CreativeMornings is powered by a troupe of über talented folks. Each and every month, hosts, videographers, photographers, and helpers come together, in their respective cities, to make our events happen. Meet the driving forces behind CreativeMornings.
Tina started CreativeMornings in September of 2009 in NYC, wanting to create an accessible, inspiring morning event for people to meet. Some have called it "TED for the rest of us".
Craig Shapiro joined CreativeMornings in May 2011 as Chairman. Craig is a founder and investor at Collaborative Fund. Previously, he was President of GOOD magazine and an investor in several new media and technology companies including Kickstarter, Skillshare and Massive Health.
Kevin joined up with CreativeMornings in July 2011 and now runs daily operations from HQ in New York. Apart from feeding his intense passion for both breakfast and lectures, he helped bring back The Feast in 2012, served as editor for TBD, and continues to make a variety of shiny creative projects.
Carly joined forces with the CreativeMornings team in June 2012. She is a contributor for Core77 amongst other blogging dabbles and is a senior studying Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Sally joined the team at CreativeMornings in April 2013. She's an industrial designer. When she's not designing, she's exploring her other interests, like interning at Collaborative Fund and working on criminal justice reform.
Tina has been running the main CreativeMornings chapter since September of 2009. What initially started in her design studio has now grown into a monthly 300+ people breakfast lecture series. Nothing makes Tina happier than seeing an engaged crowd of creative types on an early Friday morning. Tina believes that meeting up, meeting people in person, is more important than ever. Besides running and growing CreativeMornings, Tina is the editor of swiss-miss.com, inventor of TeuxDeux, founder of Studiomates and creator of Tattly. She is also a mother of two.
Ben is a videographer/editor based out of Bethlehem, Pennsylania. He loves visiting NYC to work on video projects. He also loves freshly roasted coffee, breakfast smoothies, and crispy bacon.
Matt Waldron literally began marching in lockstep with CreativeMornings during a Rainbow Parade in November 2011. He happily assists with the website hustle and/or bustle that goes into a CreativeMorning. When not being a Morning person, he designs and develops websites for clients and companies, performs in improv jams around the city, records voice-overs for well-scripted commercials, and ponders interesting leaves in the Fall.
Daniel Frei is a CreativeMornings pioneer. Not only was he the first to run a CreativeMornings chapter, he approached Tina with the idea of making different branches in general. When he's not wrangling Zurich's most creative folks to speak, Daniel runs a Zurich based PR and marketing consulting firm. He's a true networking ninja and greatest, first-ever chapter host.
Sandro Barbieri is an entrepreneur, software engineer and filmmaker. And the amazing force behind all the taped Zurich talks! Find out more about his companies over at about.me/sandro.
Dragica finally found out where to use that physics masters and the years of coding to make something that connects with people. She now works on exploring and performing electronic music. Incurably curious, Facebook, Twitter and the net in general are ideal places to fuel her quest for knowledge and interaction.
Rolf is co-founder of redsmoke.ch, the force behind all the taped Zurich talks. For some years, he was involved in distributing films from South America, Africa and Asia at trigon-film.org. As a hobby, he works as a projectionist at a local cinema orientkino.ch.
Jon Setzen is a Creative Director and Designer based in Los Angeles, California. Over the past 12 years he has worked with: Sony Music, Target, Nikon, Disney, Columbia Pictures, 826LA/NYC, Built to Spill and many more. He is currently the Creative Director at Media Temple. He lives in Silverlake with wife and two young sons. He also makes candles.
Maggie is a talented designer at Media Temple who can often be found watching horror films and walking one of the most adorable pooches on the West Coast -- Fabian.
When she's not getting up early to shoot stunning photos for CreativeMornings, Sarah is churning out design work for very lucky clients in LA and beyond.
Erika Hall is co-founder and Director of Strategy at Mule Design Studio. Mule is an interactive design studio completing their first decade. In addition to helping run the show over there, Erika speaks about the importance of language to an effective user interface at various conferences and tries to make the business world speak more clearly through Unsuck It.
As Mule Design’s mimosa-concocting expert, Benjamin spends much of his time smelling the flowers in life. Aspiring dentist gone rogue, his not-so-secret secret is quitting real life and going to Broadway.
Knoed Creative is the branding and design studio of Kim Knoll and Kyle Eertmoed. They provide creative strategy, design and development to startups and small businesses. In addition to running Knoed, Kim and Kyle have several side projects like Chicago L Shirts, RFRM Jewelry and Handiemail. When they're not working, they like to give back to the community by sharing their experiences, travel to new places or put funny hats on their dog, June. You can follow them on Twitter, if you’d like.
Chris Gallevo loves photography, illustration, art directing, Chicago and talented funny people.
Erick is passionate about film, photography, and all things design. He enjoys cruising down the street on his skateboard, and is a sucker for anything letter pressed. He studied graphic design and photography at The School of The Art Institue of Chicago.
Jürgen Siebert was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of PAGE magazine (Hamburg, 1986 – 1991) before he joined FontShop in Berlin 1991. After establishing the FontFont typeface library, the FontBook and the FUSE project for FSI FontShop International he became marketing director of FontShop Germany in mid 90th and CMO of FontShop AG from 2002. Since November 2010 he is the managing director of FontShop AG. Some of his tasks: member of the FontFont type board, program director of TYPO Berlin and TYPO London, co-publisher of FontBook (print & app), curator of Create Berlin, permanent jury member of Design made in Germany and since Aug 2011 responsible for Creative Mornings Berlin.
Richard works with Smart Phones and innovate new services to users. He loves to be where mobile and social meet. He also run his own company THEMOCRACY, a swedish brand for bikes and accessories. Check it out here and here.
Jesper Siö̈berg spends his days as Retail Director at Cheil Worldwide. If he didn't work with communication he would sail his multihull every day.
Louise loves when technology, design and communication get merged together. That’s why she spends her days working with Digital PR at creative agency House of Radon.
Nisse is a filmmaker and graphic designer from northern Sweden. Currently working as a motion designer at Å̊kestam Holst, an ad agency in Stockholm. He loves creating music and always has a new project up his sleeve.
Richard Ortega is a freelancing photographer & videographer.
Lena is an compulsive designblog-reader and coffeedrinker, who dreams about finding an employer who will pay her for doing just that. In the meanwhile, she's gotten a degree in cultural entrepreneurship, worked with auctions and antiques, eating cookies and riding bikes.
Kim is the Marketing Manager for Atelier Stockholm - The Swedish Academy of Realistic Art (SARA) and previously designed fashion and beauty collections for Stardoll AB. She is an aesthete and expatriate from Sonoma, California.
Busse is a co-founder and Design Director at Industrial Brand in Vancouver, BC where for the last 15 years he has successfully lead clients to their business objectives through brand strategy, identity, communication and interactive design solutions. He invests time in his creative community as a teacher, advisor, mentor and host of Likemind Vancouver, Interesting Vancouver and as an executive board member of the BC chapter of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Busse is also a passionate cook and food lover and co-founder of the popular food blog, Foodists.ca. He lives with his wife Andrea and blind dog Charlie in the Commercial Drive area of East Van.
Amanda connects people with ideas and hosts conversations that matter by designing learning experiences and large group conversation processes.
Shawn is an experienced web designer and creative director and the founder of Interlink Conference in Vancouver.
Kathleen helps creative and tech enterprises develop their brands through public relations.
Hilary is passionate about hyperlocal living and empowering individuals to make positive choices that benefit themselves, their communities and the planet.
Ryan is a photographer, graphic designer and letterpress enthusiast all in one.
Johnathon is a designer, photographer, educator, and foodist.
Trevor takes photos for fashion & editorial clients, blogs about Vancouver culture and loves his bike.
Mike is a design army of one, a lone wolf, a solitary man ... but not in a weird, misanthropic way.
Pauline is a Communication Designer - brand strategy, web development, marketing communication and Web Communication Chair for GDC in Vancouver.
Drew: dandy, boulevardier and auto obsessive. His natural home seems to be somewhere ‘twixt the cafe life of Soho and the East End on London yet he spent a lot of his childhood on an Australian sheep farm. Really. While having a laugh bringing consumers and culture to the c-suite for the likes of Lexus, Kia, Barclays and Vodafone, he also writes for DownsideUpDesign and Car Design News, becoming a magnet for those he works with. They lap up articles and lectures about culture, cars and strategy and pester him with so many questions he’ll never finish the PhD thesis he was writing on the subject. Today he’s a guru to anyone who wants to know the future of transportation, transformation and Grace Jones.
Ariane is a London-based graphic designer, art director and illustrator. If she isn't creating and designing things, you'll most likely find her surfing the stunning breaks up and down the South-West French atlantic coast or snowboarding the most beautiful spots in the Alps.
Nick is a self-taught digital creative from the countryside near London. He likes making films, producing music and taking pictures. He's a keen explorer and is often found escaping England to overseas Jungles or Mountains.
Kris is a Guernsey born freelance photographer where having escaped the realms of the island, his London commissions centre around fashion, editorial and commercial sectors (with just a splash of high end wedding photography chucked in). With a background in the technology industry, Kris is always tinkering with new toys and technologies to advance his knowledge and play with creative business ideas.
Amy is a multiple book reading, food exploring, entrepreneurial brand strategist and lover of all things crafty and creative. Having spent most of her days (and nights) in London's creative agencies and their local drinking establishments, Amy now runs her own consultancy with a few fellow freelancers guiding other creative entrepreneurs to help them get their brands blazing.
Nik loves mozzarella but he is lactose intolerant. Unable to find a career in the diary industry, he changed his plans and decided to co-found The Hub Milan, the first italian center for social innovation and part of the international Hub network. He also co-founded Creonomy, a project management web-app for designer, awarded by Google in 2010 as one of the most promising Italian startups.
Daniela is the founder and business developer at Neue Big, an indipendent creative studio in Milano. She is actually exploring and experimenting a new collective creative process that connects talents through the web. She loves cooking italian risotto and she is obsessed by everything is made by paper and cardboard.
Cecilia is an indipendent Graphic Designer and Art Director, specialised in corporate identity and brand strategy. Born in Milan, lived in Los Angeles for a while, she currently works across Italy. Loves typography, chinese food and riding her bicycle.
Tsilli was born in Israel, raised in Berkeley, and trained in New York. She landed in Portland in 2006 to eat and create with the best. She loves the independent spirit of the Pacific Northwest, and feels lucky to be surrounded by so many creative people doing amazing things. She has been co-conspiring with Fine Design Group for nearly a decade, both in the trenches, and for a time as Design Director. She has designed award-winning projects for Francis Ford Coppola and David Bowie. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, HOW, and Print. She taught at the Parsons Design & Technology MFA program before heading back west. She is also the creator of New Ketubah and Alef Betty, and she enjoys making things for the pure love of it.
Matt enjoys shooting pics, brewing, diving, cooking, and eating.
Emily developed her independent, creative personality through living in contrasting landscapes. During the summer she built sandcastles on the Oregon Coast; in the winter she explored her creative mind in the arctic landscape of the northernmost city in the United States, Barrow, Alaska.
Jade Tang is a passionate, innovative, creative entrepreneur – She endeavours to utilise her professional skills, experience and networks to create social change in the community, through digital media and design. Loves "coffee" and often lives by the rule "you can sleep when you're dead". Some creative projects Jade has recently dedicated sleepless nights to is; yMedia, The Big Idea, We Can Create and more recently, established a creative agency Curative as well as hosting CreativeMornings/Auckland.
Eddy Helm has been working in the advertising industry since the tender age of 18. Her experience has taught her that you always need to start with a good plan, you need to believe in yourself and your ideas, and if you really want something done, you just have to do it. She grew up pulling the long hours and learning something new everyday at DDB, WRC, Mango Communications, Consortium and Running with Scissors. With business partner Jade Tang, she helped to lead yMedia, and most recently the two have started Curative, a social business enabling community communication.
Photographer, Videographer, Graphic Designer & Aspiring Dandy, Kaan will be around to document, converse, offer moral support and a dubious sense of humour. You have been warned.
Ludwig has a long history of having many fingers in all the social events. Since the dawn of Twitter in 2007, he's been striving to help develop a creative culture in New Zealand that rivals SF and NY. Currently a designer at Lee ter Wal during the day, he runs the annual Barcamp in Auckland which means he owns a whole lot of miscellaneous technical goodies that come in handy at events like CreativeMornings.
Codie is a sound composer, music specialist and lover of all things creative. She has recently presented research and work at a number of national and international conferences including the 2011 Australasian Computer Music Conference, Auckland and EMS11, New York City.
With a bachelors in industrial design and a masters in spatial design I really enjoy the conceptual side of design thinking. This side of things led me to design strategy and I now work as the Design Researcher at design agency, Designworks' Auckland Office.
Mallika is a strategy intern at Designworks. When she's not perusing design blogs and geeking over type, she spends her time drinking copious amounts of coffee and prowling the streets in search of photographic inspiration.
CubeBrick Studios is a fresh film company specialising in online media. We infuse the magic of movies to every project, helping you to better capture your audience. From script to screen, big or small, Cubebrick Studios will give you much more than just an online video.
Freshly graduated, Aria has a keen interest in social design and crafting identity with both pen and camera in toe. Coming from the west coast she is a lover of community hubs and the ocean.
Freelance Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Artist. Freelancing full time since 2007 + Design industry since 1999 (Global) + Artist since, well for as long as she can remember. Most of her design work is for 'product' based companies (things that you feel, wear, eat & use). Her Artwork medium is mostly pencil // pen on paper & wood. Always creating, always learning…
We are an online happy place a map to the magic that’s right here in Auckland. We write, we film, we respond, we document, we curate, we create all with the aim of optimising the lifestyle of our readers, and connecting like minded people within our urban environment.
Behrouz is a man on a tight race against time. He designs products and services for human beings. Behrouz writes and speaks about human centred practices, mentors startups, and thinks with a pencil in hand.
Kyle is a designer in Toronto who likes to ply his skills in the areas of international development and civic engagement. He was the Creative Director at Engineers Without Borders in canada for 5 years and now runds his independent practice.
Jordan is a freelance designer & motion graphics artist. He dabbles in all things visual and technological.
Mathieu owns and operates a small shop specializing in motion design and editing for various-sized projects, as long as there is a story to tell. He likes coffee, bikes, and chasing down inspiration by its wiry tail.
As a Founding Partner and Studio Director at Design Commission, David works clients of all shapes and sizes to create the interactive products and services. He loves connecting business, design and technology in order to create meaningful experiences. David also teaches design at the School of Visual Concepts, mentors for The Designer Fund, and drives an environmentally sensible car.
Luz is a UX designer for Design Commission. When not absorbed with making stuff at the studio, she likes cooking for small gatherings and listening to British radio. She will not be found bungee jumping, shark wrangling, or using her outside voice.
Matty is an Australian export with a deep love for all things creative. If he's not at Design Commission designing anything he can get his hands on, he is skateboarding, playing table tennis, and enjoying being the most-awseomest-dad-that-has-ever-walked-on-the-face-of-the-universe to his little man, Fletcher. Things you will not find Matty doing: eating peanut butter, listening to country music, or not talking.
Dániel is an art historian. Right after graduating he began to work for hg.hu, a popular architecture and design webzine and in 2009 eventually became chief editor. Besides, he is a member of Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Center, and inexplicably infatuated with post-war concrete buildings.
Daria has experience in the world of business, digital media and ICT service sectors as well as profound knowledge of legal context that all added up towards her expertise within online publishing and advertising. She was co-founder of BDIC in 2011 and hg.hu in 2000. Her keen interest in technology adoption and business process re-engineering lead her to her current role as a Strategy and Product Innovation Associate at Informerci.com, a new generation qualitative research platform aimed to bring qualitative research into the realm of the possible for everyone. She is a London traveler and is addicted to swimming.
After having worked at several design agencies for 15 years Michael became a freelancer in january of 2011. Setting up a dutch chapter of Creative Mornings seemed like the perfect way to do something other than pushing pixels all day. When he's not getting up to his elbows in html and css, you're likely to find him in the pool, on a bike or on a run training for an upcoming triathlon.
Marjolein works as an online projectmanager and is always curious about new things. She enjoys music, festivals, reading, smart design and having dinner with friends.
Karlijn worked at design agencies, in retail and currently as an internet project manager. She is always searching the internet and the streets for the latest trends and hippest gadgets. The results of this search can be found on her blog www.carlio75.com. When she is not working, trend spotting of surfing the web she tries to train for a triathlon or makes goodies with her button machine.
René is a project leader, graphic recorder, Illustrator, designer, but first and foremost a maker. He is the co-founder of and project leader in the creative playground Sideprojects. When He is not working in sideprojects or drawing strange drawings he works as a illustrator for the kaospilots. when he's not working.... actually he's always working on something.
He hails for the south and always says his a native of the sun. An artist using photography, partner in SideProjects, mad about graphic recording, manic collaborator. lets do something
Anders Svanborg has worked with filmmaking most of his life. A year ago he joined the playground called Sideprojects. He is using his skills in film production to help out document all the exiting projects Sideprojects throw themselves at. He is a calm and organized person who seeks to learn and do.
Manager with a solid and diverse network within both the business world and music and arts industry. Initiates, motivates and manages projects from A to Z with accuracy and a positive attitude. Loves taking pictures and to explore the art scene that has cultural concerns, humour and wit!
Daylon runs a start-up CuriousCore, which enables creative professionals to bring their ideas to market through products. He is an avid gamer, photographer and Internet junkie who reads (alot). Talking to interesting people energises him and his aim with Creative Mornings Singapore is to bring people together to launch more awesome into the world.
Continually involved in a series of new initiatives, Renyung is passionate about collaboration, co-creation and building enabling platforms. Her background comprises a mix of social entrepreneurship, consultancy, journalism and hospitality management. Most recently she co-founded Kennel., a collaborative workspace for creative entrepreneurs.
Marketing/Creative Entrepreneur - Grace runs Agent Grace a brand management and PR/Marketing agency focused on travel, lifestyle & fashion working with startups and SME's. She is also involved in a variety of other initiatives within S.E. Asia specifically focused on growing and fostering the creative community within the region. She has a passion for inspiring young entrepreneurs and individuals to take action and make a change, no matter how big or small the action is.
Myles & More exists to create authentic stories for individuals & corporations through video / film. We love telling stories that people can relate to. We always push to reveal a deeper narrative in any production we undertake. We are a social conscious business. 10% of our proceeds go to help orphans under the banner of Compassion International.
Eunice is a firm believer in the power of social media and the possibilities it affords. Working as a PR consultant, she is passionate about helping organisations engage with their stakeholders and increase their brand capital. She also loves meeting people from all walks of life and enjoys the different perspectives it brings into her life. In her free time, she enjoys checking out dining joints and a having a conversation over a nice cuppa.
Passionate about knowledge, curiosity, communication and community-building, Melia believes in lifelong learning. As the world keeps changing so rapidly, it makes her look forward to being stimulated by evolving ideas. Currently working in the digital field, she enjoys good, interesting conversations ranging from topics such as Marketing/ Advertising, Technology, Culture, Music, to Start-ups
Always inspired by the most accidental happenings. Life enthusiast, crazy about cats. Learning more about graphic design and illustration at the moment.
Kelvin is a project manager at Tinkerbox Studios where his pursuits include exploiting design in business. He enjoys reading, sports and catching up over drinks!
By day, Richard is a manager at a multinational services company, delivering and pursuing outsourcing opportunities. With a traditional science/math background, he is working on having the artsy side of his brain catch up with his analytical side. He is one of the co-curators of TEDxSingapore where he is a self-described "meddler in many things"
After taking up Architecture in college, he took different jobs while also working as a freelance illustrator. This involves being part of a marketing and events team. Dedicated to his craft, he further explored new media and studied web design. He moved to Singapore three years ago, where he was able to polish his skills conceptualizing, planning, and designing various projects becoming an in-house creative director for almost a year. While currently working as an interactive designer in fFurious he continues to dedicate his free time to illustration and painting.
Chiara is a nomadic writer and digital content strategist. Her last venture was as a project manager for a startup content publisher for iPhone and web applications. Wearing multiple hats in various projects, she is passionate about equal accessibility and mobility and has been involved in a disability organisation in the Philippines. She is also the co-founder of a transborder creative team specialising in web development and editorial content.
Natalie is passionate about mobile, design and all things digital. Born in France, studied in London, she currently works in Singapore as a marketing consultant for Galixo, a global startup focused on mobile app consulting. Natalie participates actively inlocal tech and creative events and loves new technologies, entrepreneurship, running and travelling.
Philipp Schmid is the Marketing Manager of Friends of Design – Academy of Digital Arts, a buzzing Digital Design School located in the heart of Cape Town. Heading his career in Europe’s advertising power house Stuttgart, it’s little wonder his progressive and forward-thinking approach to cutting-edge marketing quickly landed him a prestigious position within the company. Armed with this Marketing and Advertising experience, Schmid brought an unprecedented perspective on guerilla marketing, paving the way for much-need exposure, thereby offering Friends of Design a leading competitive edge over its competitors.
Armed with a Linguistics Degree from Rhodes University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Copywriting from the AAA School of Advertising, it seems fitting that Nicette would find herself nestled in all things that spark and inspire the art of communication. A lover of art, design, music, and artisan food and coffee, this Jane of of all trades finds inspiration in the simple things that define the essence of life.
Founded by young entrepreneurs Dewald Brand and Lesedi Rudolph in October 2010 with the simple intent of getting stuck into the world of digital media production, learning all we can along the way and collaborating with fellow creatives on projects that sparked our interest… all the while harboring not-so secret dreams of world domination. The company has flourished since, growing from strength to strength, taking on partners Mary-Jane Oliver as Head of Design and Paul Michael Charles as Video Guy. The team working across all the various projects is constantly growing and we’re proud to be working with such amazing people.
After becoming a designer, Nelio decided that moving to Switzerland to paraglide in the Alps was the second best thing to do in life. He loves typography, motion design, questioning stuff, entrepreneurship and anything that's new and challenging. His time is divided organizing the CM's, his design studio and a new highly secret startup called Luma7.
cRAZY bRAINSTORM, a group of innovation fans: entrepreneurs, students, artists and experts who brainstorm online and in real life on a wide range of topics for start-ups, corporate organizations and non-profit initiatives. Othman is passionate about new technologies, innovation and entrepreneurship and likes to descibe himself as a consultant in cRAZITIVITY. Apart from cRAZY ideas like Mail to God Othman is a reliable software engineer for a leading financial institute in Geneva.
I consider myself as a citizen of the world, I love travelling and i've lived in Morocco then in Paris. I just moved to Geneva few months ago. I work as an Innovation Consultant after 6 years of experience in the banking field. I'm passionate about all types of innovations, new technologies, entrepreneurship. I'm the co-founder of the cRAZY bRAINSTORM, a community of people thinking outside of the box and aiming at changing the world!
Jérémie & Darja are partners at 17slash, a design union based in France and Switzerland. They work on print, web, interactive and mobile design. They do research and experiments on typography, grids, interactive architecture, electronics and pizzas! They are agile and they have no respect for the status quo. They play basketball and they move fast!
Jérémie & Darja are partners at 17slash, a design union based in France and Switzerland. They work on print, web, interactive and mobile design. They do research and experiments on typography, grids, interactive architecture, electronics and pizzas! They are agile and they have no respect for the status quo. They play basketball and they move fast!
Born in brazil but raised with italian and swiss influences too, majoring in social psychology and passionate about photography
Flyn spends most of his time running Tractor Design School. He has interests in design, education, gaming, technology, online media and writing about himself in the third person.
A designer of things, self proclaimed signage enthusiast (nerd) and wanderer of the world. Maggie loves people, places and spaces and is an advocate of shorts.
Liz is a Sydney based Designer and Photographer. When she's not in front of her computer, she's generally behind her camera, capturing the hustle and bustle of the city. Liz is a fan of being inspired over breakfast, discovering new places, and pointing out bad typography.
Dave is an Australian motion designer, photographer & cinematographer. Also an inventor of sorts. Likes to make things, talk lots and share knowledge.
Half raised in France and half in Australia, Max is a young strategic planner. With a design education and a zeal for the mind, he brings people together and sometimes makes rhymes.
Originally hailing from Tamworth, Gabby is a designer and How I Met Your Mother Enthusiast. Along with having a boss surname, colour addiction and being generally fascinated with life, she often finds herself a lot funnier than other people do.
Joshua's foreseeable future is driven by an exploration of design and business, particularly its impact on the new world of streams, tools & signals on the internets. He is often found cowering in the basement over a bottle of Whiskey called Writers Tears; cradling his beloved laptop and moleskin with two pens and a dream.
Sharif Virani is an environmentalist scientist with a rebellious right-brain. With a background in media and technology he has had experience working on creative and engaging advocacy campaigns at the government, industry and non-profit levels. More recently he has refocused his career towards development focused specifically on projects/initiatives designed for measurable maximum social impact and geared towards more effective, sustainable and affordable solutions for the intended end-users.
A designer and entrepreneur driven by a strong social conscience. His current work is forging new connections between participatory design and collective intelligence in the developing world. With a diverse background in Industrial Design, his attention now is on using design as a catalyst to achieve meaningful social change.
Zara Ansar is a photographer/videographer that likes to spend her time painting and designing strange creatures, wearing brightly coloured clothing and baking desserts she will not eat (she doesn't have a sweet tooth). Her background is in communications and multimedia. Her current love is photographing beautiful bicycles and the fashionable people that ride them.
Suzy is best friends with words and a secret admirer of graphic design. She's also uber passionate about supporting and promoting creative initiatives in her community. A former TV broadcaster and journalist turned PR professional, she is the Founder & President of LilyBelle Communications, a boutique creative communications agency.
Jessica Wallace is a planner, a music lover and an Event Management graduate, who loves to immerse herself in all types of events. She’s been involved in numerous fundraising initiatives, including the City of Ottawa’s United Way Campaign. Enjoys coffee flavoured ice cream (yum!) but dislikes coffee.
Álvaro is Creative Director at frog, where he helps leading companies innovate and bring to life meaningful products and services. Formerly trained in Fine Arts and Digital Media, he's author of the conceptual theory Aesthetics of Failure.
In short Guus is a curious, gadget savvy, visually oriented, always working, perfectionist, minimalist, high-tech, forward thinking, technical, blogging, input craving, photographing, web designing, spray painting, music addicted, mac using, computer gaming, guitar playing, experimental interaction designer.
Among other things, Jennifer is a talented photographer and expat kiwi living in Amsterdam for the past three years. If she weren't a photographer, she'd be a chef or inventing something.
Vasco is architect turned into an illustrator with a tendency for obsessive drawing. His love for cities, people and their stories makes him draw buildings like a mad man, gather curated stories about places and organize this CM chapter on his adopted hometown.
Jordi is an Barcelona based architect, worked as team leader. He is in love to most things creative, photography and furniture design. He also love freshly roasted coffee, Dutch breakfast and cold bear.
Born in 1979 on the planet Earth, he's essentially devoted to photography and music. His work as a designer was recognized in graphic design publications and his multidisciplinary vision makes him walk seamlessly between illustration, photography and music.
Paulo Pinto is a video creator. Lives in Barcelona since 2010. He's been working as a director on several documentaries, music videos and advertising. Video edition is his main passion.
A teacher, a foodie and a weekend farmer. Currently writing a book to teach Portuguese to the business world.
Monica is a creative entrepeneur and blogger in project. Excited whenever she finds something to personalize because she is obsessed with all kinds of crafts and design projects. She enjoys spending her free time baking desserts while dreaming ever live in Holland.
Bethany Betzler is Associate Director of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3), an economic development organization devoted to the creative industries in Detroit. She is also co-founder of the UK-based Idea Engineering Agency, which develops tools for problem-solving, community building, and innovation in projects across the globe. Currently the team is working to improve access to education and entrepreneurship skills for at-risk teenage girls in Peru and Rwanda. Bethany has an MA from University of the Arts London and studied entrepreneurship at London Business School. Her own creative practice has been based in choreography and dance-making, which took her from Chicago to L.A., where she fell in love with dance films and multi-media performance events.
Born in the city of Detroit, Jacquelin Kirouac is a community-minded, creative young professional and an avid supporter of the Detroit arts community. She completed a studio arts degree with a focus on new media at Oakland University while holding a creative consulting position at the OU Technology Center. During this time, Jacquelin became involved with many of Detroit’s key creative and cultural programs including signature Metro Times promotional events, the Movement: Detroit Electronic Music Festival and the Detroit Opera House annual gala event, BravoBravo. Jakki is also a core team member of the annual Detroit Design Festival.
With experience in sourcing and creative marketing for firms in Chicago and Portland, Philip returned to hometown Detroit in 2008 to start his own creative agency, Detroit Lives! When not tackling client work and DL! projects, he’ll take every chance to jump a plane to Colombia or sit on the couch with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.
Melissa is interested in anything about Detroit-- particularly local history, art, craft, design, fashion design, and urban planning. She also enjoys hosting sewing parties, going on Midwestern adventures to figure out cartography, making grilled cheese sandwiches, and blind contour drawing people when they aren't looking. She is the Client Services Coordinator for the Detroit Creative Corridor Center.
After writing for a television show in Los Angeles while directing and producing films of his own, Steven came to Detroit to shoot the film “After the Factory.” He stuck around in the city for all of the production and eventually made it home. Today he shoots and edits all Detroit Lives! films and has an odd penchant for pistachios.
Vanessa Miller has wanted to be a photojournalist since she was in first grade and made a “TV News camera” out of a cardboard box and a roll of toilet paper. She has spent the past ten years living in Detroit and developing a freelance clientele. Her most recent patrons include Conde Naste Publications, Dwell Magazine, Redbull and the Detroit Creative Corridor Center. In addition she has developed a body of work titled “Changing Detroit”, documenting Detroits shifting physical and social landscape. “Changing Detroit” is now an archive of over 100,000 images and has been the recipient of a research grant, and appeared in several shows, publications and national radio programs. When not creating images she is an active member of Omnicorp Detroit and founder and director of CAMP Detroit. CAMP is a program that has led over 60 local artists in the creation of 18 large-scale art pieces that have been displayed at the Movement Electronic Music Festival, with a goal to be placed back into the community.
In addition to managing all things social at Plumb Media, Kate co-pilots Propelle, an organization that supports women entrepreneurs, and is editor and founder of Yinzpiration.com where she’s on a mission to interview 100 Pittsburghers in their 20’s and 30’s. In her spare time, Kate enjoys thrift shopping, hula hooping, and playing tunes on her ukulele.
Dustin is a nonprofiteer, social innovator, PhD student, musician, and all-around good sport. He is interested in cultivating communities full of creative, enterprising, and industrious people. He is a program officer at The Sprout Fund, as well as a doctoral student studying nonprofit leadership. Elsewise, he enjoys sport, adventure, and homemade/handmade goods.
Megan is a wedding videographer under Pictory Productions. When she's not shooting industry creatives and wedded bliss, she enjoys ice cream, her dog, and cities with bridges.
Communication enthusiast, soon-to-be Duquesne University graduate, Sprout Fund intern, music lover, weekend bicycler and hiker, aspiring superstar, with an insurmountable love for coffee- and people.
Rob spends most of his time creating bespoke interactive devices and experiences for Iontank. When he's not blurring the line between technology and interaction, he's probably riding his motorcycle, collecting cameras or telling someone how great Pittsburgh is.
Nik is partner/lead developer at Plumb Media, a web design and development shop located in Pittsburgh’s Garfield neighborhood. He has been building websites for over ten years and can't envision a world where he isn't, though he's been known to take to the pitch for a soccer match or to the basement shop for some woodworking from time to time.
Nicolás is a professional graphic art director specialized in managing and directing design and design related projects, interested in helping build strong creative communities to propel the evolution and global visualization of local design.
Founder of n2Sn Design Lab, an offline design community working on creating inspiration labs, developing design thinking projects and initiatives and, off course, graphic design projects in branding and packaging mainly.
Member of SocialColectivo: Share, connect and collaborate to promote and propel creative ideas with value that look forward to a better world.
Organizer of Behance Portfolio Reviews Bogotá.
Partner at Young Marketing, a new economy company based on knowledge, co-learning and co-creation, where he directs their own design lab.
Alejandra is an artist who emphasizes in audiovisual production and electronic media and a professional in languages and sociocultural studies. She has explored several possibilities to work with hi and low technology, focusing on making the technological gap in Latin America smaller, and has been always interested in studying different behaviors, factors and consequences related to diaspora, migration and displacement.
Currently working in Young Marketing and as a member of SocialColectivo has acquired interest and experience in event organization, volunteering to help out in Likemind Bogotá, TEDxBogotá, among others.
Laura Ruiz is an industrial designer, marketing specialist with a master's degree in business design.
Today she works on projects related with transformational design and social innovation. Her projects are focused on a human-centered approach in order to find solutions through innovative tools and creative processes that are implemented in different sectors, magnitudes and organizational structures.
María Linares is a songwriter, singer and composer specialized in Music for film and multimedia.
Living between Bogotá and New York City for the past few years, she has worked writing scores and songs for: tv shows, films, webseries and theater among others. She strongly believes in the art of collaboration and in the powerful result of connecting images and ideas through music.
Founder and Member of SocialColectivo: Share, connect and collaborate to promote and propel creative ideas with value that look forward to a better world.
Consultant in business and innovation strategy and new marketing advisor.
An avid and constant researcher of youth and trends, passionate for the Web, has focused in the development of on and offline productive communities.
Founder and CEO of FANS4FUN.
Founder of Memorabilia editorial, a source of research on young people from 16 to 22 years old.
Co-Founder of Geeknic.
Is a positive person who transmits happiness to others. Passionate for soccer and a faithful fan of the Independiente Santa Fe Soccer Team.
She has working experience in different fields, from working as an entertainer for children to having her own cleaning products store, of which she is very proud because even though it was her first failure, it was also her first learning experience and helped her get a clear perspective of what she wanted in life.
She works in marketing and technical sales and did her internship in Avesco where because of her collaborative spirit and multitasking skills she opened many doors to new opportunities.
Currently she is studying advertising and marketing, works at Young Marketing and is a member of SocialColectivo. She has become part of the family, happily learning to share, connect and collaborate. This has been her second school in terms of professional education.
"Pelos" loves music and audiovisuals.
He's co-founder of Les Moustaches a collective that has focused on music and fashion, which allows him to explore and experiment with fixed image or image in movement.
He majored in Audiovisual Media and has added to his experience work with actors, camera, and editing in a vast number of short films, this has given him a broad vision on the communicative responsibility of his creative work.
An avid zombie fan. Lover of closing the night breathing cinema.
Paola is a psychologist with a Master's degree in Women and Health at the University Complutense of Madrid. She focuses on social projects and digital urban culture, creative entrepreneurship and psychology applied to new media. Research on gender issues, arts, science, tech and videogames. She has been linked with the Ministry of Culture of Colombia and won scholarships in Mexico and Spain. Today is a speaker at international events about cyberfeminism, image, design, mediart and free culture, etc. She volunteers for @FounderFriday in Bogotá #ffbog of Ellas 2.0, which seeks to promote female entrepreneurship in creating technology businesses.
Lada is a positivity engager, life traveler, chief idea officer and cambridge satchel lover. She is addicted to endorphine rush. Sometimes she wants to give it all up and become a billionaire.
People call him UX Designer from Refresh studio and neighbours yell at him: "Turn it down!" He considers himself to be a new media specialist with marketing overlap, but most of all, he would like to add more bass.
Lenka is a copywriter & idea maker. She continuously switches between listening, thinking, writing, thinking, rewriting, thinking, and rewriting what has been rewritten. But, in fact, she is paid for making up jokes that sell stuff.
Michal helps people share their knowledge and ideas through his business and entrepreneurship podcast [ventured]eu. He is interested in entrepreneurship & psychology. He is founder of neocont agency. Michal thinks that creativity is important for happy life.
Country boy turned city fella, Brandon works at Lift Interactive as a writer and strategist. His main area of focus is exploring storytelling in digital media and publishing strategies for small to medium platforms. Outside of work, Brandon paired up with a good friend to create Monogram - online profiles for makers and doers. A bicycle builder, casual leatherworker, gardener and hobby short-filmmaker, he spends the remainder of his spare time on adventures with his lovely wife Lydia.
Sarah is an Edmonton-based Creative Mind who likes working on design that is A) smart, B) interesting and C) created for real people. She runs a small creative studio and divvies up her spare time between ranting about ideas, devouring books and salsa dancing. She also writes and illustrates books about jam.
Lisa spends her days in the creativity hub, Unit B, creating online experiences that tell stories, invoke emotion and strategically engage users. Outside of her UX consulting business, she can be found tending to her backyard fruit orchard or enjoying the countryside in her vintage Boler.
Bernie should be put out to pasture, but instead continues to be a partner and creative director at Plumbheavy Design. While awards, fame and constant interview requests can be quite a nuisance, he’s lucky none of these things have ever happened to him. This leaves him lots of time to be creative and ask the ultimate question—why– and film CreativeMornings Edmonton.
Born in Portugal but raised in an international environment. Three continents and eleven countries later, adaptation skills, negotiating complex environments and broad-mindedness have become innate aptitudes. He is a social designer that generates social development through product, service and organisational design. His greatest hobby is culture sharing, and he incarnates the Cookie Monster in a human body.
Born in Madrid & raised in Guatemala. A creative visual communicator with a background in life sciences & specialised in implementing strategic, human-centered solutions. Interested in how design and communication can foster social awareness, innovation, and value while promoting cross-cultural dialogue. A world traveler, he's passionate about art & exploring different cultures.
With a strong technical background in the domain of editing, and with an innate ability to quickly absorb new knowledge, my favorite area are the disciplines of graphic design, typography and photography. I conduct identity experiences through graphic, branding, communication and in a general sense, projects that bring visual experiences to the maximum value to the extent that each situation requires.
Leandro is a simple guy, who likes good beer, beautiful design and chatting with friends. He is a strategist at Filadélfia Comunicação and a self-taught designer who believes in the International Style, grids and well laid typography (the Vignelli way). In his opinion BH can be the Brazilian Portland, OR. :-D
Pedro is a cultural producer that deals with all sorts of events. He likes music, art and almost everything that´s crazy and unusual. ;)
Diego spends his days as a Creative Planner at Filadélfia Comunicação, an independent advertising agency in Belo Horizonte. Between a cup of coffee and another cup of tea, he thinks about how to transform Belo Horizonte in the most creative city of Brazil.
7 ½ Filmes is a Belo Horizonte based film studio, created by professionals with multiple backgrounds, all of them with a wide experience in film-making in areas such as advertising, corporate films and cultural productions. The studio was born from the partnership between the publicist Marcos Cruz and the journalists Marcelo Araújo and Ricardo Lanza: together they have produced, edited and directed a great number of documentaries, short films and feature films. Call them if you need a good angle. ;-)
Sam Aquillano is a Co-founder and Director of Design Museum Boston. With a passion for design, creativity, and learning, Sam creates a long term vision for the museum. m is also a practicing freelance designer and project manager as well as an graduate adjunct professor at Babson College.
Blake W. Howard, a Nashville, Tennessee native, and University of Tennessee graduate, is the creative director and co-founder of Matchstic, a branding firm in Atlanta, GA, that he started at the age of 23. He helped start Matchstic’s On The House program which has helped give away over $300,000 in estimated services in four years to local non-profits and serving on the board of directors for the Atlanta Mission. He was named Top 40 Under 40 Business Leaders in Atlanta by The Atlanta Business Chronicle, making him one of the youngest members of the Top 40 club.
Jonathan is a graphic designer at Matchstic, a branding firm in Atlanta, GA.
Jason is a brand strategist at Matchstic, a Branding firm in Atlanta, GA.
Becky is a project manager at Matchstic, a branding firm in Atlanta, GA.
CEO at Conspiração the leading production company in Brazil.
Born in New York, Jeremy Wortsman began his career in editorial design – as the guy who did the assigning of illustration. After a short stint in Sydney living in a very bizarre share house, he relocated to Melbourne in 2001. While working a series of odd jobs, such as retouching photos of dog food and dishwashing (he lasted six hours), Jeremy co-founded and designed Is Not Magazine. Together with Is Not collaborator and friend Stuart Geddes, he started the design practice Chase&Galley, before moving on to establish The Jacky Winter Group in 2006.
Spencer is a designer, illustrator, daydreamer and general dabbler in all things. Founder of design studio HAPPY STÜDIO he strives to make work that matters in the world, that inspires and delights. He is passionate about creative communities, coworking, collaboration and exploring the future of work. He loves travel, meeting new people and sharing stories over a home cooked meal or a cuppa.
Stephanie Stepan joined forces with the CreativeMornings team in June 2012. She spends a lot of her time in the communications world as a publicist with Melbourne publisher Text Publishing and loves all things photography, illustration and design.
Saxall is a young boutique design studio based in Fitzroy founded by creatives Matt Hall and Michael Sacks. Saxall is a digital design studio that produces work across many different mediums ranging from print and publication, to video, motion and web based projects. Creating professional and highly commercial work that has a playful and unique aesthetic.
Emily is a content strategist and community manager who hyperventilates when she imagines life without the internet. She's creating a photo bingo iPhone app called Phingo in her spare time. Other obsessions include dogs, Bertie Beetles, burgers and Japanese stationery.
Bob jumped into a career in the kitchen after his design education, 'just for fun' he thought. Without realizing it, nearly 3 years in the kitchen went past and he was the head chef. After reaching that summit he decided to retire his knives and apron to focus on design and illustration. To do this he went abroad and after 2,5 years working in the media and advertising industry in South East Asia, he's glad to be back again in Melbourne.
A designer, illustrator and a thinker who walk the talk. Candy loves to draw, paint and create things as long as she remember. Her curiously towards the world of creativity has taken her to be an active member of Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA) for four years. Candy is currently working at Canyon and she feel really grateful to collaborate with other creatives. Beyond creative focused work, she is a food lover and a casual cyclist.
Interaction Designer and Co-Founder Futura IO.
Matt Tomasulo: Matt founded CityFabric, Inc. with the plan to engage as many people as possible in conversation about their city. By using cool maps that are typically only used in urban planning and design, Matt turned a traditional analytical tool into a beautiful, didactic community engagement product. Matt finished his Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture graduate degrees in December 2011.
Born and raised in Alaska, but now live in Arizona (I'm thawing out after 23 years). A mama of an awesome, dare-devil of a toddler. Designer of all things print. A vintage artist (The use of pencil and/or pen and paper.) A package problem solver. Digital designer & developer. Bit of a crafter. Occasionally an artist and printmaker.
Gil is a Portuguese architect; urban planner; professor; researcher and PhD candidate. After graduating from university he lived and worked in Goa (India), then move back to Porto (Portugal), later moved to Barcelona (Spain), spent some time in Calgary (Canada) and is now back in Porto. He basically graduated explored different places, learnt to work better and came back to start his own projects. He loves studying and teaching and try to articulate both with a private professional practice. Gil is extremely excited to be organizing CM Porto.
Filipe is a published Portuguese architect and self-taught photographer, sometimes delving into furniture or graphic design. Studied in Porto then in Finland and has had a challenging experience in construction management in Angola. Filipe loves traveling and meeting new challenges.
Bernardo Camisão is a Portuguese filmmaker, currently based in Brussels and Porto. He has written and/or directed several TV programs and commercials, video clips, short-films and feature films. His last short “Should the Wife Confess?” opened the Berlinale 2012 parallel section “Culinary Cinema”. A strong believer in cinema as a democratic and collective language, he teaches screenwriting and filmmaking to adults and children.
Catarina is a Portuguese cinema student currently completing her master’s degree in Film and Audiovisual studies at the Portuguese Catholic University, Porto. Catarina has experience working for film festivals, and did some video work, including short films and video clips, on top of some experimental filming. Catarina has also assisted several photographic and filming sessions inside and outside of the context of her university.
Tiago is an Architect @Parqur collective, and a musician in different musical projects. He will be behind CM Porto Twitter account as well as other means of spreading the word to local and foreign followers.
Sofia is an Argentinean-Canadian architect registered and currently working in Portugal, with a background in Communications and Culture. Sofia is a globetrotter who speaks several languages and enjoys being immersed in diverse cultural environments and sharing ideas. Sofia brings to the team her previous work experience in the fields of communication, event planning and volunteer coordination.
Nuno is an artist, relaxed and poetic. He is also an experienced and published Portuguese architect and stage designer as well as a songwriter, composer and musician. With several built projects, three recently released albums and two successful concerts; Nuno knows what it takes to make an event work. He will be in charge of finding the perfect spot and creating the pleasant morning atmosphere we are looking for each CM Porto encounter. http://vimeo.com/51820711 http://soundcloud.com/nunosanches
Miguel is a Portuguese architect with a keen eye for detail. His patience, care and knowledge of materials make him an amazing model maker and overall craftsman. Miguel will be helping on the day of the event setting up and ensuring all posters, banners, chairs, tables and other props and resources are in place and ready for a great morning event.
Fred, as we all call him, is a Portuguese urban planner, professor, researcher, PhD candidate, songwriter, singer, musician and father of two. He coordinates his busy professional and personal life with active music collaboration with the Porto based Nuno Sanches band. Fred is energetic, enthusiastic and ready to make people laugh. His amazing people skills will be welcoming everyone on the day of the event, making sure all participants start the day with good vibes.
Kalle has a passion for creating better Service Systems and User Experiences, and that is what he does as a Senior Interaction Designer at frog. He is trained and trained others in Design Management and Service Design. Recently Kalle has been involved in agile design and development projects of multi touchpoint service systems, while helping organizations to adopt the lean startup philosophy.
Renaissance man, pop-culture alchemist and hybrid creative; Lasse believes in of the power of collaboration, fun and experimentation. He likes to tell a great story as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Italian, emigrant, interaction designer, spaghetti coder and toaster whisperer. Works at frog and is affiliate of the cosm urban project division, were he explores the social dynamics between people and objects and objects between themeselves in the present and future Internet of Things.
Tao has a slight obsessive compulsive disorder that makes him want to make things better. He¹s educated as both an industrial and interaction designer, yet he also has a passion for animation, motion graphics and photography. Tao¹s a diehard anime and video game geek, and an interaction designer at frog.
Hungry for every opportunity to get off screen, meet people and get her hands dirty, Simone combines her background of Industrial Design, Interaction Design and Design Research to create Customized Cookies for Creative Mornings.
Ben tends to not leave well enough alone. Before advertising, he worked as a home repair supervisor, a collegiate mascot, a grassroots political organizer, and a Mac Genius. As an art director for advertising, Ben found a natural fit within interactive, working for clients like AXE, Frank's RedHot Sauce, Dos Equis, U.S. Air Force, John Deere and Volvo. He's also designed a cover for TIME magazine; attended OFFF, TED, and SXSW; and taught at Pratt Institute. Outside of advertising, he's interested in biking, discovering craft beers, and spending time with his wife, son, and their dog.
Brian believes meaningful brands are built one letter at time. He writes stuff and makes things. He tries to be really good at it. He’s also a husband and dad. He tries not to screw that up either.
Erik Proulx’s work as a documentary film director explores the questions, "What is it about the human condition that can turn tragedy into greatness?" and "What can the rest of us learn from those who have done it?" His film, Lemonade, documented 16 creative advertising professionals who lost their jobs during the Great Recession, then turned their creativity inward to discover the happiest and most prosperous period of their lives. It has been shown in festivals around the world and was featured on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, NPR’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, ABC News with Tory Johnson, and several other national media. His follow up to Lemonade was Lemonade: Detroit which examined the reinvention of a great American city and which Roger Ebert called “gob smacking.” Prior to directing films, Erik spent 15 years in the advertising industry as an award-winning writer and creative director, crafting commercials for brands like Volvo, Samsung, Fidelity Investments, and Perdue. Erik is currently working on a feature documentary called 365 Days: A Year in Happy Valley, which explores how the Penn State culture repairs itself in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia tragedy.
The Delivery Men are seamlessly intertwining imagination and imagery, exploring the elements between mind and image, music and sound, concept and execution. The Delivery Men is a production company started by Joe Simon that offers clients a way to break the mold and reignite creativity when it comes to their brand. We will tell your story.
I am a studio manager and designer by trade and a photographer by choice, and uses all her vacation days to travel and see as much of the world as possible. Check out the world through her eyes at alexisdesigns.biz
Writer, strategist, aspiring homebrewer, and admitted BBQ snob. Clay is the senior content strategist at Volusion, Inc., where he uses words to make software, marketing and support work better. He also hosts Austin Content, a community for content professionals and the content curious in ATX.
A.K.A Kary. By day, she works as a coordinator of innovation and process at a digital marketing consultant. She is curious about new trends, creativity, music, design and visual thinking. Her weakness are pugs and her guilty pleasure is fashion.
When Cristian is not working as a videographer/blogger, hosting a weekly geek show in an important press website and studying visual arts at university. He loves making videos with unique concepts, taking pictures from every angle and learning everything there is about creativity and communications technology. He also loves videogames, movies and cats.
During the day he works as the marketing planner of his own company. During the night he is constantly looking for art exhibitions and concerts through Lima’s streets or playing the drums in his reggae/rock band "Sonora Caverna", always with one hand on a camera.
Christiana, originally from Chicago, (and many other cities in the world) has recently started her new venture in Oslo, Norway. After working for various agencies in Chicago such as Razorfish, Euro RSCG, Critical Mass and SapientNitro, now she is a senior designer at Designit and owns her own social enterprise called Best Case Scenario. Previously she has been involved with various international creative events and organizations such as Chicago International Poster Biennial, Chicago International Foreign Film Festival, AIGA, GDSI and Gwangju International Design Biennial.
Kriszti is one of the co-founder of Mesh, Oslo’s first and awesomest co-working space/innovation hub. Kriszti is from Hungary, moved to Oslo 1,5 years ago, currently finishing up her business studies and running the coworking space. Her background is from film-making, she coordinated several motion picture projects in Hungary. With Mesh she is mainly involved in community building, and forming spaces that support creativity an collaboration. She is organising several events in-house and external. Kriszti is also the local agent for Restaurant Day, a non-profit, community-driven concept from Helsinki, Finland.
Kaja is the office and resource manager at Designit in Oslo. This also involves being responsible for events and organize everything that happens in the Oslo chapter of Designit. She has previous experience from various non-profit organizations, most recently in Friends of Fair Trade shop, organizing events such as World Fair Trade day and Oslo cultural night. She is solution-focused and an allround organizer, with good knowledge about Oslo.
Alex is from Spain, moved to Oslo 1,5 years ago. He studied photography in Spain and in Finland, and by staying in the North he fell in love with Nordic countries. Ever since he is in the city, he became the photographer and video-maker of Oslo’s creative community. He documented several conferences, workshops and events such as Oslo Freedom Forum, Nobel Peace Price, TEDx Oslo, Global Service Design Jams, and Startup Weekends etc.
Steve is a partner at Plank. He has helped run creative production for over 14 years, crafting friendly, elegant web sites for 100's of clients. He has worked with creative powerhouses such as Michael Moore, Ultrabland, and liaised with numerous large agencies over the years. Plank remains a small creative studio focused on great work. He has a background in creative and fine arts.
Patrick is the editor of The Alpine Review. He also works as strategist and webmaker and is part of Espaces temps in developing and managing collaborative and creative spaces. He co-founded Station C, the first coworking space in Montréal as well as the Montréal chapter of The Awesome Foundation.
Francis is co-founder of f. & co, a management consulting firm for collaboration and creativity. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Strasbourg. A HEC Montréal graduate in International Affairs, he has worked amongst several administrative bodies in Canada, France and the United States in the fields of economic and cultural development. His dissertation focused on bureaucratic creativity within large international organizations. In France, he was editor-in-chief of La Gazette Cournot, a monthly publication focused on economic, political and social affairs. He is the "creative community manager" of the MosaiC HEC Montréal and organizer of the Fall School on Management of Creativity in Strasbourg.
Matthieu is strategist, social media for the French markets at the National Film Board of Canada. There, he participated to several projects involving the digital shift of this institution. He has over 10 years of experience in communication working in the movie industry business and advertising world. Matthieu has also worked as an Account director for several leading brands such as eBay Canada, Onitsuka Tiger, ASICS, Bell Canada and Saputo.
Geneviève is a M.Sc. candidate in international business with a specialization in management at HEC Montréal. While completing her undergraduate degree in communication, she worked full-time as an account executive in a PR firm, handling media relations and events coordination. She worked with several high-end fashion brands and cultural organizations established in Montréal. In the context of her master thesis, Geneviève will work on the subject of the creative economy as an economic strategy to promote and support innovative practices and production to raise social welfare.
Pierre Antoine is a director of both stage and film, a DJ and photographer. His productions can be seen across countries in both America and Europe. He is part of a modern generation of Montreal multi-disciplinary artists who helped shape the modern artistic landscape of Quebec.
Gabrielle is an industry and market trends analyst at the Canada Media Fund. She is keenly interested in new trends in media and technology. In her daily work, she makes sense of all the media noise by extracting relevant information that brings to light the profound changes affecting the industry. Gabrielle holds a Master’s Degree in Communications from the University of Ottawa. Her research interests focus on the transformation of the television industry, and more specifically on the emerging phenomenon of WebTV.
Louis-Félix is co-founder of f. & co, a management consulting firm for collaboration and creativity. For 10 years, he held high-level strategic positions in the public sector, notably for a Minister in the Québec government and as a diplomat in the Canadian foreign service. He is a Ph.D. candidate in strategic management at HEC Montréal where he used LEGO SeriousPlay as an investigative method for his research. He is a member of the Board of the Institut du Nouveau Monde, a Québec NGO dedicated to fostering citizen participation and social innovation.
Patrice is a serial entrepreneur who combines academic concepts with business pragmatism. Founder of Atelya Consulting (Canada & Switzerland), Patrice takes care of business development, internal management and is involved in strategic mandates. As part of his research, he is invited to teach future practices of management, to publish articles in several magazines in Canada and Europe and to participate in international research projects.
Brian Colhoun the main organizer for Creative Mornings Dublin. When not organizing Creative Mornings, and not working in his full time gig, he plays guitar solo and with a few Dublin bands. He adores design and creativity in any form. He lives and plays in Dublin City. Speaks English, French and Mandarin.
Maria Parodi is a councillor on Dublin City Council and was Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin from 2011-2012. Maria is an explorer, thinker, dedicated to driving social change and making a lasting positive impact on society. Maria is a lover of design and all things creative. She is a member of the Sandbox Dublin Hub and is also a Young Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum
Andreea is a Transylvanian who is working very hard at conquering Ireland, and... the world. An ex journalist, advertising magazine editor, radio DJ and TV reporter, Andreea spends most of her time running her own digital media agency called Brandalism or organising gigs and outdoor fests. Laughs a lot. Not a vampire.
Mark is not your typical newly graduated business student. Holding a cup of delicious and over-priced coffee, Mark enjoys Dublin city life, sporting a beard that strangers run their fingers through without any hesitation (or notice), wearing socks so funky on a daily basis that they'd make Sly & The Family Stone rethink their music genre, smooching Great Danes, championing the high five, failing miserably at kart wheels... He occasionally points his camera at stuff too.
Shane is a Dublin based web developer, tech nerd, and lover of interactive media. He is lucky enough to work with an amazing team, on some seriously fun projects. When not at the keyboard, Shane is a tireless seeker of knowledge, cold beer, good books and warm sun.
"Steven is a graphic designer and co-founder of Logo24. He is a lover of beautiful visual design, sketching, cycling, football and eating cake. He loves doing any of these while listening to epic film scores."
Although Julie considers herself an accomplished gourmand, she only recently learned to soft boil an egg after moving to Dublin. Her upbringing as an Angelino fueled her passion of food and food culture but it also made her superb at parallel parking. Lover of pork, runner. Aggressively unfancy.
Andrew is not only an accomplished chef, food writer, creator of gourmet pizzas for Domino's, wine lover and party animal, but an event visionary. Medley is unlike any other place in the city and is all his own. Andrew has created a magical yet practical venue that can host any event you can conjur up in your wild imagination, including Creative Mornings!