Shohreh Bayat is an International Arbiter. She was the first woman to run a sports federation in Iran. When in 2020, photos of her arbitrating the World Championship with a slipped headscarf enraged the Religious Police, she did not return and was granted asylum in the UK. Her talk will be on political activism in chess.
Natalia Shukova is a City Councilor of Odessa member, European Women Champion, Chess Olympiad winner and World Team Champion. She will consider how chess prepared her for politics and the defence of Ukraine.
James Canty is a professional streamer, Chess.com staff member and FIDE Master. He will reflect on the challenges and opportunities of chess for an African American.