Innovation Social Global Advisory board

A huge thank you to our wonderful Advisory Board for making the programme such a success.



James has been Head of Creative at start-up studio Betaworks since 2013. His role is to explore creative opportunities for betaworks products and tell the Betaworks brand story. Betaworks brands include the no.1 game, Dots as well as Giphy, the search engine for Gifs recently valued at $600M, Poncho, the most popular bot on Facebook and recent star of Apple's, 'Planet of the App's. James also produced ‘The Intern’, a hit podcast about working in betaworks and the tech world. 

Before Betaworks, James was a creative director in the ad world where he has won many awards including two gold lions at Cannes, was a creative partner at Anomaly and ran Dare - named Digital Agency of the Decade in London and sold for $50m in 2007.

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Jess is VP for Content and Partnerships at R/GA and runs the activation strategy team, which is a home for hybrid thinkers with deep knowledge of content and social, contemporary communications planning, and strategic media partnerships. Over the last four years, Jess has overseen strategy for a broad spectrum of work for clients including Nike, Verizon, Tiffany and Google. 

Jess is also a founder member of Papel e Caneta, a global collaboration between strategists across the world to solve some of society’s toughest problems; moonlights as designer of her own fashion line, and is a committed karaoke ringleader.  Jess joined R/GA from Contagious Magazine, where she hatched Insider, the company’s strategic consultancy.


kate gardiner

Kate Gardiner is an audience engagement specialist who connects, inspires produces and writes.  She is the essence of multi-talented.  She is the co-founder of AVG, a boutique communications firm. She also founded the audience engagement company called DSTL, where she helps build bigger and better campaigns and communities for a diverse range of global organizations.

Kate is also a strong advocate of equality, feminism and women’s rights. From 2014-2017, she served as the executive director of, a network of women in tech, media, and business. And on top of all this Kate was named to Forbes’ #30under30 List in 2016, and the Radio, Television and Digital News Association made her a #NextJ Fellow for 2015-2016.


lars bastholm

Lars founded and runs Pegasus within Google. Pegasus is a business innovation team working with Google’s top customers to crack their most challenging problems through a lens of technology and product.

Prior to Pegasus Lars ran The ZOO, Google’s creative think tank for brands and held creative leadership positions at companies like Ogilvy & Mather, AKQA, Cheil, Rosetta, Framfab and Grey. Lars is a three-time Cyber Lions Grand Prix winner in Cannes and is one of the most highly awarded and internationally renowned creative leaders in the digital and traditional advertising industry.  He is also a film buff, who has co-written two screenplays and has reviewed films for over 30 years.


Shana Dressler

Shana Dressler has built a decade-long career leading nurturing entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and social change leaders. As the Executive Director of Google’s 30 Weeks, Shana ran an incubator for design entrepreneurs that Fast Company named as one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in design.

A deeply committed social entrepreneur, Shana is widely recognized as the first person in New York to organize educational programming for social entrepreneurs and creative and co-created the Social Good Guides and an 8-week workshop called Social Good Startup: Idea to Launch.

Shana is an Aspen Institute Scholar, a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and a graduate of the THNK School of Creative Leadership. She serves on the board of the NYC Innovation Collective, a nonprofit she co-founded which supports 70+ incubators, accelerators and innovation programs throughout New York.

Viv Rosenthal

Viv Rosenthal is the founder of Snaps, one of the largest SaaS platforms in the mobile marketing messaging space, connecting brands to consumers. Snaps powers Chatbots, Emoji keyboards and iMessage sticker packs for over one hundred top tier clients, including Nike, Pepsi, Marriott, McDonalds, Bud Light, Dove and Delta. 

Viv has been named one of Creativity Magazine's top 50 global creatives of 2010 and was selected as one of the five finalists for L'Oreal's NEXT Generation Awards highlighting women founded tech companies. She has spoken at numerous conferences on the intersection of advertising and technology and has been selected as a jury member for the Andy Awards, D&AD, One Show Interactive Awards, and the Art Directors Club.


Ted Persson

Ted is a Stockholm based digital entrepreneur, product designer, marketer and struggling beard grower. Ted was part of getting new European VC EQT Ventures off the ground, and now works there as a Design Partner. In this role, he helps portfolio companies with product development, story telling, branding and marketing. Ted also advises a bunch of super cool startups, schools and projects. 

Previously Ted co-founded a number of digital agencies. Speedway Digital Army (1997), Abel & Baker (1999) and Great Works (2002), since 2014 part of the North Alliance (NOA), Scandinavia’s leading communications and technology network. While at Great Works, Ted also co-founded Our/Vodka, a global vodka made by local people in cities around the world run by Pernod Ricard.



tim polder

Graduating from Med school, Tim decided he had not pushed his mum’s blood pressure to it’s limits and decided to pursue a career in creativity. He has bounced around continents creating and strategising for Korean fridges, smart phones, washing machines and gorgeous tellie’s. He managed to drive and sell ridiculously fast British & cute Italian cars. Innovated grocery stores, stuff that is great for your skin, and connected dogs and State Farm insurance in a meaningful way. In his spare time he is trying to save tiny bits of the world. The latest effort being to try and change legislature so gay men can save lives by allowing them to donate blood. Currently he is gainfully employed by the talented and nice people from R/GA New York and absolutely loving it.

And his mum? She is still as cool as a cucumber and allegedly proud. Despite still seating Tim at the kid’s table during the Christmas dinner.