Director of CEO Branding at Liquid Agency and author of THE BRAND GAP, THE BRAND FLIP, ZAG
Marty Neumeier is an author, designer, and brand adviser whose mission is to bring the principles and processes of design to business. His series of "whiteboard" books includes ZAG, named one of the "top hundred business books of all time," and THE DESIGNFUL COMPANY, a bestselling guide to nonstop innovation. An online presentation of his first book, THE BRAND GAP, has been viewed more than 22 million times since 2003. A sequel, THE BRAND FLIP, lays out a new process for building brands in the age of social media and customer dominance. His most recent book, SCRAMBLE, is a "business thriller" about how to build a brand quickly with a new process called agile strategy. In 1996, Neumeier founded Critique magazine, the first journal about design thinking. He has worked closely with innovative companies such as Apple, Netscape, Sun Microsystems, HP, Adobe, Google, and Microsoft to help advance their brands and cultures. Today he serves as Director of Transformation for Liquid Agency in Silicon Valley, and travels extensively as a workshop leader and speaker on the topics of design, brand, and innovation.
Emily Cohen has been honored to consult and work with many leading design firms and, through these experiences, she has developed, tested, and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped these firms become more effective, profitable, and fun to work at. Emily conducts business planning retreats and provides confidential, best-practice insights and advice on staff, client, and process-management strategies. She loves sharing her expertise through speaking engagements, guest posts, her Skillshare class, Lynda.com course*, webinars, industry activism, and, most recently, in her new business book for creatives, Brutally Honest: No-bullshit business strategies to evolve your creative business. Emily Cohen is also fast-talker, a designer by degree, an avid reader, a trend-spotter, a connector, and her client’s advocate.
Christina brings a decade of branding and strategic mastery to the table. Having worked both client and agency side, Christina has an enviable perspective of strategic leadership and operational implementation.
At Kontrapunkt Christina helps businesses and organisations through big transformative projects and the uncertainties these changes bring.
Before joining Kontrapunkt in Denmark, Christina honed her skills as a Senior Brand Strategist at the leading Telco company, TDC Group, and as a strategic planner at several leading advertising agencies, including Ogilvy and TBWA.
Craig is Senior Director of Design Strategy at Publicis Sapient. In this role, he combines evidence-led customer insight, commercial rigour and technical opportunity to define differentiated digital propositions. He was first and founding member of AKQA’s Strategy Department in 1998, and Director of Strategy in London, San Francisco and New York until 2008, shaping the discipline of digital strategy from its inception. He was Managing Director at EHS 4D (now Havas Helia) for two years, and then Managing Director at the Digital Consultancy Progenit for 5 years, helping organisations shape and deliver their digital strategy. Prior to joining Publicis Sapient he was founder of the start-up rtobjects – delivering cinematic interactive visuals to everyone everywhere. He is also an Intellectual Historian and an editor for The Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke at the Oxford University Press.
Conn is respected as one of South Africas top creative thinkers having won gold awards at all the major creative and design festivals around the world as well as performing the role of Creative Director of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 after beating cancer in 2013. Conn consults as a Creative and Purpose Strategist for brands, organisations and individuals facing seemingly insurmountable challenges.
For more than twenty-five years, Michael Jager, Vermont’s first awarded AIGA Design Fellow, has been creating and collaborating with brands, driven by the idea that design distinction has the ability to positively advance meaningful ideas and their value in the world. His groundbreaking work with JDK Design continues with Solidarity of Unbridled Labour, a studio that conceptualizes and realizes ideas that help guide and create culture and positive change within it. Guided by Ezra Pound’s simply but elegantly stated principle, “Make it new,” his collaborative output for a multitude of today’s most recognizable and relevant brands—including Burton Snowboards, Microsoft’s Xbox, Nike, CCM, Levi’s, Phish, MTV, Virgin, Lululemon, Yara, Tomra, Seventh Generation, and Patagonia—is recognized worldwide. Through Solidarity’s own Living Brand™ brand-design process and incubation platform, Michael has helped create unique home, sport, and lifestyle brands, such as Mamava and Maglianero. He is also the cofounder of the Karma Bird House, a creative-economy coworking space now home to more than 60 inspiring entrepreneurial entities. Michael lives and creates in Burlington, Vermont, USA.
As Chief Executive of the UK Design Business Association, Deborah works with the industry to champion the tangible and measurable impact of design in business and society.
She is particularly interested in developing best business practice for creative firms and, raising the profile of design and its capability for wealth creation in business.
Her passion for design as a strategic tool that boardrooms have been slow to realise, and experience of the UK’s diverse and competitive design sector, have led to a number of roles on the advisory boards of business, government and other design organisations.