Tomas Diez is a Venezuelan Urbanist specialized in digital fabrication and its implications on the future cities and society. He is the co-founder and director of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and is a founding partner of the Fab City Global Initiative. He is also the director of the recently launched master’s in design for Emergent Futures at IAAC.
Kenza Oulaghda is a traditional weaver from Ait Hamza, a small village in Middle Atlas Mountains. She is also the founder of Association Tithrite, which she founded in 2008 with women from her village to protect their products from middleKenza is also part of Anou, a community of artisans working together to reshape Morocco's artisan economy so that it works for them rather than against them.
Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui is a development practitioner and valuechain and gender specialist/trainer. She has a deep interest in market-based solutions to poverty and disenfranchisement, as well as the power of cultural heritage for inclusive growth and making-by-hand as a tool for social and sectoral change. www.ecdipakistan.org
Since 1975, Kidlat Tahimik has been exploring inner cultural contradictions in personal films Serving as alternatives to mainstream cinema, his work questions the status quo and aims to inspire activism among viewers and other artists. Kidlat first earned international acclaim with his debut film, Perfumed Nightmare, which won the International Critics Prize at the Berlin Film Festival in 1977. He actively advocates reviving rich indigenous wisdom and tribal harmony with nature.
Cameron Tonkinwise is the Professor of Design Studies at the University of Technology Sydney. He is Director of the Design Innovation Research Centre which focuses on the social systems vis-à-vis participatory governance and safe and diverse communities and services. He continues to research what design practice can learn from material cultural studies and sociologies of technology. His primary area of research and teaching is Sustainable Design. He has a background in continental philosophy.
Katia Stewart is an experienced creative programme and project manager with a track record in partnership development and talent development and she has an enormous passion for equality and diversity. Katia has worked for a variety of arts and craft development organisations in the UK and internationally She is now the Global Programme Manager of the Architecture, Design and Fashion team, Crafting Futures, at the British Council.