Future Leaders Network

Develop. Lead. Change.



Ian Mason

Ian is an economist, author and entrepreneur. He is the founder of an education company, providing physical and digital learning resources to schools across the UK and globally. Ian was instrumental in the creation and development of Virgin Start Up, the Sir Richard Branson’s not-for-profit company for entrepreneurs.

Ian campaigns on a number of key issues, including the universal right to education, enhancing social mobility through entrepreneurship and improving levels of financial literacy.

In his leisure time, Ian enjoys playing football, motorsport, shooting, ballroom dancing, running and listening to jazz/swing music. He is a member of MENSA and avid supporter of Aston Villa Football Club.

Ian has been selected as the Head Delegate of the UK Delegation to the Y20 Summit 2016.

Jordan is a medical student at Imperial College London, currently studying a BSc in Neuroscience. He co-founded the London Forum of Science Policy, a student-led think tank bridging the gap between academia and policy, which has produced policy papers in partnership with London City Hall and the European Commission.

Jordan has also founded his own digital health start-up, PocketNurse, a new clinical education tool aimed at improving the quality of the healthcare training process.

Jordan will be the Delegate for Green Life and Sustainability.


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Ruth Foster

Born and bred in Northern Ireland, Ruth is a Religious Studies MA student at the University of Edinburgh. At Edinburgh Ruth has established Pathways for Peace, a neutral, non-aligned forum that aims to promote inter-community and inter-faith dialogue at the university. In addition to this Ruth has extensive experience in charity work and fundraising, recently organising a hitch hike from Edinburgh to Paris that raised £65,000 for charity. Recently Ruth has been rewarded with a scholarship to study at the Ivy League university Dartmouth.

Alongside her academic work Ruth is interested in understanding and repairing societies that have been divided. This has led her to work with NGOs in Jerusalem and Bosnia, as well as chairing youth forums at UK Parliament on the topic of Human Rights and International Development. After university Ruth hopes to work in conflict resolution and reconciliation, with a focus on youth development.

Stephanie graduated from the University of Oxford with first class honors and a Biological Sciences degree. She currently works as a Technology Consultant at Accenture where she advises clients and delivers new technology solutions for their businesses. Her work extends and deepens her understanding of technology and recently she was part of a team which delivered new e-commerce functionality for a United Kingdom retailer. For the implementation, Stephanie focused on maintaining a close working relationship between international colleagues to ensure the success of the project. Prior to joining Accenture, Stephanie spent her early career as a Strategic Communications Officer at the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom Government where she was a part of the strategic communications team for the Scottish Referendum.

Her interests are in new technologies, public policy, and global affairs. Her goal is to shape effective public policy that will guarantee technological advances benefit the global population. She has recently been selected for the inaugural class for the Schwarzman Scholarship Programme at Tsinghua University where she will focus her studies on public policy.


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