#UNFINISHED19 Sept 26th – 29th, 2019!
Ariane de Bonvoisin - is an author, speaker, change expert and entrepreneur. Her professional background spans The Boston Consulting Group, Bertelsmann, Sony, Charlie Rose in strategic and investment roles. She was educated at The London School of Economics and received her MBA at Stanford. She then started her own business, The First 30 Days, helping people through life changes. She is the best selling author of several books on the subject of change, pursuing your dreams and health and also recently launched an app, Mindful365, helping people boost their spirit in the midst of their busy lives! Her most recent work is in the area of conscious parenting and life skills for kids. She is a frequent speaker and executive coach on the subjects of change and transformation, conscious parenting, leadership, and women in the workplace.
Angélica Dass - is an award-winning photographer born in Brazil and currently based in Spain. Her practice combines photography with sociological research and public participation in global defense of human rights. She is the creator of the internationally acclaimed Humanæ Project—a collection of portraits that reveal the diverse beauty of human colors, which has traveled to over 31 cities across six continents. Her work has traveled to over 50 cities around the world, from PhotoEspaña, to the World Economic Forum (Davos), UN Habitat III, London Migration Museum, The Hague Museum, Lausanne Musée de l'Elysée, Dublin Science Gallery; to the pages of National Geographic, Time Magazine, Foreign Affairs and other relevant media. Her TED Talk (Vancouver, 2016) exceeded two million views. She was selected by Time Magazine as one of the “Nine Brazilian Photographers You Need to Follow”.
Brigitte Lacombe - French photographer Brigitte Lacombe is known for her influential and revelatory portraiture. For four decades she has created iconic and intimate photographs of many of the world’s most celebrated artists, actors, politicians and intellectuals.
Her work has been exhibited at PHILLIPS Galleries, Sotheby’s Gallery London, Qatar Museums, Shanghai Center of Photography,The Museum of the Moving Image NY, Paris Cinematheque, and Berlin’s Deutsche Kinemathek.
Her photography has appeared in publications around the world including Vanity Fair, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue (French, German, British) L’Uomo Vogue, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, “M” Le Monde, Zeit Magazine.
Lacombe has photographed advertising campaigns for Chanel, Dior, Prada, Armani, Hermes, Lancome, and others. Lacombe is currently at work on a visual memoir.
Ian Daly - Ian has been writing and thinking about culture since 2003, when he was senior writer for Details at Conde Nast in New York City. His stories have taken him everywhere from The Congo to backstage with Ozzy Osbourne. He then spent seven years in leading strategic roles at various advertising agencies in New York and Los Angeles, helping global brands such as Apple (where he led strategy on two iPhone campaigns and the launch of Apple Music), Converse, Johnnie Walker, and Canon tell their stories. He has been head of strategic planning at Anomaly, New York, and Chief Strategy Officer at The Barbarian Group, a digital creative agency.
His stories and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Men’s Journal, Popular Science, and The Poetry Foundation.
Isabela Constantin - Isabela Constantin is currently an Artificial Intelligence Resident at Microsoft Research, Cambridge, after just having finished her Master Degree in Computer Science at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The focus of her research projects is on developing fair and robust machine learning algorithms with socially desirable properties. During her Master Thesis, she studied the vulnerabilities of the recommendation systems algorithms, that drive platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, and how these vulnerabilities can be exploited by malicious actors.
Previously, Isabela obtained her Bachelor degree in Artificial Intelligence from University of Groningen and she had internships both in industry and academia. In 2018, she worked as a Software Engineer Intern at Microsoft, in Oslo, Norway, and in 2015 she was a research student at Osaka University, in Osaka, Japan, where she worked in the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory under the supervision of Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro.
She is motivated by looking at social phenomena such as polarisation and filter bubbles through computational lenses and deriving insights which could help alleviate these issues.
Isabella Nardini - is the person designing the Experience behind MESA, a method created to unleash people’s full potential and deliver great results for extraordinary business challenges in 5 days.
Since 2015, she’s been dedicated to conceive and bring to life every single detail for a unique work experience: from real objects to sensible rituals that guarantee professional high performance and personal transformation.
Through her work, she is constantly experimenting with new ways to unleash creativity by building tailored experiences that move people's senses. She is currently living in São Paulo and running MESAs all over the world.
Lately, Isabella was a Mentor at Kaospilot, one of the biggest references in Experience Design in the world. Rituals she created were incorporated at the Cannes Lions Festival, changing the way the jury works.
With a degree of Graphic/Product Design and Jewelry, she has worked part of her early career as a jewel designer running her own brand with handcrafted pieces which gained the attention of major labels in Italy, where she lived for years. Still, in Italy, she shared the time working in the Design Week in Milan and the Art Bienalle in Venice.
Jurgis Didžiulis - is hard to pin down with conventional labels. By seamlessly mixing his passion for music and social phenomenon, he creates participative experiences that inspire and enlighten, as well as shift attitudes and behaviors in ways that traditional methods cannot.
A mixed cultural heritage (Colombia-Lithuanian), an education in Political Science and Business Administration, and a colourful professional background (from Eurovision to EU consultant), enables him to transcend formats and connect with different people in arenas, corporate boardrooms, royal receptions, and kindergartens alike.
Over the past 5 years, Jurgis has done close to 500 sessions, interactive seminars, or other creative activities promoting the human skills, emotional intelligence, and culture of community needed to avoid dystopian scenarios created by the ever-growing rift between technological advances and human/social development. He believes that promoting a dynamic and empowered culture of community that taps into our primal ability to weave humane social units is what will save us from ourselves.
Logan Ury - is a 2018 TED Resident, behavioral economics researcher, and dating coach. She’s currently writing a book with Simon & Schuster on how to make better decisions in romantic relationships. She formerly ran the Irrational Lab, Google’s behavioral economics team, alongside Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational.She works with Mating in Captivity author Esther Perel on a variety of projects. She also collaborates with relationship scientist Dr. John Gottman and The Gottman Institute on articles and a video series. She started the Talks at Google: Modern Romance series, where she interviewed world-renowned dating and relationship experts. She discussed monogamy and marriage with Dan Savage and Esther Perel and the secrets to a happy marriage with Drs. John and Julie Gottman. She’s written about dating and relationships for TIME, Thrive Global, PopSugar, The Forward, P.S. I Love You, and more. She was featured on several recent episodes of HBO’s VICE News Tonight about the #MeToo movement.
Marinela V. Ardelean - is a wine critic, author and juror in international wine and spirits competitions such as Mundus Vini and Meininger's International Spirits Awards. In her home-country, Romania, she is known for organizing RO-Wine |The International Wine Festival of Romania, while in Italy, her second home, she is professor at Italian Chef Academy. Representing Foss Marai as Brand Manager since 2012 and Vinars Brâncoveanu as Global Brand Ambassador since 2018, recently Marinela V. Ardelean became the wine consultant for one of the largest modern retailers in Romania, Carrefour.
Rukmini Callimachi - New York Times foreign correspondent and four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Rukmini Callimachi has become the go-to reporter on the Islamic State. For her Times podcast “Caliphate,” which tracks the rise of ISIS from their encrypted, online chatrooms to their spread across four continents, Callimachi was awarded the 2018 Peabody Award. Ranked as the “best podcast of the year so far” by Esquire, the magazine hailed “Caliphate” as “gripping, disturbing and ferociously addictive.” She has been a subject in terrorist chatrooms and cited by U.S. lawmakers and foreign governments. WIRED magazine called her “arguably the best reporter on the most important beat in the world.” For her series, “Underwriting Jihad,” Callimachi won the prestigious George Polk Award in Journalism. Besides the Pulitzer nomination, her series “The al-Qaeda Papers” won the Michael Kelly Award as well as two Overseas Press Club awards, making her the first reporter in the club’s over-75-year history to win both the Hal Boyle and the Bob Considine Awards in the same year.
Alexandra Gatej - Since July 5th 2018, Alexandra Gatej recorded 1014 kilometers walking. Walking became her passion and she has already boredall her friends about the wonders of walking both collectively and alone. She walks to almost all her meetings, back and forth from the office and just about everywhere she can.
Professionally, she walked from her hometown of Sibiu to Bucharest, graduating in Cybernetics in the communist summer of 1988. Eventually, she walked into the marketing department of the Unilever headquarters, where she remained for the next 16 years. Walking to Italy and Czech Republic as an expat and later returning to Romania as Marketing Director and then Chairman for the Balkans –irst Romanian and first woman appointed in such a position. As an Wharton University Executive Class Program graduate, she was then invited to climb the stairs of the highest public office of the country and was appointed Economic Advisor to the President of Romania (2009-2011) after which she started her own management consulting company.
Alexandru Bălășescu - is an anthropologist, writer, and occasional curator. He is the author of Paris Chic, Tehran Thrills. Aesthetic Bodies, Political Subjects, ZetaBooks, and numerous articles published in academic and non-academic journals. His collaborative film, Smells Like Paradise, made with Ovidiu Anton, was presented at the Vienna Biennial in 2015, where it won the contest Create Your Bucharest, and was subsequently bought for the permanent archive of the Wien Museum. Alec has taught in Paris, Irvine, Istanbul, Bucharest, and Vancouver where he currently lives.
Bogdan Simion - PhD graduate in Letters, singer, cobza player, actor, folklore aficionado and occasional writer. His work is among the few attempts after the fall of Communism dedicated to revitalizing Romanian traditional oral music.
He is a permanent member of Agurida (Loredana Groza Band) and collaborated with important artists like: Mihai Margineanu, Taraf de Haidouks, Loredana, Les Elephants Bizzarres, Chimie, El Nyno, Samurai and others. He has worked on the soundtrack of the Romanian TV Series “Las Fierbinţi” (produced by ProTV) and worked as live-music consultant for the upcoming TV Series “Flavours of Romania” (produced by the Travel Channel).
He considers that Romanian traditional music is so rare nowadays that it became almost exotic.
Catherine Vacher - is a computational biologist at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, based in Sydney. After graduating in physics at CentraleSupelec in Paris, she studied at the Pasteur Institute, and received her PhD in Pharmacy at the University of Sydney, where she focused on childhood cancer and in particular neuroblastoma. Catherine is working in the Cancer Genomics program of Garvan, where she studies the genetics of cancer and the impact of pathogens and viruses on human health.
Christina Verchere - holds a Master degree in Economics Science from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She started her career in 1993 and has spent over 20 years with an oil and gas supermajor, where she held numerous leadership positions in the UK, the US, Canada and Indonesia. Between 2012-2014, she has been the Regional President Canada of BP located in Calgary and between 2014 - 2018, she has been the Regional President of the Asia Pacific region, located in Jakarta, Indonesia. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of the Executive Board of OMV Petrom starting May 1, 2018.
Daniel Horowitz - works in painting, drawing, collage, and installation. His art is characterized by a unique combination of realism and surrealist abstraction. His paintings employ an associative logic, whereby disparate subjects are thrown together into impossible landscapes that are nonetheless psychologically cohesive. Through dissonant figure pairings and Freudian fluency in our collective symbolic lexicon, Horowitz conjures up what cannot be visualized into something visible. His paintings suggest a narrative but this promise dissolves into ambiguity. Horowitz’s work has been the subject of international solo and group exhibitions - from New York, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Warsaw, Berlin, Leipzig, Paris to Split, Barcelona, and Montreal. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (2001). He recently completed a 2 year fellowship with the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Also an illustrator, Horowitz's most gratifying endeavors is solving visual problems through metaphor. He has become a favorite among editors, publishers and art directors throughout the world. Working for such clients as The New York Times, Editions Christian Bourgois, & Knopf Random House.
Ekene Ijeoma - is a conceptual artist living and working in NYC and Boston. He creates artworks at the intersections of life experiences and data studies, poetic acts and analytic insights, and aesthetic quality and social efficacy. His artworks embody social issues and expose the systems affecting us as individuals. He engages with topics and mediums ranging from a website visualizing racial inequality in the design industry to a music performance/sound-reactive light installation sonifying mass incarceration.
Ekene’s work has been commissioned and presented by venues and events including MoMA, Kennedy Center, Design Museum, Istanbul Design Biennial, Fondation EDF, Annenberg Space for Photography, Neuberger Museum of Art, and Storefront for Art and Architecture.
He’s been featured in What Can Design Do’s 31 Designers Fighting for a Better World, GOOD's GOOD 100 "tackling pressing global issues,” Adweek's Creative 100 "visual artist whose imagination and intellect will inspire you," and GDUSA's People to Watch "who embody the spirit of the creative community."
Recently, he was appointed as an assistant professor, founder and director of the Poetic Justice research group at MIT Media Lab. He also received a 2019 Creative Capital award. Previously, he was a visiting professor of Architecture at the SAIC.
Elena Tănase - is a Romanian journalist who worked with the BBC World Service for eight years in Bucharest and London. She joined Digi24, a news channel, in 2012, hosting guests in the Km0 debate who ranged from presidential candidates to ministers and cultural personalities. Lately, Elena Vijulie has become known as a historical documentary producer and presenter. She has focused on historical subjects that were severely censored during the communist regime, such as her two-year long “Steel Crown” project dedicated to Romanian dynasty.
Farah Nayeri - writes on culture for The New York Times and is also a conference speaker and moderator. Based in London, she was previously the arts correspondent of Bloomberg. She has also written for the arts pages of The Economist and The Wall Street Journal.
Originally from Iran, Ms. Nayeri began her journalism career as a reporter for Time in Paris. She later became a Paris correspondent of Bloomberg, the Rome bureau chief, and the European economics correspondent. In 2003, she was assigned to Baghdad to cover the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
Ms. Nayeri has been invited to speak at Sciences Po in Paris and at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. She has moderated panel discussions for The New York Times and for the World Economic Forum. She is a classical pianist and a member of the U.K. Critics' Circle.
Faraj Suleiman - is a Palestinian pianist and composer , born in 1984, hailed by his peers in the Arab world as one of the best. His first concert in France, in March 2019 at the Arab World Institute, was a huge success. His original material is influenced by Arab and Oriental culture, with its modal music, jazz, and tango. Putting the piano at the center of his work, Suleiman has composed for solo piano, quartets, piano with female singers, and piano with orchestras. Log In, his first album released in 2014 staked out the beginning of his musical path. He is the author of diverse works, like Three Steps, Mud, Opening of the Palestinian Museum, Love in the Cloud, Once upon a City, Love Without a Story, and most recently, Toy Box. This musician trained in classical Arab music seeks to reach “Oriental ears” with his compositions.
Florian Ebner - is the Head of the Department of Photography at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He previously served as Head of the Photographic Collection in Museum Folkwang and Director of the Museum for Photography Braunschweig. Earlier, he was temporary head of the Photographic Collection of Berlinischen Galerie, and taught Photography at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig. In 2015, he curated the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
Gabriel Diaconu - is a Canadian-trained psychiatrist, specialized in trauma, human rights, crisis intervention, inter-ethnic conflict and suicidology. Currently residing in Bucharest, where he supervises a private practice psychiatry clinic, Gabriel Diaconu has coordinated complex intervention teams in the aftermath of collective tragedies, including the Giulesti Maternity Fire (2010) and the Colectiv Club Fire (2015). He is a medical op-ed writer, a columnist and a public speaker, with more than 500 published articles in Romanian journals and magazines.
Gabriel Pesa - has been a nutritionist and regeneration specialist (anti-ageing) for 20 years. His focus is body enhancement and optimal nutrition – biohacking the basics.
His techniques focus on basic human body needs like Water, Enzymes, Amino acids, Oils, Antioxidants. He innovates fast recovery protocols and techniques by pushing the limits and performance of human body. Gabriel works on cognitive enhancement and Nootropics utilizations by approaching basic technics for brokers, dealers, salesman, negotiators. He is the HR Manager and Expert of the DeCode Project since 2001, providing training and therapy in Human Design. Gabriel founded the ReSEX (Recoding Sexual Energy) Project for optimizing sexual energy for utilization in business and prosperity.
Hiie Saumaa - (Ph.D., Columbia University) is a movement educator and dance scholar. She is a certified instructor of several mind-body techniques, such as Nia dance, the BodyLogos© Technique, and JourneyDance.™ Her specialty is somatics, or forms of movement that pay as much attention to the inner world as the physical movement of the body. She teaches courses and classes in sensory-based dance modalities, creativity in movement, expressive arts, meditative strength training, and somatic awareness.
Her dance writings explore interconnections between dance, movement imagination, somatics, and creativity. She is currently completing a book on the unpublished writings, artwork, and multi-arts creativity of the American choreographer Jerome Robbins. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in Dance Research Journal, Dance Chronicle, The Journal of Dance, Movement & Spiritualities, Somatics Journal/Magazine, Journal for Alternative and Complementary Therapies, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, and Routledge Companion to Dance Studies, among others.
Jack Saul - Ph.D. is a New York State licensed psychologist and family therapist providing therapeutic services for individuals, couples, and families in Manhattan. He is the director of the International Trauma Studies Program (ITSP), a research and training institute based in New York City. ITSP is committed to enhancing the natural resilience and coping capacities in individuals, families, and communities that have endured and/or are threatened by traumatic events - domestic and political violence, armed conflict and natural disaster. As a psychologist he has created a number of psychosocial programs for populations that have endured war, torture and political violence in New York City and is known for his innovative work with families and communities that integrates testimony, healing, media, and the performance arts.
Jake Troth - is an artist, multi-platinum songwriter, and producer from Davidson, North Carolina. Jake has collaborated with Big Boi, Kevin Gates, Jennifer Lopez, Rick Ross, Kehlani, Jesse Rose and many more independent acts around the world. Inspired by the classic melodic earworms of the Beatles and Paul Simon, along with the spontaneity of jam bands and jazz trios, Jake‘s musical goal is to always provide an unforgettable song-focused listening experience.
Previous accomplishments include being nominated for a Grammy for the dance remix of his song “Undercover” with Kehlani; Achieving Double Platinum status with his song “Really Really” by Kevin Gates; performing his song “Apple Of My Eye” alongside Big Boi on ‘The Tonight Show’, ‘Late Show with David Letterman’, and Jimmy Kimmel Live’; performing for sold out crowds at Upright Citizen’s Brigade comedy theater, and scoring multiple short films, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 international commercial featuring a remix of ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurhythmics, personally chosen by Annie Lennox. Jake's debut album, IT IS AS IF, will be released on the 13th of September with the American record label Atlantic Records.
Jess Teutonico - As Executive Director of We Are Family Foundation (WAFF), co-founded by legendary music producer and multi-Grammy winner, Nile Rodgers, Jess Teutonico helps lead one of the world's most influential global networks of youth - social entrepreneurs and creatives from 60+ countries who are working across cultures and borders to solve some of the world's biggest issues today. Through cutting-edge programs, global campaigns, and a highly sought-after mentoring program, WAFF has helped create and nurture one of the most hopeful narratives in our world today: youth.
Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed - Dr. & Imam, is the only theologian in the world to establish such links between humanities, gender studies and religious sciences. During his adolescence in Algeria, L. Zahed has been trained to become an imam by studying Qur'an exegesis - Tafsir al-Qur'an - and the pillars of the Islamic orthopraxy - usul al-fiqh. He is now master of cognitive psychology, graduate from the Ecole Normale Superieure in cognitive sciences and currently writing his PhD thesis in anthropology of religion matters at the EHESS on the theme of Islam and homosexuality; after he did a PhD in social psychology of religions.
Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed joins the Department of Anthropology at the EHESS (French school for advanced social studies) in fall 2010. He is about to finalize the writing of his anthropology PhD about Islam and gender
diversity, after he studied Islamic theology in Algeria for five years; he also did a master in Cognitive Psychology at the Ecole Normale Superieur and a PhD in Social Psychology of religions at the University of Nantes - France.
Manolo López - is a Puerto Rican social entrepreneur & chef who has focused on showcasing his culture through food and storytelling around the world. A cultural ambassador for Latinos, Manolo has done pop-ups in Japan, Colombia, México, Chile, Puerto Rico, amongst other countries, bringing Caribbean staples to different corners of the world. Manolo started his social work after hurricane Maria devastated his native Island in 2017. After being one of the first responders to enter the Island, he created brigades that brought clean water, warm food & medicine to towns all over Puerto Rico. Two months after his first initiative he launched the Cosa Nuestra Relief Fund, a program designed to support the local economy after the storm by paying restaurants to create meals that would be given out free of charge all over the Island.
Matthew Anderson - is the European culture editor of The New York Times. He oversees coverage of the arts and entertainment in the region from The Times's bureau in London. He joined in 2017 from the BBC, where he worked for 10 years as a reporter, producer and editor for TV, radio and online. He was the editor of the BBC.com homepage, then became the inaugural editor of BBC Culture, an online arts and entertainment site aimed at digital users outside the U.K.
Mike Safyan - has joined in 2011 the eight-person founding team at Planet where the company was building the first iterations of its Dove satellite in a Cupertino garage. Since then, Planet has expanded to a global organization leading the NewSpace industry, with the world's largest fleet of Medium-resolution and High-resolution Earth Imaging satellites. Mike is responsible for Planet's Launch strategy and has overseen the launch of over 350 Planet satellites across 22 launch attempts. Mike received his B.S. of Aerospace Engineering at UCLA, and a M.Sc. of Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He started his career working on lunar rover designs for the Barcelona Moon Team competing for the Google Lunar X-Prize, and then joined the PhoneSat team at NASA Ames where he worked as a Systems Engineer developing ultra low-cost cubesats utilizing smartphone technologies. In 2018, Mike received the SSPI Promise Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by satellite industry professionals under the age of 35.
Moran Cerf - is a neuroscientist and business professor at the Kellogg School of Management and the neuroscience program at Northwestern university. Dr. Cerf is also a member of the institute on complex systems. In his work, Prof. Cerf helps individuals and businesses harness the current knowledge of the brain to improve thinking and understanding of customers and business decisions. His academic research uses methods from neuroscience to understand the underlying mechanisms of our psychology, behavior changes, emotion, decision making and dreams. Recently, his research has addressed questions pertaining to the neural mechanisms that underlie decision-making, thereby offering a new perspective on predicting future choices and investigating how much free will we have in our decisions. He has made much of his research accessible to the general public via his public talks at PopTech, TED, TEDx, Google Zeitgeist, DLD and other venues, gathering millions of views and a large following.
Patricia Cohen - covers the national economy for The New York Times and is the author of "In Our Prime: The Fascinating History and Promising Future of Middle Age" (Scribner).
Ms. Cohen joined The Times in 1997 as Ideas Editor to create and launch the Arts & Ideas section, and later oversaw the paper's theater coverage. An award-winning reporter, she has written extensively about ideas, books and the arts, and worked as an investigative reporter in the Culture Department. She won the international Prix Annette Giacometti for a series of articles she wrote on art forgery, and is a recent winner of the Nathaniel Nash Award for excellence in business and economics journalism.
Before joining the Times, Ms. Cohen worked at the Washington Post and Rolling Stone magazine. She started her journalism career at Newsday and New York Newsday. She has a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.P.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Ms. Cohen is a frequent moderator and interviewer at live events, and often appears on television and radio to speak about her work.
Raphael Reimann - is a multi-disciplinary urbanist and founding member of Moovel Lab. His background is in geography and urban design and development. He works on ideation, conceptualisation and communication of Moovel Lab's projects. He quickly found the intersection of fast paced digital services and persistent city infrastructure as an interesting and challenging field for his work.
Reid Blackman - founded Virtue, an ethics consultancy that focuses on corporate governance and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, biotech, and virtual/augmented reality. He works with senior leadership to devise strategies and policies that mitigate ethical risk and with product developers to incorporate ethically responsible design practices.
Prior to launching Virtue, Reid was a Fellow at the Parr Center for Ethics at UNC Chapel Hill and a professor of philosophy at Colgate University. He received his B.A. from Cornell University, his M.A. from Northwestern University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin.
Reid sits on the “Methods to Guide Ethical Research and Design” committee for the IEEE Global Initiative on the Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and is a member of the EU AI Alliance. When he isn’t doing ethics you can find him with his wife and children, unless there’s rock climbing to be done.
Reza Bundy - brings with him decades of entrepreneurial and executive leadership experience in the private sector. He is the Founder of IronPlanet which was the leading online inspection-based marketplace focused on the $100 billion used capital goods market. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Provence Capital, a private development group which leverages capital, proven technology and a global network of relationships to support local business and infrastructure in growth markets. He is currently building his third company, Atlas Gold, which seeks to create monetary stability and food & water security through agricultural land grants from gold mining companies. Reza Bundy is a current board member of the Atlantic Council, an organization that promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs. After the Haitian earthquake in 2010, he founded the Haiti Investment Team to facilitate foreign investment in the country. He is a champion and mentor of women in executive positions and leads a diverse and international team of professionals.
Susan Sellers - is a founding partner and creative director for 2x4, a global design consultancy focused on brand strategy. In this role, she has worked with clients such as Nike, Prada, Tiffany & co., and the Guggenheim Museum among others. Additionally, Sellers is a Senior Design Critic at the Yale School of Art and was formerly the Head of Design at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2013-2016. At the MET, Sellers led the museum’s rebranding, helped open the MET Breuer, and worked on exhibitions such as "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" and "Manus X Machina: Design in the Age of Technology.” Sellers holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a M.A. in American Studies from Yale University.
Violeta Luca - is the General Manager of Microsoft Romania, since November, 2018, having a wealth of senior leadership expertise in sales, digital platforms, general management, marketing and operations, as well as a successful track record in creating value for all the stakeholders she worked with since 2000.
In her current role, Violeta is aiming to drive growth initiatives to enable digital transformation across sectors in Romania and deliver outstanding results through developing team capabilities, scaling a strong partner ecosystem, encouraging local innovation and fostering a collaboration-based organization culture.
The Wanton Bishops - is a Lebanese rock band formed in Beirut, Lebanon in 2011. The group consists of Nader Mansour and Eddy Ghossein. The duo began as an independent act founded after Mansour and Ghossein met outside a bar in Beirut and eventually bonded over their mutual appreciation for blues music.
Simona Chesaraicu - is a psychotherapist, qualified to teach MBSR programs (Mindfulness based interventions for stress management). For Simona mindfulness became not only a generous personal way of finding balance and peace in a frantic world, but also a great mean to support people around her to be more present and aware about everything that is. She is committed to build meaningful therapeutic relationships with clients and helping them learn how to make better choices in their lives to increase fulfilment and achieve their goals.
Marius Șoflete - is one of the lead influencers of the Romanian construction industry, as he is both an experienced structural engineer - specialized in wooden structures, passive house design, sustainable constructions - and a very active vlogger. A former member of PRISPA - the first Romanian team participating in Solar Decathlon Competition, in 2012 - he founded Creative Engineering design office in 2013, based on a 360 deg view design philosophy toward constructions.
Most of the office's projects had challenging conditions, developing into innovative solutions with a great impact on Romanian public perception of sustainable buildings, earning a rising level of attention among professionals and academia.
Luca Zamoc - - Italian artist, born in 1986 in Modena. Since his early age he was inspired by influences as different as 80′s comics, mithology and human anatomy. He attended the New Academy of Art in Milan and graduated with a bachelor of Graphic Design & Art Direction. His work range between several media such as digital, mural, ink on paper illustration and comic art. In the last four years he’s been working and living in different cities as Milan, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Istanbul and Barcelona. He's currently back in Modena.
Irina Margareta Nistor - - Honorary President of the Vodafone Romania Foundation. Irina Margareta Nistor is a film critic, producer of radio and television shows, with a rich activity as a journalist and translator. Over time, Irina Margareta Nistor has interviewed many celebrities, has commented, live, several editions of the César, Oscar, BAFTA or EMMY Awards, has filmed and commented on radio and television the festivals in Karlovy-Vary, Reims, Stockholm, Cannes, Berlin, Namur, Tokyo, San Sebastian. She has also been a jury member in the Dakino Festival and artistic director of the Costineşti Festival and, since 2002, jury member of the International Film Festival Dakino and, since 2007, of Anonymous. Prior to joining the Vodafone Romania Foundation, Irina Margareta Nistor was part of the Executive Board of the SOROS Foundation in Romania.
Alexandra Simean - ’s classes are edgy and fun and full of life. They are also filled with heart and soul. She enjoys teaching all age groups and experience levels and firmly believes that ‘Yoga is for EVERYBODY’.
Reaching over 200 hours of study with her teachers in India, she is passionate about sharing all that she has learnt and continues to learn so that more people can have the tools to live a healthier and happier life.
Esther Perel - is a Belgian psychotherapist of Polish-Jewish descent who has explored the tension between the need for security (love, belonging and closeness) and the need for freedom (erotic desire, adventure and distance) in human relationships.