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"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]

"Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity. Horace Mann"

Marc Buckley

Sustainable Futurist, Climate Speaker and Serial Entrepreneur | ALOHAS ECO-Center

Hamburg, Germany

As a UN SDG Advocate, I am on a mission to empower Billions of Global Citizens to live an Adaptive Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability within our planetary boundaries. I am striving to globally reform the agriculture, food and beverage industry. I do this in several ways; by speaking globally on Climate Change and Food  … [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]

"A World with 7 Billion Entrepreneurs"

Sho Hayashi

Ecosystem Builder | EdgeOf - Incubation Center at the heart of TOKYO.

Kobe, Japan

Our team is launching an 8-story incubation center named EdgeOf at the heart of Tokyo - 2min walk from the famous Shibuya crossing. Entrepreneurship has always been my passion. In 2010, I founded Bizjapan, a non-profit platform that supports university students in Japan to find their passion and launch their own project. Having received education  … [see more]

Ginger Briggs

Writer, editor, content marketer | Shebah

Melbourne, Australia

My first book, Staunch, was published in 2012 by Affirm Press. I've written other stuff, of course, including a five-year stint as a Big Issue columnist and an essay in the anthology She's Having a Laugh. My forthcoming novel is, well, still forthcoming. I have a day job at the rideshare startup Shebah. Actually, it's  … [see more]

Michael Josefowicz

Retired | none

Brooklyn, United States

In 1972 I co-founded and managed Red Ink Productions in NYC. Clients included galleries, museums, and leading edge designers. RI was a project management service for print centric product. In 1999 I co-founded Chapbook.com. Printed paperback books in classroom editions of 30 for student writing. Had 2500 users spread in every state in the USA.  … [see more]

"Research designer, author, filmmaker, lecturer, facilitator"

Nora Bateson

President | International Bateson Institute

Stockholm & San Francisco, Sweden

My life & work is about increasing perception of the interrelationality that creates life. Since living systems are everywhere, I work with many sectors, generations, cultures and professionals. The spectrum of people and places I work with is a wondrous laboratory of context comparison... for mutual learning, for the ever lasting study of interdependency and  … [see more]

"Exploration. Innovation. Adventure. Design."

Amy Ilyse Rosenthal

Design Partner | Model 10 Electra

Beverly Hills, United States

I’m a recognized design leader and entrepreneur with deep expertise in user experience design, product strategy, product management, design management, brand architecture, marketing, and design thinking. I've held executive roles at Disney, Scripps Networks, Yahoo and Corbis. My experience spans devices, mediums and environments, in domains including storytelling and entertainment, healthcare, banking, personal finance, parenting,  … [see more]

"Making Investments work in the long-term for all"

Simon Fraser

Chairman | F&C Investment Trust

London, Great Britain

I worked at Fidelity International for 28 years, joining as an analyst and spending a number of years in Japan, overseeing investments for the Asia/Pacific region. I returned to the UK in 1999 to take up the position of Chief Investment Officer, a position I held until 2005. I now sit on multiple boards of  … [see more]

"whose brain is in the networks and whose soul is with the water sprites"

Kat Austen

Artist | UCL / freelance

Berlin, Germany

I am an interdisciplinary practitioner with a passion for the environment, digital media and understanding the world’s complex networks. I now work creatively as a researcher, designer and community engagement specialist at the intersection of arts, science and technology. I have excellent project management and team working skills, honed over the last 15 years of  … [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]

"Let's make the world a playground, not a battlefield."

Ladeja GODINA KOSIR

LEADER & CONNECTOR | CIRCULAR CHANGE

Ljubljana, Slovenia

I am like a ball in a pinball:) Following my intuition, exploring, learning, communicating, connecting. Backed by experiences earned in executive positions in creative industries, I like to challenge old business models, patterns and paradigms in a creative way. I am a connector and marketing-communications professional with 20 years’ experience in the Adriatic region. Enjoying  … [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]

Rhiona-Jade Armont

Journalist / Digital Producer

Sydney, Australia

I am a journalist and digital producer currently at SBS Australia, formerly with Al Jazeera in Kuala Lumpur as part of the team on 101 East, Al Jazeera’s in-depth, weekly current affairs programme. Previously I worked in the ABC newsroom, founded Channel J TV at UTS, and produced the breakfast shift at 2SER. As a  … [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]

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]

"Quietly stir up trouble and find interesting people to do it with"

Hunter Page

Head of New Business Opportunities | Regnan Governance Research and Engagement

Sydney, Australia

I am an entrepreneurially minded business professional, really enthused by the broader impact of sustainable investment. Out of concern for where the world's current version of capitalism is headed, I joined the small but influential Regnan. I believe the weight of money in the superannuation and pension fund industry, along with their fiduciary duty to  … [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]

"The wound is the gift"

Judith McLean

Professor | QUT/QPAC

Brisbane, Australia

In 2014 Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) announced a partnership to jointly establish the position of Chair in Arts Education. I am the inaugural Chair and currently QPAC’s Scholar in Residence. I'm excited be people who love learning and are curious about how we humans are the way we  … [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]

"Less is the new more."

Karrie Jacobs

writer, teacher, urbanista | myriad

Brooklyn, United States

I write about architecture, design, cities, travel and things that are tangentially related for a variety of magazines. And I teach students at SVA's grad program in design criticism how to interpret and develop a well-informed attitude about the city around them. I've written 1.5 books (The Perfect $100,000 House and Angry Graphics) and may  … [see more]

"Pay Attention"

Scott Stowell

proprietor | Open

New York NY, United States

Since 1998, I’ve been doing business as Open--and as such have survived by staying small, specialized in not really specializing in anything in particular, and (according to the Cooper-Hewitt museum) embraced “an open notion of the term ‘office,’ inviting different participants to every project.” As it turns out, everything is connected and everything is an  … [see more]

Matt Levinson

Communication Manager | Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore

Sydney, Australia

Matt Levinson is a communications strategist with experience developing and driving effective traditional and digital campaign strategies at the local, state and national level. As communications manager for Sydney mayor Clover Moore, he coordinates large scale communication and community engagement projects, manages emerging issues, and positions and advises senior leaders. Matt led communications for the  … [see more]

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