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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]

"Where Storytelling Meets Technology"

Karen Palmer

Multi-Disciplinary Immersive filmmaker | I.F. Interactive Film

New York, United States

My work merges film, story telling, technology and neuroscience to create emotionally responsive cognitive film experiences that inspire and empower. My practice involves creating a sense of mindfulness and "being in the moment" to simulate a physiological and spiritual journey through storytelling and technology. I was recently honoured as part of the Digital Dozen Break  … [see more]

Nick Hazell

R&D Director

Sydney, Australia

Once an Aerospace engineer, Ex R+D Director of Pepsico and Mars, I am now a Consultant and Inventor working on Product, Technology and Business innovations in FMCG. Staff member of UTS's groundbreaking Bachelors of Creative Intelligence and Innovation degree and a fellow of Cambridge University Institute for Manufacturing, I am passionate about food and innovation  … [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]

"When women thrive their ecosystem will flourish."

Leslie Santos

Women's Resilience Coach | Leslie Santos Coaching

San Francisco, United States

I am a resilience coach. My purpose is to help women resolve trauma and integrate their central nervous system so they can thrive. I believe when women thrive their ecosystem will flourish. … [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]

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]

Ophelia Cowell

Director, Economic Evaluation and Analysis | NSW Treasury

Sydney, Australia

The best thing about my job is that it's about appraising and reforming policy to get better outcomes. I hold a Master of Science and a Masters of Public Administration through the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG). … [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]

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]

Grig Richters

Executive Director | Asteroid Day

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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

Eddie Harran

Explorer-in-Residence | Deloitte Centre for the Edge

Melbourne, Australia

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

"Innovate with your finances"

Sophie Grimbert Tweed

IFA | VIA

Toulouse, France

Curious & eager to learn families stories, choices and objectives. … [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]

"make my life extra-ordinary and worthy"

Hugh Hyung-uk Choi

future designer | innovation catalyst | technology strategist | co-founder of Pan Asia Network

Seoul, Korea, Republic of

I am a future designer and CEO at future designers. I am also an entrepreneur, an eco-system builder, an innovation catalyst, a connector, and a new technology strategist. I was formerly a director of numerous R&D projects at Samsung Electronics, including wireless communication, home networks, mobile devices and emerging technologies. My main expertise is the  … [see more]

"Improving cardiac care, beat by beat."

Rob Phillips

CEO/Medical Research/Ass Prof | Uscom Limited/UQ

Sydney, Australia

Innovative communicator and educator with a mission to develop non-invasive and accurate medical devices to replace invasive and inaccurate medical technologies. I am the founder of Uscom Limited and inventor of the USCOM 1A, a revolutionary medical technology for cardiovascular monitoring which is changing global cardiovascular practice and improving health care. … [see more]

"The visionary is the only true realist (Fellini)"

Andrew Westcombe

Technical Editor | Australian Digital Health Agency

Sydney, Australia

I'm trained as a philosopher, but pay the bills as an editor, working closely with experts across the gamut of health, IT, and everything in between. It's good work, that ultimately will save many lives and a great deal of money, albeit in a very abstract way. In a similarly abstract way, I see philosophy  … [see more]

"Defending Earth Against Asteroids"

Danica Remy

Chief Operating Officer | B612 Foundation

MILL VALLEY, United States

I am the COO of B612 Foundation, the mission of which is to defend the earth against asteroids. More information in the links section below. Most recently I helped co-found Asteroid Day a United Nations recognized day of education and awareness. I have successfully led operations for several cutting edge organizations, with expertise in information  … [see more]

"Innovate, adapt and overcome"

John McMahon

Director | Kaiser McMahon Group

Sydney, Australia

I work with government, companies and individuals and help them enjoy the technology in their lives more, by making that technology work better for them. This goal is a common thread through the various roles and jobs that I have had, and it often bubbles up in my personal relationships. I am passionate about how  … [see more]

Elizabeth Tyson

Investigator, Organizer, Physical Artist

Washington, D.C., United States

Environmentalist. Scientist. Designer. Physical Artist. Flow. Beauty. My current position is a Program Associate in the Science and Technology Innovation Program and I conduct original research and host strategic workshops to support community science and civic participation in furthering environmental protection and governance and diverse stakeholder collaboration and cooperation. I completed a dual-degree M.S. in  … [see more]

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