First 20 Speakers Announced for the 5th Annual MAD World Summit

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The 5th annual MAD World Summit is back – in-person – on 11th October 2022 in Central London – the day after World Mental Health Day.

MAD stands for Make A Difference. The Summit is the sister event of and The Watercooler.

Since its launch in 2018 the Summit has become firmly established as the go-to solutions-focused conference and exhibition dedicated to turning talk into action, creating cultures of care and embedding mental health and wellbeing as a strategic business priority.

The pandemic propelled employee mental health and wellbeing to the top of business agendas. Now it’s crucial that it stays there. Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace are more critical than ever before. In just two years, we’ve experienced a decade of change in the world of work. Burnout is ubiquitous, uncertainty persists and now the cost-of-living crisis is biting.

Whilst adapting to meet fast-evolving employee needs and expectations undoubtedly presents challenges, it also opens opportunities for employers to scale-up workplace mental health and wellbeing support, embed preventative and inclusive approaches to wellbeing and set a new benchmark for workplace culture.

At the 5th annual MAD World Summit, we’ll be helping employers to step-up by showcasing what’s working now and exploring what’s needed next to weave mental health and wellbeing into your organisations’ DNA, achieve maximum engagement with initiatives, optimise investment in workplace wellbeing and really Make A Difference.

Business imperatives

The Summit is a great meeting of minds which always features fantastic speakers and attracts employers from a wide range of sectors. There were 700+ attendees at the last event.

Already confirmed speakers for the 2022 event include;

  • Sir Ian Cheshire, Chair, Channel 4
  • Sarah Newton, Chair, Health & Safety Executive
  • Josh Krichefski, COO Global and CEO EMEA, MediaCom
  • Jon Slade, Chief Commercial Officer, Financial Times
  • Daisy Reeves, Global Inclusion & Diversity Partner, BCLP LLP
  • Fiona Adshead, Chair, Sustainable Healthcare Coalition
  • Charles Alberts, Global Head of Wellbeing & Employee Experience, Clifford Chance
  • Lauren Appleby, Mental Health Programme Manager, Meta
  • Theodora Chatzisarros, Fashion, Business Development & Mental Health & Wellbeing Strategy Leader, Amazon
  • Hannah Pearsall, Head of Wellbeing, Hays
  • Yulia O’Mahony, Global Head of Health and Resilience, Philip Morris International
  • Ryan Hopkins, Global Workplace of the Future Lead, Finastra
  • Geoff McDonald, Global Advocate, Campaigner and Consultant for Mental Health @ Work and former Global VP HR, Unilever
  • Amanda Owen MBE, Wellbeing, Health & Safety Director, Heathrow
  • Naeema Choudry, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland and member of Business in the Community’s “Better Work” Advisory Board
  • Paul Caudwell, Heath Wellbeing Manager, Co-op
  • Paul Hendry, Global Vice President for Health, Safety & Environment, Jacobs
  • Katherine O’Hara, Therapy Area Specialist and Wellbeing Ambassador, Pfizer
  • Somayeh Rahimi, Wellbeing Manager, Computacenter
  • Vashti Holland, National Wellbeing Lead, Guide Dogs

With plenty more in the pipeline.

The MAD World experience

As Mark Pigou, Co-founder, Make a Difference Media & Events, MAD World Summit and The Watercooler says: “The 5th annual MAD World Summit is the next step in our drive to accelerate the shift from stigma to solutions. With agenda-setting keynotes, themed content tracks, roundtables, workshops, a Think Tank, announcement of the Make A Difference Award winners and a host of exhibitors, there is no Summit like MAD World”.

Early bird rates are available until 1st July and you can view details on the event website here.

About the author

Claire Farrow is the Global Head of Content and Programming for, the MAD World Summit and The Watercooler. She’s on a mission to help every employer – large, medium and small – get the insight, inspiration and contacts they need to make real impact on workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing in their organisation. She has been freelance for more than 15 years. During that time, she has had the honour of working with many leading publishers, including the New York Times.

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