DIF Headliners

Areti Markopoulou

Areti Markopoulou

Architect, Researcher & Educator

Areti Markopoulou 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

Michel Bauwens

Founder & Director, P2P Foundation

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

Azeem Azhar

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.

Hamilton Henrique

Hamilton Henrique

Founder of Saladorama

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.

William McDonough

William McDonough

Principal, McDonough Innovation

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™. He also co-founded Fashion for Good, an open-source initiative promoting circular fashion. 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

Zoe Laughlin

Co-founder & Director, Institute of Making

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.

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Radhika Bynon

Radhika Bynon

Director, The Young Foundation

Radhika is a Director at The Young Foundation, a centre for social innovation based London. She leads the work in communities, working with change makers and innovators to develop solutions to address the challenges that they most care about.

Harmen van Sprang

Harmen van Sprang

Founder, shareNL

Harmen van Sprang is a an independent global expert in the field of sharing and platform economy. He advises governments, businesses and platforms worldwide through his agency ‘shareNL’ and his foundation called ‘Sharing Cities Alliance’. With new technologies emerging, Harmen and his team guide their ecosystem of businesses and governments to continuously balance between 'human and machine.' Their purpose: ‘reshaping the way we live, work and play.'

Steve Parkinson

Steve Parkinson

Education Manager, Autodesk

Steve has worked within education for 15 years. Having formerly taught at secondary, college and university level, he received the James Dyson Foundation teacher of the year award, for his influence and contribution to the modernisation of Design and Technology education. Steve co-founded a disruptive educator movement, Teach Design, and later led various initiatives across the UK, including nationwide digital design programmes for Autodesk, and London based STEM programmes for the Department for Education and the Mayor for London.

Almaz Zelleke

Almaz Zelleke

Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science, NYU Shanghai

Almaz Zelleke is a leading academic author on a variety of subjects related to the cutting edge of political theory and public poliucy Associate Professor of Practice in Political Science at NYU Shanghai. Her academic interests are in political theory and public policy, feminist political theory, and comparative political economy. Her articles on basic income, distributive justice, welfare policy, and feminist political theory have been published in Political Quarterly, Basic Income Studies, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, Policy and Politics, Review of Social Economy, and Journal of Socio-Economics.

Michael Pawlyn

Michael Pawlyn

Founder, Exploration Architecture

Michael Pawlyn established Exploration Architecture in 2007 to focus on designing high performance buildings and solutions for the circular economy. The company has developed a ground-breaking office project, an ultra-low energy data centre, a zero waste textiles factory, and progressive solutions for green cities.

Alysia Garmulewicz

Alysia Garmulewicz

Founder of Materiom & Associate Professor of the Circular Economy

Alysia is a founder and director of Materiom, an open platform for biomaterial recipes made from locally abundant ingredients and an Associate Professor of the Circular Economy at the Facultad de Administración y Economía, Universidad de Santiago de Chile. She is also an Associate Fellow at the CABDyN Complexity Centre, Saïd Business School, at the University of Oxford. Alysia researches digital fabrication and the circular economy, with a particular focus on open data and biomaterials for local production.

Michael Shaver

Michael Shaver

Professor of Polymer Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

Dr Michael Shaver is a Professor of Polymer Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, where he founded and leads the Green Materials Laboratory. His team develops sustainable alternatives to petroleum-derived plastics. Current projects include new biodegradable polyesters that mimic the properties of polystyrene, polymers for water filtration systems and API delivery, and new self-healing materials.

Cat Drew

Cat Drew

Delivery Director at Uscreates

Cat is a visible thought and practice leader in using data & design for social innovation, spearheading new methods and sharing these widely, including a TedX on data and design and co-presenting BBC Radio 4’s The Fix series around design for social good. She combines 12 years of Government with a post-graduate education in design to create and spearhead the use of innovative methods for tackling tricky social issues and deliver impact.

Josie Warden

Josie Warden

Senior Researcher in the Economy team, RSA

Josie Warden is a Senior Researcher in the Economy team at the RSA. Originally trained as a textile designer her work has explored design for the circular economy, community owned business, and is currently focused on the potential for urban manufacturing to contribute to inclusive and sustainable cities.

Mike Werner

Mike Werner

Lead for Safer Chemistry, Google

Mike Werner is lead for Safer Chemistry at Google in their consumer hardware division. As a chemist and materials scientist, his mission is to eliminate toxic chemicals from consumer products and drive higher environmental performance and sustainability of product design.

Benedict Dellot

Benedict Dellot

Head of the RSA’s Future Work Centre & Associate Director in the RSA’s Economy team

Benedict Dellot is the Head of the RSA’s Future Work Centre and Associate Director in the RSA’s Economy team. His research explores the changing nature of work and the impact that technology has on our labour market. He is an Adviser to the East End Trades Guild, and sits on the Editorial Board of the Journal of New Technology, Work and Employment.

Federico Duarte

Federico Duarte

Founder of YEAST.

A chef by trade, Federico has spent most of his career building ventures in the intersections of technology, food and culture. From a non-for-profit culinary education platform, to a ready-to-cook meal delivery service, he has worked as chef, a founder, a business designer and a consultant.

Federico is the founder of YEAST., a future food laboratory that explores the implications of emerging technologies and behaviours over food and living. He is also a mentor to BitsxBites - China’s first food tech accelerator - and an advisor to a number of multinational food corporations.

Raimund Bleischwitz

Raimund Bleischwitz

Chair in Sustainable Global Resources at University College London

Raimund Bleischwitz is Chair in Sustainable Global Resources at University College London (UCL) and Director of the UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (UCL BSEER). He has been Principal Investigator of an international collaborative project on the circular economy in China (SINCERE), and he participates in a number of EU projects on eco-innovation and raw minerals (Green.EU/Inno4SD, RECREATE, POLFREE, Minatura, Mica). Till July 2018 he was Deputy Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources (UCL ISR).

Robbie Bates

Robbie Bates

Design Director at Uscreates

Robbie is Design Director at Uscreates, responsible for shaping and leading the organisation’s design and innovation practice across sectors. He has led work with national and international organisations including Bloomberg Philanthropies, Nesta, the Open Data Institute and the EU Policy Lab and he is an international speaker and educator, teaching at global design school including the Stanford D.School, University of the Arts and University of Applied Science, Austria.

Pieter van de Glind

Pieter van de Glind

Co-founder of shareNL

In 2013 Pieter co-founded shareNL, a boutique agency, which has become a global reference point for the sharing and platform economy. He has developed a deep understanding of how online platforms are reshaping the way people and organisations connect and how this affects industries and societies. He now connects and consults an ecosystem consisting of the world’s largest online platforms, the world leading companies, and some of the most advanced city-, state- and intergovernmental organisations.