Edward ‘the bonobo’ is a Catalan economist of British extraction based in Barcelona. By inclination he is a macro economist, but his obsession with trying to understand the economic impact of demographic changes has often taken him far from home, off and away from the more tranquil and placid pastures of the dismal science, into the bracken and thicket of demography, anthropology, biology, sociology and systems theory. He is currently working on a book with the provisional working title “Population, the Ultimate Non-renewable Resource”.
Mercan Dede, also known as DJ Arkin Allen, is a Turkish composer, ney and bendir player, DJ and producer. He divides his time between Turkey, Europe and North America. He is a ‘world music’ artist, playing a fusion of traditional acoustic Turkish and other oriental music with electronic sounds. Mercan Dede has given live performances at festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, WOMEX, the Festival de Trans Musicales and Banlieus Bleus, Arezzo, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the World Roots Festival and more.
In 2008, Louis Palmer made world history as the first man who has ever circumnavigated the world with a car powered by renewable energy. This tour showed: solutions against Global Warming are available, affordable and ready. With his powerful message, he reached more than 700 mio. people all over the world. In 2010, he is taking things further. Louis Palmer has now started the ZERO RACE, the hardest race for electric cars: 4 teams from 4 countries are racing around the world in 80 days! To inspire and motivate the world for a greener and better future. Visit the project’s websites: www.solartaxi.com and www.zero-race.com
Sushi Suzuki, born in Japan, trained in America, and currently living in France, designs environments and situations where people can learn, experience, and practice globally distributed innovation through design thinking. Previously the executive director of the ME310 program at Stanford University, he is now bringing design thinking to France where he is instructing the new ME310 program at École des Ponts ParisTech and co-founding d.thinking Ponts ParisTech, or colloquially known as “d.school Paris.” Design thinking, developed at Stanford University and design consultancy IDEO, is a new approach to challenging complex problems and creating innovative ideas. ME310 is a full-year design innovation program where students from universities around the world collaborate on innovation challenges posed by companies and organizations.
Sjur Paulsen is the owner and director of Sub Productions AS. He previously worked in the PR and communications business and has based the idea for his widely acclaimed film ‘Loop’ on his own experiences. ‘Loop’ was described by the Cinequest festival as “one of the most inspirational films you will have the chance to see.” Sjur was also producer and director of the ski and snowboard film ‘Soul Deep’, which was launched as the first digital film distributed to Norwegian cinemas.
Andreas Klok Pedersen is a Partner at BIG, the rising stars in European architecture. Andreas has been in charge of the 1,000,000m2 Zira Island Masterplan in Azerbaijan. His projects also count the Tamayo Museum, People’s Building, Lego Towers, Clover Block, Scala Library, Arlanda Hotel and BIG’s contributions to the Venice Biennale in 2004 and 2008. Andreas also teaches in the Architecture School at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and lectures internationally on BIG’s current research and projects.
Arne Osland works for Red Cross Nordic UWC (United World Colleges) that was opened in 1995 on the beautiful shores of Flekke Fjord in the mountainous West of Norway and is one of a network of similar schools around the world. UWC schools, colleges and programs deliver a challenging and transformative educational experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. The college is situated alongside the Red Cross Haugland Rehabilitation Centre and works closely with this centre. Currently 200 students aged 16-19 study there.
Born in Iceland, Rögnvaldur Hannesson lives in Bergen and, among all, strives to grow up a new generation of sustainability-conscious managers at NHH. Apart from executing this challenging task, he dedicates his professional life to research in the fields of resource economics, fisheries economics and property rights. Röngvaldur Hannesson’s knowledge is in high demand all around the world. Numerous consulting and teaching projects with universities, national departments and the World Bank led him to places like Zambia, China, Chile, Morocco, Tanzania, Russia, Australia or the US to mention just a few. By today, Röngvaldur Hannesson has published far more than 130 academic papers and books and is a member of a broad scope of national and international committees.
Silje is a founder of Hub Bergen, which will be launched in May 2011. The Hub is a global community of people from every profession, background and culture working at ‘new frontiers’ to tackle the world’s most pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges. Siljes is educated at the KaosPilot Education in Denmark and has lived and worked with various projects in Chicago and Havana. The last 5 years she has been self-employed as a consultant on innovation and change processes in organizations. She has been active on work towards a stronger entrepreneurial culture in the western part of Norway, and is now ready to inhabit a unique space in the centre of Bergen where people can meet, learn, play, experiment and accelerate sustainable ideas for the future.