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Niels van der Linden

(Digital) Product Person

Istanbul, Turkey

I love combining digital technology with solutions for real world problems, currently mostly focused on the need and desire of people to learn. I'm a technologist; I keep track of emerging technologies and analyze their potential in different markets and industries. I have a big passion for finding ways to create impact with technology by  … [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]

"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]

Niya Stoimenova

Transformation Conductor

Delft, Netherlands

I design organizational structures and capabilities that help companies create human-centered meaningful innovations. I've worked together with Philips, KLM and Barco. My education in mathematics makes me analytical and rational – qualities that are essential for finding smart solutions and designing systems that work. On the other hand, my background in design and philosophy is  … [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]

"Designs that relate to people"

Birgitta Ralston

Designer / Founder | Ralston & Bau

Dale i Sunnfjord, Norway

I am a lead designer dedicated to crafting prospective scenarios and designing products and spaces. Interested in art and social issues I like to reveal new ideas that appear where they cross. My studio Ralston & Bau pursue the unexpected and unexplored for companies and organisations that relate to people and aim to contribute to  … [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]

"Futurist, Curator, Strategy Facilitator, Coach"

Keke Quei

Futurist, Curator, Entrepreneur | KI Future Lab

Taipei-Shanghai, Taiwan

I am an Organization TourGuide, curating journeys making blueprints with people who care about their shared future and wish to create that future. … [see more]

"Fall in love with the problem, not the solution."

Sean McNamara

Head of Strategic Growth | enso

Los Angeles, United States

I scale creative companies, build brands, and develop teams and talent in fast-growth environments. I have 18+ years of leadership experience in strategic planning, business development, and client service roles. In my current role as Head of Strategic Growth at enso, I help build mission-driven brands and collaborative networks around shared missions to create social  … [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]

"Traditional and normal can go elsewhere"

Elizabeth Ramsey

Founder | Blank Space

Oslo, Norway

Gallery, Workshops, Studios, Community - Visual Communication in Oslo. I was born in Toledo OH (1988). lived in San Francisco for 7 years, and then moved to Norway in 2012. Educated at the Academy of Art University, I have 2 Bachelor's Degrees in Fine Art, one with a focus in traditional illustration and one in  … [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]

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]

"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]

"Buy less - Pay more"

Adrian Newstead

Art Consultant | Cooee Art and Adrian Newstead Fine Art

Sydney, Australia

I am a consultant and entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience working in Aboriginal and Australian Contemporary art. I established Australia's oldest Aboriginal art gallery -Coo-ee Aboriginal art Gallery in 1981. Amongst the many positions I have held have been Founding President of the Aboriginal Art Association of Australia and Director of Aboriginal Tourism  … [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]

"Creating places where people want to be"

Leone Lorrimer

CEO | dwp

Sydney, Australia

I have over 25 years of experience as a major projects architect and strategic planner for the delivery of successful projects from masterplans to iconic buildings. Supplementing more than 20 years as a consultant, I spent 5 years as client to some of the world’s leading architects on 3 iconic museums in the UAE. I  … [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]

"Doing lovely things with lovely people to make the world a lovely place."

Liane Rossler

Artist and designer. | Liane Rossler

Sydney, Australia

Designer, artist, curator. … [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]

"www.dylanfarrell.com"

Dylan Farrell

Principal | Dylan Farrell Design // Hamel + Farrell

Sydney, Australia

My work hopes to grey the lines between the applied and fine arts, as well as challenge the limitations around social structures and norms. … [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]

Eddie Harran

Explorer-in-Residence | Deloitte Centre for the Edge

Melbourne, Australia

Futurist + Temporal Designer. Come say hello on twitter - @eddieharran … [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]

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