Join us for an exclusive interactive round table session led by high-profile individuals who have mastered the art of conscious networking led by Dr. Soraya Jones, Rising Festival Steering Committee Member, and Tarquin Bennett-Coles.

 In this dynamic 45-minute session, you'll gain unparalleled insights from professionals and industry leaders who will share their top tips for effective networking, infused with elements of conscious connection-building. Through guided discussions and personalised insights, you'll learn firsthand from industry leaders how to identify key contacts, nurture relationships with authenticity, and overcome common networking challenges mindfully. 

This session not only provides valuable guidance but also offers a great opportunity for participants to engage in conscious networking, as they will be encouraged to connect with other festival-goers at their table, fostering genuine connections and collaboration. Whether you're new to networking or looking to enhance your existing network with conscious intentionality, this session offers a unique chance to learn from the best and expand your professional connections in a meaningful way. Don't miss this chance to elevate your networking skills and advance your career with the guidance of influential leaders in the field.

Meet Our

Industry Experts

Dr Soraya Jones

Director of Engagement for Homerton Changemakers, University of Cambridge 

Driven by a passion for innovation, diversity, and entrepreneurship, Soraya is deeply involved with initiatives like the Homerton Changemakers Programme and as Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of East Anglia. Former CEO of Cambridge Wireless, she transformed it into a leading tech cluster, showcasing her leadership in driving impactful change. With a diverse background, Soraya continues to shape future leaders and sits on various boards.

Tarquin Bennett-Coles

Senior Partner, SCi Partners 

Tarquin boasts 25 years of experience as a Global Talent Scout in the life science sector, specialising in identifying and nurturing leaders. He champions Equity, Diversity & Inclusion and holds a vast network within the industry. Tarquin's expertise lies in senior leadership roles, having worked with boutique search firms and AstraZeneca. Notable achievements include facilitating high-profile hires, such as the CEO for CEPI. He is an industry advocate for STEM, regularly contributing to podcasts and blogs, and actively engages in mentoring and volunteering initiatives.

Harriet Fear MBE 

Founder & Director, Harriet Fear Associates Ltd

Harriet, a career Diplomat for over 20 years, served in 17 countries with the Foreign Office. Recognised with an MBE in 2016, she led One Nucleus to become Europe's largest life science and healthcare membership body. As the Prime Minister’s Business Ambassador for Life Sciences, Harriet undertook high-profile duties. She currently serves as Special Adviser to Cambridge&, Founder and Director of Harriet Fear Associates Ltd (HFA Ltd).

Dr Sally Ann Forsyth OBE

Dr Sally Ann Forsyth OBE, CEO, of Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst

Dr. Sally Ann Forsyth OBE, CEO at Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst and NED of Life Science REIT, is a leading figure in the UK life sciences sector. With a PhD in molecular biology from the University of Cambridge and experience at Unilever and Goodman International, she has been instrumental in the growth of science parks like Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst, attracting substantial investment and fostering vibrant ecosystems. Her strategic leadership has been key to creating outstanding clusters within the UK's life science landscape.

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  • Full access to Main Stage
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  • Lunch & refreshments
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  • Exclusive 45 minute 1-2-1 mentoring/coaching session
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