Our Speakers

At the heart of OffGrid Sessions is our speakers. We spend 12 months not only looking for people who are interesting, different, challenging and informed, but also ensuring they work together to create one entity. Think of it as creating a great album vs a quick playlist.

We’ve had economists, scientists, artists, designers, inventors, cider makers, adventurers, entrepreneurs, activists, ethnographers, journalists and philosophers. We always ensure our speaker line-up is diverse in it’s make up and outlook.

Each year we have a theme which we use to curate and shape OffGrid. For 2019 we are exploring “How much do we really understand? Challenging our preconceptions and the things we hold to be true”.

We hope you enjoy looking at our speakers we have announced for 2019 as well as some of the fantastic individuals from the past 3 years who helped make OffGrid what is today.


Dr David Halpern

2018 - How small changes can make big differences

Dr David Halpern is the Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team and Board Director. He has led the team since its inception in 2010. Prior to that, David was the founding Director of the Institute for Government and between 2001 and 2007 was the Chief Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Before entering government, David held tenure at Cambridge and posts at Oxford and Harvard. He has written several books and papers on areas relating to behavioural insights and wellbeing, including Social Capital (2005), the Hidden Wealth of Nations (2010), and co-author of the MINDSPACE report.

David will be talking about behavioural economics, how psychology can be applied to today’s challenges and How Small Changes Can Make A Big Difference.

“A Stunning book – thrilling, eye-opening and deeply informative” – Alain de Botton