Sophie is a French semiotician and cultural analyst based in London. She studied semiotics and critical theory during her M Res in France and she holds a M Lit in Managing in the Creative Industries from the University of St Andrews in UK. Sophie is curious to understand the dialogue between brands, people, and culture in order to help sharpen strategy and drive innovative thinking.
Jeff Thompson is a nonverbal communication specialist and is currently conducting research on nonverbal communication towards a PhD at Griffith University Law School. Jeff is also a New York City Police Department (NYPD) detective as well as an internationally certified mediator. Read more on Jeff’s research at www.NonverbalPhD.com and his mediation work at www.EnjoyMediation.com. Additionally, you can follow him on twitter: @NonverbalPhD.
Alison Bancroft was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and has lived in London and Paris. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen Mary, University of London, and has taught at the University of London, the University of the Arts, and the Sorbonne. She transitioned out of academic life in 2011 and is now a culture analyst, strategist and forecaster. Her work is multidisciplinary and covers fashion, beauty, lifestyle and design, and she is also a specialist in gender and culture. She writes for various consumer and business websites and speaks regularly at public lectures and commercial presentations and briefings. Her first book, Fashion and Psychoanalysis, was published in 2012.