ALEX HILLMAN, INDY HALL, PHILADEPHIA (US)
Alex Hillman is the founder of IndyHall, Philadephia, and one of the main figures of the coworking movement globally. Besides IndyHall, Alex Hillman is involved in various IT project. Alex Hillman preferred to find his “tribe” of linkeminded innovative entrepreneurs in his living city of Philadelphia instead of moving to the Silicon Valley, as so many developers do. Coworking helped him to achieve that goal and to build communities locally.
ERIC VAN DEN BROEK, MUTINERIE PARIS (FRANCE)
Eric Van den Broek graduated from ESCP Europe and spent a year in London and a year and a half in Berlin working in the online industry before flying back to France to start a coworking space in Paris: Mutinerie. Mutinerie’s blog has attracted a large audience and focuses on understanding the sociological shifts behind the coworking movement.
JUHO HYYTIAINEN, AALTO UNIVERSITY VENTURE GARAGE (FINLAND)
Juho Hyytiäinen is running the Aalto Venture Garage operations (coworking space and seed accelerator). Between numerous meetings, pitching events and seed accelerator development sessions.
LIU YAN, XINDANWEI COWORKING SPACE, SHANGHAI (CHINA)
Liu Yan is the CEO and event curator of Xindanwei Coworking Space, in Shanghai, one of the first coworking space operating in China. Since 2004, Liu Yan has been advocating cross-culture and inter-disciplinary connection and collaboration between Europe and China through events like PICNIC and Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF).
Ronald Van den Hoff, Seats2Meet, Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Ronald van den Hoff is the co-owner of CDEF Holding BV, which operates the coworking and meeting centres Seats2meet.com as well as the virtual collaboration eco-system Mindz.com, the internet communication company Cyberdigma BV and the meeting- and congres centers Meeting Plaza’s. Ronald studied in The Hague and is an entrepreneur since 1985. Before, he held positions in the international travel trade- and hospitality Industry.
ANNA KLEMENTZ, LOFFICE, BUDAPEST (HUNGARY)
Anna Klementz is one of the co-founders of Loffice, in Budapest. Operating in both financial management and art curator for Loffice art and design. Her strong belief is that a sustainable workspace needs to be environmentally friendly, healthy and inspiring. Inspiration comes from art and design which should be part of every workspace. Anna initiated the Bring the Art Home project.
CAROLYN OCKELS & STEVE KING, EMERGENT RESEARCH, SAN FRANCISCO (US)
Carolyn Ockels’ current research and consulting is focused on economic decentralization, the growth of small business and Gen Y. Prior to Emergent Research, Carolyn managed Cambridge Energy Research’s (CERA) Asian energy consulting business and led market research in Japan. Steve King current research and consulting is focused on economic decentralization, the growth of small business and the future of work and workplaces. Steve has served as vice president of Corporate Marketing for Macromedia, vice president and general manager of Asia Pacific for Lotus Development Corporation and has been the interim CEO, CMO or head of business development for 6 start-ups.
JOEL DULLROY, Deskwanted (Germany)
Joel is a journalist, event organizer and co-founder of Deskwanted.com, a global portal for collaborative workspace. After working as a journalist for ten years in Australia, Estonia and Germany, Joel joined with Carsten Förtsch to launch Deskwanted. In September 2011 Joel coordinated Social Media Week Berlin, a large public conference about the impact of social media on society, politics and business.
ALEXANDRE KHAN, MARIANNE WEHBE, COCOATHENS (GREECE)
Alexandre Z. Khan and Marianne Wehbe are the coordinator of CocoAthens. CoCoAthens is collaborative work platform and coworking space supporting the development of social, cultural, artistic and environmental projects in Athens. Alexandre Z. Khan studied statistics and economics in Paris. He has been active in various R&D, media and artistic projects. Marianne Wehbe studied Psychology in France and Spain. Marianne is interested in the important and necessary impact that could have the project on the current Greek society, as innovative idea ” to work together and share values “, supporting the dimensions of artistic and social creativity, mutual aid, solidarity, productivity,…
RICHARD LEYLAND, WORKSNUG (UK)
Richard Leyland (@leylandrichard) is the founder of WorkSnug and an expert commentator on workplace technology trends. He has particular expertise in the expectations and technology use of the next generation and how technology, design and architecture can be harnessed to provide workspaces conducive to work in the 21st Century.
SÉBASTIEN ARBOGAST, KODESK (FRANCE, BELGIUM)
Sébastien Arbogast graduated from de INSA Rennes with a Computer Science Master. When he went freelance in January 2010, his obsession for decentralization and peer-to-peerization of everything grew stronger. Today, Sébastien is the technical architect and product developer behind Kodesk. As a strong believer in agile methodologies and Lean Startup principles.
ANNI ROOLF, COWORKING WUPPERTAL (GERMANY)
Anni Roolf is an MBA / project manager, innovation consultant, designer. Anni organised the first European Jelly Week and the first Coworking Germany Barcamp. In 2005, Anni wrote the coLabor-Manifesto. Besides, Anni is the co-founder of the Forum for Business Design and Creative Leadership. Anni is convinced that the coworking movement is still in it’s primary stage.
MICHEL BACHMANN, THE HUB ZURICH (SWITSERLAND)
Michel Bachmann is co-founder of the Hub Zürich and serves as co-director on the management team of the global Hub network. Besides, he is doing a PhD at the University of St.Gallen on social entrepreneurship based on actor-network theory. Michel is passionate about developing new models for social innovation and believes in the power of collaborative action for sustainable impact.
CARSTEN FOERTSCH, DESKMAG (Germany)
Manuel Zea Barral. Is an architect, founder of 2arquitectos in 2006. In 2007 founded one of the first coworking spaces in Spain: WorkingSpace. In 2010 he founded the directory Coworkingspain.es, and now is working to link all the spaces and creating a Spanish co-community.
OLIVER MARLOW, STUDIO TILT, CO-CREATION DESIGN (UK)
Oliver Marlow is an interdisciplinary designer. As Head of Design at the Hub, he collaborated on over 20 Hubs all over the world. He has lectured and led co-design workshops all over the world, recently in Sao Paulo and Zurich. A strong interest in social agency and change has led him to use these many forms of expression, each imbued with particular structures and approaches. Believing strongly in the transformative power of art and design he sees the work of TILT as a cumulation of his many practices.
CATHERINE FEKRANE, TVT INNOVATION, TOULON (FRANCE)
Catherine Fekrane is the “prospective numeric & economic intelligence” project Head manager at Toulon Var Technologies (TVT), the public innovation and development agency of the Toulon region, in southern France. TVT is running two innovation incubators. In 2010, the organisatin opened a coworking space within its walls, which is now part of the French La Cantine network. Catherine os also active in the clustering activities of TVT.
MAZEN HELMY, THE EGYPT DISTRICT PROJECT, CAIRO (EGYPT)
Mazen Helmy (@District_Egy) was born and raised in Egypt. Graduated from Cairo university with a bachelor degree in civil engineering, minoring in environmental and sanitary projects. He is the initiator of the “District Egypt” project. The District is designed to be an on-ground space in the heart of Cairo for young business owners, (social) entrepreneurs and freelancers where they can meet, work, collaborate and co-create.
MASSIMO CARRARO, COWO NETWORK (ITALY)
Massimo Carraro is the founder of the Cowo network, the biggest network of coworking spaces in Italy, with more than 50 affiliated. The Cowo network is now expanding beyond Italy, with an affiliated space in Spain.
KARINE SABATIER, MD LA CANTINE RENNAISE, RENNES (FRANCE)
Karine Sabatier is an IT engineer. She works in the web startups’ world since 1997. She held various positions in small and more important companies. In 2010, Karine Sabatier has been appointed as the MD of La Cantine Rennes, in French Britanny. La Cantine numérique Rennes is a member of Le Réseau des Cantines, the largest coworking spaces network in France.
RAFAEL DE RAMON, FOUNDER CEO UTOPIC_US, MADRID (SPAIN)
Rafael de Ramon is the founder and CEO of utopic_US, a coworking based in Madrid, working a lot with professionals active in creative industries. Rafael de Ramon holds a degree in Business Administration, with a specializations in international management and management of cultural beings. Rafael is a specialist in ideation and management for innovative projects in cultural and creative sector.
CHRISTOPH GUIESA, OTTO GROUP, HAMBURG (GERMANY)
Christoph Giesa is a Senior Manager in Corporate HR of the world’s second largest online retailer, the Otto Group (50.000 people, 120 companies all over the world). He used to work as a consultant before he joined the Otto Group and has published two books about changes in society. He initiated a cooperation of his company with the betahaus in Hamburg and is still responsible for the project, that has created high attention for the idea of coworking.
Alberto Bassi, Lab121, Alessandria (Italy)
Alberto Bassi is post graduated at the University of Warwick, his main attitudes are in organization management and skill development. He is a co-founders of lab121, a non-profit coworking community and shared office that boost connections and work. Lab121 is based in Alessandria, Northwestern Italy.
Ramon Suarez, BetaGroup Coworking, Brussels (Belgium)
Ramon Suarez is the cofounder of the BetaGroup Coworking space in Brussels, which was launched at the first Coworking Europe Conference in November 2010. The BetaGroup is the largest network of tech entrepreneurs and professionals in Belgium with more than 3500 members. Ramon is also one of the organizers of Startup Weekend Brussels and director of the Founder Institute Brussels.
Campbell McKellar, Founder & CEO Loosecubes (US)
Campbell McKellar is the Founder & CEO of Loosecubes, a global workspace sharing community and resource for today’s workforce. LooseCubes has been founded in 2009, with its HQ is in Brooklyn, New York. Campbell is a graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Graduate School of Business, as well as a former real estate investment banker with Goldman Sachs.
REBECCA BRIAN, CO-FOUNDER NEXTSPACE SAN FRANCISCO (US)
Rebecca Brian began her career as a graphic designer in 2002, forming Tribecca Designs in New York. The San Francisco branch launched six years later, fulfilling her desire to live and work there. NextSpace evolved from an idea for a coworking space for designers into a diverse workspace where Rebecca applies her entrepreneurial expertise to transforming the very nature of work.
Sebastian Olma, co-founder of CO:LAB, Amsterdam (NL/Germany)
Sebastian Olma, PhD (Goldsmiths) is a philosopher and economist of organisation. As founder of the The Think Tank (NL) and cofounder of CO:LAB (D) he is part of a European network helping cities, companies and institutions to understand and implement innovative forms of collaborative and participative organisation. At Coworking Europe 2001 he is going to launch the betahaus manifest/hand book he co-edited with Tonia Welter.
Adam Neumann, WeWork, New York (US)
An experienced leader and entrepreneur, Adam is co-founder of WeWork, one of the largest co-working space in the US, was co-founder of Green Desk shared office space in Brooklyn, NY, and co-founder/CEO of Big Tent Inc, which developed the well-known Egg Baby and Krawlers brands of children’s clothing. Currently, he is focused on multiple projects, one of which is changing the way people work and creating the first physical social network with his company WeWork.
Liz Helam, Link Coworking, Austin TX (US)
Liz Helam is the founder of Link Coworking, in Austin, Texas. Liz is very active to promote coworking in such conferences as the SXSW in Austin.