Areti Markopolou is a Greek architect, researcher, and educator working at the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. She is the Academic Director at IAAC in Barcelona, where she also leads the Advanced Architecture Group, a multidisciplinary research group exploring how design and science can positively impact and transform the present and future of our built spaces, and the way we live and interact.
Michel Bauwens is the founder and director of the P2P Foundation and collaborates with a group of global researchers to explore peer production, governance, and property. Michel is also the research director of CommonsTransition.org. - a platform for policy development aimed towards a society of the Commons, and a founding member of the Commons Strategies Group, which organises major global conferences on the commons and economics. He has published various books, including (with Vasilis Kostakis), ‘Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy’.
Azeem Azhar is a strategist, analyst, product entrepreneur, influencer and writer with a passion for all things technological. Azeem is also a Senior Adviser of Artificial Intelligence to the CTO of Accenture. Azeem runs the very popular newsletter on the societal implications of technology called Exponential View which has garnered more than 24k subscribers including investors, academics, and journalists around the world. Up to recently Azeem was also the Vice President at the global media company Schibsted Media Group.
Winner of more than 20 national and international awards in the categories of social business and social entrepreneur, Hamilton Henrique, founder of Saladorama, has a mission to democratise healthy food in vulnerable communities by creating whole local value chains in which farmers, cooks, deliverers and customers are key players in the development of their communities.
A globally recognised leader in sustainable design, William McDonough advises world leaders through his company McDonough Innovation and leads the architectural firm William McDonough + Partners as well as MBDC, developers and assessors of products for Cradle to Cradle Certification™. McDonough has written and lectured extensively on design as the first signal of human intention. He co-authored Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002) and the follow up, The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability—Designing for Abundance (2013).
Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder and Director of the Institute of Making. Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, outputs range from formal experiments with matter, to materials consultancy and large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery and the V&A. Her work has been shown in London’s Science Museum and is included in the new permanent collection of The Design Museum.