SPEAKERS

Join visionaries and leaders from the world’s most disruptive brands

We believe that to inspire future trends in travel, we need to look beyond what’s happening right now and think about what’s going to happen next. That’s why we invite creative thinkers from around the globe and across industries to share their insights, challenging you to think differently and open your eyes to new perspectives.

2018 LINE-UP

Sean Roby

Founder and CEO, Bud And Breakfast

Sean Roby

Founder and CEO, Bud And Breakfast

Sean Roby (CEO) imagined Bud And Breakfast over 16 years ago and had the foresight to register the domain name in 2002. He is responsible for day to day operations including excellent customer support, host acquisition, accounting, business development, and media relations. He is the face of Bud and Breakfast in the press. Previously Mr. Roby studied Hospitality Administration/Tourism and Management at Auckland University of Technology and is continuing his post grad work. He also founded and managed Taste of Travel, a Geo Trending travel company highlighting the specialties and nuances from regions around the globe.

Mr. Roby promotes farm tours, eco tourism, vineyard tours, farm-to-table dinner events and wine pairing events. Mr. Roby also holds a degree in Ayurvedic medicine (California College of Ayurvedic Medicine). He owned and operated Holistic Medical Management, an Ayurvedic detoxification clinic in Hawaii.

Speaking on:

The rise of reefer: can cannabis transform travel?

Monday 11th June

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Jeremy Pelley

Co-founder and Creative Director, OMFGCO

Jeremy Pelley

Co-founder and Creative Director, OMFGCO

Jeremy Pelley is a Co-founder and Creative Director at OMFGCO, a Portland-based creative studio that builds brands for visionaries. He flosses, both literally and metaphorically.

Speaking on:

Crafting a new luxury: Creating authentic experiences with meaningful design

Monday 11th June

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Markus Schreyer

VP Americas, Design Hotels

Markus Schreyer

VP Americas, Design Hotels

Markus Schreyer is part of the senior leadership team at Design Hotels, a handpicked collection of over 300 design-driven luxury hotels across the globe.

As Vice President, The Americas, he is responsible for developing the collection’s hotel portfolio, the business support of all member hotels, media and other potential partners, as well as expanding and building brand awareness and reach in North and South America.

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Courtney Scott

Creator, Producer and TV Host, Courtney Scott TV

Courtney Scott

Creator, Producer and TV Host, Courtney Scott TV

Courtney is a leading on-air travel expert, filmmaker, blogger, TV host and DJ who has appeared in over 300 interviews including national broadcast segments on Today Show, CNN and ABC News.

Speaking on:

Further thoughts: the dawn of re-engagement and transformational hospitality

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Tony Cho

CEO, Metro 1, Magic City

Tony Cho

CEO, Metro 1, Magic City

Tony Cho is founder and CEO of Metro 1, a forward-thinking real estate brokerage, management and development firm focused on shaping neighborhoods and developing sustainable cities in South Florida and beyond.

In his most recent project, he is a co-founder of the Magic City Innovation District, which will transform 17 acres of industrial warehouses and land in Little Haiti into a center for innovation, jobs and creativity.

Speaking on:

Further thoughts: the dawn of re-engagement and transformational hospitality

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Lucas Denton

Co-Founder / Director of Content, Brownsville Community Culinary Center

Lucas Denton

Co-Founder / Director of Content, Brownsville Community Culinary Center

Lucas is the co-founder of the Brownsville Community Culinary Center. He has over 10 years of experience in helping under-resourced communities and individuals thrive. Lucas has had a diverse array of career experiences, working as a forester, a researcher for the New York City Commission on Human Rights and Columbia University, a Union Ironworker at the World Trade Center, and in a variety of culinary positions.

Serving in capacities ranging from mentor to outreach to organizational development, Lucas has worked with organizations that combat substance abuse, homelessness, literacy challenges and systemic inequality. Lucas has worked with Brownsville residents and stakeholders over the past four years to develop a comprehensive and responsive approach to addressing the needs of the community through the Brownsville Community Culinary Center. Lucas currently serves as the Director of Content for The Melting Pot Foundation US.

Speaking on:

Farm-to-morality: defining the next steps for sustainability

Monday 11th June

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Emma Riley

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Lonely Whale

Emma Riley

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Lonely Whale

Emma Riley is the Director of Strategic Partnerships of award-winning Lonely Whale, an incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful market-based change on behalf of our ocean. As Director, Emma brings her unique talent for building cross-curricula and cross-culture initiatives and partnerships.

She spearheads radically collaborative efforts, including the Strawless Ocean initiative aimed at drastically reducing the usage of single-use plastic straws, and Strawless in Seattle, which resulted in the permanent removal of more than 2.5M plastic straws in the city of Seattle, WA. Emma continues to expand and drive the Strawless Ocean initiative for Lonely Whale by partnering with institutions and major brands such as LiveNation, The Cachet Group, and more.

Speaking on:

The business of miracles: big solutions for big problems

Monday 11th June

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Clarissa Freitas Araujo

Senior Marketing Manager, North America, WGSN

Clarissa Freitas Araujo

Senior Marketing Manager, North America, WGSN

Multi-local born in Salvador - Bahia - Brazil. Passionate marketing, branding and PR strategist. Graduated in International Relations with emphasis on business and marketing, followed by many short courses on fashion, journalism, marketing and branding. Strong experience in negotiation, marketing, branding, public relations and CRM through working with global industry leaders such as Bradesco, Walt Disney World and WGSN.

Speaking on:

What comes after Millennials?

Tuesday 12th June

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Nacho Arimany

Multi-instrumentalist, Nacho Arimany

Nacho Arimany

Multi-instrumentalist, Nacho Arimany

Nacho Arimany is a multi-instrumentalist with a special ear for world percussion. He’s a translator, and a channel for creating dialogue between different cultures, connecting intercultural sounds and neuroscience. This dialogue is spoken through rhythm, and Arimany believes this language is universal and spoken by all of us.

Speaking on:

Further thoughts: the dawn of re-engagement and transformational hospitality

Monday 11th June

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Courtney Kenefick

Special Projects Editor, Surface

Courtney Kenefick

Special Projects Editor, Surface

Courtney Kenefick is a writer covering fashion, culture, and design. She currently works on special projects at Surface magazine.

Speaking on:

Crafting a new luxury: creating authentic experiences with meaningful design

Monday 11th June

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Plug in to switch off: using technology to help travellers disconnect

Monday 11th June

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Jillian Mercado

Model, Represented by IMG

Jillian Mercado

Model, Represented by IMG

Jillian Mercado has become the most recognizable model with muscular dystrophy and has worked with multiple industry icons – all in less than two years.

Signed to IMG/WME worldwide she has starred in campaigns for Nordstrom, Target, Google featured in Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book magazines. She was also shot by Michael Avedon for Carine Roitfeld’s CR Fashion Book. In 2016, she appeared in the merchandise campaign for Beyoncé’s Formation World Tour.

Speaking on:

Behind the lens: intersectionality in the spotlight

Monday 11th June

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Alex Trajkovski

Founder, Grand Circus Magazine

Alex Trajkovski

Founder, Grand Circus Magazine

Alex Trajkovski is a writer, designer, and applied media professional focused on cities (especially Detroit), public life, architecture, and urban revitalization.

Speaking on:

The next gentrification: is responsible regeneration possible?

Monday 11th June

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Thomas Serrano

President, Havas Luxe Events

Thomas Serrano

President, Havas Luxe Events

After his graduation in 1998, Thomas honed his talents at Market Place, a special experiential agency in Paris. He furthered his expertise as Director of Luxe Division and Large Scale Experiences at Le Public Systeme in Paris—the first event agency in Europe— working with the likes of Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Chanel, Givenchy, Nespresso and Veuve Cliquot.

Having launched Havas Luxe of Havas Worldwide, formally Euro RSCG, Thomas uses a hands-on approach in his role as President, collaborating with local or international clients to make their dream a reality.

For the last 18 months, Thomas has been focusing on the new offer of Havas Events, NA. This division focuses on corporate events and have successfully produced events for WSJ (Future of Everything Festival), KPMG, Exxon Mobil and L’Oreal. He also served as a guest lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Columbia Business School and NYU. Thomas is also a board member of the non-profit, LEF (Luxury Education Foundation).

Speaking on:

How to transform your company culture to improve customer experience

Monday 11th June

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George Swisher

Founder, LiiRN | People-Powered Transformation

George Swisher

Founder, LiiRN | People-Powered Transformation

Former marketing entrepreneur & management consultant with a 20 year track record of improving company performance, shifting cultures through change management, and strategic growth for mergers & acquisitions. Currently founder of LiiRN, an algorithm-based business transformation & change management software that helps companies better align employees toward achieving company goals.

Speaking on:

How to transform your company culture to improve customer experience

Monday 11th June

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Implementing transformation at the core

Tuesday 12th June

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Annie Saunders

Founder, Wilderness

Annie Saunders

Founder, Wilderness

Annie Saunders is a director and collaborative live artist. Her company, Wilderness, has presented its immersive performance The Day Shall Declare It site-specifically in Los Angeles and London. The company has also presented work at REDCAT, the San Francisco Playhouse and the Getty Villa and created commissioned work for Asics and Mastercard. She has devised and performed original work with Neil Bettles (Frantic Assembly), the Lyric Hammersmith, Bush Theatre, Latitude Festival, Charing Cross Theatre, the Cafe de Paris, Queen Mary University, Boston Court Theatre, Son of Semele and Theatricum Botanicum. She trained at the University of London, the Sanford Meisner Center, and RADA. She spent ten years as a creative activist with Eve Ensler's V-Day, a global creative movement to end violence against women. She is a core collaborator with Lars Jan’s Early Morning Opera on Holoscenes, The Institute of Memory (TIMe) and Abacus.

Speaking on:

How to produce meaningful immersive brand experiences

Tuesday 12th June

Work

Chad Oppenheim

Principal, Oppenheim Architecture

Chad Oppenheim

Principal, Oppenheim Architecture

Chad Oppenheim is a Miami-based architect whose work has been praised for its ability to transform the prosaic into the poetic. Through passion and sensitivity towards man and nature, Oppenheim creates monumental yet silent architecture that elicits a site’s inherent power. A graduate of Cornell University and a Fellow of the AIA, Oppenheim has lectured widely and has taught at various architecture schools, including most recently at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 1999, he founded Oppenheim Architecture (Miami, Basel, New York), which has garnered global recognition at many scales: from large-scale urban architecture, hotels, and resorts, to private residences, interiors and furnishings. The international practice has received over 70 awards and distinctions, including the AIA’s highest distinction, the Silver Medal, and has been featured in numerous publications around the world. Oppenheim currently resides in Miami Beach with his wife and muse, Ilona, their son Hendrix and their daughter Liloo.

Speaking on:

​SPIRIT OF PLACE

Monday 11th June

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Philip Kafka

President, Prince Concepts

Philip Kafka

President, Prince Concepts

Philip Kafka is president of Prince Concepts, which owns and is activating approximately 750,000 square feet of real estate — all contiguous — in downtown Detroit. Prince Concepts acquires property, and — when appropriate — designs programming around the people and properties discovered along the way. Theoretically, Kafka's first two Detroit Real Estate projects, TAKOI Restaurant and the True North live/work community have both received international awards at the highest level, tangibly, they are also both business successes.

Prior to moving to Detroit, Kafka founded a neighborhood-based billboard business in New York City that he sold to Lamar, the largest billboard company in the country. Before purchasing property in Detroit, Kafka visited 10 times over the span of a year, driving every inch of the city, working to understand it, and quickly realizing Detroit is like no place else. He studied philosophy at Northwestern University.

Speaking on:

The next gentrification: is responsible regeneration possible?

Monday 11th June

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Amy Farley

Senior Editor, Fast Company

Amy Farley

Senior Editor, Fast Company

Amy Farley oversees Fast Company’s Next pages, covering innovation and creativity in business, and helps direct the magazine's annual Most Innovative Companies franchise, which recognizes pioneering companies across dozens of industries. Before joining Fast Company, she was the news editor and columnist at Travel + Leisure, where she headed up consumer news and spearheaded the magazine’s coverage of environmental and social justice issues.

Speaking on:

The making of a movement: in conversation with Tarana Burke, founder of #MeToo

Monday 11th June

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Cecilia Ambros

Head of Research, Devices and Services, Amazon.com

Cecilia Ambros

Head of Research, Devices and Services, Amazon.com

Cecilia is the Head of Design Research at Amazon. Research for her is the beginning; the innate curiosity to know more, learn more and be more for customers. She led Global Design as a Studio Director at Nike, Inc. for various performance sport categories (NFL, Men’s Training and Global Football).

In her prior work as an independent consultant, her clients included Autodesk, McDonald’s Corp, Whirlpool and TÜV Rheinland. She holds a Masters of Design and an MBA and has taught workshops and lectures at d.school at Stanford University, Farmingdale College, Harvard University, Northwestern, and her alma mater IIT Institute of Design.

Speaking on:

Creative Chaos

Monday 11th June

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Tom London

Tech Magician & Hacker, Tom London

Tom London

Tech Magician & Hacker, Tom London

Tom London beautifully combines the worlds of technology and magic into his awe-inspiring performances. Leaving his audience both excited for and wary of the future of technology and it’s effects on our everyday lives.

The youngest magician ever to be initiated into the magic circle, for the last five years Tom has had the pleasure of touring the world performing his acts for four presidents, hundreds of celebrities as well as appearing on television in front of over 20 million people. Online his performances have amassed over 40 million views, and at just 25 he has performed his combination of magic and keynote address in over 30 countries on behalf of brands such as Microsoft, HP, Snapchat and Instagram.

Speaking on:

Tom London, Hacker & Magician

Monday 11th June

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Argot Murelius

Executive Editor/Editor at Large, 12Forward

Argot Murelius

Executive Editor/Editor at Large, 12Forward

Daughter of a diplomat, Argot Murelius grew up in Paris, Stockholm and New York. She is the executive editor of 12forward. A seasoned art-, food-, travel- and fashion writer, a contributing editor and columnist for various high profile outlets, notably Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, Swedish travel magazine RES, and the culinary quarterly White Paper, published by White Guide. Argot has experience in hospitality and event planning, cultural affairs, project management and non-profit work. She divides her time between New York, Los Angeles and an airport near you.

Speaking on:

Farm-to-morality: defining the next steps for sustainability

Monday 11th June

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Elle Lasher Walker

Consumer Strategy Consultant, WGSN

Elle Lasher Walker

Consumer Strategy Consultant, WGSN

Elle Lasher Walker develops and delivers consumer driven content and analysis for bespoke consulting projects at WGSN. Interpreting future trends and consumer shifts impacting retail, experience and product, she helps brands and businesses translate consumer concepts into actionable insights and deliveries. With over 9 years of experience in the industry, her hybrid knowledge of commercial industry trends and future consumer mindsets provides a unique value proposition for brands across the lifestyle, design, and fashion industry.

Speaking on:

Meet the brands of tomorrow

Monday 11th June

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What comes after Millennials?

Tuesday 12th June

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Coss Marte

CEO, ConBody

Coss Marte

CEO, ConBody

Coss Marte was sent to jail as the ringleader of a multi-million dollar cocaine operation. He was also grossly overweight and warned by his physician that his current lifestyle, if left unchecked, would likely kill him. Faced with this grim prognosis, Coss started to get in shape using the tools he had -- his prison cell and his own body weight. Within six months he lost 70 pounds and replicated his successful formula of body weight exercises with 20 other inmates. Then he launched ConBody a prison style bootcamp that has gained over 20,000+ clients and hires formerly incarcerated individuals to teach fitness classes.

Since the launch of his company he’s been featured in over 200 major media outlets such as NBC, CNN, The New York Times, TED Talks, and Men’s Fitness. He’s also won major pitch competitions such as Defy Ventures, Pitch for Good by TOM’s shoes and the YPO shark tank competition, which combined raised $200,000.

Speaking on:

Conbody Bootcamp

Monday 11th June, Tuesday 12th June

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Adam Wray

Senior Editor, SSENSE

Adam Wray

Senior Editor, SSENSE

Adam Wray is a senior editor at SSENSE. He was formerly Fashion Curator at REDEF, and his work has also appeared in Vogue, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The Fader, and Business of Fashion, among others.

Speaking on:

The consistency conundrum: hyperlocalisation vs hyper-globalisation

Monday 11th June

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Abe Burmeister

Founder / Creative Director, Outlier

Abe Burmeister

Founder / Creative Director, Outlier

Abe Burmeister is the founder and creative director of Outlier. Beginning with a single pair of pants in 2008, Mr. Burmeister built Outlier into an international direct-to-consumer brand focused on making clothing with a material difference.

Speaking on:

Keep your hands on the wheel: the dark side of the platform economy

Monday 11th June

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Fritz Mesenbrink

Co-Founder / Creative Director, OMFGCO

Fritz Mesenbrink

Co-Founder / Creative Director, OMFGCO

Fritz Mesenbrink is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Portland, Oregon's own, OMFGCO: the branding studio behind high-end cannabis retailer, Serra, and their stoner-brother-brand, Electric Lettuce. He’s also a Partner and Creative Director for Rare Industries, maker of Quill, a vaporizer pen for everyone™. In spite of directing and creating award-winning brands, he can't help but sing in the people's key.

Speaking on:

The rise of reefer: how cannabis will transform travel

Monday 11th June

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Harry Handelsman

CEO & Founder, Manhattan Loft Corporation

Harry Handelsman

CEO & Founder, Manhattan Loft Corporation

As the developer behind Chiltern Firehouse, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Ealing Studios, Harry has been conjuring vibrant communities within London’s most famous and forgotten postcodes since 1992.

Born in Germany, raised in France and Belgium and educated in Canada, it was New York that inspired Harry to develop the concept of London loft-living, where he found a property market in need of new ideas but blessed with great buildings. Harry’s eye for architecture and instinct for an area’s potential transformed derelict structures in unloved locations into some of the most desirable destinations in London. His latest project is Manhattan Loft Gardens, a 42-storey, double cantilevered tower in East London that will redefine vertical living.

Speaking on:

Through the co-living keyhole: problem, solution or fad?

Monday 11th June

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Jeremy Bamford

CEO, PotGuide

Jeremy Bamford

CEO, PotGuide

After graduating with a degree in Finance and Small Business from University of Colorado-Boulder, Jeremy started his career as a business analyst for an aerospace company. While performing these duties, he self-taught himself computer programming skills, which landed a position at CNET Networks. He later founded Flatirons Internet, a local web development business in Boulder, CO in 2001. During this time he worked with many industries and companies building and refining their online presence.

Jeremy founded PotGuide in 2013 recognizing a lack of practical information for marijuana tourists as well as outlets for cannabis businesses to promote their goods and services. The content and end user experience resonated with the target audience, growing to over 1MM visitors per month in January 2018.

Speaking on:

The rise of reefer: how cannabis will transform travel

Monday 11th June

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Fernando Mastrangelo

Founder, Fernando Mastrangelo Studio

Fernando Mastrangelo

Founder, Fernando Mastrangelo Studio

Fernando Mastrangelo has been using unique casting materials (salt, sugar, sand, coffee, glass, corn) as part of his sculpture practice for over a decade. He aims to recontextualize form and function, bringing together materials that fuse his minimalist aesthetic with deft ingenuity and craft in innovative ways that are not found anywhere else in the marketplace.

Speaking on:

Crafting a new luxury: Creating authentic experiences with meaningful design.

Monday 11th June

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Jessica Graves

Founder & Data Scientist, Sefleuria Inc.

Jessica Graves

Founder & Data Scientist, Sefleuria Inc.

Jessica Graves is a leader in data science and fashion, currently Founder & Data Science Consultant at Sefleuria. She is an expert on personalization & machine learning product strategy.

Her luxury background includes design at Oscar de la Renta, data science at Ralph Lauren, and former Alvanon clients like Burberry. Her research background spans sustainability & computer simulation at University of Chicago, and a residency identifying retail applications for AI at Fast Forward Labs (acquired by Cloudera). She has advised startups across industries, including deep learning startup Thread Genius (acquired by Sotheby's).

Speaking on:

Personalisation power: How to cultivate brand storytellers

Monday 11th June

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Ruby Warrington

Founder, The Numinous LLC

Ruby Warrington

Founder, The Numinous LLC

Ruby is a British lifestyle writer, currently located in NYC. Formerly Features Editor on the UK Sunday Times Style supplement, she is Founder of cosmic lifestyle platform The Numinous, and co-founder of “sober curious” events series Club SÖDA NYC and online spiritual mentoring program Moon Club.

Her first book, Material Girl, Mystical World: The Now Age Guide to a High Vibe Life, is out now with Harper Collins. Book two, Sober Curious: The Unexpected Joy of Not Drinking, will be out January 2019. Ruby also works as a lifestyle consultant for brands including The James Hotels, Buick, Lululemon, Unilever, and Selfridges.

Speaking on:

Plug in to switch off: Using technology to help travelers disconnect

Monday 11th June

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Sarah Owen

Senior Editor, Digital Media & Marketing, WGSN

Sarah Owen

Senior Editor, Digital Media & Marketing, WGSN

Sarah is an Australian journalist, trend forecaster and brand consultant based in New York with a background in social media and youth trends. She currently reports on digital media and communication strategy across an array of industries to uncover consumer insights and produce effective content that helps brands truly connect with their audience. Sarah joined WGSN after working across a variety of publications including New York magazine, Vogue, and The New York Times.

Speaking on:

Meet the brands of tomorrow

Monday 11th June

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What comes after Millennials?

Tuesday 12th June

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Hans Meyer

Co-Founder / Managing Director, Zoku

Hans Meyer

Co-Founder / Managing Director, Zoku

Facilitating global living and working, Zoku has created a new category in the hotel industry – a home-office hybrid, with the services of a hotel and the social buzz of a thriving neighbourhood. Hans is responsible for innovation, culture, concept development, branding, operations and strategic partnerships for the Zoku brand, quoted by Forbes as one of the 25 coolest hotels in the world.

A firm believer of value creation and innovation for the international hospitality industry, Hans previously was the initial creator and founding partner of the citizenM hotel concept and held senior corporate positions in Operations and Development for NH Hotels and Golden Tulip, where he was responsible for projects throughout Europe, Africa, The Middle-East and Central America.

Speaking on:

Through the co-living keyhole: Problem, solution or fad?

Monday 11th June

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David Grossman

Founder / CEO, Maderas Collective

David Grossman

Founder / CEO, Maderas Collective

Grossman is Founder and CEO of Maderas Collective, Nicaragua’s largest manufacturer for the global contract hospitality market. He is Co-Founder of Nicaragua’s boutique resort and real estate development, Maderas Village. Both companies are leading the movement of sustainable development in Nicaragua with major initiatives in by-product recycling and micro-finance. Grossman is also currently developing Nicaragua’s first sustainable sea cucumber hatchery on the Caribbean coast.

Speaking on:

Crafting a new luxury: Creating authentic experiences with meaningful design

Monday 11th June

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Alice Gray Stites

Museum Director / Chief Curator, 21c Museum Hotels

Alice Gray Stites

Museum Director / Chief Curator, 21c Museum Hotels

Alice Gray Stites is Museum Director and Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotels - a multi-venue museum located in seven cities, with an eighth location debuting in Kansas City in summer 2018. Stites curates exhibitions, site-specific installations, and a range of cultural programming at all 21c Museum Hotels. Since opening in Louisville in 2006, 21c has presented over 100 group and solo exhibitions exploring the global nature of art today.

Prior to joining 21c as Chief Curator in 2012, Stites was director of artwithoutwalls, a public arts organization, and from 1995-2006 was adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Speed Art Museum. Stites has lectured at venues such as Art Basel Conversations, Leaders in Software and Art, TEDx Stockholm, and NewInc.

Speaker curated by Surface Magazine.

Speaking on:

From moment to memory: the art of creating a lasting impression

Monday 11th June

Katie Hooper

Advertising Director, Condé Nast International

Katie Hooper

Advertising Director, Condé Nast International

Katie leads the Travel client vertical on global commercial projects at Condé Nast International, creating and activating bespoke editorially lead projects, across 29 markets and over 100 digital platforms, engaging a digital audience of 350 million.

With the landscape of branded content evolving at a relentless pace, Katie offers a perspective of expertise on the global innovations of power-house brands such as Vogue, GQ & CNTraveller - as well as the new ways in which to reach a captivated, yet fragmented HNW audience in both new and established luxury markets.

With 8 years experience in digital publishing at Publicitas, The Economist and Monocle magazine, Katie has seen the emergence of 'millennial' luxury as the collection and curation of experiences defining a new currency of wealth, and is fascinated by the way travel brands can reimagine, redefine and retain such aspirational escapism.

Speaking on:

Personalisation power: How to cultivate brand storytellers

Monday 11th June

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Nate Storey

Travel Editor, Surface

Nate Storey

Travel Editor, Surface

As the travel editor at Surface, Nate Storey oversees travel content operations across Surface Media's many platforms, and manages partnerships and brand extensions within the travel space including the Surface Travel Awards, an annual program that celebrates the best of travel and design, and the online travel agency Surface Hotels. His previous stops include Travel + Leisure and Men's Journal, and he's contributed to publications such as The New York Times and Conde Nast Traveller.

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Monday 11th June

Dror Benshetrit

Founder / Principal, Studio Dror, Inc.

Dror Benshetrit

Founder / Principal, Studio Dror, Inc.

Dror is a designer, thinker, dreamer and futurist. He began his career as an artist and has since amassed an award-winning portfolio of product design, interiors, architecture, master-planning and city planning.

Together with his team of designers, artists, architects, researchers and communicators, he tackles ambitious pursuits to foster authentic connections and improve people’s well-being. His holistic practice—named one of the most innovative companies in design by Fast Company—intentionally works across all scales, blurring boundaries with each project.

Inspired by the big questions, he has built his career on generating ideas that redefine the future of possibility. Drawing from nature and technology to create beauty and meaningful connection, Dror's ideas are a vehicle for change. His passion for creating a better future leads him to tackle ambitious pursuits that look at the big picture and identify a new way forward.

Speaking on:

A futurist's vision of the next hotel

Monday 11th June

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Isolde Brielmaier

Executive Director, Arts, Culture & Community, Westfield World Trade Center

Isolde Brielmaier

Executive Director, Arts, Culture & Community, Westfield World Trade Center

Isolde Brielmaier is the Executive Director and Curator of Arts, Culture & Community initiatives at Westfield World Trade Center. She is Professor of Critical Studies at New York University where she focuses on contemporary art, global visual culture, as well as media and technology as platforms within which to re-think storytelling, representation, audience and mobility in its broadest sense. She also consults with a range of organizations on cultural strategy and social responsibility and serves as Curator-at-Large at the Tang Museum. Isolde has written and lectured extensively on contemporary art and culture and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Speaking on:

From moment to memory: The art of creating a lasting impression. Curated by Sleeper Magazine

Monday 11th June

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Tarana Burke

Founder, Me Too movement

Tarana Burke

Founder, Me Too movement

Tarana Burke shares the heartbreaking story behind the genesis of the viral ‘me too’ movement, and gives strength and healing to those who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment.

#metoo is not just an overnight hashtag sensation; Tarana has dedicated more than 25 years of her life to social justice and to laying the groundwork for a movement that was initially created to help young women of color who survived sexual abuse and assault. The movement now inspires solidarity, amplifies the voices thousands of victims of sexual abuse, and puts the focus back on survivors.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Tarana is now working under the banner of The ‘me too’ Movement to assist other survivors and those who work to end sexual violence. She is also senior director of programs at Brooklyn-based Girls for Gender Equity. On stage, she provides words of empowerment that lift up marginalized voices, enables survivors across all races, genders, or classes to know that they are not alone, and creates a place for comfort and healing to those who have experienced trauma.

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The making of a movement: in conversation with Tarana Burke, founder of #METOO

Monday 11th June

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Kelsey Ramage

Owner, Trash Tiki

Kelsey Ramage

Owner, Trash Tiki

Following 15 years in the hospitality industry, Kelsey Ramage and partner Iain Griffiths launched Trash Tiki, an online platform and touring pop up that creates cocktails and flavour from by-products and waste others would normally discard. The idea came as a way of showing the craft cocktail industry ingredients normally thrown away could still be used for flavour, in an open-forum website and touring pop-up series.

In March of 2017 the duo paired up as beverage directors for WastED, a pop-up led by chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill farms. The dishes, along with the drinks, were made from ingredients sourced from major producers and local farms alike that would normally be thrown out. The pop-up received much recognition for it’s innovation in sustainability. Trash Tiki is toured to visit over 36 cities in 10 months, hoping to continue the important conversation about all that can be done to reduce the environmental impact of the food & drink industry.

Speaking on:

Farm-to-morality: defining the next steps for sustainability

Monday 11th June

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Joyce Lee

CEO / Founder, Talk to Her

Joyce Lee

CEO / Founder, Talk to Her

CEO and Founder of Talk to Her - a New York based consulting agency - Joyce Lee is a Korean American entrepreneur who draws energy and inspiration from her cross-cultural background, unique professional experience and the world around her. As a result of her extensive research and professional experience, Joyce identifies key business opportunities and the nascent potential for fostering creative partnerships. Whether developing clients’ business strategies or crafting innovative online and offline activations, Joyce brings integrity and passion to every aspect of Talk to Her.

Speaking on:

Personalisation power: How to cultivate brand storytellers

Monday 11th June

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Erin Muscatelli

Founder, Other People's Property

Erin Muscatelli

Founder, Other People's Property

With over 20 years of global experience in the entertainment, hospitality and real estate industries, Erin delivers a comprehensive range of impactful lifestyle and experience services to individual and corporate clients.

During her many years working in membership at Soho House, she cultivated an expertise in connecting brand purpose to elevated customer experience, through environment and experience design.

Most recently, she has been working with companies whose aspirations are loftier than the bottom line success, helping them innovate new business models that bring self-interest and societal benefit together as mutually reinforcing components, marking their achievements not only by personal financial gain but also by a positive social impact.

Erin recently launched her company Other People’s Property, specializing in the design and execution of creative business and brand development solutions in the age of technology.

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Get the feels: Why visceral language is the next brand-building frontier

Monday 11th June

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Bette Ann Schlossberg

Director of Influencer Marketing, Lyft

Bette Ann Schlossberg

Director of Influencer Marketing, Lyft

Bette Ann recently started at Lyft, as the Director of Influencer Marketing. Prior to Lyft, she worked at Google for over 6 years managing celebrity and influencer partnerships across hardware. She launched Google’s first white glove concierge program, as well as a micro-influencer community for hardware with over 400 influencers. She also has worked on creative collaborations with big names such as Skrillex, Jeff Koons, Jeremy Scott, and others. Prior to Google, Bette Ann worked at a tech startup and as a producer at Crispin Porter + Bogusky both in Miami. Bette Ann earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and currently lives in New York City.

Speaking on:

Personalisation power: How to cultivate brand storytellers

Monday 11th June

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Serena Guen

Founder and CEO, SUITCASE Group

Serena Guen

Founder and CEO, SUITCASE Group

Named the “Mark Zuckerberg of publishing” by Bloomberg and the BBC, multi-national Serena founded the award-winning SUITCASE Magazine remotely while in her third year at NYU. She is often called upon for her expertise in travel and recently launched the media agency branch of SUITCASE. Her accolades include being named as Forbes 30 under 30 in 2017, 25 under 25 most influential Londoners by the Evening Standard, winning a Woman of the Future Award for media and being shortlisted for the UK’s Young Travel Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2016.

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Monday 11th June, Tuesday 12th June

Olivia Squire

Editor, SUITCASE Magazine

Olivia Squire

Editor, SUITCASE Magazine

Olivia is the Editor of SUITCASE Magazine, a quarterly print publication dedicated to exploring the culture of travel through immersive storytelling and ultimately change the way people travel. Prior to this she led the editorial strategy at Beyond Luxury Media, a company that creates marketplaces for the high-end travel industry (including LE Miami), where she edited several magazines and blogs, developed brand campaigns and authored travel trend reports.

Speaking on:

The next gentrification: is responsible regeneration possible? Curated by Suitcase magazine

Monday 11th June

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Fredrik Carlström

Founder / Creative Director, C&CO

Fredrik Carlström

Founder / Creative Director, C&CO

Fredrik Carlström is the founder and creative director of C&CO. A creative studio with private equity backing, C&CO create, operate and advise brands in design, retail, hospitality, media, beauty and fashion.

For over two decades, Fredrik has pioneered a holistic approach to building luxury and lifestyle brands, unifying everything from product, architecture and interior design, to branding and content. One recent such project is Alma, the co-working members’ club which Vogue dubbed "The Coolest Work Space”.

With Alma, Fredrik and his team are at the forefront of a phenomenon that’s slowly gaining traction around the world: the integration of interior and exterior design with programming and services catered with a specific customer in mind. When it opened in 2017, Frame Magazine wrote: “... the value of a well-designed, supportive environment in which to do creative work, with the opportunity to meet and collaborate with like-minded talents and creative professionals, is beyond measure.”

Speaking on:

The Consistency Conundrum: Hyper-localisation vs. Hyper-globalisation

Monday 11th June

Colin Nagy

Head of Communication Strategy, FRED & FARID

Colin Nagy

Head of Communication Strategy, FRED & FARID

Colin Nagy is Head of Communication Strategy at FRED & FARID, a creative agency based in Shanghai, Paris, and New York. He leads distribution, media, and partnership strategies to ensure that the creative idea is infused with modern and thoughtful ways to reach the right audiences. Colin also serves as travel columnist for Skift, covering innovation in customer experience and the latest thinking in the hospitality and aviation spaces. He previously served as Chief Media and Strategy officer at Barbarian Group, a tech centric creative agency named “world’s most innovative” by Fast Company.

An in-demand speaker and columnist, Nagy has given talks on startups, media, politics, technology, and culture in the U.S., UK, Singapore, Japan, Costa Rica, and five consecutive appearances at SXSW. Other bylines can be seen in Quartz, The Guardian, Forbes, AdAge and Contagious. Elsewhere, he is active in helping members of the U.S. Special Forces community transition into private sector entrepreneurship, and is active in the New York startup scene, serving as an advisor to companies including Percolate, OLO, and Spokenlayer, among others.

Speaking on:

See the future: Lessons hospitality can learn from ‘design thinking’

Monday 11th June

The consistency conundrum: Hyper-localisation vs. Hyper-globalisation

Monday 11th June

Maksim Izmaylov

CEO, Winding Tree

Maksim Izmaylov

CEO, Winding Tree

Maksim Izmaylov is a serial entrepreneur with background in software engineering and law. He thinks that blockchain and other technologies can help us create a better world, e.g. reduce inequality. He founded two travel startups, Roomstorm and Winding Tree, and Travel Tech Con, a conference for startups and software engineers from the travel industry. Currently, Maksim is working on Winding Tree, a decentralized marketplace for the $7T travel industry that is dominated by just a handful of large corporations.

Speaking on:

Unlocking blockchain: The next tech disruption in travel

Monday 11th June

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Preparing for the blockchain revolution

Tuesday 12th June

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Jeff Carvalho

Managing Director, North America, Highsnobiety

Jeff Carvalho

Managing Director, North America, Highsnobiety

As a Partner at Titelmedia and executive editor of the company’s marquee publication, Highsnobiety, Jeff leads content directives and brand development for Titelmedia properties in print and online. Jeff’s work at the forefront of electronic music and streetwear culture led him to a partnership with Highsnobiety founder and Titelmedia CEO David Fischer in 2007. The two would broaden the Titelmedia brand, launching additional properties focused on art, design and lifestyle, with Jeff serving as founding editor.

In 2010, Jeff transitioned to his role at the helm of Highsnobiety, where he commands a global audience of 12.5 million monthly readers who come for the publication’s inspiring and forward-looking coverage of the worlds of streetwear, design, music, sneakers, technology and art. An internationally known authority on street wear culture news, Jeff is frequently quoted in publications like The New York Times, Business of Fashion and Quartz and is an active participant on the speaker circuit.

Speaking on:

Discover a higher plane: Why finding purpose is the new luxury

Monday 11th June

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Alain Sylvain

Founder / CEO, Sylvain Labs

Alain Sylvain

Founder / CEO, Sylvain Labs

Alain is the founder of Sylvain Labs, a product and brand design consultancy. The company applies imagination to complex problems and helps companies revive their brands and develop new products. Clients include Google, Samsung, Spotify, AirBnb, AB InBev, Calvin Klein and others. In addition to Sylvain Labs, Alain is a dedicated partner of several investment ventures, including Master + Dynamic – a design-driven, premium audio brand and So Choice Softworks – a mobile gaming company.

His endless curiosity and appreciation for storytelling has also led him into film, where he has served as the executive producer of short documentaries, Instafame - an exploration into the psychological impact of digital fame on young people - and Some Kind of Quest - a profile of one very unique individual and his journey to keep a dream on track. Prior to founding Sylvain Labs, Alain was managing director at Redscout and a lead strategist at Mother New York. He also held positions at The Martin Agency, Publicis and SS+K.

Speaking on:

The rise of righteous tourism

Monday 11th June

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Righteous tourism in action

Tuesday 12th June

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Dawn Goldworm

Cofounder / Nose, 12.29

Dawn Goldworm

Cofounder / Nose, 12.29

Dawn Goldworm is an internationally recognized olfactive expert and the Nose behind successful fragrances for Lady Gaga, Adidas, American Express, Valentino, Mercedes Benz, and many more...

The inspiration of 12.29, Dawn’s vision of enriching brand experiences through scent, began with her Masters at NYU. Dawn’s expertise in perfumery is the result of years of training and her work at Avon’s global NY headquarters and Coty Beauty (NY and Paris), with a focus on North America, Europe, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia and LATAM fragrance markets. Dawn’s rare abilities in synesthesia (blending her sense of sight, touch, sound and smell), guide 12.29’s unique scent creation process, transforming branding into a complete sensory experience.

Speaking on:

Get the feels: Why visceral language is the next brand-building frontier

Monday 11th June

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Using scent to deepen brand connection and loyalty in hotels

Tuesday 12th June

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Dan Clay

Partner, Innovation, Lippincott

Dan Clay

Partner, Innovation, Lippincott

Dan Clay joined Lippincott’s renowned brand strategy practice seven years ago, the same one that helped Starbucks move beyond coffee, Delta emerge from Chapter 11 and Campbell’s soup become an icon. Blending his background in consumer psychology and business innovation, Clay spends his days wearing dual hats —advising the world’s biggest businesses on how the world is changing and grounding their innovations in enduring human truths. At Lippincott, he has introduced a new platform for designing emotionally connected brands and a framework for understanding future consumer behavior.

Clay’s groundbreaking research on “The Happiness Halo” and “The customer of the future,” as seen in The New York Times, The Economist, Forbes, and at events like Fast Company Innovation Festival, SXSW and Advertising Week, are being used by brands across the globe to design better customer experiences.

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Meet Dawn: the customer of the future

Monday 11th June

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Meet Dawn: the customer of the future

Tuesday 12th June

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Michael Papadeas

Global Partnerships, Frieze

Michael Papadeas

Global Partnerships, Frieze

Michael Papadeas leads partnerships for Frieze, a contemporary art and culture platform with 5 international art fairs and publishers of frieze magazine since 2001. He works closely with many global, luxury brands to create relevant and authentic initiatives within the contemporary art world; clients include American Express Platinum/Centurion, Samsung, Saks Fifth Avenue, and LVMH. Prior to Frieze, Michael’s background includes work in media, luxury resort/real estate development, hospitality, and most things in between – holding positions at Social Media Week, Food & Wine magazine, and a few event/experiential marketing agencies. Michael is a lifelong New Yorker and gets his kicks from his wife and three children – along with creating meaningful brand experiences.

Speaking on:

Discover a higher plane: Why finding purpose is the new luxury

Monday 11th June

Marcela Sapone

CEO, Hello Alfred

Marcela Sapone

CEO, Hello Alfred

Marcela Sapone is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hello Alfred. She is a thought leader in the sharing economy and on human-centric, tech-enabled hospitality. The Secretary of Labor and The White House have highlighted her thinking on job creation by startups and she was one of Goldman Sachs' Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, as well as the face of consumer tech in Forbes 30 under 30, and the 2014 winner of TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Marcela has an MBA from Harvard Business School with distinction and spent time at Mckinsey, Bridgewater, and American Securities.

Speaking on:

Belong nowhere: The dark side of the platform economy

Monday 11th June

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AI, empathy and the future of hospitality

Tuesday 12th June

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Carlos João Parreira

Founder, Lusitano1143

Carlos João Parreira

Founder, Lusitano1143

Carlos João founded home decor brand LUSITANO1143 as a window into the contemporary craft and creativity of Portugal. Through a hand-chosen community of independent artisans, LUSITANO1143 presents a collection of modern home accessories to a new audience that perhaps better knows Portugal for its history, surf and sunshine. A Portuguese expat now living in Brooklyn, Carlos began his career in contemporary art galleries and hasn't left the NY design world since. From home decor retail to luxury digital businesses, he's bridged his passion for design, technology and business throughout.

Speaking on:

Get the feels: Why visceral language is the next brand-building frontier

Monday 11th June

Ana Andjelic

Chief Brand Officer, Rebecca Minkoff

Ana Andjelic

Chief Brand Officer, Rebecca Minkoff

Ana Andjelic is a strategist, writer and doctor of sociology. She is obsessed with how technology changes the relationship between people and brands. Ana’s job is to help luxury, fashion and lifestyle companies transform into modern businesses. Her approach is best described as design thinking meets modern marketing meets technology, and she uses it in everything from advising MIT Media Lab students on how to launch their ideas into the real world to figuring out top luxury brands’ strategy to observing the counterfeit scene on Canal Street. Ana works with global brands across the US, Europe and Asia and often speaks at the international conferences. Her achievements include Luxury Women to Watch 2016, The Guardian’s Top Ten​ Digital Strategists to Watch, as well as critical business and brand impact for clients.

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Get the feels: Why visceral language is the next brand-building frontier

Monday 11th June

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Belong nowhere: The dark side of the platform economy

Monday 11th June

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Richie Siegel

Founder / CEO, Loose Threads

Richie Siegel

Founder / CEO, Loose Threads

Richie Siegel is the founder and lead analyst at Loose Threads, which provides analysis and insights for the rapidly changing consumer economy. He is known for a deep understanding of Amazon’s fashion play, the direct to consumer boom, fast fashion’s dominance, and the shifting retail landscape. Fast Company named the Loose Threads Podcast one of 10 Great Business Podcasts and his writing has been published and featured in Business of Fashion, Fashion REDEF, Retail Dive, Lean Luxe and many other publications.

He previously ran Customer Insights at a fast growing fashion/tech startup and founded a NY-based menswear line. His operational background allows him to work both at the micro and macro level, driving growth and long-term strategy with an execution-focused mindset.

Speaking on:

Point of departure: How brands are embedding themselves into an experience-driven world

Monday 11th June

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PAST SPEAKERS

Seth Godin

Author​, Entrepreneur

Kjell Nordstrom

Writer, Economist

Ian Schrager

Entrepreneur, Hotelier

Adam Ferrier

Cummins & Partners

Steven Pedigo

Creative Class Group

Bette Ann Schlossberg

Google

Nathan Tan

Cadillac

Ashlyn Chesney

MR PORTER

Marcela Sapone

Hello Alfred

Luceny Fofana

Adidas

Chapin Clark

R/GA

Richard Goodstone

Superfly