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Kourosh Newman-Zand

Kourosh is a graduate cultural analyst for Space Doctors. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick focusing on aesthetic theory. Fascinated by the emergent digital landscapes, music and literature, he's committed to translating his passions and research into brand strategy. He draws inspiration from his British grandfather who travelled to Iran in the 1960s to build roads and his Iranian grandfather who resisted the Shah in 1979.

Brighton, UK

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

Matthew Campanella

Matthew Campanella is a bohemian, writer and educator and living in northern Italy. He recently settled down long enough to complete a Master's in Semiotics from the University of Tartu, specializing in tourism and the cognition of place. Matthew hopes to expand his academic interests into other fields, notably the Semiotics of genre fiction. He is currently a teacher in Udine.

Udine, Italy