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“I have been attending the NY WORKTECH conferences regularly for four years and I find them to be an excellent array of presentations and discussions about design, technology, real estate, futurism and sociology relating to the workplace. The presenters are always well prepared and thought provoking and the audience is rich with expertise and insights. I always make new and valuable contacts at WORKTECH and come away feeling enthused and excited about developing and implementing new ways to improve the work environment. I highly recommend this conference to everyone interested in the evolution of how we work.”

Paul Tackowiak, Architect, Bristol Myers Squibb

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Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson
Director of Commercialization & Business Development, Connected (IoT) Solutions, Herman Miller

Ryan Anderson serves as Director of Commercialization and Business Development for Herman Miller’s connected (internet-of-things) solutions. His work focuses on applying emerging technologies to enhance the value and performance of Herman Miller’s existing and future product portfolio. This is Ryan’s twenty-second year in the office furniture industry where his career has focused on helping organizations to evolve their work environments to adapt to changes in technology and work. Previously at Herman Miller, Ryan served as Director of Product + Portfolio Strategy and as Director of Future Technology. In the latter role, Ryan led a team exploring the relationship between emerging technologies and the future of the workplace in collaboration with Skype, Google, Samsung, HP, Logitech, SMART, Crestron and other partners. Ryan has been published in Wired, the BBC, and the Drucker Exchange, was interviewed in the June issue of Fortune, and has contributed to pieces in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fast Company and beyond. Ryan is an active user of social media and you can connect with him LinkedIn at

Gregory Blondeaun

Gregory Blondeau
Founder & Director, Proxyclick

An entrepreneur from an early age, Gregory started a few successful ventures during school years that made him popular among his fellow students (to whom he sold boxer shorts and music compilations).

After obtaining a degree in business engineering he left his home country to work abroad.

He spent a short decade working across the globe for large corporates such as Siemens AG and Wolters Kluwer.

Gregory returned to Brussels in 2000, working in two start-ups before co-funding Proxyclick. Since then he has been working tirelessly to develop the business first in Belgium, then across Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.

Rogier de Boer

Rogier de Boer
Principal, Boston Consulting Group

Rogier de Boer is a Principal in the Boston Consulting Group's New York office. He supports Consumer Goods and Retail clients in large scale transformations efforts. Rogier was part of the BCG team in the earlier stages of design of the New York office. He worked on the design with Gensler, Gardiner & Theobald, Unwork and BCG's internal Real Estate group. Focus was on understanding the needs of BCG's employees, the definition of the vision of the new space, overall space requirements and the role of technology. All with the goal to create "an environment that fosters brilliant, diverse and passionate people to connect and cultivate ideas that shape the future".

Jenni Dawes

Jenni Dawes
Founder & Meditation Teacher, KINDRED

Jenni has been teaching a tailored combination of Mindfulness, Qi Gong and Meditation across the world for the past six years. She’s spoken on corporate wellbeing for Ralph Lauren, Palantir and Viacom, and led over 200 sessions to date for companies such as Spotify, Airbnb, Dentons, WeWork, Venmo and Kickstarter.

Ujjaini Dasgupta

Ujjaini Dasgupta
Director of Marketing, Philips Lighting

Ujjaini Dasgupta is the marketing lead for End User Office and Industry for Philips North America. She works closely with global customers helping them achieve their smart building goals with connected lighting technologies. With more than 15 years of lighting industry experience, she is always interested in sharing and learning about new technologies and how it impacts human mood and behavior in the workplace.

Daniel Diez

Daniel Diez
EVP Global Chief Marketing Officer, R/GA

As EVP, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Daniel creates integrated programs strategically designed to raise R/GA’s profile globally and regionally. In this newly created position, Daniel works closely with managing directors and senior leadership across all R/GA offices, leading marketing and communications strategies for the agency.

Daniel joined R/GA in August 2013 from Interbrand, where he was responsible for creating and implementing regional and global marketing and communications strategies. An advocate for content-driven promotional channels, he also served as Editor-in-Chief for all of Interbrand’s global editorial properties and launched the agency’s first quarterly journal. In addition, he created Interbrand’s first proprietary conference in partnership with Harvard University and a series of bespoke CMO summits on market trends.

Throughout his career, Daniel has served as a pro bono communications consultant for the Human Rights Campaign, providing guidance on media positioning for the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. He boasts a research fellowship from the American Psychiatric Association, and holds a BA in psychology from Baruch College.

Bill Dowzer

Bill Dowzer
Principal, BVN

Bill Dowzer is a Principal of BVN, an award-winning Australian architectural practice with an international footprint and a global reputation for design leadership and innovation. As an agile design studio with a unique ability to apply ‘translational’ thinking across sectors, BVN’s broad portfolio is testament to the practice’s ability to constantly evolve to suit contemporary needs and expectations. Bill is a leader in workplace design and a champion of BVN’s ‘collective creation’ approach, underpinned by a belief that great workplaces are not about the space alone, but about people and the making of ‘place’.

This is also of great importance in the design of transformative workplace environments for the legal sector, the last bastion of hierarchical spatial divides. BVN have worked with legal firms to disrupt the traditional model and create new models based on collaboration, flexibility and transparency to allow firms to flourish. His presentation will be focussed on these recent experiences in legal workplaces sharing insights and analytics and will be joined on the day by one of his clients as a co-presenter.

Bill is currently leading the start-up of BVN’s New York Studio and has a strong interest in the design and impact of co-working and dynamic workplace environments. At the moment, he is working with Liquidspace on new products incorporating flexible leasing models for new economy businesses as well as the ongoing projects of new workplaces for 2 national legal firms in Canada.

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards
General Manager Workplace Experience, Mirvac

As General Manager of Workplace Experience for Mirvac, Paul Edwards works to define and shape what the future of workspace and office development will look like for Mirvac and the greater property industry. His role centres on partnerships, relationships and knowledge creation across all elements of property including placemaking, smart technology, design, sustainability, health, wellbeing, brand, culture, community and mobility.

Garth Fielding

Garth Fielding
Managing Director, Bisley North America

Garth has been involved in the contract furniture industry since 2001 and successfully leading our team in New York since 2013. Working from Bisley’s offices and showroom in Manhattan’s Flatiron district he continues to expand the Bisley brand across North America, working on projects in cities like New York, Washington DC, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal.

Ryan Fuller

Ryan Fuller
General Manager, Workplace Analytics, Microsoft

Twitter @RyanTFuller

Ryan Fuller was the CEO and co-founder of VoloMetrix, a leading people analytics company acquired by Microsoft in 2015. Within Microsoft, Ryan leads Workplace Analytics, a business unit focused on leveraging the power of collaboration data to inform strategic business decisions at the individual and organizational level. Ryan is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and speaker at industry events. Ryan was previously a management consultant at Bain & Company and holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management.

Chris Fussell

Chris Fussell
Partner, McChrystal Group

Chris Fussell is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where he heads up the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute. Chris is an author of the 2015 New York Times bestseller, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World. Chris was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1997, and spent the next 15 years on US Navy SEAL Teams, leading SEAL elements in combat zones around the globe. Chris was selected to serve as Aide-de-Camp to then-Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal during General McChrystal’s final year commanding the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), where they served for a year together in Iraq. He witnessed first-hand the Special Operations community’s transformation into a successful, agile network. IIn 2012, Chris left the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in order to join McChrystal Group. Chris earned a Master of Arts in Irregular Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School, receiving the Pat Tillman Award for highest peer-rated Special.

Graeme Harrison

Graeme Harrison
Executive VP of Marketing, Biamp Systems

Graeme Harrison has worked for Biamp Systems for 25 years. He first started as the company's regional manager in Europe, serving Europe as well as the Middle East, Africa, and India. He later transitioned to international sales manager, followed by vice president of international sales, and is now the executive vice president of marketing. Actively involved with TED (Technology Entertainment and Design), Graeme is also passionate about food, wine, and traveling, as well as environmentalism and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Jake Herway

Jake Herway
Workplace Subject Matter Expert, Gallup

Jake Herway is a Workplace Subject Matter Expert at Gallup. His primary area of expertise is leadership and workplace excellence, linking employee behavior to successful strategy execution and sustainable change. He consults with executives to develop programs that drive measurable business results, integrating customer purchasing insights into company culture and talent management and development strategies.

Prior to joining Gallup, Jake served as an international credit portfolio officer with a major global bank. In addition to his banking responsibilities, he led the integration process for his team during a major bank merger. Jake has also served as a human resources generalist for the capital markets business at a global financial services company. His responsibilities included consulting with global sales executives about team restructuring and managing the talent development and succession planning process.

Chris Kelly

Christopher Kelly
Co-Founder and President, Convene

Twitter @Convene  Twitter @thoughtsonbiz

Chris is the co-founder, president, and chief development officer of Convene, commercial real estate’s first “workplace-as-a-service” platform. Convene operates a network of full-service meeting and event venues and partners with the world’s largest commercial office landlords to infuse hotel-like services and amenities into commercial office buildings. Chris is an active thought leader and industry spokesperson, and has spoken at WORKTECH, Cornell Baker School of Real Estate, NYU Shack Institute of Real Estate and MIT Center for Real Estate. He has been recognized as a Top Entrepreneur by Crain’s New York Business, a finalist in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® awards and is the only person to have been twice recognized on Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs.

Phil Kirschner

Phil Kirschner
Senior Vice President, JLL

Twitter @philkirschner

Phil Kirschner is a Senior Vice President in the JLL Consulting Group, based in New York. Phil leads the Workplace Strategy practice for the northeast United States. His technology background and 13 years of experience leading and advising multidisciplinary, strategic change initiatives at a major, global financial institution brings an innovative new perspective to JLL and its clients. Phil was previously the Americas Head of Workplace Strategy at Credit Suisse. In his role, he developed and promoted global space standards, including the award-winning “Smart Working” program, which focuses on how best to use policies, space and advances in mobile technologies to address evolving workplace preferences and reduce occupancy expenses.

Andrew Lam-Po-Tang

Andrew Lam-Po-Tang
Executive Director, Business Transformation EMEA, R/GA

Twitter @andrewlpt

Andrew brings together deep experience in strategy, technology and design to help clients respond to disruption by helping them rethink and remake their business. He has led transformation initiatives for global organisations across a range of sectors including media, packaging and tourism. Recent engagements include business model transformation in live entertainment and CPG, and employer brand transformation for a global engineering business. After founding a design studio in Australia, he acquired an MBA at INSEAD and then spent more than a decade at The Boston Consulting Group in Australia and the UK, followed by global leadership roles in technology, finance and media.

Michelle Lindgren

Michelle Lindgren
Vice President, Credit Suisse

Ms. Lindgren has spent the past 13 years working in corporate real estate with a focus on developing, implementing and managing flexible and activity based work initiatives. Currently Michelle works at Credit Suisse in its Workplace Strategy and Innovation division. She is responsible for expanding and cultivating their Smart Working program in the Americas. Prior to Credit Suisse, she has worked in management consulting at Accenture in the Accenture Real Estate Strategies (ARES) division and spent time at Citibank as a Senior Program Manager for their global Citi Work Strategies and Flexible Workspace programs. She has also held positions working in space planning, office services and construction management.

Ross Love

Ross Love
Senior Partner and Managing Director, Managing Partner for New York, The Boston Consulting Group

Ross Love is a Senior Partner and Managing Director with The Boston Consulting Group and is the Managing Partner of the New York Office. In over 20 years of consulting experience he has advised senior executives and boards in the travel and tourism, retail, consumer goods, industrial goods and public sectors. Ross's areas of particular expertise are strategy, operations, supply chain effectiveness, workforce productivity, and organization. Prior to joining BCG, Ross was the Chief of Staff to the Premier of Western Australia. Ross has also been Director of Jawun – Indigenous Corporate Partnerships in Australia, and a Special Advisor to the Wunan Foundation, an Indigenous development organization in the East Kimberley.

Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny

Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny
Partner, SITU Studio

Aleksey leads the creative process and design phases for all SITU Studio projects. Recent projects include designing a 35,000 square foot modular, reconfigurable workspace for the New York offices of Google Creative Lab, as well as designing an elevated park and amenity space for a premier, new workplace development in New York City. Previous work includes the Brooklyn Museum Visitor Experience project, as well as Design Lab and Maker Space for the New York Hall of Science. For the past two years Aleksey has served as a juror for the Flatiron Public Plaza design competition sponsored by the Van Alen Institute. He has served as a guest critic at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the New York Institute of Technology, focusing on his commitment to material research and building technologies. Aleksey also sits on the career pathways and culture committees for the AIA of New York. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union.

Tom Maldrie

Tom Maldrie
Workplace Transformation Lead, Verizon

Tom’s passion is all about moving the needle in the work environment by focusing on the employee experience and enabling the business through change management and team work.

He started his career in the hospitality industry in Brussels, Belgium, where during a period of 13 years he got to know every aspect of running a hotel through operational and managerial roles.

In 2000 he joined Accenture and in the years after he assumed regional responsibilities for real estate, services and travel. During his time at Accenture, Tom became familiar with the implementation of all aspects of the real estate cycle and various concepts of flexible and open office environments.

In 2011, Tom joined Verizon and moved with his family to the US in August 2013 to transform and lead the Global Workplace strategy. To date, over 10 locations and more than 10.000 employees have adopted a new work style. "Past successes don't mean anything when the rules change - and believe me, they are changing"

Jill Marchick

Jill Marchick
Associate Vice President, Consumer Insights, Aramark

Jill Marchick pursues the art and science of decoding consumer behavior. For the past two decades, she has used her skills to achieve strategic growth and profitability goals for multinational companies in diverse global markets. Currently, she leads Consumer Insights at Aramark where she identifies consumers’ preferences, thought processes and behaviors for clients and internal teams in order to increase engagement and sales. Before joining Aramark, Jill spent more than ten years with global responsibilities at The Hershey Company and Starbucks, directing a variety of research efforts in Asia, North America, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to that experience, Jill worked for Nestlé and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group in their insights groups. Jill also worked in Marketing at the McDonald’s Corporation and has directed kids’ brand Consumer Research for Kellogg’s and Mattel. She began her career in Research & Planning at the global advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Originally from Northern California, Jill received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego. Jill enjoys travel in her free time and has visited more than 30 countries.

Melissa Marsh

Melissa Marsh
Leading Workplace Strategy & Occupant Experience at Savills Studley, Founder & Executive Director of PLASTARC

Melissa Marsh leads the Occupant Experience discipline at Savills Studley, which leverages the tools of social science and business strategy to help organizations make more informed, data-driven, and people-centric real estate decisions. Savills Studley is the nation's leading commercial real estate services firm specializing in tenant representation. Melissa is Founder and Executive Director of PLASTARC, a workplace innovation and organizational strategy firm helping clients leverage their spaces for optimal experience and performance through the power of social research and design analytics. Melissa brings her passion for the user experience of design to her work, dedicating her career to to shifting the metrics associated with workplace from 'square feet and inches' to 'occupant satisfaction and performance.

Peter Miscovich

Peter Miscovich
Managing Director, Strategy + Innovation, Jones Lang LaSalle

Twitter @peterjmiscovich

Peter Miscovich develops corporate strategies and workplace transformation solutions for global client organizations.

Peter serves on the Accenture Technology Vision Board, the CERES Presidents Advisory Board and the Board of the Regional Plan Association (RPA) – leading global organizations focused upon innovation and systems transformation.

As an executive management consultant serving Fortune 100 companies for more than 25 years Peter is recognized as a global innovation thought leader by Accenture, The Brookings Institute, CERES, Columbia University, CORENET Global, The Conference Board, The Partnership for New York City, The Urban Age Institute, The Urban Land Institute and The Woodrow Wilson Center.

As a former Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Global Advisory practice – Peter earned his Executive Credentials from the MIT Sloan Business School and his Civil Engineering Degrees from the University of Arizona.

Ben Munn

Ben Munn
Managing Director, Solution Development & Consulting, The Instant Group

Twitter @BenMunn

Ben is widely recognised as one of the leaders in flexible workspace. Ben leads the Solution Development group, focused on building strategies and propositions for customers to drive flexibility and agility into their businesses. He has spent his career advising companies on how their workspace can support the achievement of their business goals. In his role with Instant, Ben is responsible for developing the market proposition, market engagement, and advising how the Instant Group’s extensive market data is leveraged for the benefits of clients.

Rosa Riera

Rosa Riera
VP, Employer Branding and Social Innovation, Siemens

Twitter @rosariera

Rosa Riera serves as VP, Employer Branding and Social Innovation, at Siemens AG. She is currently overseeing the transformation of the Siemens employer brand. She is passionate about innovative solutions for collaboration in the workplace. Rosa believes that creating the right conditions for talent to thrive will become an ever more pressing concern for ambitious businesses. She sees herself as an HR immigrant, having started her career in communications and marketing and moving into the HR field only recently. Over the past 16 years, Rosa has worked in Siemens’ industry and healthcare segments at various locations in Germany and the United States. You can connect with Rosa via twitter @rosariera or via LinkedIn at

Diana Rhoten

Diana Rhoten
Managing Director, IDEO

Diana is an Associate Partner based in IDEO’s New York office. She works with organizations to reimagine who they are, what they do, and how they do it. Drawn to big challenges and opportunities, she actively helps IDEO and its clients effect change at scale through the design of new offers, ventures, and partnerships.

Diana has worked in and across business, government, and philanthropy, exploring the potential for organizations to innovate with both social and economic impact. Toward this end, she has helped R&D labs discover the power of interdisciplinary collaboration to generate breakthrough solutions in sustainability. She has helped catalyze new education markets by creating partnerships to accelerate startups building digital learning solutions as well as networks to support schools and non-profits seeking to adopt them. She has also designed and launched new entities within large-scale organizations as diverse as corporations like News Corp and government agencies such as the National Science Foundation.

Today, Diana is thinking hard about questions like: What are the shifting roles of business, government, and philanthropy in society? How can brands create new offers and experiences that inspire broader societal change? How might we human-scale actions into design purpose-driven movements that drive large-scale change? How do we as designers lead this kind of change through tangible prototypes of what the future could be?

Diana is a board member and advisor to several upstarts. Outside the office, she can be found chasing her Great Dane in the park, the fresh powder on the slopes, and her perennial dream to return to South America and Southern Africa.

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.

Shabih Syed

Shabih Syed
Director of Emerging Digital Experiences, SME, Prysp

Shabih Syed is a seasoned software executive with 11+ years of experience in defining the strategic vision and road-map of enterprise software products and in driving go-to-market execution by leading cross-functional teams in engineering, sales, support and services.

John Smart

John Smart “Smarty"
Program Director, IBM Watson IoT, Cognitive Retail & Workplace Solutions

Smarty is known for helping clients drive costs out of their real estate portfolio while helping them create an engaging experience for the people that use the buildings. He is an industry thought leader in workplace strategies.

Smarty leads the global strategy and direction for retail and workplace IoT offerings in the IBM Watson IoT business unit. He serves clients by defining market strategies, creating innovative offerings, growing delivery capabilities, and helping them drive operational performance goals.

Smarty has 25+ years’ experience in the real estate industry covering all industry segments. He previously served as Chief Strategist for IBM’s Smarter Workplace solution, TRIRIGA. In the past, he was the Executive Vice President for Peregrine Systems where he led complex global transformational projeccts. He is a trusted advisor to the clients he serves.

Gerard Taylor

Gerard Taylor
Creative Director, Orangebox

Gerard Taylor studied product design at the Glasgow School of Art and industrial design at the Royal College of Art, London, where he received a Masters. Following graduation, Taylor was hired by the influential and pre-eminent Italian designer, Ettore Sottsass, and joined his design studio in Milan. Becoming a partner he worked with many renowned brands internationally, including Knoll, Artemide, Fiorucci, Espirit and Phillips.

Gerard designs premium residential projects, mostly in London for private clients, ranging from substantial properties in Notting Hill to Bankside penthouse apartments, to Mews houses in Belgravia. In addition to his retail and residential work, Gerard has also specialised in contemporary workspace design and over a twenty-five-year period has undertook major office furniture projects for Knoll, Steelcase, Bernhardt, Sony and the Skandinavisk group.

Recently he has collaborated closely with the Irish Designer Orla Kiely to develop her brand, developing retail projects on a global scale with stores in London, New York, Hong Kong and throughout the Far East.

Clive Wilkinson

Clive Wilkinson
President & Design Director, Clive Wilkinson Architects

Clive Wilkinson FAIA RIBA IIDA, is an architect and strategist working at the intersection of urban design, architecture and interior design. His large-scale projects for Disney, Google, Macquarie Bank, FIDM, Microsoft and Nokia have established new paradigms for building creative and educational communities. While innovative in its architecture, his design process is primarily focused on the social agenda of buildings. Clive was inducted into the Interior Design ‘Hall of Fame’ in 2005, nominated as a ‘Master of Design’ by Fast Company in 2006, and won the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design in 2012. With over 120 design awards to its credit, Clive Wilkinson Architects is an acknowledged global leader in workplace design.

Kristi Woolsey

Kristi Woolsey
Practice Lead for Creative Environments, MAYA

Twitter @kristiwoolsey

Kristi Woolsey is the Practice Lead for Creative Environments at MAYA, a design and technology innovation consultancy. She is well known as a behavioral strategist specializing in the impact that the physical, digital, and cultural environment has on human behavior. Kristi began as a researcher focused on the influence physical environments have on behavior. She left academia to found Woolsey Studio, providing Architecture, Interiors, FF&E and construction services. She then combined her interest in business, organizational psychology, and physical place to move into management consulting and most recently has been inventing around digital/physical space integration. Download her e-book on culture and space here or find more at

Amit Vaidya

Amit Vaidya
Head - Markets & Strategic Customer Programs, EdgeVerve Systems Limited

Twitter @_am_it



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