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Kevin Steele is a social and environmental campaigner whose track record includes the biggest ever lobby of parliament, a £2 trillion investment group for action on climate change, the largest coalition on family issues in the UK and Global Entrepreneurship Week, which involves 25,000 events in 77 countries. He has generated 4,000 pieces of media coverage for his campaigns and is a member of the Council on Social Action chaired by the Prime Minister. He speaks on bringing about change - through coalition-building, innovation and mobilising people to act.
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Kevin Steele is a social and environmental campaigner. His track record includes:
• Leading a campaign that resulted in a £2 trillion investment group for action on climate change.
• Conceiving the anti-poverty Trade Justice Movement, which ran the biggest ever lobby of Parliament.
• Leading one of the two largest sections of the Jubilee 2000 campaign that won $21 billion of debt cancellation for the world's poorest countries.
• Founding Global Entrepreneurship Week to inspire people to turn their own ideas into reality. It involves half a million people each year in the UK and 25,000 events in 77 countries.
• Co-founding National Family Week, the UK’s largest coalition on family issues.
Kevin sits on the Council on Social Action chaired by the Prime Minister, and the national Talent and Enterprise Task Force. He is a member of the leadership team of the community cohesion initiative The Big Lunch, and runs the consultancy Inspired Campaigns. He was previously chief executive of the enterprise promotion body Enterprise Insight, and the director of the social justice organisation People & Planet. He has gained over 4,000 pieces of media coverage for the campaigns he has led.
Gordon Brown said: “I would like to thank Kevin Steele and all the individual members of Enterprise Insight, who have created not just an organisation but a movement.”
The Observer said: “Steele … founded the Trade Justice Movement, a coalition…that did more than anything else - including Bob Geldof and Bono - to put developing world economics at the heart of mainstream politics.”
The Conservative leader David Cameron said: “I am delighted to welcome National Family Week... the Week is a great idea, and I look forward to its success.”
Kevin’s speaking experience includes keynotes at conferences of over 1,000 people, being the after-dinner speaker at the World Entrepreneurship Summit, hosting awards events for a national newspaper and leading seminars at Downing Street. He speaks on bringing about change - through campaigning, coalition-building, entrepreneurship, innovation and mobilising people to act.
Lord Digby Jones (then Director-General of the Confederation of British Industry) said: “Kevin Steele is a speaker who drives forward the enterprise and innovation agenda... within a year of creating Enterprise Week, he built it to 2,000 events involving 5,000 organisations... by speaking to audiences all over the country.”
June Sarpong, the Channel 4 television presenter, said: “I first saw Kevin Steele speak when he was opening speaker for Gordon Brown... he had the right balance of wit, humour and inspiration and managed to crack the difficult audience of powerful men-in-grey-suits and tough teenagers”.