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Rob Engels

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.

Sydney, Australia

Emma Shevah

Emma Shevah is half-Irish and half-Thai and grew up in London. She has a BA in English and Philosophy and an MA with Distinction in Creative and Professional Writing. She is an author and speaker, teaches language and literature, and co-hosts the literary club at NYU London. Her debut novel, DREAM ON, AMBER, was published in March 2014 and she recently featured on 'Inheritance Books' on Radio 4 Extra. Emma is currently teaching and working on her next novel.

London, UK

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