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A Little Bit of Genius

A Little Bit of Genius

A podcast run by NAE students

Listen to A Little Bit of Genius Now!

Need A Little Bit of Genius in your life?

A Little Bit of Genius is Nord Anglia’s exciting education podcast series where two of our students quiz world experts about their lives and careers. From the resilience needed to complete the first non-stop global hot air balloon flight to what it takes to win gold at the Olympics or land a lead role in the Hamilton Broadway tour, our guests have so much to share.

A Little Bit of Genius is currently available on all major podcast streaming sites. Click below to listen to this amazing initiative from Nord Anglia Education students.


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Season 2


EP1 | Bertrand Piccard, explorer and balloonist

On this episode of A Little Bit of Genius, hear from Bertrand Piccard, a record-breaking explorer and balloonist from Switzerland. Bertrand is a Nord Anglia Education alumnus from Collège Champittet and is famous for being the first person to circumnavigate the globe non-stop in a hot air balloon. He also completed the first round-the-world solar flight in history​! Bertrand speaks with student hosts Amber and Alex from Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam about a range of topics, including his inspirations, his work to protect the environment, and how he was able to stay resilient during all his awe-inspiring adventures around the world.


EP2 | Ashley De La Rosa, Broadway performer

Our second series of A Little Bit of Genius continues with this episode featuring Ashley De La Rosa, a professional Broadway actress, singer and dancer who has starred in popular shows such as Hamilton, Rent and Mean Girls​. This episode also touches on the ways that Ashley has been active in several social justice causes in her local community, including her work to help people vote in the US General Election. An alumni of Windermere Preparatory School in Florida, Ashley is interviewed by two current Windermere students named Michael and Emma who are both passionate about theatre.


EP3 | Santiago Lange, World Champion sailor

Hear from Santiago Lange, a four-time World Champion sailor​ who won gold in the 2016 Olympics (and two bronze medals previously​). Santiago was “Sailor of the Year” in 2016 after surviving lung cancer.​ In this episode, Santiago speaks with two Nord Anglia Education students from Collège du Léman, Ella and Anthony, who are involved in their school’s sailing club and passionate about the sport.


EP4 | Sir Tim Smit, world-renowned environmentalist

On this episode of the podcast, hear from Sir Tim Smit, the co-founder of the Eden Project — an indoor botanical garden in Cornwall, UK. Sir Tim’s biome has been hailed as the "world's largest indoor rainforest"​. As an advocate of green living and sustainability projects, he is also working on new biomes and eco-schemes in every continent​ on the Earth. In this episode he is interviewed by Ailbhe and Daniel, two students from Nord Anglia International School Dublin.


EP5 | Zahra Abdalla, food blogger and TV host​

Grab a tasty snack and tune in to this episode of A Little Bit of Genius featuring Zahra Abdalla, a professional food blogger, content creator, TV host, restaurant owner, and all-around food lover. Zahra is well known thanks to her popular Instagram account @cookingwithzahra featuring her many cooking creations. Hosted by two IB students named Isabella and Ghida, from Collège du Léman in Switzerland, Zahra talks about her absolute favourite types of food to cook and how her mixed heritage has inspired her work. This episode is filled with lots of inspiration from Zahra about food, her successful career and her life. To her, “food is just a medium to be able to talk about so many other issues, but in subtle ways."


EP6| Marlon Devonish​​, gold-winning sprinter

Marlon Devonish is a British Olympic sprinter who won gold in the 4 x 100 metres in 2004. Following almost two decades as a professional athlete, Marlon is now an Elite Performance Coach at the British International School of Shanghai, Puxi. In this episode Amber and Alex, secondary school students from Nord Anglia International School Rotterdam, talk to him about the resilience needed to achieve your goals.


Season 1
Episode 1: Daniel Gilbert

Daniel Gilbert is the CEO of Brainlabs, a digital agency that is ranked by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s fastest growing companies.



Episode 2: Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis is a critically acclaimed author (including The Breadwinner) and activist who does a lot of work with women and children in war-torn countries.



Episode 3: Lord David Puttnam

Lord David Puttnam is an Oscar-winning film producer (Chariots of Fire) and now sits on the UK House of Lords and Nord Anglia’s Education Advisory Board.


Episode 4: Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack is the Global Education Correspondent at the Financial Times.


Episode 5: Dr Joseph Polisi

Dr Joseph Polisi is the president emeritus of The Juilliard School, the longest-serving from 1984-2017, following a successful career as a bassoonist.



Episode 6: Billy Tan

 Billy Tan, a world-famous comic book illustrator who worked for Marvel and DC Comics. He now runs his own comic company called TanComics in China. 



Episode 7: Ebbe Sand

Ebbe Sand, who is a retired Danish international footballer whose achievements include scoring the fastest goal by a substitute in a World Cup in just 16 seconds. Ebbe shares about what it takes to become a professional football player and the importance of practicing daily.