Previous Speakers

Previous speakers at Design Leaders Conference.

2019 Speakers

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2019 Speakers

About Marty

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.

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About Emily

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.

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About Christina

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.

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About Craig

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.

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About Conn

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.

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About Deborah

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.

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About Michael

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.

2018 Speakers

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About Thierry

Based in Brussels, though active in all studios, Thierry is both Base founding partner & creative director. From projects ranging from visual identities to ad campaigns, Thierry imparts a philosophy of graphic and conceptual simplicity that emphasizes concise communication. “Don’t design for designers. Design for people” is one of his mottos. Thierry believes in the power of words in design, creative autonomy, teamwork and pleasure through ever-changing processes. Thierry has led landmark Base projects including MoMA, Maison Michel, San Francisco Art Institute, Dandoy, BeTV, Bozar, Hotel Missoni, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Haus der Kunst, Maison Dandoy, Delvaux, The Olympic Museum and La Monnaie Opera. He is also the author the renowned “5-minute poster series”, creating 50 typographic works, each dedicated to a short bit of wisdom on design. Thierry is professor and regular speaker at design and branding conferences around the world.

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About Rhonda

Brand creator and business coach Rhonda Page has 30 years experience building global brands for companies like Kraft and Coca-Cola. She has a unique talent for seeing how a business can evolve from where it is into something new and different that has the potential for greater revenue and increased leverage. She's a speaker and published author and has been coaching creative entrepreneurs all over the world since 2010.

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About Kwame

With more than 15 years of design-industry experience, Kwame has helped some of the world’s top-performing companies push the boundaries of design, creating memorable products and services that matter. He is passionate about the business-led applications of design thinking, especially for unlocking customer insights and creating experiences that boost engagement and drive growth.

A thought leader in the design community, Kwame has spoken about digital transformation, customer-experience design, and product development at the Design Management Institute, the Harvard Business Review Design Thinking Conference, the NOAH Conference, and other industry forums.

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About Jonathan

Jonathan is the founder of Up to the Light, a consultancy that advises creative agencies on positioning and strategy, and all aspects of business improvement and growth, challenging some of the ingrained assumptions that exist in our industry and providing effective, insight-led advice Jonathan’s senior roles have included Business Development Director of Fitch, the global brand design group, and New Business Director of Havas EHS (now Havas Helia), one of Europe's largest agency networks. Jonathan is a founder member of the Design Business Association’s Experts Register and is a frequent conference speaker and trade press contributor.

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About Imogen Pudduck & Carla Cringle

Carla and Imogen are founders of FizzPopBANG, a Brand Employee Engagement Agency. In their previous roles as Head of HR and Head of Brand at Red Bull, they both discovered a passion for building strong, high performing teams through a vibrant culture and found a magic formula to achieve this.

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About Charlie

Charlie is a Senior Strategy Consultant working in the Futures Practice at Kantar Consulting. Her experience spans strategy and innovation consulting for a number of sectors, from FMCG to Automotive and Financial Services. As part of the Futures Practice, Charlie uses Futures methodologies to challenge clients to take an ‘outside-in’ perspective, take a longer view of time, and connect dots to see a richer, consolidated view of change – in order to plan effectively for the future.

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About Kevin

Kevin is founder of London based product strategy consultancy called Plan, which specialises in mobility and consumer technology. His clients include: Deutsche Telecom, Carl Zeiss, Ford, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung, Toyota, and Yamaha.

He writes, speaks, and chairs conferences on innovation, and society; and has been published in: The Wall Street Journal, The Telegraph, FastCompany, Unherd, Icon and The Design Management Review.

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About Chiara

Chiara Aliotta is an Italian award-winning designer with many years of experience as a graphic designer, art director and brand consultant. Her work is creative, emotionally involving and detail-obsessed. She has created innovative designs for brands like Vodafone, Nivea, NH Hotel and many others and is an AWWWARDS jury member.

2017 Speakers

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About Liza Enebeis & Maartje Wensing

Liza is directly involved with all main projects such as the identity for the Royal Cabinet of Paintings Mauritshuis, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and NGO Alzheimer Nederland. Her ‘extra curricular’ activities include: Letters to LoveLiza – an ‘agony aunt’ column where Liza dispenses wit and advice to designers all over the world; Design Rhymes – a series of poems about design; Books LoveLiza – an ongoing catalogue of images and reviews inspired by her bibliophilic tendencies; and Typeradio.org – a typography and design podcast.

With a father that was a graphic designer, Maartje alway knew what she wanted to do. After her study as a graphic designer at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, she worked as a designer for a few years, before finding her real passion and talent in all things surrounding design; talking to clients, organizing, presenting, planning, working with designers. She learned the tricks of the trade at Fabrique (a Dutch online agency) and later at SILO (Dutch branding studio). At Studio Dumbar she works on large scale rebranding projects such as Transavia, the Dutch airline, and VBMS, the subsea power cable installation company.

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2017 Speakers

About David

A founding partner and Executive Creative Director at LOVE, a Manchester based, design-led multi-disciplinary agency, David has over 26 years of industry experience working with global brands across a broad range of design-centric projects, spanning brand experience spaces, packaging, innovation, advertising and brand design. LOVE has won just about every design award going, including several D&AD pencils, all of which sit in a stolen Tesco’s shopping trolley in LOVE’s studio.

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About Emma

Emma Collins LinkedIn Profile

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About Katharine

Katharine is part of the Design Leadership Team that has re-defined innovation culture within Logitech, bringing ‘Design- Thinking’ to the product development process, leading a team of material design specialists across Europe, US and Asia. With over 16 years of industrial experience, Katharine’s specialism lies in the development of creative product strategies, blending client brand values, consumer trend foresight and carefully considered use of materials to deliver ID and UX / UI concepts and insights.