Benjamin J. Butler is an English Futurist, dividing his time between Hong Kong, Palo Alto and London. He is known for his ability to forecast cycles or paradigm shifts in finance, society, technology and geo-politics.
He is an advocate for the creative potential of the human mind. Benjamin founded the Emerging Future Institute, writes for Dow Theory Letters, and is an international speaker.
He leverages off a wide array of experiences and roles including fund manager, investment advisor, venture capitalist, and innovation consultant, seeing himself as an observer of human behaviour and decision-making.
He read Law at King’s College London, has a BA in Economics and Japanese from SOAS, University of London and was an advisor to the School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Dmitry Kaminskiy is a new generation entrepreneur and well-known visionary originally from Eastern Europe. He is the Managing Partner of Deep Knowledge Venture, a Hong Kong-based fund that invests in disruptive biotech, fintech and AI companies. The fund was the first company in the world to appoint a robot on its board of directors. Dmitry is also trustee of the Biogerentology Research Foundation in Oxford. And he recently offered a million dollar prize to the first person that lives to 123 years old.
Andrew has over 20 years’ experience managing Event Agencies in both London and Asia. Having working for Grey Advertising, Young and Rubicam and Virgin, Andrew then set up his own event agency which became a significant player in the European events industry over the next 15 years, before moving to Hong Kong and setting up Quintessentially Events Asia.
He moved back to London in 2014. He has produced a broad range of events in 28 countries across the world in the Luxury, Financial, Property, Charity and Retail sectors for blue chip companies such as RBS, Chanel, MasterCard, IWC Schaffhausen, HSBC, Hermes, Lloyds Banking Group and Omega.
Gino is a global thought leader and frequent speaker on multi media and the exploration of consciousness and creativity. He pioneered and taught the “Recovering Creativity” class at the Design School in Hong Kong Polytechnic University and delivers workshops on entrepreneurship, innovation, and self-discovery at schools around the world. He also founded the Asia Consciousness Festival and hosted the 2009 edition of the Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference and will host it again in 2017.
He is program head of MSCMET at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he is currently an associate professor. He received his BS and PhD at the University of California at Berkeley. He was selected by the Transtech 200 as a key innovator who is driving technology for mental and emotional wellbeing.
Alexander is a visionary, with more than 15 years of investment and venture capital experience, known as a global expert on media, digital media entertainment and sport. He is a unique Russian composer who successfully combines creative work with business, and in demand as a conference speaker and writer.
Alexander found his holding company “GRUPPA KOMPANIY FAMILIA”( http://familia.ru/) in 1998 , which specializes in investment and venture capital in media, new media, publishing, and entertainment sectors. He is Founder of Rasia Capital – an investment boutique with focusing on Asia – and established rASiA.com - networking platform for media and innovators . In 2008, he was awarded the order of medal For Professionalism and Business Reputation and is a Member of the Russian Government Expert Council. (Russia) on the IT and digital sector.
Haesun Kim has been engaged in cross border business deals among US, Korea and China for 20 years, especially serving as marketing expert to a number of Korean Government organizations and as an International Advisor for Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation to China Council for Promotion, Industry and Trade (CCPIT) based in Shandong Province.
Haesun has succeeded in formalizing business deals in the area of baby care products with leading Beijing based company, Lijiababy, as well as established partnership relationship in the medical service sector with Shandong Ruikang Group (SHE:002589) based in Shandong Province. Haesun has played a pivotal role in introducing Korea’s well-known publications to Shandong People’s Publications Group and she is currently working with a number of Private Equity firms in China, Asia Business Capital based in Shanghai and HXSZ Medical Funds in Beijing.
Haesun has interviewed with leading Korean news journals of Maekyung Media Group, Money Today and Asia Today on “International Market Entry Strategy for SMEs”, and made a speech at GCCA (Global Cleantech Cluster Association) Conference in Taiwan. Haesun is currently serving as BOD member at the Korea-China Friendship Association.
Mary Bergstrom has spent nearly twenty years helping brands write new futures. From insights to strategy to communications, she's advised companies like LVMH, Omnicom, Ralph Lauren, and Coca-Cola on how to become more connected and more relevant to their audiences.
In 2006, Mary established The Bergstrom Group in Shanghai, and a network of trend spotters, with the goal of telling the story of new China. Her book, All Eyes East: Lessons from the Front Lines of China’s Youth Market, was named one of the top five marketing books of the year by Expert Marketeer.
She is a frequent writer in the media and speaker at TEDx, NYU, and CEIBS. She lives in Berkeley, California with her family where she consults, writes, and speaks on emerging trends and critical voices.
Simon Robinson is the co-founder of Holonomics Education, a pioneering São Paulo-based consultancy specialising in strategy, change management, leadership, innovation and customer experience. Having started his career in user centred design in the early 1990s, he is a respected global thought leader on customer experience design, innovation and conscious leadership, helping companies to align their purpose and value propositions with today’s most critical challenges. Simon is the co-author of Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter, and Customer Experiences with Soul: A New Era in Design (2017). He is a Harvard Business Review author, an international keynote speaker and the editor of www.transitionconsciousness.org.
James Hanusa is a Venture Catalyst and Founder of Digital Raign, the world’s first VR/AR/MR-focused Executive Search Firm. He has been Global Advisor to Burning Man since 2010, developing a wide network of visionaries and creative thinkers.
He has experience in business development, technology partnerships and urban economic development. He was City Impact Advisor to Urban Innovation Exchange in San Francisco. James has an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
David Passiak is a keynote speaker, futurist, and author of three innovation books.
Disruption Revolution and Empower take a holistic approach to innovation and include contributions from some of the world’s most disruptive thinkers such as Seth Godin, Adam Grant, Alex Osterwalder, Brian Solis, Robert Scoble, Rita McGrath, Chris Anderson, Jeremiah Owyang, and Shane Snow.
A former religion scholar and Ph.D. student at Princeton, David helps leaders around the world apply startup thinking from Silicon Valley and NYC to local environments. He is especially passionate about co-creation, crowd-based business models, collaboration and how innovation can be a force for social good. He travels continuously and divides his time mostly between the US, Europe, Asia and Dubai
Emanuel Yi Pastreich
Emanuel Pastreich is Director of the Asia Institute in Seoul and associate professor at the College of International Studies of Kyung Hee University. The Asia Institute coordinates research between experts in Asia and the rest of the world on the intersection of technology, the environment and international relations. Pastreich is a prolific writer and has published six books.
Previously Pastreich founded the think tank KORUS House at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C. He has taught at various schools including Harvard, George Washington, and the Korean Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security.
Pastreich has a B.A. from Yale, a Master’s Degree from the University of Tokyo and a Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard. He is fluent in Chinese, Japanese, French and Korean.
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Bruno Marion is a futurist, author and speaker. He helps people and organizations thrive in a chaotic world, create new breakthroughs, be more resilient and benefit from crises with a new actionable framework powered by the Science of Chaos.
Bruno Marion is the author of the leading book on taking advantage of chaos and uncertainty: Chaos, a User’s Guide.
Bruno Marion is an Engineer in Physics and holds an MBA. He has occupied senior executive positions in leading international companies such as Alstom, and is a world-renowned expert and author of several bestseller books on Asian cultures.