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Marina Simakova

A qualitative researcher and semiotician, Marina is interested in contemporary Russian culture’s myths and metaphors, She is completing a PhD on the ethical dimension of the language & semiotics of otherness. Inspired by Plato's dialogues and Beckett's plays, Marina dreams of transforming the focus group into a new genre of sociological theatre. By getting rid of the one-way mirror she aims to kill three birds with one stone, achieving the goals of aesthetic pleasure, consumer knowledge and transparency.

Moscow, Russia

Marc Dimitrov

Marc Dimitrov is an insight development expert with a particular interest in semiotics, cultural theory and social anthropology. He honed his cross-cultural skills through extensive experience in international research for brands of note. Having lead multiple global projects, primarily in consumer healthcare, Marc’s experience combines category understanding, brand positioning and comms development. Originally from the land of roses (Bulgaria), Marc now lives in Manchester, UK and works for award-winning consumer insight agency Join the Dots.

Manchester, UK

Ramona Lyons

A freelance semiotician and cultural insights expert in San Francisco, Ramona has pinpointed key language and imagery, crafted brand strategy and inspired innovation for established brands in the consumer packaged goods, apparel, technology, spirits and beverages, beauty, healthcare and food categories. Ramona has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, with a focus on cultural studies and visual communication. Earlier in her career, she worked as a producer for television, and spent almost ten years as researcher, advertising and brand strategist for a global corporation.

San Francisco, US