head of social purpose
Yoti

Ken Banks, Head of Social Purpose at Yoti, is a British award-winning social entrepreneur, mobile technology and global development expert with an undergraduate major in Social Anthropology with Development Studies. He is best known for developing FrontlineSMS, a mobile messaging platform used today by non-profits in over 190 countries around the world. He is a PopTech Fellow, a Tech Awards Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow and a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. In 2013 he was nominated for the TED Prize. In recognition of his pioneering work, he was presented with the 2017 Eugene L. Lawler Award for Humanitarian Contributions within Computer Science by the Association for Computing Machinery in the USA, and in 2018 appointed Visiting Fellow at the prestigious Judge Business School in Cambridge.

Ken is also a published author. His first edited book, The Rise of the Reluctant Innovator, was self-published in late 2013 and came with a Foreword from Archbishop Desmond Tutu. A follow-up, Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation, published by Kogan Page, was released in March 2016. In addition to his pioneering work with mobile technology, Ken is a keynote speaker, thought-leader, consultant, innovator and mentor.

Judging panel

Wayne Emanuel

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WAR CHILD UK

Anita Yuen

strategic partnerships social good
Facebook

Kristen Hallenga

founder
CoppaFeel!

Tom Stevens

director of marketing
Pride in London

Sarah McDonald

global director purposeful marketing & sustainability
Unilever

Ben Greensmith

uk country manager (GM)
Tony's Chocolonely

Jo Wallace

creative director
JWT

Johnty Gray

mass engagement director
WaterAid

Kate Bosomworth

cmo
MC Saatchi

Hilary Jones

ethical director
Lush Cosmetics

Sophia Story

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3 SIDED CUBE

Chris Barnes

founder & CEO
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Emily De Groot

ops consultant & dear adland
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Ken Banks

head of social purpose
Yoti

Tessa Tricks

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Hubbub

Reuben Turner

creative partner & founder
GOOD Agency

Helen Jones

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Shelter UK