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Sandra Mardin

Sandra is a British Macedonian apprentice in the field of semiotics and cultural insight, fascinated with decoding communication, cultural innovation, identities and intercultural misunderstandings. She has so far completed a dissertation on theatrical performances of Shakespeare in Japan; researched the role of culture in English language teaching and conducted contrastive analysis of the English and Macedonian media discourse. After working for almost a decade in Skopje’s independent alternative radio station Kanal 103 and singing in several indie-pop bands, she moved to the UK where she continues to blog about music, contemporary design, innovation and cultural trends in her tumblr blog Lofidelica.

London, United Kingdom

Kathryn Borel

Kathryn was born in 1979 in Toronto, the daughter of a hotelier. She has worked as a writer & broadcaster for a decade. She was founding producer of top-rated CBC national radio program Q. Her print journalism has appeared in the Guardian UK, the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post, the Walrus, Salon.com and Nerve.com, among others. Kathryn's first book, Corked, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour Writing, Canada's top humour writing prize. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and her existential dread.

Toronto, Canada

Ajitesh Ghose

Ajitesh Ghose was born in 1987 in Vienna, Austria. He received his BSc(Hons) in Psychology from Royal Holloway, University of London and his MA in Cognitive Semiotics from Aarhus University (AU) in Denmark. During his studies he specialised in Neuroeconomics and Quantitative Semiotics. He has research experience in applied semiotics, visual semiotics, computational semiotics, and cognitive semiotics. As part of this he used eye-tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). He now works as a Research Analyst with Harris Interactive.

London, UK