MAKER OF NEW MYTHS
Growing up in India, Denmark, and New England, Aditi’s understanding of culture is unique. She’s seen its variety and similarities, its consistencies and idiosyncrasies, its riches and its flaws. She put this perspective to use as a journalist at ABC News, CNN, and PBS; as a marketing consultant helping Hollywood studios such as Fox, Paramount, and Sony understand diversity and culture; and eventually as a novelist.
Aditi's novels are conscious of our ability to transform by changing the narratives that bind cultures together. Her works include the critically-acclaimed tale Mirror in the Sky (Razorbill/Penguin, 2016) and Library of Fates (July 2017), a feminist historical fantasy set in ancient India.
Aditi lives in Los Angeles where she reads, hikes, and explores L.A.'s eclectic architecture.
Part philosopher, part media maven, all-ethics enthusiast, Alice is devoted to information diversity, inspiring constructive debate, and helping us find common ground. She studied History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge and worked in tech and media but wanted to do more. In 2016, she founded the Echo Chamber Club, a group of cosmopolitan citizens that works to ensure readers access to a variety of viewpoints. She frequently speaks about internet ethics and information access in a digital age, including on the podcast she co-hosts with Andrew Strait. She’s currently completing a Masters’ of Science in Social Sciences of the Internet at the Oxford Internet Institute.
Albert Wenger is a managing partner at Union Square Ventures (USV), a "thesis-driven" early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in disruptive networks and known not only as influential force behind New York's Silicon Alley startup scene but also its thought leadership on the digital economy. USV's portfolio companies include Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare, Etsy, Kickstarter, Firebase, Behance, MongoDB, and Shapeways.
Before joining USV, Albert was the president of del.icio.us through the company’s sale to Yahoo and an angel investor (Etsy, Tumblr). He previously founded or co-founded several companies, including a management consulting firm and an early data analytics company.
In his book, World After Capital, Albert describes the shift to a Knowledge Age — and its implications not only for businesses but all of us.
CANNABIS TEA MANUFACTURER
Having studied neurophysiology and lived as a travel writer, photographer, and a “failed fashionista,” Amanda now applies her eclectic knowledge to a new venture: Kikoko Cannabis Teas. Launched with her friend and long-time collaborator Jennifer Chapin, Kikoko is a female-focused wellness brand that has been garnering international attention. With the intention of offering a gentle alternative solution for chronic pain, sleep, and other health concerns, Kikoko produces upscale products for an emerging market: legalized recreational marijuana.
The duo has a list of "six unbreakable rules of doing business," the first of which is: "No assholes"! The last one: "Make an impact!". This provides an idea of the socially responsible yet soulful business Amanda is leading. In that innovative capacity, she also sits on the Silicon Valley Executive Committee for Human Rights Watch.
What’s the job of a journalist? “Educate, uncover, reveal,” the Enlightenment-era newspaper innovators of the 17th century would argue. Hundreds of years later, Andrian keeps these values alive as the editor of the Arts & Ideas section of Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the largest German-language daily.
Before joining Sueddeutsche Zeitung in 2000, Andrian had written numerous feature stories for magazines in Europe and the U.S. For ten years he served as a contributing editor to the weekend magazine of the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and was one of the founding editors of Tempo, the “Magazine for Zeitgeist” based in Hamburg. From 1987 to 2006, he lived and worked in New York (from 2000 to 2006 as Sueddeutsche's U.S. cultural correspondent).
Andrian is the producer of several award-winning documentaries and the author of five books: an exploration of minority cultures in the U.S. (Uprise of the Ghettos), a collection of short stories (Grand Central), reports on New York (Broadway at Canal), an anthology of his experiences in hot spots such as Bosnia, Colombia, Rwanda, and Sudan (Dispatches from the Combat Zone), and most recently a book about artificial intelligence (A Creation Mandate for Machines).
SOFT SKILLED CHANGE AGENT
The human professionals of the future will be valued not only for their knowledge and competence, but also for their empathy, kindness, and passion. As the director of soft skills programs at Salesforce, AnneLise works to make this future a reality. In her role at Salesforce, she mixes supposed opposites, blending inner truths with efficiency-driven engineering and automated rigor. When it comes to integrating emotional intelligence into an increasingly quantified business world, AnneLise is on the cutting edge. Prior to Salesforce, AnneLise was a partner at digital transformation firm Sequence (acquired by Salesforce) and a program manager at Frog Design.
To lead a movement, you need a story, and this is exactly what Arun specializes in creating. Arun was White House Official Videographer, a new role developed specifically for him at the beginning of the Obama administration. Known as the “First Cameraman,” Arun followed the former President within the White House and beyond, capturing moments of public grandeur and instances of human intimacy. During his tenure, he wrote, produced, shot, and edited over 63 episodes of West Wing Week, the first-ever online video diary of the White House, documenting the President through his rigorous weekly agenda. Arun’s favorite moments were the times in between, the liminal spaces before a big event, when the personal and political aspects of his subject’s life combined.
Since then, Arun has continued to work as a filmmaker in politics as a partner of the full-service political communications agency Revolution Messaging, and in roles such as creative digital director of Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. A 2017 House of Beautiful Business Resident, we can’t wait to have Arun and his uplifting brand of black humor back for a second term.
In her role as CEO and Managing Director at BrightHouse, Ashley uses her unusual combination of gifts—including pattern recognition, logic puzzle solving, and diplomacy—to bring people together in partnership to create beautiful change. A strategic and creative thinker, she wandered through a variety of industries, including automotive, hospitality, spirits, and sports retail before rejoining BrightHouse after a five year hiatus to lead the global consultancy’s growth. A mother, writer, and self-described “silver lining seer,” Ashley helps leaders enable real change in companies, leadership teams, and individuals. Nurturing passion for learning, she is involved in the board of L.E.A.D., an organization that helps at-risk youth graduate high school by using baseball as an enabling resource.
DEEP TECH PIONEER
A former professional hockey player and journalist, Bastian believes that insight into our genuine wants can unlock the potential of humankind. As the co-founder of the Berlin-based startup 12traits, he seeks to reveal these aspirations and reclaim psychographic profiling for good, and forever.
A deep tech venture builder at WATTx and a management consultant in his earlier life, Bastian continues to dedicate much of his time to understanding the mechanics of platforms and tech ecosystems. He advises startups, corporations, and public institutions, with a focus on the gaming industry.
Benjamin is a professional guitarist, composer, and producer. As a member of bands like Paula and Mr. Ed Jumps The Gun, he has taken to the stage in over 500 concerts across Europe and South Africa. As a music producer for film, theater, commercials, and other musical acts, he has received as much praise as he did at last year’s House of Beautiful Business, winning accolades from institutions like the John Lennon Competition. Benjamin can also be found teaching music workshops at the Hamburg Film Festival. He returns to the House in 2018 to score and record the soundtrack of our gathering.
Brett Scott is a journalist, campaigner, former derivatives broker, and the author of The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto, 2013), in which he covers the inner workings of financial institutions, including the cultural dimensions of the financial system. He works on finance reform, alternative finance, and economic activism with a wide variety of NGOs, artists, students, and startups, and writes for publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired Magazine, and CNN.com.
He produced the 2016 UNRISD report on blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies and is a senior fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, an associate at the Institute of Social Banking, and an advisory group member of the Brixton Pound. He helps facilitate a course on power and design at the University of the Arts London and hosts workshops on alternative finance with The London School of Financial Arts.
Humans. Networks. Energy. All of these are needed to run a business, grow a movement, or build a future. As CEO of the Portuguese energy company Galp, Carlos has unique insight into all of the above. By growing resilience in the hearts, bodies, and minds of his company, he’s leading Galp towards a sustainable future based on not only innovation and engineering, but human learning and talent development. His ultimate goal is to develop viable energy solutions that literally move our lives forward.
Carlos has a wide experience in the Oil and Gas sector where he spent most of the 27 years of his professional career. He joined Galp Energia in the early 90’s, and in that decade he held several management roles in Refining, Supply, Trading, Planning and Control, and Strategy. From 2001 to 2007, he worked in the beverages industry at Unicer (a Carlsberg Croup company), where initially he was responsible for Strategic Planning and M&A and then serving as chief operating officer.
He rejoined Galp Energia in 2007 as a member of the board of directors, becoming also an Executive Director in 2008. He was in charge of several corporate areas, such as Procurement, HR, Marketing, Investor Relations, Communication, Innovation, and Legal & Compliance. He was appointed Galp Energia's CEO and Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors in April 2015.
The founder of the trend forecasting firm Buro Granulate, Chloé is always questing to connect the dots: between theories and disciplines, cultures and continents, present and future. As a trend researcher, she keeps her finger on the pulse of our collective understanding, drawing insight from the fringes to identify the mainstream yet to come. From nutrition breakthroughs to changing color preferences to the future of work, Chloé is bound to know about it, and she’s unafraid to investigate what those signs tell us about human nature. She’ll be answering queries both trend-related and philosophical, and posing a few of her own at this year’s House of Beautiful Business.
NEW SCHOOL NUTRITIONIST
Something for headaches, something for hangovers, something for happiness: we all need a little help once in a while. Those “somethings” are the inspiration behind the products in Biocol’s product line: a designerly offering of natural supplements engineered with optimal health in mind. In 2015, Christine's fiancé suggested they move to Portugal and work together for his family’s business: Biocol Labs, a natural pharmaceutical company, created in Portugal in the late 70s. They initiated a complete overhaul of the brand turning it into something compelling, accessible, and inspiring to today’s health-conscious and aesthetically-aware consumers. Combining her personal interest in nutrition with her background in fashion retail, the results have been just the thing the business needed.
Christoph Quarch is a German philosopher, bestselling author, speaker, lecturer, and meaning maker with a free spirit. In his consultative work, he aims to awaken the soul of organizations by helping them find a common language. For Christoph, the essence of philosophy entails considering the questions that concern making a meaningful life. In one of his recent books, Officina Humana, he describes the workspace as an effective tool for business and personal growth—as long as it links functionality with poetry.
His philosophy is rooted in the tradition of Hans-Georg Gadamer, author of Philosophy of Hermeneutics, whom he worked alongside while studying at Heidelberg University. Referencing philosophers from Aristotle to Heidegger, with a special affinity for Plato, Christoph’s own purpose is interpreting human existence in terms of living a good and healthy life.
At the House of Beautiful Business, Christoph will introduce his approach to discovering beauty in the corporate world that can nurture and energize human creativity, responsibility, and courage.
REALISTIC TIME TRAVEL ENTHUSIAST
Just as commercial air travel redefined our concepts of time and space and allowed for a new era of globalization, Christopher and the team at Boom Supersonic are preparing to begin a new chapter in mainstream human transportation. Spanning distances in about half the time, Boom projects it will be able to fly passengers from New York to London in just over three hours, and from Tokyo to San Francisco in five and a half. What this will mean for human interaction, global economies, and the 21st century business traveler is yet to be seen, but with Virgin and Japan Airlines already signed on as operators, it appears that Boom may soon bring us together faster than ever before.
Christopher spent 24 years at a US investment bank in a variety of macro and strategy research roles. Since then he has invested globally as an active angel. He is also a co-founder and partner of a London-based film and TV production company. He lives in San Francisco, Hong Kong, Manila, and Honolulu.
As the CCO of the startup what3words, Clare and her collaborators have created a new way to help find our place in the world, literally. what3words is the world's first addressing system designed for voice—every 3m x 3m square in the world has been assigned an address made of just three words from the dictionary. These 3-word addresses can be used to route cars or drones, used as an address when ordering online, or simply given as a meeting point for a picnic in the park. what3words is used in 170 countries and being adopted by governments all around the world as an official addressing system.
From working with the London-based impact investment firm ClearlySo to setting up the youth employment initiative 2nd Chance, Clare has always been involved with social enterprise and impact investing. She serves as non-executive director on the board of various social enterprises in the U.K. and also volunteers with the Spires Streetlink project, doing night-time health outreach for street-based sex workers in London.
Dave and Helen are CEO and CPO of Solve Next, an innovation software and services company combining the best of human and artificial intelligence. Over the past decade, Dave and Helen have founded four companies together. Most recently, they co-founded Intelligentsia.ai, which researched how humans and machines will work together in the age of AI. They sold Intelligentsia.ai to Quartz, a division of Atlantic Media, and then co-led Quartz’s AI information platform. They are co-authoring an upcoming book that describes the impact of AI on human work and serves as a guide to human-machine collaboration.
Dave is a trend-spotter, analyst, and storyteller. He has spent his career distilling and advancing big technology trends like the internet, cleantech, and AI. His brain is split in two with half dedicated to creatively designing consumer experiences while the other half has an uncanny ability to find the right metric to measure and build upon. His past experience includes being head of software application marketing at Apple, head of consumer strategy at SunPower, and a lead technology research analyst at Morgan Stanley.
Helen has spent her career at the edges of chaos; where technological innovation collides head-on with traditional ways of doing things. She's been described as being able to see new relationships and counter-intuitive outcomes; to "link the un-linkable." Her past experience includes being CIO of Transpower, New Zealand's national grid, head of emerging products at Pacific Gas and Electric, and head of corporate venturing for Meridian Energy.
APOSTLE OF HUMANISTIC TOKENIZATION
As a theoretical data and computer scientist, Elad has been following blockchain technology since the 80’s, and he leans on the humanities and other disciplines to shape its future. He is keenly aware of the high hopes associated with the rise of the decentralized web and passionate about finding ways to protect the democratizing potential of crypto economics. In order to “design cryptoeconomic systems of long-term utility, viability, and success," he argues that “experts in actual human economic behavior, such as public policy experts, behavioral economists, and social scientists need to be included into the design process.”
Elad holds a postdoc degree from the Computer Science Department of Aarhus University, completed his Ph.D with Haim Kaplan at Tel Aviv University, and is a founding partner at Berlin Innovation Ventures.
Francesca helps organizations embrace digital change and develop personalized relationships that drive loyalty and growth – across channels and countries. As the founder of Danzi Consulting and in her new role as chief client officer of Tory Burch, she inhabits the intersection of luxury brands and digital design. With more than 15 years’ experience in customer experience and retail transformation, Francesca now draws on a new, multi-disciplined, data-driven, and collaborative marketing approach to master the complex portfolio of today’s responsibilities and capabilities.
Before joining Tory Burch, Francesca led the digital transformation at Burberry and communications at Chanel. She is a member of the London Tech Advocates group as well as a board advisor of retail and fashion startups like Cheerfy.com and Modist.co.
A visionary voice in the fields of leadership and organizational behavior, Gianpiero is an associate professor of organizational behavior at leading business school INSEAD. His award-winning research and teaching focus on what it means, and what it takes, to become a leader. At INSEAD, he directs the Management Acceleration Programme, the school’s flagship executive program for emerging leaders, and chairs the initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence. Furthermore, Gianpiero has chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership and was named one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50.
A prolific writer, much of his recent work has centered around the topic of “nomadic professionalism”: the burgeoning trend of transient career lives that are rapidly becoming the new normal. How can individual professionals cope with the uncertainty of this gig economy? How can we bring our full selves to work—not because it will increase productivity or happiness, but because it will make us more alive?
Ghislaine is an artist, curator, researcher, and director who believes we should use our whole bodies as a means for digital interaction. She comes at tech from the performing arts, which inspires her embodied perspective and ongoing creative practice. Ghislaine is intrigued by technology’s immersive potential and often explores the ability of technology to augment our senses through her performance works and interactive installations. She sees a future in which we connect ourselves into a networked “multi-self,” an “Internet of Bodies” bound by sensors and implants, tele-intuition, and a dissolution of the boundaries between physical and virtual.
As the creative director of body>data>space, Ghislaine advocates for the living body as the focus of all interaction design, an approach which leads to a stunning blend of performance, architecture, new media, and virtual worlds. She is also the co-founder and director of Women Shift Digital, a conference, debate, website, and program series for people of all genders designed to celebrate women in digital careers and influence the influencers.
She’s a member of the Editorial Board of Springer’s AI & Society journal, an advisor for the Stemettes, and also the co-host of the BBC’s flagship technology radio program, BBC Click.
In many ways, Ian’s work defies description. While he works primarily with sound as a composer and classically trained vocalist, he’s also an award-winning printmaker, writer, and photographer. His music, too, eludes strict classification. He is known for using broken tape machines, and his songs are a swirling, alchemic blend of majestic, manipulated vocals; well-constructed keyboard melodies; and a wash of gentle drone.
Recently, Ian has become fascinated with the notion of what the process of memory might physically sound like. By placing his own body at the center of this exploration, he has begun to create sonic spaces that present physical deterioration as the source of the sublime.
Signing to FatCat’s imprint 130701 in February 2016, Ian’s debut album for the label, Centres, was released in July 2016 to widespread critical acclaim and supported by his debut U.K./European tour. The album made numerous end-of-year lists, and in May 2017 Ian followed up with another EU tour and the release of the Slow Vessels EP, featuring acoustic versions of six tracks from Centres.
TECH ED LEADER
As the CEO of Catalyte, Jacob has a unique approach to human resources in the digital economy. His company uses AI to identify, train, and employ people whose predispositions would make them great software developers, regardless of where they’re starting from. By doing so, he is bringing the American workforce into the digital age. He’s a founding member of the Markle Foundation’s Rework America Task Force and has chatted with the likes of former President Barack Obama about bridging the digital divide. He will bring insight into predictive analytics, algorithmic education, and re-skilling for the future to the House of Beautiful Business.
SERIAL JOB TESTER
Jannike did what most people don’t dare (yet). She quit her HR job, and instead of heading directly into a new position or new career, she decided to test 30 jobs in order to find her true vocation. Over the course of her year-long experiment, she came to some startling conclusions about digitalization, occupation, and the meaning of life which she recorded in her book, The Dream Job Experiment (2016). The book became a bestseller. Since then, her personal exploration has continued to inspire others to turn their passions and competencies into their own individualized future careers. She is now identifying (and testing!) jobs of the future, from genetic engineer to smart contracts arbiter to AI therapist.
An innovator by nature, Jared is always exploring new means for technological interaction. Currently, he’s especially interested in inputs and outputs such as touch, multi-touch, voice, gesture, sensing, and projection. When it comes to inventing such creations, his mantra is “Think by Making, Deliver by Demo,” which evidences his focus on realization and the magic of simulating user experiences to make potential futures tangible.
Jared was the first to bring live fire to the TED stage (and smart, fully transparent porta-potties to SXSW). He also spent time as a cowboy as part of the PBS living history experience known as Texas Ranch House, and remains co-director of the Austin Public Skatepark Action Committee.
EXPERT OF AWE
Jessa is a Canadian-English author and co-owner of the science blog The Last Word on Nothing. Her book, The Siesta and the Midnight Sun: How Our Bodies Experience Time, and her related TED Talk document the rituals surrounding daily rhythms. These rituals, along with local languages and beliefs, are losing their global diversity in the face of what Jessa calls “circadian imperialism.”
Originally from Oxford, Jessa spends her days in the Canadian Subarctic where she continues to write, observe extreme ebbs and flows, and ponder our role in the universe. Most recently, she has begun to explore the mechanics of awe and how we could use them to make our non-natural habitat—our organizations, movements, and societies—more awesome.
FAKE MEAT MAKER
You’ll find Jessica at the place where communications, sustainability, and innovation meet. If that place were an intersection, Jessica might set up a pie shop, or a popsicle stand, and given her marketing chops, you’d probably know about it.
Jessica is vice president of communications at Impossible Foods in California: an innovative enterprise that manufactures realistic “meat” alternatives from plant materials. The company’s “Impossible Burger” is making waves all over the world and is realizing their mission to make food that’s both delicious and sustainable, without compromise.
An insatiable food lover and passionate gourmand, Jessica is known as much for her optimistic spirit as she is for her award-winning pies.
HUMAN SPIRIT DESIGNER
Joana is a design researcher, educator, and entrepreneur devoted to sustainability and designing for the human spirit. While many designers focus on convenience and efficiency in creating user-friendly experiences, her pursuit goes further: what is the relationship between designers’ inner lives and their practice in the world? And what are the design principles reconciling sustainability with joy and delight in the age of exponential technology?
A fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, Joana currently serves as a professor of design at the CODE University of Applied Sciences Berlin, and she has worked with IDEO U, Hyper Island, Green School Indonesia, Forum for the Future, Tate Modern, General Assembly, and The Doi Tung Sustainable Development Project in Thailand. She's also working on a book on the spiritual in design that is slated for release in 2019.
MASTER OF HOSPITALITY
João composed Dear Lisbon as a love letter to his city. Vibrance and lightness, beauty and charm, joyful welcomes and a twist of intrigue—João has captured all the things he loves about the Portuguese capital in the form of a guest house.
Dear Lisbon now has four houses across the city, each definitively unique yet united by a hand-written intimacy and warm spirit which come from the hearts of João and his family. Fluent in the language of hospitality, João has stories about the evolution of entrepreneurship, hospitality, and his city: what changes and what remains eternally the same.
This year, the House will be in two new locations, one of which is Dear Lisbon’s fabulous Gallery House. With João and his team behind it, we think you’ll love it just as much as we do.
Jodie is a social activist, author, and the founder of the cosmetics companies Doobop and Georgia. She was also a state champion gymnast and circus acrobat, and is a lover of words. She studied Literature and went on to spend several years working at publishing houses such as Scholastic and The New Press. Patterson is the mother of five, including her 8-year-old transgender son Penelope, who became the catalyst for a fundamental reexamination of identity within Jodie's dynamic and deeply appealing household—and the wider world. Now, she is a fierce LGBTQI ally committed to bringing underrepresented voices into the mainstream. To that end, she’s worked with the likes of Hillary Clinton and continues to research gender and identity. She is currently working on a book, The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Identity, which will be published by Penguin Random House.
Joe is the co-founder of 12traits, a startup that aims to make advertising—and psychographic profiling—meaningful again. He helps companies focus on humans instead of sales numbers, and personally focuses on neuropsychology and adventure-based experiences. A committed outdoorsman, Joe became an ambassador for The North Face as a skier and photographer, though he’s also known to escape to the beach. Following in the footsteps of Frank Lloyd Wright, he spells Nature with a capital “N.”
Johannes is passionate about intensive storytelling, from leading communications at the BSH Home Appliances Group to his photographic work in conflict zones. In 2011, in the midst of a successful corporate career, Johannes began to use his vacation days to travel to war-torn countries and document what he observed. By capturing the human suffering in wars, he hopes to inspire empathy and closeness in an increasingly anonymous world and to counter the narrative dominance of social media.
As Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems, John helps define guidelines for beneficial relationships between humans and their increasingly clever machine counterparts. His mission is to educate, train, and empower people involved with developing these future technologies in order to implement Ethically Aligned Design and improve outcomes for all. John is also executive director of the Council on Extended Intelligence (CXI), an interdisciplinary cohort of experts founded by the IEEE Standards Association and the MIT Media Lab that champions responsible participant design, data agency, and metrics of economic prosperity that prioritize people and the planet over profit and productivity.
He has authored the books Hacking Happiness and Heartificial Intelligence in addition to contributing to Mashable and The Guardian. He also served as EVP of Social Media at Porter Novelli and spent a number of years as a professional actor. Whether he’s discussing ethics, researching the connections between happiness and technology, or playing the guitar, John is “seeking Eudaimonia” and is unafraid to experiment by finding joy in his own life.
MASTER OF RITUALS
What gives life meaning? How do our emotions influence our choices? What symbolic behaviors inform the lives of those who live in consumerist societies?
As a professional observer of human tendencies, Jonathan asks these types of questions every day. More importantly though, his ethnographic approach means he truly knows how to listen and let the answers present themselves.
Jonathan studies narrative structures, ritual, and meaning, with a focus on how they all play out in the world of business. He applies this knowledge in his consulting work, advising organizations how they can improve efficiency, retain talent, and profit sustainably by infusing their work with meaning. He believes that every product and service, no matter how mundane, holds within it a powerful story that’s just waiting to be heard.
Louise is the type of person who makes her own luck. In 2000, she left a stable job in Denmark for an uncertain French adventure and ended up at Airbus by way of L’Oreal. Years later, she wrote a white paper that led to the creation of a new job title within Airbus and her appointment to the position. For the past two years, she’s been the company’s head of leadership development, culture innovation, and Leadership University in North America.
Based in Silicon Valley, Louise is inspiring the engineering powerhouse to disrupt itself before its competitors do, starting with the mindset of each individual. She was part of the team responsible for launching the Airbus Innovation Center, A^3, and Airbus Ventures. Moreover, she manages new injections of innovation leadership practices and tools in the Airbus DNA through her work with Singularity University, XPrize, Mach49, and other partners. Most recently, she initiated and led Airbus' company-wide Dream Big initiative, inviting all of Airbus' more than 130,000 employees to help shape the company's future vision.
CREATIVE TALENT CATALYST
A renaissance woman on a mission, Joana Fins Faria is the Chief Talent Officer for the city of Porto. After studying economics in Porto and marketing in Budapest and San Francisco, she returned to her home country of Portugal to deepen her knowledge of interiors and human psychology. Her Master of Expressive Arts Therapy from the European Graduate School inspired her to explore a multi-arts approach to building compassionate, culturally-sensitive, and supportive relationships with others.
She is passionate about her work of interlinking the human potential in the city of Porto with arts, aesthetics, and creativity. At the House, she will be sharing her understanding of beauty, arising from “the imperfection, the impermanent, and the incomplete.”
Born in Cologne to a Korean mother and German father, both of whom are opera singers, Josin grew up with music in her blood. While at medical school in Nice, her desire to become a musician became insuppressible. The style she created is a dynamic blend of influences, ranging from classical to techno. As a self-taught producer, Josin is always experimenting, bringing intimate vocals to synthetic sounds in her haunting compositions. After the release of her critically acclaimed debut EP, Epilogue, she toured as support act with bands such as RY X, BOY, Roosevelt, and Sóley, and we're delighted to have her perform both on our main stage and in the intimacy of one of our Gallery House guest rooms.
CONNECTED PLAY DESIGNER
Justyna is an entrepreneur, designer, and believer in connected play that supports children's natural development and learning. She is the co-founder of Vai Kai, a Berlin-based edtech company that creates playthings to help children develop their cognitive and emotional capacities during early childhood.
Vai Kai’s signature little wooden doll has a heartbeat that can be felt, and vocalizes according to specifically tailored programming. Together with child development researchers from Sheffield University, Vai Kai has studied the effects of these digital companions on five to eight-year-old's. They discovered that children’s emotional interactions with the dolls were triggering unique caretaking play patterns—an essential aspect of developing emotional intelligence and imagination.
While keeping human values at the forefront, Justyna sees the beauty of technology’s role in addressing the unique developmental needs of children. She strives to enhance children's creative abilities and innate urge to discover the world through play, engaging all their senses and emotions in the learning process.
Karel loves everything that has to do with innovation, transformation, and progress and puts all he learns into practice in his two companies, Indeed Innovation and Tools of Innovators. While Indeed is a “human-first” design and innovation firm, Tools of Innovators offers practical tools and techniques that enable each and every employee to innovate—a capacity nothing short of existential in the face of ever-smarter AI. Karel also knows all the tricks for a perfect power nap he’ll gladly share with you as you need them at the House.
Kenneth Mikkelsen is the co-founder of FutureShifts and an associate of the Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies and the Drucker Society.
Together with Richard Martin, Kenneth co-authored the book The Neo-Generalist: Where You Go is Who You Are, which explores the value of multidisciplinary thinking, of living in more than one world.
Kenneth himself lives up to the premise of his book. A journalist by education, Kenneth has published widely on issues of leadership and the shifting nature of business in the 21st century in many leading media, including Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, The Economist, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, BBC, and Forbes. A leadership advisor, learning designer, speaker, and writer, he is dedicated to improving the quality of leadership by influencing how leaders think, learn, behave, and impact society. By designing transformative learning journeys, he helps them address the most important questions in life: What drives us? Why do we exist? How do we learn? Where are we heading? What matters in life? Who are we? What do we want to be?
Kim has a background in science, with a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management. She is the co-founder and CEO of Pivigo, a data science hub. Pivigo accelerates data innovation in organizations by connecting them to a global community of freelancing data scientists. Pivigo also runs Europe’s largest data science training program, S2DS. With her team at Pivigo, Kim brings businesses and scientists together to harness the value and opportunities in data, by bridging the gap between the two fields. Since the launch of Pivigo, Kim has been named a Rising Star among the Top 100 Influencers of Big Data in the U.K., and she was recently awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Women in IT Awards.
As the CEO and Co-Founder of Flerish, Lacey knows how to empower people to unlock their professional potential. Based on the principles and strategies of investor and LinkedIn co-founder and former chairman Reid Hoffman and his co-authors (The Start-Up of You and The Alliance), Flerish, her early-stage startup, is developing a mobile app (called YOU) to empower people to take control and ownership of their careers and work life.
Prior to Flerish, Lacey spent nearly two decades in executive coaching and talent management, working with companies such as DreamWorks Animation, Nestle, and Toyota, whom she helped design, implement, and facilitate large-scale change, strategy, learning, and development initiatives. She currently serves as an affiliated practitioner of executive education at the Center for Effective Organizations in the USC Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles.
A published author, Lacey’s most recent work is a co-authored chapter in the Sage Handbook for Leadership Development, tackling what executive leadership needs to do to join the digital age. With Flerish, she’s already there.
A pianist, composer, and producer, Mark finds freedom in the space where culture, genre, and the unexpected blend into infinite combinations. He uses piano, computers, and other digital tools to improvise, compose, and perform music that brings him joy, a feeling which is quickly magnified by his audiences.
Mexico City-raised and Barcelona-based, Mark has studied classical piano, jazz, and composition with many of the best. He has played and recorded with acts such as The Mars Volta, David Gilmore, and Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin, Wood. Since 2015, he has taught piano and composition at the legendary Taller de Musics.
DESIGNER ON THE EDGE
The long-time chief creative officer of Frog Design, Mark has been at the cutting edge of human computer interfaces for years. He was a pioneer in the field of user experience, and now, rather than sticking with the systems he helped develop, he’s creating fantastic alternatives. Since he co-founded argodesign, his imagination has had free rein and led to the development of everything from smart slow traffic to ambulance drones to interactive light.
When it comes to design, he is not shy of strong opinions. He is especially passionate about design ethics in emerging fields, specific challenges facing the Internet of Things, and why the Minority Report interface is a horrible idea.
Can the quantified self serve the full self? Mark wholeheartedly believes the answer is yes. From his previous positions in talent management and human resources to his present role as chief marketing officer, he has long been concerned with people's increasing disengagement and lack of happiness at work. Nine out of ten workers globally are not engaged in their work—with serious implications not only for business productivity and growth, but cultural and individual health and happiness, too.
Although a self-acclaimed tech skeptic, Mark now thinks that only by creating tailored experiences which engage the "whole" person can we solve the critical and widespread problem of disengaged workforces, as well as empowering independent workers to navigate the transient, super-flexible work structures of tomorrow. His company, people first, uses AI to gather behavioral insights and personal data to do just that—while respecting and safeguarding users’ privacy through a strict built-in privacy protocol.
Martin helps organizations grapple with the challenges and opportunities of the digital revolution. Approaching product development as a strategist and communications as a philosopher, Martin leads marketing at the boutique artificial intelligence consultancy Kortical. Kortical shows organizations how AI can be applied to their benefit and then helps them to integrate them.
A 2017 House resident, we’re pleased to have Martin and his thoughtful ponderings, insightful statements, and jovial wit back in the House of Beautiful Business.
RENAISSANCE STRATEGY MAN
A strategist, ever-curious researcher, and philosopher at heart, Martin leads the BCG Henderson Institute with kindness, wisdom, and foresight. His long-term interest is the future of strategy, and his work in this field has led to some of the group’s most definitive work. Recent projects have investigated proactive evolution, the Amazement Cycle, and the invaluable nature of play in the modern organization.
Before being appointed as director of the Henderson Institute, Martin led strategy projects within BCG in the areas of finance, health care, and consumer goods. In his book Your Strategy Needs a Strategy, he offers leaders an artist’s “palette” to paint a dynamic vision for their organizations’ futures. His post-graduate studies in biophysics and the natural sciences have informed his understanding of complex systems—a necessity in the increasingly networked business environment today. He has also studied the intricacies of Shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese flute. Perhaps he’ll do an impromptu performance at the House?
The German-raised son of Italian parents, Massimo’s dishes are cross-cultural yet familiar. His playful, satisfying, and healthful home-cookery has a style all its own. When he isn’t cooking up a storm within the House of Beautiful Business, Massimo runs a catering business in Munich, Germany, as well as a food truck focused on artisanal calzones, both named MioMio.
A lover of music, maker of merriment, and a master in the art of the perfect cappuccino, we’re so pleased to have Massimo back for 2018.
The Brain Spa is a New York and Montreal-based startup that refreshes minds and shapes futures using meditation and mindfulness. The brainchild of Miriam Leia Bekkouche—a Canadian-born, multilingual Brooklynite—the Spa is a wellspring of wisdom and an oasis for those seeking to thrive in the modern world. By integrating scientifically-proven approaches with traditional practices, Miriam helps leaders change the world, beginning with the way they react to it.
In her capacity as coach and consultant, she offers training, techniques, and well-needed recuperation to the minds of the world’s best and brightest. The goal is conscious, value-based decision-making, wellbeing, and meaningful impact. A graduate in political science, Miriam is also interested in international relations, systemic change, and the future of government. In her recent tenure as a TED Resident, she explored how meditation can be used as a powerful tool in diplomacy and thus help us solve the world’s most pressing problems.
A prominent journalist, author, and leading thinker on the digital economy, Miriam is the publisher of Germany’s leading business weekly, WirtschaftsWoche, and of ada, a new platform for the economy of the future. Since 2005, she is a professor for corporate communication at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. From 2001 to 2005, she held public office in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. As a member of the jury of the Development Gateway Foundation of the World Bank, she was instrumental in designing the Development Gateway Award (Petersberg Prize).
Miriam has written about media economics, digital communications, and cyberpolitics. In 2010 she released the book, Letters to My Life, the story of her own burn-out, which was later made into an award-winning television movie in 2016. Her most recent book, My Brain Belongs to Me, explores the brave new world of brainhacking (including some nerve-wrecking self-experiments).
SCHOLAR OF EMOTION
Working at the intersection of moral psychology and political philosophy, Myisha explores community, injustice, and emotion in the digital age. An impassioned writer, her pieces on race, violence, and political emotions have been published in academic journals, news channels such as the Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post, and across the web.
Author of The Moral Psychology of Anger with Owen Flanagan, Myisha is also the host of the popular UnMute podcast, a series which brings her into dialogue with a truly diverse cohort of contemporary philosophers tackling topics such as informal representation, disability, satire, and love. She is inspired by empowering under-represented communities to engage with philosophical and political life through all of her projects. Myisha also loves playing the guitar and is known to indulge in a good comic book every once in a while.
Three business secrets from Mykel right off the bat: creativity is the strongest economic currency, experience is the new cost of entry, and human is the only meaningful strategy. A jazz musician by trade and a wanderer by nature, Mykel is fiercely nonconformist and prolifically anti-perfectionist. Mykel helps people and organizations thrive by rediscovering their creative confidence, reimagining their creative potential, and reinventing themselves. As the author of two books, Just Do Something (2016) and Enterprise Artistry – A Brave New Paradigm for a Bold New World (2018), Mykel is fascinated by unlocking personal and professional artistry. His latest project, The Art of Everything, requires that he produce and publish a new short film documenting his progress in these areas every week for five years, allowing the world to follow along. He’s also a celebrated piano man, and we'll make sure to provide him with one at the House.
CHIEF CARE OFFICER
What is the most important quality an employee asks of his or her leader? Can empathy be taught and enhanced? What difference does it make if a company is kind? As the founder of Who Cares!?, Nora answers these questions and infuses them into business practice, with the goal of promoting ethical behavior and sustainable development in companies. Nora sees Corporate Responsibility’s potential as a powerful engine for change and considers it an imperative for leaders and companies who want to create a human-based strategy for the future. Her initiative is reinventing Corporate Responsibility and infusing empathy into the workplace and beyond. Part awareness campaign, part consultancy, part cross-platform media resource, Who Cares!? is making empathy cool again, and showing us that we have more allies than we think.
Peter is the leader of BCG's CEO Advisory Practice. He has counseled many leaders–including CEOs of major corporations–during critical moments in their careers. He is the former leader of the firm's People & Organization practice in the Americas and of its Global Biopharmaceuticals Sector.
Peter has been a BCG Fellow since 2014. His research focuses on organizational effectiveness to improve performance and competitiveness through an approach called Smart Simplicity. He has implemented this method in partnership with numerous organizations spanning regions, industries, and sectors. With Yves Morieux, Peter co-authored the book Six Simple Rules: How to Manage Complexity without Getting Complicated, which describes the principles of Smart Simplicity and illustrates how companies can thrive in today's complex marketplace.
Peter sits on the board of governors of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance at the Hebrew University and is a trustee of the Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
At the House, he will be part of a session on play, examining how the principles of the beautiful game apply to business.
ARTIST OF GATHERING
We find meaning in community, and communities bond through shared experience. But what does it take to genuinely connect in an age of digital divides? To do so requires an inspired understanding of individual purpose—the sort of transformation Priya facilitates at Thrive Labs, the boutique advisory firm of which she is the founder. There, she works with teams and leaders across the industries of business, technology, politics, and the arts to clarify their visions and build collaborative communities. One of the most powerful ways of doing so is through events, meetings, and experiences. Whether it’s a political negotiation, a business meeting, or a baby shower, these encounters can be powerfully formative. Through her work as a facilitator, Priya helps hosts realize that potential.
Her insights into these extraordinary encounters are the focus of her first book, The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters (Riverhead, 2018). As our community convenes in Lisbon, we could not be more pleased to have Priya give a masterclass on gathering.
FASHIONABLE BODY SENSORIST
Sabine Seymour is one of the leading names in fashion tech focused on sensing the body. With SUPA, she is unleashing the value of biometric and environmental data from GenZ for healthcare using distributed IoT devices and Blockchain as encryption. SUPA pays GenZ with SUPA Tokens, encouraging lifestyle changes through gamification and sonification. SUPA was selected for the UNICEF Wearables for Good catalogue.
Previously, Sabine's studio MOONDIAL conceived products for Intel, Johnson Controls, DuPont, and the United Nations, from sensorized car seats to connected sportswear. Sabine was the inaugural professor of Fashionable Technology at the Parsons School for Design and the Chair of the Rockefeller Foundation funded Computational Fashion Research Initiative at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. She is an invited domain expert for Disney, Autodesk, NASA, and Lufthansa.
Sabine holds a PhD and joint-MSc/MBA from the University of Economics in Vienna and Columbia Business School, and a Master in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU. She is an avid snowboarder, surfer, golfer, Hip Hop dancer, and sneakerhead. If anyone can make healthcare cool, it’s her.
PSYCHOLOGIST AND MANAGEMENT THINKER
Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Her #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility, based on the concept Harvard Business Review heralded as a Management Idea of the Year, describes the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and guest on national radio and television.
Named on the Thinkers50 Radar list of people shaping the future of organizations and management, Susan is a sought-after keynote speaker and consultant, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, EY, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, NASDAQ, and many other national and multinational organizations. Her focus is on defining and executing effective strategy, especially in the areas of engagement, high-performance leadership, and culture change.
Susan is the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, a co-founder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate), and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Thrive Global and Virgin Pulse. Susan is also core faculty of the global Homeward Bound, an all-women leadership program that culminates in an expedition to Antarctica and aims at increasing the influence and impact of women in the sciences. Originally from South Africa, Susan lives outside of Boston with her family.
A caustic media environment and hate speech all around: what if there were a way to cure these symptoms without compromising freedom of speech? With this question in mind, media linguist Sylvia Jaki (who teaches at the University of Hildesheim in Germany) is developing an algorithm to detect politically-motivated hate speech online. Currently reading its way through the worst of the worst, her algorithm shows promise in making the internet a safer, happier place. Amidst all these rather serious affairs, it is comforting to know that Sylvia is also interested in the wordplay of the press and verbal humor, and their effects on us as human beings.
Tess is a social entrepreneur focused on increasing equity and inclusion in the tech economy. She doesn’t just worry about unethical algorithms or AI taking a turn for the worse: she’s forging a path that leads in a more positive direction. As CEO of AI4ALL, Tess works to increase diversity and inclusion in artificial intelligence. AI4ALL creates pipelines for underrepresented talent through education and mentorship programs around the U.S. and Canada that give high school students early exposure to AI for social good.
Before joining AI4ALL, she was managing director of TechHire at Opportunity@Work, a national initiative launched out of the White House to increase diversity in the tech economy. Earlier in her career, Tess built and ran Samaschool, a nonprofit that equips low-income people to find work in the digital economy through an online platform training 50,000+ students worldwide and a dozen diverse locations from New York City to rural Arkansas and East Africa.
MAN OF LETTERS
Based in London, Tim is the publisher of four imprints of the Little, Brown Book Group—Piatkus, Constable, Robinson, and Abacus Non-Fiction. Best known for his non-fiction commissioning, he has published books such as The Undercover Economist by Tim Harford, The Silo Effect by Gillian Tett, Edge of Chaos by Dambisa Moyo, and the global bestsellers Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff.
With the number of independent book stores in the U.K. growing again after many years of decline, it is a good moment for the U.K. book industry. Tim considers this as a sign of things to come and feels bullish about the future of books. At the House of Beautiful Business, he will present this own vision for his industry, and he may host the occasional reading in one of our Gallery House’s 26 guest rooms.
MAKER OF HUMANISTIC AI
Twain is a multi-lingual math and business school graduate who believes in the potential of people to invent the future. Her view is that people are quantum integrations of art and science—just as Da Vinci drew in “Vitruvian Man”—rather than the sum of reductionist binaries and probabilities currently modeled in AI. Via her SENSEUS system, she's working towards making data, AI, and economics models represent our diverse language, culture, values, and behaviors. Prior to SENSEUS, she worked in Strategic Investments & Corporate Strategy at the CEO-Chairman's Office of UBS.
Beyond making AI more humanistic, Twain can be found sketching in art galleries, dancing at music festivals, or leading product teams at hackathons.
Verena is the fourth generation of German biscuit manufacturer Bahlsen. She firmly believes that business can be a realistic, long-term vehicle to effect positive change. She also believes that our food system will have to reinvent itself to feed the generations after us, that many such solutions already exist, and that industry's task is not to invent, but to find and utilize them.
Verena continues the tradition of her grandfather Hermann Bahlsen who found gems in places where others wouldn't think to look, and built a business out of them that endured beyond his generation. After concluding her studies in media communications and management in the U.S. and the U.K., Verena returned to Germany in 2015 to honor the legacy of her grandfather with her own venture. Together with her partner Laura Jaspers, she founded HERMANN’S, a restaurant, film studio, and co-working and event space that serves as thought for food and food for thought.
Alethea works at the intersection of innovation and traditional filmmaking in the burgeoning industry of VR/AR. With a focus on human rights and documentary storytelling, Alethea is passionate about content that connects cultures and finds ways to generate empathy through new technology. In addition to her work in VR, Alethea is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked extensively in Europe, Africa, Central America, and the US.
She produced the Sundance 2016 and Tribeca 2016 official selection Perspective: Chapter 2; The Misdemeanor, widely considered one of the best examples of narrative storytelling in VR. She also produced with Google Matpat's Game Lab, the first-ever series in 360 for YouTubeRED (YouTube's premium platform).
Alethea was part of the producing teams of Spheres, a three-part series that invites viewers to explore the depth of space in VR. Co-produced with Darren Aronofsky and supported by Oculus and Intel, Spheres made history at the Sundance Film Festival 2018 as the first-ever VR-project to be acquired in a seven-figure deal by a private investor.
Most recently, she co-produced Vestige, a creative nonfiction experience that uses multi-narrative and volumetric capture to journey through the mind of Lisa as she remembers her lost love, Erik. Fragments of memories of their life together appear inside a void and, over time, become entangled with a haunting vision, culminating in the shocking moment of Erik's death.
She will bring Vestige to the House, as part of our opening evening, “Major Desires, Minor Keys.”
Alice Haugh is a future shaper, in more ways than one. She trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture and later specialized in Urbanism and Societal Change at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. She’s designed immigration centers, created post-Brexit passports, and planned for thoughtful evolution and renewed identity in changing London neighborhoods. During her time with the London Legacy Development Corporation, she helped envision a new arts district for the Olympic Park.
From redesigning the British government to examining the risks of sea-level change in Copenhagen, Alice is both curious about urban life in the future and actively involved in what it may become. She co-runs In-Between Economies, an urban think-tank that has been investigating ways in which technology affects the power structures of city-making in collaboration with Techfestival, Space10, and Copenhagen Architecture Festival. Since joining UNStudio as a futurist, Alice has been exploring the future of work with modular furniture company USM and working on visionary urban-scale interventions such as the modular European Hyperloop transport system.
Scott Cleverdon and Assumpta Serna are actors living between the real-life sets of Los Angeles and Europe. Since the early 90s, they have also served as educators, running workshops on acting, communication, and leadership. Together they formed the nonprofit Fundación First Team to actively engage in enabling more equal opportunities for young drama students.
Scott was brought up in Edinburgh and trained at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is perhaps best known as the angel Pyriel in the film The Prophecy 3: The Ascent. He has also done significant voice acting.
Born in Spain, Assumpta studied law until she discovered she preferred “being an anarchist,” which led her to the Barcelona’s School of Dramatic Arts. After her first leading roles—including starring in one of Pedro Almodóvar’s early hits, Matador, with Antonio Banderas—she met her now husband Scott on the set of a joint movie project in London.
At the House of Beautiful Business, you will be given the opportunity to learn from this drama duo and rock the stage yourself!
PHARMA EXPERT AND WORK FUTURIST
Judith Wallenstein leads the BCG Henderson Institute in Europe. She is a core member of the German Health Care practice, focused on serving clients in the pharmaceutical industry. Judith became a BCG Fellow in 2015; through her analysis, she is examining the implications of the sharing economy and the future of work.
Judith’s pharma work has centered on strategy, marketing and sales, and portfolio management. She is passionate about addressing the ever-increasing challenges of product launches in pharma to bring new medicines to market. Most of her client work is focused on diabetes, oncology, rare disease, and consumer health.
Judith joined BCG's Munich office in 2000. She spent 18 months in the Madrid office and 12 months in the New York office as the Strategy Institute's first ambassador in 2005. Beyond her client work, Judith is part of the team managing BCG's partnership with TED and is involved in Women@BCG, a companywide career development, mentorship, and networking program.
Judith's initial career plan was to become a diplomat before an internship with BCG put her on a different track. She holds Master's degrees in history and German and French literature from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Apropos French, Judith appreciates “melancholic, slightly depressing French novels of the 19th century, with Flaubert being a favorite.”
LAWYER AND ACTIVIST
A lawyer specialized in human rights and technology, Katarzyna is the co-founder and president of Panoptykon Foundation, a Polish NGO defending human rights in the context of contemporary forms of surveillance. She is also the vice-president of European Digital Rights, a coalition of 33 privacy and civil rights organizations, as well as a member of Ashoka, the international network of social entrepreneurs.
Through her work at Panoptykon, Katarzyna was strongly involved in the political process leading up to the creation and implementation of GDPR (the new data protection regulation launched in Europe this year). She also spearheads a growing number of artistic projects and journalistic investigations at the foundation, all of which with the goal to strengthen human values in a digital society.
She frequently speaks at tech and human rights conferences and contributes to publications such as The Guardian, Open Democracy, Netzpolitk, and others.
PEOPLE AND PURPOSE PATRON
For the past year, Florian has overseen human resources and company culture at Axel Springer SE, the largest digital publishing house in Europe, which includes numerous multimedia news brands, such as Bild, Die Welt, Business Insider, and Fakt, and employs more than 15,000 people. Springer’s flagship tabloid, Bild, is the highest-circulation newspaper in Europe with a daily readership in excess of 12 million.
In the midst of the company’s ongoing digital transformation, Florian is leading Axel Springer’s purpose quest, aiming to answer the question of “why do we exist and what’s the future promise we communicate to our employees?”
Prior to his role at Axel Springer, Florian held managerial positions at Berliner Morgenpost, Berliner Zeitung, Ullstein GmbH, and Media Impact, where he was responsible for the marketing strategies of national and regional newspapers.
At the House of Beautiful Business, Florian will report on Springer’s transformation and discuss why the “why” matters, even for a media company with such strong inherent purpose as Springer.
Robert Rowland Smith, a British philosopher, author, and constellator, explores the fundamental question of what it means to be human. In his latest book, AutoBioPhilosophy: An Intimate Story of What it Means to be Human (2018), he shares his life story involving a love triangle, office politics, police raids, illegal drugs, the academic elite, and a near-death experience. By using deeply personal experiences, he investigates the recurring patterns, unconscious motives, and social forces that govern our behavior, to offer new ways into human psychology.
Robert is the author of seven books including the bestseller Breakfast with Socrates (2009) and the award-winning On Modern Poetry (2012). In addition, he wrote the text for the artist book by Israeli photographer Ori Gersht, entitled Gersht’s Ghosts (2012). He also contributed a foreword to the 2015 design publication, Patternity: A New Way of Seeing (2015).
Alongside his literary career, Robert works as a business advisor and is one of Europe’s foremost practitioners of the Systemic Family Constellations approach. He offers both personal and organisational constellations for individuals and businesses, including one at the House.
SENSE-TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION SPARKER
Kim works at the intersection of art, science, and technology, helping us connect to ourselves, each other, and the world around us in order to become more conscious leaders. She strongly believes that true, meaningful, and sustainable innovation happens “inside-out." With IN3, an innovation collective and consultancy, she brings knowledge and insights from many different disciplines to create cutting-edge, multi-sensory experiences, and collaborative events with purpose. She works with a variety of creatives, including chefs, perfumers, developers, artists, choreographers, and musicians.
Kim has produced numerous high-impact events around the world, including international mobile awards, large–scale global tech conferences, and CEO Summits. At the House, she will be hosting the Sensing the Future dinner and talk together with perfume composer and fellow House Resident Lourenço Lucena.
Christian ‘Mio’ Loclair finds harmony in polarity. A former robo-dancer, computer scientist, and choreographer, Christian is the founder of Waltz Binaire, a creative studio that specializes in the intersection of art and technology. He founded the studio to explore “the poetic collision of human desire and cutting-edge technology [that] illustrates our present age with digital harmony and voltaic friction.”
He aims to connect synthetic realities and deeply engaging moments through immersive audio-visual experiences, digital narratives, and interactive media performances. By applying generative design and artificial intelligence to the process, he translates data into meaningful artworks and converts algorithms into creative partners.
Christian’s award-winning art of immersive installations, digital projections, and theater performances is shown around the globe.
He has brought his latest work to the House of Beautiful Business in Lisbon this November: a self-aware(?) AI that is looking at itself and protocols his thoughts, aptly named Narciss.
Florian Langenscheidt navigates the fine lines between digitization, market, and the arts. A great-great-grandson of the founder of the Langenscheidt Publishing Group, the renowned dictionary company, he found his way into the world of literature and media.
Since 2002, Florian has been a member of the supervisory board and shareholder of the Langenscheidt Group. In addition, as a former member of the supervisory board of publishing house Brockhaus, the “German institution of knowledge,” he witnessed the economic decline of this traditional business. Florian holds both enthusiastic and critical perspectives of the digital revolution, advocating for a moderate use of new technologies and media, with an eye on human flourishing. In one of his latest books, 1000 Glücksmomente (2010), he sheds light on the simple pleasures that ensure a truly beautiful life beyond short Instagram stories.
Furthermore, Florian has been involved in social initiatives, particularly revolving around children’s education and care. He is a member of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) board of trustees, initiator and head of the executive board of Children for a Better World, partner of the German Children and Youth Foundation, and a member of the board of trustees of the Foundation for Reading (Stiftung Lesen), German Olympic Association, and Deutsches Museum. He is also a member of the Chairman’s Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University.
For Julia, the next frontier of leadership is igniting purpose by raising new levels of consciousness.
A former managing director of digital agency AKQA, she creates cultures, communities, structures, and systems for companies to succeed today and tomorrow. Since launching her purpose and strategy collective SOULWORX in 2015, she has helped businesses by unlocking purpose at every level of the organization. She has guided numerous leadership teams and organizations, from startups to traditional corporations, towards more meaning and humanity in the new working world.
DESIGNERS OF HOSPITALITY
Charlie and Lauren lead design and research for Airbnb Experiences, a marketplace providing travelers with unique activities created and hosted by locals all over the world. Inspired by Airbnb’s mission: “To help create a world where you can belong anywhere and where people can live a place, instead of just travelling to it,” the newly launched platform now enables visitors to live like locals.
Enabling a form of transformational hospitality by empowering Airbnb hosts, Charlie and Lauren are both passionate about connecting new people, new ideas, and new environments.
For Charlie, design first evolved from a hobby into a career, and now into a new way of thinking. His goal is to create meaningful and memorable travel experiences that shape perspectives and worldviews by immersing oneself in new cultural contexts.
In a similar spirit, Lauren spends her time asking “why” to learn more about people and cultures. From exploring the worlds of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to observing human behavior behind a screen, her research always intends to help solve problems in new ways.
DATA NERD ON WALL STREET
Brennan is a self-proclaimed data nerd. He has been working in the financial industry for the past 10 years and is striving to save the world with a little help from our machine friends.
He has held cyber security, data scientist, and leadership roles at JP Morgan Chase, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Bloomberg, and Goldman Sachs. Brennan holds a masters’ degree in Business Analytics from New York University and participates in the data science community with his non-profit pro-bono work at DataKind, and as a co-organizer for the NYU Data Science and Analytics Meetup.
Brennan is also an instructor at the New York Data Science Academy and teaches data science courses in R and Python.
With a background in Swiss design and typography, Jennifer’s journey as a designer has evolved from branding to interfaces, apps to AI. Currently, Jennifer is delivering the AI Accelerator Mission—a new component of IBM's renowned Design Thinking practice—across the IBM Watson, Cloud, and IoT platforms. Under her leadership, the program teaches strategists, designers, and engineers how to use cognitive tools to create transformative and compelling AI experiences. Concurrently, Jennifer teaches Advanced Design for AI at the University of Texas’s Center for Integrated Design.
She is also a member of the technology board of the National Head Start Association and serves on the AI Design and Technology Board for the University of Texas at Austin.
Brad helps BCG’s global business clients from the inside out by aligning their purpose with performance. Brad believes that a deep understanding of a company’s Why and How will connect employees with each other, the company’s mission, stakeholders’ needs, and shareholders’ benefit to improve both performance and impact.
After starting out his career at BCG in 2001, he left to co-found his own venture, a brand and marketing strategy firm that was later acquired by Prophet. In his role as president, Europe and Middle East of BrightHouse, a BCG Company, Brad brings deep experience in industrial goods, automotive, travel & tourism, telecom, healthcare, public sector, consumer products, and coaching teams of both consultants and girls’ lacrosse.
In addition, he lectures at UNC, Emory, and Vanderbilt, and previously served on the Executive Committee of the Product Development and Management Association’s Board of Directors.
At the House, Brad will discuss the purpose of nations and how they can find their way without nationalism.
OPTIMIZER OF FUTURE HUMANITY
Zoltan Istvan is a leader of the transhumanist movement, which advocates using radical science to improve and evolve the human being.
After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in philosophy and religion, Zoltan began a solo, multi-year sailing journey around the world carrying 500 handpicked books, mostly classics. Zoltan has explored more than 100 countries—many as a journalist for the National Geographic Channel—writing, filming, and appearing in dozens of television stories, articles, and webcasts. His work has also been featured in various media including The New York Times, Outside, Wired UK, Slate, Vice, San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Radio, CNN, CBS, RT, Fox News, and the Travel Channel. In addition to his award-winning coverage of the war in Kashmir, he gained worldwide attention for pioneering and popularizing the extreme sport of volcano boarding. Later, Zoltan worked for the international conservation group WildAid in Southeast Asia. Upon returning to America, he started various businesses, from real estate development to filmmaking to viticulture.
Zoltan’s award winning thriller, "The Transhumanist Wager," describes philosopher Jethro Knights and his unwavering quest for immortality via science and technology. Zoltan also writes futurist and transhumanist-themed blogs for The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and Vice's Motherboard.
Zoltan is the founder of the Transhumanist Party for which he was the 2016 presidential candidate. As part of his campaign, he toured the country in the Immortality Bus, and on this journey he delivered the original Transhumanist Bill of Rights to the US Capitol. In 2018, he was an endorsed Libertarian candidate for California Governor.
BLOCKHEAD OF FINTECH
A self-titled blockhead and fintech believer since 2002, Ville Sointu leads Nordea Bank’s distributed ledger and blockchain core development and research team. With 15 years of experience in digital financial services,Ville has long believed that banks may be facing a ‘kodak moment,’ that is, a decentralized future in which financial assets are distributed among several service providers as part of an ongoing disruption.
Before joining Nordea, Ville was the head of strategy for Ericsson’s digital financial services unit, a global leader in interoperable e-money and mobile wallet solutions. Today, he continues to advocate for understanding the impact of exponential technology for the sake of making business both better and more beautiful. He is also a member of Member of the EU Blockchain Observatory working group, the EBFBlockchain Task Force, and the EBA Cryptotechnologies working group.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
A global citizen, Henriett Ventura has graced stages around the world. She began her dance career at the ballet school of Gyor in Hungary and then earned a full scholarship to complete her professional training at the Vaganova Dance Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. After joining the Hungarian Festival Ballet, she moved to Portugal to join the Companhia Nacional de Bailado (CNB), where she stood out in leading roles of Olga Roriz’s works such as Pedro e Inês, Rite of Spring, and Orpheus and Euridice.
Born in Lisbon, Xavier Carmo is a professional dancer, choreographer, and protector of nature. After graduating from the Conservatório Nacional de Dança (National Dance Conservatory), he completed his degree in naturopathy with a specialty in osteopathy. Following his credo ‘know thyself, follow your nature,’ he draws inspiration from nature and outdoor endeavors such as surfing.
Henriett and Xavier have created works for the Quorum Ballet and for the CNB Young Choreographers programs. They have collaborated with São Castro and António Cabrita to create Tábua Rasa and Turbulência, two award-nominated choreographies by DGArtes.
For the House, Henriett and Xavier are creating a new choreography.
ANTIPODEAN IDEATOR AND EDITOR
Born in Australia, Georgia is currently based in New York where she is the Ideas Editor for Quartz, the business news outlet for digital natives. Georgia brings a quality-of-life focus to the future's most pressing topics by translating dense, academic subjects into engaging content.
A New York Times best-selling editor, she has led international teams of award-winning journalists and has moderated blockchain panels at the UN, spoken about primal psychology at Creative Mornings, and facilitated Global Future Councils for the World Economic Forum, among others. Formerly the editor of the award-winning design magazine Kinfolk, Georgia has fused her background in lifestyle journalism with her passion for emerging technology. She can also write a limerick on any subject in less than five minutes.
DIGITAL NATIVE VANGUARD OF THE NEW ECONOMY
As the Chief Innovation Officer of WirtschaftsWoche, Léa develops products and live experiences for Germany's leading business magazine. In her role, she has helped bring the 90-year-old brand into and beyond the 21st century with innovative solutions including a virtual reality platform, an algorithmic interface to expand the company's newsletter portfolio, and a chatbot, as well as an event called FutureBoard which revolves around AI, robotics, IoT, and the future of work.
Together with fellow House Resident and WirtschaftsWoche publisher, Miriam Meckel, she hosts a weekly livestream on digital developments and used to analyze the impact of algorithms on markets and democracy in a bi-weekly column called Code Capital. Most recently, she co-founded ada, WirtschaftsWoche’s new platform for exchange and training for tomorrow’s digital economy.
Prior to joining WirtschaftsWoche, Léa worked for social justice organizations in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. A German native, raised European, she holds an MPP from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, a BA in International Affairs from Princeton University, and an IB from the United World College of the Atlantic.
Léa was just named one of Forbes 30 under 30.
ARCHITECT OF BRIDGES TO SPAN THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
Reena is the Head of Product Inclusion at Google, where she leads the company’s narrative on bridging the digital divide. A former journalist and editor, Reena today turns products and business inclusion strategy into compelling and actionable experiences. Together with her team, she advises researchers, designers, developers, and leaders on how applying an inclusive lens across the entire product development process can lead to better products for all.
In sharing helpful narratives for a more inclusive future of business, Reena examines how culture, commerce, and technology influence each other in positive ways to improve our lives.
In her former role, she embraced the same way of thinking to journalism, enjoying her right-and-left-brain-balanced life as a writer and editor on business, design, innovation, and art for publications including BusinessWeek, Wired, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and others.
She also co-authored a book, New Media Art (Taschen, 2006), which looked at avant-garde software and robotics; and worked at or consulted with startups and leading design agencies on content strategy and creative marketing and communications approaches.
STORY SPINNER FOR DREAMWEAVERS
Courtney Hohne tells the stories behind the stories. As the marketing and communications lead for (Google) X, she and her team develop messaging and positioning for new moonshot technologies, build brand identity, and coordinate pilot tests, customer trials, and community relations for the various moonshots that are born and nurtured in the factory. Courtney provides key stakeholders with critical information about self-driving cars (now Waymo), Loon Internet balloons, Wing delivery drones, smart contact lenses, other life sciences projects (now Verily), and more.
Prior to X, Courtney spent 10 years on Google’s communications and public affairs team, working on most product areas around the world. She served as the head of Google’s Asia Pacific product communications team as well as head of communications for Google Australia and New Zealand.
She began her career as a high school English teacher and tennis coach, and later worked for public relations agencies including the Bingham Group, SIPR, Burson-Marsteller, and OutCast communications. Courtney holds a BA in English from Harvard University.
While they come from very different places, both Dijana and Diogo take an experimental approach to social innovation.
Dijana is an organizational development strategist and extroverted introvert living between Ljubljana and Berlin. In 2016, she co-initiated Positive Business Lab, a movement that seeks to integrate human wholeness into organizations with a spirit of kindness, experimentation, and authenticity. This year, she co-founded a free-form seminar-retreat called Exponentially Human that offers transformative experiences for leaders who seek to become purposeful, personal, and compassionate in time of exponential change. She is pursuing her PhD in Ethics in Business with a focus on kindness as a virtue in business leadership.
Diogo is a Portuguese urban designer, researcher, and educator based in Lisbon. He, too, has a strong entrepreneurial streak and co-founded Beta-i, which has become one of the largest entrepreneurship and innovation organizations in Europe. In addition to his teaching and civil engineering work, Diogo is an active researcher with a particular interest in affect and public space. Through a number of international projects, he explores how architecture can create emotional attachment to a place.
Both of them believe in collaboration, transdisciplinary dialogue, and learning by doing, principles made manifest in their contribution to this year’s event. Dijana and Diogo are creating a participatory art installation for the House that may make our hearts skip a beat…
Lourenço Lucena is a man of many talents. With a professional path in the field of marketing, communication, and brand management, and a wealth of professional experience working with some of the most respected Portuguese advertising and branding agencies, Lourenço Lucena also studied as a perfumer in Paris. He is currently the only Portuguese member of the Société Française des Parfumeurs.
Motivated by a triumvirate of passion for brands, perfumes, and art, he founded BLUG in 2001, a Lisbon-based branding and communication consultancy with a unique multi-sensory approach. Outside the office, Lourenço has hosted art events in and around Portugal, and his own brand of perfumes, L’Parfumeur, has been developing bespoke fragrances since 2006. More recently, Lourenço has begun sharing his knowledge and love for perfumes through workshops, masterclasses, and scented dinners, doing his part to make the world a more beautiful—and beautifully scented—place.
Last year, Lourenço debuted his “10 Commandments,” a collection of the qualities he believes we each need to cultivate in order to create a better future for humanity. Each of these was tied to a symbolic scent and a dinner course during a multi-sensory meal at the House of Beautiful Business.
We are looking forward to welcoming him again, this time for the Sensing the Future dinner and talk together with House Resident Kim Arazi.
Hans-Peter believes that relationships are the secret to any organization’s longevity. He has dedicated his career to helping keep those connections strong while uniting conflicting interests, especially when obstacles stand in the way.
After studying Law at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Hans-Peter began his career working in Chicago at a law firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions. Since then, he has held a number of leadership roles at firms including SAP and Lufthansa, working primarily on supply chain management and sustainable procurement. He founded his own consulting firm in 2008.
Over the years, Hans Peter has become skilled in the art of conflict mediation, a critical task to which he takes a very human approach. At the House, he’ll share his hard-won expertise and help us develop our own ability to reach fruitful compromises.
HUMAN ALGORITHM HUMANS
Eda is a community builder, yogi, and blogger. Markus is a real estate developer, consultant, and musician. Both are Istanbul-based entrepreneurs, and together, they form the heart of an international tribe.
By understanding their work life as their life’s work, they have begun to shift paradigms and move the focus of occupation away from simply economic value and towards a life well lived.
With this intention, the duo co-founded Joint Idea with three other partners in 2015. Together they have made waves in the Bosphorus and beyond ever since. What began as a purpose-driven co-working space has evolved into a ‘human algorithm’ of global connections and collective intelligence that has attracted a cohort of changemakers they call the Love Mafia.
Lifeworks Labs—Joint Idea’s collaborative training venture—brings these resources together to help both individuals and organizations to develop themselves: mind, body, and soul.
We’re happy to have Markus and Eda back in the House this year with all their vibrant energy, thoughtful presence, and trusty backgammon boards.
Artistic Intelligence was founded with the intention of raising the consciousness of our economy. The five creators, Silke Bartsch, Simon Berkler, Karoline Rütter, Susanne Schirdewahn, and Romas Stukenberg, forge relationships between leaders in the arts and humanities and business. Representing a diverse set of backgrounds in organizational development, brand, design, and fine arts, they appreciate both the corporate world as well as the cosmos of the arts.
An ensemble of passionate believers in the necessity of fourfold value creation in companies, incorporating profit, people, planet, and poetry, Artistic Intelligence uses their practice to advance the work on business challenges, including questions of self-leadership organizational relations, innovation, and strategic positioning.
This November, Artistic Intelligence will physically embody the spirit of the House of Beautiful Business, which is meant to be a temple of muses. A dedicated space—the Museum of Beautiful Business—will invite all attendees to explore, through hands-on experiences, what makes business genuinely human and beautiful.
Mark Power has had an eclectic career in which he has worked as an English teacher, a television actor, and a fish farm attendant in Hong Kong. He studied life-drawing and painting at art school in England and put his skills to use creating cinema murals in Bangkok. At one point, he even produced large numbers of identical paintings for others to sell as their own in the Australian outback, a task as questionable as it is intriguing. When a stint in a chemist’s camera department led him to realize he prefered the camera to the pencil, though, he decided to officially become a photographer. In 2002, Mark was nominated to become a Magnum Photographer, an elite honor he officially received five years later. Mark’s work has been exhibited in venues such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Marrakech Museum of Photography and Visual Art.
Stuart Smith is a designer, artful typographer, and publisher extraordinaire. His career began in 1987 at the Architectural Association, after which he moved to Phaidon Press, before going on to establish his own studio, SMITH, in 1994. The firm offers everything from art direction to advertising, artwork commissioning to exhibition design. He co-founded GOST Books with Gordon MacDonald in 2013. The London-based publishing house specializes in photography and visual arts and likes to keep their subject matter consciously unexpected. They’ve worked with the likes of Jonas Bendiksen, Brian Griffin, Rafal Milach, and Mark, of course. In addition to working as Director of GOST, Stuart travels around the world teaching people how not to showcase their photography.
During the House of Beautiful Business, Mark and Stuart’s homebase will be the Live Lab, a pop-up photo lab inside the Gallery House designed and run by Magnum Photos in association with the BCG Henderson Institute. Magnum has hosted similar residencies in Paris and London, and we’re happy to add Lisbon to the list of storied locales.
FOOTBALL AND FINANCE FORERUNNER
While Ebru’s life is inextricably tied to football (soccer), her background is in finance. Ebru began her professional career in New York, as a financial analyst in Corporate Finance at Morgan Stanley. In 1992, she returned to her native Turkey to serve as a senior manager at Citibank, a post she held until 1999 when she joined AIG’s private equity fund as a VP.
This all changed when the fund chose to invest in Galatasaray, a major Turkish soccer club based on the European side of Istanbul. Ebru, a life-long fan, worked on the proposal. What began as a six-month stint at the club turned into a new career for this reformed economist. Since she was brought on in 2001, she served as Galatasaray’s General Marketing Manager, the Marketing and Finance Group Head, and the Stadium General Manager. Following the merger of football, stadium, and marketing companies in 2010, Ebru was tasked with leading the merged entity, Galatasaray Sports Club, as the General Manager. She was named Executive of the Year by Stadium Business Awards in 2011.
In 2010, she became the first and, to date, only woman to be elected to the Executive Board of the European Club Association, and she served as the vice chairwoman of ECA’s Institutional Relations Working Group. A year later, she became the first and only female General Secretary of Turkish Football Federation. Ebru is passionate about leadership and gender equality, and, of course, the beautiful game. She is the chair of Women in Football, a network of professional women working in and around the football industry, and received the Making a Difference award by HBS Executive Education in 2018.
Mark Lehmann serves as CTO at Global Citizen and leads the technology initiatives that support Global Citizen’s mission to end extreme poverty around the world. Mark is passionate about using technology to even the playing fields across gender, education, and income inequalities.
A global technology executive with an extensive advisory background in the software engineering, business transformation, and process re-engineering space, Mark has worked with both large organizations and startups advising from seed through merger and acquisition challenges across Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Over the course of his career he has consulted with companies including Wells Fargo, Norfolk Southern, Lowe's, IBM, Mutual of Omaha, Serono Biotech, Manitoba Public Insurance (Canada), SalusAnsvar AB (Sweden), Friends First (Ireland), JPMorgan Chase, RBC (Canada), Marsh McLennan, and Barclays (London).
OPENER OF HEART, MIND, AND WILL
Vasco believes in a world in which wise and compassionate leaders can “lead from the future as it emerges.” He guides leaders to grow into their highest potential, by helping them to activate three critical forms of intelligence: an open mind (curiosity), an open heart (compassion), and an open will (courage).
Vasco is inspired by the Love of all living beings and being a positive activist for the protection of the planet. Through his training in Mindfulness, Heartfulness, and Presencing, Vasco has spent the past decade working with thousands of clients from Fortune 500 companies and NGOs to help achieve a shared higher purpose.
At the House, Vasco will bring his unique perspective by sharing an awareness-based technology called Social Presencing Theater, which is about activating the collective embodiment of intelligence by bringing mind and body together.
MECHANIC OF MELANCHOLY
Nika Wiedinger is a cultural scientist and researcher of philosophical business and economic research, as well as the co-founder of the Institut für Wirtschaftsgestaltung (Institute for Philosophical Economics), a think tank for speculative thinking in Berlin. Her work for companies is based on philosophic skills; her lectures, seminars, and workshops are centered on the concept of the “Beautiful Economy.”
This idea, which was formulated in ancient Greece, has been a point of reference for transformative thinking and acting ever since. It follows an idea first put forth by Plato: Beautiful is that which has become itself. Nika believes that the most important transformative resource is melancholia. Whenever there is a desire for ending, melancholia arises. Whoever consciously lives through its stages will experience it as a (self)productive force. In that sense, melancholia creates beauty, specifically beautiful people and beautiful companies.
TRAINER OF ENERGY ATHLETES
Paulo doesn’t fear uncertainty, he actively pursues it. In 2015, he entered the energy industry because he saw the transformations happening there as an opportunity for creating positive change and lasting impact. As the head of Galp’s people team, he has helped the company unite its resources, honor its human side, and prepare for a technology-driven future by training employees to be more like all-around athletes, ready to take on whatever challenges they may encounter in the years ahead.
A certified somatic and ontological coach, Paulo works as a personal coach and management consultant both within Galp and beyond as a part of his own firm: Daozen coaching. Using an approach grounded in meditation, co-active coaching, and inner martial arts, he works with social entrepreneurs and senior executives in industries as diverse as technology, NGOs, consulting, fast-moving consumer goods, financial services, and government. Paulo is inspired by a drive to help others ignite their potential, a spark he brings to his role as Board Director at STIR Education, an international initiative that champions teacher inspiration as a key investment in the world’s future.
Paulo believes business has a key role to play in tackling our world’s problems, and by working with one leader at a time, and helping them collaborate across disciplines, he is paving the way for Galp to do just that.
Companies don’t move the world forward, people do. Few embrace this credo more than employer branding groundbreaker and returning House Resident Christoph Knorn. His understanding of business is perhaps best reflected in his appreciation of motorcycles: uncompromising in their engineering yet unmistakably human in their joyful novelty, when assembled, both become more than the sum of their parts.
Christoph studied psychology in relation to both industry and art, with an intriguing foray into forensics as well. How better to prepare the modern romantic for corporate life than a wealth of insight, a taste for beauty, and a dash of the macabre?
Since 2014, Christoph has championed the human side of a company driven by electrification, digitalization, and automation: Siemens. Christoph has set industry benchmarks in terms of both attracting talent and evidencing what purpose looks like at scale.
EMOTIONAL INTERFACE ETHICIST
How do human emotions work? What's the danger of silicone sycophants manipulating our feelings? Are we all suckers for flattery? These are the types of questions that Sophie thinks about everyday.
Born into a family of costume designers, conductors, and writers in Berlin, Sophie’s life has been infused with art, resilience, and responsibility since the start. Her caring and creative approach serves her well as she works to infuse emotion and ethics into innovative user interfaces.
An experience designer by trade, Sophie has followed the emotional development of automated assistants and artificial intelligences and applied the findings to her work with voice UIs and sentient computing. As global executive creative director at the experience agency Huge, she has looked into the future of human-computer interaction and found that when computers have personalities, humans want to be their friends. Sophie’s empathic approach to designing emerging platforms helps these friendships blossom.
Ballerina, choreographer, and actress Irina Lerman has triumphed in an incredibly competitive industry because she knows that succeeding in beautiful business takes discipline.
After moving across the continent from her home on the far eastern Russian peninsula of Kamchatka Krai to St. Petersburg, Irina studied at the renowned Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet. Upon her graduation in 2011, she was invited to join the Mariinsky Ballet, one of the world’s most distinguished ballet companies. She appeared in countless productions and toured the world with the company, performing throughout Europe, Asia, and the US before branching out on her own. She participated in the Closing Ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, and her independent work as a neoclassical choreographer has earned critical acclaim.
The characteristic grace of masterful dancers like Irina make us forget the difficulty of their feats, but it is dedication, resilience, and sacrifice which make such magic possible: a lesson to be learned by all who aspire to conduct beautiful business.