Markus Albers is a writer, consultant and entrepreneur living in Berlin, Germany. He is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Rethink as well as Co-Founder of Neuwork. Markus writes the column "Flight Mode" for Lufthansa Exclusive. His texts have been published in Monocle, Brand Eins, GQ, AD, Vanity Fair, Spiegel, Stern, SZ-Magazin, Welt am Sonntag and Die Zeit. Markus' non-fiction books "Meconomy" and the business book bestseller "Morgen komm ich später rein" deal with the future of work and have been very well-reviewed internationally. He speaks and hosts workshops based on the books' topics. Markus is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, as well as a judge for Lovie Awards.
WeWork is a platform for creators, providing more than 50,000 members around the world with space, community, and services through both physical and virtual offerings. WeWork currently has more than 90+ physical locations in more than 28 cities and twelve countries around the world. As WeWork’s Global Head of Interior Design, Ashley Couch oversees the design of the rapidly expanding company's projects worldwide, with particular attention to new and emerging markets. Her passion is using design to lure, engage and support each market’s unique community of creators. WeWork’s collaborative spaces foster a macro shift toward a new way of work—one focused on a movement towards meaning. WeWork is accelerating this movement. Ashley Couch received a M.Arch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), a Master’s in Journalism with a focus on publishing from the Columbia University in New York, and a B.A. in Philosophy and Comparative Religion from the University of Virginia.
Raphael Gielgen has spent most of his professional life working on making the office environment a better place. His curiosity for architecture, technology and social change in the context of working environments is his fuel - always connected to the question of how the global working world is changing and what impact it has on existing business models. Always on a journey to discover how tomorrow’s work place will look, he regularly meets business leaders, architects and designers, a community who can put this knowledge to the service of the society. My work informs Vitra´s approach to improving the quality of offices and public spaces through the power of design by serving the varied Vitra team with the results of my observations and cognitions by trend clusters, market analysis and business cases.
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Working across a full range of project types and scales, James Grose has consolidated a position of accomplishment in the architectural profession through design innovation, built works, awards, professional leadership and publications.
Starting at the end of the 1980s with his own practice, Grose Bradley Architecture, before becoming a Principal of BVN Donovan Hill through a merger in 1998, James was appointed National Director in 2006. James has led the BVN Donovan Hill project team in a number of benchmark projects, from the seminal Campus MLC,and NAB at Docklands, through to the award-winning Brain and Mind Research Institute at The University of Sydney, and more recently, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and ASB North Wharf.
Tatiana Lashina has 16 years of experience in technology innovation with contributions to European and US patents, publications in scientific journals and invited talks at international conferences. Inspired by how lighting can influence people in a workplace she explored and validated the benefits of offering lighting control in open offices. With her team she explored the office building ecosystem to understand what value beyond illumination connected lighting can bring into office buildings. This is used to conceive new propositions that can serve people in offices to be more efficient, productive and ultimately more engaged.
Juliette Morgan is a property technology specialist with 15 years’ experience advising investors, developers, governments, occupiers and owners around real estate strategy for developing tech companies and clusters.
She has worked internationally and deployed co-working spaces, pop-up investment suites, sensored social spaces, was a founder member of London’s tech city team for the UK government and co-developed Europe’s first prop-tech accelerator – PiLabs.
She sits on advisory boards for early stage prop-tech companies, and smart cities initiatives for developers and government.
Juliette lives in London’s vibrant East End with her husband, five year old son and delinquent dog.
Ben is Managing Director of Consulting Services at Instant, the world’s leading expert in flexible workspace. Ben has over 15 years’ experience advising businesses on how they can adapt and manage their global workplace resources to meet the digital age. He leads the team advising Instant’s national and multinational enterprise customers on how to use workspace to become more mobile, flexible and effective in how and where they work.
Ben has wide-ranging experience in workspace, advising companies on property requirements, workplace strategy and change management. He joined Instant in April 2016 from Regus where he was MD of Corporate Services. Prior to that he was Joint Global Head of Workplace Strategy at CBRE.
Ben started his early career at Gensler, after graduating in English Literature from University College London.
Jeremy Myerson is an academic researcher, author and activist in people-centred design and innovation. He has joined Unwired to set up The WORKTECH Academy, a global knowledge network. He has published several influential books on workplace design and holds the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the Royal College of Art, London. His most recent titles include Time & Motion (2013) and Life of Work (2014). A former journalist and editor on such titles as Design, Creative Review and World Architecture, he founded Design Week magazine in 1986 and later co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA in 1999, which he directed for 16 years until September 2015. He has advised businesses and governments around the world and sits on the advisory boards of design institutes in Korea, Switzerland and Hong Kong. He was recently named by Wired magazine as one of Britain's 100 most influential people in digital technology.
With a deep understanding of the importance of space and its impact on how we work, live, feel and relate, Kelly creates environments built on three principles: health, wellness, and meaningful interaction. In her work designing the global headquarters for tech stars Airbnb, SoundCloud, and Couchsurfing, Kelly has found the secret to a great office vibe is not only in its design, but also in the connection between the space and those who work in it. Her unconventional background -- economist, international traveller, yacht stewardess, yoga teacher -- allows Kelly to bring a fresh and dynamic perspective to designing spaces where people feel energised and empowered to do the best work of their lives.
Niclas Rohrwacher is Chief Relations Officer at Factory Berlin. He received a scholarship to the St. John's School in Houston,United States and graduated from the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art - Germany’s most renowned acting school.
He is a trained stage actor with more than 150 German and international stage performances and film roles.
Niclas has entrepreneurship in his veins - he founded his first start up, Mentor in 2012 at the age of 24, and Midnight Digital one year later.
In his free time Niclas organizes theatre plays across Germany with his theatre troupe “Die Achse”, as well as writes and films screenplays with his artist collective.
Martijn founded Spaces in 2006, together with Rattan Chadha (former CEO Mexx, now CEO CitizenM hotels) and Frederique Keuning (Creative Director). Spaces was built upon the idea that the work environment should be more personal, creative and stimulating. They wanted to built a community of likeminded others; a community of entrepreneurs, SME’s, intrapreneurs and global workers.
In his previous endeavours, Martijn worked as Commercial and Franchise Director at Regus and as an International Tax Advisor at EY. His still owns his other venture, Effic, an intermediate for consolidated real estate services which he founded in 2004.
With Martijn’s experience and expertise in the field of Real Estate and Services, his main focus is on the further growth of Spaces. With 5 locations in the Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam) and the international expansion to London, New York City, Sydney, Melbourne; Spaces is expanding rapidly. The community is growing and will soon welcome its 5000th member. Spaces was acquired by the Regus Group in 2014.
In 2016 Spaces will open more locations internationally with the focus on European and the US market.
A Gensler Principal, Philip has over 20 years of experience in workplace consultancy, real estate advisory and design and urban strategy services. His career includes over 18 years working across mainland Europe helping global organisations implement workplace programs attuned to the region’s many cultural and legislative variations. He has also advised numerous European public sector organizations on ways in which enhanced work environments can lead to improved performance.
Philip’s passion for understanding how the rapidly changing nature of work impacts people and the buildings and cities they work in, is continuously explored through his regular conference speaking, articles and blogs. He is an active member of CoreNet, The British Council of Offices (BCO) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
An Architecture Graduate of the Royal College of Art in London, Philip is also an adjunct professor on the faculty of the Master of Workplace Design course at the IE School of Architecture in Madrid/London.
My passion is to create products and services that give people awareness on possibilities to improve their lives and what choices they can make. In Philips Lighting Research I focus on creating new value propositions in the context of Human Centric Lighting. Light is a field of potential that goes further than a switch from dark to light to help us to see. Lighting beyond illumination helps our customers to work differently and to provide them with new connected experiences.
Inspired and with joy, I work and co-create with end-users and other stakeholders in the ecosystem. Together with them, I try to unravel their underlying drivers and aspirations. My goal is to create new products and services to enable users, with lighting propositions, to fulfill their needs.