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Opal Cerdan

Author, critic, on the faculty of Tourism & Women's Studies at the Welsh campus of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Benllech, Anglesey. One of Opal's main areas of research is cross-dressing and subjectivity in Welsh political activism, with special reference to the Rebecca Riots of the 1830s and 1840s. She is also a postmodern cake designer creating fantastic icing sculptures with alcoves wherein may be displayed actual cake. Much acclaimed & decorated internationally, with awards for her work at the interface of patisserie, cultural insight & cyborg theory.

Benllech, Anglesey, UK

Paul Cobley

Paul Cobley is the author of a number of books, including Introducing Semiotics (illus. by Litza Jansz), the Routledge Companion to Semiotics (Routledge, 2009), and Realism for the 21st Century: A John Deely Reader (University of Scranton Press, 2009). He co-edits two journals, Subject Matters and Social Semiotics, and is associate editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing. He is the co-series editor (with Kalevi Kull) of Semiotics, Communication and Cognition (Mouton de Gruyter).

London, UK

Habiba Allarakia

Habiba Allarakia has worked since the early 1990s in business and marketing research across diverse markets and categories, with 6 years in Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East and over a decade in the Arabian Peninsula. Habiba was the first woman to work at Procter & Gamble Saudi Arabia, where she set up the now flourishing women’s office. Her key areas of expertise are strategy & initiative development, building brands & portfolios, consumer insight and market understanding. Habiba loves reading, the sea, travelling and discovery.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia