About the Speakers
Dr Joanna Choukeir
Dr Joanna Choukeir is a social designer, author, speaker and lecturer with over 15 years of experience and a passion for designing better futures. She is Design Director at Uscreates, where she leads on service design, social innovation and transformation projects and programmes.
Joanna has worked with over 50 public and third sector organisations in the UK - including Nesta, Public Health England, the Health Foundation, Healthy London Partnership and Macmillan - to help them adopt a design approach to better understand and address their challenges. She has expertise across a broad range of social issues including health and wellbeing, social integration, social action, employment and education.
Joanna has a PhD. in design for social integration and is course lead for MDes Social Innovation at Ravensbourne University. She is an RSA fellow and a peer reviewer for She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation.
Abigail Knight is the Associate Director of Public Health at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. She specialises in action on health inequalities, the social and environmental determinants of health and establishing health in all policies.
Prior to joining Tower Hamlets in 2015, she worked at the Department of Health, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Leeds and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, as well as working across a number of primary care trusts. She began her public health career working in health intelligence. She has a BA in French and philosophy from Oxford University and a Master's in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Dr Kevin Marshall
Dr Kevin Marshall is a consultant at Uscreates, a London-based service design agency. He works across a range of service design projects in local government, including improving public health, designing homelessness prevention initiatives and reducing fuel poverty.
Kevin is fascinated by the intersection of data and design and how this can be applied to improve health and wellbeing. He is interested in how we can use the wealth of publicly available data to design, develop and deliver better public services. He is also interested in how we can design better data, ensuring that councils and government bodies have live, actionable datasets that highlight opportunities for improvement or re-direction based on demand.
Kevin has a PhD in computing science at Open Lab, Newcastle University.