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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]

"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]

"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]

"Rethink Yourself after 50"

Joanna Maxwell

Educator and Advocate | Work In Colour Pty Limited

Sydney, Australia

I've fully recovered from my initial career as a corporate lawyer, and now help people in their 40s, 50s and beyond to reinvent their work and lives, so they can reclaim their future and create the life they want for the coming decades. I work with individuals and employers to find ways to maximise the  … [see more]

"Rage against the corners."

Leah Alissa Bayer

Project Manager & Designer | William Maston Architect & Associates

Mountain View, CA, United States

Leah's big-picture visioning and integrated, R&D-style approach to architecture stems from her multi-discipline background. In 2014 she graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture and Minor in Fine Arts from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and, prior to architecture, Leah studied structural engineering for four years. Her architectural thesis, MECHA:spore, afforded her the opportunity to investigate  … [see more]

"Ask yourself: If you loved yourself unconditionally, how would your life be? What would you do?"

Unni Turrettini

Writer & Speaker

Oslo, Norway

I'm a former lawyer turned writer, speaker, and involved citizen. Whether exploring the twisted mind of a lone wolf killer or the hubris of the Nobel Peace Prize committee, I shine light on hidden secrets and motivations. Underneath anger there is always great pain. Knowledge of human frailties and the conditioned mind can shed light  … [see more]

Niki Dun

Founder + Director | Design For Development | TEDxEastVan

Vancouver, Canada

Improving quality of life and building community through collaborative design is what I’ve been drawn to so far. My work in social design began with founding Design For Development (DFD), a registered charity that aims to reduce poverty and save lives by designing and producing solutions to basic-needs issues faced by underserved and low resource  … [see more]

"Vivace! (passion!)"

Amy Drill

CEO | botKitchen

Boston, United States

Left-brain, Right-brain global soul sharing my multidextrous talents in the service of humans, brands, and the social communities of culture that bring meaning to the world. Wheelhouse is new products and new/reinventing brands through deep consumer understanding and insights that matter. Help marketing leads navigate the new technologies to drive innovation and growth - at  … [see more]

"Life is sailing! You need to know your vessel and your environment in order to navigate effectively."

Kornelia Dimitrova

Architect | Reefformers

Eindhoven, Netherlands

My creative efforts materialize anywhere in between objects, buildings and scenarios. In my work, I try to reinvent, revise and re-imagine reality and its future. I enjoy working on the border between science and fiction, which I find creatively liberating. … [see more]

"be not only good but good for something"

Alex Cheek

Designer/Corporate Infiltrator

Sydney, Australia

I'm a strategist, designer, and researcher. I use deep insights about people and society to build products, systems, and organisations that demonstrate care and respect for their users. … [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]

"Creating aware and inclusive communities through the platform of the arts."

Caine Chennatt

Audience Development Manager | UWA Cultural Precinct

Perth, Australia

I help foster future-focused, aware and inclusive societies - through multiple platforms, and primarily with the vehicle of arts and cultural engagement. Within the arts and cultural sector, I am busy with the question of how we can make galleries and museums more inclusive - being relevant to the communities we serve as well as  … [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]

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]

"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]

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]

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]

"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]

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