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Alli Hornstein

Creative Strategy + Business/Experience Design

New York, United States

A systems thinker focused on human-centered design, I bring over a decade of experience working at the intersection of technology, design and business innovation. I help companies uncover strategic opportunities and leverage insights to design experiences that bridge the gap between product and brand. Functional focus: Researching human behavior/ market trends/ emerging tech to inform  … [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]

"Use what you have in your hands to create social impact"

Ralf Lippold

Strategic Process Specialist | HTxA - HighTech x Agency

Dresden, Germany

I am a passionate economist and lean thinker pulled by the value of the intersection between arts, science, and exponential technologies catalyzing the transformation of social and economic challenges into elegant ways with currently available resources. I have lived the first half my life in Western Germany, grew up with Apollo, "Fantastic Voyage" and explored  … [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]

Tony Fross

Vice President | North America Practice Lead, Digital Customer Experience | Capgemini Consulting

New York City, United States

My mission is to pave the way for others to achieve their goals. In the context of business, I spend my time helping organizational leaders transform their organizations. My tools and methods are heavily influenced by the collaborative creative problem solving work pioneered by Osborn and Parnes and furthered by many others, too numerous to  … [see more]

"Ideas worth spreading"

Cyndi Stivers

Director, TED Residency/Special events curator | TED Conferences

New York, United States

I'm encourager-in-chief of the TED Residency, an idea incubator at TED headquarters in New York. I started out in hot-type newspapers and have since shepherded media startups and reinvigorated venerable brands on nearly every platform, including magazines, television, radio and online, right back to the early days of the consumer internet.?? From 1995 to 2005,  … [see more]

"Always be ready"

Andrèz Coco

Service design lead | Innovation consultant | Marketing & Strategy

Sydney, Australia

I have been working as a Service design, Innovation and Marketing professional for the past decade in Europe, Africa, South-America and most recently in Australia. Some of my recent design and innovation roles have been with Vodafone, Qantas Loyalty, the United Nations and Future Transport. I currently works at NAB labs (innovation lab). I was born and  … [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

As a UN SDG Advocate, 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  … [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]

"A World with 7 Billion Entrepreneurs"

Sho Hayashi

Ecosystem Builder | EdgeOf - Incubation Center at the heart of TOKYO.

Kobe, Japan

Our team is launching an 8-story incubation center named EdgeOf at the heart of Tokyo - 2min walk from the famous Shibuya crossing. Entrepreneurship has always been my passion. In 2010, I founded Bizjapan, a non-profit platform that supports university students in Japan to find their passion and launch their own project. Having received education  … [see more]

"Love alive, generative people, projects, places, platforms"

Todd Porter

Ecosystem Builder | EDGEof

Tokyo, Japan

Early work with pioneers at the forward edge ranging from Bill Drayton (godfather of social entrepreneurship & founder of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public), Michael Ray (creativity expert at Stanford Business School), and Chris Anderson (serial entrepreneur & TED Conference)...now in Asia for 8 years with global impact portfolio and global community of peer ecosystem  … [see more]

"Live life, take flights."

Antonio Dixon

VP | SunPowerd Innovations

New York/Nairobi, United States

I strongly believe that in order to change the world, you need to know the world. I feel that engaging with entrepreneurs who are driving development in their home countries will giveme a better human understanding of global challenges. I just finished a two year trip around the world. Having lived in Jamaica, NY, London,  … [see more]

"In permanent reinvention, learning and flow."

Fabian Szulanski

Co-Founder | The Values Foundation

Buenos Aires, Argentina

I wear several hats. In prehistoric times I was an Engineer. Nowadays i'm considered and play several roles as an iconoclast, an innovator, a visionary, a professor, a facilitator, a mentor, a learning and decision coach, an entrepreneur and a consultant, not necessarily in that order. I enjoy my workplaylearn, and other of my mottos  … [see more]

"If the Gods are watching, then put on a good show."

Dee Anderson

Innovation | Education New Zealand

Christchurch, New Zealand

A decade in the music industry led to consulting in the arts and culture sector bringing REMIX to Sydney, a global summit exploring the intersection between Culture, Technology and Entrepreneurship. Currently I am heading up some exciting innovation projects for the tertiary sector in New Zealand. I also consult in International Government relations with a  … [see more]

"Awakening the Heart of our Humanity"

Anneloes Smitsman

Founder & CEO | EARTHwise Centre

Tamarin, Mauritius

I am a storyteller, an alchemist, a WISEwoman, an innovator and ecologist. My passion is to support people and organisations to raise their standards, awaken their heart, and actualise our true potential in the Spirit of Ubuntu. I founded EARTHwise Centre as a wisdom-based collaboratory for bringing into life the new thriveable system designs &  … [see more]

"Creative interdisciplinarian by nature"

Jonathan Evans

Principal | buildings + food Inc.

West New York, New Jersey, United States

My creative path - art, architecture, urban design and planning, exhibition planning and administration, and museum-related business development - has been sustained by a tenuous but still holding right brain left brain equilibrium. I'm looking to mix it up in new ways with a bunch of talented, wild and crazy, fun-loving folks. … [see more]

"Rethink, Redefine, Ideate, Build, Bridge, Impact"

Yau Boon Lim

Co-Founder | dsignthinkr LLP

Singapore, Singapore

A graduate from School of Architecture, and MBA in International Business, I started my journey in designing and building homes, before embarking on a long career in marketing and strategy for enterprise software and info-comm technology innovators such as IBM, Motorola and SAP. With background in architecture, I evolved into a proponent in design thinking,  … [see more]

"Understand. Adapt. Thrive."

Kaila Colbin

Ambassador | Singularity University

Christchurch, New Zealand

I'm the Australian and New Zealand Ambassador for the Silicon Valley-based Singularity University, founded by tech titans Ray Kurzweil and Peter Diamandis. In February 2018, we're bringing the first ever SingularityU Summit to Australia. The 3-day event will cover not only exponential technologies like artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and digital biology, but also their implications:  … [see more]

"Business - Life Coach helping husband and wife family businesses to Make Business Fun again"

Roland Hanekroot

Founder | New Perspectives Business Coaching

Sydney, Australia

I AM A BUSINESS/LIFE COACH, MENTOR AND ADVISER In my coaching programs, I help Small Business Owners, especially in family business and husband and wife partnerships, feel great about themselves and their business by making Business Fun again and by helping them build great businesses that sustain them for years to come. MY MISSION ...  … [see more]

Martin Wezowski

Chief Designer & Futurist | SAP's Chief Innovation Office

Berlin, Germany

I have been loving and living design and innovation my whole career. I moved across a range of disciplines from UX, to system design to be leading design as a strategic innovation instrument. Right now, I am on the mission to map, build and inspire a future we want to live in. As Chief Designer  … [see more]

Susannah Yeung

Head of Brand and Marketing | Summer Land Camels

Sydney, Australia

I'm drawn to ventures that challenge the status quo and engage audiences to think differently about solutions to problems. I've worked in Australia and overseas with creative organisations including Crispin Porter + Bogusky and Saatchi & Saatchi and TEDxSydney, helping brands design strategic creative solutions for products, services and experiences. At the heart of all  … [see more]

"Soft Skills Training and Coaching"

Michael Gencher

Soft Skills Trainer & Coach | The Business Lifesaver

Sydney, Australia

Working with individuals and teams to improve effectiveness and efficiency in delivering tangible outcomes and solutions. … [see more]

Peter Sprague

Entrepreneur, Chairman & Founder | HEARGLASS

Lenox, United States

I started wanting to be a journalist. I had an overwhelming curiosity about practically everything. An urge to get out of town, out of the known, discover what was on the other side of the hill even if it was another hill. My numerous entrepreneurial endeavors include the revival of the English car manufacturer, Aston  … [see more]

"Responsibly providing the best brands for the best bars."

James France

Founder | Vanguard Luxury Brands

Sydney, Australia

I have worked with major liquor companies in Australia and the US since the early 1990's and started up Vanguard Luxury Brands in 2008. My company imports and distributes the best spirits from Australia and around the world, into the best bars and liquor stores across Australia and NZ. We have fun at every step  … [see more]

"Dolaborate and solve problems together!"

Moritz Gekeler

Collaboration Experience Officer | Dolaborate

New Delhi, India

In 2015 I founded DOLABORATE GmbH as a consultancy for creative collaboration and participatory design. Together with friends and partners around the world I help companies, teams and individuals to solve problems together. What fascinates me most about my work: The diversity of the projects and the different people I can work with every day.  … [see more]

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