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"make my life extra-ordinary and worthy"

Hugh Hyung-uk Choi

future designer | innovation catalyst | technology strategist | co-founder of Pan Asia Network

Seoul, Korea, Republic of

I am a future designer and CEO at future designers. I am also an entrepreneur, an eco-system builder, an innovation catalyst, a connector, and a new technology strategist. I was formerly a director of numerous R&D projects at Samsung Electronics, including wireless communication, home networks, mobile devices and emerging technologies. My main expertise is the  … [see more]

Robert D. Austin

Professor | Ivey Business School

London, Canada

Researcher, teacher, experienced manager at major multinational corporations (automotive and technology companies) and educational institutions (dean of a business school, CEO of executive education foundation); experienced C-Level consultant to many multinational companies; for more than a decade , faculty chair and faculty member in executive education programs at Harvard Business School; author of several books  … [see more]

"Do things that make your heart grow"

Masako Fukui

Writer/Producer/Storyteller/Journalist

Sydney, Australia

Japanese Australian, born in India. I'm a bilingual writer, radio documentary producer, journalist and storyteller. Was previously a sex educator in schools and a community health worker. As a media professional I've worked for high profile institutions including the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), BBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Asahi Shimbun, Nikkei (Nihon Keizai  … [see more]

"Do what you love."

Chloe Ferres

Photographer, Graphic Designer, Creative Thinker, Conceptual Artist, Lecturer

Sydney, Australia

I am a creative. I am a collector of maps, postcards, stamps, scissors, rocks, cameras, rulers, glass jars, and much more. I am a traveller, seeking to set foot on every continent. I am a bibliophile, and my home is overflowing with books. I love to learn. I have undergraduate degrees in both Photography and  … [see more]

"Improving cardiac care, beat by beat."

Rob Phillips

CEO/Medical Research/Ass Prof | Uscom Limited/UQ

Sydney, Australia

Innovative communicator and educator with a mission to develop non-invasive and accurate medical devices to replace invasive and inaccurate medical technologies. I am the founder of Uscom Limited and inventor of the USCOM 1A, a revolutionary medical technology for cardiovascular monitoring which is changing global cardiovascular practice and improving health care. … [see more]

"The visionary is the only true realist (Fellini)"

Andrew Westcombe

Technical Editor | Australian Digital Health Agency

Sydney, Australia

I'm trained as a philosopher, but pay the bills as an editor, working closely with experts across the gamut of health, IT, and everything in between. It's good work, that ultimately will save many lives and a great deal of money, albeit in a very abstract way. In a similarly abstract way, I see philosophy  … [see more]

"Travel Deeper."

Jill Greenwood

Director, AFAR Experiences | AFAR

Vancouver, Canada

I curate and produce AFAR Experiences, an immersive travel event series that takes readers of AFAR Magazine to worldwide destinations and introduces them to the remarkable local people who are doing incredible things. We provide unprecedented access to fascinating people, places and projects, and strive to inspire and enable our attendees to connect and engage  … [see more]

"Nearly Now"

Christian Tietz

Dr | Designlab / University of New South Wales

Blue Mountains, Australia

I was the kind of kid for whom the entire Wonderworld ride had to be stopped because it was too boring and I wanted to get off. School was no better. At university I took a year off to produce my first product and sold 13000 units successfully. I travelled the world, climbed 5000 metre  … [see more]

""Long live the high tide and long live the low, but above all, long live the difference.""

Mandy Nguyen

The GO Project

San Jose, United States

In the beginning of 2014, I collided with 9 people that profoundly transformed the way I lived and thought. I joined The GO Project, an eclectic group of 9 individuals who had decided to take learning into their own hands, dedicating an entire year to travel to international innovation hubs and immerse themselves in culture,  … [see more]

"“A stage space has two rules: 1 - Anything can happen and 2 - Something must happen.”"

Nicholas Pickard

Director of Communications & Government Relations | Copyright Agency

Sydney, Australia

Nicholas is a communications specialist with an in-depth knowledge of media relations, public affairs, strategy and messaging development, reputation management, social media and marketing. Nicholas has managed the profile and reputation of organisations and public figures across government, transport and infrastructure, creative industries and the media. His experience includes orchestrating the narrative and communications plans  … [see more]

"Passionate Entrepreneur, Curious Learner, Art Lover"

Canay Atalay

Cofounder | Patica

Istanbul, Turkey

I am a humanist, curious learner and mother -growing up together with my 2 daughters-. I accumulated and synthesized global business experience and methodologies over more than a decade mainly in innovation and business transformation domains using digital transformation, business design, design thinking & agile philosophical approaches. I co founded Patica in 2015., a disruptive  … [see more]

"Transdisciplinary Designer"

Engin Ayaz

Co-founder, Head of Design | ATÖLYE

Istanbul, Turkey

I am a transdisciplinary designer trained in architecture, engineering and interaction design and currently co-leading an innovation platform based in Istanbul. … [see more]

"Entertaining Ideas"

LIsa George

Director | By George & Co

Sydney, Australia

Boutique agency providing boardroom entertainment drawing on the world of big ideas. … [see more]

Maite Oonk

Research coordinator / PhD candidate

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Building design capabilities within KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Researching the 'design effect' on employee happiness. … [see more]

Jens Gijbels

Founder | Fundamentals Academy

Eindhoven, Netherlands

I have been working in higher education for several years, building programs together with design entrepreneurs and academics. I truly believe it's an honour if you are trusted with juniors' time for development. The people in my teams get this, and go the extra mile for engaging education that aims to have a longterm impact. … [see more]

Gretchen McCulloch

Internet Linguist

Montreal, Canada

I write about linguistics for a general audience. I'm currently writing a book about internet language and the future of English for Riverhead (Penguin). I was the Resident Linguist at The Toast, where I wrote about linguistics of the doge meme, Benedict Cumberbatch names, and more. I've also written pop linguistics for Slate and Mental  … [see more]

"Be present and help great people be even better"

Murray Strong

Independent Chairman & Director

Christchurch, New Zealand

I'm a specialist generalist. With experience in aviation, education, tourism, banking, central and local government and a host of others, I've been lucky to work with a lot of great people. That's extended to public speaking and working with speakers in TEDx Queenstown and Christchurch as their speaker coach - fun and really rewarding to  … [see more]

"If the Gods are watching, then put on a good show."

Dee Anderson

Author | Kikir of the Walking Trees

Christchurch, New Zealand

A decade in the music industry led to consulting in the arts and culture sector bringing REMIX to Sydney, a global summit exploring the intersection between Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship. I also consult in International Government relations with a speciality in international student mobility, scholarships and trade relations. Recently I have launched global creative crowdsourcing  … [see more]

"to embody & live, know, connect, transcend, share, care and dare in common frames of references"

Heiner Benking

Journalist, Scholar, Futurist, Consultant, Facilitator, ... | various GLocally....

Berlin, Germany

"I had a couple of lifes: technician and engineer, planner, consultant, sales and marketing, infographics coiner, environmental management and research, curator, futurist, educator, facilitator, ... in fields as wide as: environmental education, culture, youth, media,... My function is capacitity building along and across scales and cultures in an appreciative, attentive style typical for concerned generalists,  … [see more]

Janelle Doll

Systems Consultant

San Diego, United States

I am an independent contractor who supports small businesses in their systems setup and project management so they can focus on doing the work they love. Throughout the year, I volunteer with TEDxSanDiego and other TEDx organizations to bring events to local communities. … [see more]

"craft prospective scenarios and design products and spaces"

Alexandre Ralston Bau

Designer | Ralston & Bau

Dale i Sunnfjord, Norway

We craft prospective scenarios and design products and spaces. Mastering knowledge tools such as design thinking, innovative material technology and as the curators of the research through design program Ideal Lab, the studio pursue the unexpected and unexplored for companies and organisations that relate to people and contribute to a sustainable society. I co-founded the  … [see more]

"Happy is the new rich!"

Aaron Bare

Founder | Purposely

Phoenix, United States

I am a happy entrepreneur seeking to impact everyone around me. I seek exponential technologies to make a larger impact and make a dent in the universe. Love, laugh, listen, learn & lead. … [see more]

David Glover

CEO

Sydney, Australia

"Polymath"? No, too pretentious. "Dilettante" Hmm...sounds like I'm superficial. "Diversely engaged." Yes, that's it. Let's just say I've had a diverse background and have diverse interests. Professionally, this mainly gets applied to communications challenges: dreaming up (and implementing) marketing strategies, redefining a brand, that kind of stuff. I'm a gun* writer and event organiser. Competent  … [see more]

"SenseMaking for ChangeMaking"

GK VanPatter

SenseMaker, Author of Innovation Methods Mapping, CoFounder Humantific | Humantific / New York

New York, United States

Humantific helps organizational leaders tackle complex challenges and build SenseMaking for ChangeMaking capacity. We are pioneers in how to make sense of and integrate visualized data, information (in some communities now being reframed as "evidence") into the multi-disciplinary innovation process. In Humantificland we call these Complexity Navigation skills and consider them to be next generation  … [see more]

"Bringing digital enlightenment to Asia Pacific"

Chris Monk

Head of Region (APAC) | Decoded

Sydney, Australia

Decoded are the world's best technology educators. We work with organisations of all sizes and types to teach their people about technology and digital subjects. I joined the company in 2013 and it's been a whirlwind of excitement since then. I moved to Sydney in January 2016 to set up and lead our Asia Pacific  … [see more]

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