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This event occurred on
May 10, 2021
London, London, City of
United Kingdom

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Wolff Olins
90-100 Southwark Street
London, London, City of, SE1 0SW
United Kingdom
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Alex Tanguay

VP of Global Brand at Spotify.

Elizabeth Dori Tunstall

Dori Tunstall is a design anthropologist, researcher, academic leader, writer, and educator. She is Dean, Faculty of Design at OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design University) in Toronto, Canada and the first black Dean of a Faculty of Design anywhere. Tunstall holds a PhD and an MA in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. She is interested in human values and design as a manifestation of those values. Tunstall observes that design translates values into tangible experiences and asks others to consider what their values are.

Elle McCarthy

Elle McCarthy works as VP of at Electronic Arts, who develop and deliver games, content, and online services for Internet-connected consoles, mobile devices, and personal computers. She started as the head of transformation at EA in 2020 as a team of 1. Since then, she’s built out multiple departments including strategy, operations, brand management and brand marketing. Most recently, she’s also taken over the Social Impact team.

Fernanda Alonso

Fernanda Alonso, Chief Human Resources officer for OpenClassrooms.

Fiona Rogers

Fiona Rogers is the inaugural Parasol Foundation Curator of Women in Photography at the V&A. She was previously Director of Photography & Operations for Webber, a photographic agency and gallery with offices in London, New York, and Los Angeles. Prior to Webber she worked for Magnum Photos in a variety of roles, rising to Chief Operations Officer where she was responsible for running the agency and designing and implementing strategies in collaboration with the CEO. In 2011 Fiona created Firecracker, a digital platform and network to champion female photographers. In 2012 Firecracker launched a Photographic Grant and has since awarded £20,000 in funding to female artists. In 2017, Fiona published Firecrackers: Female Photographers Now (Thames & Hudson) with co-author Max Houghton.

Frances West

Frances West is the founder of FrancesWest&Co, a global strategy advisory company focusing on operationalising diversity inclusion through digital transformation. Frances and her expert partners help public, private, non-profit, and start-ups thrive and grow through digital inclusion and purpose-driven innovation strategy. Frances has 30+ years of global business management, technology sales, emerging market development and organisational leadership experience. She held numerous executive positions, including being IBM’s first Chief Accessibility Officer where she managed a global team from IBM Research to establish IT accessibility standards, shape government policies, and develop human first enterprise technology and solutions enabling all people to reach their highest potential, regardless of their age or ability.

Frank Cooper

I consider myself a marketer in the broadest sense: I seek to change things — change ways of thinking but more important to change behaviors. I've built my career leading transformative change in both scaled businesses and start-ups that are at inflection points in their growth. Leveraging data, deep cultural analysis, psychology, storytelling, rituals and applied Purpose, I have been able to work across multiple industries, from entertainment and consumer goods to technology to finance. And, throughout my career, I have kept one idea at the center of all my actions: unlocking individual and collective human potential.

Gaylene Gould

I have over twenty years senior leadership, talent development and creative direction experience in the creative sector. I have worked with international organisations such as the British Film Institute, Toronto International Film Festival, FILMCLUB, the Museum Service, Hot Docs Film Festival, and the Arts Council England to successfully broaden their creative programmes and audiences. I also worked as a creative consultant for leading organisations such as National Theatre, Southbank Centre and the Young Vic. I now run my own creative agency The Space To Come and have creatively directed independent projects for the British Council, Tate, Vivid Projects, V&A, Malmo Moderna Museet & Selfridges. I am a Cultural Ambassador for London appointed by the Mayor and a cultural reviewer, broadcasting for the BBC and writing for key film and arts journals. I am also an award-winning fiction writer. I am an accredited coach and passionate about the development of culture-shifting ideas and people. I believe the source of truth, within ourselves and society, lies in our marginalised voices so support diverse individuals and groups of creatives to discover their own.

Gilles Babinet

Gilles is a well known digital visionary in France. He is Vice President of the French National Digital Council and is representing France for Digital at the EU. Gilles was an entrepreneur at the age of 22, founder of many companies in fields as diverse as consulting (Absolut), construction (Escalade Industrie), mobile music (Musiwave, sold for 139 million euros), co- creation (eYeka), decision-making tools (Captain Dash). Founded 8 start-ups total. Also written 4 books including: "Big data, thinking of man and the world differently" and of "The Digital Age, a new age of humanity". Member of the EDF Foundation, of Learn Assembly and co-founder of Africa4Tech. Member of the strategic board of the consulting firm EY.

Jeanniey Walden

Forward-thinking business expert, author and award-winning marketing leader. Frequent guest on national and major market media outlets providing keen insight into the latest business trends.

Khanyisile Mbongwa

South African curator Khanyisile Mbongwa is an award-winning artist and sociologist who uses the creative to instigate spaces for emancipatory practices, joy and play. She has been chosen to organise the 12th Liverpool Biennial, marking the event’s 25th anniversary next year. Working internationally, Mbongwa has won a host of awards including MTN New Contemporary award and the Artists In Residency Laurate in Spain. She has also taken up curatorial research residencies in Cologne and was a special guest at the Liste Art Fair in Basel. A renowned practical curator and much-sought after academic, Mbongwa has shared her expertise as a guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town, Durban University of Technology, the Universities of Zurich, Basel and Rhodes and has been an ad-hoc lecturer at the Cape Town Creative Academy.

Kim Miller

Dynamic, inspiring, award-winning marketing executive with extensive experience in media, retail, education and non-profit organisations. Combining brand storytelling with an ROI data-driven approach to build and transform world-class brands. Industry-acknowledged reputation for delivering strong KPIs in complex, cross-functional environments, a proven track record for consumer revenue growth via e-commerce and traditional platforms as well as fostering talented teams. Expertise in growing brand awareness, scaling digital audiences, driving consumer engagement and loyalty, and launching products on emerging platforms. Balances long-term strategic vision with short-term tactical executions.

Matthias Henze

Co-Founder & CEO
Matthias Henze is CEO and co-founder of Jimdo, a provider of software solutions specifically for the self-employed and small businesses. He grew up in Göttingen, spent a few years of his childhood in Oman and the USA, and studied business administration in Kiel and Gothenburg. Jimdo is still his first and only stop on his resume – for 18 years he has been passionate about helping small businesses unleash their power and letting them thrive in the digital world with tools like the website builder, online store, logo creator or legal text manager. In his private life, he loves spending time with his family or gliding through the sky.

Sara Villagio

With a lifelong passion for music, Sara Villagio currently serves as the CMO at Carnegie Hall. Graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Music focused on the Music Industry, she then stepped into an 11 year marketing career at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Today, she continues to be inspired by the community, collaboration, and impact she fosters in her day to day life.

Sharon White

Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, the biggest and oldest co-owned business in the U.K.

Victoria Jenkins

Victoria is Founder and CEO of Unhidden, an award-winning fashion brand that creates universally designed clothing for people with disabilities. With over 15 years of experience as a garment technologist and a fashion designer, she has a deep understanding of the needs and preferences of this under served market, and a passion for challenging the status quo and disrupting the fashion industry.

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London, United Kingdom