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Hamsini Shivakumar

Director of Leapfrog Strategy Consulting, Hamsini Shivakumar is an accomplished brand strategist, researcher and communications thinker with over two decades of experience. Loves studying human nature, with its myriad nuances and contradictions. Has a particular interest in developing new frameworks for addressing classic and new age branding issues. Published a WPP-Atticus award winning paper on global branding. Is a regular contributor to international and local publications.

New Delhi, India

Dimitar Trendafilov

Dimitar has an MA in Business Administration and wrote his dissertation on brand positioning. He is now a PhD student at the New Bulgarian University (NBU) in Sofia, focusing on semiotic tools for research into markets, brands and cultural trend. After working in marketing with various companies Dimitar now teaches marketing and branding, working in the Socio-Semiotic Laboratory at NBU which studies brand awareness, positioning, commercial communication and local consumer behavior.

Sofia, Bulgaria

Jo Peters

Jo Peters is a Planning Director at media agency, Carat, in London where she works on campaigns for international clients including adidas, Swatch and Philips. Jo has worked with media and brands for 20 years. Her career highlights include commissioning her filmmaking heroes to work for Sony, organizing a world tour of clubs with Levi’s and i-D magazine and, as The Scout at WPP’s Mindshare, running an international community identifying emerging cultural trends.

Brighton, UK