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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]

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]

Mick Garnett

Head of Marketing & Communications | Variety NSW

Sydney, Australia

I'm a marketing and communications professional with more than 18 years experience across FMCG, Consumer Durables, Sport, Arts and Social Change. … [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]

"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]

"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]

"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]

"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]

"Don't waste a day!"

Lisa Hresc

Director | Lee Media & Co.

Sydney, Australia

I do what I love and love what I do. My passion is to bring a brand or content to life with multiple and diverse mediums. Producing great experiences for amazing people. I love film, art, music, media, publishing and travel - anything that will transport you to another time and place. With over 25  … [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]

"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]

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]

"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]

"Know the rules then break the rules."

Thomas Oosthuizen

Global Consulting Director | Acceleration

London, Great Britain

Today, life and work is about living with contradictions, paradoxes, risks, fears and uncertainties. These are endemic in the way I work and think. There are no ordinary solutions to the challenges of the times we live in. Nothing inspires me more than to combine knowledge, experience, viewpoints, approaches, insights - and come-up with new  … [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]

"#open #random #supportive"

Anna Blume

Social Capital Strategist, Facilitator | Impact Journey

Berlin, Germany

Based in Berlin, Germany and serving clients worldwide. Anna Blume is a Behavior Trainer, Business Developer, Communication Designer and Social Capital Strategist. Co-Foudner of the Impact Journery and works around the World to support communities. Impact Journey is an outgrowth of Living Bridges Planet, a global facilitator network inspired by strength-based and social capital approaches  … [see more]

Grig Richters

Executive Director | Asteroid Day

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

I am a filmmaker and co-founder of the UN sanctioned Asteroid Day. … [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]

"'Simplexity' & 'Collabovation'"

Anuraj Gambhir

Strategic Advisor & Innovation Evangelist

Sydney, Australia

Anuraj Gambhir is an internationally recognised Strategic Business Advisor, Technology Visionary and Disruptive Innovation Evangelist As an Innovation catalyst Anuraj assists organisations (from mentoring startups to consulting with mature entities) to spearhead their innovation agenda. He has over 25 yrs experience working across the mobile ecosystem spanning 5 continents. A few prominent companies he has  … [see more]

"Helping create the organisations of tomorrow"

Julian Ward

CEO and Founder

Sydney, Australia

I am a behaviourist, founder, futurist, innovator, advisor and investor. I believe disruption is driven by people, not technology. I try to help people see the world more simply, by advising and investing in high impact innovation areas, in order to attain knowledge and insight. With that experience and knowledge, my goal is to help  … [see more]

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