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.
Jo Peters is a Planning Director at media agency, Carat, in London where she works on campaigns for international clients including adidas, Swatch and Philips. Jo has worked with media and brands for 20 years. Her career highlights include commissioning her filmmaking heroes to work for Sony, organizing a world tour of clubs with Levi’s and i-D magazine and, as The Scout at WPP’s Mindshare, running an international community identifying emerging cultural trends.
Seema Khanwalkar is an academic semiotician and a semiotic consultant in India. She enjoys interpreting contemporary shifts in Indian society and culture as they relate to food, urban living, advertising, films arts, architecture etc. - focusing on the semiotics of the contemporary traditions in India, contemporary art as narrative spaces and semiotics of architectural art, a continued interest since her doctoral research. She heads a one of its kind Master's program in Arts Journalism at CEPT University, in India.