Professor Dave Goulson


Dave is founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust and is one of the foremost scientists researching the effects of neonicotinoids on bee populations. His 2012 study on this subject helped pave the way for the EU moratorium on neonics.

Dave is Professor of Biology at the University of Sussex. The  Goulson Lab studies Bumblebee Ecology and Conservation and uses a broad range of approaches, from genetic studies (of inbreeding, population structure, and as a means of estimating nest density) to behavioural assays to large-scale field trials. In recent years Goulson Lab has become heavily involved in studies of the impacts of pesticides on bumblebees, and have also been involved in various “Citizen Science” projects as a mechanism to involve large numbers of people in conservation and in science more generally, and also as a means for gathering large data sets.

Dave has written a popular science book about bumblebees, A Sting in the Tale, and its sequel, A Buzz in the Meadow.


Dr. SVS Raju


Professor Raju is All India Coordinator for the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). ICAR, an autonomous organization, coordinates and guides the 100 institutes and 71 agricultural universities in India that constitute one of the largest national agricultural systems in the world. The ICAR has played a pioneering role in ushering ‘Green Revolution’ and subsequent developments in agriculture in India, and through its research and technology development has made a visible impact on the national food and nutritional security. It has also played a major role in promoting excellence in higher education in agriculture and is engaged in cutting-edge areas of science and technology development.

Professor Raju is head of Entomology at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.


Dr. Dhananjay Wakhle


Dr. Wakhle is Chief Scientist of the Vidya Pratishthan School of Biotechnology’s Centre of Excellence in Apicultural Biotechnology (VSBT), Baramati, Pune, India, and Life Member, National Bee Board, Government of India, New Delhi. He has conducted many National Bee Board (NBB), Govt. of India sponsored projects.

Dr Wakhle has 37 years research experience in apiculture, and the production and processing of quality honey and bee products at the Central Bee Research and Training Institute (CBRTI), Pune, India. 

Previously, he was National Consultant for Beekeeping and Marketing of Honey to the FAO – Food and Agriculture Organisation at the United Nations; Expert Member of Apiary Industry Sectional Committee, Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi and AGMARK Standards for Honey, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, New Delhi.


Godfrey Bevan CBE


Godfrey has over 45 years’ experience in the public sector, as a consultant to governments and industry, in business in the electricity supply industry, and as an academic.

He has served as a member or chair of numerous national and international committees on energy, environment and climate change including for the UK and Irish Governments, the World Bank, the European Commission and the International Energy Agency. He has advised ministers on policy and managed numerous government R&D, industrial development and marketing programmes primarily in the sustainable energy field. During this period, he worked as Technical Director of the Energy Efficiency Office and Energy Technology Director of the former UK Government Departments of Energy, and Trade and Industry. He also spent a period as an academic at the former Cranfield Institute, lecturing on technology, environment and economic assessment to MSc, MBA and short course students and managing a research programme. He maintains his interest through membership of the advisory board of a social enterprise company in the renewable energy sector and as an adjunct professor at the Hult International Business School.


Dale Gibson


Founder of Bermondsey Street Bees,  Dale Gibson also runs Apis Consulting, advising public, third sector and corporate entities on sustainable policy-making, best-practice beekeeping, risk assessment and CSR programmes. Commercial clients include the Greater London Authority, hoteliers including Hilton and Soho House Group, house builders Berkeley Homes and insurance companies including Hiscox and Aviva.


Jeremy Langmead


Jeremy is director of, the global online menswear retailer. Previously he has worked as chief content officer of Christie’s; editor-in- chief of British Esquire and Wallpaper magazines, and he was features editor of the London Evening Standard and founding editor of the Sunday Times Style magazine. His expertise is content, marketing, e-commerce and customer engagement.


Balint Szule


Balint is a PhD candidate at the Széchenyi István University, Hungary. In 2009, he completed his studies at the University of West Hungary and achieved a Master’s Degree in Agribusiness Management. At present, he is working with a Hungarian Government project in London where he is responsible for building connections between talented young people in the UK and in Hungary. To ‘build bridges’ Balint’s team supports knowledge-sharing, organises social events, lectures and presentations, conferences, open-house events and talent-and skills development programmes and workshops.