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"Create desirable and lasting impact"

Nancy Birkhölzer

Managing Partner | IXDS

Berlin, Germany

I empower individuals, teams & organizations to create desirable lasting impact. Before joining IXDS in 2012 I established Fjord's German studio in 2007, grew it to a team of 50 in my role as MD and then took on a Group Director role to build Fjord's global Service Design Academy. Fjord was sold to Accenture  … [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

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 Reform. Also by consulting and  … [see more]

"“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Lewis Carroll"

Itai Talmi

Founder CEO | BORN PARTNERS

Tel Aviv, Israel

WE CREATE BESPOKE FUTURES IN A WILD WORLD BORN IS A NEW KIND OF A FUTURES RESEARCH & STRATEGY FIRM, SUITED FOR BOLD IDEAS & ORGANIZATIONS IN A WILD WORLD. BORN. WE SERVE FUTURE PIONEERS. TRANSFORMATIVE INNOVATION. WE LIVE IN A NEW ERA. AN ERA OF UNPRECEDENTED AND SUDDEN RADICAL TRANSITIONS. THESE CONSTANT SEISMIC SHIFTS  … [see more]

Will Berman

Student | Iovine-Young Academy at USC

New York, United States

I am currently a student in the Iovine-Young Academy at USC (http://iovine-young.usc.edu/), an interdisciplinary program that aims to teach students to think seamlessly across art, technology, business, and design. My experience lies predominantly in design -- when I was 15 I started a raw denim company, Unwashed Denim, out of my bedroom which eventually sparked  … [see more]

"Creativity = Imagination + Action"

Nati Sang

CEO & Founder | Makerspace Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand

I am an Entrepreneur, Inventor, Venture Capitalist, Educator, LEGO Certified Facilitator and a former Buddhist monk. I created Makerspace Thailand as a Community Innovation Lab that provides the tools, knowledge, and opportunity necessary for anyone to be an Innovator. … [see more]

"Envisaging the future to create a bridge to today"

Sam Bucolo

Design Strategy

Brisbane, Australia

I seek to enable businesses to grow and remain relevant through Design Led Innovation; while ensuring higher education programs evolve to match this structural industry shift. To achieve this I sit at the intersection of academia and industry and leverage networks to drive change through a design lens. … [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]

"Clever, consistent, purposeful communication"

Vicki Forbes

Communication Specialist

Sydney, Australia

I am a communication specialist with extensive experience in corporate communications, stakeholder management, publications, and media relations in both agency and in-house settings. I am organised, creative, and focused, and am driven by meaningful work and a passion for delivering consistent and purposeful communications that genuinely connect and engage with others. I believe that our  … [see more]

"Where Innovation Takes Shape"

Rob Grey

CEO / Founder | Rocketfuel

Cape Town, South Africa

I'm blessed with an amazing family. My wife, who has proved to be my rock time and time again. My two kids have taught me see the world through different lenses and who I learn from every day. We live an amazing life in CapeTown, South Africa. As an outdoor family we are always training  … [see more]

"In the end it is all about life."

David Carlson

Strategic creative director | david.se

Falsterbo, Sweden

I have been working with design strategy and creative direction for more than 25 years. A year ago I released a book called Make Design Matter, a pocket size guide to meaningful design. I'm a board member of Svensk Form, the design association mandated by the Swedish government to promote Swedish design. My social life  … [see more]

"I build, fund and grow new ventures"

Dave Lim

Polymath, provocateur, possibility and pioneer | IdeasWorthDoing.org

Singapore, Singapore

I bring and build ideas into reality. I am at TEDx Ambassador, Singularity U alum, and have been cofounder of Innovation X at The Coca-Cola Company, a venture capitalist in a $ 1bil Asia Pacific fund growing >200 companies, a high tech entreprenuer in Silicon Valley and Asia, innovation catalyst, a digital environmentalist at EarthHour-WWF,  … [see more]

"Make stuff happen | Create magical connections | Educate | Inspire | Innovate"

Sarah Roocroft

Innovator • Design Thinker • Mumpreneur • Founder Sienna Baby & The Wonder Tribe | The Wonder Tribe • Sienna Baby

Melbourne, Australia

I am wired to create and connect; obsessed with wonder, productivity, creativity, innovation and curious about all things, the weirder the better. I am passionate about normalising flexibility, mumpreneurs, women in business. I produce mind altering events. I am the founder of The Wonder Tribe, a creative consultancy to create the kind of culture you  … [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]

"Developing engaging education for future design thinkers"

Jens Gijbels

Founder | Fundamentals Academy

Eindhoven, Netherlands

After working in higher education for about 7 years, building programs together with design entrepreneurs and academics, I felt the need to accelerate these changes in education. So, I started my own company: Fundamentals Academy. I truly believe it's an honour if you are trusted with juniors' time for development. The people in my teams  … [see more]

Jochen Schweitzer

Director | UTS Business School

Sydney, Australia

My teaching, research and consulting is in strategy, innovation and entrepreneurship with a special interest is design thinking, data science, urban planning and open innovation. I work at the Business School of the University of Technology Sydney where I am a Senior Lecturer and Director for the MBA Entrepreneurship. I am also the Founder of  … [see more]

"Creating Locally | Impacting Globally"

Anna-Marie Wallace

Artist | Designer | Innovator | Made OF Australia

Byron Bay Hinterland, Australia

I'm a multidisciplinary creative who works both alone & collaboratively, producing engaging & thought provoking work; sometimes functional, sometimes impractical, but always ethically & mindfully produced. Primarily I create functional ceramics for creative chefs globally, one-off works for galleries (with Australian clays, native textiles, & indigenous timbers), & engage with others to help grow their  … [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]

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]

"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]

"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]

Janus Huang

Founder & CEO & Designer | Taipei Base Design Center

Taipei, Taiwan

A cross-field business operator, who has more than 20 years design working experience and am honored as one of the most influential 50 designers. The design fields include interior space design, architecture space design, product design and visual design, also one of quite less Asian that has won 4 highest global design award. The team  … [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]

"Build shit. Don't bullshit."

Scott Kilmartin

Ecommerce | The Ecommerce Whisperer

EAST BRUNSWICK, Australia

Exited haul.com.au (a bag and accessory brand making product from upcycled advertising billboards I built over 13 years from a market stall in Tasmania to being stocked on the shelves of the some of the world's best design stores). Started playing in the online space in the later 90's. Moved into eCommerce in 2000 and  … [see more]

euan wilcox

Managing Director | Vivant

Sydney, Australia

I am an entrepreneurial digital professional who has thrived on category-changing business opportunities throne open by digital technologies over the last 20 years. I am currently Managing Director at Vivant (working on both client and venture funded projects); and immediately prior was Senior Vice President, South East Asia for Razorfish. I have always had a  … [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]

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