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Gerardo Garcia Stackpoole

Head of Marketing Technology | The Coca-Cola Company

Atlanta, United States

I am an aspiring innovator, knowledge seeker, dream chaser, and relentless optimist. I love to envision and realize opportunities that create enduring shared value, sustainable innovation and, quality growth for leading brands. … [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]

"Leading Through Culture & Creative Ideas Across Borders"

Annie Ivanova

Cultural Entrepreneur | International Curator | Author | Studio Ivanova

Taipei, Taiwan

ANZ Chamber of Commerce, Business Award winner for 'outstanding contribution to the Australia-Taiwan partnership' | Most successful independent curator in Australia with 120+ projects worldwide | 50+ inter/national awards & grants | Specialist in Art-Sci-Tech | Strong Cross-cultural Communicator | Serial Founder | Company Owner | Acclaimed Author of 'Taiwan by Design' … [see more]

Andrew Jaspan

Editor/Director | The Global Academy

Melbourne, Australia

Working with universities around the world to better understand our global challenges and offer solutions. __________________ I was the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Conversation, an independent not-for-profit website of analysis and news from the university and research sector. We created The Conversation in 2011 to give academics a platform to promote their research to  … [see more]

"The very nature of life is expressed and experienced as rhythm"

Kristina Dryza

Global Director, Trends & Futures | House of Brand Group

Potts Point, Australia

As a trend forecaster for 15+ years I’ve learnt that all most people consciously (and subconsciously) concern themselves with is the future and how it’s going to impact them. It’s why people devour any media that mentions future business predictions, peruse star signs and seek influential thought leaders as friends. We want to be at  … [see more]

"there are more options than you can think of"

Joerg Altekruse

Film maker, producer, social entrepreneur | Zeitfilm.media, Youth4planet.org

Hamburg, Germany

I was always curious, and after all those years I still like to take a different route every time. For me filmmaking is the greatest way to be in contact with people, with nature, with thought. There is no limitation of topics and perspectives, if you allow yourself to wonder and find new lands. … [see more]

"Culturally scrutinising Neolifism by actually doing it"

Oron Catts

Director/artist/curator/researcher | SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia

Perth, Australia

I am the Co-Founder (2000) and Director of SymbioticA, The Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts, School of Human Sciences, The University of Western Australia. Under my leadership SymbioticA has gone on to win the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Hybrid Art (2007) the WA Premier Science Award (2008) and became a Centre for  … [see more]

"Don't work with a**holes."

Fraser Orford

Company Manager | Ambassador Theatre Group Asia Pacific

Sydney, Australia

Originally training as a Town Planner, I soon found myself becoming less engaged with the field, and more interested in a career in the arts. Since training at NIDA, I have worked as a Arts Administrator freelancer for Opera Australia, ATYP, Belvoir and the ABC. I am currently the Production Coordinator for the Ambassador Theatre  … [see more]

"Enhancing the Digital Experience"

William Ehmcke

Chairman | Snaploader

Sydney, Australia

At Snaploader we are looking to enhance the sales and marketing experience for the real estate sector through the innovative use of cool technologies - from interactive 3D modelling thru AR, and VR. … [see more]

"Problems are opportunities in disguise"

Vivien Sung

Design Academic & Lab Leader | UTS / FutureAging Lab

Sydney, Australia

I'm a design strategist, educator and innovation facilitator with a specialty in human-centred design and research, transdisciplinary and cross-cultural collaboration and facilitating user experience design that consider both systems and people in solving complex problems. My area of specialty is in collaborative innovation between Australia and the Asia Pacific region. In 2016, I established the  … [see more]

"Finite players play within boundaries, infinite players play with boundaries"

Ross Dawson

Futurist and Entrepreneur | Rh7thm

Bondi Beach, Australia

I believe in the infinite. I am a futurist, speaking to and working with organisations globally to consider the future and what actions today will create the best possible outcomes in a rapidly changing world. I am founder and chairman of Advanced Human Technologies Group, which comprises five companies spanning professional services, publishing, events, apps,  … [see more]

Sven Størmer Thaulow

General Manager | Cisco Norway & Iceland

Oslo, Norway

Geek on exponential tech, disruption and digitalization of industries and societies. High experience in the mobile and internet industry with emphasis on marketing, multimedia and product development. Head of Cisco Norway & Iceland. … [see more]

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

Carli Leimbach

Founder, Facilitator, Designer | Future Leader Labs

Sydney, Australia

Hi! I am the founder of Future Leader Labs, developing self-aware leaders, future proofed and ready for the 21st Century. As a Facilitator, my super powers lie in listening out for greatness and inspiring clients to realise their creative potential. I have worked with corporates, agencies, co-operatives, entrepreneurs as well as NGO’s and brings extensive  … [see more]

"Rethink Yourself after 50"

Joanna Maxwell

Educator and Advocate | Work In Colour Pty Limited

Sydney, Australia

I've fully recovered from my initial career as a corporate lawyer, and now help people in their 40s, 50s and beyond to reinvent their work and lives, so they can reclaim their future and create the life they want for the coming decades. I work with individuals and employers to find ways to maximise the  … [see more]

Elsa Wormeck

creative consultant | facilitator | corecreate | communications

Berlin, Germany

I love facilitating workshops and creative meetings for organizations and teams. I started doing this when I was about five, playing Beatles and Rolling Stones with my friends. About thirty years later I began to realize that systemic thinking has ever been part of the state where I feel comfortable. Having started out as an  … [see more]

"Ask yourself: If you loved yourself unconditionally, how would your life be? What would you do?"

Unni Turrettini

Writer & Speaker

Oslo, Norway

I'm a former lawyer turned writer, speaker, and involved citizen. Whether exploring the twisted mind of a lone wolf killer or the hubris of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, I shine light on hidden secrets and motivations. Underneath anger there is always great pain. Knowledge of human frailties and the conditioned mind can shed light  … [see more]

"We are the sum of our neural connections"

Jean Labuschagne

Philanthropist | The Labuschagne Foundation

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Entrepreneur, expert in next generation neuromodulation technologies and engaged philanthropist. I believe that every person, whether healthy or ill, has the right to be healthier in order to live a better life. In 2015, I founded The Labuschagne Foundation to help fund research in neuroscience and bioengineering along with new advances in integrated technology with  … [see more]

"Illegitimi non carborundum"

Alistair Humphrey

Public Health Physician | Canterbury District Health Board

Christchurch, New Zealand

As Medical Officer of Health for Canterbury I am appointed under the Health Act to protect and promote the public health, using education, advocacy and sometimes the law. There are more than 600,000 Cantabrians to keep healthy, which can be a challenge, particularly as we seem to have more than our fair share of earthquakes! … [see more]

Rosanna Iacono

COO | Rh7thm

Sydney, Australia

I'm a strategist, c-level executive, non-executive board director, diversity advocate, supporter of conscious capitalism, entrepreneur, wife and mother of twin boys. I'm passionate about creating amazing futures. … [see more]

Michael Stevens

Head of Concerts & Special Events | Fiery Angel Ltd

London, Great Britain

Washed-up singer, arts manager, fascinated with the role culture can play in building individual and community capacity and motivation. I'm an experienced artistic programmer and curator (ex Australian Chamber Orchestra, ex Melbourne Festival, ex Arts Centre Melbourne), with an extensive practice in the beyond profit sector. I've also had more than a decade's engagement with  … [see more]

"Be happy brain"

Surat Tanprawate

Doctor | The Northern Neuroscience Center, Chiang Mai University

Chiang Mai, Thailand

I work on neuroscience area with connection with the creative work to improving quality of life for people who disable with brain disease such as dementia, Parkinson's disease, pain, and also Aging. Health tech innovation is also my work to change the way to communicate with people. … [see more]

Niki Dun

Founder + Director | Design For Development | TEDxEastVan

Vancouver, Canada

Improving quality of life and building community through collaborative design is what I’ve been drawn to so far. My work in social design began with founding Design For Development (DFD), a registered charity that aims to reduce poverty and save lives by designing and producing solutions to basic-needs issues faced by underserved and low resource  … [see more]

"Life is sailing! You need to know your vessel and your environment in order to navigate effectively."

Kornelia Dimitrova

Architect | Reefformers

Eindhoven, Netherlands

My creative efforts materialize anywhere in between objects, buildings and scenarios. In my work, I try to reinvent, revise and re-imagine reality and its future. I enjoy working on the border between science and fiction, which I find creatively liberating. … [see more]

"#open #random #supportive"

Anna Blume

Social Capital Strategist, Impact Navigator, Knowledge Navigator, Artist | Impact Journey

Berlin, Germany

Based in Berlin, Germany and serving clients worldwide. Anna Blume is a Behavior Trainer, Business Developer, Unconditional Universal Basic Income Designer, Social Capital Strategist. Co-Creator of the Impact Journey and works around the World to support Communities. My new project wants to deliver a Universal Unconditional Basic Income (living on the blockchain). #valueinstrument … [see more]

"be not only good but good for something"

Alex Cheek

Designer/Corporate Infiltrator

Sydney, Australia

I'm a strategist, designer, and researcher. I use deep insights about people and society to build products, systems, and organisations that demonstrate care and respect for their users. … [see more]

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