CLAIRE GRAVES As Managing Director of The Webby Awards Claire leads a team dedicated to celebrating the very best of Internet culture each year. Prior to joining the Webbys, Claire was a Client Lead at one of the UK’s most celebrated interactive advertising agencies, Poke London. There she managed the strategic design and build of brand Websites and communications for The Guardian, The BBC, Skype, Orange, Topshop and the children’s charity Barnardos. Her work at Poke includes several Webby Award winning projects. A History graduate from Edinburgh University, Claire hails from Adelaide, South Australia.  Claire will be sharing research from The Webby's on the impact AI will have on consumers lives.  

CLAIRE GRAVES

As Managing Director of The Webby Awards Claire leads a team dedicated to celebrating the very best of Internet culture each year. Prior to joining the Webbys, Claire was a Client Lead at one of the UK’s most celebrated interactive advertising agencies, Poke London. There she managed the strategic design and build of brand Websites and communications for The Guardian, The BBC, Skype, Orange, Topshop and the children’s charity Barnardos. Her work at Poke includes several Webby Award winning projects.

A History graduate from Edinburgh University, Claire hails from Adelaide, South Australia.  Claire will be sharing research from The Webby's on the impact AI will have on consumers lives.

 

GARETH KAY Gareth is a strategist by trade and co-founder of Chapter, a new type of creative studio dedicated to closing the gap between brands and people. In their first couple of years, Chapter has been lucky enough to work with pioneering companies including Airbnb, facebook, Target, The Guardian, Google, Kodak, PayPal and Toca Boca. Prior to setting up Chapter, Gareth was Chief Strategy Officer and Partner at Goodby, SIlverstein and Partners and the Head of Planning at Modernista! He started his career in the UK after failing at music. Gareth will be joining us to keynote about how to deliver Innovation for the strategic long-term using case studies from his many years as a successful innovator.  

GARETH KAY

Gareth is a strategist by trade and co-founder of Chapter, a new type of creative studio dedicated to closing the gap between brands and people. In their first couple of years, Chapter has been lucky enough to work with pioneering companies including Airbnb, facebook, Target, The Guardian, Google, Kodak, PayPal and Toca Boca.

Prior to setting up Chapter, Gareth was Chief Strategy Officer and Partner at Goodby, SIlverstein and Partners and the Head of Planning at Modernista! He started his career in the UK after failing at music.

Gareth will be joining us to keynote about how to deliver Innovation for the strategic long-term using case studies from his many years as a successful innovator.

 

ITAI ASSEO Itai is an award-winning innovation leader & strategist. He currently heads user experience for Salesforce's Innovation Incubator, where he works with fortune 100 companies on tackling some of their toughest challenges. Prior to joining Salesforce, Itai led the Innovation Labs group at DigitasLBi - a leading marketing agency - where he worked to bring new and emerging technology to life through branded experiences. Itai is also an accomplished entrepreneur, establishing an early-web startup as one of the key players in the Ed-tech space at the time, until it was acquired in 2007. Originally hailing from Israel, Itai now lives in New York with his family. Itai will join our panel of innovation leaders discussing different models of innovation and how to embed innovation within your organisation.

ITAI ASSEO

Itai is an award-winning innovation leader & strategist. He currently heads user experience for Salesforce's Innovation Incubator, where he works with fortune 100 companies on tackling some of their toughest challenges. Prior to joining Salesforce, Itai led the Innovation Labs group at DigitasLBi - a leading marketing agency - where he worked to bring new and emerging technology to life through branded experiences. Itai is also an accomplished entrepreneur, establishing an early-web startup as one of the key players in the Ed-tech space at the time, until it was acquired in 2007. Originally hailing from Israel, Itai now lives in New York with his family.

Itai will join our panel of innovation leaders discussing different models of innovation and how to embed innovation within your organisation.

JAMES COOPER 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. James will join our panel of innovation leaders discussing different models of innovation and how to embed innovation within your organisation.

JAMES COOPER

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.

James will join our panel of innovation leaders discussing different models of innovation and how to embed innovation within your organisation.

justin hendrix Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. Hendrix connects media and technology companies with New York City’s universities to drive digital media innovation and entrepreneurship. The Lab's interests range across disciplines from data science to virtual and augmented reality, and its programs include seed projects with member companies as well as The Combine, which encourages digital media startup formation on the City’s campuses. Previously Hendrix was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist, where he directed prototyping and commercialization of new digital media business concepts. He is a regular writer and speaker on media & innovation. Hendrix holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @justinhendrix. Justin will be giving a talk on the impact AI will have on content , entertainment and distribution in the future.  

justin hendrix

Justin Hendrix is Executive Director of NYC Media Lab. Hendrix connects media and technology companies with New York City’s universities to drive digital media innovation and entrepreneurship. The Lab's interests range across disciplines from data science to virtual and augmented reality, and its programs include seed projects with member companies as well as The Combine, which encourages digital media startup formation on the City’s campuses. Previously Hendrix was Vice President, Business Development & Innovation for The Economist, where he directed prototyping and commercialization of new digital media business concepts. He is a regular writer and speaker on media & innovation. Hendrix holds a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Brooklyn. Follow him on Twitter @justinhendrix.

Justin will be giving a talk on the impact AI will have on content , entertainment and distribution in the future.

 

dr kate stone Dr Kate Stone has a degree in Electronics and a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University and is the founder of the award winning lab Novalia which explores the space where traditional print and conventional electronics converge. Some people expect the future to look like the film Minority Report, but Dr Kate Stone believes the opposite - she wants to infuse our current analogue world with electronics so that everything looks like it always has…. except that it can come alive through interaction. Using her patented interactive print, Dr Kate Stone is adding interactivity and capacitive touch to everything from hats and mandalas through to packaging and books - and connecting them to the internet, she is creating a new frontier for traditional industries that we already know and love, and who until now have been locked out of the technology age. Kate will be providing the keynote prior to dinner on the Thursday.

dr kate stone

Dr Kate Stone has a degree in Electronics and a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University and is the founder of the award winning lab Novalia which explores the space where traditional print and conventional electronics converge. Some people expect the future to look like the film Minority Report, but Dr Kate Stone believes the opposite - she wants to infuse our current analogue world with electronics so that everything looks like it always has…. except that it can come alive through interaction.

Using her patented interactive print, Dr Kate Stone is adding interactivity and capacitive touch to everything from hats and mandalas through to packaging and books - and connecting them to the internet, she is creating a new frontier for traditional industries that we already know and love, and who until now have been locked out of the technology age.

Kate will be providing the keynote prior to dinner on the Thursday.

KATIE LONGMYER Katie Longmyer is a New York City based, internationally accomplished experiential creative with expertise in building and managing branded entertainment platforms. As the owner and CEO of Good Peoples, Co-Owner and Creative Director of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, and a consultant for worldwide agencies, she deftly navigates the fashion, music, and lifestyle spaces. A deeply embedded and trusted member of the global creative community, with an intimate knowledge and understanding of creative processes, Katie collaborates with artists, influencers, and Fortune 500 companies. She connects concentric worlds to curate progressive events, facilitate strategic partnerships, and produce interactive content that transcends social and geographic boundaries, seamlessly weaving brands into the greater cultural fabric. Katie will be hosting a fireside chat with two artists who have achieved the 'difficult second album' to provide inspiration into how and why perseverance always wins out.  

KATIE LONGMYER

Katie Longmyer is a New York City based, internationally accomplished experiential creative with expertise in building and managing branded entertainment platforms. As the owner and CEO of Good Peoples, Co-Owner and Creative Director of the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, and a consultant for worldwide agencies, she deftly navigates the fashion, music, and lifestyle spaces. A deeply embedded and trusted member of the global creative community, with an intimate knowledge and understanding of creative processes, Katie collaborates with artists, influencers, and Fortune 500 companies. She connects concentric worlds to curate progressive events, facilitate strategic partnerships, and produce interactive content that transcends social and geographic boundaries, seamlessly weaving brands into the greater cultural fabric.

Katie will be hosting a fireside chat with two artists who have achieved the 'difficult second album' to provide inspiration into how and why perseverance always wins out.
 

Kerin rose gold Kerin Rose Gold has been pushing boundaries since 2009 with her luxury artisanal eyewear line A-Morir. As seen on the world’s biggest pop stars and sold in high-end boutiques across the globe, A-Morir sets itself apart with rebellious designs and impeccable, hand-crafted execution. Yet this trendsetting brand is just one outlet for Kerin’s irreverent and unique spirit. An upstart creator since childhood, this native New Yorker graduated with honors from NYU with a degree in Pop Culture History, linking her loves of art, music, and costuming while delving deep into the French existentialist concept of the “spectacle.” Kerin continues to connect far-flung creative dots in her adult career, whether designing the first women’s sneaker for SUPRA, starring in ad campaigns for Sebastian Professional (as their Visionary Brand Ambassador), leading to a glasses collaboration distributed in hundreds of salons around the world), writing a bi-monthly column for Nylon, or representing the US as Vogue Italia’s New Talent and Emerging Designer. Becoming an eyewear icon was never part of the plan for this multi-faceted artist, but it fits: no one sees the world quite like her. Kerin will be sharing her secrets for staying innovative and sustaining her creativity.

Kerin rose gold

Kerin Rose Gold has been pushing boundaries since 2009 with her luxury artisanal eyewear line A-Morir. As seen on the world’s biggest pop stars and sold in high-end boutiques across the globe, A-Morir sets itself apart with rebellious designs and impeccable, hand-crafted execution. Yet this trendsetting brand is just one outlet for Kerin’s irreverent and unique spirit. An upstart creator since childhood, this native New Yorker graduated with honors from NYU with a degree in Pop Culture History, linking her loves of art, music, and costuming while delving deep into the French existentialist concept of the “spectacle.” Kerin continues to connect far-flung creative dots in her adult career, whether designing the first women’s sneaker for SUPRA, starring in ad campaigns for Sebastian Professional (as their Visionary Brand Ambassador), leading to a glasses collaboration distributed in hundreds of salons around the world), writing a bi-monthly column for Nylon, or representing the US as Vogue Italia’s New Talent and Emerging Designer. Becoming an eyewear icon was never part of the plan for this multi-faceted artist, but it fits: no one sees the world quite like her.

Kerin will be sharing her secrets for staying innovative and sustaining her creativity.

Nick catchdubs Fool's Gold co-founder Nick Catchdubs has spent years pulling double duty, helming one of the world's most beloved indie labels by day while holding it down behind the turntables at shows around the globe night after night. Hailed as "one of the US's premiere party DJs" by FACT Magazine and a DJing "Mr Do It All" by XXL, Nick's wildly diverse sets have launched hands into the air everywhere from Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival to GQ's invite-only Super Bowl bash. Since launching Fool's Gold with his friend A-Trak, Nick has introduced artists like Danny Brown and Duck Sauce to the world and been hailed as an "indie innovator" in the process by Billboard and the New York Times. On releases like his Smoke Machine LP and production / remixes for countless artists, Nick brings that same party rocking pedigree and curatorial ear to original music, which has been licensed for film, television and commercials from the Apple Watch to Comedy Central’s Broad City. Hey, it's all in a day's work...

Nick catchdubs

Fool's Gold co-founder Nick Catchdubs has spent years pulling double duty, helming one of the world's most beloved indie labels by day while holding it down behind the turntables at shows around the globe night after night. Hailed as "one of the US's premiere party DJs" by FACT Magazine and a DJing "Mr Do It All" by XXL, Nick's wildly diverse sets have launched hands into the air everywhere from Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival to GQ's invite-only Super Bowl bash. Since launching Fool's Gold with his friend A-Trak, Nick has introduced artists like Danny Brown and Duck Sauce to the world and been hailed as an "indie innovator" in the process by Billboard and the New York Times.

On releases like his Smoke Machine LP and production / remixes for countless artists, Nick brings that same party rocking pedigree and curatorial ear to original music, which has been licensed for film, television and commercials from the Apple Watch to Comedy Central’s Broad City. Hey, it's all in a day's work...

sarah fay Sarah Fay is an early stage investor in transformative companies using AI technology.  She has more than 20 years of operational and executive experience building and leading digital media and marketing companies.  Sarah served as the CEO of Aegis Media North America, CEO of Isobar North America (grew to $100 million revenue in 6 years) and President of Carat Interactive, a company she launched and grew to be a recognized leader in the digital marketing. Sarah is an Independent director for Celtra, SocialFlow, The Street (Nasdaq:TST), Women’s Marketing, Inc and [x+1] (acquired by Rocket Fuel for $230 million). She is also an angel investor and/or advisor to Namely, Adelphic Mobile, clypd, AdDaptive Intelligence, Mavrck, Linkable Networks, and ViralGains. She serves on industry boards such as the Board of MITX, Executive Board of the Ad Club of Boston, Board Advisor to Advertiser Perceptions. BA in English from the University of Vermont and has received 30+ accolades and awards for her professional accomplishments. Sarah will be giving a talk on her experience of leading an AI specialist VC and her predictions of where AI will go next.

sarah fay

Sarah Fay is an early stage investor in transformative companies using AI technology.  She has more than 20 years of operational and executive experience building and leading digital media and marketing companies.  Sarah served as the CEO of Aegis Media North America, CEO of Isobar North America (grew to $100 million revenue in 6 years) and President of Carat Interactive, a company she launched and grew to be a recognized leader in the digital marketing.

Sarah is an Independent director for Celtra, SocialFlow, The Street (Nasdaq:TST), Women’s Marketing, Inc and [x+1] (acquired by Rocket Fuel for $230 million). She is also an angel investor and/or advisor to Namely, Adelphic Mobile, clypd, AdDaptive Intelligence, Mavrck, Linkable Networks, and ViralGains.

She serves on industry boards such as the Board of MITX, Executive Board of the Ad Club of Boston, Board Advisor to Advertiser Perceptions. BA in English from the University of Vermont and has received 30+ accolades and awards for her professional accomplishments.

Sarah will be giving a talk on her experience of leading an AI specialist VC and her predictions of where AI will go next.

soraya dArabi Soraya is a General Partner and founder of Trailmix Ventures (www.trailmix.vc), an early-stage investment firm focused on the future of living well and work. She began her career as Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media at The New York Times, went on to co-found the application Foodspotting, named by Apple and Wired Magazine as an “App of the Year” (acquired by Open Table) and later Zady, a mission-driven brand. She has been featured on the cover of Fast Company Magazine's “Most Creative People in Business” issue and on the cover of Brand Week’s "Digital” issue. She was named an Inc Magazine "30 Under 30" (2012), Fortune Magazine "40 under 40" (2015). She sat on the digital advisory board of GE and is a current board member of The Nature Conservancy New York (www.nature.org), a World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader," a six-year mentor to Tech Stars New York.  Soraya will join our panel of innovation leaders discussing different models of innovation and how to embed innovation within your organisation.  

soraya dArabi

Soraya is a General Partner and founder of Trailmix Ventures (www.trailmix.vc), an early-stage investment firm focused on the future of living well and work. She began her career as Manager of Digital Partnerships and Social Media at The New York Times, went on to co-found the application Foodspotting, named by Apple and Wired Magazine as an “App of the Year” (acquired by Open Table) and later Zady, a mission-driven brand. She has been featured on the cover of Fast Company Magazine's “Most Creative People in Business” issue and on the cover of Brand Week’s "Digital” issue. She was named an Inc Magazine "30 Under 30" (2012), Fortune Magazine "40 under 40" (2015). She sat on the digital advisory board of GE and is a current board member of The Nature Conservancy New York (www.nature.org), a World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader," a six-year mentor to Tech Stars New York. 

Soraya will join our panel of innovation leaders discussing different models of innovation and how to embed innovation within your organisation.
 

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 TheLi.st, 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. Kate will be hosting a panel providing case studies of innovation from across the industry.  

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 TheLi.st, 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.

Kate will be hosting a panel providing case studies of innovation from across the industry.

 

LIZZIE MANDENO Lizzie has spent over a decade helping brands and start-ups design and develop products and services that their customers love to use. She has worked across the healthcare, utilities, financial services, media and technology sectors. At DigitasLBi, she was the first member of the global innovation and service design team, designing and leading the agency’s flagship innovation programme with AstraZeneca for its first two years. Lizzie co-founded the consultancy Curve earlier this year specialising in developing creative leaders and highly performing teams. She was awarded the IPA’s Women of Tomorrow award for her strategic work, and is a regular judge for innovation awards including the WARC Innovation Awards and the Advertising Producers Association’s IDEAS award. Lizzie is one of the Directors of Innovation Social, and a Partner in Wok+Wine, profiled by Harvard Business Review as an example of the “economic case for serendipity”. Lizzie will be joining us to moderate the round table discussions.

LIZZIE MANDENO

Lizzie has spent over a decade helping brands and start-ups design and develop products and services that their customers love to use. She has worked across the healthcare, utilities, financial services, media and technology sectors. At DigitasLBi, she was the first member of the global innovation and service design team, designing and leading the agency’s flagship innovation programme with AstraZeneca for its first two years.

Lizzie co-founded the consultancy Curve earlier this year specialising in developing creative leaders and highly performing teams. She was awarded the IPA’s Women of Tomorrow award for her strategic work, and is a regular judge for innovation awards including the WARC Innovation Awards and the Advertising Producers Association’s IDEAS award. Lizzie is one of the Directors of Innovation Social, and a Partner in Wok+Wine, profiled by Harvard Business Review as an example of the “economic case for serendipity”.

Lizzie will be joining us to moderate the round table discussions.

Rem reynolds Rem Reynolds co-founded the business invention firm Inamoto & Co in 2015. Prior to Inamoto & Co, Rem was the Managing Director of AKQA New York. He has led businesses for a number of leading brands, including American Express, Starbucks, Samsung, Verizon, and P&G. He started his career at successful technology startups in Silicon Valley and New York. He graduated from Stanford University. Ren will be joining our panel of case studies of innovation and, amongst other things, will be talking about Toyota Next.  

Rem reynolds

Rem Reynolds co-founded the business invention firm Inamoto & Co in 2015.

Prior to Inamoto & Co, Rem was the Managing Director of AKQA New York. He has led businesses for a number of leading brands, including American Express, Starbucks, Samsung, Verizon, and P&G.

He started his career at successful technology startups in Silicon Valley and New York. He graduated from Stanford University.

Ren will be joining our panel of case studies of innovation and, amongst other things, will be talking about Toyota Next.

 

SANEEL RADIA Saneel Radia leads R/GA'S global business consulting practice where he helps C-level executives innovate by enabling the creation of new businesses, models, products and brands that drive growth during times of disruption. He oversees a multi-disciplinary team of strategists, innovation consultants, branding specialists and designers to advise the world’s leading companies such as Walmart, Newell Brands, and the Campbell Soup Company on how to adapt to the demands of the connected age. Saneel previously founded and ran Publicis Groupe’s incubator-for-hire Finch15, which creates new digital businesses for brands. Prior, he ran BBH Labs North America, earning the company’s first-ever Webby Agency of the Year in 2012. He has led strategy and innovation for diverse clients including Google, BMW, HP, P&G, VISA, and Verizon. Concurrently, Saneel is Founder and President of Greatest Good, an unprecedented non-profit platform that allows thought leaders across multiple industries to donate their time to charitable causes they’re passionate about.  Saneel will be joining our panel of Innovation leaders giving a case study on Innovation with Sonny Caberwal.

SANEEL RADIA

Saneel Radia leads R/GA'S global business consulting practice where he helps C-level executives innovate by enabling the creation of new businesses, models, products and brands that drive growth during times of disruption. He oversees a multi-disciplinary team of strategists, innovation consultants, branding specialists and designers to advise the world’s leading companies such as Walmart, Newell Brands, and the Campbell Soup Company on how to adapt to the demands of the connected age.

Saneel previously founded and ran Publicis Groupe’s incubator-for-hire Finch15, which creates new digital businesses for brands. Prior, he ran BBH Labs North America, earning the company’s first-ever Webby Agency of the Year in 2012. He has led strategy and innovation for diverse clients including Google, BMW, HP, P&G, VISA, and Verizon.

Concurrently, Saneel is Founder and President of Greatest Good, an unprecedented non-profit platform that allows thought leaders across multiple industries to donate their time to charitable causes they’re passionate about. 

Saneel will be joining our panel of Innovation leaders giving a case study on Innovation with Sonny Caberwal.

SONNY CABERWAL Sonny Caberwal is an experienced entrepreneur and technology executive. He currently leads technology and connected device strategy across Newell Brands, a $25 Billion CPG company with 200+ brands trusted by nearly a billion people every day. Sonny came to Newell Brands through the acquisition of his third startup, Bond, where he was the founder & CEO. Bond’s mission is to help people be more thoughtful, and its writing technology lets users send handwritten notes from any device in seconds. Prior to Bond, Sonny co-founded the world’s largest Indian fashion website, Exclusively.com. Backed by Accel Partners and Tiger Global Management, the company was acquired in 2012, and became part of India’s largest e-commerce company. Sonny is one of the world’s first Sikh fashion models, and has been in global campaigns for brands from Kenneth Cole to Armani. He is also an avid percussionist who has performed and recorded with world-famous DJs Thievery Corporation. Sonny will be joining our panel of Innovators providing his case study of innovation.  

SONNY CABERWAL

Sonny Caberwal is an experienced entrepreneur and technology executive. He currently leads technology and connected device strategy across Newell Brands, a $25 Billion CPG company with 200+ brands trusted by nearly a billion people every day. Sonny came to Newell Brands through the acquisition of his third startup, Bond, where he was the founder & CEO. Bond’s mission is to help people be more thoughtful, and its writing technology lets users send handwritten notes from any device in seconds. Prior to Bond, Sonny co-founded the world’s largest Indian fashion website, Exclusively.com. Backed by Accel Partners and Tiger Global Management, the company was acquired in 2012, and became part of India’s largest e-commerce company.

Sonny is one of the world’s first Sikh fashion models, and has been in global campaigns for brands from Kenneth Cole to Armani. He is also an avid percussionist who has performed and recorded with world-famous DJs Thievery Corporation.

Sonny will be joining our panel of Innovators providing his case study of innovation.
 

susan lyne Susan Lyne is President and Managing Partner of BBG Ventures, an early stage fund backing the new wave of female entrepreneurs using technology to re-imagine daily life. Ms. Lyne has held leadership positions at media, technology, and entertainment companies of all sizes and stages, from startups to public companies. Before launching BBG Ventures, she was CEO of the AOL Brand Group where she oversaw AOL’s unique content brands.  From 2008-2013 she was CEO and then Chairman of Gilt Groupe, the innovative ecommerce company that pioneered flash sales in the United States. She served as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO) from 2004-2008.  And from 1996 to 2004, Ms. Lyne worked at Disney/ABC, rising to President of ABC Entertainment where she oversaw development of shows including Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Grey’s Anatomy.  Ms. Lyne began her career in the magazine industry: she was Managing Editor of New Times and The Village Voice; and she created and launched Premiere Magazine, serving as Editor-in-Chief and Publication Director. Ms. Lyne was named Publishing Executive of the Year by Advertising Age in 2006 and received a Matrix Award from New York Women In Communications. Susan will join our panel of innovation leaders discussing different models of innovation and how to embed innovation within your organisation.

susan lyne

Susan Lyne is President and Managing Partner of BBG Ventures, an early stage fund backing the new wave of female entrepreneurs using technology to re-imagine daily life. Ms. Lyne has held leadership positions at media, technology, and entertainment companies of all sizes and stages, from startups to public companies. Before launching BBG Ventures, she was CEO of the AOL Brand Group where she oversaw AOL’s unique content brands.  From 2008-2013 she was CEO and then Chairman of Gilt Groupe, the innovative ecommerce company that pioneered flash sales in the United States. She served as President and CEO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSO) from 2004-2008.  And from 1996 to 2004, Ms. Lyne worked at Disney/ABC, rising to President of ABC Entertainment where she oversaw development of shows including Desperate Housewives, Lost, and Grey’s Anatomy.  Ms. Lyne began her career in the magazine industry: she was Managing Editor of New Times and The Village Voice; and she created and launched Premiere Magazine, serving as Editor-in-Chief and Publication Director. Ms. Lyne was named Publishing Executive of the Year by Advertising Age in 2006 and received a Matrix Award from New York Women In Communications.

Susan will join our panel of innovation leaders discussing different models of innovation and how to embed innovation within your organisation.

tom mcleod Tom McLeod is Founder and CEO of Omni, a San Francisco-based company changing the way people own, access, and store their personal belongings. With over 10 year’s experience growing innovative businesses, he previously founded Pagelime, a SaaS CMS used by over 30,000 designers worldwide; and the mobile app laboratory Imaginary Feet, which launched and marketed apps adopted by over 10 million users. With a degree in audio engineering from American University, Tom’s first venture was the “successful-til-it-wasn’t” recording studio MTerrace, which pivoted to focus on web design for artists with the shifting music industry. Tom’s social and philanthropic interests began early— his father ran a local non-profit and his mother taught in the public school system— he now sits on the board of Mama Hope, dedicated to building thriving communities in rural Africa and Central America; as well as the Canadian non-profit charity F*ck Cancer, advocating for early detection, prevention, and support for those affected by cancer. Tom is also a basketball fanatic, avid traveler, dedicated film and TV buff, and enjoys making mixtapes for his friends. He is from Plainsboro, NJ. Tom will join our panel of innovation leaders discussing different models of innovation and how to embed innovation within your organisation. 

tom mcleod

Tom McLeod is Founder and CEO of Omni, a San Francisco-based company changing the way people own, access, and store their personal belongings. With over 10 year’s experience growing innovative businesses, he previously founded Pagelime, a SaaS CMS used by over 30,000 designers worldwide; and the mobile app laboratory Imaginary Feet, which launched and marketed apps adopted by over 10 million users. With a degree in audio engineering from American University, Tom’s first venture was the “successful-til-it-wasn’t” recording studio MTerrace, which pivoted to focus on web design for artists with the shifting music industry.

Tom’s social and philanthropic interests began early— his father ran a local non-profit and his mother taught in the public school system— he now sits on the board of Mama Hope, dedicated to building thriving communities in rural Africa and Central America; as well as the Canadian non-profit charity F*ck Cancer, advocating for early detection, prevention, and support for those affected by cancer. Tom is also a basketball fanatic, avid traveler, dedicated film and TV buff, and enjoys making mixtapes for his friends. He is from Plainsboro, NJ.

Tom will join our panel of innovation leaders discussing different models of innovation and how to embed innovation within your organisation.