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"Always be ready"

Andrèz Coco

Service design lead | Innovation consultant | Marketing & Strategy

Sydney, Australia

I have been working as a Service design, Innovation and Marketing professional for the past decade in Europe, Africa, South-America and most recently in Australia. Some of my recent design and innovation roles have been with Vodafone, Qantas Loyalty, the United Nations and Future Transport. I currently works at NAB labs (innovation lab). I was born and  … [see more]

"Never underestimate the power of a small group of committed people to change the world."

Zara Choy

Multi-disciplinary Professional, Founder / Social entrepreneur, Strategist | Digital Storytellers, Carnival of the Bold, Coalition of Mischief, Conscious Capitalism Australia&NZ

Sydney, Australia

I'm passionate about social enterprise/innovation, creativity, and positive social change, and hope to contribute to a more just, equitable and beautiful world. I treasure connecting and collaborating with others who care about the same. My skills, experience and interests are diverse. I currently work with Digital Storytellers, a social enterprise that's about stories for change.  … [see more]

"Doing well, while doing good"

Jose Adrian Gabriel-Camacho

Creador de Redes | Workósfera

Puebla, Mexico

I was born in Africam Safari amongst lions and giraffes therefore I grew up with a love for nature and questioning our humanity's footprint and the impact we have to the environment. I've lived in Mexico for most of my life but I have spent many years abroad. Recently I lived in Australia where I  … [see more]

"Be an action-based optimist"

Louka Parry

Director of Programs | Education Changemakers

Melbourne/Adelaide, Australia

Most days I work with incredible humans to unleash innovation in education by supporting passionate teachers and leaders to make change, be that small steps or moonshots. There much work to do to ensure that every kid gets an education worth having but there are true anonymous extraordinaries who are making a better world place  … [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]

"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]

"PR on Purpose"

Karen Porter

Creative Director | Underground Communications

Sydney, Australia

I run a boutique Public Relations agency in Sydney. Our focus is on helping conscious businesses share their purpose and story with the wider community, with an emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility. I have a goal to change corporate culture to ensure that organisations work with a more ethical approach to their impact on all  … [see more]

"We are ships at sea, not ducks on a pond: Navigate the unknown."

Graeme Harrison

Executive VP Marketing | Biamp Systems

Portland, OR, United States

The work stuff is that I look after the Sales, Marketing and Product Management departments of Biamp Systems, a leading global manufacturer of professional AV equipment for fixed installation. I've been working in this industry for several decades and my main role is planning strategy for our company and looking at long-term trends. I am  … [see more]

Jonathan Bielski

Artistic Director | Auckland Festival

Auckland, New Zealand

Previously Director, Programming at Sydney Opera House, now leading Auckland Festival from 2018. … [see more]

"Seeking Jedi Master/Investor for building high performance team."

Sarah Jane Pell

Artist, Astronaut Candidate

Melbourne, Australia

A TED Fellow and Australia Council Fellow in Experimental and Emerging Arts, Sarah reimagines the boundaries of creative practice during high-risk operations as an occupational diver, simulation astronaut and spaceflight candidate to hack creativity and peek performance for future Suborbital Earth and Lunar missions. Through expressive acts and testing provocative interactive designs in space analogue  … [see more]

"Be grateful"

jamil GS

Photographer - Director - manager for ALO WALA | Jamil GS Studio/Nectar TV agency

Copenhagen, Denmark

I am a by-product of Be-Bop, in cultural terms, being that my father, Sahib Shihab was one of the founding members of Bebop Jazz from New York. Professionally I am a Photographer and Director and also consults creatively. I live and work between Copenhagen, New York and London and I have a weak spot for  … [see more]

"Music / disruption / food / travel / health / minimal."

Andrew Lane

Co-founder & CEO | Genero

Melbourne, Australia

I co-founded Genero, a global community of 300,000 filmmakers, combined with a software platform that manages the entire video production process. We have offices in London, Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne, where we were founded. … [see more]

Elizabeth Tyson

Investigator, Organizer, Physical Artist

Washington, D.C., United States

Environmentalist. Scientist. Designer. Physical Artist. Flow. Beauty. My current position is a Program Associate in the Science and Technology Innovation Program and I conduct original research and host strategic workshops to support community science and civic participation in furthering environmental protection and governance and diverse stakeholder collaboration and cooperation. I completed a dual-degree M.S. in  … [see more]

"The Future of Corporate Wellness"

Debriana Berlin

Founder | Yoga Incorporated & Kiss The Sky

Washington DC, United States

My goal is to change the way we physically interact at work. I've seen trust and solidarity explode among colleagues when touch accomplishes what words cannot. Through my company, Yoga Incorporated, I'm developing theories on how to evolve the way we use our bodies at work. YI provides wellness services to the U.S. government, allowing  … [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]

"Entertaining Ideas"

LIsa George

Director | By George & Co

Sydney, Australia

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

"Ideas excite me!"

Joan Margaret Anderson

Editor | SGI (Soka Gakkai International)

Tokyo, Japan

I have been in Japan for nearly 20 years, working for the SGI Buddhist association which has been an excellent place to encounter interesting people from around the world. The challenge of communicating what socially engaged, community based Buddhism is has kept me busy and as my language skills have improved, and my love of  … [see more]

Gavin Dixon

Commercialisation Manager | University of Wollongong

Wollongong, Australia

I help translate university research into use with a track record of products/services across disciplines of medicine, physical science, engineering and social science. I have a background in the medical sciences (neurobiology) and have been an AU patent and trademarks attorney since 2006. I mentor students and others in aspects of business development. I ran  … [see more]

"Gesellschaft für Kunst und Kulturtechniken"

Wolf Guenter Thiel

M.A. | Old School

Berlin, Germany

cultural researcher in the fields of comparative studies. i work as a rearcher, editor, publisher and as the head of the cultural institution Old School close to Berlin. My expertise involves at large asian cultural studies and aspects of cultural management on an international level. … [see more]

"Making saving the world groovy and fun..."

Scott Bolden

Sustainable Solutions Developer and Designer | Das Baumhaus Berlin

Berlin, Germany

I have degrees in Art and Engineering and practical experience in those fields as well as in systems, product, interior, and architectural design. I also have experience in music and event production as well as a broad range of activities having to do with sustainable development. if a system is sustainable then it means it  … [see more]

"bring on the new ecological civilisation"

Nell Schofield

Project Manager | Solar Citizens

Sydney, Australia

I create events and projects to inspire the renewable revolution we all want to see. After working in television and radio for many years as a presenter/producer/reporter, I now use those skills to help the environment movement reach out to new audiences. I love making short films, surfing with dolphins and teaching yoga asanas. … [see more]

"entertain/ educate/ illuminate"

Teri Orr

curator/alchemist/ex director | park city institute

Park City, Utah, United States

I curate and present performing arts and more, in multiple venues, in this old mining town turned four season world class resort. I love introducing new ideas to my small town that is connected internationally. I am a former editor of the local newspaper here and still write a weekly column (sometimes weakly) as I  … [see more]

"Jump off the cliff and build your wings on the way down."

David Roach

Screenwriter & Director | Two Heads Media

Wombarra, Australia

I love good stories. I love hearing them, watching them, reading them, writing them. I love working with good people to turn good stories into great films. Fiction and non-fiction. Theatrical features, documentaries and television. My films have won lots of awards including AACTA's, AWGIE's & Critic's Circle. And they've been released around the world  … [see more]

"experience (y)our humanity"

Murali Maheswaran

Social Evolutionary & Entrepreneur | thestilldynamic

Melbourne, Australia

I have always dreamed of a safe, free world, one where each person is invited to accept their unique arising and share its beauty. Growing up in Africa, in the shadow of apartheid and the Cold War, to emigrant parents - this was important to me at a profound level. In many ways this makes  … [see more]

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