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Holly Branson        

Chair of Virgin Unite at Virgin & Co-Author of "WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning, Make A Living, and Change the World"

Holly Branson is the Chief Purpose & Vision Officer at the venture capitalist firm the Virgin Group and Chair of Virgin Unite, the Virgin Group's foundation. She is also a founder and trustee of Big Change, Co-Chair of We Day UK and a patron of Virgin Money Giving. Branson is the eldest child of Richard and Joan Branson and from a young age, dreamed of becoming a doctor. On finishing school, she spent six years at the University College London studying medicine, before graduating in 2007 and starting work at Chelsea and Westminster hospital as a junior NHS doctor.

In 2008, Branson made the decision to join the Virgin Group. She spent a year interning across the different companies – getting to know how each worked – before finding her place at Virgin Management. Now as an active part of the Virgin Group senior team, Branson focuses on people and purpose within both existing and new companies across the globe. She has also been involved in the growth of businesses such as Virgin Hotels.

In 2018, Branson published her first book, co-authored with Marc and Craig Kielburger, the international bestseller "WEconomy: You Can Find Meaning, Make A Living, and Change the World."

When not working on management projects, Branson spends her time immersed in philanthropic activities – she is Chair of Virgin Unite, a Trustee of Big Change, Co-Chair of WE Day UK and patron of Virgin Money Giving. Big Change is a personal philanthropic venture of Branson's – a charitable youth organization founded by herself, her brother Sam, Princess Beatrice of York, Sam Richardson, Phil Nevin and Isabella Branson. Big Change catalyzes change by backing big ideas that unlock the potential of young people in the UK.

Branson believes in the power of positive energy and like the rest of her family, loves an adventure – she previously climbed Mont Blanc to launch Big Change, attempted to break the mono hull sailing record across the Atlantic, attempted to kite-surfed the English Channel, completed several marathons (one of which broke the world record for the most amount of people tied together to do a marathon) and sprint triathlons.

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