Ryan Hu grew up in Shanghai, graduated in Comprehensive Design then worked for international advertising agencies experiencing how world-class creativity works in the commercial realm. Instead of staying in his comfort zone, he shifted his study focus and spent 2014 studying on the MA in Design Futures & Metadesign at Goldsmiths, University London. Using radical and reflective methodological approaches to design and writing, Ryan engages with changing cultures and collaborative design practice. Personal website: www.tobehvh.com
Dimitar has an MA in Business Administration and wrote his dissertation on brand positioning. He is now a PhD student at the New Bulgarian University (NBU) in Sofia, focusing on semiotic tools for research into markets, brands and cultural trend. After working in marketing with various companies Dimitar now teaches marketing and branding, working in the Socio-Semiotic Laboratory at NBU which studies brand awareness, positioning, commercial communication and local consumer behavior.
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.