Our Team

Team

Daniel Kozma

Graphic Designer

Daniel is a Budapest based graphic designer who graduated from the Royal College of Art, London. He is the co-founder of DiamΓ©ter Collective.

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Gunjan Singh

Project Manager

Gunjan is a strategic designer and researcher who likes working on challenges that involve people, processes and systems. Her skills and tools are drawn from diverse fields of practice: human-centred design, business strategy, organizational change and education. She is a lifelong learner and enjoys herself best while working on transdisciplinary projects in diverse contexts.

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Krstan Petrucz

Photo and Video

Krstan is a photographer, director and screenwriter. He took his first photo when he was 5. He directed ads, experimental movies, and television programmes. He has been practising ju jitsu since he was 13 and run several marathons. He has 2 children.

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Maxim Dedushkov

Founder and Director

Maxim is kind of designer, kind of entreprenuer. He is the founder of Holis. He also founded many other things. Some of them are still running. That makes him happy. Waste makes him angry. He also works as a consultant in social innovation, design, collective intelligence and management in general.

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Michala Lipkova

Research and Education, Holis Slovakia Organiser

Michala is a designer working along boundaries of product and experience design. She leads commissioned research projects at the Institute of Design at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Since 2013 she is a managing director of collaborative platform Flowers for Slovakia, focused on promotion of Slovak design abroad. In 2017 she has co-founded hardware startup Benjamin button.

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ZsΓ³fia SzatmΓ‘ri-Margitai

Service Designer

ZsΓ³fia is a service designer at More than Metrics nestled in the heart of the Austrian Alps. She gained knowledge in the fields of design strategy and service design by doing consultant work for several industries and being a corporate in-house designer. She is passionate about non-formal education.

Advisory Board

Trustee

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

Advisor for Internet of Things

Alexandra is an interaction designer, product designer, entrepreneur based in London. She was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influential Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014), Smith & Williamson Power 100 (2017).

Trustee

Anab Jain

Advisor for Complex Futures and Education

Anab is a designer, futurist, filmmaker and educator. As Co-founder and Director of Superflux, she hopes to realise the vision of the Studio as a new kind of design practice, responsive to the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century. She has received awards from ICSID, UNESCO, Geneva Human Rights Festival, Apple Computers Inc., and the UK Government’s Innovation Department.

Trustee

John Stevens

Advisor for Global Innovation Design

Dr John Stevens joined the Royal College of Art in 2013 to help launch the new Global Innovation Design MA. John’s research interests concern the application of design methods to emerging contexts of innovation such as service design, multi-disciplinary design and design management, especially applied to social, cross-cultural and humanitarian innovation. This necessarily encompasses the design of products, interactions and systems.

Trustee

John Thackara

Advisor for Sustainability and Social Innovation

John Thackara is a philosopher, writer and advisor. He helps companies and cities design innovation platforms that benefit all life, not just human life. His most recent book (of 12) is How To Thrive In the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today. John curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years, first in Amsterdam, and later in cities throughout India.

Trustee

Martyn Evans

Advisor for Design Research and UK Academia

Martyn is a Professor of Design, product designer and design academic with 20 years research, teaching and leadership experience and is Head of Manchester School of Art Research Centre. Interested in the strategic role that design commands in a variety of settings, his research explores the approaches designers use to conceptualise and communicate the future.

Trustee

Noelle Dye

Noelle is an explorer of the human experience. She has worked as a designer, innovator, inventor, and coach, and has built and led cross-functional teams in hardware, software, and service design as a consultant, in-house for start-ups, and in-house with some big brands. Currently, she guides leaders and organizations of people to discover their inner champions to achieve their visions.

Trustee

Richard D. Bartlett

Advisor for Self-organising

One of the cofounders of Loomio, an open source software tool for collective decision-making. He's also a Catalyst at Enspiral: a network of self-organising companies who have been working without bosses since 2010. He's passionate about co-ownership, self-management, collaborative governance, and other ways of sneaking anarchism into respectable places. He writes at medium.com/@richdecibels

Trustee

Roland Harwood

Advisor for Open Innovation Networks and Communities

Roland Harwood is a compulsive connector of people and ideas. As a successful serial entrepreneur, he is currently Founder and Director of Liminal, a new venture currently in development. Prior to that he was Co-Founder and Managing Director at 100%Open, the multi award-winning open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Ford, UBS, Oxfam and in 25+ countries around the world to co-innovate with their partners.

Trustee

Sonja Dahl

Advisor for Learning Programmes

As Head of Innovation Learning Programmes, Sonja is responsible for designing and delivering Nesta’s Innovation Skills programmes for the public and community sectors. Her role involves ensuring a design-led innovation approach is applied across a range of initiatives in Nesta’s skills and capacity building portfolio including the Creative Enterprise Programme, Evidence Masterclass and States of Change.

Holis Ambassadors

Ambassador

Alvaro Valls Boix

Ambassador to Spain

Alvaro is mathematician and project manager with experience in small and large companies. His problem-solving oriented mind makes him always look for continuous improvement. He is passionate about service design, and thinks it is the key to make the world a better place to live.

Ambassador

Amira El Shawarby

Ambassador to Egypt

Amira is a designer, an entrepreneur and a researcher who is passionate about using her design skills to catalyze change. She’s triggered by problems, world potentials and solution hunting while believing in innovation, creative thinking and story telling as a lens.

Ambassador

Dominika Majewska

Ambassador to Denmark

Dominika is a designer, researcher and social innovator based in Copenhagen, Denmark. She works at the intersection of social design and environmental transitions, focusing on creating balanced connections between human-made and natural systems. User experience researcher passionate about psychology. Explorer, looking for connections between the urban and rural tomorrows.

Ambassador

Eliana Vargas

Ambassador to Ecuador

I am curious about people’s culture, stories and needs. I am very keen to listen, see and discover how they think, how they behave, why and how we can help. As a Design Thinking Consultant, I am collaborating in the development of design projects for social and technology innovation at Bayteq in Quito, where we centre our research and outcomes in humans.

Ambassador

GΓ‘bor Suhajda

Ambassador to Hungary

GΓ‘bor is a UX team lead and product designer at Emarsys (part of SAP). He spends most of his time there facilitating a common understanding between teams and improving design processes. He’s the co-founder of MOME ID, one of the most acknowledged product design courses in Hungary where he’s a course leader, lecturer and mentor. With the MOME ID team, he’s been running design camps since 2016 dealing with non-digital co-creation, design thinking, speculative design & service design.

Ambassador

Justyna Turek

Ambassador to Poland

Designer, researcher, and initiator of the ideas. Creates processes, experiences and visual systems that allow brands, organizations, and events communicate integral value offered to their users. Her experience comes from working with design studios, product and service companies as well as design and culture centers in Paris, Helsinki, New York, and across Poland. Passionate about sustainable development, Human-Centered Design, and mindfulness.

Ambassador

Marta Salas

Ambassador to Spain

Born and raised in Bilbao, now living in Madrid. Graduated in Fine Arts and working as a digital designer since 2010. Focused in human centered design, creative problem solving and facilitation tools. Currently researching how people actually interact with technology, especially from a social, ethical and feminist perspective.

Ambassador

Michala Lipkova

Ambassador to Slovakia

Michala is a designer working along boundaries of product and experience design. She leads commissioned research projects at the Institute of Design at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Since 2013 she is a managing director of collaborative platform Flowers for Slovakia, focused on promotion of Slovak design abroad. In 2017 she has co-founded hardware startup Benjamin button.

Ambassador

Miguel Lobato

Ambassador to Mexico

Miguel is an integrated designer with experience in strategic design, storytelling, and prototyping. He is passionate about working in cross-disciplinary environments and characterized by bringing good vibes in the teams he joins.

Ambassador

Miriam Schmalen

Ambassador to Germany

Miriam works at the interface of ethnographic research and human-centered design. In her daily work she supports sustained business growth by the development of meaningful brands, services and products. As a freelancer she enables social-governmental institutions to read patterns in complex social systems, identify core-needs and facilitate the development of sustainable, user-centered concepts.

Ambassador

Pieter Overgoor

Ambassador to Netherlands

I’m a designer from Holland who loves to go on adventures! Currently located in Denmark to explore the Viking-lifestyle, where the morning-harbour-swims and kayak-sessions do me well.

Team Facilitators and Experts

Facilitator
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Archana Mani Srinivasan

User Experience Researcher at GE Transportation Lab

Archie works as UX Design Researcher at GE Transportation, a Wabtec company, serving the global freight industry by driving user-centric practices, modernizing products, and finding new opportunities for humans to interface with artificial intelligence and industrial automation. On the side, she collaborates on projects, mentors students, and co-organizes the ATL Speculative Futures meetup in the local design community. In addition, she is part of the organizing committee of Primer 2020 taking place in Atlanta, USA. Archie loves people, working with them, getting inspired by them, and most importantly solving for them. Oh! by the way, she is a Yes and! person.

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Attila Cosovan

Attila is associate professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Marketing and Media, Department of Marketing, Media and Designcommunication and founder of coandco.cc. He is a designer artist, with his company coandco.cc holds several international design awards such as Red Dot. Attila is the author of designcommunication, DIS.CO, complex creative design methodology.

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BalΓ‘zs Orlai

Freelancer designer. Previously head of the MOME Department of Design, co-founder of Sausagefence! design studio, designer of the iconic Hungarian Mustache Ba, P-shaped Bike Parkers and BKV Passenger Information System Designer.

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Barbara Predan

Barbara is an assistant professor, theoretician, designer, author, and Design for Europe Ambassador. Co-founder and leader of the department of design theory at the Pekinpah Association, and director of the Ljubljana Institute of Design, an academic research organisation. Since 2010, with Petra Černe Oven, she has been co-editing Zbirka 42, a series of books on design, under the auspices of the Pekinpah Association.

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BΓ‘lint KΓ‘dΓ‘r

Associate lecturer at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

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Cansu Deniz Bayrak

Cansu is an early stage investor for tech for good companies. As senior partner, her focus at BGV is building meaningful partnerships for their portfolio teams and the fund itself. She also supports fundraising efforts for their investment vehicles. She has been involved with early stage ventures as founder, operator, mentor and now investor throughout her career in tech.

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Dana Olarescu

Dana is an interdisciplinary artist working between the boundaries of art and design, with a focus on social and climate justice. Amongst others, her participatory projects have been presented at Tate Modern, Museum of London, and London Short Film Festival (UK), Incheon Art Platform (South Korea), Centre for Art on Migration Politics (CAMP), Tanzhaus NRW (Germany), La Virgule (France), and Tranzit (Romania).

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Dorottya MarosvΓ‘ry

Head of the Kindergarten Club at the Real Pearl Foundation's "tanoda" program

Dorottya works as a teacher, mentor and communication specialist for non-governmental organizations working for Roma inclusion and equal opportunities in Hungary. Her main areas of expertise are reading motivation, mother tongue development, she currently works mainly with the 3-4- year-old age group. She strongly believes that the for-profit and non-profit sectors could learn a lot from each other.

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DΓ‘vid SmilΓ³

Architect at Paradigma AriadnΓ©

Architect, writer, critic and co-founder of paradigma:ariadnΓ©. He studied architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and at the West Hungarian University. He is a former president of Budapest Architecture Student Studio and author of dozen essays, studies and articles in the topic of architecture, urbanism and politics. In his architecture related works he always collaborate with artist, designers and urban thinkers.

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DΓ³ra HorvΓ‘th

DΓ³ra is associate professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute of Marketing and Media, head of the Department of Marketing, Media and Designcommunication. Her areas of research include diffusion of new technology in personal communication, designcommunication, co-creation, projective research techniques. Her areas of education involve: strategic and creative planning of marketing communication, design management, advertising management.

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Eszter BircsΓ‘k

Co-founder and Food Curator

Eszter is a curator and cultural mediator who is interested in CEE regional creative industry and local movements. She is the co-founder of Holis and was part of the team until 2019.

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Fanni CsernΓ‘tony

Fanni CsernΓ‘tony is addicted to design workshops and co-creation ever since she started studying Product Design in Moholy Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME). She participated and organized several events focusing on creative teamwork. She believes that the design process works best if it involves people with different cultural and professional backgrounds.

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Gosia Rygalik

Partner at Studio Rygalik

Gosia graduated from the Design Department at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (2010 MA). She also studied at the Danmarks Designskole and gained her first professional design experience in Copenhagen. During the studies in Warsaw she was a member of the PG13 platform – responding to experimental design briefs, exhibiting, organizing and taking part in design workshops and competitions as well as industry supported projects.

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Henryk Stawicki

Co-founder of Change Pilots

Helps organizations create products, services and brand scenarios based on design strategies. As a co-founder of design consultancy Change Pilots he offers a unique point of view as both strategist and designer capable of creating measurable, novel solutions. Always brings multicultural perspective thanks to years of practice abroad including New York and London and such organizations as Parsons School of Design and IDEO.

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Ingrid Van der Wacht

International & Public Affairs Manager at Dutch Design Foundation

Ingrid is a connector, conceptor, communicator with a focus on co/design for people and planet. Over the years she has initiated projects for the use of design as the driver for social innovation, economic growth and sustainable development. She has extensive experience in cross-sectorial partnerships between public authorities, industries, businesses and designers.

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Iria Lopez

Service Designer

Iria's passion is using the power of design processes to transform people's lives. After studying psychology Iria started her career in 2001 working as user researcher / ethnographer (exploring people’s needs in their context of use) working in several private companies in Barcelona. In 2005 she learned how to integrate user/cultural research with design and business processes.

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Jana HΕ™ebeckΓ‘

Designer

Jana is a designer from design studio PΓ‘benΓ­ from the Czech Republic. PΓ‘benΓ­ wants to bring sustainability into the lives of organizations. Jana helps fulfil this vision with educational design, organizational culture projects and regenerative, circular service design. She deeply believes that the responsibility of designers is to take care of the needs of users and stakeholders as well as society and planet.

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Jimena Garcia Mateo

Design Researcher and Service Designer

Jimena is a curious creative and change maker, passionate about improving people’s lives through design. She thrives on connecting with and learning from people, and on coming up with new and enhanced ways of doing things. She has vast experience in user research, creative facilitation and service design, having worked with multiple clients across varied industries. She works now as a Service Designer at wearereasonablepeople.

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Joana Braga

Joana is a researcher, architect and intermedial artist. She coordinates and curates Topias Urbanas (Urban Topias), an artistic and urban research project which, combining a processual, collaborative and relational ethos with a discursive and reflexive dimension generates experimental and interrogative cartographies of the multiple layers that compose urban space.

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John Stevens

Senior Lecturer at Royal College of Art

Dr John Stevens joined the Royal College of Art in 2013 to help launch the new Global Innovation Design MA. John’s research interests concern the application of design methods to emerging contexts of innovation such as service design, multi-disciplinary design and design management, especially applied to social, cross-cultural and humanitarian innovation. This necessarily encompasses the design of products, interactions and systems.

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John Thackara

Writer, Advisor, Speaker

John Thackara is a philosopher, writer and advisor. He helps companies and cities design innovation platforms that benefit all life, not just human life. His most recent book (of 12) is How To Thrive In the Next Economy: Designing Tomorrow's World Today. John curated the celebrated Doors of Perception conference for 20 years, first in Amsterdam, and later in cities throughout India.

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Julcsi PΓ©terfi

special education teacher, 'tanoda' teacher at the Real Pearl Foundation

Julcsi has worked in the model village of the Foundation, in Told for 6 years. She joined at the very beginning of the Tanoda program during her university years as a volunteer. She now works with children from the age of 3 to 18, but her focus area is early childhood development, especially preschool programs and motor skill development.

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Justyna Turek

Co-founder of Change Pilots

Designer, researcher, and initiator of the ideas. Creates processes, experiences and visual systems that allow brands, organizations, and events communicate integral value offered to their users. Her experience comes from working with design studios, product and service companies as well as design and culture centers in Paris, Helsinki, New York, and across Poland. Passionate about sustainable development, Human-Centered Design, and mindfulness.

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Lewis Greener

Learning Designer and Facilitator

Lewis has worked internationally, across private and public sectors. From community-based outreach to formal youth work, arts outreach and structured programmes, working in roles that foster mutual learning and that can make meaningful change in individuals lives motivates him. Since moving to London 3 years ago he has been working freelance with lots of different projects and clients.

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Marton Szabo

Strategic advisor @ Mito, co-founder, executive director @ Koin.

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Maxim Dedushkov

Interdisciplinary Designer

Maxim is kind of designer, kind of entreprenuer. He is the founder of Holis. He also founded many other things. Some of them are still running. That makes him happy. Waste makes him angry. He also works as a consultant in social innovation, design, collective intelligence and management in general.

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Melanie Berry

Senior Specialist, Innovator Supports

As Senior Specialist of Innovator Supports at the Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University, Melanie oversees the ongoing development of the Center’s innovator support offerings including the IDEAS Impact Framework and ScienceXDesign. Melanie brings extensive experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs to support young children and families facing adversity, and she’s passionate about helping innovators in the early childhood field use information and data to achieve better outcomes. She holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium.

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Michala Lipkova

Product Designer, Assistant Professor at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava

Michala is a designer working along boundaries of product and experience design. She leads commissioned research projects at the Institute of Design at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Since 2013 she is a managing director of collaborative platform Flowers for Slovakia, focused on promotion of Slovak design abroad. In 2017 she has co-founded hardware startup Benjamin button.

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Noelle Dye

Innovation Accelerator & Leadership Coach

Noelle is an explorer of the human experience. She has worked as a designer, innovator, inventor, and coach, and has built and led cross-functional teams in hardware, software, and service design as a consultant, in-house for start-ups, and in-house with some big brands. Currently, she guides leaders and organizations of people to discover their inner champions to achieve their visions.

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Panni Pais

Co-founder of Cellux Group, designer.

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Pascal Wicht

Strategic Designer

Pascal is a strategic designer based in Lausanne Switzerland. His work is focused on the orientation of people in their exploration of different futures. Pascal's approach mixes an ethnographic enquiry of people with the foresight practice of horizon scanning. He is also the founder of Whispers & Giants, a strategic discovery agency helping organisations succeed in the early phase of innovation journeys. In parallel, he teaches the discovery process in universities and business schools.

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Richard D. Bartlett

Co-founder of Loomio

One of the cofounders of Loomio, an open source software tool for collective decision-making. He's also a Catalyst at Enspiral: a network of self-organising companies who have been working without bosses since 2010. He's passionate about co-ownership, self-management, collaborative governance, and other ways of sneaking anarchism into respectable places. He writes at medium.com/@richdecibels

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Roland Harwood

Compulsive Connector

Roland Harwood is a compulsive connector of people and ideas. As a successful serial entrepreneur, he is currently Founder and Director of Liminal, a new venture currently in development. Prior to that he was Co-Founder and Managing Director at 100%Open, the multi award-winning open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Ford, UBS, Oxfam and in 25+ countries around the world to co-innovate with their partners.

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Roman HΕ™ebeckΓ½

Designer

Roman is a designer and the founder of PΓ‘benΓ­.cz. He believes in the long-term sustainability of businesses and decision-making based on data, not assumptions. He works for commercial, public, and non-profit organizations, helping them change, embrace humanity and responsibility – both for their behavior and for the environment in which they operate.

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Samu Szemerey

Samu is an architect and urbanist. His areas of specialty are the overlaps of technology, creative industries and the built environment, the media history of architecture and innovation in the design practice. As a consultant and strategist he has organized and curated several programs, events and research projects. He is a regular speaker and course leader at universities internationally.

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Slavo Tuleya

Innovation Geek | Venture Builder | Keynote Speaker

Slavo is an expert on Corporate Innovation and Intrapreneurship. In the past, he gained experience by co-launching Innovation labs such as the SKODA AUTO DigiLab and its offices in Tel Aviv and Beijing. Slavo lived in 7 countries in the last 7 years and accumulated his experience from Real-Estate, Utilities, and Automotive. He is a Certified Design Sprint Master and founder of the Czechoslovak Service Design Community.

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Stanislav Daniel

Activist

Stanislav is a Roma activist with many years of experience in promoting equal education rights for Roma children in Slovakia and internationally. He worked for the European Roma Rights Centre in Budapest and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw. He cooperated on several pieces of research and analytical reports on the state of education for the Open Society Foundations and until recently coordinated an international network of professionals working with the youngest Roma children Romani Early Years Network in the Netherlands. He currently works for a philanthropic company based in Vienna.

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Tibor Antony

Tibor studied industrial design at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. During that time he gained practical experiences at Beijing product innovation company PER, car design studio at Ε koda - Mlada Boleslav, involved as well in multidisciplinary team in Odense, Integrated design programme. He has worked for three years in Branding and Retail Design consultancy 3070 Inc.

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Tomek Rygalik

Founder at Studio Rygalik and Tre

Tomek is a designer, curator and educator with a Ph.D in Industrial Design, born in Lodz in 1976. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Lodz, and graduated in Industrial Design from the Pratt Institute (1999 BID). He then worked with design companies in the United States, consulting for international clients such as Kodak, Polaroid, MTV, PerkinElmer, Dentsply, Unilever, and Dupont. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2005 (MA), he joined the RCA staff as a Research Associate and established Studio Rygalik in both London and Lodz, Poland.

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Tomi Koltai

Biologist

Tomi is a biologist from Hungary. He's been always interested in green area development: how to bring back nature to daily life, be it our work environment or our personal every day life. Green walls, community gardens, historical gardens, agroinnovation just to mention some fields of experience he's participated during the last years.

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Zuzana SojkovΓ‘

Founder

Zuzka is alumni of the leadership program Teach for Slovakia, she has cooperated with the Slovak Research Institute of Child Psychology and Pathopsychology and she is the founder of NaΕ‘e Ε‘kolstvo - NGO that works on creating a development network of BBSK elementary schools.

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Ágota Bíró

Employee Inspiration Lead at Emarsys

My work is about PEOPLE: supporting them to become the best they can be. Helping organizations to have successful conversations around the way to great results: culture, talent, leadership, success, inclusion and letting go.