Dream Nation 2017

  • Feruza Afewerki-Abraha
  • Claud Williams
Dream Nation's annual conference: #DreamNation2017, previously known as “I Have A Dream”. The goal of the event was to share the stories and experiences of successful women and men from a variety of industries while also helping our audience build their network with like-minded individuals.
Like everything we do, this event was designed to equip and empower you on your journey to becoming a Practical Dreamer.
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Hosted by Dream Nation Founder and Managing Director: Claud Williams


Christine Ohuruogu, MBE

Olympic, World and Common Wealth Champion.
Christine is an international athlete specialising in the 400 metres.  She is a former Olympic, World, and Commonwealth champion, and holds the British 400m record.
Christine is among Great Britain’s most decorated athletes (11 global medals) and shares Usain Bolt and Merlene Ottey’s record for medalling in the most successive global championships.

Anne Boden

CEO and founder of Starling Bank.
Three decades ago, Anne Boden pioneered the UK’s first same-day payment service and in the process transformed the future of electronic money. Today, that revolutionary zeal continues to inform her work at Starling Bank, the mobile-only current account app she launched earlier this year.
Recently recognised as one of the Global Power Women in FinTech, Anne’s worked at a senior leadership level across some of the world’s best-known financial heavyweights, among them Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland. It was during her tenure as CEO of Allied Irish Banks, however, that she began to explore the exciting potential of financial technology for transforming customer’s everyday lives.
At heart a tech startup with a banking licence, Starling is a challenger bank built on a foundation of disruptive emerging technology, working to take on traditional legacy banks and help people to develop a healthier relationship with their money.

David McQueen

International speaker, Coach and Board Member/Advisor.
Managing Director of Narratively, a communications company. He does this through delivering keynote speeches, coaching and creating content through his podcast and blog.
His past clients include Virgin Media, Sainsbury’s, Barclaycard, HSBC, RBS, BP, Cisco, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, BBC and many more.

William Adoasi

CEO and Founder of Vitae London.
William founded one of the UK’s fastest growing luxury watch brands – Vitae London – after leaving his City consulting job. Not only does Vitae London produce beautiful time pieces, but for each watch sold a portion of the profits are used to help provide school supplies for children across the African continent.
To date, William has helped over 1,000 children. As Vitae continues to grow, even more young lives will be impacted.

Kirsty Macdonald

Associate at JamJar Investments.
Kirsty joined JamJar Investment firm in 2015 after working in marketing at Unilever. Kirsty holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Oxford and LSE respectively and plays an active role within the UK entrepreneurial community through her work with Diversity.VC, and as a mentor for the Entrepreneurial Refugee Network.
JamJar Investments was created by the founders of Innocent Smoothies after their brand was sold to Coca-Cola for more than $500m. JamJar was created to give the next generation of entrepreneurs the same chance they were given.