Speakers and Panelists

The Making London lineup features 20+ influential design, community and storytelling experts.

Julius is a 22 year old South-East Londoner native who loves music and Manchester United (a bit too much). Which has fortunately had an amazing impact on his career, as he has been able to work with brands such as Adidas sport and elevate within his career. Julius has 6 years experience in this adventurous world we all know as Branding & Marketing, a DIY go getter with a love for sport and fashion .


Producer at Adidas GLITCH and Co-Founder of MG Clothing

Lauren Bowker is founder of THE UNSEEN, an innovation, product, development and technology licensing company comprising of talent across design, science and technology. She is also Science editor at Large for DAZED digital, visiting lecturer at the RCA and Winner of the WGSN innovation futures award. HClub100 list 2015 and 2017, The British Fashion Council and Innovate UK winner of digital innovation in fashion, Fast Companies most wanted creative in business and one of Creative Reviews top 50 creative’s in industry. For world environment day June 2017 Lauren was invited to the UN Embassy in Washington DC to present at the global climate change summit. STEM ambassador, Lauren also sits on the Board for the European Council for the Internet of Things.


Founder of The Unseen and Science Editor at Large for DAZED

Ash Atalla is one of the UK’s best known comedy producers.  Most famous for producing the hugely successful comedy series’ The Office and the IT Crowd. He founded Roughcut with Tim Sealey in 2007.


Producer of The Office and IT Crowd

Olivia started out when she set up a record label on her year out from uni, a passion for business led Olivia to complete internships at BBH and Google before landing at Grey London and now fulfilling her current Account Manager role at VICE media: she's worked across campaigns for Panasonic, Beats by Dre, Bose, Jacob's and adidas. Olivia also runs Madland Hack on Facebook to support BAME marketeers already working in the industry reach their full potential and has recently started Dish, a podcast aiming to elevate the voices of British creatives.


Marketing specialist at Vice Media and Founder of Madland Hack

Andre Le Masurier is currently Executive Creative Director overseeing Google Brand Studio, EMEA. Previously he was CD at 72andSunny LA leading the work on Google Chrome, Chromebook, Chromecast, Made with Code and the Star Wars partnership campaign. He has 14+ years of global brand experience, creating award-winning campaigns in traditional and digital channels across the globe. Before 72andSunny, Andre was Group Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi LA working on Toyota and previous to that AKQA San Francisco where he lead the Nike account.


Group Creative Director at Google Brand Studio

Scarlett Montanaro is a Creative at 18 Feet and Rising, the first agency in the UK to be awarded B Corp status. Beyond the walls of the agency, she co-founded the social enterprise CRACK + CIDER, a shop that allows the public to buy essential items for the homeless which has since launched in London, New York and San Francisco. She's also a guest lecturer at University of the Arts London on the subject of Creativity for Good and blogs for The Huffington Post on topics including entrepreneurialism, homelessness and diversity in the advertising industry.


Creative at 18 Feet & Rising and Co-Founder of CRACK + CIDER

 Paula Akpan is the co-founder of the 'I'm Tired' Project, an award-winning photography campaign and international workshop programme, and is one of the founding directors of Black Girl Festival, the UK's first arts and & cultural festival celebrating black women and girls. She is also the social media editor at gal-dem, an online and print magazine comprised entirely of women of colour.

Paula Akpan is the co-founder of the 'I'm Tired' Project, an award-winning photography campaign and international workshop programme, and is one of the founding directors of Black Girl Festival, the UK's first arts and & cultural festival celebrating black women and girls. She is also the social media editor at gal-dem, an online and print magazine comprised entirely of women of colour.


Co-Founder of Black Girls Fest and Social Media for gal-dem

Charlie Craggs is an activist working to reduce transphobia by offering members of the public a free manicure and the chance to sit down and talk freely and openly about trans issues. Charlie founded Nail Transphobia in 2013. Since then, she has been setting up pop-up salons in different museums, galleries, and festivals around the world including the V&A, Science Museum and Somerset House and does nail art for free. The goal is to give the public a chance to sit down face-to-face with a trans person — something that most people haven’t had the opportunity to do.


Trans activist and founder of Nail Transphobia


Charnice Blaize is the founder of Blazed UK, an online platform that showcases and celebrates UK Urban Culture and creatives. Graduating from Birmingham City University in 2017, she now works full time at ASOS and full time running her own company. Charnice was the winner of the ASOS Future Talent Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2017, Shortlisted for the Natwest Young Entrepreneurs Award and is excited for what the opportunities await her in the near future.


Cultural Marketing at ASOS and Founder of Blazed UK

Chris Mandle is Entertainment Director at Shortlist magazine, where he manages and plans all film, TV and culture content across the magazine and edits the magazine’s Screen section. Prior to that he was Features Editor. He writes several of the magazine’s cover profiles (Jeff Goldblum, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aziz Ansari, Timothee Chalamet) and has previously contributed to a number of titles including Vice, Esquire, Time Out, The Independent and NME.


Entertainment Director at Shortlist Magazine

As a product strategist at Facebook / Instagram, Niran Vinod works with the product and engineering teams to build creative tools for small to medium-sized businesses. In my previous role here, I spent two years working with fashion, apparel and luxury brands and agencies to help them maximize the creative potential of the platform. Bringing together photography, design and technology for brands is nothing new for Niran as he has bridged the worlds of commerce, content and community for nearly 10 years. Niran began his career on the community and publisher side with Soccer-Art and OleOle before moving agency side with We Are Social, then Independents United and AKQA, which brought him full circle back to football with Nike.


Product Strategist at Instagram

Roman born, London educated Andrea Moccia has been combining considerable business flair with a passion for the arts since graduating just five short years ago. As a senior Producer for Secret Cinema, the immersive screening pioneers, he has produced a series of unparalleled experiential events. For the ‘Secret Cinema Presents’ strand he has produced events recreating the iconic worlds of Kubrick’s ‘Dr Strangelove’, Danny Boyles ’28 Days Later ’, Baz Lurhmans’s ’Moulin Rouge and most recently an exhilarating production of Ridley Scott’s ‘Blade Runner’ which sees a disused London warehouse transformed into dystopian future Los Angeles.

A pivotal player in Secret Cinema’s educational engagement initiative Secret Youth, Andrea has facilitated workshops for schools & colleges across London. Additional outreach programmes have included film screenings in the Calais jungle and for numerous national charities including Mind UK and the Refugee Council. In the run up to the 2017 General Election Andrea co-hosted Secret Youth’s dynamic screening of Ken Loach’s ‘I, Daniel Blake’; with the director himself, uniting fellow creative such as Paul Smith, Goldie and grime artist Novelist to encourage and engender the youth vote in the UK.


Producer at Secret Cinema

Scott Cohen is the founder of digital distribution pioneer The Orchard.  The Orchard is the world’s leading distributor of music, film and video with operations in 30 global territories. 

In early 2016, Scott Cohen co-founded the Cyborg Nest with Liviu Babitz.  The Cyborg Nest intelligently designs new senses.  The first sense developed, called the North Sense, provides the sense of the electromagnetic field of the planet.

On December 14, 2016, Cohen and Babitz became the first people to permanently attach the North Sense by inserting two titanium rods in their chests and attaching a circuit board with over 200 components.
Scott is a human rights activist and strict vegan.  No meat, fish, cheese, milk, honey, leather, wool or anything else derived from an animal.


Co-Founder at Cyborg Nest and The Orchard

Sarah Corbett is an award-winning campaigner. She grew up in a low-income area of the UK into an activist family and has worked as a professional campaigner for a decade most recently with Oxfam GB. She set up the global and award-winning Craftivist Collective in 2009 providing products and services to do craftivism using her ‘gentle protest’ approach. She works with arts institutions, the charity sector, academic as well as unexpected collaborations such as with organisations Tatty Devine & Secret Cinema and regularly gives talks around the world. Her book “A Little Book of Craftivism’” was released October 2013 and is on it’s second print run. Her book “How To Be A Craftivist: the art of gentle protest” is out October 2017.


 Founder of Craftivist Collective

Daniela Paredes Fuentes is the co-founder of Gravity Sketch, an industry leading immersive 3D design software that allows designers to disrupt and augment their design workflow. It is currently being used by Tier 1 corporations in the automotive, entertainment and apparel sectors. Prior to founding Gravity Sketch she graduated from The Royal College of Art and Imperial College London with a masters in Innovation Design Engineering and worked designing future tech experiences at Jaguar Land Rover. She is a multidisciplinary character that combines two passion driven paths. As an innovation designer, she bridges science, engineering, and design. As an entrepreneur, she pushes to build wild ideas into successful realities.


Co-founder of Gravity Sketch

Born and raised in West London, photography duo Amit Amin and Naroop Jhooti came together in 2003, when a mutual friend who was a musician, needed a press photo shoot done. The chemistry was instant and they decided to team up as creative partners.

The duo continued working within the music industry, developing their own distinct, intense visual style and honing their craft. They quickly built a name for themselves and began to get commissions from clients outside of the music industry.

Over the last fourteen years, their work has expanded to embrace advertising and portraiture, all interpreted with their characteristic passion and style. Their large and diverse portfolio of work includes iconic portraits of celebrities such as Miles Teller, Riz Ahmed, Tinie Tempah, Dynamo Magician, Ricky Gervais, along with advertising campaigns for the likes of Barclays, MTV, Samsung and Huawei.

Their book Turbans and Tales, based on their internationally acclaimed Sikh Project, is being released in 2018 through Unbound/Penguin Random House.


London based photography duo

Adah Parris is a futurist, consultant, public speaker and coach with over 20 years experience. She is also the   Futurist for The Friday Club London, a monthly invite- only mentoring event that brings together the cream of London’s advertising and marketing innovators and decision-makers with some of the UK’s hottest technology start-ups. Clients have included Oath, Sainsbury’s, Innovate Finance, M&C Saatchi PR, The British Council, The EU Council and The British Film Institute (BFI).


 Futurist at The Friday Club London

Ben Alun-Jones is co-founder of Unmade.

The Unmade platform gives brands the ability to sell and manufacture customisable products. Unmade is a complete solution that enables the world’s most innovative brands to create unique customisation experiences at an industrial scale.

Once consumers have created their unique item, Unmade handles all steps from online orders to factory floor in your existing factories. Unmade generates every file you need to manufacture, pack and ship bespoke orders. This means that individual and short run orders can be at the same cost and speed as mass-produced items.

Unmade has been recognised with a host of awards across fashion, design and technology. Their work also features in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum as key examples of a sustainable fashion industry.


Co-founder of Unmade

Ibrahim is a 24-year-old digital entrepreneur and co-founder of GUAP, which has grown from the world’s first video magazine to becoming one of the UK’s leading platforms for accessing & profiling creative youth. GUAP has now expanded into an events, production and most recently “NETWRK by GUAP” - a youth co-creation agency.

In the last few years, he has become an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and investor. He has also been honoured as a “Digital Pioneer” by The Mayor Of London for his work in entrepreneurship in digital media. Along with this he also a video director & artist manager.


Co-founder of worlds first video magazine GUAP magazine

Justin Gignac is the co-founder of Working Not Working, a curated, global platform connecting the world’s best creative talent with the most innovative companies. Apple, Google, Droga5, Wieden+Kennedy, Airbnb, Facebook, and thousands of other companies are now using Working Not Working to staff their creative teams with freelance and full-time talent.

Prior to Working Not Working, Justin was an award-winning Art Director and Creative Director at ad agencies around the United States. Perhaps he’s best known for helping create the original ElfYourself.com and unexpectedly unleashing the world’s elf fetish, with over 1.5 billion elves created since it’s inception in 2006. He also has gained notoriety for his various art projects, including NYC Garbage, Wants for Sale and Needs for Sale.

Justin was named one of the 50 Most Creative People of 2015 by AdAge Magazine and Class Dancer by the Norwich Free Academy Class of ’98. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his pet ping pong table.


Co-founder of Working Not Working

Adam Stark is a musician and computer scientist based in London. He is the managing director of MI.MU - an organisation dedicated to placing human expression at the heart of music technology. MI.MU have created the MI.MU Gloves, a wearable music controller that allows you to control music using your hand movements. The MI.MU Gloves were created with and for musician Imogen Heap, and are being used by a community of early adopters worldwide.

Prior to MI.MU, Adam wrote his PhD at Queen Mary University of London on machine learning in live music performances, and continued to work in this area as an academic researcher. His work with music and technology has led to him exhibiting a number of interactive installations at venues including the Roundhouse and National Portrait Gallery. A keen musician, he can often be found performing with his band Rumour Cubes.


Managing Director of MI.MU

Florence Adepoju is founder of MDMflow, a premium beauty lifestyle brand that encourages women to confidently express themselves through colour. The make-up line launched with handmade lipsticks using the latest colour technology. MDMflow is a contemporary brand that is catered to the 21st century downtown girl. 


Founder of MDMflow

Rafe Offer brings extensive experience to Sofar having led and consulted for marketing, product development and innovation teams at major global brands including Walt Disney Company, Coca-Cola, Microsoft and UK-based spirits company Diageo. In working across divisions at companies from startup to enterprise, Rafe mastered the ability to develop the strategic vision in order to create a brand experience that resonates with consumers at every touch point. He applies this keen understanding to Sofar where he is reimagining the live event experience. Since launching Sofar in 2009, Rafe has combined his business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit to effectively scale Sofar from a grassroots movement to a global community that is in more than 350 cities worldwide.


Founder and CEO and Sofar Sounds

Naomi Grant is a writer, filmmaker, content creator and freelance journalist. She has been nominated for a Positive Youth Award for upcoming filmmaker, and Positive Role Model award at the National Diversity Awards. Her debut documentary was released in February 2017: 50 Shades of Melanin and has been aired on Community Channel TV, with an audience of over a million people. With her recent film release, Future First, she has toured around the UK premiering her film at different festivals and speaking as a panellists at many events. Naomi has worked with companies creating content and marketing strategies to build their brand. She has also built her own brand, LAMBB where she creates and curates inspiring content. Her work  has been featured on The Metro, Yahoo, Dazed, Afropunk, gal-dem, Un-ruly, The Voice, The British Blacklist and Worldstar. Her favourite quote is “there is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”


Writer, Filmmaker and Founder of LAMBB


Fran Newman-Young is the Lead Producer and Brand Partnership Manager for London’s Daybreaker which encourages people to embrace the break of dawn, dance their faces off in a healthy, alcohol-free environment.

Fran has a background in music marketing and events, previously working at Song ATV EMI Music Publishing and moving on to set up her own freelance marketing and events company.


Producer Daybreaker London

Jyoty Singh is the Brand Partnerships Manager at Mixcloud, a Rinse FM DJ and Co-founder of The Move magazine. Coming up in her native Amsterdam's music scene, Jyoty bounced over to London in 2012 hustling working night club doors up to presenting Boiler Room's across the globe and her weekly Rinse FM specialist show where she has hosted the likes of The Pharcyde, Cardi B, Post Malone and Omar. Having joined the Mixcloud family as a brand partnerships manager whilst simultaneously working on a project with British Council to make the Indian nightlife scene and music industry safer and more accessible for women, and teaching dj workshops for young British Asian females at the Southbank Centre, it's safe to say that Jyoty lives and breathes the music industry, 24/7.


Brand Partnerships Manager at Mixcloud/DJ Rinse FM


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