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Behold our global network of thinkers and doers: creative, wise & engaged; thoughtful people doing good work. Use the filtering widget to browse in grid or list view.

   

Adam Alter

Writer and Professor | New York University Stern School of Business

New York, United States

I study human judgment and decision-making: why we do, say, feel, and think what we do, and how the world we inhabit shapes those thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Most recently I've been trying to understand why we spend so much time in front of screens--phones, tablets, computers, TVs--and how screen time changes how we experience  … [see more]

Nick Hazell

R&D Director

Sydney, Australia

Once an Aerospace engineer, Ex R+D Director of Pepsico and Mars, I am now a Consultant and Inventor working on Product, Technology and Business innovations in FMCG. Staff member of UTS's groundbreaking Bachelors of Creative Intelligence and Innovation degree and a fellow of Cambridge University Institute for Manufacturing, I am passionate about food and innovation  … [see more]

Peter Goldie

Partner | Category Design Advisors

Born: Toronto, Now: San Francisco, United States

I'm a marketer, product/business/strategy guy, and an entrepreneur. I'm currently focused on the emerging discipline of Category Design, the art and science of creating a business category you can dominate. In the past, I've started an innovative retail business with my wife; helped create a couple of market dominating software businesses: Maya and Flash (for  … [see more]

"Keep an open mind, don't be afraid of change, learn to love the unknown"

Andrew de Ville

Designer - Entrepreneur

Sydney, Australia

25+ years experience as a senior product/service designer in London, Director of Operations and four times entrepreneur/startup experience within Telecommunications, Education, Cloud CRM and SaaS Collaboration Platform. Consulting over the last seven years in Australia in the areas of New Growth Innovation, Service Design, Product Design, Organisational Design, Customer Experience and Business Strategy within leading  … [see more]

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

Kristina Dryza

Global Director, Trends & Futures | House of Brand Group

Sydney, Australia

As a trend forecaster for 10+ 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]

"Architecture is alchemy, not just hard work"

Jan Golembiewski

Director | Psychological Design

Sydney, Australia

I'm an architect and a researcher in architectural design psychology. My buildings and my research is about the architecture we inhabit , the ways it affects our health and behaviour and what we can do to improve our lives simply through design. Somehow, during my PhD, I stumbled into the centre of current thinking about  … [see more]

"Listen, observe. Then create."

Karina Seljak

Co-Founder/Director | Seljak Brand

Sydney, Australia

I am a designer and story teller based in Sydney. I use my powers to ride the transformational wave to a new way of making and consuming things. My company Seljak Brand uses textile waste to make recycled blankets at a mill in Tasmania, with an eye to expand to other waste streams and new  … [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]

"Every problem is an opportunity of having fun"

Liu Yan

Social Entrepreneur | School of Gumption

Singapore, Singapore

At School of Gumption, we build skills, learning experience and networks needed for purpose driven entrepreneurs or intrapreneur to become a better leader of positive impact, of which entrepreneurial mindset is an important skill for everyone, regardless of their topic and positions … [see more]

Ayse Nur Özcan

Programs Manager | Impact Hub Istanbul

Istanbul, Turkey

Ayse Nur is a globetrotter with experience in social businesses and NGO’s in Asia, Africa, Europe and the U.S. She previously worked for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at the Yunus Centre, Bangladesh. Following her return to Turkey, she worked as a manager in prominent social enterprises. She has experience in project management,  … [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]

"redefining success in buiness"

Alicia Darvall

Executive Director | B Lab Australia & New Zealand

Melbourne, Australia

B Lab is a nonprofit that serves a global movement of entrepreneurs using the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. B Lab serves these entrepreneurs through several initiatives that help them attract the customers, talent, and capital to scale. B Lab Australia & New Zealand has been established by the founding Australian  … [see more]

"no job too big. no job too small. no job too medium."

Laurie Rosenwald

designer, painter, mistakes on purpose workshop holder | rosenworld.com

nyc, United States

I am a painter, author, and principal of rosenworld, a design, illustration and animation studio. Actually there is no studio; I usually work alone, and rosenworld doesn’t exist. In spite of this, rosenworld.com was launched in 1995. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design, and have taught at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design,  … [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]

"Live life, take flights."

Antonio Dixon

Director | SunPowerd Innovations

New York/Accra, Ghana, United States

I love to travel and connect people and companies. I just finished a two year trip around the world. Having lived in Jamaica, NY, London, Germany, Hong Kong, and Rio de Janeiro I love being around people from different parts of the world. I consult and represent companies on expanding Internationally, and Import/Export company. I'm  … [see more]

"Optimise for happiness, everything will come."

Tung Nguyen

General Manager, Digital | Redkite

Sydney, Australia

I help people and organisations navigate the journey from who they are now and who they want to be. Taking processes, tools and mythologies from leading innovative organisations and modifying them so that they can work for smaller organisations or NFPs (because every organisation is different). … [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]

"Valuing creativity, one Partnership at a time"

Kate Dezarnaulds

NFP Director & Business Development Consultant | Organisations....

Berry, Australia

I am a business development consultant currently working on major projects for StartupAUS, TEDxSydney and The Chaser Lecture & Dinner. I regularly speak at conferences on sponsorship trends and judge industry awards and see my role as an advocate and a campaigner for a self-sustaining cultural and entrepreneurial sector. My love of the arts and  … [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]

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]

"Entertaining Ideas"

LIsa George

Director | By George & Co

Sydney, Australia

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

"growing demand for design"

Mark Bergin

Founder | DRIVENxDESIGN - THE DESIGN 100

Blairgowrie, Australia

I'm DRIVENxDESIGN - founded the DESIGN SUMMIT TOUR and [city] design awards - NYC - SFO - CHI - LON - BRL - HKG - MEL - SYD DRIVENxDESING celebrates courage through 11 design awards programs. All programs are marketplace centric and offer an opportunity to recognise those that are defining tomorrow. When I'm not  … [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]

"Swim against the stream, work, rest and lots of play"

Iain Ainsworth

Company Owner/Marketier | WHITE LINE®

London, Great Britain

I am having the time of my life not only running my businesses but by doing what i enjoy, working with the people that share my passion for the details, those that dared to dream. I am currently involved in the worlds of travel & lifestyle - working with strong independent souls and products that  … [see more]

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