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Ex-homeless teenager with room of her own

A bedsit in a London hostel run by the charity Centrepoint has given 17-year-old the space and stability to develop her talents

Dame Judith Hackitt in the conservatory of her home in south Oxfordshire
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Judith Hackitt, health and safety mythbuster

The former chair of Britain’s Health and Safety Executive on why young people’s education should include an element of danger

Sarosh Zaiwalla at home near Littlehampton, West Sussex
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The lawyer who tried to halt the Iraq war

Sarosh Zaiwalla talks about his work for powerful clients from Iran’s Bank Mellat to Saddam Hussein’s regime

Portrait of Pierre Bergé at home
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Pierre Bergé, partner of Yves Saint Laurent

The industrialist says collecting is a project that has an end — a philosophy he cultivated with the late designer

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Investing in women: Natalia Oberti Noguera

The founder of Pipeline Angels, a network that pairs women venture capitalists with female-led social businesses

Emily Lau at her flat in Happy Valley, Hong Kong
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Hong Kong politician and activist Emily Lau

The gadfly to Beijing mandarins, colonial governors and Margaret Thatcher talks about her fight for democracy

Gallery of Mirrors, designed by Gabriele Valvassori c1730, in the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj, Rome. The frescoes, by Aureliano Milani, are based on the labours of Hercules
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Radical prince: Jonathan Doria Pamphilj

The prince talks about his papal forebears, life in a 1,000-room palace in Rome and his campaign for gay rights

At Home with Andrée Deissenberg
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Andrée Deissenberg of Crazy Horse, Paris

The cabaret show’s creative officer on how burlesque can survive in the age of pornography and how her ‘girls’ are feminists

At home with Joanna Haigh
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Climate change scientist Joanna Haigh

The physicist warns global warming is a ‘runaway train’ and says governments must cut carbon emissions to zero

Yenny Wahid, Indonesian Islamic activist

The daughter of Indonesia’s former president Gus Dur on her political ambitions and tackling Isis propaganda

Yacht designer Andrew Winch

He has designed boats and planes for princes and billionaires but renovating his own farmhouse presented a different challenge

Anne Morrison, chair of Bafta

Ex-BBC executive on the lack of women and ethnic minorities in the TV industry and why she always wanted a ‘house husband’

Professor David Nutt on psychedelic therapy

The UK scientist believes magic mushrooms could be used to treat depression and are less harmful than alcohol, a view that cost him his job

Nature inspires architect Michael Pawlyn

Designer, who takes a biological approach to architecture, on how he mimicked insect wings to create the Eden Project’s spheres

Hans Becker, maverick of retirement living

The Dutch founder of Humanitas wants older people to enjoy life whether that means heavy drinking or owning too many cats

Ex-Ferrari head Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

The Italian industrialist revs up to revive the airline Alitalia and bring the Olympics to Rome

Former England cricket captain David Gower

Batsman-turned-TV-presenter on what can be done to save Test cricket and why the governing body needs to ‘grow a muscle’

Italian economist Lorenzo Bini Smaghi

Chairman of Société Générale says his country’s cultural heritage is so omnipresent, those who have to maintain it do not feel free

Former UK culture secretary Chris Smith

Ex-culture secretary reflects on politics and poetry, and offers some advice to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn if he wants to be PM

Acclaimed French chef Hélène Darroze

She runs Michelin-starred kitchens in London and Paris — and is a single mother to two young daughters