Moon helps people become cyborgs.
Moon Ribas is a Catalan avant-garde artist and cyborg activist, and the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an international organization that helps people become cyborgs, defends cyborg rights, and promotes cyborg art.
Since 2007, Moon has been experimenting with the union between technology and her body to explore the boundaries of perception and to experience movement in a deeper way. Moon is perhaps best known for developing the Seismic Sense, an online seismic sensor implanted in her feet that allows her to perceive earthquakes taking place anywhere on the planet through vibrations in real time. With this additional sense, Moon is still physically standing on the ground, while being on Earth and in space at the same time. Some of her previous research includes transcendental communication, 360° perception, and the Speedborg.
At the House, Moon will take us to this third place, between human and cyborg identities, and share why it’s time for our bodies to interact with the planet and outer space.
Anand insists that changing the world takes more than giving back – it takes giving something up.
Anand is a writer and the author of The True American (2014) and India Calling (2011). In his most recent book, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (2018), he indicts philanthropic plutocrats and corporate changemakers who want to “give back but never ever to take less.” He breaks down the “MarketWorld” of “win-win” and “making a difference,” arguing that social inequality cannot be resolved by those who are responsible for it in the first place.
Anand is an editor-at-large for TIME and was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times from 2005 to 2016. He has also written for The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The New Yorker. He is an on-air political analyst for MSNBC, a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University, and a former McKinsey analyst. He has appeared regularly on TV and the radio in the US and globally, and has given talks on the main stage of TED as well as at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Yale, Princeton, the University of Michigan, the Aspen Ideas Festival, the New York Public Library, the Sydney Opera House, the United Nations, South by Southwest, the Asia Society, PopTech, the Royal Society of Arts, and Google.
Anand’s writing has been honored by the Society of Publishers in Asia, the Poynter Fellowship at Yale, the Henry Crown Fellowship of the Aspen Institute, the 800-CEO-READ Business Book of the Year Award, Harvard University’s Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism in Culture, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Award.
Cheraé believes that we can change the world by how we travel it.
Cheraé Robinson is an intrapreneur turned entrepreneur, DJ, Pan-Africanist, and the Founder and CEO of Tastemakers Africa, an experiences marketplace connecting travelers to local insiders in African cities.
Combining her strong passions for agriculture and development, Cheraé has raised visibility and support for large international organizations, including CARE USA, for nearly a decade through fundraising, media, and public-private partnerships.
The winner of the inaugural “She Leads Africa” startup competition, Cheraé has been named one of the “10 Emerging Women Entrepreneurs in Africa” by Forbes, one of the “20 to Watch” by leading Silicon Valley trends group Culture Shift Labs, and a “Woman to Watch” by the United Nations Foundation and Innov8tive Magazine. Most recently she was named one of "44 People Changing The Way We Travel" by Condé Nast’s Traveler Magazine.
Tim wants us to rewrite the rules of the tech economy.
Tim is the Founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, Inc., a company that delivers online learning, publishes books, runs conferences, urges companies to create more value than they take, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.
Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the computer industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot.com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his Gov 2.0 Summit, he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world.
Tim has now turned his attention to implications of AI, the on-demand economy, and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. This is the subject of his most recent book, WTF: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us (2017).
In addition to his role at O’Reilly Media, Tim is a partner at early stage venture firm O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and on the boards of Maker Media (which was spun out from O’Reilly Media in 2012), Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.
Safiya unveils the digital mechanics of social oppression.
Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an associate professor at UCLA in the Department of Information Studies and African American Studies, a visiting faculty member to the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication, and the author of Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press, 2018).
In her best-selling book, Safiya reveals the racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, drawing from her academic research, which focuses on how digital platforms impact society. Her work is both sociological and interdisciplinary, marking the ways that digital media intersects with issues of race, gender, culture, and technology.
Previously, Safiya was an assistant professor in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies and the Institute for Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A recipient of a Hellman Fellowship and the UCLA Early Career Award, her work expertise on issues of algorithmic discrimination and technology bias has been recognized by leading national and international press. She was also recently named in the Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers of 2019 by Government Technology magazine. In addition, Safiya is the co-editor of the Commentary & Criticism section of the Journal of Feminist Media Studies, and two edited volumes: The Intersectional Internet: Race, Sex, Culture and Class Online and Emotions, Technology and Design.
She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in Sociology from California State University, Fresno.
To enable radical collaboration, Anja wants to start the Antidisciplinary Revolution.
Anja Melander is the Head of Culture at the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship and the founder of social design firm Tankeapoteket which specializes in organizational culture and innovation. To Anja, a key skill in the 21st century is radical collaboration, moving beyond the boundaries of single-sided academic disciplines, towards what she refers to as the Antidisciplinary Revolution.
In her role as the first-ever Head of Culture, Anja explores this new educational approach, while fostering the core values at the heart of the organization. Before joining SSES, she worked as the Global Innovation Director at Fotografiska, analyzing, codifying, and scaling up their culture for international expansion. Since 2015 she has also lead the innovation efforts at Gather Festival, a transdisciplinary festival combining music, conference, and lab.
Her academic background includes a Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology and Behavioral Science, a Master of Sciences In General Management, and studies in Strategic Communication.
Sir Collier is vying to fix capitalism through social maternalism.
Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, and one of the world’s most influential voices in economic development, suggesting a reformation of contemporary capitalism.
In his latest book, The Future of Capitalism: Facing The New Anxieties (2018), he has taken on the discontent of current high-income western countries, political polarizations, and unequally distributed access to technological progress, proposing an updated “Georgism.”
A Professional Fellow of St Antony’s College, and a Professeur invité at Sciences Po, as well as a Director of the International Growth Center, Sir Collier’s research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural resources rich societies; urbanization in low-income countries; private investment in African infrastructure and changing organizational cultures.
His other books include The Bottom Billion (2007), Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places (2009), The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature (2010), and Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World (2013).
Safi shows how science can help us understand the behavior of business.
Safi is a second-generation physicist, biotech entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas that Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries (St. Martin’s Press, March 2019). Drawing from examples such as the spread of forest fires to the online hunt for terrorists, as well as beguiling stories of thieves, geniuses, and kings, Safi shows how new science can help us understand behavior in business, and the fate of modern empire.
Safi received his BA in physics summa cum laude from Harvard and his PhD from Stanford, where he worked with Lenny Susskind in particle physics and the Nobel laureate Bob Laughlin in condensed matter physics. He was a Miller Fellow in theoretical physics at UC Berkeley. After working for three years as a consultant for McKinsey, Safi co-founded a biotechnology company developing new drugs for cancer. He led its IPO and served as its CEO for 13 years.
In 2008, Safi was named E&Y New England Biotechnology Entrepreneur of the Year., He also worked with President Obama’s council of science advisors (PCAST) in 2011 on the future of national research.
Jess provides a platform to support workers’ rights.
Jess Kutch is a digital strategy architect, champion of workers’ rights, and the co-founder of Coworker.org, a digital platform for people to make change in the workplace. Since its launch in 2013, the platform has catalyzed the growth of global, independent employee networks resulting in success stories such as paid parental leave benefits at Netflix, scheduling reform at Starbucks, as well as wage increases at a Southern US restaurant chain.
A digital innovator, Jess has 15 years’ experience at the intersection of social change and technology. Prior to her role at Coworker, Jess led a team of campaigners at Change.org, providing strategic support to the site’s users. She also spent five years with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where she pioneered digital strategies for the labor movement.
Her work has been profiled by top-tier media outlets, including ABC World News, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. She is a frequent public speaker on the future of work and acts as a voice for the workforce, appearing at numerous conferences and forums around the world. She is an Echoing Green Global Fellow, J.M. Kaplan Innovation Prize winner, Aspen Institute Job Quality Fellow, and a TED Fellow.
A scientist, actress, and writer, Dipti imbues the virtual assistant with personality.
Dipti Metha is a Mumbai-born actress, creative writer, and scientist based in New York City. She also happens to work as a writer on the personality team for the virtual assistant at a Fortune 500 company, where her job is to infuse empathy and make the assistant fun and relatable to her locale in a South Asian language.
A passionate believer in holistic health, she started her own cruelty-free, chemical-free skincare line. Dipti also created HONOUR: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan, a one-woman show in which she sheds light on human and sex trafficking and takes a stand for social justice and women’s rights.
Off stage, and since the past 10 years, Dipti has been working as a research scientist in the field of prostate cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, holding a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona. With the soul of an artist, her career as a performer began at a young age of 12, when she was discovered by the All India Radio at an elocution competition. In time, she became the only radio jockey at the same station, hosting music shows in both English and Hindi.
Most recently, she has been working on a comic book called Priya and The Lost Girls, the third book in the series of Priya’s Shakti.
Josh constructs the trip to belonging anywhere.
Josh Payton is the Design Director for the trip platform at Airbnb which helps travelers find their homes away from home. Practicing the company’s mission, the art of belonging, usually begins at that crucial point between ‘search and explore,’ at the intersection of maps and user reviews.
Previously, Josh held the role of VP of User Experience in Huge's European offices, partnering with the agency’s global strategy, design and development teams in the creation and rapid prototyping of concepts, ecosystems, and interfaces.
Over the past 20 years, Josh has worked as Creative Director, UX at Apple, managed global user experience for the home and storefront pages at Amazon.com, led visual design efforts for the News and Information group at Yahoo, and headed up interactive design for Slate Magazine at Microsoft and Washington Post / Newsweek Interactive.
David predicts the end of the Silicon Valley model is near.
David Li ranks among one of the first leaders of the Chinese maker culture, which traces back to the Shanzhai market in the early 2000s. Today, he facilitates the collaboration of smart hardware entrepreneurs across various global economies, like those of Africa and Silicon Valley, with the Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab.
The Lab’s work is dedicated to exploring issues across markets, developing solutions to connect the massive production ecosystem to small hardware startups, and promoting Shenzhen’s global standing in the development of digital intelligent hardware manufacturing.
In 2010, David co-founded XinCheJian, the first hackerspace in China to promote a hacker culture and open-source hardware, followed by Hacked Matter and Maker Collider, both of which platforms to develop the next generation Internet of Things from the maker community.
David believes in and promotes new counter-narratives to the Silicon Valley culture.
Kristina leads in making foreign policy more feminist.
Kristina Lunz is a human rights activist, co-founder and Germany director of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy, and advisor to the German Federal Foreign Office. She was also recently named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.
Born in Southern Germany to a working class family, Kristina moved on to study at Oxford and Stanford, where she gained a background in diplomacy, human rights, and psychology. She has since worked around the world in cities including Yangon, Myanmar, and Bogotá, Colombia, and as a research advisor to the three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Dr. Scilla Elworthy. Kristina has published numerous works for the United Nations Association of Germany on issues related to feminist foreign policy, violent extremism, and inclusivity.
Above all, she continues to fearlessly raise her voice against sexism, educational inequality, and racism, with “zero tolerance for social injustice,” as she says.
For Roberto, DNA is the next GPS.
Originally from Italy, Roberto has shaped strategies and designs for products and services in the US, Europe, Russia, Middle East, China, and Asia Pacific. With a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Padova, Roberto approaches his work through the perspectives of ethics and societal significance. For Roberto, form follows values.
Roberto believes in the values of personal data ownership and agency—in the position that individuals should own all their personal data and use it to inform their actions. Therefore, businesses should root their offering in consumer trust and empowerment.
Today, he leads the evolution of Helix, a genomics company with the goal of empowering every person to improve their life through DNA. Helix aims to make DNA testing “accessible and actionable,” and a fundamental human right.
Antti seeks to democratize the ownership of platforms.
Antti is the Co-founder and COO at Sharetribe, a Helsinki-based startup that creates software tools which make it easy and affordable for all teams, entrepreneurs, and co-ops to start their own platforms. A web developer turned culture lead and life coach, Antti knows how to fix things in the digital and human code.
Aiming to power the collaborative economy, he believes that a growing part of this power is based on online marketplace technology that helps individuals and smaller organizations effectively sell or rent products, services, and spaces to each other.
A year ago, Sharetribe became a steward-owned company, a truly humanist operating model where profits are primarily reinvested and serve the purpose of the company instead of external investors or shareholders. The responsibility lies with the people and inside the organization, so that business works for purpose rather than shareholder-value maximization only.
During this transition, Antti led the pioneering work of establishing a capped-returns model to suit every stakeholder and adapting the steward-ownership principles in legal format, in compliance with Finnish laws, paving the way for others to follow.
Laura questions the provenance of everything we consume.
A Canadian in Singapore, Laura is a community engager, storyteller, and environmental creative focusing on collaboratively designing circular economy models. With a background in human-centered design, working in the sustainable and ethical fashion space in Asia, she is dedicated to exploring new ways of holistic and sustainable thinking about solving environmental problems.
In addition to her social impact work with ANEWKIND, Laura harnesses the power of artistic expression to catalyze change through “Clothing the Loop,” an experiential installation constructed using a lifetime’s worth of clothing. With over one million views, Clothing the Loop has mobilized a global audience to rethink the clothing waste crisis.
Laura has been featured by the BBC, Forbes, The Disruptive Design Festival, Singapore Design Week, and TEDx.
Nahum uses poetry, zero gravity, and hypnosis to put things into perspective.
Nahum is an artist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, performer, and artistic director. Also known by the name Nahum Mantra, he combines outer space technologies, illusionism, and hypnosis to create alternative and extreme perspectives of human experience.
Described by VICE Media as “a truly visionary artist who is creating new views of how we should get closer to our planet and the universe we inhabit”, Nahum has developed cultural and artistic projects with ESA, NASA, Roscosmos, and SpaceX. He was the first artist to be recognized as a Young Space Leader by the International Astronautical Federation for his contributions to astronautics and space exploration. Nahum has presented his work alongside Nobel Laureates and international leaders in the fields of technology, science, and culture.
Nahum’s work has been widely exhibited in all continents including countries such as the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, UK, France, Sweden, Russia, Australia, Taiwan, China, Japan, and Brazil, amongst others.
Yichen brings fairness to the power of investment.
Yichen Feng is a Vice President at Exceed Capital, seeking to bring equity in and access to quality education for all students. A proud first generation immigrant, one of her core beliefs is to democratize opportunities through a fairer distribution of capital.
Prior to Exceed, Yichen was on the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications investment banking team at Goldman Sachs, where she covered Education Technology, Internet, and Software clients globally. Moving between public and private sectors in the human capital space, Yichen has been working on developing teacher training programs in Egypt, go-to-market strategy for African edutainment, conducting educational research in China, and creating parenting support programs with Ashoka in the US.
She also advised early stage education technology entrepreneurs at Village Capital and started her career on the Emerging Countries Council, Cisco’s in-house VC arm focused on Brazil, Russia, India, China, and Mexico.
Douglas is flying the flag for Team Human, asking us to join, too.
Douglas Rushkoff is a media theorist and bestselling author, studying human autonomy in the age of machines. An early mover in the cyberpunk culture and advocate of open-source solutions to social problems, his recent work explores how to counterbalance the dynamics of what he calls the antihuman agenda of technologies, markets, and institutions. The latest of his twenty books is Team Human (2019), based on his popular podcast, in which he exposes how forces for human connection have turned into ones of isolation and repression, not least because of technology.
Named one of the “world’s ten most influential intellectuals” by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Douglas coined concepts such as “viral media,” “screenagers,” and “social currency”, and has been a leading voice for applying digital media toward social and economic justice.
He is a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Future, and founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics. In addition, he is a columnist for Medium, and his novels and comics are all being developed for the screen.
At the House of Beautiful Business 2019, Douglas will be sharing his perspective with us via a live-streamed video.
Caroline believes that the future of tech relies on women.
Caroline believes that the future of tech relies on women—a vision she is pursuing as founder and CEO of the initiative 50inTech.
For several years, Caroline has worked to advance women entrepreneurs in the digital economy. For the past three years, she has served as the Managing Director of WILLA (ex Paris Pionnières), the biggest incubator for female founders in Europe, and as the Deputy Head of the Digital Department of the City Hall of Paris. She is also a board member of the French UN Women National Committee.
At 50inTech, Caroline seeks to amplify the belief that women can change the face of the economy and that they are a huge and underused reservoir of growth. 50inTech is furthering the cause in the EMEA region by building a platform-as-a-service to uncover, promote, and interconnect women in the tech industry. To crack the male-dominated code, 50inTech is seeking to build a women-centered solution that engages the entire ecosystem and includes men as allies.
A former investor, Jerry helps leaders live their truth.
Jerry is CEO and Co-founder of Reboot.io, an executive coaching and leadership development firm, and the author of REBOOT: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up (2019). Prior to his career as a coach, he was a partner with JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase. He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners, which he launched in 1996 together with Fred Wilson.
Jerry serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees at Naropa University, the only accredited Buddhism-inspired university in North America, and sits on the board of the Tibetan Village Project, a not-for-profit, non-political organization dedicated to creating sustainable livelihoods for Tibetans through entrepreneurship and educational opportunities.
He has used the knowledge gained as an investor, executive, and board member for more than 100 organizations to help people lead with humanity, resilience, and equanimity.
Itai believes our spaces can be both science-informed and full of wonder.
A practicing architect and researcher, Itai draws from behavioral sciences and digital data to create conscious future spaces. He is the founder and director of Hume, a science-informed architecture and urban design practice backed by research at its Human Metrics Lab.
After his studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, Itai worked alongside the late visionary architect Jan Kaplicky at Future System on projects such as the Ferrari Museum in Modena.
In 2015, Itai founded the Conscious Cities movement, a new field of research and practice for building more human-centred urban environments by fusing architecture, neuroscience, and smart technologies such as data analysis and artificial intelligence. The term is used to define a practical approach to a new form of urbanism and architectural design in “A Manifesto for Conscious Cities,” published in The Guardian (2015), co-authored with Prof. Moshe Bar. Itai also launched The Centre for Conscious Design in 2019, a think tank focused on using design to address urban issues facing society today and in the future.
A fellow at the Centre for Urban Design and Mental Health and at the Urban Design Forum, Itai also holds thought leadership roles with institutions including Harvard, Brookings, and the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture.
Sophie shapes workspaces that marry intelligence and soul.
How do human emotions work? What's the danger of silicone sycophants manipulating our feelings? And how do we go beyond shallow glamour and into the art of creating spaces for the human soul? 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. A former 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.
Today, Sophie brings her empathetic approach to designing future work environments with the help of these friendships: in the form of user insights, people analytics, ambient computing, and spatial technology.
David defends and proclaims the inherent beauty of information.
David is a British writer, designer, creative director, artist, and entrepreneur. He distills data, information, and knowledge into beautiful, comprehensible infographics and visualizations. A lover of ideas, truth, and beauty, he understands the world through the synergy between his work as a journalist and as an interpreter of data. With this dual perspective, he wrote two bestselling books, Information Is Beautiful (2009), and Knowledge is Beautiful (2014), both of which help people make clearer, more informed decisions.
An alumnus of Westfield College, David began his career writing for cult video game magazines including Your Sinclair and PC Zone, before moving on to work for The Guardian and Wired. His information design work has also been showcased at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Wellcome Trust Gallery in London, and at the Tate Britain.
For David, both data visualization and information design are ways to tell new kinds of stories, convey interesting ideas, and bend minds.
Bryony is trailblazing the sex-positive movement in the digital realm.
Since the launch of the “Future of Sex” podcast, founder and CEO Bryony Cole has become the leading force in shifting the cultural conversation around sexuality and technology.
With her wide range of research topics and the annual Future of Sex report, she is defining the direction of sextech for governments and business. An entrepreneur herself, Bryony focuses specifically on encouraging women-led innovation in what she calls the “industry’s overlooked areas: education, pleasure, and improved communication.”
Currently, she’s producing Asia’s first sextech hackathon alongside the Future of Sex accelerator program and other immersive events that have helped design solutions for minority populations across Asia, Australia, and the US.
Previously, Bryony designed Absolut Labs, a think-tank on nightlife for Absolut, and worked with companies including Microsoft to help them humanize technology.
Gilad champions privacy and democratic values in a world obsessed with innovation.
Gilad is a privacy and information policy researcher, and founder of the IoT Privacy Forum, whose mission is to produce research, guidance, and best practices to help industry and government reduce privacy risk and innovate responsibly in the domain of connected devices. His work encompasses identity management, US & EU privacy and data protection regimes, and online trust. With 20 years of experience in the field of internet technology, digital media, automation, and telecommunications, Gilad is excited by the possibility of a more responsible use of personal data and its use in new business and technology domains.
Prior to becoming a researcher, he helped design, prototype, and manufacture the world's only robotic video migration system, known as SAMMA, which won an Emmy Award for technical and engineering excellence in 2011. Gilad is part of the UK Cabinet Office Privacy and Consumer Advisory Group, which provides independent analysis on Government digital initiatives, and a member of the Advisory Group of Experts convened to support the forthcoming review of the OECD Privacy Guidelines.
He is an Associate Researcher at UC Berkeley’s Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, a Visiting Researcher at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute, and has contributed directly to legislation on law enforcement access to location data, access to digital assets upon death, and the collection of student biometrics.
Beowulf looks into the souls of writers as if they were open books.
A photographer of leading figures from the worlds of arts, entertainment, and the humanities, Beowulf recently published his first book, Author: The Portraits of Beowulf Sheehan (Black Dog & Leventhal, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, 2018).
His childhood love of stories and music evolved into a mature love of storytellers, which ultimately led him to study photography at New York University and the International Center of Photography. In addition to his work with famous faces of the stage and screen, he has photographed those who work behind the scenes as well, including more than 800 biographers, journalists, novelists, poets, and playwrights from more than 50 countries.
His work has been published and exhibited around the globe, including in Elle, Esquire, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, Vanity Fair, and Vogue and at the Dostoevsky Museum, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of the City of New York, and Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Johanna explores the confluence of data, story, and identity.
Johanna is the Managing Director at the USC Norman Lear Center, a public policy and research institute exploring the convergence of entertainment, commerce, and society. As part of two nationwide research projects in the US, she aims to understand the relationship between political ideology and entertainment preferences. With funding from the Pop Culture Collaborative, Johanna is currently analyzing the impact of scripted TV shows’ narrative elements on viewers.
She received a PhD in English from the University of California Santa Barbara, where she also taught courses on popular culture and twentieth-century literature. Prior to her current work, Johanna has held a variety of positions in the high-tech industry, including that of web producer and digital archivist at Vivendi-Universal Games.
Currently, Johanna is also on the advisory board of Women@Paley at the Paley Center for Media and at FEM inc., a tech venture, and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology. Johanna is proud to be a founding member of the board of directors for Les Figues Press, a venue for literary experimentation.
David and Lucie are refreshing journalism in a world of all-pop-everything.
Lucie Beudet and David Creuzot co-founded Konbini, the groundbreaking French digital media company. Since 2008, they've influenced and promoted creative journalism, advocating an emphasis on pop culture and youth empowerment in France, the UK, Switzerland, Nigeria, the US, and Mexico.
Konbini has produced more than 60,000 creative articles and videos, including innovative and new formats, such as "Fast & Curious." In 2018, they launched Konbini News as a new way of rallying the youth community to report on and support causes that matter to them.
Constance brings us closer to the water and the landscape of civilization.
Constance is a Chilean-American visual artist who grew up on the water in Port Isabel, Texas, five miles from where the Rio Grande River meets the Gulf of Mexico. For the past 15 years, she has created outsider maritime projects, from a boat hotel to a floating peep show, highlighting, in particular, the loss of spaces for the San Francisco Bay Area’s queer community.
The artist describes her work as being about creating portals that bring people closer to the water and closer to that feeling of belonging to a place. Water is often looked at as a place for hosting social sculptures and immersive experiences, but Constance sees something deeper, and she understands the shoreline as a place where many human and non-human interests collide.
Constance began working with boats from a young age. At 19, she joined the Floating Neutrinos, a renowned family of wanderers who sailed around the world in handmade rafts, and they taught her to craft boats from found materials, which has remained a major feature of her work.
At the House, Constance will be asking us to reflect on Lisbon's waterfront and its resonance in our lives.
As Ideas Editor for Quartz, Georgia perfectly punctuates the future.
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.
Yanbo marries data and psychology to introduce a new discipline: career science.
Yanbo is the chief scientist of BOSS Zhipin, a fast-growing, Chinese HR tech company. A control engineer, communication theorist, machine learning research, and quantum computer developer, he has become increasingly interested in drawing insights regarding psychology from his research to learn more about the human mind.
Last year, Yanbo founded the Career Science lab to study the evolution of job skills and career development, which led him to form a framework for a new discipline: career science. He aspires to turn himself into a “technology neutralist” by incorporating both sides of the equation, which he defines as technological progress with its environmental and societal impact.
Previously, he worked as a senior deep learning researcher at D-Wave Systems Inc., focused on the fields of deep learning, reinforcement learning, and probabilistic sampling. He has also supported the technical co-founders at the Creative Destruction Lab of the University of Toronto.
He holds two PhD degrees, one from McMaster University in Canada and one from Northeastern University in China.
From cargo ships to the C-suite, Anthony examines the human condition.
Anthony is passionate about building a more human world, one leader at a time. In his work as an entrepreneur, philosopher, and mentor, he has made a life out of asking questions.
He is a confidant to senior leaders in large publicly traded companies across four continents and in almost every sector. Over the course of 10 years, he has worked one-on-one with more than 150 global influencers from the business, academic, military, and social sectors. His book Humanise: Why Human-Centered Leadership is the Key to the 21st Century (2015) explains essential leadership qualities of the future.
Whether advising a board, mentoring a CEO, or helping an executive team navigate uncharted waters, his approach starts in the unknown, using a unique search process that blends creativity, philosophy, and navigational theory to help people gain clarity, focus, and momentum.
At the House, he will talk about his formative experience of working on a cargo ship in the Pacific Ocean earlier in his career, and how the concept of personal and organizational despair can strengthen human-centered leadership.
Pauline shows why aesthetic intelligence matters.
Pauline is the author of Aesthetic Intelligence: How to Boost It and Use It in Business and Beyond (2018). The book is based on a graduate school course, “The Business of Aesthetics,” which she introduced and formerly taught at the Harvard Business School. With 25 years of experience in building the world’s most influential luxury brands, Pauline shares insights as to how and why long-term financial value is built on the ability to deliver aesthetic value. She also advises executives and entrepreneurs on strategies for evaluating and enhancing their businesses through activation of their own senses and cultivation of their tastes—two of the most under-developed “soft skills” of business leaders in today’s world. In addition, she hosts a weekly lifestyle show, “Tastemakers,” which airs on the world’s largest audio entertainment company, SiriusXM.
Prior to her work in media and academia, Pauline was the Chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, where she held the regional leadership position for about 70 luxury brands in sectors ranging from fashion to fragrances to fine wine. Before joining LVMH, Pauline worked as a Managing Director at the private equity firm The Carlyle Group, where she helped build the firm’s global consumer and retail practice.
Since 2008, Pauline has been a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a program that seeks to develop the next generation of community-spirited leaders. She also sits on the boards of the Parsons School of Design and one of her alma maters the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Joana introduces zero-waste eco-friendly fashion to the mainstream.
Joana Cunha is the founder of Fair Bazaar, a digital marketplace that urges you to buy less, and Catalyst, an inclusive platform that promotes the collaboration between brands in order to maximize the impact of sustainable fashion on the industry. A management graduate with a background in marketing, Joana’s goal is to inspire, educate, and empower a global community dedicated to conscious consumption.
Joana shifted her own perspective on consumption and alternative brands after seeing the documentary “The True Cost.” She then launched Fair Bazaar with the aim of providing easier access to quality ethical and fair-trade products for those seeking an alternative to rampant consumerism and waste. So far, Fair Bazaar includes over 50 brands representing an eclectic range of vegan, eco-friendly, artisan, recycled, organic, zero-waste, or small-scale production products.
Before starting her own business Joana worked at Estée Lauder, Zalora/Rocket Internet, and Gleam.
Danny believes in simple tools, co-ops, and returning all wealth to the commons.
Danny Spitzberg is a sociologist and user researcher, working with a collective that organizes and builds cooperatively-owned platforms. For him, cooperative conversions are a key to closing loopholes in the current economic system. Most recently, he has worked as a Technology Strategist at CoLab, a worker-owned digital agency that started in 2010 in Ithaca, New York. Introducing alternative business models that enable equitable ownership and control, Danny seeks to fit more human values in workplaces and platforms within the tech industry.
Prior to this, he worked as a principal at Peak Agency, where he helped raise $500,000 with groups including The Global Lives Project, The Lab, Omni Commons, and other community media and economic justice projects.
Amy is a business poet connecting our practical and creative selves.
Amy Whitaker is an assistant professor of business and art at New York University and the author of Art Thinking. A business poet and human Venn diagram, she strives to connect our practical and creative selves for a business world based on equity- and shared value-based compensation.
She holds an MBA from Yale and an MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art, as well as an undergraduate degree from Williams College in political science and art. Her first book Museum Legs was included in the Authors@Google program and assigned reading for the first-year class at the Rhode Island School of Design. Currently she is at work on her third book, Economics of Visual Art (Cambridge3).
Herminia pushes the boundaries of leadership and our concept of time.
Herminia Ibarra researches and advocates for new ways business can manage people and time in the era of smart machines. As the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at the London Business School, and one of the Thinkers 50, Herminia ranks among the leading authorities on leadership and career development in the world. She is convinced that if leaders are open to experimentation and being more playful with the sense of self, they will remain relevant as individuals while ensuring their organizations keep up with the times.
Besides her best-selling books Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader (2015) and Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (2004), she writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review and other academic journals as well as business publications including the Financial Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal on the topics of leadership and organizational transformation.
Prior to joining the London Business School, she served on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties. In addition, she is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, a judge for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and one of Apolitica’s 100 most influential people in gender policy.
Horácio re-introduces classical music to the next Portuguese generation.
Horácio Ferreira is an award-winning musician and one of the most talented clarinettists of the new Portuguese generation. Having pursued his gift since the age of eight, he received his diploma from the Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo in Porto in the class of António Saiote, studied with Enrique Pérez Piquer and Michel Arrignon at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid, and is currently studying with Nicolas Baldeyrou in Paris.
A prizewinner of numerous international competitions, Horácio has played as a soloist with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Casa da Música Oporto Symphony Orchestra, XXI Orchestra, Cascais and Oeiras Orchestra, Filarmonia das Beiras Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Musica Humana Orchestra.
Recognized as one of the best new up-and-coming artists, he also became the first Portuguese clarinettist to win both junior and senior divisions at the 28th edition of the “Radio & Television Competition – Prémio Jovens Músicos,” where he was also awarded with the Maestro Silva Pereira Prize for “Young Musician of the Year 2014.” Throughout his career he has been generously supported by the Albéniz Foundation, the Carolina Foundation and the Gulbenkian Foundation.
Victoria is a meta-connector.
Victoria is the Strategic Partnerships Manager for Facebook’s Community Partnerships team and the Founder and CEO of hito labs, a company exploring the future of community systems. A semiotician by training, a strategist by trade, and a gatherer at heart, Victoria focuses her work on what Charles Eames famously called the “quality of the connections.”
In recent years, Victoria has developed her interest in meta-communities: how to bring members of different communities together in order to foster interdisciplinary and intergenerational learning.
Moreover, Victoria hosts an award-winning podcast, The Work We Do, and has been the London host of the global event series CreativeMornings for seven years. She also runs a monthly immersive poetry event called Poetika. Additionally, she works as a mentor at Techstars, Escape the City, and Out Of Office Hours; she advises Second Home; and gives lectures at the University of the Arts, London.
James illuminates the struggles of leaders who did good while doing well.
James O’Toole is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and founding director of the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership. His 18th book, Enlightened Capitalists: Cautionary Tales of Business Pioneers Who Tried to Do Well by Doing Good (2019), is the result of 50 years of research in the areas of leadership, ethics, corporate culture, and philosophy.
With a Doctorate in Social Anthropology from Oxford University, James served as a Special Assistant to the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, Elliot Richardson, as Chairman of the Secretary's Task Force on Work in America, and as Director of Field Investigations for President Nixon's Commission on Campus Unrest. He also won a Mitchell Prize for a paper on economic growth policy, has served on the prestigious Board of Editors of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and was editor of The American Oxonian magazine.
In addition, he was the Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute and has served recently as Managing Director of the Booz Allen & Hamilton Strategic Leadership Center, and Chair of the Center's academic Board of Advisors. In 2007 he was named one of the "100 most influential people in business ethics" by the editors of Ethisphere, and one of "the top 100 thought leaders on leadership" by Leadership Excellence magazine.
Mickey wants us to overcome The Great Cognitive Depression.
Mickey McManus is a pioneer in the field of collaborative innovation, pervasive computing, human-centered design, and education. He holds 13 patents in the areas of connected products, vehicles, and services. As the co-author of the book,Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology (2012), he points to a future where computing will cease to be confined to any particular "box," but instead will be freely accessible in the ambient environment.
His current research is at the intersection of automation, cognitive capacity, biases, and meta-cognition.
He was the president, CEO, and Chairman of MAYA Design, a design consultancy and innovation lab that spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 1989 with a mission of taming complexity. During Mickey’s 13 year tenure as CEO at MAYA the company won numerous Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) awards for product innovation, was selected multiple times as a top 20 “best small company to work for” in America by Fortune, Inc, and Entrepreneur magazines, and spun-out, launched, or incubated five new MAYA organizations based on research conducted for the original “Department of Strategic Surprise.”
Mickey believes that cognition is our most precious resource and proposes we explore ways to incentivize cognitive responsibility, from “cognition facts” labels similar to “nutrition facts” labeling, to a “de-cognition tax” for those organizations that insist on stealing our capacity.
Yemi segues the path of female investors and entrepreneurs into a New Africa.
Yemi Keri is the driving force behind Rising Tide Africa, a trans-border women-oriented investment program for tech startups and small businesses. Funded by private investors, the fund works to harness the power of local and national networks, passion, and capital to positively impact a New Africa.
Initiated to increase women’s participation in angel investing and education, Rising Tide Africa seeks returns in critical sectors including health, education, energy, water, agriculture, commerce, transport, communications services, and infrastructure. In addition, Rising Tide Africa will also be actively involved in the promotion of investment literacy among women.
With over 22 years’ experience in the information and communications technology sector in both the public and private sectors, Yemi previously worked as the Director and Regional Manager, West Africa for SAP Africa, and currently works as the Chief Executive Officer of Heckerbella Limited, a technology business transformation company, and as a Partner at Holmen Consulting.
Shermin believes the world will be tokenized.
Shermin is a leading voice on the potential of blockchain and cryptocurrencies to radically transform the internet and our society. She is the Director of the Research Institute for Crypto Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and the founder of BlockchainHub, a network of independent entities that advocate for bespoke technology, smart contracts, and the decentralized web. She is also the author of The Token Economy (2019) and an advisor of Jolocom, a blockchain-based self-sovereign identity protocol, and of Wunder, a decentralized art museum.
For Shermin, what’s fascinating about the crypto-economy is not only the idea of alternative finance commodities, but the potential of a completely new operating system based on distributed governance that can transcend geographic boundaries of nation states.
In the past, Shermin worked as a curator of TheDAO (one of the world’s first Decentralized Autonomous Organizations), and on the advisory board of the Estonian E-residency.
She is Austrian, with Iranian roots, and lives in Vienna and Berlin.
Maria Hengeveld investigates feminism, globalization, and workers’ rights.
Maria is a PhD student and Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and a contributing editor at Africa is a Country.
During her human rights Master’s studies at Columbia University in New York, she developed an interest in the rise of philanthrocapitalism and the corporate social responsibility fieldx, and how both are linked to and perpetuate systems of power and inequality.
In one of her recent articles in The Nation, Maria wrote about the most recent big business “scam” making empty promises about purpose. More often than not, these promises play into a new “purpose paradigm,” in which business is equally driven by purpose and profits, with equal social and financial returns. In this paradigm, doing what’s right for society somehow aligns with what’s right for the bottom line, however, this misguided belief ultimately delays real progress.
Paul believes in the four-day work week, no emails, and no meetings.
Paul is a designer, innovator, founder, and chief designer of Airline Design, a Tokyo-based product and design firm. A rigorous advocate for the ultra-minimalist workplace, Paul and his teams have put millions of products on the market, and he’s been part of developing the vision, strategy, and design for companies including Amazon, AT&T, HP, Microsoft, and Under Armour.
He has built design studios from scratch; has supervised large, global design organizations; and has led the design and manufacture of both hardware and software. Before founding Airline Design, Paul founded two other companies: Mediatruck (1997), a venture-backed software tools and consulting company, as well as Handwire (2002), a boutique software design and development firm.
Kate is putting the human back in the code.
Kate O’Neill is helping us better understand the human impact of tech dominance and data-driven-everything. She is a consultant on digital transformation and strategy, keynote speaker, and author of four books, including her latest, Tech Humanist: How You Can Make Technology Better for Business and Better for Humans (2018). Questioning if we’re steering technology in directions that create the future in the best way for the most people, Kate has devoted this book to examining the intent and avenues through which people create and distribute technology, and the amplifying effects technology has on the values of the organizations that deploy it.
Among her prior roles, Kate was one of the first 100 employees at Netflix, where she created the first content management role, and led one of the first digital strategy and analytics agencies.
Born in the Chicago area and after years of living in Silicon Valley, Portland, Oregon, Düsseldorf, and Nashville, Kate is proud to now call New York City home. Over the course of her career, she has been named a “Woman to Watch in Retail Disruption,” “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year,” “Social Media Strategist of the Year,” a “Power Leader in Technology,” and a “Woman of Influence,” among numerous other awards and recognitions.
Ian reverse-engineers the startup ecosystem with diversity and inclusion.
Ian McDonald is a startup advocate for inclusivity in the often single-sided tech entrepreneur landscape. A senior technology executive with experience ranging from working in multinational organizations and mentoring, advising, and investing in startups, Ian joined Microsoft for Startups via the acquisition of SwiftKey.
Ian has high functioning autism, more specifically Asperger's Syndrome,and sometimes considers this as a disability, but most of the times, as a secret superpower. Having observed and worked in the startup hubs of Silicon Valley and beyond, he’s personally concerned with the challenge of moving away from the gender stereotypes and lack of diversity.
Along social inclusion, he also seeks to advance more inclusive technological business models and ways of working, such as open-source activities. Over the past years, he has contributed to the Linux kernel and served as a President of a Linux User Group.
Jennifer knows what makes couples that work work.
Jennifer Petriglieri is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at INSEAD, and the author of Couples That Work, a forthcoming book on how dual-career couples can thrive in love and in work. An award-winning researcher and teacher, shortlisted for the Radar New Thinking award in 2015 by Thinkers50, she ranks among the world’s most influential management authors.
In her latest work, Jennifer explores the developmental life cycle of dual-career couples, aligning with her past research on sustaining personal and professional identities in worlds of high uncertainty, such as mobile careers, organizations, and professions in crisis and change.
Her writing has appeared in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning & Education, the Journal of Organizational Change Management, and has also been featured in Business Week and the Harvard Business Review.
A British citizen, Jennifer earned a PhD in Organizational Behaviour from INSEAD. She also holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland, and a BSc in genetics from Nottingham University, UK. Prior to joining INSEAD, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow of Organizational Behaviour at the Harvard Business School.
Christian combines AI, data, and science to enable social and economic prosperity.
Christian is a German-Australian scientist and entrepreneur who honed his expertise at major scientific institutes worldwide. As a global leader in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science, he activates teams via AI technology, science, and entrepreneurship to reach new levels of sustainable social and economic growth.
Christian has more than 25 years’ experience working for some of the largest US and European IT companies including British Telecom, Ericsson, HP, and IBM, and he has launched and worked at several startups in the AI, healthcare, and data space.
During the dotcom boom, he built a number of intelligent systems based on machine learning and collaborative filtering, including a music recommendation engine, as well as an intelligent agent system that assists care teams with managing chronic diseases.
Christian holds an adjunct position as a Professor at the University of New South Wales in Australia, and is an Adjunct Researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Nordic AI Institute, (NAII), a global alliance dedicated to using AI and machine learning for social and economic prosperity in the Nordic countries and beyond.
Christian has written and edited seven books; released more than 50 publications; and holds several patents.
Yanling promotes the integration of blockchain, human connection, and health.
Yanling is the co-founder of ArtPi, and the Chair of Open Heart Design Alliance, a “design talent powerhouse” intending to encourage sustainable growth in China. With the belief that life is experienced and expressed as a learning, creating, and serving process, Yanling considers herself a part of the planetary consciousness movement. Focusing on transformative healing, she opened Davos’ first consciousness business hub, BlockBase, which also operates with a framework of traditional heritage, ecological balance, and soul purpose.
Through retreats, workshops, and one-on-one intuitive sessions, Yanling helps creatives, visionaries, and leaders recognize the interconnectedness of life and seek balance in the world of business.
Named as one of “China’s top 10 design influencers” by Elle Decor China, and "China design figure of the year” (in 2015 and 2016) by Beijing Design Week, Yanling is recognized as one of the most impactful innovation evangelists and design media personalities in China.
Her portfolio consists of founding Beijing’s first co-working space, leading China’s biggest national creative event brand, and launching Davos’ first consciousness business hub.
From post-Brexit infrastructure to Europe’s hyperloop, Alice is ahead of her time.
Alice 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 has 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.
Nuno knows how to play the beautiful game with an eye for growth.
Nuno Moura is the chief marketing and growth officer at the Portugal Football Federation and has led global brands to success at major sports events such as the 2012 and 2016 UEFA European Championships, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Olympics, and more.
With 15 years’ industry experience, Nuno’s game is all about driving brand and business growth, including e-commerce, media, and CRM strategies for all geographies and markets globally.
Awarded as a "Leader Under 40” for the digital and technology category by the prestigious Aspire Academy and Leaders in Sport organization, he worked as the global brand digital director of Nike Football before joining the Portugal Football Federation.
At the House, Nuno will not only join our traditional football match (and then help us make sense of what happened on the pitch), but also discuss how we can maintain the romance of the ‘Beautiful Game’ with its increasing commercialization.
Shai makes beautiful moments last.
An Israeli living in Berlin, Shai works as a still and moving-image photographer, director, and filmmaker. Born and raised in Jerusalem, he earned his diploma at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in 1999. He has lived in Berlin for more than a decade, committed to bringing beauty to life in commercials, personal videos, and photography content: “My main mission in the process of portraiture work is to recognize and isolate something true, often hidden in somebody’s world. And it always feels more like scratching the surface than putting together a mighty composition. In that sense I believe that beauty, on all its forms and parades, is one vehicle used by those authentic qualities of ours.”
At the House of Beautiful Business 2019, Shai will join us as a Photographer-In-Residence, opening a photo studio for exploration and expression throughout the week.
Adah believes that we want a new religion—be it through tech, mysticism, or a combination of both.
Adah is a futurist, technology philosopher, and strategy consultant who believes in solving problems by elevating human potential rather than crunching numbers. With over 20 years of experience in creating human-centered ecosystems, she aims to help build resilient workplace cultures motivated by truth, curiosity, activism, diversity, and humility.
Adah’s mission is to convert those “doing” the innovating across organizations, cultures, and communities into philosophers, building on her understanding that transformational change always requires systemic culture change. Since 2014, she has been working as a consultant and facilitator for clients such as Unilever, Google, Universal Music, The British Council, Sainsbury's, Ogilvy Labs, Innovate Finance, The EU Council, the British Film Institute (BFI), Wayra UK, The Friday Club, and ArabNet Dubai. She served as a Startup Category Award Judge at the BIMA (British Interactive Media Awards) and was the host of the podcast series Our Lives +Tech.
Adah was recognized as a TED2019 Emerging Innovator, one of 100 BAME Leaders in Tech, and nominated by Google for its #IamRemarkable initiative.
Elaine tells stories that help us face the challenges of digital afterlives.
A digital immigrant masquerading as a digital native, an American masquerading as a Brit, and a committed urbanite masquerading as a chicken farmer, Elaine is a genuine psychologist, writer, and public intellectual.
Elaine previously worked as a principal lecturer in counselling psychology and then left formal academia to pursue her investigations on topics that most fascinate her. All the Ghosts in the Machine: Illusions of Immortality in the Digital Age (2019) is her first nonfiction book for general audiences.
Apart from writing and speaking, she is a practicing psychotherapist; a producer for the “Mortified:live” storytelling project; and she makes unsuccessful attempts at learning the banjo. She has appeared in various print, broadcast, and online media, including BBC television, ITN Channel 4, Radio 4, and the “Mortified” podcast.
Jin Joo develops robots with social intelligence.
Jin Joo Lee is a social robot interaction engineer currently working as a software development engineer at Amazon Alexa Devices, where she develops intelligent interactive experiences. Fascinated by translating between man and machine, Jin Joo’s expertise focuses on modeling social and emotional communication using machine learning algorithms to create lifelike and interactive robot characters. Her interdisciplinary approach combines methodologies from robotics, AI, human social psychology, and cognitive science.
With experience in computer vision and perception, cognitive models and planners, animated behaviors, and evaluating user-experience, Jin Joo has previously worked on the development of the Tega robot, an Android-based platform designed for highly-expressive and engaging interactions with young children.
She earned a PhD from MIT after studying at the Media Lab in the Personal Robots Group.
Ricardo nurtures Portugal’s startup ecosystem from its heart.
Ricardo is an entrepreneur and investor, and a Co-founder and Board Member of Lisbon-based Beta-i. Recognizes as one of the world’s most active startup accelerators, he has helped more than 900 new businesses grow and thrive by offering 360-degree innovation services ranging from acceleration, events and corporate innovation to education, investment, and community. Apart from “innovation”, the “i” in Beta-i also stands for imagination, initiative, inspiration, and ignition, as Ricardo says.
Prior to his work with startups, Ricardo co-founded Evolve Space Solutions, where he developed software products for the aerospace industry with clients such as Airbus, Boeing, ESA, and others.
Holding a Masters in Computer Science Engineering, Ricardo’s interests and expertise range from satellite simulators, earth observation systems, and interplanetary missions to scaling entrepreneurship programs.
Carmen tells the story of an unfinished Orson Welles movie to test the notion of truth.
Carmen is a German author, whose acclaimed novel, It’s All True, is a metaphysical immersion journey reminiscent of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.
After spending several years in Rio de Janeiro, Carmen’s short story collection Brasilia Stories was published in 2005. Her debut novel Mal Aria received the Literature Prize of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation 2012 and was awarded the Buddenbrookhaus Debut Prize in 2013. Mal Aria tells the true story of Carmen’s unfortunate encounter with a mosquito, which she then turns to the narrator of the novel, sharing this life-changing experience from a new and unexpected perspective.
Fabio pushes the boundaries of digital experiences to enhance people’s lives.
Fabio is the Regional Design Director at Fjord, where he helps push the possibilities of design’s impact on business and society, with a particular focus on expanding the company’s work and relevance in the health and wellness sector.
For the last 20 years, he has been exploring areas at the intersection of emerging technologies and their potential to amplify human potential, as well as business scenarios that revolve around people’s true desires. With experience across a wide spectrum of industries and sectors, Fabio previously worked as vice president of design at Frog Design, where he helped shape the firm’s experience strategy offering, and served as the global head of its social impact practice.
Along with his studio work, he serves as a design educator and mentor to graduate and post-graduate students of the Politecnico di Milano, Domus Academy, and the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. Fabio’s passions include architecture, science fiction, and graphic novels. He also maintains a longstanding addiction to Legos.
Marcel finds, creates, and documents happy spaces.
Driven by insatiable curiosity, Marcel catalyses new projects to playfully explore different topics in the fields of society, culture, and technology. As the initiator of “Happyplaces,” he investigates the dimensions and manifestations of space. The project explores how a wide variety of people create or facilitate spaces and where their boundaries lie; in turn it maps these findings and then translates them into hands-on tools that can help to create better spaces where people can find happiness.
Marcel regularly organizes and facilitates creative social events that bring people together in building shared understandings and improved realities, as he does with his work as creative director of WeMakeThe.City, the festival that makes cities better.
He also works as a creative strategist and strategic creative as Happykamping, an eclectic distributed network of thinkers and doers for a wide variety of clients, helping them with their complex challenges, and ultimately leading them to happiness.
Mariana is changing the face of media, one woman at a time.
Mariana Santos is the founder and CEO of Chicas Poderosas, a non-profit organization that aims to bring more women into digital media in Latin America. What started as an idea back in 2013 during her ICFJ Knight Fellowship has now grown to an interdisciplinary realm for journalists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators, and design thinkers who are poised to help more women succeed as new media leaders.
A trained animator, Mariana pioneered the newsroom’s use of motion graphics to make data stories more compelling, particularly in Brazil, Chile, and Costa Rica. She also leads design thinking workshops to increase a multidisciplinary approach to storytelling, and she is a leader in community transformation via digital training.
Formerly, Mariana worked as an infographics editor at the Olympic Committee for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016, and held the position of director of interactive and animation at Fusion Media.
Hannah paints the stories of global crisis areas.
Hannah is an Arabic-speaking English artist and activist, seeking to use art as a tool for advocacy by bringing the stories of crisis into places of influence in the West. This year, she has been selected for the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 and recently completed her Master of Arts at the Prince’s School of Traditional Art in London.
In 2014, during her time in Jordan as a student of Arabic, Hannah organized art projects with Syrian refugees for UNHCR. This experience led her to combine her art and humanitarian activism. Subsequently, Hannah began painting portraits of refugees she had met in order to deliver the personal stories behind the statistics of this global crisis. Most recently, Hannah has been working with survivors of Boko Haram and Fulani violence in Northern Nigeria.
Hannah's portraits have been shown at the Houses of Parliament, European Parliament, Scottish Parliament, GCHQ, DfID, Lambeth Palace, The Saatchi Gallery, and Durham Cathedral. Three of Hannah’s paintings of Yezidi women were chosen by HRH The Prince of Wales for his exhibition Prince & Patron in Buckingham Palace in the summer of 2018.
Through philosophy, writing, and his work with the systemic constellation process, Robert explores what it means to be human.
Robert Rowland Smith, a British philosopher, author, constellator, and founder of DynamicsofPower, 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.
Paulo takes care of Galp’s most important resource: its people.
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.
Martin calls for business to compete on imagination.
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,” the need to “compete on imagination,” 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.
At the House, he will moderate the Sunday sessions and engage with leaders in a series of Bottom-Line fireside chats throughout the week. He will also host a podcast in our podcast studio.
Léa helps companies embrace the facts and feelings of the exponential age.
Léa is the Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the founding team of Ada, a journalism-led platform for future insights curated by Germany’s leading business publisher, Handelsblatt Media Group. She is in charge of developing strategies, experimental formats and live experiences, and assessing emerging technologies as well as business models. Together with founding publisher Miriam Meckel, Léa hosts a live-stream series on digital developments. In her previous role, Léa acted as the Chief Innovation Officer of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s leading business magazine.
Prior to joining Handelsblatt Media Group, Léa worked on social justice in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She was selected as a 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 leader, one of Medium Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 journalists, an Atlantik Brücke Young Leader, and a Leader of Tomorrow by the St. Gallen Symposium.
She holds a Master of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Bachelor in International Affairs from Princeton University, and the International Baccalaureate from the United World College of the Atlantic.
Mykel believes that the future of business belongs to the artists.
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.