Taron Egerton


The Welsh Golden Globe winning actor is a star on the rise after scene-stealing performances in the Kingsman films, Legend and Rocketman. The Aberystwyth A-lister is also being hottly tipped to be the next James Bond.

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Votes for 16 and 17-year-olds

16 and 17-year-olds, plus foreign nationals, will be able to vote for the first time at the Welsh General Election in 2021, when Assembly Members voted in support of the biggest changes to the democratic process in Wales in half a century.

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Edge Festival

The genesis of the Edge Festival happened in 2004 from the filing of Under Milk Wood in Solva’s village. The Edge Festival showcases art, music, food, sport, literature and film. It really has something for everyone.

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Banc Cambria

Research shows more than 200 banks have shut in Wales since 2008, leaving people without any highstreet access to their money. Banc Cambria is aiming to be Wales’ first community bank, operating like a normal bank but owned by its members.


The World’s first ‘Minister for Future Generations’

As Future Generations Commissioner for Wales, Sophie Howe’s job is — put simply — to make tomorrow a better place.

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Anne Boden

Founder + CEO, Starling Bank

Welsh tech entrepreneur and founder of Starling Bank, a mobile-only UK bank, she received an MBE for her services to financial technology.

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Founder, INEOS

Ineos has picked Bridgend to build a new 4x4 inspired by the Land Rover Defender, creating up to 500 jobs.



Winner, UK’s High Street of the Year

The small town of Treorchy has beaten far bigger rivals to be named high street of the year in a nationwide competition. Adrian Emmett, who runs The Lion pub in Treorchy said “It is from us pulling ourselves up by our boot straps.”



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