Our Speakers

Our international speakers will be discussing everything from the challenges and opportunities of bringing design to the boardroom table to aligning talent and culture in dynamic design and creative environments with a profitable business strategy.


Creativity in a time of Crisis - The Future of Post-Covid Retail

About Matthew

Matthew Brown is a London-based retail futurist, and founder of Echochamber, a specialist creative retail intelligence agency, with a global client base of retailers, developers and FMCG brands.

Matthew travels the world tracking retail innovation and evolving consumer trends in order to provide creative and strategic insight for clients across all retail sectors, to empower them to harness evolving global consumer and retail trends for business development and innovation.

Echochamber’s research enables them to energise and inspire clients with new possibilities and work closely with retailers through to global brands such as Nike and IKEA, FMCGs such as Unilever and Johnson & Johnson, as well as leading global shopping mall developers.

echochamber.com is a free online magazine of global retail innovation.


Design Leadership is Not Easy

About Christopher

As co-founder and CEO of Cheskin, a firm that pioneered design research in Silicon Valley, Christopher and her partners had ringside seats to unrivalled feats of creation, innovation, reinvention, and the power of design. Her ability to create simple explanations of complex human behaviour and to translate those insights into effective design and development strategies attracted clients from both technology and consumer goods companies, including Microsoft, Apple, Pepsi, Levis, Ford and more.

Christopher has led teams exploring topics like how trends move through the teen population, how music relates to mood, the history of residential architectural styles, the power of play, the cultural and behavioral differences of girls and boys, the emerging culture of “cool” in China, the development of trust online, and the meaning of color around the globe—to name just a few.

She and her partners sold Cheskin in 2007, and walked away with their sanity mostly intact. Christopher is a co-author of Rise of the DEO: Leadership by Design and China’s New Culture of Cool, and teaches design leadership and strategy at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program.


The New Possible

About Kim

Based in Berlin, Kim Muller is Experience Design Director at McKinsey Digital and passionate about human-centered design, working to solve problems by combining strategic insights with Design Thinking to create and shape services, experiences and digital products. Kim delivers business value through design by helping companies build stronger design capabilities. She drives digital transformations in B2C and B2B across regions – in Europe, the US, Middle East and Asia.

Before joining McKinsey & Company Kim worked across digital agencies, design studios and start-ups within cross-functional teams.


The Future of Work: Meaning, Purpose and Belonging

About Russell

Russell Beck is widely acknowledged as a thought leader across all aspects of talent management and people strategy; from the future of work, attraction, engagement and retention to belonging, purpose, meaning and individual productivity. He couples a research-driven approach to people and work for inspirational and thought provoking insights to unlocking potential and productivity. Russell challenges, inspires and motivates people to move quicker and further than they previously thought possible.

In his role as Director of Inspiration at Think Make Do, Russell connects dots in an informative way to help organisations take tangible actions to unlock the potential and productivity of their most expensive and most important asset, their people. He has consulted and supported boards and leadership teams of companies of all sizes – FTSE100, Fortune500, SMEs – and across many sectors including technology, engineering, pharma, retail, finance and hospitality.


The Power of Design to Transform and Drive Change

About Astrid

Astrid Stavro is an internationally-renowned graphic designer with a reputation for strong concept-driven design which is succinct, emotionally engaging, with the emphasis placed on exquisite typography and craft. She joined Pentagram as a partner in 2018.

Her clients span the cultural and commercial worlds, and her work encompasses brand identity, editorial, and exhibition design, as well as wayfinding systems and packaging. As Art Director, she led the celebrated redesign of the London-based arts and culture magazine Elephant, and also created the identity for the Barcelona Design Museum and the menswear clothing label Jijibaba. Recent clients include Tate, Phaidon, Camper, McKinsey & Company, AB InBev, Fedrigoni, Port magazine, Laurence King Publishing, Mahou San Miguel, the Miró Foundation, and Wallpaper*.

Born in Trieste, Italy, Stavro speaks five languages and has lived in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the United States and the UK. She studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (BA) and the Royal College of Art (MA), and directed her own studio in Barcelona for ten years, before co-founding the brand and design consultancy Atlas with Pablo Martín in 2013.

Her work has received over 150 international awards and Stavro has been invited to chair and judge numerous international design competitions and to speak at conferences around the world. Passionate about design education, she has taught at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art.


Pricing Creativity and Identifying Value in Uncertain Times

About Blair

Blair Enns is on a mission to change the way creative services are bought and sold the world over. He is the founder of Win Without Pitching, the sales training and coaching organisation for creative professionals, and the author of two books on selling and pricing for creatives.
His Win Without Pitching Manifesto, published in 2010, has sold over 30,000 copies and launched a revolution in how creative and marketing firms approach developing new business development.
Pricing Creativity: A Guide to Profit Beyond the Billable Hour, published in 2018, is a comprehensive guide to value-based pricing for creative firms is available in multiple formats, only at pricingcreativity.com
Blair also hosts, along with David C. Baker, the podcast 2Bobs: Conversations on the Art of Creative Entrepreneurship.
Blair lives in the remote mountain village of Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada. He can be found online at winwithoutpitching.com and @blairenns on Twitter and LinkedIn.