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
Albena Todorova is currently at the New Bulgarian University in Sofia where an innovative semiotics offer includes courses on advertising & consumer culture. In 2009 she wrote a dissertation on Edgar Allan Poe in popular culture. Albena is now doing PhD research on Poe mythology & symbolism globally from Baudelaire through to Japanese mystery writer Edogawa Rampo, 60s horror movies, Lou Reed, Antony Hegarty, contemporary emo, manga & gaming subcultures and online interest groups.
Noël is a facilitator and strategic marketer working in both the corporate and not-for-profit worlds. She is a keen follower of cultural change and its impact on how we express ideas and build meaningful relationships. Noël is the Director of her own consultancy, Luminous (www.luminous-ltd.com), serves as a Board Director of The Walden School, and is Co-Founder of Candied Thinking (http://candiedthinking.blogspot.com/), a network of sweet-natured, serious-minded people whose aim is to improve our society through better conversations.