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Speakers for the motion

Akala

Rapper, poet and journalist. He is the founder of the Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company, a touring troupe that performs his contemporary adaptations of Shakespeare’s work.

Adam Perkins

Lecturer in the Neurobiology of Personality at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. Author of The Welfare Trait: How State Benefits Affect Personality, which argues that discoveries from personality research could be used to increase the sustainability of the welfare state. The LSE recently postponed a lecture by Dr Perkins over fears of protest and disruption. Before becoming a scientist, he spent years working as an unskilled labourer and also claimed welfare when unemployed.

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Speakers against the motion

Jemima Kiss

Jemima Kiss joined the Guardian in 2006 and now leads the Guardian’s team covering tech trends, gadgets, gaming and startups – helping translate and demystify technology for a wider audience She is a permanent fixture on the Tech Weekly podcast and sits on the British Journalism Review editorial board. A proud graduate of Dartington College of Arts, Jemima has covered technology and media online since 2002.

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Matthew Taylor

Jemima Kiss joined the Guardian in 2006 and now leads the Guardian’s team covering tech trends, gadgets, gaming and startups – helping translate and demystify technology for a wider audience She is a permanent fixture on the Tech Weekly podcast and sits on the British Journalism Review editorial board. A proud graduate of Dartington College of Arts, Jemima has covered technology and media online since 2002.

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Matt Frei

Senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool where he leads the Integrative Genomics of Ageing Group. His work focuses on the genetic, cellular, and molecular mechanisms of the ageing process and how we can manipulate it to fend off age-related diseases and improve human health.

Tanya Gold

The NHS’s National Clinical Director for Innovation (known as ‘the NHS’s disrupter-in-chief’). His work focuses on how big data can be used to innovate at scale.

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