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.
Ebele is an active agitator for greater inclusion.
Ebele is Facebook’s public policy director for Africa, the Middle East, and Turkey. She has worked across Africa, Europe, and in the U.S. as a lawyer, civil society advocate, and in marketing and business development. A Nigerian-American, Ebele is an active agitator for greater inclusion and is the Executive Sponsor for Facebook’s Black Women@ Employee Resource Group.
Prior to joining Facebook, she was global head of human rights at Yahoo, in the management development program in Nike’s EMEA headquarters, a senior director of advisory services at Catalyst in Silicon Valley/Amsterdam; a consumer rights policy fellow at Consumers Union in San Francisco; and a securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Paris, and London. She was a founding board member of the Global Network Initiative, is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a board member of Junior Achievement Africa.
She attended the University of Southern California, Columbia Law School, and HEC-Paris.
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).
Alissa believes in the power of quantum computing to accelerate humanity’s progress.
Alissa is currently completing her Ph.D in quantum computing at the Technical University of Berlin while working at Porsche Digital Lab. Her expertise in the quantum world has contributed to significant developments and projects at Porsche, while helping the teams to consider new possibilities outside the usual computer scientist perspective.
A physicist at heart, and the possessor of a curious mind, she contributes her knowledge in the field of artificial intelligence and her research on ethics and accountability in neural networks. Outside the context of Porsche Digital Lab, Alissa is also active in journalism, and is a member of the German media association. A former actress, she appeared in a number of movies including 2008’s “The Reader.”.
At the House, Alissa will takes us into her world, exploring the new frontiers of quantum computing and quantum business.
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.
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.
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.
Tina believes in the power of community, in giving a damn, in hugs, and high-fives.
Tina Roth Eisenberg is a Swiss born, raised and trained graphic designer, gone NYC.
Over the past 13 years Tina started numerous side projects that have organically turned into businesses: a creative co-working community called FRIENDS, a global lecture series called CreativeMornings, a simple to-do app called TeuxDeux and Tattly, a high-end temporary tattoo shop. Following her own leadership practices of prioritizing generosity, joy, and confetti, she considers creating a fulfilling work environment, and welcoming, safe communities as her way of having a positive impact on the world.
In March 2005, while having worked at several prominent design firms in New York City, she started her blog swissmiss as her personal visual archive, which eventually grew into a popular design journal with one million monthly visitors. Subsequently, she started to run a monthly lecture series, now globally recognized as Creative Mornings, out of a desire for an ongoing, accessible meeting space for New York’s creative community.
Today, attendees gather in over 140 cities, volunteer hosts and their team members organize local chapters, and the series has grown to become one where not only creatives, but like-minded individuals connect.
Her most recent project is “a more soulful version of LinkedIn,” called CreativeGuild. She lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with her two kids Ella and Tilo who are teaching her the art of making slime and building forts.
Robin is pushing the boundaries with hallucinogenic drugs.
Robin’s rigorous research into psychedelics has gained attention largely because of the therapeutic potential these drugs may have for a variety of emotional and mental disturbances. He is the first scientist to test LSD on humans in more than 40 years. At Imperial, he has designed and carried out brain imaging studies using psychedelic compounds including LSD, DMT (from the ayahuasca vine), and psilocybin (from mushrooms).
The research Robin has undertaken is helping uncover and understand the psychology and biology of death and dying through stimulating NDEs (near-death experiences); has been shown to alleviate the major symptoms of depression; and raises the possibility that the use of psilocybin can create lasting changes in people’s mental outlooks and even political perspectives.
Robin obtained a Ph.D in Psychopharmacology from the University of Bristol and an MA in Psychoanalysis from Brunel University. In 2019, he set up the Centre for Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London with the generous support of its founders.
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.
Bianca marches the streets for a climate-positive future.
Bianca is an acting, music, and physics student, and a member of Fridays for Future Portugal. An activist at heart, she strongly believes in using the power of her voice as part of the global movement for the climate.
Based in Lisbon, Bianca helps to organize strikes and other actions, such as night watches or circles of silence, and leads the communication efforts for Greve Climatica Estudantil. She participated in the first-ever European Fridays for Future Meeting (SMILE - Summer Meeting In Lausanne Europe), where activists from 38 different countries discussed the future of the movement and built strong connections.
After studying music in her small hometown, Bianca moved to Lisbon last year where she started studying acting and physics at the Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon.
In addition, Bianca has done volunteer work at art festival, collaborated with Greenpeace regarding Fridays for Future Portugal, participated in several Youth Parliaments, played in several different stages around the country with two orchestras, and more.
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.
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.
Estela moves hearts through Brazil’s living rooms.
Estela is a movie director, writer, and co-founder of Maria Farinha Filmes, a B-Corp certified Brazilian film production company. Over the past ten years Maria Farinha has produced over a hundred of films in various formats aimed at raising awareness for social and environmental issues through engaging narratives. The company’s most recent TV drama series, Aruanas, features the tragic conflicts in the Amazon rainforest and achieved global recognition due to its timely importance.
Dedicated to help elevate the voices of social and environmental changes through the art of filmmaking, Estela returned to Brazil after having lived and worked in the United States for seven years. She wrote and directed Way Beyond Weight, a documentary on the epidemic of childhood obesity, and Target Market: Kids, exploring the effects of advertising on children and The Beginning of Life, on early childhood development, picked by Unicef to be distributed worldwide. With Maria Farinha Films, Estela’s goal is to inspire social, political, environmental change, and help democratize access to stories that spark the activist spirit in the general public.
Alexandra intervenes with cellular aging to help us live eternally.
Alexandra is a scientist, investor, and founding member at Apollo Ventures, dedicated to developing interventions that target cellular aging for enhancing human health and a more productive lifespan.
At Apollo Ventures, a biotech company builder and investment fund, she is leading the venture creation programs that aim at founding new biotech startups targeting the aging process at a molecular level. In addition, she manages the pipeline and diligence process for external investment opportunities, predominantly focusing on R&D-stage biotech ventures.
With a PhD from Harvard Medical School—where she investigated the possibilities of increasing health span—she worked with the Boston Consulting Group prior to co-founding Apollo, specializing in biopharma strategy, market assessment, and asset diligence. She is also a trained pharmacist with expertise in pharmaceutics and pharmacology.
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.
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.
Mathieu tells a new story of “us.”
Mathieu is the CEO and co-founder of More in Common, a non-profit organization working to strengthen the forces that help bring us together. Set up in 2017, the initiative focuses on building communities and societies that grow more resilient to the increasing threats of polarization and social division. More in Common has already conducted detailed mapping of polarization and the landscape of public attitudes in the U.S. and Western Europe.
Prior to helping launch More in Common, Mathieu was a co-founder of Make.org, one of the largest new civic tech companies in Europe, and the executive director of NewCities, a think tank he helped launch on the future of global cities.
Mathieu served as a political officer in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations for five years, based in Southern Afghanistan, Lebanon, and at the UN Security Council in New York. He also worked in the area of governance at the World Bank and has advised a number of political campaigns in France and the U.S.
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 worked 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 service 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barbara takes the world’s largest furniture retailer into the digital sphere.
Barbara is the chief digital officer for Ingka Group, known as IKEA, the world’s largest home furnishing retailer. With more than 20 years of experience in the technology sector, she is responsible for the company’s path in light of the new retail frontier’s inclusion of competing platform giants such as Amazon and Alibaba.
Prior to IKEA, Barbara held leading positions in several global businesses such as Google, YouTube, Samsung, and Texas Instruments, and has lived in nine different countries.
She holds a Master of Science in Telecommunications Engineering from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, a Master of Science in Mobile Communications from E.N.S.T (Telecom Paris), and an MBA in Business Administration and Management from INSEAD. She is also a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Jutta fosters a better internet where privacy and control come first.
As co-founder and CEO of Parity Technologies, Jutta is dedicated to building a better internet, Web 3, where users’ privacy & control come first.
Parity is a leader in the blockchain space – it is the creator of two ambitious new blockchain projects, Polkadot and Substrate, that makes it easier to experiment and innovate with new ideas for sharing, encryption and governance.
Prior to starting Parity, Jutta was responsible for security at the Ethereum Foundation. She was recently named to Fortune’s Ledger 40 under 40 and Capital’s 40 under 40 lists.
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.
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.
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 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.
Donald is making the case against reality as we see it.
Donald Hoffman received a Ph.D from MIT, and is a Professor of Cognitive Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. He is an author of over 120 scientific papers and three books, including The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes.
Donald received a Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Psychological Association for early career research, the Rustum Roy Award of the Chopra Foundation, and the Troland Research Award of the US National Academy of Sciences.
His writing has appeared in Scientific American, New Scientist, and Edge, and his work has been featured in Wired, Quanta, The Atlantic, Ars Technica, National Public Radio, Discover Magazine, and Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. He has a TED Talk titled “Do we see reality as it is?”
Raashi asks the unasked questions to get at the core of building an inclusive culture.
Raashi leads Diversity and Inclusion for Uber across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Originally from India, she has been living the “digital nomad” life since her early childhood, when her parents decided to move across continents. Exposure to a variety of cultures, and the challenges of adapting to the cultures and environments of ten different schools, led to her passion for travelling and her attunement to diversity concerns.
In 2013, Raashi joined Uber in New Delhi to help launch and build the brand in the region. About four years ago, she joined Uber’s EMEA recruiting team where she worked on a number of projects ranging from employer branding to building the campus recruiting program. Today, she’s responsible for strengthening the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts by nurturing the organizational culture as a foundation.
Prior to Uber, Raashi worked in India’s television industry, making her mark as an executive producer for non-fiction shows.
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.
Ebru is setting new standards for football leadership.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arnaud catalyzes cutting-edge scientific innovation for good.
Arnaud de la Tour is the CEO and co-founder of Hello Tomorrow, a global organization that enables deep-tech and science entrepreneurs to solve world challenges. Through a Global Challenge for startups, which has received more than18,000 applications from more than 100 countries since 2014, Hello Tomorrow identifies deep tech solutions by partnering with universities and research labs, and connecting them with industry leaders, investors, researchers, and regulators through conferences and networking events in 11 countries.
Back in 2011, when the idea for the organization first emerged, Arnaud was finishing his Ph.D in industrial economics. He and Xavier—his friend, co-founder of Hello Tomorrow—began to notice that deep technologies, based on scientific discoveries, engineering, mathematics, physics, and medicine, were being overlooked. Poised to use nurture and further grow the potential of these technologies to solve real challenges on a global scale, Xavier and Arnaud then founded Hello Tomorrow, which has now grown to become a key reference platform in the field of deep tech and entrepreneurship.
Arnaud has a background in science, completed a Ph.D. on the photovoltaic industry focusing on the role of intellectual property in technology transfer, and then worked for a few years in management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group. He is the main author of two reports about deep tech co-published by Hello Tomorrow and BCG: “From Tech to Deep Tech” (2017), and “The Dawn of Deep Tech Ecosystems” (2019).
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.
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.
Lisa shares TED’s ideas with the world.
Lisa is the chief revenue officer and director of TED, which held its first conference on the intersection of technology, entertainment, and design 35 years ago. Since then, TED has been engaging with the world’s most inspired thinkers to share ideas worth spreading. In her role, Lisa is responsible for assuring the non-profit organization continues to grow its reach and impact through strategic partnerships with mission-aligned organizations around the world. Having advanced the media industry by supporting diversity, inclusion, and innovation, Lisa’s mandate focuses on discovering and curating the best ideas to share within TED’s own ecosystem and the TED community at large.
To further these goals, she serves on the Diversity Council at TED, and as an executive member of She Runs It, an organization committed to encouraging and promoting women in the marketing and media fields. She has also served as a board member with the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communications.
Prior to TED, Lisa served on the senior leadership team for the Scripps Networks as the co-founder and chief operating officer of Ulive, an internally funded start-up inside of Scripps Networks Interactive. During her tenure there, she received national recognition for her work in the cable industry from Women in Cable Telecommunications, CableFAX, Cynopsis Media, and MultiChannel News.
Lisa holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
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 co-ops, toolkits, and returning all wealth to the commons.
Danny Spitzberg is a user researcher and sociologist based in Oakland, California. He works with a tech collective that builds tools for economic justice projects, and advises with the cooperative accelerator program Start.coop. Previously, Danny worked as lead user researcher with a global, worker-owned software studio, and he coordinated a campaign to turn Twitter into a public utility owned by its users.
Danny believes cooperative alternatives are key for users and workers to build democracy in their workplace and on the platforms we depend on. He also believes in returning all wealth to the commons.
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.
Alex believes that the business of business needs to be its purpose.
Alex Weller is the marketing director for Europe at Patagonia, the company known for its mission-driven approach and environmental activism. Founded in 1973 by Yvon Chouinard, the outdoor wear brand has built its reputation by living its purpose, through its products, company culture, and support of more than 1,000 global grassroots environmental organizations. As part of its non-profit organization “1% for the Planet,” Patagonia donates 1 percent of its sales to the preservation and restoration of natural environments.
Most recently, the company has launched a new platform called ActionWorks, designed to encourage its customers to take part in environmental activism.
Before joining Patagonia, Alex worked as a brand communications director, EMEA for Converse, as a strategy director for the Splendid Communications Group, as well as the brand marketing manager for Xbox UK at Microsoft.
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.
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.
Lucas helps men grow up emotionally.
Lucas is the co-founder of Evryman, a global community of men who gather to challenge and assist one another in their emotional wellbeing and personal growth. A Kansas native and previous director of programmatic sales at BrightRoll, which was acquired by Yahoo, Lucas and his co-founders started the first meeting in New York during the weekend of the Women’s March in January 2017.
Raised with “midwest values” and a Jesuit education, Lucas spent ten years living abroad, where he began his career as a successful technology executive and entrepreneur. As a self-described alpha male, Lucas often felt “empty in the backend” to the extent of emotional numbness, including dealing with past issues like growing up with a bipolar father. Unsuccessfully longing for a role model to help him grow up, he soon realized that there was no way around doing it himself.
Today, he helps arrange weekend retreats and weeklong expeditions aimed at teaching men how to access and properly express their emotions. Instead of the “Fight Club” style, participants are invited to break out of weekly routines, to grow harder and softer than before.
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.
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.
Emily provides access to the next generation to innovate for social good.
Emily is a strategist and thought leader combining the worlds of research, innovation, and global development, currently working as the Executive Director of the Global Learning XPRIZE. The incentive competition backed by a $15 million prize purse from Elon Musk, involves young people, specifically out-of-school children, in creating new software solutions. A former college professor specializing in African history, human rights, and women’s global issues, Emily aims to radically transform access to education and learning on a global scale.
Prior to XPRIZE, she worked in the political, NGO, and entertainment sectors on strategy and outreach. A passionate advocate for women’s and girls’ rights, Emily has published in outlets including Scientific American, International Policy Digest, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and Huffington Post.
She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from UCLA, and a B.A. from Drew University, has won a Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship, and has conducted in-depth research in over a dozen countries on three continents.
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).
Jorge sees culture as the core element of contemporary societies.
A Portuguese born in Goa, India, Jorge has been working in the field of culture, education, and civil society for the past three decades, arguing that culture remains the core element of individual and collective development. A university professor and politician with a background in law and arts management, Jorge has been working on cultural development all around the world.
Among other projects, he was responsible for the Portuguese Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean and created the Biennial of Young Creators of the Community of the Portuguese Speaking Countries. In addition, he founded and directed a number of European cultural networks and currently teaches at the Lisbon University Institute.
Ed shows us how to rediscover real, flight-free travel.
Ed Gillespie is the co-founder of Futerra, a change company with a mission to make sustainable development so desirable it becomes normal, and the author of Only Planet. In this modern fable, he takes anything but a plane to circumnavigate the world and opens our minds to the philosophy of sustainable travel.
Born in Norfolk and trained as a marine biologist, Ed has worked all over the world, from Jamaica to New Caledonia. Most recently, he has been advising Extinction Rebellion, the international movement protesting against the climate crisis, biodiversity loss, and the risk of human extinction, and ecological collapse.
Founded 14 years ago, Futerra has continually pursued making a better world a reality. Led and majority-owned by women, it has been recognized as one of the UK’s first B-corps.
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 fields, 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.
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 helps leaders to make decisions with hearts and minds.
Maria is the co-founder and CEO of Winningminds.ai, an AI platform supporting business leaders in making investments in the right talent, teams, and customers. Moving away from five personality traits and idealized scenarios, Maria and her team are working on building their own datasets from scratch, taking into account real contexts, and the analysis of social and emotional intelligence of employees.
Scaling up her previous work of designing employee performance training tools, she and her co-founder Dimi drew from their experience in innovation technology and neuroscience to build a machine-learning powered tool themselves. Maria is currently leading the research programs conducted by WinningMinds.ai in collaboration with universities and research institutes in Canada and Europe. The research covers the fields of neuroeconomics, behavior analysis, neurolinguistics, embodied cognitive artificial intelligence, learning, and emotional psychology.
Before founding her own business, Maria worked as an innovation and policy maker manager in global corporations including the Coca Cola Company, GSK, and McCormick, and held positions including co-founder and advisor in a number of tech startups.
She is also teaches Neuromarketing courses as an adjunct professor in various UK universities.
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.
Gabriel brings AI and VR to the OR.
Gabriel Jones is the co-founder and CEO of Proprio Vision, a Seattle-based startup that aims to overhaul how surgeons see and operate. The company has recently emerged from stealth mode with seven million U.S. dollars in funding, and is starting with a system that captures real-time volumetric video using light field technology.
With more than a decade of leadership experience in technology and intellectual property law, Gabriel has assisted several successful startups on their commercialization path and is now seeking to create a more direct, positive societal impact in the health systems space.
Prior to joining Proprio he helped Bill Gates evaluate technologies while working with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on global initiatives in health and technology. He has also worked extensively with Proprio Chairman of the Board, Ken Denman, and held seats on the boards of the Washington Biotech and Biomedical Association and the Group Health Foundation through its acquisition by Kaiser.
Ben researches and builds alternative solutions for a safer web 3.0.
Ben Livshits is an associate professor at Imperial College London, an affiliate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and the chief scientist for Brave Software. A computer scientist by training, Ben has built and led the company’s R&D division in London with the goal of developing an innovative, open-source web browser that focuses on security, privacy, speed, and reliability. Unlike common browsers whose business models are based on advertising, Brave blocks ads by default and implements an innovative ad delivery model.
Ben is known for his work in software reliability, and especially for tools to improve software security. He is the author of over 100 academic papers based on his research in the area of security, privacy, programming languages, tools, software engineering, crowdsourcing, applications of blockchain and smart contracts, and more.
Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, Ben was a research scientist at Microsoft Research in Seattle for ten years. He received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and Math from Cornell University in 1999, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2002 and 2006, respectively.
Yasmina builds the foundation for the next innovators.
Yasmina Vinci is the executive director of the National Head Start Association, a non-profit organization supporting early childhood education and learning at the national, state, and local levels.
She came to the National Head Start Association after several years as principal and founder of EDGE Consulting Partners. At EDGE, Yasmina pursued local, national and global projects that utilized the knowledge, experience, and connections of her years in human services and early education, to enhance the capacity of organizations to thrive as competent, strategic entities capable of influencing policy.
Yasmina’s portfolio of experience is grounded in service as executive director of an early care and education program serving low-income families and as development director for a cluster of non-profit child care centers. In State government, she had the opportunity to supervise Head Start research, administer the federal Dependent Care Grant, and plan for New Jersey’s implementation of the very first Child Care and Development Block Grant.
She currently serves on numerous advisory boards and is a member of the International Organizing Committee for the World Forum on Early Care and Education. Yasmina holds a Master in Public Administration degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
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.
Martijn scales personal flourishing, well-being, and transformation through psychedelics.
Martijn Schirp is the co-founder of Synthesis, a psychedelic retreat center for personal growth, emotional work, and spiritual development. With a background in interdisciplinary science and philosophy, and a strong foundation in coaching and entrepreneurship, he aims to make psychedelic tools accessible in a safe, legal, and modern context.
He has been writing and speaking about psychedelics, interviewing experts in this field, and helped organize The Interdisciplinary Conference on Psychedelics Research 2016 in Amsterdam. With Synthesis, he aims to make the psychedelic experience available to curious individuals who want to utilize moderate-to-high doses of psilocybin truffles to catalyze creative breakthroughs, explore consciousness, find meaning, improve confidence, and induce mystical experience.
Infinitely “curious about the human story,” Martijn himself reached out to psychedelics when he was in search of new perspectives and clarity to reorient his way of being.
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 Associate 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.
Rubens enchants teams into collaborating through magic.
Rubens is an entrepreneur, and founder and CEO at Abracademy, a company that uses magic as a tool to help people and teams collaborate more effectively and meaningfully.
With 20 years of experience in business, digital media, and marketing, Rubens now brings magic to the world of business by magiliating (facilitating with magic) workshops for companies and schools. Through meaningful play, participants are led through learning journeys intended to shape mindsets and help with personal and professional growth.
Originally from Brazil, Rubens worked as a copywriter and creative director in New York and in London, leading many award-winning campaigns for global clients.
Dave and Helen help us question values to shape more ethical AI.
Helen and Dave are co-founders of Sonder Scheme, an AI services and training company that is helping humans win in the age of AI. They have founded five companies over the past decade, including Intelligentsia.ai, which researched how humans and machines will work together in the age of AI. After the company was acquired by Quartz, they led the publication’s AI information platform before returning to the hands-on work of helping people and enterprises craft the future of work through AI. They are also working on a new 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 equally dedicated to creatively designing consumer experiences and using his uncanny ability to find the right metrics to measure and build upon. His past experience includes stints as 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 edge 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 acting as CIO of Transpower, New Zealand’s national grid; head of emerging products at Pacific Gas and Electric, and leading the innovation and strategy practice at Meridian Energy.
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.
Adah is a storyteller who empathetically subverts the status quo.
Adah is a polymath and enthusiastic curator of people, patterns, and stories who believes in solving problems by elevating human potential rather than crunching numbers.
In 2019, Adah was recognized as one of TED Talks Global Emerging Innovators and was nominated by Google.In 2018, she was recognized as one of the UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in Technology.
She takes a philosophical approach to technology, hones her skills in pattern recognition and creates immersive storytelling, learning, and development environments.
Cultures, in which her clients and audiences become critical thinkers, philosophers and immersive storytellers, creatives, and innovators.
With over 20 years experience in transforming cultures to create human blockchains Adah has worked with businesses and individuals in advertising, education, entertainment, entrepreneurship, marketing, media and, technology start-ups.
Her clients and partnerships have included Google, Unilever, Sainsbury's, Oath, Ogilvy Labs, The British Council, The EU Council, The Tate Modern, the British Film Institute (BFI), The Union Chapel, Burning Man Camp: Playground, ArabNet Dubai, Innovate Finance, Wayra UK, The Friday Club, and Shambala Festival to name a few.
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.
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.
Leyla activates environmental change through design.
Leyla is a social scientist, entrepreneur, award-winning designer, and the founder of two design agencies: Disrupt Design in New York and Eco Innovators in Melbourne, as well as the UnSchool and the CO Project Farm in Portugal. A self-termed sustainability provocateur and cultural protagonist, she is internationally recognized as a leader in tools for the circular economy and the use of disruptive design across sustainability and educational initiatives.
In 2014, she completed her Ph.D at RMIT in change-centric disruptive design and started developing the Disruptive Design Method, which is the backbone of her unique approach to design-led systems change. Her experimental knowledge labs are all about disrupting the mainstream way that knowledge is gained and shared. An answer to today’s fast-paced life, the CO Project Farm l–a brain spa for creative optimists is an example of sustainable design and social entrepreneurship. With Leyla’s expertise at the helm, each of these initiatives serves as a multidisciplinary approach to pioneering social and environmental change through design.
Prior to her entrepreneurial career, she worked at the forefront of experience design, including Circular Classroom, Design Play Cards, Game Changer Game, Secret Life of Things, Designercise, and the Gender Equity Toolkit. She has also authored several handbooks for change makers and continues to agitate for new ways of solving complex social problems through beautifully designed interventions. Leyla’s creative work is highly acclaimed: she has earned commissions from the National Gallery of Victoria and has been featured in a permanent exhibition in the Leonardo di Vinci museum in Milan.
Chris draws from the power of improvisation on stage and in business.
Chris is the founder and director of Spacecraft, where he helps people discover new possibilities as communicators. An improvisation teacher at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), he draws from his background in theater to design and run leadership development programs, communication trainings, and team development coachings for clients including BASF, Coca-Cola, Ernst & Young, and Novartis.
Since 2005, he has been working as the Head of Improvisation at RADA in London. He has also written and directed award-winning theatre productions at leading British theatres including the Young Vic and Soho Theatre in London and the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.
Chris is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and the founder of theimaginarybody, an award-winning theatre and film company focused on using magical realism to stretch our perceptions of reality and fiction.
Megan’s romance is the one of telling stories.
Originally from Michigan, now living and creating in Melbourne, Megan considers herself a citizen of the world. As the founder and lead storyteller at Spendlove and Lamb, she has been discovering stories since 2012, specializing in narrative strategy and storytelling for businesses that are daring to create new realities and futures.
Megan’s latest passion is teaching her non-linear storytelling frameworks for innovation and human-centered design projects. She is also delving into the evolution of storytelling, as new forms emerge through “choose your own adventure”-style virtual reality and augmented reality.
Putting empathy first in business and life, she loves sharing her knowledge by speaking, training, and consulting on projects that are changing the world.
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 believes that design is strategy for unpredictable times.
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 past 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.
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. Recognized 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.
Dara empowers others through 3D solutions in austere environments.
Dara Dotz is the co-founder and principal designer of Field Ready, a non-profit organization focused on manufacturing humanitarian supplies. A pioneer in 3D printing in austere environments, Dara combines her design strategy experience with rapid ethnographic assessment to transform logistics.
Two years after the earthquake in Haiti, Dara realized the complexity and severity of supply chain logistics. Motivated to tackle these challenges, she started Field Ready, which has since then brought 3D printers to make essential medical supplies, replacement parts, water pipe fittings, and more to remote areas globally.
Prior to this, Dara worked as human factors lead for Made In Space, Inc., a company that built and operates the first gravity-independent 3D printer on the International Space Station. Her creative applications of technology led to her recognition by the Obama Administration as a “Champion of Change.” Dara holds a BS in Industrial Design, with a minor in International Business from MSCD, and has received numerous accolades for her work.
Kenneth believes the future belongs to neo-generalists who live in more than one world.
Kenneth Mikkelsen is founder of Futureshifts and an associate of Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies and the Drucker Society.
As a writer, speaker, leadership adviser and executive educator, he combines leadership, history, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology and sociology in unique ways.
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 outlets.
Kenneth’s wide-ranging work is dedicated to improving the quality of leadership in the 21st century by influencing how people think, learn, behave and impact society.
He addresses the most important questions in life. How do we want to live? Where do we want to go? What we want to become? How do we learn? Who are we? By exploring these questions with people, he helps them live informed, meaningful lives and make wise choices that strengthen our society and leave a positive legacy for future generations.
Mark creates characters made out of flesh and code.
Mark Sagar is a former medical researcher, an AI engineer, and the founder and CEO of Soul Machines, which is dedicated to bringing emotionally responsive avatars to business. As the director of the Laboratory for Animate Technologies, Mark works at the intersection of computer graphics, human physiology, and artificial intelligence to help define the next generation of human-computer interaction and facial animation.
Inspired by his early work building computer simulations of the human eye for virtual surgery, Mark became involved with the creation of technology for the digital characters in blockbuster movies such as Avatar, King Kong, and Spiderman 2, for which he was awarded two consecutive Oscars at the 2010 and 2011 Sci-tech awards, a branch of the Academy Awards that recognizes movie science and technological achievements.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Ph.D in Engineering from the University of Auckland.
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.
John dreams of a world where human wellbeing and environmental sustainability is prioritized over exponential growth.
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.
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.
Konstantinos helps build consensus for an inclusive internet.
Konstantinos Karachalios is the managing director of the IEEE Standards Association and a member of the IEEE Management Council. A globally recognized leader in standards development and intellectual property, he has been enhancing efforts in global standards development in strategic emerging technology fields through the technical excellence of his staff, expanding IEEE’s global presence and activities, and placing an emphasis on inclusiveness and good governance.
In his role as one of the IEEE Management Council members, he championed expansion of the association’s influence in key techno-political areas, including consideration of social and ethical implications of technology in light of the IEEE mission to advance technology for humanity.
Prior to his work at IEEE, Konstantinos played a crucial role in successful French-German cooperation in coordinated research and scenario simulation for large-scale nuclear reactor accidents. His work with the European Patent Office included establishing EPO’s patent academy, the department for delivering technical assistance for developing countries and the public policy department, and serving as an envoy to multiple U.N. organizations.
Konstantinos holds a Ph.D. in energy engineering (nuclear reactor safety) and a masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Stuttgart.
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.
Karel believes that in the age of machines only innovators will retain their human agency.
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.
Marina shapes cities to become and grow more sustainably.
Born into a Jewish family that fled Azerbaijan during the Azeri and Armenian war, Marina learned early how to move seamlessly between cultures and environments. After studying in London and living in Berlin, Paris, and Lisbon, she found herself melding two very different sectors — real estate and creative industries — into one profession.
Marina uses her understanding of cultures, art, and design to innovate in real estate development in the name of encouraging the sustainable growth of cities. She believes that the combination of real estate and creative projects shape cities through their physical presence, activation of stakeholders, and contributions to existing communities.
Marina has developed and consulted on projects across Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. She continues to support emerging artists and small creative businesses in their growth, holding that an unconventional approach to business helps artists and entrepreneurs remain relevant.
Heberth brings toys to life in the most realistic way.
Heberth is a Brazilian artist who explores controversial issues in our modern society.
By using toys, predominantly Playmobil and Lego, he creates scénographies of human environments— sometimes simple daily life situations and sometimes brutal realities.
Exploring different techniques, Heberth uses ceramics, paintings, photographs and more to bring his intricate sceneries and unique large-scale site installations to life. Heberth’s artwork moves beyond a typical visual and aesthetic, allowing the audience to rethink how humans behave, enjoy life, connect in community, communicate, fight for political causes, overcome physical and mental challenges, celebrate daily-life, and express emotions.
Mariana gives a voice to make machines come alive.
Mariana is a writer in quest of answering “what is AI?,” by beginning with the question “what is human?” For six years she worked as a creative director at Apple, recently penning the voice of Siri and overseeing its global character. She is now working on a book and consults for Hanson Robotics on character writing for humanoid-robot-citizen Sophia as well as at Stanford University in studies on AI and authenticity among other projects involving international visual artists and artificial intelligence.
An MFA candidate in poetry at Pacific University, Mariana examines death of identity in Lorca’s duende and in Japanese death poems. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Paris Review, the Huffington Post, and the New York magazine.
Mariana earned a B.A. in English Literature from Swarthmore College, with coursework at the Sorbonne in Paris, and obtained a J.D. from Berkeley Law School in intellectual property after completing a thesis on human bias.
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.
Lars puts digital in service of human happiness.
As Global CEO of the SYZYGY Group, a full-service digital business partner with over 700 employees, Lars runs a business whose purpose is to create digital that works to benefit human happiness. Since leading Google’s German agency business in the DACH region, and co-founding and building GroupM Germany, he rates as an insider of the digital-first era.
Having observed, developed, and shaped tech-driven innovation and new digital business models between Mountain View and Hamburg, Lars is conscious not to fall for today’s unicorns and blitz-scale solutions. Instead, he believes that sensitivity, understanding, and empathy are what will ultimately define winners and losers of the digital economy.
Bringing back confidence and positive attitude to the agency world, Lars joined the SYZYGY Group in 2016 with a mission to bring the group’s entities closer together as a management holding and through a shared culture across Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, London, Munich, New York, and Warsaw. As part of this effort, he initiated company-wide bootcamps to foster collaboration and personal growth across company borders and hierarchies; launched Hans & Marie, an annual business festival for happy people as an inspirational platform for all group companies and their clients; and is leading the transformation of the business into a successful human experience company.
Walter believes the ugliness of the world is a reflection of our inner consciousness.
Walter Mariotti is the editor-in-chief of DOMUS, an Italian magazine for architecture, design, and art. A thinker turned pragmatist, he has focused his work on developing cultural products and tools. He believes that the essence of beauty is the result of a strict and deep relationship between soul and body, natural landscape and human craftsmanship. Today, he says, “we are all unconscious citizens in a world where it is harder to reset original contacts,” as a reflection of the ugliness of the world.
After graduating with a degree in theoretical philosophy from the University of Siena, he continued studying in at Louvin-La-Neuve and subsequently at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. Following a few years as a researcher and visiting scholar, he started his career of directing media projects and magazines.