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Primo Orpilla

Primo Orpilla
Principle, Studio O+A

Twitter @Primo_Orpilla

Primo is the co-founder and principal of Studio O+A, an interiors firm in San Francisco that specialises in workplace design. Establishing the company with Verda Alexander in Silicon Valley in 1991, primo drew on an early interest in engineering and a feel for the growing tech economy to orient O+A to a rapidly changing work environment. Moving to San Francisco a few years later, O+A quickly gained a reputation for being a design firm an innovative as its clients – Facebook, Microsoft, Yelp, Cisco, Uber and many others.

A believer in design as an art form that embraces all disciplines, Primo grew his company from a two-person space planning operation to a full service design studio with 40 plus designers, project managers, graphic artists and branding specialists. The firms work has been recognized for over two decades with international press coverage and multiple design awards. In 2015 Primo and Verda were inducted into Interior Design Magazines Hall of Fame. In 2016 O+A won the Cooper Hewitt Design Award for Interior Design.

As a lecturer on design and the future workplace, Primo speaks at schools and design conferences globally. The course in workplace design he and Verda teach at IE university in Madrid seeks to pass on to a new generation of designers the philosophy of immersion in a client’s culture that has been a driving force behind every O+A project.

In recent years, Primo has taken up a new passion: product design. His company Orpilla, Inc designs multi-faceted, versatile workstations and office products for OFS, Kimball Office, Martin-Brattrud and IdeaPaint, bringing principles of customization and adaptability that made O+A famous to the level of indicial workspace.

Mustafa Elfeky

Mustafa Elfeky
Project Manager at Oracle

 

Philip Ross

Philip Ross
Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK

Twitter @Pjnross

Philip is an author, consultant and commentator specialising in the future of work. He predicts the way that new trends and forces such as emerging technology will shape how we work, live, learn and enjoy leisure.

He has written a number of books on the future of cities, work and workplace including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of other books including the Corporate Fool and the Responsible Workplace.

Ulrich Blum

Ulrich Blum
Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects

 

Maryanne Iles

Maryanne Iles
Portfolio Manager at Shell

 

Aiham Al-Akhras

Aiham Al-Akhras
Director at Gartner

 

Carla M Arias

Carla M Arias
Assistant Professor of Interior Design, Canadian University Dubai

 

Scott Barras

Scott Barras
Regional Head of Propert y , Standard Chartered

 

Tim Garrett

Tim Garrett
 

 

Sean Heckford

Sean Heckford
International Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Director for Parsons

As the International Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Director for Parsons, Sean is responsible for the Corporate Real Estate required to support the business enterprise. His area of responsibility includes all locations outside of North and South Americas, with focus being on the MEA region in line with Parsons global growth and delivery strategy. Sean primarily works from the Regional Head Office in Abu Dhabi and must remain extremely flexible and able to operate and manage the portfolio from anywhere as he travels. This requires him to be extremely flexible and organised, maximising the use of technology to deliver in a global environment. Optimisation of the Corporate Real Estate portfolio and budget management are both primary key elements to his role as well as the considerable amount of change management that this entails. Sean has a passion for improving the working environment in order to support business functions and individuals needs.

Meg Forbes

Meg Forbes
Business Leader, MEA, Mastercard

 

Brian Kelly

Brian Kelly
Regional Sales Director for MEA, Haworth

 

Jim Taylour

Jim Taylour
Head of Design & Wellbeing, Orangebox

Twitter @OrangeboxUS_Inc

Jim Taylour is Head of Design and Wellbeing at Orangebox. A chartered Ergonomist with over 20 years’ experience of workplace design, Jim has daily experience of the success and failings within the contemporary workplace.

His most recent research 'Mobile Generations' published by Orangebox explores agile Smartworking and our emerging health and productivity challenges. Jim also created `Wireless Well Working' (WWW), a strategic Orangebox workplace tool, designed to help organizations achieve a successful and beneficial workplace. Through this programme Jim has gained invaluable knowledge and insight of what’s required to realize a successful and dynamic workplace - where employee wellbeing is center stage.

Jim also works on European harmonization of dimensional standards for both office and school furniture and sits on and advises numerous organizations and charities, including the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors, in the UK.

Nora Adel Metawia

Nora Adel Metawia
Workplace Manager – MENA, Italy, Spain

 

Yullianna Porter

Yullianna Porter
Associate Director, AAID

 

 

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