Natalia Vodianova is a Russian supermodel, philanthropist and social media advocate. She is also Founder of the Naked Heart Foundation, a charity that provides inspiring play environments for children in urban Russia and supports the integration of children with special needs to mainstream facilities. The organisation built its first playground in 2006 in Nizhny Novgorod and has since built 170 both in Russia, and globally – and raised more than €40million for charity. With over 1 million followers, Natalia is one of the most high profile celebrities in Russia across all social networks and views social media as an instrument for triggering social and corporate responsibility. A global leader in philanthropy, she’s been a speaker at One Young World, Davos and Founders Forum and most recently spoke at the Philanthropreneurship Forum and Web Summit.
Timon Afinsky is a London-based, multi-lingual PR professional, trendminer, innovative thinker and generator of cost-effective solutions for global change. For over 12 years he’s helped organisations within the UK, Russia and CEEMEA as a Media Director and PR Director for key Russian businesses and individuals around the world to create tangible impact. He is staunch advocate of harnessing the power of digital and social media for social good.
Derek Gannon (Chair)
Derek Gannon is the Chief Operating Officer at Comic Relief where he is overseeing an organisational review and transforming the organisation to be fit for the future by bringing in new digitally-focused skill sets.
Derek has 15 years' experience in agenda setting global brands and digital start-ups and has an outstanding record of driving and delivering major strategic initiatives, transformational change, digital transformation, large scale technology, cost management and international projects in three of the UK's leading media and charity brands - Guardian News and Media, Pearson PLC and Comic Relief.