Ben Lyons

Global Shaper, London Hub, Virgin Media

Ben is a Director of the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, a £50 million ($80 million) funder which aims to strengthen democracy in the UK. Previously, he was Senior Communications Manager at Virgin Media, a leading telecommunications and media business, and an Associate Director at FleishmanHillard Fishburn, where he advised technology companies and set up its first pro bono division.

He also co-founded and chair Intern Aware, the campaign for fair internships. Intern Aware has changed public opinion and the law, helping to double the proportion of interns that are paid in the UK.

In 2016, he developed a major project on intergenerational fairness with The Guardian. He also sits on a school board of a fast-improving inner city school in South London.

He was recognised as campaigner of the year by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation, a PR Week '30 under 30', and is a Churchill Fellow. He is a graduate of Oxford University and Tsinghua University, where he was a Schwarzman Scholar and studied the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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