Rob is Director of Cultural Insights at Fiftyfive5, a research consultancy based in Sydney. After completing a vaccinology PhD at Oxford uni, Rob transitioned to branding and strategy in London. His research has swept him from the living rooms of middle England to the wild spaces of sunburnt country. Wielding a semiotic scalpel, he’s unravelled the fabric of consumer, culture and brand, unlocking growth strategies for a cupboard full of household names. On his days off, he draws mermaids with his daughter and makes Jamie’s 15 minute meals in 150 minutes.
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.
Seema Khanwalkar is an academic semiotician and a semiotic consultant in India. She enjoys interpreting contemporary shifts in Indian society and culture as they relate to food, urban living, advertising, films arts, architecture etc. - focusing on the semiotics of the contemporary traditions in India, contemporary art as narrative spaces and semiotics of architectural art, a continued interest since her doctoral research. She heads a one of its kind Master's program in Arts Journalism at CEPT University, in India.